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Stylish Asheville Wedding with Custom Peach Wedding Gown

If it’s your big day, why not write your own rules? This Bride bucked tradition by wearing a custom peach creation from Project Runway’s Carol Hannah while her bridesmaids donned white dresses! Plus, guests participated in a unique candle exchange during the ceremony. Beautifully captured by Perry Vaile, it’s unlike any other wedding we’ve seen, and you can see it all right here.

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Elegant

From Perry VaileThe beautiful and bubbly Mariette is a Southern style maven, lover of Kate Spade, and has a keen eye for detail. She had her custom peach and butter wedding gown designed by Charleston based designer Carol Hannah (of Project Runway fame) and it was positively stunning. The dress stood in contrast to Mariette’s bridesmaids who were actually the ones in floor-length white dresses and floral crowns.

As New Yorkers, Mariette and her hubby-to-be Nick traveled down to Asheville to tie the knot in the impeccable Grove Park Inn, famous for its sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its unique architecture.

Lovely details to note:

  • Mariette and Nick had a very unique ceremony! Their guests formed a winding circle around the couple during the ceremony and though it was a little windy, they participated in a beautiful candle exchange where a flame traveled through the hands of every guest arriving back at the center where the couple stood. It was a sweet and endearing ceremony set near the stone fireplace and distant mountains.
  • The bridesmaids were the ones in white! This Bride had major style points for trying something different – and it made her custom gown the crown jewel of the bridal party!
  • Mariette honored her mother at the ceremony by placing a photo of her in an empty chair at the ceremony – so beautiful!

Photography: Perry Vaile | Floral Design: Grove Park Inn | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: WTOO | Ceremony & Reception: Grove Park | Perfume: Prada | Watch: Kate Spade

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Romantic Rock Barn Country Club North Carolina Wedding

With a classic pastoral country club setting, the prettiest pink Bridesmaids dresses, some of the cutest flower girls EVER, and lush swoon-worthy florals, this romantic wedding shot by Diana Lupu Photography is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorites. With a whole gallery filled to the brim with Southern style charm and pretty right here, what’s not to love?!

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From Diana Lupu PhotographyDaniela & Elliott were married in one of the sweetest, most charming weddings at the beautiful Rock Barn Golf and Spa in North Carolina. There were so many great details that Daniela, with the help of her family, personally curated and made to make her day that much more meaningful. For months leading up to the big day, she carefully selected various vintage fine china plates & tea sets to complete her mother & mother in law’s existing collection. Each table setting was unique and told it’s own story, in such beautiful colors and designs. Daniela & Elliott wanted the day to reflect their personalities, and they pulled it off effortlessly with a classic yet southern feel that felt “just like home”.

Photography: Diana Lupu Photography | Videography: Cristian Niculas | Floral Design: Flowers By Vicki | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Church: Andrews Lutheran Church | Jewelry: Helzberg's Diamonds | Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom By Bing Bridal | Catering: Rock Barn Golf And Spa | Hair And Makeup: Alexandria Veres | Grooms Attire: Michael Kors | Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Kors | Bridal Robes: JustCottons | Bride Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Country Club: Rock Barn Golf And Spa | Customized Kid’s Coloring Book: SugarPieStudio | Furniture Rentals: Party Time Rentals | Muslin Bag Favors: OnTheWingsPaperie

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Elegant Vintage Chic Southern Wedding

A celebration centered around family is sure to be stunning, but add vintage elements and you’ve got yourself one chic affair. From the Bride’s heirloom ring, to the venue filled with family history, every detail holds significance. Stephen Thrift Photography was on hand capturing every darling accent from this outdoor celebration and you can see it all unfold here!

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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… My Mom has always told me I was an “old soul”. I grew up with the family at the heart of all we did. I think that must be where the emphasis of our wedding came from…all things vintage and family related. It was important to me to incorporate those aspects into our big day. Travis and I also love the outdoors and we wanted our entire wedding, including the reception and ceremony to be outdoors. We envisioned blue sky, sunshine, and the warmth of family and friends surrounding us…there was no place better to be married than the home I grew up in! The day was perfect.

