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We’re excited to end the week with Liz & Chip’s wedding featured on Brides!

It’s a rare occasion that we have the opportunity to plan and execute a wedding on a private estate, so I was intrigued when I first spoke with Caroline (one of the bride’s sisters). After I heard the story of why they chose to host Lizzy and Chip’s wedding at Silver Run and all of the ideas they had for the wedding weekend, I knew that I wanted to be part of their celebration.

It’s not an easy feat to host a wedding at a private residence, as there are many elements to consider accommodating over 100 guests. I embraced these challenges and managed several site visits until I had selected the perfect creative team to execute their vision. On top of enjoying every aspect of the planning process, I adore Lizzy, Chip, and their families and felt like part of the family by the wedding weekend.

Silver Run is the namesake of the property that belongs to the bride’s family and was where she spent her summers visiting her grandparents growing up. It is 300 acres set in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains with rolling fields and tree lined mountaintops. There is a signature bridge over a pond that you pass as you drive to the house and this bridge became one of the elements that was utilized in their printed materials. The biggest caveat we had was that the property was on the market and we had a short planning period to pull off this event before the property was sold.

Knowing that this would be the last event held on the family property, we worked to ensure we used all the different spaces and set out family photos from years past. The bride’s sisters’ created a very special bridal suite for the wedding day in their grandmother’s bedroom complete with wedding photos (of their parents and grandparents) and original artwork from the house. In addition, Lizzie chose to wear a vintage wedding gown from her grandmother.

The overall design vision for the wedding and reception was classic and timeless with a palette of white and greenery. There were also some nods to family favorites; the Silver Run Bridge on printed materials, tequila shot place cards, Neely family wine, and vintage postcards at each place setting in lieu of a guest book. The ceremony, complete with personal vows written by the bride and groom, was officiated by the bride’s uncle and there was not a dry eye in the house. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed corn hole, cocktails, and appetizers on the lawn behind the house as the sun went down. We enlisted the talented chef Adam Hayes from Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley who created a custom menu for the seated dinner. Following dinner and some very special toasts, guests were invited to the lower level lounge for dancing and desserts.

Check out the photos and video on our blog and then head over to Brides to read more of their story and to see additional photos of their day! Thank you, Brides!

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Kimmy and Chris met five years ago when Chris was a lifeguard at the pool that Kimmy attended. Kimmy “rescued” him from a member that was hassling him. She won his heart that day, but it took some convincing before Kimmy would go on a date with him. He eventually convinced her to go on a date, which led to their proposal the summer of 2014. They are inseparable and their adoration for each other is clear.

Kimmy and Chris wanted a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville. For the reception, they envisioned an elegant, beautiful setting that had rustic and timeless elements. With its beautiful outdoor courtyard and barn-like feel, Deerpark was the perfect choice. To add a dash of glamour to the existing rustic environment, we brought in several chandeliers and romantic blush linens.

Due to an unusually chilly April, we moved the cocktail hour and dancing inside the Lodge Room, which lent itself perfectly to the lively guests that were ready to get down on the dance floor. I have never seen such a group nail every single line dance. So much fun! We opted for open seating and a mix of tables and beautiful floral arrangements by Floressence in shades of peach, coral, cream, and white.

The children had their own section with fun tables lined with craft paper, crayons, custom coloring books and mad libs. They even had their own food station equipped with chicken tender and french fries. The glow sticks – that were intended for the kids – made it to the dance floor and were a huge hit with the guests.

Fortunately, the cold didn’t keep us from a proper send off with sparklers and a classic Rolls-Royce. Cheers to Kimmy and Chris!

xo Becca Knuth

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We are so excited to see Mollie & Matt’s wedding featured on Every Last Detail today! Mollie is Asheville Event Co. wedding planner Liz’s sister, so this was quite a special wedding for us! Liz was integral in the planning and design of her wedding, but on the day of Mollie’s wedding, Liz took over as Matron of Honor and Cortney led the coordination.

From Mollie, the Bride: As soon as we got engaged, Matt and I knew that we wanted to be married in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where I grew up, even though we both now reside in Manhattan. We knew the Asheville area would be the perfect setting for our New York friends who had no idea the beauty they were in for, and a special place for all of our North Carolina friends to reunite.

Our ceremony was held in a garden surrounded by trees at the beautiful, historic old estate and working farm of Sherrill’s Inn, in Fairview. We kept the ceremony space simple, decorated by the lush greenery and ancient boxwoods around it. The focal point was our chuppah draped in gorgeous flowers and greenery. One of the sweetest moments in our ceremony was when Matt’s grandmother spoke about his grandfather who passed away three years ago. She met him on July 1st, 1950 – which she noted was 67 years to the day before our wedding day. We also used their wedding rings for our ceremony, which felt particularly poignant.

