In January we took the opportunity to attend the Bliss & Bespoke retreat in Charleston. It’s a rare occasion for us to step away from the office and engage with other planners in an intimate setting. It is important in our industry to connect and collaborate with our colleagues, so that we can all improve our processes and strategies. It’s also good practice to attend other planner’s events as a guest, it makes you appreciate the guest experience and understand our client’s expectations. Highlights included engaging with Calder Clark and Lynn Easton, as well as enjoying some of Charleston’s famed venues.

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Abbey and Matt are both New Yorkers, and while they may call the North home, these “Yankees” will always be welcome back in the North Carolina mountains. They were so much fun to work with and had a very clear vision for what they wanted for their wedding day. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

Abbey and Matt loved the Crest Center – the views were the perfect fit for their vision of a mountain wedding. Abbey chose navy blue and gold as her wedding colors and highlighted these colors in the bridesmaids dresses, linens and many gold accents throughout the reception. Soft pink flowers tied together the elegant colors with the rustic mountain setting.

Perhaps the most fun detail of their wedding was a special surprise from the groom to the bride. Knowing how much Abbey loves champagne, Matt and I arranged for a 9L bottle from one of their favorite vineyards to be delivered and presented to the bride at their reception. After popping the cork, the champagne was passed around for toasts and the bottle was sent back to be engraved and will reside in the couple’s home.

Congratulations to the happy couple, I hope there are many more champagne-worthy occasions in your future! – Caroline

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All her life, Kathryn had imagined being married in the charming beauty of Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate and we are so happy to be part of creating the perfect evening for her, Will, and their friends and family.

As Kathryn stepped up to meet Will at the altar, raindrops began to fall… Without missing a beat, they took their vows and kissed as the sunshine reappeared. Inside Deerpark, the guests were treated to tables laid with ethereal runners and lush garlands. The courtyard was strung with cafe lights, which was perfect for dancing under the stars as the sounds of bluegrass filled the air.

I so enjoyed helping create a magical night for Kathryn and Will. I wish them all the joy and beauty that marriage brings. Cheers! – Cortney

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“When the venue looks like an estate plucked from the English countryside, you know you’re in for one seriously show stopping event.” Excited to finally share this beauty of a wedding day on BRIDES!

It was such a pleasure getting to know Stacy, Greg, and their families as we planned their special day. Just hours prior to the ceremony the forecast called for 100% chance of rain…one of the lovely challenges with an outdoor ceremony, particularly on the Front Lawn of Biltmore House. However we took our chances and went for it and, as luck and some well connected angels would have it, not a drop of rain fell. It was such a lovely sign for Greg and Stacy as the warm sun shined down on their wedding day.

Stacy and her father arrived for the ceremony by vintage car. Passing first in front of the famed Biltmore House, guests had a chance to glimpse at the gorgeous bride before she was escorted down the aisle. Greg’s uncle led a heartfelt and personalized ceremony after which guests were invited to tour a section of the Biltmore House. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Library Terrace overlooking the reception tent and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tent was beautifully lit with candles and featured a monochromatic white color palette with chandeliers. The couples wedding monogram was projected onto the dance floor, while outside the tent, overlooking the mountains, guests enjoyed s’mores at various lounges with fire pits. It was a beautiful night for a fireworks show! – Becca

Thank you, BRIDES, for featuring their wedding!

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We’re so excited to share the images from Laura and Clay’s wedding in Highlands, NC. Their wedding was featured in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Trendy Bride Magazine.

Laura and Clay’s wedding ceremony was the most unique and meaningful ceremony I’ve ever witnessed as it included two officiants that were part of their lives growing up, personalized readings from friends and family, and music played by their family. The ceremony was overflowing with love and it set the tone for a beautiful celebration and marriage.

The bridal party consisted of 28 bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus 4 flower girls and 2 small ring bearers. In keeping with the personalized theme, the florist – Sassafras Flowers, photographer – Callie Pitts Davis with Nancy Ray Photography, and videographer – Chad Cunningham with Wild Heart Studios were all friends of the family.

The strolling reception featured varying shades of grey linens with lace overlays and white floral arrangements with beautiful trailing greenery. The space was transformed with fabric hanging from the wood beams and from the rustic wooden barn doors leading from the barn into the main pavilion area for dinner and dancing.

Paige, the mother of the bride, and I had such fun designing the overall event and reception space. The pavilion featured a farm style head table for the bride, groom and their immediate families and was a focal point of the reception space with a silver beaded table runner, silver metallic chargers, gray and white linen napkins and a sweet loveseat for the newlyweds. The couple’s newly created monogram was used in everything from a custom floral wall feature to fabric napkins and a lit gobo that shone on the dance floor.  The evening ended with a nine-piece band that was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to Laura & Clay – we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! – xoxo Missie

Thank you, Trendy Bride, for sharing their heartfelt day!

