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Of the Top 10 Wedding Trends featured recently on The Knot, I must say my favorite is revival of the “dinner focused reception”. If you’re like me and enjoy hosting dinner parties for friends and family at home, try creating that same warm, intimate atmosphere at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Fill the table with family style dishes, festive drinks, votive candles and sweet floral arrangements to make your guests feel at home and encourage flowing conversation and lasting memories. With fewer catering staff required for a family style dinner, this could also be an economical way to make your evening unique.

Photography Credits: dinner party courtesy of The Knot CA/VA weddings, Cava Sangria courtesy of Bobby Flay for Food TV, Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp courtesy Ina Garten for Food Network Magazine, Green and Red Tomato Salad courtesy of Robert Irvine for Food Network

With all the snow and cold weather we’ve been enjoying here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we couldn’t help but get inspired by the thought of a sun filled wedding day. Yellow takes on an upbeat, modern twist mixed with a classic black and white palette. Imagine an afternoon wedding at the Biltmore Estate or the glow of a sunset wedding outside at Homewood. Add fun personal touches like cupcakes, specialty cocktails and tasty guest favors to make your special day unique. With the expert planning, creativity and local knowledge, the ladies at Asheville Event Co can take your inspiration for the perfect wedding and turn it into a dream come true.

Images in this inspiration board were created on www.dessy.com and come mostly from a gorgeous wedding in Long Beach. Featured in this inspiration board are photographs by: Jihan Abdalla http://www.jihanabdalla.com/weddings/; Green Apple Photo http://www.greenapplephoto.com; Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://www.edytaszyszlo.com; Carol MacGregor http://www.happygatherings.com

Jamie and Bryan’s wedding at Claxton Farm was so full of spectacular details!  Jamie was a DIY bride from the beginning and it was so much fun to collaborative with her, her mom Helene and Bryan to create this vintage-inspired wedding of their dreams.  Jamie gathered a lot of inspiration from Style Me Pretty, as well as Martha Stewart when planning all of the personal touches.

Jamie found mis-matched china from flea markets, yard sales and antique stores and incorporated the dinner plates and salad plates into every place setting for her nearly 100 guests. Vintage tea cups, sugar bowls and gravy boats served as vessels for some of the floral decor on the tables. And as always, Stacey from the Bloom Room’s floral designs were amazing. All of the linen runners and napkins were hand-sewn by a friend of the family. Love birds became an understated theme throughout the celebration and were used in their table setting and on top of the cake.  An antique bird cage served as a place card holder, while bird nest lanterns were hung from the rafters in the barn.

The color palette of melon, sunshine yellow, granite gray and slate blue complimented the vintage theme. Flip flops in every size (including toddler’s for her nephews) were waiting on the dance floor in baskets.  Every sign was hand-stamped by the bride from their hand-made guest book to the “Hitching Post” sign to the sign directing to the “Hoe Down.”  Miss Pickle’s Press’s tags adorned the late-night smore’s by the fire, the local, home-made peach butter for guest favors and the stir-sticks for their signature cocktail, a Peach Smash.

Yellow parasols shaded the sun from the guests and the ceremony and made a fun prop for family photos.  The programs fans were hand-made by Jamie out of vintage style paper.   The children’s table featured butcher block paper, vintage toys and candy and an authentic “I Spy” game.  The lounge area was accented by hay-bale couches, chairs and coffee tables, accented by custom fabric runners and wood stumps for end tables.

Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your special day!  Congratulations Jamie and Bryan!

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Haifa & Doug were married on January 9, 2010 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. They have been together for 14 years and brought together an amazing circle of friends and family for their nuptials. Their creative ceremony and decor ideas translated into a very personalized and unique experience.

Each guest was given a river rock prior to the ceremony. During the ceremony the guests were asked to say a prayer, wish or blessing for the couple and asked to come up and place the rock in a wooden bowl for the couple to keep. Originally Haifa and Doug planned to have their ceremony on the Fabulous Tyrolean Terrace; however, freezing temperatures forced us to move the ceremony inside to the ballroom.

The ceremony was in circular formation and Haifa and Doug were surrounded by river rocks, candles, and their guests. The ceremony was performed by a dear friend who has known the couple as long as they have been together. The very original, creative ceremony and vows were created by Haifa and Doug. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house (and that included their wedding planner)!

Alan from Blossom’s did an amazing job incorporating all of Haifa & Doug’s unique ideas with the elegance of the Grand Bohemian Ballroom. Simple white floral arrangements combined with lots of  candles and natural elements such as river rocks, rose petals and evergreen sprays complemented the elegant ballroom decor. The “Smash” cake from the Chocolate Fetish was quite a hit and a surprise to the guests when Haifa and Doug “hammered” into it instead of  “cutting the cake”.

