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Melissa + Aaron’s Wedding Part II

On to the GLORIOUS reception at the Cliffs at Mountain Park.  I really can’t describe how much fun it was to transform this golf cart barn into a grand, ethereal, romantic, enchanted and organic space.  My favorite moment was when we had Melissa and Aaron plus their parents walk into the space for the first time before the guests were invited in.  To see their faces made every second of this journey so worth it. Please make sure you go back to Part I to see all the vendors that made their dreams come true!

Absolutely do not miss out on seeing this film by Life Stage Films.  Click HERE to watch.

 

Custom barn doors to cover the entry tent

 

Melissa + Aaron’s Wedding Part I

This was simply an EPIC weekend that I will never forget.

There are days where I just sit back and ask myself…is this really my job?  People like Melissa, Aaron and their parents are the reason I love what I do.  They are just so real, so full of joy, and always so friendly and warm.  What I loved about working with them, is that they completely trusted me and our great team of vendors to make their dreams a reality.  When Melissa called me and explained that she wanted to turn a golf cart barn into a magical place for a wedding reception, I was more than up for the challenge.  Melissa and Aaron’s wedding was nothing short of spectacular, and we had SUCH a blast putting this one together.  Melissa gave us the type of feel and colors she would like to use, and then let us PLAY!  So fun!  Seriously, I love them, and I was completely honored that I was able to work with them on such a special weekend in their lives.  I must say, I miss them!  Their 1-year anniversary was yesterday, and I am just thrilled for them.  This year has flown by.  I actually can’t believe I am JUST now sharing this with you all.

First I will show you the ceremony captured by the lovely Cheyenne Schultz.  She and her husband were the perfect match for Melissa and Aaron, and the pictures reflect the beauty of their relationship and the wedding day.  Here is the ROCK STAR team of vendors:

Photographer:  Cheyenne Schultz

Videographer:  Life Stage Films

Florist:  The Bloom Room

Draping & Linens:  Party Tables

Lighting:  Eye Dialogue

Dress:  Mira Zwillinger

Hair:  Emily Anne Hair

Makeup:  Blush

Ceremony Location:  The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel

Reception Location:  The Cliffs at Mountain Park

Ceremony Musicians:  Cafe String Quartet

Cocktail Reception Music:  Unspoken Tradition

Reception Music:  Party on the Moon

Vintage Goblets:  East West Vintage Rental

Vintage Furniture:  A Darling Day

Chargers:  BBJ

Chandeliers & Entry Tent:  Classic Event Rental

Cocktail Hour/Dancing Tent:  Skyline Tent Company

Chairs & Lounge Furniture:  Nuage Designs

Cake:  Buttercream Bakehouse

Paper Products:  Momental Designs

Rehearsal Dinner Location/Accommodations:  Hotel Domestique

Transportation:  Elite Limousine

Melissa’s precious parents…LOVE THEM.

 

 

Jenna + Matthew’s Wedding Part II

Thank you again to all involved in making Jenna and Matthew’s wedding a dream come true!  To see the vendors involved, check out Part I now!  Champion Hills never looked so beautiful.  One of my favorite venues with a rustic vibe with lots of elegance thrown in.  Two Buds and a Blossom made it even more gorgeous with hanging greenery and bountiful blooms.   So excited for you to see Melissa Jill‘s pictures of this joyful day.  Please, when you can, check out the film by Ink Spot Crow.  DO NOT miss this!  You will see how FUN, how in love, and how completely precious this couple truly is.  Click here to view!

 

Jenna + Matthew’s Wedding Part I

Jenna and Matthew…two of the sweetest, most genuine, and certainly the most talented couples I have ever known.  They sing, they dance, they act…a match made in heaven!  As the wedding was being planned, they were both working at the Georgia Aquarium, and we were able to visit them a couple of times.  Pherson, my oldest daughter, is obsessed with dolphin, and during our last visit she was chosen to interact with the dolphins.  Needless to say, it was a day we will never forget!  Enough about dolphins….

Jenna and Matthew were married at Champion Hills Country Club, near Hendersonville, NC.  The moment Jenna and her mom visited, they knew that this was the perfect spot for their ceremony and reception.  The mountain views from the ceremony location simply cannot be beat, and this is exactly what Jenna was looking for.  On the day of the wedding, it started POURING the rain.  With lots of prayers, the clouds parted, and the sun came out just in time.  We were praising Jesus because these two completely deserved to have the perfect day.  Oh, and I can’t forget about the wonderful young dancers Jenna choreographed to fill the aisles with celebration before she made her entrance.  Loved this personal touch.  Thank you to Melissa Jill for traveling to the North Carolina mountains to capture all these special moments.  What a great team we had:

Photographer:  Melissa Jill

Videographers:  Ink Spot Crow

Floral:  Two Buds and a Blossom

DJ:  Spintastic Sounds

Cake:  Sugar Cloud Baking Company

Calligraphy:  Calligraphy by Carole

Rentals:  Classic Event Rental

Ceremony Musicians:  Cafe String Quartet

Hair and Makeup:  Cotton Rouge

Part II to come soon!

