As I discussed yesterday, Jessica found a rustic B&B near Boone, NC — The Mast Farm Inn. Without must hesitation we both agreed that we should hold the wedding at the very spot we first celebrated our engagement.
Situated in a small North Carolinan town founded in 1840 as Valle Crucis, the Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm was first established in the late 1700’s. The first structure — the two-room log cabin we stayed in — was built in 1810. The Inn itself was first built in 1880, and by 1915 had 13 bedrooms and one bath. Over time, additional buildings have been added to the farm for a total of 7 guest rooms and 7 private cottages of varying sizes. In all, the farm can comfortably invite just over 50 guests. The Inn still has its own garden that it uses for fresh, seasonal herbs.
The Inn captured the exact ambiance Jessica and I sought — rustic and down-to-earth. We couldn’t have asked for a better location to hold the wedding. What’s more, we scheduled for the wedding to occur in full Autumnal bliss. The foliage was bright and the evening temperatures were “bracing, yet refreshing” — just like our own personalities.
by Margaret Atwood
Marriage is not
a house or even a tent
it is before that, and colder:
The edge of the forest, the edge
of the desert
the unpainted stairs
at the back where we squat
outside, eating popcorn
where painfully and with wonder
at having survived even
we are learning to make fire
Thanks to Eryn Emerich for the succinct description of our personalities.