WEDDING VIBES: #theskcrofts
Wedding Vibes is a five part series documenting the five destination weddings that James and I have been invited to this year. No fluff, it is truly an honor to be able to witness the union of two souls. We just crossed our second wedding off of the list and what a time it was! Our friends curated a fantastic celebration with impeccable attention to detail. It was a beautiful weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. There is nothing more relaxing than fresh air, great people, and positive vibes.
Our friends, Ali and Tim, were married on May 30, 2015 at the House Mountain Inn in Lexington, Virginia. We have known Tim for years and he lived with us when he moved to Richmond. Living with a couple is not always fun but he survived and still wanted to be our friends! James had the pleasure of being a groomsmen. Along with the bridal party and other guests, we all stayed at the on the property together. It was basically the closest experience I'll ever have to being on The Real World. The true story of 40-ish friends, acquaintances, strangers, picked to spend a weekend in a house, party together and have their lives documented to find out what happens when people get married and start getting real! #theskcrofts. (I'm sorry, I could not resist saying that.)The house offers complimentary breakfast, daily happy hour, and gourmet dinners! Every time I travel, I am concerned about what the coffee situation might be like but was relieved to see a Keurig with many k-cup options. The walls were full of taxidermy animal heads, which is great for aesthetic but it always felt like that moose was throwing shade every time I walked downstairs.
The only time that I left the property during the weekend was for the rehearsal dinner, which was held at The Red Hen in Downtown Lexington. We had the restaurant to ourselves for an intimate dinner. I loved the open kitchen with a window, full of vegetables. I’m pretty sad that my lazy ass didn’t get up to take better pictures but I was so cozy in my pillowy booth. We sipped on Manhattans and Elderflower Gin Gimlets, ate like royalty, and I put meringue in my coffee.
There was a lot going on the day of the wedding. Some peeps went to an alpaca farm, while others found a swimming hole. I opted to chill at the house, to even out my bogus Memorial Day tan lines. I found an Ernest Hemingway book in the lodge and thought it was a good sign. James and some dudes went to the lake to go fishing; I went to walk the trail down to the ceremony site to decide on my shoes for the evening. Then it happened. I finally encountered a snake in nature. I am terr-i-fied of snakes; Indiana Jones style. It was a pretty large black snake that was taking a shortcut to the water. I was tripping about it for the rest of the day and told everyone that I encountered. I feel like I sorta faced my fear but would be cool to never see one anytime soon.
I survived the ceremony trail without seeing another snake but was on high alert. Ali and Tim requested that guests stash their cameras during the ceremony and I happily complied. The guests gathered at the bottom of the mountain, surrounded by trees and sunshine. The ceremony was the epitome of ethereal mountain realness; sweet and unique.
Refreshments and merriment immediately followed in the pavilion. The food was fantastic, but the mashed potato bar was my absolute favorite. Once the dancing kicked off, I spent most of my night on the dance floor. Mostly because I was wearing Spanx and it was too uncomfortable to sit down. I must say, DJ Fayo straight up kilt'it. I remember demanding that James get out of a convo and onto dance floor when Big Willie Style came on. He played all of the jams that I forgot I wanted to hear and was very accommodating to the older folks. Still pumped he played Jermaine Dupri 'Sweetheart.' I missed the pie cutting because I was in the bathroom but got my sugar fix in the form of white zinfandel. When the reception was over, I loved being able to walk back to our room, where I promptly put on my genie pants. I never made it to the after-party. ;(
Sunday came too soon and it was time to check out and head back to reality. (Not for the Skcrofts though, they went to Jamaica.) I found a half-full Sparks that I abandoned the night before and had no shame finishing it the next morning. Waste not, want not. It probably helped my hangy too.
We made a point to go to the Natural Bridge, which was about 25 minutes away from Lexington. We thought about hitting Foamhenge but a breakfast conversation led us to believe that even the real Stongehenge is underwhelming, so we skipped it. Not gonna lie, I was a little shocked that the admission to see the bridge is $20 ($12 with a student ID). For a moment, we thought about bailing, but I'm so glad that we didn't. It's truly a breathtaking sight!!
Congratulations to Ali and Tim!!! Thank you for hosting one helluva time! It was perfect in every way. We love you dudes!!
P.S. Ali & Tim are fantastic designers, check them out at Skirven & Croft.