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You’ll Be At A Loss for Words with this Elopement Inspiration

Wow. I’m not really sure what else to say here, in all honesty. Because I’m every single cliche feeling right now – breathless, head over heels, swooning. This elopement inspiration shoot by Simply Sarah Photography is all that and more. Styled by Lacy Geary, we have a scene straight out of an epic romance and there’s nothing else I need on this Friday. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From the stylist, Lacy GearyThe mountains of western North Carolina are some of the most captivating landscapes of undulating hills, crevices and peaks as far as the eye can see. For this beautiful elopement I wanted to capture that beauty and focus on nature. A wedding to me is about the union of two people, a bond they create between themselves and God. When Sarah of Simply Sarah Photography approached me about styling a mountain-top elopement for her most recent 1:1 photography workshop I was thrilled.

She chose Max Patch mountain outside of Asheville as our location and I was immediately drawn to create something simple and meaningful. An elopement on the mountain top overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains speaks volumes to a creation we don’t necessarily always understand but are still in awe of. I wanted to create the feeling of awe inspiring love with this couple here. I was inspired by the natural beauty and color palette of the mountains in my design. I wanted to keep a simple style with the picnic as well, a place where they could sit and relax with one another and enjoy this moment without all the “noise” of the everyday and the distractions of a bunch of guests. Our florals for the bouquet and arbor were a soft mix of greens, ivories and foraged elements added in from the area.

From every angle you couldn’t help but have your breath taken away and this was captured perfectly by Sarah.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Styling + Design: Lacy Geary | Floral Design: Kate Asire Flowers | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Makeup + Hair: Jennifer C. Nieman | Calligraphy: Owl Post Calligraphy | Paper Goods: Owl Post Calligraphy | Photography Workshop Host: Simply Sarah Photography | Ribbon: Stella Wolfe | Scanning + Development: PhotoVision Prints

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The Prettiest Harry Potter Inspired Wedding We’ve Ever Seen

I love a good literary inspired wedding but when the book the Bride’s in love with happens to be Harry Potter, I’m absolutely intrigued to see how she infuses that sort of style into an elegant affair. But with the help of OwlMadeCo., this celebration did so quite successfully. From table number “9 3/4” to a book chapter list designed seating chart, the subtle nods are noteworthy but not distracting – aka perfect. Chris Isham captured them all, set among the beauty of Biltmore Estate and it’s these pics that are making my day. See them all in our Vault right here!

Luxury Venue

From The Biltmore… Janet and Asad were wed on a beautiful day in October. Their ceremony and reception took place at Biltmore’s Lioncrest venue. Janet used the 2015 Pantone color, Marsala, throughout the entire day and the floral decor was perfect for a fall wedding!

From OwlMadeCo… While Janet was not the type of girl who spent her childhood envisioning her dream wedding, she certainly spent it dreaming. She discovered the magical world of books early on and let them carry her to far off places only her imagination could take her. Naturally, when this leading lady found her beau, he shared her love of written word. Janet and Asad exchanged many handwritten love letters throughout their relationship – lasting proof of a love story for the ages.

Shortly after the pair got engaged, Janet moved to South Carolina to pursue her PhD at Clemson University. Again books, exams, and dissertations – not wedding planning – became her highest priorities. Fatefully, she soon met her wedding planner (also a recent SC transplant) and they became fast friends, bonding over wedding details. When asked their vision for their wedding day, Janet and Asad wanted “simple and enjoyable”, with a few subtle hints at one of Janet’s favorite book series. As an avid Harry Potter fan and collector of signed first edition prints, several of their details were literary references. The bride and groom’s table number was “9 ¾”, their rings were photographed on a book open to the chapter “The Unbreakable Vow”, and their seating chart mimicked a book chapter list. They also exchanged vows under one of their favorite book quotes.

For a wedding planner, these were easy requests. All we had to do was garner the best team of vendors to give this couple a day better than even Janet’s vivid imagination could dream up. A fall wedding at the Biltmore Estate certainly called for rich red tones. As the stars had aligned, Marsala was a Pantone color of the year, so we were right on trend. We asked the florist for romantic, lush, organic centerpieces. When selecting a photographer, we knew just the person to make this couple feel comfortable in from of the lens while capturing the beauty of their day. The results – you can see for yourself. Cheers to Janet and Asad, and to a lifetime of putting pen to paper in the name of love!

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Photography: Chris Isham | Cinematography: Field Films | Event Planning: OwlMadeCo. | Floral Design: ModFete Floral + Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Isabelle Schreier of Belle Maquillage | DJ: Uptown Entertainment | Officiant: Danielle Baker | Venue: Biltmore Estate | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals

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Engagement Session in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The only thing better than a mountaintop engagement is a mountaintop engagement with Graham Terhune behind the camera. He captured the incredible beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a couple who still managed to perfectly steal the show. Head to The Vault for a gallery that’ll have you dreaming ahead to autumn days.

From The Bride-to-Be…Mac and I met while studying in London, England. Even though we both were attending the University of Florida it took traveling across the pond for our paths to cross. After two months of friendship our relationship grew into an unbreakable bond that continued to grow once back in the States.

Mac proposed on July 10, 2015 in my hometown of Sarasota, FL at sunset on Lido Beach. Immediately after, we both knew that we wanted Asheville, NC to be where we tied the knot. Stumbling upon Graham and Samantha Terhune as our engagement and wedding photographers was such a blessing. We wanted our engagement session to be as natural as possible and the Terhune’s were our perfect match! They understood our vision, which was perfectly captured in our photos. How much Mac and I love each other and the natural beauty the late-fall Blue Ridge Mountains came out better than we could have imagined.

We cannot thank Graham and Samantha enough for braving the 40 degree weather with 20 mph winds to photograph our engagement photos! They are the perfect combination of our style while staying true to our rustic romantic wedding theme and colors.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Dress: For Love And Lemons | Groom's Suit: Banana Republic | Venue: Wolf Laurel Mountain Resort | Blouse: Free Press | Boots: Cole Haan | Cardigan: Lucky Brand | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Boots: L.L. Bean | Jeans: Banana Republic

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