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
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.