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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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Destroyed Venue Led to Amazing Autumn Wedding

There’s nothing quite like the building excitement in the days before your wedding. But when this couple’s venue caught fire THREE WEEKS before their special day, fear and panic set in big time. And despite all odds, their friends, family, photographer Perry Vaile, and the amazing folks at Omni Grove Park Inn, made magic happen. They ended up with a wedding you’d never guess was pulled together and The Vault has the the photos that prove sometimes “Plan B” is even better.

From the Bride… Whew – where to start! I am Australian and my (new!) husband Sam is American. We’d been dating for about six years with four of those years spent with each of us in our respectful home countries. Handwritten letters, flights back and forth and countless numbers of hours spent on Skype kept us together. After years of many tears, too many goodbyes and me finishing college, our love story still going strong, we decided it was time to put ourselves in the same location. So, I begun the process of trying to move to the USA. This in itself was no easy task! Many people asked “Why don’t you guys just get married!” But, it just didn’t feel right! We knew we would get married one day, but we didn’t want a Visa to make it happen.

I eventually was offered an employment opportunity, and moved to the US! Eight months later, Sam surprised me on Christmas morning with a ski trip to Vail, Colorado. We left that morning and unbeknownst to me, he still wasn’t done with the surprises! On day two, we went to the top of the mountain so we could check out the views of the village. Sam had all the staff at the top of the mountain on his side. They took us on snow mobiles to a secluded little pergola where they had set up champagne, candles and a camera! When I turned around he was on one knee!

We didn’t want to rush the wedding planning process, we knew it was going to be an incredible feat to have all my family and friends arrange to come to the US for it. We gave ourselves 18 months to do it and I’m glad we did – it gave me time to really think about how I wanted our wedding to be. My best friend designed our invites which I cut and put together myself and then hand calligraphed each guests’ address onto in finetic gold ink. I crafted a lot of tea light candle holders to use as romantic decorations. While it took time, all the personal touches really made it feel like “our day.”

A month to go and everything was essentially set. My family was arriving two weeks prior to the day and we couldn’t be more excited that everything was falling into place! Three weeks before our big day, I woke up and checked my e-mail. There was one from my cake designer which said “Kaoma – I wanted to let you know in case you don’t already, there was a fire at your wedding venue last night. Let me know if I can do anything.” I was thinking “No way – she must have the wrong place!” so I frantically typed it into Google, and there it was, a news story and pictures of our wedding venue that we chose 16 months ago and absolutely adored, up in flames.

Sam is a medic and a fireman and was working a shift at the time, I called him immediately; he’s always good in these situations! He called the fire chief of the local department where our venue was, who told us, he was sorry but that “a team of 100 men couldn’t put that place back together in time for your wedding in three weeks.

We were going to be getting married in the mountains, a hugely popular wedding destination which is why we booked our venue so far in advance. We couldn’t believe what was happening. The thought of calling it off didn’t even cross our minds, our friends and family were FLYING IN just for this! We called everyone we knew in that area or who had friends in that area. Everyone immediately swung into action to find us a new venue!

Along with all of our other vendors, we called our photographer, Perry Vaile, to let her know the situation. She said “I got this!” She called around, including the Grove Park Inn. Thinking it was probably a waste of time because we thought that there would be no way the Grove Park has availability in the fall. Well, the stars all aligned. Erin Pangerl, the event coordinator at the time, informed us they had an opening at the country club for our day and that she wanted to help us in any way she possibly could! We signed the contract two days later and oh my goodness, we were getting married at the Grove Park Inn!

My family arrived and wedding festivities began. It was not only the best day ever, but the best three weeks ever! I don’t think there will ever be a time when both mine and Sam’s family is in the same place at the same time!

Despite rain leading up to and on the day of, it held off for the entire length of our wedding! Perry Vaile captured our day beautifully and we couldn’t be more thankful to our family, friends and amazing vendors who moved mountains to make our big day so incredible!


Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Floral Design: the bloom room | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Mother Of The Bride & Friends | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Runway | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Adorn Salon And Boutique | DJ: DJ Asian Will | Band: Whistling Wolves | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Grove Park Inn | Make Up Artist: Blush By Wendy

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Traditional + Elegant Outdoor Biltmore Estate Wedding

If you’re looking for endless pretty to peek, look no further. Because when you marry the glamour of the Biltmore with the hands of Asheville Event Co., you’re guaranteed a wedding day goldmine. Take our word for it, but if you have any doubt that our assertion is correct, we charge you with peeking at Realities Photography, Jill Schwarzkopf captures in THE VAULT and then try to suggest otherwise!


From The BiltmoreLauren and Tyler were wed at Diana on Biltmore Estate, on August 8th, 2015. Their lovely ceremony took place outdoors, with their reception space nearby. Realities Photography perfectly captured the soft elegance of their beautiful day.

From Asheville Event Co.… Lauren & Tyler envisioned a day of grace, love and chic beauty for their wedding. Nestled in the mountains of Asheville, NC on a clear August evening, Lauren & Tyler said “I do” overlooking the gracious lawns & spectacular house of the Biltmore Estate.

Upon being announced Mr. & Mrs. the couple was surprised with a shower of petals…the look on their faces was pure joy!

Classical string music drifted through the air as guests sipped on champagne and enjoyed the beauty of their surroundings. As guests were being served a gorgeous dinner of lobster, steak and locally grown vegetables, the newlyweds snuck off for pictures as the sun set behind the Biltmore House.

After the cake was cut, Laurens father asked the guests to join him for a special treat for Lauren & Tyler. Incredible fireworks on the front lawn on the house…guests were thrilled with the beautiful show!

A special dance shared by the bride & her brother led off the night of dancing, singing and fun! The night ended with Tyler whisking his bride away in a gorgeous BMW. Cheers Lauren & Tyler….to many many years of love!!

Photography: Realities Photography | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: the bloom room | Hair: Suraj Spa & Salon | Band: Swingin Richards | Ceremony Music: Cafe String Quartet | Transportation: Blue Ridge Limo | Venue: Biltmore Estate

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