The relationship between these two was so special.  Loved when they prayed together right before walking down the aisle.  Tears!

Aubrey + Kyle’s Wedding Day Part III

The Finale!  Enjoy scrolling through the pictures (by Cheyenne Schultz) of Aubrey and Kyle’s wedding reception at the Biltmore Estate.  Their dinner took place in one of my favorite venues at the Estate…The Diana.  Not only do you have a perfect view of the house, but also the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Unbelievably pretty!  Thank you, again to ALL that made this day happen!

When you get a chance, please check out this AMAZING highlight film by Life Stage Films of Aubrey and Kyle’s wedding day.  Makes me teary every time I watch it!!  Click HERE to watch!

To see the Wedding Day Part I and the vendors involved click here

To see the Wedding Day Part II click here

 

Aubrey + Kyle’s Wedding Day Part II

And on to Aubrey + Kyle’s breathtaking ceremony…

Click here to see the Thursday night BBQ

Click here to see the rehearsal dinner

Click here to see Wedding Day Part I and Vendors

Guests were treated to a pre-ceremony reception in the Tennis Lawn.

Sweet little fans to keep the guests cool on this summer day.Kudos to Elizabeth Borchers and the Inn on Biltmore Floral Crew…had to throw this picture in here!  What an incredible job they did!As soon as the ceremony ended, a rainbow appeared in the sky…what an amazing moment!

Aubrey + Kyle’s Wedding Day Part I

Aubrey and Kyle’s wedding was extremely special to me for a million reasons, but I just want to mention a few…

1. The Biltmore Estate.  All the wedding festivities took place on the Biltmore Estate, and to be honest, there is not an ugly spot on the whole entire property.  I just love it there.  I practically live on the Estate, yet I never get tired of being there.  My kids love it; my husband loves it; and my dog loves it.  There is beauty everywhere, and there are activities around every corner.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to live so close to such an amazing place.  So, with that all said, it is truly one of the most majestic spots for a wedding.  Aubrey and Kyle’s guests got to see so much of the property…from the BBQ near the sunflower fields, to the rehearsal dinner on the west side, the ceremony in a field overlooking the most spectacular mountain views, to a reception up at Diana with the best view of the Biltmore House.  What a treat, and what a feast for the eyes and soul.  So yes, the Biltmore Estate is special, which made this one special too.  🙂

2. A family reunion!  So this is the third wedding within this same family that I have had the honor of helping with over the past few years.  So, why is that special?  Well because I get to see everyone again!  It just makes the weddings that much more fun when there are familiar faces and big hugs.   I have had such a blast getting to know their family and friends, and I must say that I am always sad when these occasions come to an end.

3. The veil.  The veil that Aubrey wore was no ordinary veil (although NO veils are ordinary as every bride that wears them makes each one unique).  This veil is over 100 years old, and has been passed down lovingly through the generations of Aubrey’s family.  What makes this veil so special to Aubrey is that it was worn by her mother, Ginger, and by her grandmother, Mimi.  On another note, this veil was also worn by Mimi’s cousin, Jacqueline Onassis, at her wedding to John F. Kennedy.  Blows my mind.  Since I was responsible for putting the veil on Aubrey, I was absolutely terrified! I just knew that it was going to fall apart in my hands the minute I touched it, and I would be forever hated by the world.  Well, it was the total opposite…it was so soft and in absolutely fabulous condition.  As the day went on I almost forgot that I had to be careful with it!   Placing this veil on Aubrey was one of the most memorable and incredible moments for me.  I was sweating bullets, but at the same time I was in awe.  As we walked away from the room, Aubrey burst into tears.  It was the first time I had seen her cry that day so I asked her what was wrong.  She simply said that after putting on the veil, the importance of the legacy that had been handed to her, finally came full circle in her mind.  That moment made everything so real for her, and it was beautiful to witness.

4. A forever friendship.  So, I did not know Aubrey very well went we first started the planning process.  I knew she was an incredible horse back rider, a lover of animals, a tom boy, a farmer, a bohemian free spirit, and that was about it.  Little did I foresee, that God would take our client-planner relationship and turn it into an incredible friendship.  We went from talking once in a while about wedding checklists, to chatting almost everyday about life.  This turned into shopping trips, paddle boarding, shooting range parties, dinner outings, etc.  I could not be more grateful that God put us together.  Having her become more than a client made this wedding all the more special for me.  I felt more like a bridesmaid than a planner.  Aubrey, I am so happy that you and Kyle found each other.  You are BEAUTIFUL inside and out.

