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Engagement Session in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The only thing better than a mountaintop engagement is a mountaintop engagement with Graham Terhune behind the camera. He captured the incredible beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a couple who still managed to perfectly steal the show. Head to The Vault for a gallery that’ll have you dreaming ahead to autumn days.

From The Bride-to-Be…Mac and I met while studying in London, England. Even though we both were attending the University of Florida it took traveling across the pond for our paths to cross. After two months of friendship our relationship grew into an unbreakable bond that continued to grow once back in the States.

Mac proposed on July 10, 2015 in my hometown of Sarasota, FL at sunset on Lido Beach. Immediately after, we both knew that we wanted Asheville, NC to be where we tied the knot. Stumbling upon Graham and Samantha Terhune as our engagement and wedding photographers was such a blessing. We wanted our engagement session to be as natural as possible and the Terhune’s were our perfect match! They understood our vision, which was perfectly captured in our photos. How much Mac and I love each other and the natural beauty the late-fall Blue Ridge Mountains came out better than we could have imagined.

We cannot thank Graham and Samantha enough for braving the 40 degree weather with 20 mph winds to photograph our engagement photos! They are the perfect combination of our style while staying true to our rustic romantic wedding theme and colors.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Dress: For Love And Lemons | Groom's Suit: Banana Republic | Venue: Wolf Laurel Mountain Resort | Blouse: Free Press | Boots: Cole Haan | Cardigan: Lucky Brand | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Boots: LL Bean | Jeans: Banana Republic

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Classic + Elegant North Carolina Country Club Wedding

If you’re wondering what a classic and timeless wedding looks like, this is it. With a country club setting, the couple’s monogram throughout, and a color palette of blush, gold, and cream, this wedding is as elegant as they come—and full of personal touches, including a small photo attached to the Bride’s bouquet to honor her recently deceased father. See all the pretty from Allison Kuhn Photography in The Vault!

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Seasons
Fall
Styles
Classic

From Allison Kuhn PhotographyEmily and Michael were a joy to work with. Their easy-going and fun personalities made photographing their wedding easy. Emily’s incredibly classic and elegant taste was clearly reflected in the stunning Modern Trousseau dress when chose. Everything being located at one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s most up-scale venues, Charlotte Country Club. Large crystal chandeliers and hardwood floors made her reception a beautiful site. With help from Anne Markey of Favor Me Events, these wedding details were beautiful. Emily chose a white ceramic tray with her initials etched in gold as a guestbook for guests to sign.

Emily lost her father earlier in the year, and so honored him with a small black and white photo attached to her bouquet.

Each bridesmaid wore a different dress…all 12 of them. Having so many friends in Emily and Michael’s wedding party was such a reflection of the love surrounding them in life. They are such good souls and I know they will have a great life together.

From The Bride…I envisioned an classic, and romantic feel to our wedding with a slight shabby chic vibe. When I walked into Charlotte Country club I knew it was the perfect place to host the reception as it is the oldest country club in Charlotte. It has beautiful vaulted ceilings, huge mirrors, and amazing chandeliers that set the stage for the night. We wanted this to be a special day for us but also a fun night for all of our guests. We had a formal sit down dinner for 250 guests and then the band started for a fun night of dancing.

My color palette was blush, gold, and cream. I had bridesmaids pick out any dress they wanted in blush and we worked the other colors into the flowers and other details. I wanted china incorporated so we brought in an assortment of china plates that our salad (fried green tomatoes) was served on. We brought in tons of candles to lighten the room, and had an assortment of flowers and lanterns on the guests tables

My favorite moment of the night was dancing to the band with my new husband and all of our friends and family. Michael and I had our first dance choreographed by First Dance Charlotte and it was so much fun to show it off after a few months of practice. Once the dance floor opened up to everyone, it was packed all night! We both love to dance as do our families so picking the band was a very important part of our planning. My dad passed away two months before the wedding, but before he did so he helped me pick out the band. We went through their entire play list and selected the songs we wanted played at our wedding. It was so much fun hearing the songs as they were played and remembering this fun moment with him. We also had sunglasses made that had the foundation that was started in my dad’s name on the side. Everyone loved putting these on and joining us on the dance floor!

My favorite crafted detail was having our monogram used throughout all of the details of our wedding. It first appeared on our invitation created by Pink Toast Inc. and we continued to use it on our programs, menu, napkins, and coasters. My favorite part was having it monogrammed on a big serving platter which we used as our guest book.

