Entries by Rick Davis


This past September Hawkesdene was transformed into the Scotch-Irish Highlands for Lauren & Jake’s fall wedding celebration. Despite some rain, it was a beautiful affair of music, dancing, love and authentic clothing & wedding rituals. In fact, as far as weddings are concerned this one kilt! Lauren’s gorgeous cream lace wedding dress and her maiden’s […]

Emery & Brian ~ August Wedding

Aaahhh, summertime weddings ~ the season of love in the lush green mountains of Western North Carolina has begun! And in the case of our featured wedding couple, Emery & Brian, much love was shown in the form of, well, books! Yes, this loving duo came up with a wonderful idea for gifts to give […]

Give the Gift of Books!

We fell in love with this idea Emery and Brian had for their guests. Not only was it personal, but we loved the green-ness of it. Emery explains how the idea came to be. One day, about three weeks before the wedding, we were in Greenville, SC for another wedding, and the next morning we […]

Kim & Corey ~ September Wedding

A cool chill in the September breeze acted as a welcome counter element to the warmth that abounded at the reunion-style, knot-tying event for Kim and Corey at Hawkesdene. Diversity and family were the overarching themes during this weekend of love and celebration for these two career engineers and their families and friends. For years […]

Emily & Darshan ~ April Wedding

As the leaves begin to fall and the air is getting a little crisper, we are reflecting on this past year and all of the couples that were finally able to tie the knot. One April wedding stands out ~ the wedding of Emily & Darshan. The reunion-style event, a lovely authentic Indian wedding ceremony, […]

Ashley & Shane ~ August Wedding

This whimsical, garden party wedding, planned by Mingle Events for Ashley & Shane’s special day, was a breathtaking affair. Underneath a canopy of trees, floral arrangements flowed throughout the aisle and lead up to the stunning arbor, giving guests the feeling of being in a secret garden. Unique touches made this wedding extra special. From […]

Chelsea & Zach ~ October Wedding

With the arrival of Fall we’re looking back at this quintessential Fall wedding from last year. Reminiscing of a time when social distancing wasn’t a part of our daily lives. Chelsea & Zach’s Bohemian theme was impeccable and had us swooning over bold florals, exotic rugs, and rattan furniture. Their wedding details were so well […]

Andrews Florist

One of our absolute favorite vendors is local florist, Andrews Florist & Gift Shop. From boutonnieres to bouquets to stunning floral features, they are experts at creating the perfect flower scheme for your wedding.   Photographers Allyson Bauman Appalachian Wedding Photography Christina Forbes Jessica Merithew Once Like A Spark Peak of the Mountains Productions Stacey […]

Stephen & Douglas ~ September Wedding

As the last of the leaves fall, and Autumn is soon to become a distant memory, we’re taking a look at one of our most recent and new favorite weddings at Hawkesdene. Stephen and Douglas planned a star-themed weekend full of vintage style and refreshing updates of old wedding tradition.  Photography: Appalachian Wedding Photography Videographer: […]

Sara & Alex ~ October Wedding

This season, we’re looking back to one of our favorite October weddings: Sara & Alex. This couple took the vibrance of Smoky Mountain fall colors and turned it up to eleven, with a neon color palette, a wild reception, and live music all day long. The radiant smiles we saw all weekend made this a […]