Megan + Lee / Asheville Spring Wedding

From the moment I met Megan and Lee, their excitement for their wedding day was infectious.  Megan was "that bride" who had dreamed of her [ballroom] wedding day since she was a little girl.  Our first task...how to transform a "rustic" mountain view venue, The Crest Center & Pavilion, into an elegant ballroom.  I knew immediately who to call, and scheduled an appointment with Adrienne at Blossoms at Biltmore Park.  From that day forward, we had the utmost confidence that Megan's dream wedding would come true...words alone cannot describe the final product.  Fast forward to their wedding day and a chance of rain in the forecast...generally a stressful situation, but Megan and Lee were just so excited to become husband and wife, weather became secondary.  The rain held off for their beautiful church wedding at First Baptist Church of Asheville, and came down in buckets (lots of "good luck" for the newlyweds) once the guests were all under cover at the reception.  Thank you to Matthew Pautz Photography for capturing this special day, and for getting some fabulous rain shots like no other.  

Early Spring Wedding Hickory NC

Planning a wedding from the other side of the country can be quite difficult, but Morgan and Devin did a fabulous job!  Morgan was one of my "planner brides"...always on top of tasks and willing to do the work.  

Having relocated to California, they decided to have their wedding in their hometown of Hickory, NC.  They chose a fantastic venue, The Crossing at Hollar Mill,  for both their ceremony and reception.  The industrial feel of the space was significantly softened with ivory drapery and gorgeous greenery and florals.  

My personal favorite, 50/Fifty The Art Of Dessert, created a beautiful (and delicious) dessert bar.  The donuts were a huge hit!  

The weather was absolutely perfect for the day...the night ending with late night snacks and lots of dancing.  Thank you to Bulletproof Photography for the fabulous photography that captured this magical day.  

Late Summer Wedding Sylva NC

Love the story of how these two met!  Now living in DC, after enduring the challenges of Law School and Medical School, they returned to North Carolina to wed...where they met years ago at Summer Camp in Brevard. 

Caitlin and Walter initially planned on a camp theme, but as our discussions progressed, Vintage Mountain Chic kept coming to life.  This is when Caitlin decided to hire East West Vintage rentals to supply her vintage dishware and provide floral design.  

Walter's Dad brewed the beer himself, bringing a "taste of home" to their wedding...adding to the fun.  I found out very quickly what a dancing crowd this was as everyone hit the dance floor and never returned to their seats.  

What a beautiful Saturday in early September, considering hurricane Matthew was raising havoc on the East Coast of the Carolinas.  Although Caitlin and Walter were never seemingly stressed over the weather, and just happy to be marrying their soul mates, we were all relieved when the sun was shining on their day.  

Unique Guest Book Ideas

The origin of guest books goes back hundreds of years, when those signing their names would be witnessing and testifying to the reality of the marriage.  The book was, therefore, signed after the ceremony.  Fast forward to only 2 witnesses required to make it official...the guest book has evolved into a momento of those who attended your special day.  

The term "book" has taken on many forms in recent years, with Etsy and Pinterest being the best sources out there for unique ideas.  Keep your theme in mind...you don't want a rustic wood guest "book" if you are having an elegant affair.  Also...imagine actually displaying or getting use out of it in years to come.  

Enjoy this slideshow to spark your creativity, and head over to my Pinterest board for more clever ideas, and how to bring them to life.  

Rustic Vintage Pennsylvania Farm Wedding

Amy decided to go home to her parents' farm to marry the man of her dreams...and Martha Stewart was just as excited.

Amy and Leo took a somewhat different approach from the traditional, adding many of their own unique DIY elements. Owners of Printfresh, a Philadelphia based textile design studio, of course Amy and Leo were very involved creatively...searching out equally creative professionals for collaboration; their wedding cake was delivered from NYC .  

Bridesmaids dresses were screen-printed, dyed, and sewn by Amy and her friends.  The same design was used for sachets of lavender for guests to toss after the ceremony. 

Amy searched flea markets for months leading up to the wedding, gathering vintage containers for her centerpieces.  Amy found not one, but two wedding dresses as she hunted for vintage items at a small New Jersey antique shop.   She had not planned on changing into a second dress for the reception, but couldn't resist.  

Asheville Art Deco Wedding Inspiration

The historic S&W Event Space in downtown Asheville, NC was the perfect setting for an art deco inspired shoot.  With its marble floors and intricate tilework, glass and wrought iron, the event space embodies the roaring 20’s. During Prohibition, S&W housed a speakeasy complete with a hidden corridor.  The minute I walked in to the newly renovated space, I knew art deco had to be the theme.  The creative team jumped on board and came together to create a spectacular “Great Gatsby” like shoot.  