My Modern Troussea from Hayden Olivia Bridal: I love this designer because you can basically create your own custom dress. I was able to take the bottom of one dress, the top of another, and the back of another and put them all together. I had a full bottom with a high lace top and cap sleeves. The back came down low and had a satin bow where it met the bottom.

In lieu of favors we donated to the Russell C. Guerin Foundation for Melanoma Research. To go along with this, we passed out sunglasses once the party got started that everyone immediately put on and showed off on the dance floor.

Charlotte Country Club in House baker made the best wedding cake I’ve ever tasted and it was so beautiful too! I wanted a simple raked cake with flowers draped on it and it turned out perfect.

I found out that I was able to plan the wedding of my dreams in just 5 1/2 months. I give tons of credit to my amazing wedding planner but when I first started I thought this would be impossible. It actually made things much easier because I didn’t have too much time to think about things, I just made decisions quickly and that was that. I did have to make sure I knew what my non-negotiable were and be flexible on other things. For example, I knew I had to have the reception venue, so we had to have the wedding on a Friday instead of a Saturday. If you have a shortened time frame, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of!

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Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | Event Planning: Favor Me Events | Floral Design: New Creation Flower Co. | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Charlotte Country Club | Stationery: Pink Toast Ink | Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent D Paul | Reception Venue: Charlotte Country Club | Catering: Charlotte Country Club | Hair + Makeup: Be Pretty Lindsey Regan Thorne | Band: Groovenation | Bridal Boutique: Hayden Olivia Bridal | Rentals: Party Reflections

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Rustic + Romantic Mountain Wedding at Claxton Farm

I’ve got a bit of a photography crush on this talented lady, Perry Vaile, right here, and this North Carolina wedding only feeds the fire. Under the guidance of Asheville Event Co., these two said “I do” with a backdrop to take your breath away and when the rain started to fall, the dancing really took off. See this showstopper and more in our VAULT right this way!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Rustic

From the Bride… My husband and I celebrated our wedding in Asheville, North Carolina as it was close to our family who were unable to travel, an attraction for family and friends who were traveling, and it’s simply beautiful. We wanted to keep things simple and allow the natural beauty of the area be the backdrop of our celebration. Claxton Farm was recommended by Asheville Event Co. (our planner) and as soon as we saw it, we knew it was perfect. We wanted our guests to be comfortable and Claxton, located in an Appalachian mountain valley with 360 degree views, was strikingly gorgeous while at the same time provided plenty of shelter from the frequent storms that roll through the mountains during the North Carolina summertime.

We were humbled to have friends and family travel from all over the world to celebrate with us. We wanted to honor their effort with good food and a great party.

There was no theme exactly, I just wanted to keep everything simple and elegant. We were able to add a couple of personal touches to the occasion. My husband and I are known to enjoy a little bourbon so I saved bourbon bottles and repurposed them into flower vases at the reception. I folded 1000 paper cranes for our wedding, which according to Japanese legend symbolize eternal good luck. Bless those family members who diligently detangled the strands of paper cranes after a mountain storm swept through the valley 30 minutes before the ceremony. Another special touch was that my father, sister and brother sang “Swept Away” by the Avett Brothers with a bluegrass band during our ceremony.

There were some surprises such as a couple of quick rainstorms during the evening, which gave the night a magical quality – and who doesn’t love to dance in the rain?

Perry Vaile Photography was one of the very first vendors we requested and we were fortunate to have her capture our day. I had spent some time perusing wedding photos and her film photography stood out with its elegance and dreamlike quality. It’s such a blessing to be able to remember the love and joy shared that night in her resplendent photos.

We were very impressed with the professionalism and talent of all of our vendors, especially Liz Tallent of Asheville Event Co. As the wedding weekend came upon us, we were able to hand off all of the details to her, and she allowed us focus on what was important, which was to spend time with our family and friends and enjoy the party. Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives, and we were fortunate to be surrounded by so many friends and family who really know how to have a good time.

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Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: Bloom Room | Catering: M7 Catering | Makeup: Blush By Wendy | Hair: Lola Salon | Calligraphy : Carole Murray | DJ: Sound Extreme | Officiant: Laura J. Collins | Transportation: Elite Limousine | Venue: Claxton Farm | Chalkboard Signs + Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Carole | Desserts: Short Street Cakes

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