Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ten Years

Get ready for picture overload on what I am going to call the 'ultimate' 10th wedding anniversary party.
Our friends A and S hosted around 60 of their closest friends at their family ranch in a town about an hour north of Charlotte.

They chartered buses transporting everyone from the Queen City to the sprawling estate.
Keep in mind that this was a sort of 'recreation' of their wedding rehearsal dinner in the NC mountains 10-years ago.
When arriving we were welcomed with a stocked bar that included two signature cocktails.  Love Potion Number 9 that was made up of fruit juices and vodka and a sweet tea vodka drink.
 The tent and decor was breathtaking.  Again, a recreation of what they had 10-years ago. Even those monogrammed napkins.  That's what they had at their original shin-dig.
Everything matched the ranch setting.
 Touches of burlap.  Love it!
 Hydrangeas. I couldn't get enough of the centerpieces.
 The chandelier in the tent was spectacular too.
 Dinner buffet.  They had it all -- everything from chicken to a prime rib bison.
 Wedding Anniversary Cake.  Yep.. they thought of it all.
 There's a man-made lake on the property.  One side is their barn with their horses and on the other side their party house. I had been up here once before but it was Brad's first visit.
 A bluegrass band played at the cocktail hour.
 This is the party house.  It's where the food and wait staff set up but there is a swing and rocking chairs inside and of course restrooms.
 There are gazebos like this all over the property.
 Here we are as guests.  You can't see my cowboy boots.  More on that later.
 Cocktail hour included yummy bruschetta with goat cheese, sliders and these venison meatballs in shooter glasses.
 Love these little touches.  Again, they did this at their wedding 10-years ago.
 S read A a poem he wrote for her and read to her on their big day 10-years ago.  So sweet.
 The musical entertainment? AMAZING.  Two Grammy award winning country music stars performed.  They both performed at their wedding as well.
One of them was just in the movie Country Strong.
 Not sure why blogger doesn't want to cooperate for this one.  Here's M. who A and I worked/work with at Fox.
You Charlotte peeps probably recognize both M and A.
 Dessert + cake.
 Party favors.  Their favorite bottle of wine they found on their honeymoon to S. Africa 10-years ago.  Generous if you ask me!
 And cookies were also part of our favors.  Love this idea. Yummy too.
 And.. a shot of my boots.
Shouldn't everyone celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this way? I think so!
Tomorrow will be the recap of the rest of our holiday weekend.  Lake, concerts, cocktails and fun!


Ashley said...

WOW!! SO nice!! I would love to celebrate that way, but doubt it! haha. Such a beautiful event.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

wow- what a fun looking party- I too love all the little details- you boots rock-
Lovely to find your blog!

Girl in Carolina said...

WOW!!! Now that's a party! I love your boots and you look adorable!

Nikki said...

Wow! I hope I can afford something like that on my 10 year. What a fun thing to be a part of!

mrs.mfc said...

WOW! What an amazing party!! Looks like a wedding reception! Love the table clothes and all the rustic touches.

If the shoe FITZ said...

I better start planning ours now! haha! so fun!

The Jones Family said...

Wow, looks like an amazing event! CUTE boots!

The Soladay Family said...

Holy cow! That makes our plans to renew our vows on the beach in Mexico after 10 years look like crap!

Love the boots!

Sara said...

What an incredible piece of property!!! Absolutely gorgeous.

And a great party as well! Trey and I didn't do that on our 10 year anniversary. Maybe we can pull it off for 20 years! haha!!

donatelli98 said...

Wow - that looks fabulous - how cool that you got to go and celebrate with them!!

MCW said...

That looks like a kiss ass party! Congrats to our friends!

starnes family said...

Holy crap! All we did was have a picnic in the park. :)

DSS said...

Holy Moly. I want a family ranch. And all of those monogrammed napkins. And that cake. And heck...I'll just take it all please :)

I Do Declare said...

This party was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Coco said...

Holy crap!! How amazing. I need to send you a link of my sis in laws wedding blog. She has touches that you will love!!!!! Reminds me of this decor.

Except our family doesn't own a big bad ass ranch and she won't be handing out freaking bottles of wine from South Africa. Though, the cases of wine are MUCH MUCH cheaper there than here.