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Rustic Chic Old Edwards Inn Wedding

Surrounded by soft autumn light and sparkling sequined gowns, this darling duo exchanged vows at a local church filled with charm. Guests gathered at the Old Edwards Inn where tables lined with lush arrangements beckoned merriment and gold details delighted. Fit for fiction, Landon Jacob Productions snapped this timeless affair and you can see it all unfold in the gallery, here!

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From Landon Jacob Productions… Lindsay and Richard tied the knot in the beautiful Highlands, North Carolina. They married in a local church, and their reception was held at Old Ewards Inn. The tables covered in gorgeous arrangements, beautiful menu cards, and gold flat wear. Their wedding was a timeless Autumn Wedding.

Photography: Landon Jacob Productions | Videography: Back Down South | Floral Design: Lindsay Rae Design | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Cream And Flutter | Invitations: Talie Shove | Reception: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Clara Copley | Band: CEO | Favors: Thrive Coffee | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: 12th Table | Singer: Maddie Richardson | Singer: Heather Morgan

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Rustic Elegance at Old Edwards Inn & Spa

I’m so, so glad that this darling couple’s friend recommended Virgil Bunao to shoot their wedding day, because the results you’re about to scroll through below—well, they’re out of this world. Verge Events and Studio Flora Diva dotted the day with bits of pin-worthy gorgeous, but it’s moments like this one that really bring on the butterflies. And there are so many more right here.

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From Virgil BunaoElizabeth and Chuck were the warmest, in-love couple I’ve ever met. It was a sweet throwback finding out that a good friend of theirs recommended me years ago, for “if they ever got married” and I’m so glad that they thought of me and gave me the opportunity to shoot their big day.

Old Edwards Inn and the North Carolina Highlands have been a place I’ve been wanting to shoot at for years, whether it be for a wedding or personal work (and I’m dying to go back!). With Beth’s floral magic and Stephanie and Brittany from Verge Events’ design talents, the whole day and venue just lit up. I knew Elizabeth and Chuck wanted a very mellow and relaxed wedding, and I was in absolute awe over what Stephanie, Brittany, and Beth did. These ladies really took their time with Elizabeth and Chuck and I loved that this couple’s focus was just on getting married, being love, and giving their guests a great time and their list of great vendors truly delivered on all accounts.

I had the opportunity to talk to Stephanie more in-depth about the whole planning process and it’s amazing how she and Brittany drew all of these design elements from the bride’s personality and how they collaborated with Beth from Studio Flora Diva to create a unique space. I loved photographing Elizabeth and Chuck’s decor: from the fall-themed-ruby-red centerpieces decked with feathers and antlers, to their rustic cake by Serena from Artista Cakes, it was a blast using up my film on them.

Ultimately, Elizabeth and Chuck were my favorites to photograph. Every picture of them was so, so good. The way he held her and looked at her; probably one of the first times I ever got emotional over seeing a couple so in love with each other and with their life.

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Event Planning: Stephanie Douglas And Brittany Ghio, Verge Events | Floral Design: Beth Hohensee, Studio Flora Diva | Wedding Dress: Ivy And Aster | Cake: Serena Owen, Artista Cakes | Invitations: Smock Paper | Ceremony Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Reception Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Makeup: Kristen Davis, Blush | Hair: Emily Wells | Bridal Boutique: Kelly's Closet | Ceremony Musician: Brandon Crocker | Church Pews: Old South Vintage Rentals | Reception Musician: Mr. Potato Head Band

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Whimsical and Romantic Old Edwards Inn Wedding

The perfect blend of artistic minds, No Regrets Events and Floressence Flowers teamed up at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa and the results are simply stunning. From the mint bridesmaids’ gowns the lucky-in-love couple, every little detail Ashley Seawell Photography captured in the gallery is more than beautiful than the last and can be found right here.

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From Ashley Seawell PhotographyJoHanna and Eric chose beautiful Highlands, NC for their wedding weekend. Because most of their guests were traveling from far distances, it was important to them to find a place where their guests could relax. The Bride and Groom decided that The Farm at Old Edwards Inn would be the perfect wedding location because of its captivating views and delectable cuisine. They were excited to bring their family and friends to a pristine space that was peaceful and filled with a natural landscape. The wedding design team and No Regrets Events allowed the busy couple to easily plan their dream wedding from a distance. The soft hues of pink and gray complimented the lush, mountainous landscape. After the ceremony, guests were invited to dine at tables lined with dahlias, succulents, garden roses and hydrangea. Following dinner, the Bride and Groom enjoyed their first dance and cake cutting inside the open air barn.

Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography | Event Planning: No Regrets Events | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Cake: City Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Wedding Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Bride's Dress: J Crew | Makeup & Hair: Salon Halo

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Rustic + Elegant North Carolina Fall Wedding

If you were to Google “rustic elegance” these photos by The Reason I Love should pop right up. I Do Events combined the two distinct styles to a tee, mixing the Bride’s family farm with a beautiful tent overflowing with white and blush florals. Elegant but not boring, stunning but not stuffy, this is my type of soiree and I’ll be in this gallery, taking notes for my own nuptials, long after lunchtime.

