Wedfest at Camp Ton-A-Wandah

couple kissing on their wedding day in front of a lake
Photographer Maddie Kay Photography // Planner Kathryn Rose Event Company // Venue Camp Ton-A-Wandah

Nestled amidst the tranquil embrace of nature, under the clear Labor Day weekend skies, Lauren and Jonathan’s wedding at Camp Ton-A-Wandah was no ordinary affair. It was a wedding that defied convention, a celebration that seamlessly blended the essence of a weekend at summer camp with the energy of a music festival theme – a true Wedfest that left guests utterly enchanted.

Picture this: a picturesque lakeside venue adorned with all the activities a summer camp has to offer. The air filled with the harmonious hum of laughter and music, as guests, all friends who’d known Lauren and Jonathan’s kindness and caring, reveled in the celebration.

Lauren and Jonathan, a couple whose love story began when Jonathan ventured to New Orleans for an Avett Brothers Concert, decided to make their wedding an ode to both their passion and their commitment to one another. Their journey, marked by shared playlists and harmonious chords, had led them to this remarkable day.

Join us as we delve into the enchanting tale of Lauren and Jonathan’s wedding at Camp Ton-A-Wandah, a celebration that embodied the essence of love, music, and the beauty of embracing individuality in one’s nuptial journey. Prepare to be inspired and enthralled as we take you on a journey through a wedding that defied convention and created memories that will last a lifetime.

Pre-Wedding Fun

The festivities kicked off with their wedding rehearsal, a laid-back affair that set the tone for the weekend. On Friday night, the couple and their close-knit group of friends indulged in fresh brick oven pizza from Flat Rock Village Bakery. It was a delicious start to an unforgettable weekend.

After dinner, the night took an entertaining turn as Lauren, Jonathan, and their friends took to the stage, belting out tunes during an epic karaoke session. Laughter and music filled the air, making it a night to remember.

Come Saturday morning, the pre-wedding jitters were nowhere to be found as the couple, their bridal party, and guests spent quality time on the lake. It was a serene interlude before the main event, a chance to savor the natural beauty surrounding them.

Ceremony in the Chapel

Nestled deep in the woods, under the seren cover of nature was the chapel where Lauren and Jonathan exchanged vows. The rustic charm of the venue was enhanced by a banner behind the couple, proudly proclaiming “I and Love and You,” a subtle nod to the band that had serendipitously brought them together.

In the midst of the typical wedding processional, a delightful twist emerged. Enter the beer boy, TJ, who, with a mischievous grin, started handing beers to everyone in the chapel. The unexpected gesture had guests laughing and cheering, setting a jovial tone for the ceremony. Cheers to spontaneity!

The ceremony itself was a masterpiece of tradition and innovation, featuring a handfasting ceremony that symbolized their union. As they exchanged vows and bound their hands together, the natural beauty of the surroundings added an enchanting backdrop to the proceedings, elevating the ambiance to an ethereal level.

Cocktail Hour on the Dock

bride and groom sitting on vintage truck at their wedding
Photographer Maddie Kay Photography // Planner Kathryn Rose Event Company // Venue Camp Ton-A-Wandah

During cocktail hour, Jack’s 47 Mobile Bar stole the spotlight. This vintage truck with drinks on tap delighted guests with a refreshing cucumber margarita and a tantalizing watermelon mule. To accompany these libations, Asheville Charcuterie Company provided delightful charcuterie cups, a savory treat for guests to savor dockside.

Amidst sips and bites, laughter echoed as guests engaged in a games of cornhole and a giant crossword filled with fun questions about the newlyweds. This cocktail hour was a vibrant prelude to the evening’s festivities.

Dinner and Dancing in the Dining Hall

The reception in the dining hall was a delicious delight. Buxton Hall BBQ took center stage, offering a feast that exceeded expectations. The perfectly BBQed meats were complemented by a delectable array of sides, a symphony of flavors that left guests in culinary euphoria.

As laughter and conversations flowed, a game of trivia added an element of fun. It was the ingenious way to dismiss tables to the buffet, ensuring everyone enjoyed the delicious meal without missing a beat of the celebration.

A Weekend to Remember

By the end of the night, guests were raving about Wedfest 2023. The unique blend of nature, music, and love made for a celebration that will be cherished forever. Reflecting on the success of their chosen theme, it’s evident that it created a memorable and meaningful celebration, a true testament to their shared passions and journey together.

As you embark on your own wedding planning journey, let their story inspire you to consider unique wedding themes that resonate with your love story. After all, it’s these distinctive touches that make each celebration truly special. The team at Kathryn Rose Event Company absolutely adored assisting Lauren and Jonathan bring their dream wedding to life. How will we help you create a unique and unforgettable wedding day?

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