Travis and I knew each other in high school, but our paths took us in different directions while pursuing our mutual love of the outdoors. I lived in Seamboat Springs and Estes Park Colorado, doing the “ski thing” and worked on a horse ranch in Arizona. Travis lived in Crested Butte. My love of family kicked in after a while…I missed them, so I headed back to High Point. Travis had the same idea. We reconnected , got together to catch up, and the rest as they say is history. Travis arranged an outing to a historical homestead that had once been in his family. There he asked me to be his wife and create a history together. Both families were waiting inside the historical home to surprise and congratulate us.

My engagement ring was my grandmother’s, given to her by my “Papaw” 65 years ago. I also wore her pearls as well as a beautiful dinner ring given to me by my parents the morning of the wedding. It was a gift to my mom, from my dad, given to her when they were first married. A silver charm containing my grandfather’s picture and my great grandmothers brooch adorned my bridal bouquet. My family’s special recipes were incorporated into the menus for the day….making it seem like dinner at home, not a catered event! Keeping with the traditions of our family, the food served was grown locally and served family style at farm tables. Honey from our family bee hives was given as favors. Yummy treats filled the dessert table, including wedding cake of course with cupcakes, macaroons and cookies. My mom surprised us again by having a vintage ice cream truck complete with music drive up at the designated time as well as a cigar roller for the guys. It was the most amazing day, one we will never forget.

Photography: Stephen Thrift Photography | Florist: Just Priceless | Wedding Dress: James Clifford | Cake: Ann Ruth Cakes | Invitations: Nico & Lala | Catering: Sweet Basil's | Transportation: A Formal Affair | Ceremony Entertainment: Elegant Ensembles | China: Heirloom Vintage China | Golf Carts: Brad's Golf Cars | Groom's Tie:: Etsy | Groom's Tuxedo: Jos A. Banks | Groom's Vest: J. Crew | House: The Barn At Chestnut Hill | Reception Entertainment: Risse Band | Rentals: CE Rental | Rentals: Hey Love Events | Rentals: Grand Rental Station | Restrooms: Royal Restrooms | Video/Lighting/AV: K2 Productions | Wedding Coordination: Coordinated Events

Rustic + Rainy Summer Wedding at Old Edwards Inn

We started with an elegant Southern celebration this morning from VUE Photography and now we’re soaking up one ulta rainy yet crazy romantic summer wedding in the North Carolina Highlands. A little rain and fog did nothing to this Bride and Groom’s smiles and this gallery is made even more dreamy with this sort of weather. See it all, from rain boots to sweet kisses, right here!

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From VUE PhotographyA foggy, soggy day but the bride put on her rain boots and had a blast around this picturesque venue. The weather made for a dreamy, enchanted forest feel and the happy couple celebrated with an intimate group into the night.

Elizabeth and Sam are Chicago dwellers that knew Highlands, NC was the perfect getaway for their intimate wedding!

Photography: VUE Photography | Floral Design: Oakleaf | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Sid Jackson | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Band: Drivetrain | Wedding Venue: Hutchinson House, Old Edwards Inn | Accomodations: Hutchinson House, Old Edwards Inn

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Modern Sophisticated Southern Wedding at Duke Mansion

A chic color palette of metallics and black and white makes for a guaranteed stylish soiree; add in one athletic and glamorous couple and the whole bash becomes even more beautiful. Planned and designed by The Graceful Host, this Southern wedding takes sophistication to a whole new level, and Lauren Rosenau snapped every second of it for us to crush on in this gorgeous gallery right here!

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From The Graceful HostEmily Breeze and Montell are both athletes from Virginia who knew of one another growing up, but never formally met. They were introduced by a mutual friend, but were completely uninterested in each other originally. In fact, neither of them were attracted to each other in the beginning! But after developing a strong friendship and talking daily, their friendship turned into a sweet romance. Then during a trip to Chicago, which is one of their favorite cities to visit, Montell proposed to Breeze. And shortly after their dream proposal, Breeze and Montell jumped right into planning for their October wedding!