The weather was cool and breezy until our cocktail hour, when it poured rain! Everyone cozied up under the huge wraparound porch at Old Sherrill’s Inn for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and they were still able to enjoy the beautiful mountain views to the north and east.

For the reception, we moved to a candlelit tent in a grassy field just below the Inn’s apple orchards. As it continued to drizzle outside, we watched as cows and horses grazed on the hillside behind us and we enjoyed dinner under the glow of the cafe lights above us. Just as dinner finished, the rain stopped and we were able to dance under the stars with the moon rising and the stars coming out. It was a perfect end to the most beautiful day with our family and friends.

Enjoy the beautiful images by Jen Yuson and see more by visiting Every Last Detail!

Thank you, Every Last Detail, for the feature!

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As a full service event planning and design firm, we are thrilled when our corporate clients come to us with a design challenge. The Mission Health Gala team asked us to design around “Building Connections,” for an event recognizing donors for their philanthropic support of Mission Health’s patients. The theme embodies multiple meanings to the Mission Healthcare System as they are in multi-phase development for a regional, diversified health system, while also focusing on building connections between team members and patients alike. In an effort to compliment the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the color palette centered on navy blue, gold, pewter, and greens.

Using circular connectivity as the conduit to building connections, the primary design elements included full wall dynamic gobo lighting, a custom, rounded gold bar with two double circular bar backs, and an immense hallway with navy floor to ceiling pipe and drape with gold pullbacks. The hallway featured framed art illustrating the connections and triumphs the healthcare system has had throughout the year. The tablescape featured gold infinity chairs, gold halo circle linens, gold rimmed chargers, and gold flatware. The beautiful centerpiece’s also centered around the circular theme featuring indigenous plants and greenery with a touch of green fruits and vegetables for an interesting visual. Lighting and candlelight was a key element in the event design creating a warm, dynamic atmosphere for the 500 guests.

Thank you so much to the Omni Grove Park Inn, Classic Event Rental, Audio Solutions, Stewart Sound, and Blossoms at Biltmore Park for the incredible creative collaboration on the Mission Health Grand Gala.

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We are so excited to share the images from Kaki and Eric’s wedding in Highlands, North Carolina. To see more from their wedding, head over to their feature on Style Me Pretty!

There’s something about Kaki and Eric that make them feel special and truly in love – maybe it’s the way they smile at each other, maybe it’s their faith or their wonderful families, or maybe it’s their love for all things Clemson. Whatever it is, Kaki and Eric are the real deal – destined to be together as a perfect match. Working with Kaki, Beth, and Bill was such a pleasure. I loved helping them create the wedding of their dreams at the Farm at Old Edwards.

It was easy to navigate and design the wedding weekend as Kaki’s style was so apparent in her inspiration for both the welcome party and wedding ceremony and reception. We focused on classic neutrals, with a touch of a rustic vibe, along with gorgeous flowers in shades of white, ivory, and buttercream with a lot of greenery to soften the look. The ceremony was the highlight of the weekend for me… we added fabric draping and soft natural light to the ceremony tent, along with a stunning floral arbor created by Floressence Flowers. It was just the setting necessary for Kaki and Eric’s wedding vows and ceremony to take center stage.

The reception featured cocktail style seating for the 250 guests that attended from all over the Southeast. The use of a standing cocktail feasting table, along with natural infinity chairs and beautiful swags of fabric really softened the look of the Barn at Old Edwards. The greenery chandelier was such a beautiful focal point in the middle of the room over the cocktail feasting table. The entire event was beautiful perfection, from the gorgeous printed material by Atheneum Creative to the beautiful cake on a “floral” stand. We loved the the cigar bar, welcome bags, and the special appearance made by the Clemson Tiger!

Wishing Kaki and Eric a lifetime of faith, joy, and love.

Love always, Missie & the Asheville Event Co. team

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We are so excited to share the images from Samantha & Kent’s stunning wedding at the Biltmore Estate. To see more from their wedding, head over to Junebug Weddings!

Samantha and Kent came to us with a gorgeous and somewhat elaborate vision (thanks Kent!) for what they wanted their wedding weekend to look and feel like for their guests. Using Art Deco and the 1920’s era as inspiration, the wedding was a modern affair with an old Hollywood twist. White, pinks, black and gold became the color palette for a 4 venue wedding day. The gorgeous save the date and invitation designed by Durante New York was a true hint of what to expect at the wedding. We had a unique and very glamorous venue at Biltmore Estate, where it was easy to transform each space into a different look and feel, but all within the theme Samantha and Kent envisioned. Thank you to the wonderful teams at Blossoms at Biltmore Park and Classic Event Rental for their collaboration on such an incredible weekend.