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From The Bride… I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia my whole life. Since the age of two, my family had a farm in Highlands, North Carolina where my parents took us to get away from the city life. Whenever I thought about where I would want to get married, I knew it would either be Atlanta or Highlands. I watched my friends from home get married in big churches and country clubs. But when the time came and I got engaged, I knew a big city wedding wasn’t for me. I wanted to get married beneath the scenery of grand mountains surrounded by the greenery of the trees and blue skies above. I was never one with a great sense of style, so getting married in a place that was beautiful all by itself sounded perfect to me. I am the youngest of five children, and my mother always made it clear that she felt strongly about us getting married in churches. So I knew that one day I would be married in a small church in town, and then have my reception at the beautiful place that had been so special to me my whole life. This, I thought, was what I wanted to welcome my wedding guests into. This, I thought, was love and joy. Another thing I knew when I got engaged was that I wanted a fall wedding. North Carolina is stunningly beautiful in the fall, with vibrant colors of red, orange, yellow, orange, and every shade in between. The weather is unbeatable, with most days in the low 70s with a cool, crisp, clean mountain breeze. So that about sums it up: I knew I wanted to be married in a small church it town, followed by a reception on the farm I’d grown up on, in the state I had known as home for half my life, and in a season where heaven never felt closer.

Three unique details that was infused into my décor were:

1. Beauty in Nature – Like aforementioned, I wanted to get married at a place that was beautiful in its own rite. We chose to get married in the afternoon so that our guests would get to enjoy part of the reception with daylight. After making most of our guests drive a good distance, I wanted them to all be able to see and take in the place that was so special to me and worth driving for. Because of this, we spread out the reception in such a way that I hoped guests would get to see varying angles of the farm. The guests arrived and walked through the lower valley through candles in wine bottles, crossed the creek that runs through the farm over a bridge, past the garden where the last of the summer harvest was, and into the cocktail hour. During the cocktail hour, guests could drink and eat while taking in all the beauty around them. From there, guests moved farther across the farm, through a lighted arbor, into the valley where the main reception tent was. We intentionally faced the tent so that it faced the creek. Elizabeth of I Do Events likes to incorporate the five senses into every event and wanted our guests to not only see all the beautiful sights around them, but also hear all of the sounds. The fun part about having a reception start at 530 and end at 1030 was that guests got to see the farm with daylight and at night. Once the sun went down, lighting was set up to illuminate certain features of the farm. One such thing was lights around the rope swing near the swimming pond. Thus, by simply highlighting features of the farm and allowing the sunlight to run its course, I feel our guests got a full spectrum of experiences on the farm that day.

2. Romance – I always knew I wanted a wedding with an ethereal feel to it. I wanted the decor to be soft, lovely, and romantic. As mentioned before, i wanted our guests to walk away feeling the love Dan and I have together as well as the special love we have for the farm. I really just told Elizabeth and Paul of Rooms in Bloom my color palate and gave them the liberty to design the wedding. We used a soft color palette to communicate a romantic feel. All the flowers were light pinks, peach, and white. The farm has always been a very peaceful place, so we wanted to use colors and decor that alluded to that peace.

3. Elegance and Sophistication – Though I opted out of a black tie city wedding, I still wanted the wedding to be elegant with details of sophistication. The key was striking the right balance of sophistication at a farm. My team executed this perfectly, with satin tablecloths, mercury glass, crystal chandeliers, and a white dance floor. I wanted a country club look in the setting of a farm valley. There were little touches like draping the ceiling of the tent that I think helped give the reception a lot of sophistication and elegance.

My most memorable moment was about midway through the reception. Dan and I were on the dance floor having the time of our lives. There’s a moment where time froze and I just looked around the dance floor at all of our guests dancing. It was in that moment I noticed how packed our dance floor was and how much fun our guests were having. That ultimately is what brides want and what I wanted – for our guests to enjoy themselves. We handed out Dan + Sarah sunglasses and, more importantly, light up tambourines that people just LOVED. Watching others enjoy themselves was such a memorable gift I will never forget.

Our first dance was to a song called “God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes. Dave Barnes is a good friend of our family’s who I had actually tried to get to come to the wedding to sing live. Meeting my husband Dan was the greatest gift which I will forever be grateful for.

One thing to note was the bourbon bar. The bourbon bar was a huge hit. My husband’s family is partly from Kentucky, and are thus bourbon enthusiasts. We have a playhouse in the valley at the farm that we thought would be fun to surprise Dan with a bourbon bar. I consulted a couple of his guy friends for types of bourbon and recipes and we ended up with the following: 1792, Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Angel’s Envy, and Maker’s Mark. The drinks available at the bourbon bar were mint julips, whiskey sours, old fashioned, and manhattans. Elizabeth of I Do Events had a sign made to go over the doorway that said “Dan’s Bourbon Bar.” We had the bar setup with two barrels and a wooden top and a handsome man in a tux making all the drinks behind the bar. With 25 bottles of bourbon, the bourbon bar was busy all night and shut down early.

