When I reflect back to the e-mail I received from one of my favorite MOB’s, I had no idea that Taylor and Matt’s engagement would take me on such an amazing adventure back to California. From the beginning of the planning process, we were challenged with finding the perfect west coast venue that balanced views with privacy, plus easy access for their guests that came from across the country.

What we landed on is the most amazing, unique, and incredibly special venue that only allows a limited number of weddings per year. Oceana Estate is a private home situated in the hills above Laguna Beach overlooking the ocean. It was love at first sight for all of us!

Taylor and Matt’s story dates back to their college years where they first met. From there between cross-country moves and a long-distance relationship, they managed to find each other and their love sustained. Needless to say, the tales told over the wedding weekend outlined a couple that was destined to be together. So much love. From the moment their families and friends started arriving in Laguna Beach and to the incredible rehearsal dinner and welcome reception at The Deck to the send-off in the hills of Laguna Beach there was an abundance of love and magic in the air.

What was most important to Taylor and Matt, besides gorgeous views, was that their family and friends could be there together, celebrating their love and having one of the best nights of their lives. We achieved this and more. The weather was idyllic, the flowers were stunning, the food was amazing, and, other than the wedding planner chasing the ring bearer pup across the lawn during the cocktail hour, I believe everything went off without a hitch thanks to the incredible team of vendors that we had on board. There are a lot of logistics involved with hosting a wedding at a private estate and I would be remiss if I didn’t share my appreciation and success of this event with the A-team that was part of it.

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Whitley and Jesse were such a fun, laid-back, and happy couple.  Their families were long-time friends and Whitley and Jesse had known each other since childhood, so it was a great group of friends and relatives who all came together to celebrate their special day on what turned out to be one of the most beautiful Saturdays we had in October 2018!  There had been tons of rain earlier in the week, but in its wake the storm left the most clear, cloudless, warm sunny day – we really got lucky!  I loved the way Flora executed Whitley’s vision to create a unique and elegant design using white pumpkins which were both very autumn-appropriate, but still allowed us to use the pretty and sophisticated gray, white, eggplant, lavender and silvery green palette Whitley loved. It was definitely not the typical fall color palette that has been done so many times; it was fresh and different, while still lending a fun seasonal effect.  It was a pleasure to work with this fun-loving, sweet couple throughout their planning process – Whitley was the best combination of super organized and on top of things, while also having a very calm and relaxed attitude when it came to making decisions.  I know this couple and their wonderful families have many happy years ahead of them, and I wish them all the best! It was such a pleasure to get to know the whole group! xoxo Liz

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As I told them over and over throughout the process, I wish that all of my clients could be as lovely as this couple. Courtney and her mother, Gloria, were some of the nicest, most appreciative people I have ever worked with, and I felt a little sad at the end of the day when it was time for our good-byes. It didn’t hurt that their wedding turned out absolutely stunning, of course. From the dramatic floral chandelier created by Floressence over the head table to the breathtaking cake that greeted guests that entered the tent, this was one of my favorite weddings to watch come together.

While the day started off beautiful, it quickly turned cold after the ceremony with the wind whipping the tent as the night went on. You wouldn’t have known that to be inside though, the bride and groom were all smiles and danced the night away with their guests right to the very end. If I had to guess, I think this will be one of many nights that this lovely couple will smile through any hardship or surprises that may come there way.

Congratulations, Courtney & James. All my love, Caroline

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Lindsey and Will decided that late fall at the Country Club of Grove Park Inn would be a perfect setting for their wedding. The fall leaves at their peak and the sky a perfect gray, the crisp air gave the guests a reason to snuggle under the plaid blankets Lindsay had shared for the ceremony.

The three sweet flower girls walked down the aisle with Roux, the most perfect doggie ring bearer. Lindsay and Will said “I do”  in front of the dearest friends and family with the mountains as their backdrop.

The fireplace was roaring outside and even in the crisp air of the evening, the guests enjoyed their cocktails and charcuterie under the café string lights on the patio. The inside of the country club glowed with tones of gold, grey, ivory and beautiful mossy greens, with taper candles abundant. Guests were led to their tables by their “party animal” and feasted together as they toasted the new couple.

