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A beautiful location for your wedding ceremony, reception or cocktail party, the North Carolina Arboretum boasts more than 65 acres of cultivated gardens. The Arboretum’s Green Wedding program offers an array of “green buildings and lush, sustainable landscapes” to select the perfect spot that you envision for your ceremony and reception. The Arboretum provides guidelines for sourcing natural products as part of your wedding and reduce the carbon footprint of your event. One of our couples gave tree seedlings as their wedding favor, so their guests could give back to their environment after their wedding.

We’ve had clients who’ve had their ceremony at the Arboretum and held their reception elsewhere and other clients who hosted their entire event at the N.C. Arboretum. It’s a versatile location and can be custom tailored for the dream wedding you’ve always envisioned! Whether you want a small, intimate ceremony in a garden or a large, lavish affair indoors with cocktails among the flowers, there will be something to fit your event. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Jesse Kitt Photography, Parker J Photo, Bamber Photography, and Aaron Imaging.

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Jenna and Jakub are a very connected couple and that was evident from the first time I met them.  They had such a great give-and-take about making decisions, and just in their general interactions; they did everything with ease and naturally agreed on most all of their wedding day choices.

They both have great personal style and though Jenna was super laid back about her whole wedding planning process, in the end, it was clear she had considered lots of little details, and the aesthetics of her day were breathtaking. Jenna is getting her masters in fine arts and she made all 1,000 cranes that were both the ceremony backdrop and then later hung about the reception dance floor! They were beautiful and matched the colorful and wild floral designed by Blossoms at Biltmore Park.  Jenna was responsible for so many of the little touches – her eye for putting together a consistent look was impeccable!

The couple’s photographer, Juliet Elizabeth from Charleston, SC traveled to Asheville to shoot with her husband and partner.   Juliet was a pleasure to spend the day with, and her work captured the juxtaposition of the fun-filled, spirited theme that flowed throughout while still conveying the love, reverence and importance that Jenna, Jakub and their families observed their new marriage with. One of my favorite moments of Jenna &  Jakub’s big day was seeing Jakub’s grandparents gathering all their grandchildren and children to take a big impromptu family photo – they were so joyful! Jenna considered everything, down to the last moment of the sparkler farewell.  I loved the care Jenna put into her get-away outfit: from the beautiful short lace dress, to her red suede heels to her camel leather moto jacket; as she and Jakub made their final farewell, they made such a striking impression!  It was so “them” to tie in Jakub’s motorcycle as their getaway vehicle – very James Dean & Marilyn Monroe – effortlessly cool.

Working with them throughout their process was easy and fun, and I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of the beautiful, thoughtful wedding we worked on together. What a memorable weekend!

Wedding Planner: Liz Whalen Tallent, Asheville Event Co. | Rehearsal Dinner: Tupelo Honey South | Photography: Juliet Elizabeth Photography | Ceremony, Reception, Catering & Cake: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate | Ceremony Music: Cafe String Quartet | Cocktail Hour and Reception Music: Split Second Sound | Floral Design: Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Makeup & Hair: L’eau de Vie | Bridal Party Transportation: Round a Bout Trips | Officiant: Jeannie Sommer | First Dance: Never My Love | Departure Vehicle: Jakub’s motorcycle!

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For mom’s and dad’s, tucking their children into bed is a special moment. They help the little one get dressed in their pajamas and hand them their favorite stuffed animal as they pull the blankets up over their shoulders by the pillow. They read them their favorite book, turn off the lights and the cute nightlight glows in order to keep the dark away.

What many think of as a regular nighttime ritual is a luxury to many in and around Asheville. Our friend, Jill Schwarzkopf, started a nonprofit, Sleep Tight Kids, to raise money and donations to give children a better goodnight. Donations are given to needy children who are homeless, in transition, in foster care or simply do not have anything to call their own. Monetary donations are accepted here or you can donate items like blankets, books and toothbrushes by using the contact form here. We are really excited about an event that will benefit Sleep Tight Kids and the National Association of Catering Executives (N.A.C.E.).

