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I immediately connected with Laura Hendrickson since she lives in my hometown of Princeton, NJ, and grew to love her and her fiance, Sam Rabin, even more as time went on. They met while attending Stetson University, and in 2010 moved to Princeton, NJ when Sam began his first year studying for his PhD. The following year Sam proposed to Laura during a hot-air balloon ride and we were they lucky ones they called to plan their dream wedding!

In one of our first consultations, Laura’s mother said to me that with this wedding she, “wanted to create magic,” and that is exactly what we did! From the custom place cards that reflected Sam’s love of birds to the hand-strung roses displayed at the wedding ceremony, every detail came together to create one of the most magical weddings Biltmore Estate has ever seen. The colors they chose fit right in with the beautiful autumn mountain leaves – golds, reds and oranges filled every corner. And of course, Diana at Biltmore Estate is a stunning location for a wedding – it’s hard to beat those views of the Biltmore House, and nothing adds to a wedding quite like a fireworks display!

Venue: Diana at Biltmore Estate | Floral Design: Studio Flora Diva | Linens: Wildflower Linens & BBJ | Rentals: Classic Event Rentals | Lighting Design: Get Lit | Photography: Parker J. Photography | Videographer: Timm Young Films | Ceremony Musicians: Mary Daniels Trio  | Reception Music: The Business | Transportation: Asheville Trolley | Hair: Rebecca from Lola | Makeup: Scott from Makeup Grove Arcade

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For the first time ever, the nationally known Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will be playing exhibition games in our region, and we could not be more honored to take part in this event. WWAST, also known as “America’s Favorite Team,” is comprised of men that have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military, and through extensive rehabilitation have been restored to competitive athletes once again. These amazing athletes have extraordinary stories to tell, and through exhibition softball games they hope to raise awareness of the sacrifice and resilience of our military. It will be an inspirational event that you cannot miss.

Taking place over Armed Forces Weekend, the proceeds will benefit Operation Welcome Home, a veterans scholarship fund that provides job opportunities for former military personnel at ABCCM’s Veteran’s Restoration Quarters and Transitional housing facility in Swannanoa. This facility is responsible for helping homeless veterans get back on their feet and provide job training to help them re-enter the workforce.

While it is a national organization, the teams competing will be our own local heroes. On Friday, May 17th, McCormick Field will host teams of Asheville and Buncombe County first responders, as well as a special kick-off exhibition featuring local personalities. Henderson County first responder units as well as the Senior Softball League will compete at West Henderson High School on Saturday, May 18th.  This event is a great time to give back to the local heroes and show our appreciation for their sacrifice, so please mark your calendars!

Event Details:

Friday, May 17th @ McCormick Field

Saturday, May 18th @ West Henderson High School

Tickets: $10 at McCormick Field Box office or Hendersonville’s Visitor’s Center

For additional information, please visit www.wwastwnc.com

We are so excited to be teaming up with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) to help put on the 2nd Annual Bearwallow Beast 5K Trail Run and Festival! If you’re an avid runner and looking for a challenge, you MUST take part in this race! Voted one of “WNC’s Best Foot Races of 2012” by Mountain Express readers, the Beast is the one of the fiercest 5K runs in the Southeast, entailing 1400 feet of elevation gain over a 3.1 mile trail to the top of Bearwallow Mountain. Runners will travel over not only asphalt, but also forest service roads and single track trails.

Of course, the best part of this event is reaching the peak, where a festival will be in full swing!  Whether you are a runner or not, please come out to enjoy the live music, as well as the local food and beverages being served. There’s nothing better than enjoying good food and music with friends and family, except of course if you’re also at the top of a beautiful mountain peak in WNC!

One of the reasons we love this particular event so much is due to its goal of preserving the land in WNC. Bearwallow Mountain and CMLC have partnered together to ensure that 164 acres of land, including the public trail that the Beast runners will use, are permanently protected. The proceeds of Bearwallow Beast will be used for the conservation of the adjoining acres. In fact, CMLC recently purchased 84 acres on the mountaintop, a sign that their efforts are certainly working! To read more about their recent success, check out this article at Asheville Citizen Times.

Here are more details for Bearwallow Beast, hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Time: 2:00PM

Registration Cost: $30 for pre-registration (before April 1st) and $35 for regular registration

To register, or for more information, please visit www.bearwallowbeast.com

I have to say that Moog Music is absolutely one of our favorite clients! They are best known for their electronic instruments and have been pioneers in the music industry for years, and we are are thrilled to be able to work with them here in Asheville. We were excited to hear that they recently teamed up with the Asheville Symphony to incorporate electronic music into a classical music performance.

This is the second time that Daniel Meyer, the Asheville Symphony’s conductor, has incorporated modern Moog instruments into classical pieces. “What we wanted to do was a little mix of acoustic and electronic instruments, and so this idea of taking advantage of the wonderful musicians that we have in the Asheville Symphony, but then also matching that with the fact that Moog Electronic Instrument factory is right here in Asheville, NC,” says Meyer in an interview for the Asheville Citizen Times. For this particular performance, a solo in Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2,” that was typically for a recorder (a woodwind musical instrument), was instead performed by one of Moog’s Voyager synthesizers! These types of creative collaborations are exactly what make Asheville such an amazing place to be.

To read more about the work that was done with Moog and to hear the full interview with Daniel Meyer, check out this link at Asheville Citizen Times.

**Photo above was taken by Michael Morel

Ida + Clay love to drive…They met in high school but it wasn’t until they re-met later in life that the sparks flew. With their affinity for the mountains of Western North Carolina it was appropriate that they find the perfect place to exchange their vows. So…while driving along the windy road from Highlands to Sapphire they just happened to pass Lonesome Valley. They both thought it was the perfect place to celebrate their wedding and they were in luck since Canyon Kitchen had recently begin hosting weddings. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and connected with these two and it was a perfect match!