So there you go…just a few of the reasons why this wedding meant so much to me, and I am honored to share it with you.  If you missed the Thursday night BBQ, you can find it here.  If you missed the rehearsal dinner, click here.  Thank you again to Cheyenne Schultz for sharing your talent and capturing this day.  Since I am horrible at narrowing down pictures, get ready for several posts just to cover their wedding day.  Because of this, I will go ahead and give you all the vendors involved that made this day perfection.  I can’t thank Suzanne, and the Biltmore team, enough for ALL they did to make Aubrey and Kyle’s dreams a reality.  xoxo

Vendor Love:

Photographer:  Cheyenne Schultz Photography

Film:  Life Stage Films

Hair:  Lola Salon and Gallery

Makeup: Megan Drye

Dress shop:  Wildflower Bridal

Florist:  Inn on Biltmore Floral led by Elizabeth Borchers

Catering/Cake:  Biltmore Estate

Rentals:  Classic Event Rental

Linens:  Party Tables Linens and Drapery

Edision Lights:  McIntosh Design Works

Paper goods:  7 Ton Co.

DJ:  Split Second Sound Entertainment

Violinist:  Oleg Melnikov

Aubrey’s bouquet was exquisite!Isn’t she gorgeous?I just love the first look…

After the first look and bridal party portraits, we slipped away to put on Aubrey’s veil.  She didn’t want Kyle to see her with it on until she walked down the aisle.

Aubrey + Kyle’s Rehearsal Dinner

On the west side of the Biltmore Estate, looking over the lush vineyards, we found the perfect knoll for Aubrey and Kyle’s rehearsal dinner.  With the hard work of the Biltmore Estate grounds team, it was prepped and ready to go for an absolutely beautiful evening.  The rain fell for the majority of the afternoon (even through the ceremony rehearsal), but as soon as guests started making their way to the west side the clouds parted.  Aubrey and Kyle’s prayers were answered, and it was spectacular for the rest of the evening!  It was a great evening of fellowship, laughter, and love.  I just love all these pictures by Cheyenne Schultz, and I am so happy she and her husband were there to capture the beauty.

Additional Vendor Love:
Florist: Inn on Biltmore Florist led by Elizabeth Borchers
Tent/Rentals/Lighting: Classic Event Rental
Linens/Napkins: Party Tables, Latavola Linen
Caterer: Biltmore Estate
Musician: Sidecar Honey
Hair: Lola Salon and Gallery

If you missed the bbq the night before, check it out here!

Handwritten menu by Meredith Heard…who is getting married soon!  Congrats, girl!Aubrey and Kyle’s sparkling wine had all of their sweet puppies and kitty proudly displayed on the label (Denver, Trooper, Prim and Napa).  So cute!Aubrey’s brother, Bill, couldn’t make it for the rehearsal dinner, but as you can see…he was still there!Maurice…an excellent Biltmore employee, who always has a smile and who is always the best dressed.  🙂

Aubrey + Kyle’s BBQ

Today is Aubrey and Kyle’s 1-year anniversary, so I can’t think of a better time to start the multiple blog posts about their wedding weekend!  MUCH more detail to come, but enjoy these sweet moments  at a barbecue, hosted by Aubrey’s brother and sister-in-law, that perfectly kicked off their wedding festivities!  Stay tuned for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception…you WILL NOT want to miss it!

Thank you to all involved…

Photographer:  Rachael McIntosh

Floral:  Inn on Biltmore Floral Team

Napkins:  Latavola Linen

Rentals:  Classic Event Rental/Biltmore Estate

Catering:  Biltmore Estate

Musicians:  Whitewater Bluegrass

Two of my past couples…Chase & Clary and Ryan & Becca.  Love them all!

You thought that was it…well, I couldn’t help but post a picture of Aubrey and me.  This girl means the world to me. Happy Anniversary!!  Here’s to many more…

 

Katie and Matt’s Garden Wedding

I just LOVE this wedding.  Katie and Matt’s wedding was intimate, welcoming and simply sweet.  The ceremony took place in the Walled Garden followed by a dinner reception in the Butterfly Gardens in front of the Conservatory on the Biltmore Estate.  Beautiful flowers and greenery surround this little piece of paradise on the Biltmore grounds, and it is by far one of my favorite places for an intimate wedding.  So thrilled for Katie and Matt, and thank you Rachael McIntosh for capturing their wedding so perfectly.  Enjoy!

Blooms by Two Buds and a Blossom

The tear on her cheek says it all…Makeup by Kathleen Perry Hair by Lola Salon and GalleryPlace cards by Baggie Goose

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