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Rustic Asheville North Carolina Wedding

Charming doesn’t even begin to describe this pretty little farm fete captured by Robyn Van Dyke Photography. It’s Darling with a capital D, and the perfect bit of inspiration for all you Brides out there looking to recreate something equally special for their big day. This gallery is just pure sweetness, and you can devour every drop right here.


From Robyn Van Dyke PhotographyThis gorgeous DIY, mountain wedding was set in the mountains of Asheville just as the leaves started to change colors on October 18, 2013. Inspired by the bride’s childhood growing up on a farm surrounded by animals, and the couple’s mutual love for the Asheville mountains, the couple chose the Claxton Farm as the perfect setting for their beautiful wedding day! The bride & groom did an amazing job with the DIY design and planning of the event. I loved all of the unique little details they included that represented each of them and their passions from pumpkins, books, vintage cameras, to all the woodwork that the groom did himself! All of the lace and feminine colors made the rustic, mountain farm setting so lovely and whimsical as well!”

From the Bride… Ever since I was 7, I could always be spotted racing around barefoot across the field on my big, fat pony, covered in mud (sorry mum), with my only concern being “should I play with the chickens or goats when I get back?” So on September 23rd, when my amazing now husband, Jordan, got down on one knee at the Biltmore Estate (eeek!) and popped the question, I instantly knew exactly what kind of wedding we would have.

Asheville has always had a special place in our hearts, (we often travel there to escape from city life) and since it was where we got engaged, we knew we also wanted to start our forever there. During our search for the perfect mountain farm retreat, we checked out several venues in the area, but once we discovered Claxton Farm, we instantly fell in love! It was enclosed by 360 degrees of mountain range without a power line in sight, cows softly mooing in the background, goats, miniature ponies and even a LLAMA! Perfect!

As we continued to plan our wedding, we wanted pieces of each of us to be represented throughout the design. Little white pumpkins were placed on each table as a nod to Jordan’s Punkin Chunkin skills, antique cameras were scattered throughout due to our own shared passion for photography, old books could be seen as a reminder of our love for learning (Jordan is a PhD student!), and even the old Farmhouse tables reflected Jordan’s appreciation and love for beautiful craftsmanship. And each detail, from the soft unstructured flowers, to the eclectic dessert buffet, and even the rhythmic signs scattered around, made the event feel warm even amidst the cool autumn mountain air. It felt familiar, yet magical at the same time. It was the perfect reflection of each of us, and our wedding day was even more perfect than we could have imagined!

Photography: Robyn Van Dyke Photography | Florist: The Bloom Room | DJ: Sound Xtreme | Bride's Cowgirl Boots: Ariat | Cake Artist: City Bakery | Design & Planning: DIY By Bride & Groom | Invitation Suite: Susannah Brinkley | Wedding Dress Designer: Allure | Wedding Venue: Claxton Farm

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Coral Wedding at Mountain Magnolia Inn

We’re certainly no stranger to a pretty pop of color around these parts. In fact, we recently rounded up a few of our favorite color happy moments and today we’re adding to the love list. BIG time. D’Arcy Benincosa snapped the scenes of this bright coral fete, and you can get to pinning every last moment in the gallery right here.

From the Bride… Scott proposed to me on top of a volcano in Maui. We share a love for the outdoors, so it was fitting he proposed in such a rugged, jaw-dropping environment. The double rainbow didn’t hurt either. We had been dating four years and knew we didn’t want a long engagement. The wedding date was set for seven months later – September 21, 2013.

We envisioned a wedding that was romantic, meaningful, and most importantly, represented us. We decided on a unique venue in the mountains of North Carolina. The Mountain Magnolia Inn is a restored Victorian estate in a beautiful outdoor setting, nestled in Hot Springs – a quaint little mountain town that offers premium access to the Appalachian Trail, mineral hot springs, whitewater rafting and countless other adventures. We knew this was the spot. A gorgeous mountain getaway that was close to cosmopolitan Asheville, yet small enough our guests were all within arms reach.