“Cirque Du Reve”, a N.A.C.E. fundraiser benefiting Sleep Tight Kids will feature a luxe raffle with prizes, including an iPad, and music by Blazin’ Sounds Entertainment. On November 10th, join the event starting at 6:30 PM at the Cliffs in Arden, N.C. and make sure to purchase your tickets soon! There will be delicious food, refreshing beverages and great entertainment, all with a circus theme! We’ll see you there!

Sara and Andrew’s wedding weekend was a gorgeous celebration of their love for each other and their friends and family. The details of the event were beautiful and created a breathtaking romantic celebration. We were thrilled to have the images by Josh Goleman of The Wedding Artists Collective published on Style Me Pretty, but we also wanted to take the time to share some of our favorite moments of the day in a blog post.

Venue: Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley | Wedding Planner: Melissa Porter, Asheville Event Co. | Transportation: Elite Limo | Hair: Creative Concepts | Cake: Short Street Cakes | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour: Crybaby Jazz Band | Floral Design: Floressence | Photography & Videography: Josh Goleman of The Wedding Artists Collective | Rentals: Classic Event Rental

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You got anger, that’s good you’re gonna need it, you got aggression that’s even better you’re gonna need that, too. But any little two year old child can throw a fit! Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection!” – Coach Boone, Remember the Titans

In 1971, racial tensions ran high at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia as three schools merged to form a newly integrated high school. What some may have called an impossible feat, newly appointed football coach Herman Boone, subject of the movie Remember the Titans, led these racially integrated students to an undefeated season and to win the title of Virginia state champions. Coach Boone will be the keynote speaker of the Buncombe County School’s Foundation‘s (BCSF) 30th Anniversary luncheon on September 16th. Individual tickets are just $35 or a table of 8 guests is $250 and can be purchased here.

“The content of [Herman Boone’s] character was thoroughly tested by the challenges he faced personally and professionally,” said Lisa Adkins, Executive Director of the BCSF. “We feel his participation will complement the Buncombe County Schools Foundation’s initiatives, which focus on supporting our teachers and students in the classroom, as well as focusing on the importance of community involvement. Hearing Coach Boone talk about character, community, and teamwork will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire Buncombe County Schools community.”

Commemorating their 30th anniversary and celebrating the teachers, students, volunteers and donors who have helped and benefited from the Foundation, the BCSF is hosting a luncheon on September 16th at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. The event will include opening addresses from representatives of Wells Fargo and Southeastern Sports Medicine, presenting sponsors of the event.

The Buncombe County Schools Foundation is the non-profit organization created to handle both in-kind and monetary donations made to the Buncombe County School System, along with hosting several fundraisers during the course of the year to raise money for programs that might not be funded otherwise.

To register for the event, visit the Event Sign-up or for more information visit BCSF.net or Facebook.com/www.BCSF.net.

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Nestled in the heart of Biltmore Village, at the entrance to the grand Biltmore Estate, the Grand Bohemian Hotel stands tall among the Tudor-style inspired buildings. Just outside the hotel’s doors, restaurants, boutiques, and churches fill Biltmore Village with tons for you and your guests to enjoy. The Grand Bohemian Asheville is a perfect Asheville wedding venue for the bride and groom looking for glamorous details and 5-star amenities, while still enjoying the fresh mountain air.

The beautifully tented Tyrolean Terrace is a romantic spot for a ceremony or cocktails for up to 100 guests. The 2,200 square foot Kessler Ballroom filled with exquisite crystal chandeliers can hold up to 160 guests for a dinner reception. An option for more than just wedding ceremonies, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville is an elegant location for rehearsal dinners and welcome receptions and the Black Forest Wine Room located within the Red Stag Grill seats up to 20 comfortably for a pre-wedding lunch or small event. The delicious dining options from the Red Stag Grill provide local flavors paired with impeccable artistry. Choose from a selection of menu choices or create a customized event menu for you to enjoy on your big day!