A fantastic couple, a rustic and elegant barn with incredible views, plus amazing food from Chef Fleer. Pure Bliss. I loved everything about Ida’s vision – and Clay’s two cents! They live in DC and both have very busy schedules, but they made several road trips down and we put together one of my most memorable weddings…

Oh where to begin… the pews for the ceremony that Flora provided were perfect. The Persian ceremony that was incorporated was very unique and touching. All of the personal touches – handmade pillows, desserts and carpet coasters – were beautiful and meaningful. They especially loved that Chef Fleer designed a custom Persian-American meal for their friends and families.

I will admit, my favorite part were the floating lanterns. They rocked. Oh, and of course, the lovebirds riding away on a tandem bike was a perfect way to end the evening! Loved it.

So many thanks to Caroline Ghetes for capturing and sharing this special day.

Venue + Catering: Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley | Photography: Caroline Ghetes | Wedding Planner: Asheville Event Co. | Florist: Flora | Band: Iron Horse | Cake Designer: Artista Cakes | Make up: Blush! | Hair: The Secret Spa | Transportation: Elite
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Erin and Sam are one of the sweetest couples I worked with all season!  To get a snapshot of this wonderful couple, I will take a direct quote from Erin’s Blog, Two for Moon, “A foodie (she) and a politico (he) meet and fall in love. He gets a job in D.C. and moves. They plan trips, skype, and IM. He proposes; she says yes. They plan a dream wedding and she moves to D.C. The prologue closes and the story begins.”

Their’s was a daytime wedding at Lioncrest followed by lunch and an afternoon of celebrating with friends and family.  To quote Erin again, “There’s nothing better.”  I couldn’t agree more.

Venue: Lioncrest  | Wedding Planner: Asheville Event Co. | Officiant: Fred Werhan | Ceremony, Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: Asheville String Trio | Florist: The Flower Gallery | Photographer: TJ Uttke Photography  | Exit Transportation: Elite Limo | Hair: Adorn

When Laura first contacted me I knew right away that I wanted to work on her wedding. She was having it on their family farm in Brasstown, NC and if there is one thing that we love to do, it’s produce weddings at special locations such as a family farm. Laura and Matthew had been together for something like 10 years so the fact that they were finally engaged and getting married was a huge deal for their friends and family. Guests came from all over to witness the occasion.

There was very little about Laura & Matthew’s wedding that fit the norm. It was very much an expression of their personalities and tastes and it was such a pleasure working with them and seeing the ideas they came up with.

Laura is a science teacher and Matthew is a philosopher of science so there were many elements (pun seriously intended) incorporated into the DIY decor…note the test tubes used for the centerpieces… I loved The Periodic Table of Seating!

The Staurolite Barn hosted Cabinet – a bluegrass band that Laura + Matthew hired to travel from PA. They were fabulous and had everyone on the dance floor well into the night.

Ok, so it was 103 degrees the day they got married and one cannot forget that this wedding planner chased down a bus in a golf cart…the FOB told me that would go down in history. I loved working with the Lanwermeyer Family and being a part of Laura & Matthews Wedding Weekend in Brasstown.

For more images visit Two Rings Blog

We aren’t the only ones that loved this wedding!  Click here to see Laura and Matthew’s wedding featured on Mountain Side Bride.

Venue: Staurolite Farm, Family Farm in Brasstown, NC | Photographer: Two Ring Studios | Caterer: Catering by Cindy | Tent + Rentals: Classic Event Rentals | Band: Cabinet | Floral + Decor: Bride + friends + family | Wedding Planner: Asheville Event Co. | Hair + Makeup: Brasstown Valley Resort

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I absolutely love these two! They met at work. She’s a pharmacist and he was a resident. Very Grey’s Anatomy. 🙂 He proposed in the comfort of their own home. They wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception with mountain views as well as the convenience of having a hotel at the reception venue so their guests didn’t have to go far.

They chose the Grove Park Inn Vanderbilt Terrace for the ceremony and the Mountain View Terrace for the reception.  It was a tad hot for mid June, but as guests dined alfresco the sun set over Asheville and the gorgeous mountains behind the city – beautiful!

Amber wanted a simple color scheme – Persimmon and White with hints of bling. Check out the bedazzled bee’s in the bridal bouquet!  Strands of crystals and orchids hung from the lamp posts and my personal favorite was the lounge area that we created with pillows by the outside fireplace. The bride & groom amused their guests with a chocolate smash cake from the Chocolate Fetish and of course the very best wedding pound cake by Cakes By Jane.

We hung cafe string lights under the pergola where The Business kept everyone on their feet – as they always do. There was so much to take in with the beautiful views, amazing tunes and the happiest couple on the planet!

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Venue and Catering: The Grove Park Inn | Photography: Jeremy Russell | Florist: BobbyMark’s Design | Reception Band: The Business | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Jane | Favors & Smash Cake: Chocolate Fetish

The Asheville Event Co. team was asked by Southern Living to create our idea of the perfect welcome basket for Asheville wedding guests.  They featured our ideas in the 2013 issue of Southern Living Weddings.  This issue is full of wonderful tips on how to incorporate southern hospitality and greet your guests with welcome baskets that reflect the personality of your wedding location.

Kenzie & Chris’ rustic chic wedding at Claxton Farm was nothing short of fabulous!  We are thrilled that The Knot North Carolina chose to feature their wedding in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue.  Many thanks to the wonderful vendors that made their day so fantastic: Claxton Farm, Woodward + Rick, Magic Hour Creative, The Bloom RoomSanctum Sully, Split Second Sound, Short Street Cakes, Scott Thompson, and Lola Salon!