On the big day, we woke to pouring rain. The ceremony was to be held outside under a 150 year-old black walnut tree! Weeks before, I had scoured Etsy for seven vintage pendant lights to hang on the tree. I knew that regardless of the weather, Scott and I were getting married under that tree. My wonderful photographer D’Arcy Benincosa assured me she could work around the rain. Somehow the rain would make the photographs romantic and lovely. I believed her but it didn’t matter. On cue, the clouds parted and the sun emerged moments before the ceremony.

Our reception was held under a tent with strings of cafe lights swooping down. I had a vision of dark, wooden farm-style tables. We wanted our guests to walk into the tent and feel like they were a attending a big family dinner. I rented mismatched china from East West Vintage rentals in Asheville. The two sisters dressed the tables brilliantly, a tasteful array of china, flatware and two crystal goblets with gold rims for Scott and me.

Flower Gallery, also from Asheville, truly took my breath away when I saw my bouquet and centerpieces. They took my wish for a simple, natural elegance combined with wildflower romance and ran with it. Our color palette was cream/ivory, coral, peach and deep burnt sienna. My favorite touch was they included fresh herbs in my bouquet and centerpieces. Now, every time I smell rosemary and thai basil, I’ll be reminded of my wedding day.

We opted for a dessert bar that included a German Chocolate cake, peach and apple pies, macaroons, lemon bars, cookies and more. My only regret was not tasting more of baker Karen Donatelli’s delicious confections! One highlight to note was sharing our personal vows under the glowing pendant lights. We felt so much love for those twenty minutes nestled under that tree deep in the Blue Ridge mountains.

While our guests enjoyed a bourbon and champagne-fueled cocktail hour, D’Arcy followed us to the river and captured us in our rain boots playing in the water. Our reception featured dancing to our favorite songs, an impromptu Thriller dance in werewolf masks, a bonfire with s’mores, pumpkin homebrew, log sawing, and the releasing of a Chinese lantern. The log sawing is a German tradition that symbolizes the first challenge a newly-married couple overcomes together. I never thought I would be sawing a log in my wedding dress and heels!

It was the perfect day for us. Scott and I are very thankful we have the gorgeous photos and video from D’Arcy. We’ll treasure those memories for a lifetime.

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography | Flowers: Flower Gallery | Cake: Donatelli Cake Designs | Invitations: Lauraland Designs | Hair: Stephanie Reynolds | China, Welcome Table, Flatware, Gold Goblets: East West Vintage Rental | Mansion: Mountain Magnolia Inn | Second Shooter: Heather Payne | Tables, Chairs, Linens, Wine Glasses, Etc: Classic Event Rentals

Asheville Wedding from Fete Photography

When sumptuous and relaxed beauty collide, it ridiculously pretty, as you are about to find out. Fete Photography captured a wedding that was both lavish and grande, but boasted a vibe that was nothing short of welcoming and happy, and it’s pretty much the best thing ever. And really, do I even have to mention the flower girl? I die.


From the photographer… Courtney and Rob live in Ohio and had a destination wedding in Asheville, North Carolina on June 1, 2013.

Courtney planned the wedding herself and the event really reflected her unique personality. The Grand Bohemian served as the perfect venue to feature the couple’s elephant cake toppers, hot-air balloon paper goods and floral arrangements draped in crystal beads. Although Courtney was the ultimate glam girl in her BHLDN ankle-wrapped heels and tulle Pronovias gown, she is extremely down-to-earth and incorporated old family photos into the decor. Also, the table with the sunflower vase and picture is a memorial to one of the bride’s childhood friends who passed away. The bride and groom have two dogs that unfortunately didn’t make it to the wedding, but they named the signature drinks after them: The Ole and The Eddy.

Photographer: Fete Photography | Florist: Studio Flora Diva | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: City Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel | Reception Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Hair Stylist: Suraj Spa & Salon | DJ: All the Right Grooves | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Tuxedo | Make-up Artist: Blush by Wendy

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