Monday, August 3, 2009

Beauty and the Bluff

So let's talk about the amazing weekend we had in Gorham's Bluff. Umm, that place is something out of a movie! It's like you step back in time from the moment you step into the lodge - Sinatra playing throughout the house, a personal innkeeper to show you to your suite (which by the way comes stocked with shelves of books, a fireplace, a four-poster bed, a balcony with a fantastic view of the bluff, two robes AND two rocking chairs - heaven). And since the rooms in the Lodge don't have TV's, the idea is to reach for the nearest book or magazine to pass your time, which is really quite nice. I've been an avid reader since I was a kid, and it's still one of my all-time favorite things to do.

The Lodge at Gorham's Bluff - the best weekend getaway ever invented

The Satterfield Suite - hello, most comfortable king-size bed ever.

This picture doesn't do it justice, but just look at that amazing view!

A view of the wedding site from our balcony - too cute!

Craig sipping a real Coca-Cola - they had the fridge stocked with the old school kind in the bottle. Who can say those don't taste way better? that I've set the scene for our lovely accommodations, let's turn our sights to the real reason for our trip - the beautiful wedding! Candice was an absolutely gorgeous bride - she was just glowing all day and the picture of calm - Elliott was more frazzled than she was, but that was probably because he realized Saturday morning that he had forgotten his shirt! (No worries, Candice found not one but three nearby, so no one knew the difference). Their wedding was the perfect intimate affair - 75 guests max, an outdoor afternoon ceremony at the gazebo overlooking the bluff, and picture-perfect weather. It literally started raining about thirty minutes after the reception, and didn't stop until Sunday morning. I think Someone up above was smiling on them. :)

Like I said, picture perfect...

The ceremony was short and sweet - just like Candice!

Presenting for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Robbins!

Once we were adjourned, it was a short walk across the street to a chapel that had been converted to a fabulous "town hall" reception site. We walked in to a beautiful set-up, complete with awesome photos of the bride and groom as kids, and the item that everyone immediately gravitated toward was this little gem...

A nod to Elliott's RV business, their groom's cake was made in the shape of an Alabama RV, complete with sugar look-a-likes of Candice and Elliott tailgating! Please tell me that's the cutest thing you've ever seen.

Guests enjoying themselves at the reception - LOVE those aqua chair ties!

The fabulous bride's cake - tasty and tres chic!

Our "sassy" pose - hands on hips, smiles on lips! I mean, could Candice BE more beautiful?

And get a load of her shoes - modeled from the golf cart they drove away in!

The newlyweds making their getaway in a shower of fresh rose petals - so pretty!

This was truly one of the most enjoyable weekends - everything was so relaxed, so peaceful, so very THEM. I love when weddings showcase the personalities of the couple, and this one did just that. We couldn't have asked for a better place to get away for a weekend, or a better place to celebrate the start of their sweet marriage with them. We loved it SO much, we already have plans to go back one weekend this fall!

My future husband rocking away on a Sunday morning before we left. We'll be back, Gorham's Bluff!


  1. Love the last photo of Craig in the rocker! We were so happy that you were there to celebrate with us. We have the best time with you two and can't wait to see you again!

  2. Just beautiful! What a perfectly picturesque spot for a wedding!


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