Nick Gillespie of Blue Bend Photography was my creative partner.  Upon our first collaborative meeting at S&W we soon agreed that outdoor shots would be as interesting as the indoor space, with its fabulous architectural facade. 

Our bride wore a vintage-style gown from Wildflower Bridal, while Hair and Makeup by Heather perfectly styled her hair to compliment the 20’s inspired headband…and red lips to die for. 

Black and Gold was an obvious color palette, with a pop of 2015’s “color of the year”, Marsala.  Classic Event Rentals supplied gorgeous linens and gold flatware while Kathleen of Upstyled Settings became a strong creative partner providing not only eclectic tableware but wonderful vintage accessories. 

Blossoms at Biltmore Park created fabulous floral pieces with an especially fantastic focal piece for the bar, incorporating feather plumes.  Cordial and Craft of Asheville supplied colorful craft cocktails with a speakeasy vibe.  

Baggie Goose, sister company to Blossoms at Biltmore Park, designed table and menu cards of black and gold to compliment the exquisite tablescapes.

Tiffany’s Baking Co did a great deal of research on the S&W to create her masterpiece, with stunning cake details perfectly depicting an elaborate 20’s wedding. 

What fun is was to bring history to this modern day wedding shoot … the 20’s was certainly a glorious era.  

Asheville Farm to Table Wedding Inspiration

We chose The Farm in Candler NC as the location for our November styled shoot.   Our vision from the first planning meeting was to create something "other than" a typical Farm Wedding.  With the Farm's expanding gardens and full-size catering kitchen under way (now completed), farm to table made perfect sense.  

 

The invitation suite was first priority, setting the tone for the day.  Designed and printed by Macon York Letterpress, it truly embraced the intended food theme. 

Flora Asheville recommended a wonderful color palette of whites, creams, and burgundy with dusty greens.  Melissa, owner of Flora, worked her magic along with East West Vintage Rentals for the most beautiful table to “feast” your eyes on…pun intended.  

Mouth-watering creations for the discerning foodie were provided by Colorful Palate, all locally inspired.  For starters… local bison meatballs skewered with grilled local focaccia, and coconut & curry butternut squash soup.  Main course consisted of individual chicken pot pies with roasted vegetables, massaged kale with roasted sweet potatoes, purple cabbage in bacon fat with local apples, and local ciabatta with apple and honey butters.     

Tiered spice cake with cream cheese icing was among the many sweet treats representing the season…and can you say “THE best macarons any of us had ever tasted”?   Mandy of 50/Fifty The Art of Dessert is truly an artist… so evident in her finished product.  

Our bride wore a Nicole Miller gown, provided by Wildflower Bridal, known for elegance, simplicity and comfort.  Hair and makeup gals of Lola Salon created a gorgeous look to compliment the chic gown, while classic pearls and diamonds with a modern twist of smoky quartz finished the look thanks to our friends at Wick and Greene Jewelers.  

Cocktails in the garden were delightful….lemonade stand turned craft cocktail bar.  Expert signature cocktails were recommended by Cordial and Craft;  for the Bride: Pomme Pomme, a fresh French apple martini (green apple Vodka, orange liqueur, elderberry drinking vinegar, fresh apple and lemon), for the Groom:  Bobcat’s Tail, an ode to fall (pumpkin seed oil-washed bourbon, ginger-tumeric beer, chicory bitters and pepitos).  

Ever hear of a honey bar?  Our local Asheville Bee Charmer has just that at their Asheville locations, and they were kind enough to help us create a honey favor bar of our own.  What sweeter favor to send along with your guests.  

Special thanks to my creative partner, Rachael McIntosh Photography, for this fabulous styled shoot experience.  

 

Asheville Elopement

You have come here, surrounded by the strength of these mountains, to make a commitment to one another...

Charlie and Buck...what can I say?  They ARE that couple you just can't get enough of. 

Charlie contacted me two months prior to their wedding date to inquire about elopement assistance.  Her excitement was apparent, even in her emails.  She and Buck would be travelling from Ohio to marry in the town where they first met.  

Charlie expressed they were looking for a venue with a mountain view, but they love the city as well.  One of my first thoughts was the Crest Center & Pavilion, with it's fabulous view of the mountains on the west side (killer sunsets by the way) and a view of Asheville with a mountain drop on the opposite side.  

My husband performed the ceremony with Rachael McIntosh Photography beautifully capturing each moment.  

Rachael and I had so much fun with Charlie and Buck.  We can't wait to see them on their next trip to Asheville.