Julie and Chandler were married just a couple of weeks ago at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Julie was so organized and such a pleasure to work with!  The ceremony was held on The Vista at The Inn on Biltmore Estate – even though the rain threaten for most of the day – it held off so the guests could enjoy the breathtaking views of the Biltmore Estate property and mountains.  The guests flowed inside for cocktails in the gallery followed by an incredible reception in the Vanderbilt Room. The floral decor provided by Bloom Room was so gorgeous – very romantic in tones of gold, blush pink, soft greens and purples.  As always, Nicole, Kyla and the staff at Biltmore Estate were an absolute pleasure to work with.  We’d also like to thank Air Haven Limo for the fabulous getaway car and Five Star Entertainment for the photo booth, gorgeous uplighting and some great dance tunes!  Both Derek and Galen of Two Ring Studios are so incredibly talented, both photographers and videographers – they are always so easy to work with – here’s a little teaser of this stunning wedding.  I can’t wait to see the video!  More photos and the video to follow…..

So, as promised, here’s Post # 2 for Dave and Neera’s traditional, sunset, American wedding reception at Deerpark at Biltmore Estate. More gorgeous pictures from the first post of their Hindu wedding ceremony here.

As I said in the last post, I absolutely loved working with Dave and Neera! They knew what they wanted and they were all about the details! Which of course, I love – and one of my favorite photographer duos, Geoff & Cheyenne Schultz were there to capture every beautiful moment. I need to give a shout-out to Blossoms at Biltmore Park for the beautiful floral design and Vinny with Splitsecond Sound for playing some rockin’ tunes!  I can’t wait to post the link to their coverage on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” – We will definitely let you know when their episode is going to air!

Neera’s bridesmaids looked stunning (and were really fun people!) – They picked their own look and owned it the rest of the night! Neera was really into the details but wanted them executed in a simplistic way – she loved natural colors, candlelight and fabulous printed material…..

Neera is a math whiz – Every escort card had a difficult math problem to solve to find your table! Love the idea, but not sure I can relate – if I was attending the wedding, I probably would have never made it from cocktail hour to my dinner seat – I did have master list and I had to “help” some people find their tables!

So, this may be my favorite idea of the wedding – During dinner each table created a fun team name and answered trivia questions about Neera and Dave (they met at trivia night at a local club so this was really appropriate!)  and a friend gathered the responses and MC’ed an awesome segway from dinner to cake cutting and toasts – and by the way – I got 7 out of 10 right!  I loved getting to know Neera and Dave and it showed!

So, the most creative idea of the night goes to the apple table numbers – to give the table number’s height – we used forks inserted into the apples – it may sound odd, but it executed beautifully!

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So, I think I may say this about all my clients but I absolutely loved working with Neera and Dave and I really miss them!  It’s the truth – when you plan such an important event over a length of time it so easy to fall into a relationship. I really loved their concept from the beginning – Traditional Hindu Ceremony at Sunrise (I’m fairly sure that they added the sunrise part because they know I’m not a morning person :-))  and an American reception in the evening.  The concept was so different from our traditional ceremonies and receptions, I was intrigued by the challenge.  They were married in a beautiful, yet chilly morning at Deerpark at Biltmore Estate.

Throughout the process I felt privileged and  inspired by the Hindu traditions that Neera and Dave wanted to incorporate. The photos below share the story of their gorgeous wedding ceremony.  I had the pleasure of working with Cheyenne and Geoff Schultz for the first time and their images and creativity were just amazing.  Take a look at the images below and you’ll see what I mean.  They captured such beautiful moments that I’ll be posting several blog posts from Dave and Neera’s gorgeous wedding!

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After going to see the incredible musical production “Wicked” over the weekend, I couldn’t help but imagine a vibrant Oz inspired wedding. How fantastic to see an elegant bride with ruby red shoes peeking out from under her wedding dress. With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect season to use one of Asheville’s many rustic barn settings as backdrop to the ceremony or reception. Complete the casual elegant vibe with rich hues of red, yellow and green against a classic black and white palette. You can use a hint of emerald with pins and necklaces for your attendants. After the reception, bid farewell to your guests from a hot air balloon just like the wizard himself.

Hot air balloon, R.O. Franks Aviation Co., Asheville, NC, Barn by Sandlin Gaither Photography, Mason Jar candles,  Bride and Bridesmaids by Reminisce Photography & Design, Wedding Cake Reminisce Photography & Design, Fetner Aviation Invitations by LiLai, Attendant Gifts (clockwise from left) vintage aquamarine flower from Alice Kwartler Antiques, Aquamarine teardrop clusters by TenThousandThings, diamond-encrusted emerald from Fortunoff, aquamarine pendant by Tiffany & Co., beaded necklace with an onyx leaf pendant by Wendy Mink, emerald corsage stickpin and multicolored gold pheasant pin, both from Alice Kwartler Antiques.

I’ve been to many beach weddings, but none captured the spirit of the happy couple like Sandlin and Danielle’s Pawley’s Island, SC wedding celebration. The couple were married by the bride’s father in a casual-cool ceremony overlooking the ocean surrounded by family and close friends. Danielle has an incredible DIY style and transformed a J.Crew dress into her beautiful wedding gown. Sandlin and Danielle decided to spend the rest of their lives together while vacationing in Bali and carried the special moment through to the reception with hanging lanterns. The reception was held in the groom’s aunt’s beach house and highlighted the couples love of travel with lobster and mango ceviche, sushi, Thai peanut noodles and Vietnamese meatballs.

Photography by Kristen Brown; Flowers by Pawley’s Island Community Florist; Make up done by Kelly Tick; Cupcakes by Incredible Edibles; Catering by Steve Perrone; Wedding Coordinator Asheville Event Co.; the bride customized a dress by J Crew and the groom wore a khaki suit from Banana Republic.

With the Easter holiday a few days away, I am inspired by the sounds of birds chirping on my morning walks and the anticipation of spring in Asheville. Robins egg blue takes on a whimsical, fresh feeling when mixed with classic white and rich teal. Highlight the bird theme with a stunning feather wrap over your gown  or with the ultimate earth friendly guest favors like seeds in a sweet bird embellished box. You can accomplish the something new, something blue requirement with the gorgeous filigree locket found on Etsy.

Photography and images clockwise from top left: Birds Nest Place Card Holder – Pottery Barn; Birds of a feather bowl duo with lace texture – PrinceDesignUK; wedding invitation – Myrtle & Marjoram; tiered wedding cake – Wolfgang Puck Catering, Chicago, photo by Red Ribbon Studio, Minneapolis from the wedding of Leah & Kyle; blue bird necktie – Toybreaker; ivory feather shrug by Garnette Avenue Atelier Spose; boxed wedding favors – Tree in a Box, photo by Leslie Gilbert Photography from the Wedding at Box Hill Mansion at Regents Glen; paisley necktie MeandMatilda; white bridesmaid bouquet – Myrtle & Marjoram; gourmet chocolate fudge brownie truffle lollipop wedding favor  – My3lilCupcakes; round filigree locket – MStevensonDesigns