When planning for their wedding our bride knew that she wanted something different – something that stood out from the rest. This bride wanted a wedding style that was all her own, with a color palette that was timeless. With an ivory, gold, and black color palette we created a design centered around a mix of traditional Southern elegance with modern sophistication. The bride and groom choose the venue, the Duke Mansion, for it’s elegance and historical roots. For the decor, we used lush textures with the floral and linens, and then mixed in pops of geometric prints giving a nod to modern style among the more classic designs. All-white, elaborate floral centerpieces and floral chandeliers by New Creations Flower Company filled the dinner tent beautifully. In addition to the metallic elements throughout the design, we included many mirrored accents throughout the tablescapes, like the oversized mirror seating chart and mirror place cards. The 8 foot mirrored tables from Nuage Designs were simply breathtaking and spoke to our bride’s style perfectly!

Even with our bride’s desire to stand out from the traditional in her decor, she still wanted to have a wedding that would stand the test of time in other ways. Breeze choose a Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia that had a classic shape with some major flare. As a professional athlete, the wedding dress was an important and personal purchase for Breeze. And she added heirlooms to her bouquet from the her paternal grandparents as a way to honor their memory on the wedding day; just as the color palette was rooted in tradition, but executed in a new and unique way.

The guest experience was of utmost importance to Breeze and Montell. We had jazz singers serenading guests during dinner, and then to get the party started, Split Second Sound was on hand to entertain all night long! A cigar roller was present during cocktail hour to pass out freshly rolled cigars and teach guests about cigars – which was actually a surprise from the bride to her groom! And then as another surprise, local mixologist Bob Peters was available to serve a few specialty drinks chosen by the bride and groom especially for their wedding.

One of the bride’s most emotional moments of the day was walking down the aisle with her dad. Just before the wedding ceremony the skies opened and it started to pour down rain! We were fearing the worst thinking we might have to pull the intended outdoor ceremony indoors. As the wedding planner, deciding to keep the outdoor wedding outside rather than pull everything indoors as it’s raining and guests are arriving is not an easy decision. But my gut was telling me that everything was going to be okay – even when the radar was impossible to predict! It was the right decision in the end, and the bride got to have her dream ceremony outdoors in the beautiful garden at the Duke Mansion. The moment I sent Breeze down the aisle to greet her groom was one of the best of my career – and I love seeing the emotion on her face as she’s walking with her dad! Our beautiful bride is an only child, so this day was special just as special for him, too. For this daddy’s girl, this amazing moment is priceless. The two of them cried a lot – and it was perfect!

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Wedding Cake: Kathy Allen Cakes | Shoes: Valentino | Wedding Bands: Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Duke Mansion | Makeup Artist: Erin Ashley | Hair : Mirror Bomb Studios | Calligraphy: The Graceful Host | Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Wedding Venue: Duke Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Hayden Olivia | Event Design And Planning: The Graceful Host | Invitations And Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink | Mixologist: Bob Peters | Reception DJ: Split Second Sound | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Party Reflections | Tent: Party Reflections

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Romantic North Carolina Mountain Wedding

Against the stunning setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville Event Co. brought this gorgeous couple’s vision to life, marrying the romantic elegance with the rustic, natural beauty of the North Carolina setting for an absolutely dazzling fete. With lush florals from Floressence Flowers and the couple’s darling dog of honor, this wedding is straight out of a storybook. Take a peek at the gallery for all the lovely details.

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From the beautiful Bride… Mike and I met in the seventh grade, but it took twenty years for us to see each other as more than classmates. Through our middle and high school years in Florida, we shared many experiences and friends, but we never got to know each other well. After high school, we went in different directions; I studied at the University of Florida before moving to Austin and then Australia, while Mike attended TCU, played golf professionally and returned to Orlando. It was not until early 2012 that we were both living in the same place at the same time. We (individually) attended a mutual friend’s wedding that summer in Spokane, WA, and after talking, laughing and dancing all weekend, we came back to Orlando and started dating. Two happy years later, Mike popped the question!

