Travel

Wedding Weekend

This past weekend was a fun one. Phil and I travelled a few hours east to Hickory, NC to attend the wedding of one of my good friends, Brooke. We actually were asked to sing at the wedding so we made an entire weekend out of it since we had to be there for the rehearsal, as well.

The location of the wedding was absolutely gorgeous! She had both the wedding and the reception at the Providence Cotton Mill in Maiden, NC. The mill is a beautiful open-air, two-story pavilion that is held up by historic brick. Phil spoke to the owner during the reception and found out that it use to be a yarn mill back in the day. The owners have replaced the roof and the floor, and are now in stage two of their renovation. It’s just lovely.

cotton mill ceiling

During the rehearsal dinner, Phil and I remembered that it was National Doughnut Day and instantly starting craving one. We made a trip to a near by Krispy Kreme and discovered we weren’t the only ones with that idea. I guess all the hype of this “holiday” had everyone else wanting their doughnut fix, as well. The line was all the way out of the parking lot and into the main road. Krispy Kreme moved surprisingly fast for how many people were waiting. I think it took about 20 minutes to get our doughnut but, man, was it worth it!

doughnuts

The day of the wedding was very hot, but beautiful. Brooke (the bride) looked stunning and so did the venue. Phil did a great job playing the guitar and our song went off without a hitch.

phil guitar

me and brooke

me and phil

On Sunday morning we had a big breakfast and hit the road. There was a small brewery on our way back that Phil heard really good things about so we made a pit stop to try it out.

fonta flora main entrance

fonta flora back entrance

The brewery is called Fonta Flora and it’s located in Morganton, NC. We enjoyed their beer and I loved the feel of the place. It was well decorated and, although it was pretty small, they made good use of their space.

brewing equipment

fonta flora inside

We got a flight and sampled each of their 5 in-house beers. My favorite was the Southern Saison, which is made with Charleston black tea and lemon zest. Phil’s favorite was the Fruit Bat Disco, a strawberry Belgian fruit beer.

flight

I would describe the look and feel of the place as artsy/vintage meets organic. They used their growlers as flower vases, exposed all the beautiful brick on the walls, displayed local artwork, and had lots of fresh flowers all around. This is definitely a brewery I would visit again and highly recommend if you’re in the area!

growler flowers

roses

So as you can see, we had an eventful weekend, but it was full of lots of good memories made. I’m really looking forward to staying put this weekend since I’ve travelled out of town the past two. It will be good to relax with the dogs and hopefully enjoy some beautiful weather.

Did you do anything fun this past weekend?

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