The Poseidon spa, luxurious accommodations, gorgeous decor, delicious food and beautiful art make the Kessler Collections’ Grand Bohemian Hotel an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the following getting ready photos to wedding receptions we’ve planned at the Grand Bohemian from Aaron Imaging, Woodward & Rick, and VISIO Photography.

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Culinary Destination, Beer City USA, Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway…. Asheville is known across the nation for so many things including breathtaking scenic views, incredible food, the majestic Biltmore Estate and is home to over 15 local breweries.  We were honored to plan an incredible tour of Asheville’s Culinary Scene for 120 visiting food bloggers from around the country who were in town as part of the Food Blog Forum.

The team at the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with us to plan and implement one of the largest Foodtopia events yet – Meet the Foodtopians Tasting Event and Farm Tours.  The day started with a “Taste and Sip” at Highland Brewery and progressed to two local farm tours at Looking Glass Creamery and Hickory Nut Gap Farm and ended with a Downtown Culinary Food Crawl.

Seventeen independent restaurants and artisan food producers prepared bites of their signature dishes for the Highland Brewing Co. Taste and Sip.  Many of the artisan food producers including Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Green River Picklers use Highland Brewing beer in their food products so it was fun to pair that beer with their pickled okra and pork BBQ!   The images below from Ryan Bumgarner show some of the delicious signature dishes by some of the amazing chefs in Asheville.

The “Beyond the Farm Tours” at Looking Glass Creamery and Hickory Nut Gap Farm provided an intimate look of two working Western North Carolina farms.  It was a beautiful afternoon at the farms for tastings of kombucha, sake, cheese, bread, fish, meat and more!

The last event the Downtown Culinary Food Crawl showcased our amazing downtown restaurants.  The Food Bloggers were led to 6 dining destinations with an Asheville Foodtopian Ambassador and ate and drank their way through the streets of downtown Asheville.  What a great day!

Thank you so much to the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, to the restaurants and artisan food producers that shared their time, food and knowledge, to the Asheville Foodtopia ambassadors, and our vendors and staff who helped execute the event.  We loved working with all of you and we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

Vendor/Restaurant Love from the Meet the Foodtopia Event: Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau | Highland Brewing | Young Transportation | Classic Event Rental | Tellico | Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Ryan BumgarnerUltimate Ice Cream | French Broad Chocolate Factory | King James Public House | The Market Place | The Cantina | Posana Cafe | The Junction | Biscuit Head | Red Stag Grill | 12 Bones | Curate | Green Sage Cafe | Green River Picklers | Crooked Condiments | Smoking J’s Fiery Foods | Annie’s Bakery | Bee Charmer | Bee City USA | Looking Glass Creamery | Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery | Sunburst Trout Farms | Farm and Sparrow Bakery | Blue Kudzu Sake | Hickory Nut Gap Farm | Buchi Kombucha | Ingles | Tupelo Honey Cafe | Isa’s Bistro | The Lobster Trap | Bouchon, Creperie Bouchon, & Lafayette | Nightbell | Early Girl Eatery | Seven Sows | Rhubarb | Strada | Zambra | Chestnut | Chai Pani | Sante

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Emily and Matt were married last July at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn. Emily is the Chief Empowerment Officer of My Kind of Life, an inspiration blog sharing “weekly inspiration and kind posts.” If you take a look a her blog, you can imagine how wonderful it was to work with both her and Matt!

While we wish we had the power to control the weather and cast sunshine on all our brides, Emily looked stunning walking down the aisle in the rain. As her brother played a guitar rendition of Mumford and Sons, the wedding party and guests lit candles under the ceremony tent. Simply beautiful.

Their wedding theme was Downtown Abbey and it included beautiful details, like Emily’s headpiece and purple gingham shirts for all the men. Emily and Matt wanted their wedding to reflect their lifestyle, creating an experience for their guests – all the food was vegan and gluten free…even their life size dog groom’s cake! The delicious truffle mac & cheese martini bar was not a station to miss!