After dancing the night away, Lindsey & Will were sent of with sparklers! A perfect way to end the beautiful evening of happiness & love.

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Kylie & Tyler were married on a beautiful spring day at Diana at the Biltmore Estate. The overall tone of Kylie & Tyler’s wedding was classic and timeline and that was achieved with a neutral palette of soft white, blush, gold & greenery. What set Kylie & Tyler’s wedding apart were some of the beautiful custom elements, including a custom backdrop behind the band, laser cut names for the wedding party’s place settings and a gorgeous floral chandelier over the bar. To top off the evening, we enlisted a balloon hat artist for the photo booth and for the guests to dance the night away with a balloon hat of their choosing.

Cheers to a lifetime of balloon hats and beautiful memories. xoxo Becca

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Carrie & Jonathan married last fall in the mountains of North Carolina. They envisioned an elegant dinner party for their closest family and friends. A neutral palette was selected to showcase the autumn colors and mountain views. Following a passing rain shower during the wedding ceremony, a beautiful rainbow was ushered in along the box canyon. We know these two will have a beautiful life together and we wish them all the best. xoxo Cortney

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Morgan and Gerard were married on an idyllic spring day on The Front Lawn of the famed Biltmore Estate. With the mother of the bride officiating the ceremony, incorporating many personal and touching stories about the couple, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The elegance sustained from the traditional ceremony on the lawn to the cocktail hour on the Library Terrace. A wall of mirrors with calligraphy for names and table numbers awaited guests on the Terrace.

As the sun began to set over the mountains, guests were invited under a stunning custom lined tent lit with crystal chandeliers on the South Terrace. Exquisite champagne linens with varying textures adorned the head and guest tables, which were accompanied by an array of white florals and greenery. It was an incredibly special celebration followed by an amazing dinner and reception. We were so grateful to be a part of this occasion with such an excellent team of creative partners.xo Becca Knuth

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Ashley, Aaron, and their families were such a joy to get to know! From our initial planning meetings to the couples farewell amidst the glow of sparklers, I loved every moment.

Ashley came to us with a strong vision of beautiful blues and dusty pinks, along with beautiful garden floral inspiration – the epitome of a spring wedding! We enlisted Floressence Flowers to bring her incredible vision to life. The focal point of the reception design was a beautiful whitewashed farm table highlighted with a stunning hanging floral installation. From the silk, hand-dyed table runner to the beautiful calligraphy on the escort cards, the details of the day were perfection.

Congratulations to our Wake Forest alumni on their wedding! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. – Missie.

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Vidhi & Anant’s wedding was the first traditional Indian wedding we’ve planned in Asheville. It was a beautiful week of events overflowing with delicious food, colorful sari’s, and joyful dancing. The wedding day began very early as the bridal party got dressed for the occasion. The traditions began with the baraat. Anant traveled up the hill to Diana at Biltmore on a horse followed by his friends and family as they all danced along to lively music. The bride’s family welcomed him through a beautiful floral arch and the wedding ceremony continued. Vidhi entered on a horse-drawn carriage and the couple released doves at the end of the morning celebration. As the guests enjoyed a traditional Indian meal at the Holiday Inn, we continued setting up for a Gatsby-inspired reception on the South Terrace at Biltmore. In the evening, guests arrived to tour the Biltmore House on a red carpet and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres on the Library Terrace. The reception included a champagne girl, a twenties-inspired dance, the wedding party Bollywood-style toast, and fireworks! See more images in the feature on Indian Weddings Magazine.

Best wishes to the happy couple and their families! – Becca Knuth

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What Caroline and Jake wanted most from their wedding weekend was quality time with their family and friends. They wanted to laugh, to talk, and to build memories with the people they love — and that is just what they did. The whole weekend from the rehearsal dinner to the wedding night was filled with heartfelt speeches and lots of laughs. It will also go down in history as the only wedding where the best men performed a rap cover of Hamilton songs with new lyrics customized for the bride and groom! It rained most of the weekend; however, nothing dampened the spirits of Caroline and Jake. The love they had for each other and their family was apparent throughout the celebration.

Best wishes, Caroline & Jake! xo Caroline Livengood

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