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You’ve Got to See This Apple Orchard Wedding

Literally everything about this wedding is awesome.  Think a darling bride and groom, heartwarming speeches by some seriously sweet friends + family (read: the Father of the Groom is hilarious) and a breathtaking Sky Top Orchard setting.  And honestly?  That’s just the beginning.  Press play on the brilliant film from Sixpence Productions, then stay tuned for some beautiful imagery from Realities Photography below. (Oh, and head to THE VAULT for sooo much more.)

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From Sixpence Productions… Each year we are lucky enough to be invited to North Carolina to film. This year it was a Flat Rock Wedding at the gorgeous Sky Top Orchard which is owned and operated by Katie’s family. Katie and Sean’s family and friends were full of fun and we laughed our way through our entire weekend with them.

There were so many personal touches which absolutely made this wedding. From Katie’s little sister Margaret performing an acoustic version of “The First Day of my Life” for Katie and Sean’s first dance, to the incredible barrel of apples wedding cake designed and created by Katie’s close friend, chef Lindsay Cromartie. As a wedding film maker, one of the things which delighted me was Katie and Sean’s dog Bandit running around through the weekend with a GoPro on his back. We even managed to include some of the “Bandit-cam” footage in their final film as a surprise for them.

From the Bride… Sean and I met in Washington, D.C. on a kickball team that played every weekend on the National Mall. I had just started graduate school and we weren’t ready to start dating at that time. But we reconnected a couple years later when I graduated and have been together ever since!

One of our favorite things to do in D.C. is walk the monuments at night with our dog. They are lit up and beautiful and the crowds of the day are gone. Our third date was at the Jefferson Memorial, we sat on the big steps, played cards and drank hot chocolate. Two years later Sean took me back to the same place with our dog and asked me to marry him. That weekend before he proposed he took me to all our favorite first date spots, including the first place we had dinner together at Bonsai Sushi in Arlington. He also put a large white bow on our dog, so I suspected something was happening! We left for vacation to Southeast Asia a few days later and got to celebrate our engagement abroad.

Our wedding style was rustic elegant. Since we planned to have the wedding at Sky Top Orchard, the apple orchard were I grew up, we wanted to implement a lot of farm themes, including an open tent, farm tables, soft colors, and wagon rides for our guests to get from the site of the cocktail hour to the reception.

Some of our favorite things about the wedding include my sister singing our song for the first dance, our choreographed dance (only because we had so much fun at dance class together), our delicious wedding cake made by one of my bridesmaid’s Lindsay Cromartie who is a pastry chef and owns her own bakery, Gateaux in Flat Rock, N.C. and the venue. We also loved our caterer, Flipside catering based out of Charlotte, N.C.! The chef won the N.C. State Competition Dining Series in 2014, and the food did not disappoint! The caterer, Melodie McAbee, created such a beautiful cocktail hour with such an incredible eye to detail and presentation. We had the cocktail hour in the fruit stand. It was completely transformed and beautiful! We later moved to a beautifully decorated tent on top of the mountain for dinner and dancing.

Our wedding favors were cider glasses, with a large apple tree and our names and wedding date. The hard cider we served as a signature drink was made from Sky Top Apples.

Our dog, Bandit, wore a Go-Pro during the wedding. We had so much fun looking back at the footage of him. We forgot to feed him dinner that night, but our guests did not!

One of my favorite moments was first look with Sean. It was located in one of my favorite gardens at my parents house and it was special having a moment with just Sean, Bandit and I before the wedding. Our family along with bridesmaids and groomsmen were nearby too, so it was great having all the people we loved in one place.

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Photography: Realities Photography | Cinematography: Sixpence Productions | Event Planning: Honey Darling Events | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Cake: Lindsay Cromartie | Invitations: Old City Press | Catering: The Flipside Catering Co. | Hair + Makeup: Bliss | Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy | Band: Mo Sol | String Quartet: Cafe String Quartet | Venue: Sky Top Orchard | Event Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Getaway Car: Family Friend | Hair Piece: Etsy | Licensed Music For Video: "Fly On' By Humming House From The Music Bed | Trolleys: Elite Limousine

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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!

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Fall
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Luxury Venue
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Elegant

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: The Biltmore Estate | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals

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Cozy Rustic Wedding Complete With Giant Dream Catchers

Remember those dream catchers we all loved? Sorry to break it to ya, but these ones ares so. much. cooler. Five giant dream catchers decked out Lake Eden for this fall celebration planned by Weddings with Tara, setting the scene for a rustic wedding to remember. But while I’m totally crushing on the catchers, what I really love is how this cute couple captured their personality and made their wedding so them. Graham Terhune snapped everything and our Vault is all the better for it – more this way!

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Fall
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Rustic

From the Bride and Groom… Our wedding was truly meant to be an expression of our lives together. It was important for us to to have our wedding outdoors and in the mountains, so Lake Eden (just outside of Asheville, NC) was the perfect setting. I grew up in Asheville, and Greg and I met in North Carolina so that meant a lot to us. We now live in Bozeman, Montana and also wanted to bring touches of the West to our wedding decor. We used a moose antler as our guest book and mixed deer antlers in with the gorgeous flowers on the tables. We didn’t want huge flower arrangements so instead had many smaller arrangements in interesting vases with lots of greenery. I also custom designed a Southwestern style fabric that my mom and step-mom made into beautiful table runners that tied into our earthy, natural color palette. One of my absolute favorite things about our wedding were the giant dream catchers. My family and I worked together to make five HUGE dream catchers that were really became the focal point of the decor. An amazing dressmaker in downtown Asheville custom made my absolutely gorgeous wedding gown. The process of designing it was so fun and it perfectly tied in with the overall style of our wedding. When I saw everything come together, it far surpassed my expectations. Although we all got a little soggy in the rain, everyone had a great time celebrating together and I am happy to say our wedding far exceeded our expectations thanks to our amazing vendors and crafty family!

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Photography: Graham Terhune | Event Planning: Weddings With Tara | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Wedding Dress: Ship To Shore | Cake: Ruth And Ranshaw | Catering: Black Eyed Susan | Band: Coconut Groove Band | Venue: Lake Eden

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