From the start, we knew we wanted a destination wedding. We considered a few options that were special to one or the other of us, but Cashiers was the only location that was meaningful to us as a couple. My parents spend their summers in Cashiers, and it became our go-to spot for long weekend getaways. As luck would have it, they had taken us to Canyon Kitchen for dinner once before getting engaged, and we never stopped talking about its beauty and charm. It was the first and only place we contacted when we started to plan our North Carolina mountain wedding.

The pieces fell into place from there, starting with our wonderful event planner, Becca Stefan Knuth. She embraced our vision for a romantic, elegant and intimate affair, and went above and beyond to bring that to life. The concept for our wedding required a certain flow through the Lonesome Valley property, and three things were very important to us above all else. First, we wanted an outdoor ceremony, with the breathtaking mountain scenery surrounding us. We chose not to have a bridal party (just us, our niece, nephew and dog of honor), and the intimacy of the two of us framed by this spectacular backdrop made for a beautiful moment.

The second important piece, especially to me, was a seated dinner under an elegant tent, draped romantically in ivory and soft blush with chandeliers and lush flowers. In fact, my vision began with the look and feel of our dinner tent, and the rest of our decisions stemmed from there. Lastly, we wanted our guests to dance the night away to our band, Groovetown, and the open-air barn provided the perfect space. It also sheltered us from the rain, which fortunately held off until we were safely inside! Other details, like having a local artist paint the Lonesome Valley scenery on-site to serve as our ‘guestbook’ and late night to-go food for the shuttle ride home, were simply icing on the cake.

A unique aspect of our wedding was that we planned the entire event from a distance, but each and every person we worked with made the process absolutely seamless. Without exception, our vendors took the time to understand us as a couple, and made sure that our personalities came through in all details of our special day. Mike’s favorite moment of the night was during our ceremony, looking out at the scenery with friends and family gathered around, then finally seeing me make my way down the aisle toward him. For me, walking into our stunning tent and being introduced for the first time as husband and wife was a moment I’ll never forget. Our wedding was more than we ever envisioned it could be, and we both fondly look back on it as the best night of our lives.

From Asheville Event Co.Lindsey and Mike were a joy to work with. They initially met in middle school and reconnected later at a friends wedding. When Lindsey first contacted us regarding her wedding we were thrilled to be a part of it as Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley is one of our favorite venues. Lindsey had a pretty good idea of what she envisioned which included incorporating elegant touches into a rustic environment. Lindsey wanted her guests to feel as if they were transported to a place they have never been. It was also important that the ceremony and reception be in the same location so that guests could easily walk from the ceremony to the reception. From details, such as the custom printed materials – from Atheneum Creative, to gold chandeliers and gold chiavari chairs, there was an air of elegance and romance amidst the natural box canyon. We enlisted the team at Floressence Flowers to assist us in bringing her vision to life. With an assortment of lush arrangements in varying heights the floral decor was stunning and brought in the pink and blush colors that Lindsey was drawn to. Atheneum created a custom logo for the couple that we incorporated throughout the decor elements. We also hired an artist to paint the setting during the reception – capturing the stunning view and allowing the guests to sign the canvas and offer wishes to the couple – which now hangs in their new home. It was a wonderful experience getting to work with Lindsey + Mike and assisting them in bringing their wedding vision to life.

Photography: Sunday Grant Photography | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Cake: Ruth + Ranshaw | Catering: Canyon Kitchen At Lonesome Valley | Hair And Makeup: French Twist | Officiant: Pastor Jim Knuth | Ceremony Music: Blue Ridge Classical Sounds With Ralph Congdon | Transportation : Elite Limousine | Wedding Venue: Canyon Kitchen At Lonesome Valley | On-site Painter: Susan Lingg | Printed Materials: Atheneum Creative | Reception Music: Groovetown | Rentals: Classic Event Rental

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