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Romantic Asheville Wedding at Grove Park Inn

Between these gorgeous florals and the cake, bursting with turquoise and magentas, I’m dreaming of warm weather and sunshine. Join me as I settle in with photographs by Justin DeMutiis of this beautiful wedding at the Grove Park Inn, and soak up every inch of it with the full gallery here. Toss in the video by Nicholas & Keaton Cinematography, and we can daydream away.

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From The Bride… We both started our careers at the same company in different locations and were traveling for work at the time our paths crossed a little over four years ago. We met at training in Cleveland through our mutual friend, Cari, and knew right away we were destined to meet.

Although I lived in Tampa and John lived in Charlotte, we both had clients in Atlanta and our friendship quickly blossomed into a relationship since we traveled there frequently. At first, our long distance relationship included several trips to Atlanta, Charlotte, New Jersey, Tampa and London (where we fell in love), and also involved meeting each other’s’ friends and families. After we talked about getting more serious, John took a chance and moved to Tampa. With the type of job he had, he was able to transfer pretty quickly and seamlessly. We settled into life in Tampa, bought a house, and adopted our dog (Mia) to keep our cat (Norah) company.

During Christmas of 2012, John took me to his home in Charlotte for the holiday. Little did I know, he was planning an unforgettable trip to Asheville, North Carolina, where he would ask for my hand in marriage. As John knew of my love for horses, he planned a trail ride, only for it to get cancelled last minute. John did not let this affect his plan, as he arranged for a carriage ride through the Biltmore Estate property. The carriage driver, who was in on the plan, dropped us off on a ridge overlooking the Biltmore Mansion where John asked me to be his wife.

Our wedding… We wanted a destination wedding, but one that was affordable and easy for our friends and families to travel to. Since most of my family is from New Jersey and a lot of our friends live in Florida, we thought North Carolina would be the perfect place that is in between both locations. We chose Asheville because we got engaged there and fell in love with the awesome town. We always heard great things about the Omni Grove Park Inn but never visited it until after we selected it as our venue. Walking onto the property, we were blown away by the amazing views and incredible historic inn (the pictures online did not do it justice!), and we knew we had made the right choice for our wedding. We had an amazing coordinator who made the whole planning process easy and made our special day the most incredible ever. We really wanted the ceremony to be personal so we had one of our best friends marry us and we wrote our own vows which we loved. We had the most amazing band who kept people on their feet all night (and even begging for an encore)! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding weekend with all our friends and family!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videographer: Nicholas & Keaton Cinematography | Event Planning: The Grove Park Inn | Floral Design: The Grove Park Inn Florist | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Wedding Dress: CC Boutique | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Coordination: Two Sweet Sparrows | Hair And Makeup : Adorn Salon And Boutique | Wedding Venue: The Grove Park Inn

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Nautical Bald Head Island Wedding Inspiration

I’ve not yet had the chance to visit Bald Head Island. But after being entranced by this magical shoot from Rachel Red Photography and Kickstand Events, I’m thinking that adding it this secluded destination to my travel wish list might be a good idea. A bit of romance, glitz and glam fits so well with the pristine beachy backdrop of the Bald Head Island Club. Explore the gallery for even more!

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From Rachel Red Photography…Some of the best wedding vendors in the Wilmington area collaborated on a romantic, fine art inspired shoot for Bald Head Island Club and their potential clients. The colors were picked directly from the decor at the Club. We went with a slightly bohemian hairstyle with braids for the bride and bridesmaid to keep things casual for the Bald Head Island feel. One of my favorite things about the island is that it is a golf cart only island. There are no cars allowed. It was important that we took a few photos with the Rolls Royce golf cart that can be rented for the wedding day instead of a getaway car. A vintage engagement ring and blueberry accents were among some of the favorite details. Jaimie designed the look with the help of Rachel Red Photography. Jaimie was also the bride model in the photos!

Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Event Design: Jaimie Thomas With Kickstand Events | Floral Design: Kickstand Events | Wedding Dress: The Wedding Dress Shoppe | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Makeup Artist: Kelly Noe | Hair Stylist: Rene' Adams | Linens: Party Supplier & Rentals | Wedding Venue: Bald Head Island Club

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Romantic North Carolina Mountain Wedding at Hawkesdene House

Outdoorsy yet elegant, stylish yet sentimental this pretty little fête snapped up by Perry Vaile is a wonderful balance of all the little things we love about signing into SMP every day. With a gorgeous neutral palette that compliments the stunning mountain scenery, one smiling-inducing couple (and their super cute pup), and a few lamas thrown in for good measure – this gallery is a certified winner.

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From Perry Vaile PhotographyKai and Josh choose the picturesque town of Andrews deep in the mountains of North Carolina to celebrate their wedding day. Hawkesdene provided an idyllic backdrop for their outdoor vows – and the lamas were an added bonus! The couple are both nurses by trade, but Kai is also an inspiring yoga instructor and Josh is an avid climber! The couple’s sweet dog Kora was a rescue and has become a part of their family – she was given the privilege of being a part of all the festivities and did her best to steal the show whenever she could!

Photography: Perry Vaile | Event Planning: L7 Events | Catering: Hawkesdene House | Location: Hawkesdene House

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