The reception was beautiful, lit with candles and cafe string lighting. With purple, cream and pink floral on all the tables made up of purple artichokes and almond branches and a bright marquee sign illuminating the word “LOVE”, joy was certainly in the air. Sol Fusion kept the party going all night!

 

Emily and Matt Wedding Film | Old Edwards Inn | Highlands, NC | July 21, 2013 from Magic Hour Creative on Vimeo.

Officiant: Darr Conradson | Photographer: Parker J  | Videographer: Magic Hour Creative | Floral Design: Oakleaf | Cake: Tiffany’s Baking Co. | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, & Catering: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn  | Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Make-up: Blush | Hair: Lola | Ceremony Music: Asheville String Trio | Reception Music: Sol Fusion | Transportation: Elite Limo and Classic Event Motors | Headpiece: Amanda Judge | Dress: Douglas Hannant  | Ring Bearers Outfits: Fine Handmade Clothing | Paper Suite: Miss Pickles Press  | Favor: Donation to Farm Sanctuary  | Trolley Banners: Butterfly Above

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Kari and Matt had an incredible Art Deco inspired wedding last year and we were honored to plan this soiree at Diana on the Biltmore Estate. Kari is an avid art deco collector and several of the elements incorporated into the wedding day decor were items from her personal collection. The gorgeous paper suite with deco-styled font coordinated perfectly with the theme, colors and band backdrop.

Naturals in front of the camera, Parker J’s images are stunning and the Biltmore and Blue Ridge Mountains provided the ideal backdrop. The cake and floral are works of art and are perfectly inspired by the 20s and the 30s with bold design and shapes, rich colors and lavish ornamentation. A cigarette girl, flapper and fire dancers made the night so much fun! The images more than speak for themselves… enjoy!

 

Officiant: Jim Knuth | Photographer: Parker J | Floral Design: Studio Flora Diva | Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Rentals, Cake & Catering: Diana at Biltmore Estate | Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Make-up: Make-up at the Grove Arcade | Hair: Lola | Ceremony Music: Asheville String Trio | Reception Music: Crybaby | Transportation: Asheville Trolley and Dan McIntyre | Fire Dancers: Unifire | Cigarette Girl: Delia Hale | Dancer: Kathleen Hahn 

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Jonathan and Jillian attended high school together in Florida, and although friends, they never dated. College took them in separate directions, but after graduation, Jillian ran into Jonathan when she moved to South Florida for law school. Their friendship soon blossomed into a relationship that led to a surprise proposal on a pier overlooking the water in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Struggling to find a venue at home that they loved, Jillian suggested they head to the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she had spent many summer vacations growing up. They selected one of our favorite venues, Canyon Kitchen in Lonesome Valley, for their wedding. Coordinating with the natural atmosphere of Canyon Kitchen, Jillian envisioned a rustic elegant theme for the ceremony + celebration to follow. One addition to that was the element of wine. There was the wine barrel top that guests signed for the “guest book” + the wine bottle hurricanes that we used throughout the venue. We enlisted Flora to collaborate with us on the design and floral elements. Using a palate of white, orange and light green Jillian wanted to complement the natural setting and incorporate birch containers and mercury vases for that subtle hint of elegance. Jeremy Russell captured the day beautifully as seen in the images in this blog post. After guests enjoyed the amazing food from Chef Fleer they danced the night away with We Got The Beat – one of my new favorite bands. Their energy and variety of music was endless and they kept the party going.

From the bride: “Although many of our guests thought we were crazy for having our wedding in a small mountain town, we continue to receive compliments months later thanks largely in part to Becca and our team of vendors. It was truly magical.”

We are also thrilled that this wedding was published on Weddings Unveiled! Click here to see the feature.

Venue:  Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley | Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Rehearsal Dinner + Guest Accommodations: Old Edwards Inn | Floral Design: Flora | Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Photographer: Jeremy Russell Photography | Videographer: Timm Young Films | Ceremony + Reception Music: We Got the Beat, East Coast Entertainment | Cake Designer: Artista Cakes | Hair: Lelena Poff | Makeup: Blush | Transportation: Young Transportation

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