There were a couple of things we did ourselves. My sister had gotten married at the farm three years before and had some letters made out of large wooden sticks and covered in lights that spelled JOY. She had propped them up on the valley hill. I chose to hang them from the barn.

I had my something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Old was I had one of my recently deceased grandmother’s handkerchiefs wrapped around my bouquet. I was named after her so I wanted her to represented. My father also passed away when I was two. I had one of his ties and part of my mom’s veil sewn into the under layer of my dress. New was my wedding dress, veil, earrings and shoes were all new. Borrowed and blue was I wore my mom’s original wedding band on my right hand at the wedding. It is a white gold band with sapphires and diamonds.

Photography: The Reason I Love | Event Planning: I Do Events | Floral Design: Rooms In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Joan Pillow Bridal | Wedding Cake: Lydia Clopton Cakes | Church: First Presbyterian Church Of HIghlands | Catering: Lee Epting | Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | Venue: Farm | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals

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Rustic Elegance at Old Edwards Inn

This gorgeous soiree right here, it’s proof that when Asheville Event Co.Floressence Flowers and Natalie Watson combine forces, wedding magic happens. There are too many things that I love about this day, my list would keep you here forever. But just to name a few… this garland, this game and this perfect bouquet. Bam, 1-2-3 and I’m head over heels. Plus, there’s more (yes, more!) waiting in the full gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride…When Bao and I first got engaged, we knew we wanted to be married in our home state of North Carolina. We live near Washington, D.C. and we knew that planning a wedding long distance could be difficult. I was also about to begin an accelerated nursing degree program, so my mom suggested that we hire a local wedding planner (mom’s always know best!). Melissa at Asheville Event Company made wedding planning so easy. She really listened to all of our wants and needs and came to the table with great ideas.

The minute I stepped into the Farm at Old Edwards Inn, I loved it (and luckily Bao did too once he was able to see it in person). I looked at 13 different venues in the mountains but none came close to Old Edwards Inn. Bao and I really love good food and a rustic feel so the venue was perfect. Chef Klapdohr worked with us to make a seasonal menu that our guests ended up raving about. The floral arrangements were also a big part of our wedding. Bao has a green thumb and loves succulents; I thought pinks and peaches would complement the scenery at The Farm. Our florist, Eatherley, was absolutely amazing. I was blown away by the floral arrangements, the bouquets, and the succulent wall. The most difficult part of wedding planning for me was picking out my dress. I was pretty indecisive on the matter and eventually ended up going with a dress that I knew I would feel comfortable in. I loved having straps on the dress so that I didn’t have to readjust all night. I also had the seamstress modernize my mom’s veil so that I could wear it on the wedding day. It was really special to me and it ended up matching my dress almost perfectly. The day of the wedding was a blur so we were really glad to have great photographers there to capture the memories for us! They were so easy and fun to work with and were the first vendors we chose in the entire process – once I saw their portfolio online I was sold. Bao and I are so happy to have such beautiful photographs of the decor, our wedding party, and our friends and family.

All in all our wedding was pretty close to perfect. The day was beautiful, the food was fantastic, the bluegrass band was a hit, and our guests had a great time. Our families and the bridal party helped us every step of the way which made the process almost stress-free. I cannot even put into words how thankful I am for their support!

From Melissa Porter, the event coordinator at Asheville Event CoCaroline and Bao are such a special couple and they were so laid back about planning their wedding. They were always focused on their loved ones, friends and guests. They wanted a weekend where their guests felt comfortable and had a wonderful time. I love how they incorporated things that were most important to them in their day. Caroline and Bao loved all kinds of beer from local beer to less known breweries and they shared that with their guests with handmade wood beer flights featuring a variety of ales that were passed during cocktail hour. I also loved their guest book! Guests wrote their well wishes on Jenga pieces (their favorite game) and even got to participate in large format Jenga which Bao built and brought to the cocktail hour. One of my favorite ideas was the succulent wall designed by Florresence Flowers – it was used as the stunning backdrop to the ceremony, as a beautiful escort card display and then as the back drop to the super-fun photo booth! Using the backdrop for 3 different areas of the ceremony and reception was a perfect way to reuse decor. Rustic farm tables combined with stunning peach and white floral centerpieces and cafe string lighting completed a beautiful look in the barn at Old Edwards Inn.

Photography: Natalie Watson | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Tiffany’s Baking Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCREW | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Venue: Old Edwards Inn & Spa | Cafe String Lights: Professional Party Rentals | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Unspoken Tradition | Photo Booth: The Photo Blaster | Reception Music: Splitsecond Sound

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