Matt Hanner provided a photo booth, in addition to photographing the weekends events. Guests had fun with words and props, but no one had more fun than the bride and groom hamming it up.

Many thanks to all the vendors for making this wedding such a success and bringing Haifa and Doug’s vision to life!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Bohemian Asheville | Flowers & Decor: Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Photography & Photo Booth: Matt Hanner | Chocolate Smash Cake: The Chocolate Fetish | Wedding Coordinator: Asheville Event Co. | Hair & Make Up: Suraj Spa

Jamie and Bryan were married on a beautiful, sunny, Labor Day Weekend on the lawn at the historic and rustic Claxton Farm in Weaverville, NC. Sadly, just a couple of months after their wedding, the Claxton Farm barn perished in a fire.  We were so grateful that we were there with Jamie and Bryan to celebrate the unique charm of this gorgeous special event venue. The photos below tell the story of what a special place it is. We are eagerly awaiting the new venue that will become Claxton Farm this spring! This post is the first in a series of two. Stay tuned for the next post which will highlight all of the personal details of this stunning wedding!

Jamie got ready at the historic Beaufort House Bed and Breakfast near downtown Asheville. This grounds are just lovely and if you are looking for a fabulous place to stay or get married in Asheville this is a perfect option! Bryan’s niece was so cute with her flower petals (Courtesy of Stacey at the Bloom Room, of course!) and fancy shoes!

The Corduroy Road, a Folksy/Americana band from Athens, GA, was the perfect compliment for Jamie and Bryan’s ceremony music and DIY wedding vision. Their ceremony featured the couple’s favorite songs by Paul Simon, Van Morrison and the Plain White T’s. Both Jamie’s Mom and Dad walked her down the aisle.  It was so sweet!

Jamie and Bryan incorporated both Jewish and Christian traditions into their ceremony including this beautiful Huppah from the Bloom Room and the breaking of the glass.

The ceremony looked so beautiful dotted with bright yellow parasols to shade the hot the sun.  The chairs were adorned with handmade paper cones filled with natural grasses.  The programs were made from handmade paper in the shape of a fan to cool the guests.

Congratulations Jamie and Bryan!  You make a perfect couple!

Brianne & Ryan decided to get married on December 27, 2009 and created a destination wedding weekend for their guests. From the Brew’s cruise on Saturday, an incredible rehearsal dinner at Cucina 24, a gorgeous wedding celebration to an incredibly fun reception to Skiing at Wolf Laurel and a candlelight tour of the Biltmore House, the guests had plenty to do over the holiday weekend.

Grace Church was the perfect place for the ceremony. The little stone church in North Asheville with its red door was decorated for the holidays and made for a dramatic and beautiful ceremony.

In lieu of bridesmaids bouquets, Brianne chose white muffs for her ladies! Brianne was was very DIY bride and had collected mini Christmas trees throughout the year to use as centerpieces. We enlisted Stacey Brown of The Bloom Room for the bridal party flowers and to bring Brianne’s vision to life. Stacey and her team did a wonderful job adding the perfect elements to create this Christmas wedding. We stuck to a silver and red theme using silver tablecloths with red napkins, red roses and lots of silver and candlelight! Beautiful winter decor accented the flower girls hair.

Brianne spent well over a year coming up with creative ideas for her reception. The favor and place card was an ornament that hung in the Grand Bohemian Salon on a Christmas Tree. Guests found their ornament on the tree which directed them to their table for the evening. Throughout the evening guests could have their pictures taken in the photo booth provided by Shutter Booth and insert their photo into their ornament favor for a keepsake! The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville was the perfect venue for this Romantic Winter Wedding.

City Bakery created a “Present” Wedding Cake that was as delicious to eat as it was gorgeous! Great job Sarah!

Brianne, Ryan and their guests had such a great time. The Grand Bohemian staff did a stellar job as usual and offered exceptional service, as well as delicious food. Vinny from Split Second Sound was incredible and had EVERYONE on the dance floor until the very last minute. Jen Lepkowski did an amazing job capturing the day.

Many thanks to all the vendors for helping to make this wedding such a huge success!

Ceremony Venue: Grace Church | Reception Venue: The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville | Wedding Planner: Asheville Event Co.  | Floral/Decor: The Bloom Room | Cake Designer: City Bakery | DJ: Split Second Sound | Photography: Jen Lepkowski Photography | Photo Booth: Shutter Booth | Trolley: Asheville Historic Trolley | Hair/Make-up: Adorn

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