With its clean lines and modern style, it’s no surprise that the Bride behind this North Carolina beauty is an architect. She and her talented team of vendors transformed the North Carolina Arboretum into a magical space that I am sure wowed her guests – and now, through the equally gorgeous images from Bamber Photography, we get to be wowed too. See them all here.

From Bamber PhotographyKelly is an architect so one of the biggest challenges was locating a venue that fit her vision. She wanted something that had lines, was visually appealing in light and structure. It took 3 visits to determine that The Baker Center at the North Carolina Arboretum could be transformed to fit the Classic and Modern theme.

Monochromatic white with touches of gold, draping, lighting, these were all the elements that Kelly wanted to incorporate. She was not a pinterest bride, she rarely looked at photos or bridal magazines. She just knew in her head what she wanted and together we created a team that en-captured her vision. The theme for the reception decor was not what we typically see for Asheville weddings and Blossoms at Biltmore Park was definitely up for the challenge.

It took 2 days of set up to transform the venue, draping the ceilings created a softness to the linear designs of the venue. Hundreds of candles lined the window sills. An arrangement was suspended over the head table that was covered in white hydrangeas, roses, orchids and candles and clear glass balls hung at varying heights over the table. A custom backdrop was the focal point for the bar with a series of white square cubbies that contained unique elements in white and gold.
Kelly had her cake baker selected before she even met Paul…and what a cake it was! 5 Tiered with sugar flowers it was quite a statement.

Kelly + Paul met on a blind date 8 years ago and Paul said he’d call, but never did. They randomly ran into each other 4 years later and from there started dating.

As for the donuts, Paul gave them to Kelly when he proposed. It goes back to an email he sent her early on in their relationship that had two donuts talking to each other. The male (plain glazed) was talking about the female (sprinkled with icing), saying “She thinks I’m so plain, but she’s my everything.” He thought it was the perfect depiction of them, so he had the donuts made for when he proposed. Kelly had trays of doughnuts paraded through the reception at the end of the night.

Photographer: Bamber Photography | Wedding Planner: Asheville Event Co. | Florist: Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Cake: Dessert Designs | Ceremony: Basilica of St Lawrence | Catering: Corner Kitchen | Hair: Lola Salon | Clutch: Judith Leiber | Cocktail Hour Music: Asheville Pipers | Makeup: Makeup at the Grove Arcade | Reception : Baker Center at the North Carolina Arboretumn | Reception Music: Mr Potato Head | Transportation: Asheville Trolley | Wedding Dress Boutique: Kelly's Closet

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