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To the couple, Cashiers, North Carolina symbolizes rest, relaxation and a festive spirit, which is exactly what they wanted to share with their family and friends for their wedding weekend.

The Chattooga Club was the perfect wedding venue for Mason and Hunter. They wanted a traditional and classic wedding with a nod to the natural elements and the picturesque view from the Club. If you look out to the mountains, just to the left from the ceremony site, you can see Rock Mountain, which is where Hunter proposed to Mason!

A custom watercolor crest (featuring their sweet dog, Miller) was used on many elements from the invitations to cocktail glasses and napkins. There was an abundance of greenery with beautiful lime green linens complementing the neutral floral and decor. Topiaries lined the entrance of the pavilion and small tabletop topiaries held up the wedding hashtag and cake flavor signs.

It was a beautiful day and we are so happy for Mason and Hunter. Here’s to you! – Becca Knuth

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In 2010, I planned Courtney’s sister’s wedding and have stayed close with their family over the years. When Courtney and Jeff got engaged, they started thinking about a wedding in California, but once Courtney’s mom, Linda, showed them Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley and told Courtney that I would be able to plan their wedding, they were sold! It was an honor to plan another Adams wedding.

Courtney and Jeff wanted to share a beautiful destination with their friends and family. Once they found the venue, they focused their attention on the ceremony content and personal details. As Courtney and Jeff share a love for music, we weaved music throughout the day from the meaningful musical selections to the guitar guestbook poster to the concert and band table names.

A gorgeous late spring wedding at Canyon Kitchen with Courtney and Jeff was a perfect way to begin our wedding season. We are thrilled that Southern Weddings chose to share their love story and wedding day!

Courtney and Jeff, I wish you all the best! – Becca Knuth

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Lisa and Anthony had a beautiful and intimate ceremony shared with their children, family, and close friends. The event was a weekend affair with the rehearsal dinner at the Springhouse at Old Edwards with traditional southern BBQ. They chose Old Edwards Club as the ceremony and reception venue and were married near the green in front of a beautiful stone fireplace. Following the ceremony, cocktails were enjoyed outside and dinner followed inside the clubhouse featuring beautiful exposed wood beams and hundreds of twinkle lights hung by the team at Classic Event Rental. They kept the decor neutral and natural to maintain the casual feel of the clubhouse. Dessert was the focal point as there were 16 kids under the age of 10 – cake, mini cupcakes, and an ice cream bar were set up front and center.

We wish Lisa, Anthony, and their beautiful children a lifetime of happiness!

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From the moment I talked to Sherry, the mother of the bride, I knew I was going to love her, as well as Betsey and Chris, the bride and groom. She’s full of interesting stories and a life well lived, full of love and a doting husband (Bubba), and three wonderful and wildly successful daughters. Every planning meeting with this client made me feel like I was part of their family as they took my guidance and advice with grace and respect. We planned an incredible weekend of events that showcased Betsey and Chris.

I can’t help but love Betsey’s refined, classic taste. She wasn’t into metallics or trends – she wanted a timeless wedding incorporating whites, ivories, and greenery with a touch of navy and gray. We enlisted a local florist and Cashier’s favorite, Fiddlehead Designs to help bring her vision to life. Every element was designed to enhance the natural feel of The Farm at Old Edwards Inn. I especially loved the barn wood boxes and beautiful arbor at the ceremony and the beautiful touch of gray fabric in the pavilion.

6 of Four captured every detail and emotion beautifully. Much love to Betsey, Chris, Sherry, Bubba, and the rest of their amazing family. Xoxo – Missie

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I adore Ashley, Casey, and Ashley’s mom, Ruth. I had an absolute blast designing and planning Ashley’s fairytale wedding with them. Everything from the dress and shoes to the location on the Tennis Lawn and Italian Gardens at Biltmore was perfect. Ashley had a strong vision from the beginning and Blossoms at Biltmore Park literally “hit the ball out of the park!” implementing her beautiful color palette of blush pinks, whites, ivories, and gold. Rachael McIntosh captured every amazing detail beautifully and we were so excited when Elizabeth Anne Designs shared this wedding on their blog last year!

There’s something about Ashley and Ruth that I just love! It is wonderful to work with clients for a year or more planning their wedding and that you know in the end you will still keep in touch. Ashley is beautiful, loving, personable, and a friend – I’m honored that she chose Asheville Event Co. to plan her dream wedding. We wish you all the love and happiness in the world! – Missie and the AEC Team

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