Starting with the ceremony site on the manicured Tennis Lawn at Biltmore Estate — this space was designed with a modern ombre style of whites and pinks with gold accents. With the simplicity of a white tent and white matte satin aisle runner, the ombre floral design of the bouquets and altar centerpieces really made the color palette pop. This area was designed to be soft and romantic with the primary focus on the union of Samantha and Kent.

Guests transitioned to the Library Terrace, where the patterns of the linens became a bit bolder and the custom standing gold cocktail centerpieces became a focal point, along with the beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We began hinting that black would be a prominent part of the color palette in this area.

In the dining tent on the South Terrace at Biltmore Estate, the Art Deco theme was prevalent in the feasting table layout which mimicked a diamond shape with Kent and Samantha’s triangle-shaped feasting table with an all white floral runner taking center stage. The custom gold and black mirrored bar, crystal draped chandeliers, gold chairs, and the black and gold patterned place setting was punctuated with stunning white floral and tons of candlelight. The beauty of a custom gold tent liner and draping finished the glamorous look.

Lastly, guests moved to the Italian Gardens for the “dancing under the stars” tent where we created a modern, club style feel with black and silver metal and white accents. The clear top tent featured a 6′ crystal chandelier, moving lights, an intricate black and white dance floor, black velvet lounge areas, a cigar roller, and photo stop. The fireworks display at the end of the first dance was a highlight of the night!

Congratulations to my two favorite penguins, Kent and Samantha! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Go Hawks!

Love always, Missie

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We are so excited to share the images from Hannah and Alex’s elegant garden party wedding at Diana at Biltmore Estate. To see more from their wedding, head over to their Wedding of the Day feature on BRIDES!

We loved getting to know Hannah, Alex and their families over the past year as we planned their wedding. Hannah and Alex envisioned an elegant garden party and they “were blown away by the beauty of the woods, overlooking the estate and the mountains.” Their wedding at Diana at Biltmore Estate was full of blush and cream floral with a refined and airy feel. The details were thoughtful and reflected the couple’s vision of their big day. One of our favorite details was the surprise Irish Blessing cards that were hidden under the gold-rimmed chargers. Hannah’s father read his toast and invited all of the guests to read the blessing with him as he raised his glass to the happy couple. Cheers to the bride and the groom! xo Becca

Thank you, BRIDES, for featuring their wedding!

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“What happens when you bring Gatsby grandeur to the mountains of North Carolina? An unforgettable wedding!” – Style Me Pretty

We’re excited to share these beautiful images from Christine & Dave’s wedding that was recently featured on Style Me Pretty!

It was such a pleasure getting to know Christine, Dave, and their families over the duration of the planning process. We loved how thoughtful they were about creating an event that truly reflected them and had the full guest experience in mind.

Christine, Dave, and the wedding party stayed at Rockwood Lodge for the wedding weekend. The mountain view was the perfect place for their first look and wedding party photos before driving down the mountain to The Farm at Old Edwards.

Thank you, Style Me Pretty, for featuring their wedding!

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We are excited to share images from the Mission Health: Mountains of Hope fundraising dinner at the U.S. Cellular Center (USCC)! The theme of the evening was Coming Together to Build a Healthier Community. Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina is currently working to expand its facility to accommodate the needs of their patients by constructing a new building – the Hospital for Advanced Medicine – just south of downtown. We selected the USCC for the evenings event and were excited about the industrial feel of the space with a nod to the construction theme, but knew we would have some work to do to update the space for a formal dinner for 300.

 

The design and decor vision was to create an elevated construction theme. We opted to drape the perimeter of the arena, as well as the entry, and to separate the pre-dinner space from the dining area. We created custom fabric draping from actual hospital blueprints, accented with white draping. Using components, such as PVC piping, cement vessels, cinder blocks, and blueprint candle vases, we were able to take elements from construction and turn them into elegant and unique decor pieces. With lighting, we were able to transform the USCC and made it feel like a completely new space – rather than the floor of a concert arena! From scaffolding with succulents to sawhorse tables with copper elements and themed hors d’oeuvres, the event was truly one of a kind. The dinner provided by Corner Kitchen Catering and 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert was delicious. The multiple oversized screens and interactive stages allowed for guests to be fully immersed in the presentations. The heartfelt stories shared by patients of Mission Hospital were truly inspiring. It was an honor to be part of an event that will help so many in Western North Carolina.

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In January we took the opportunity to attend the Bliss & Bespoke retreat in Charleston. It’s a rare occasion for us to step away from the office and engage with other planners in an intimate setting. It is important in our industry to connect and collaborate with our colleagues, so that we can all improve our processes and strategies. It’s also good practice to attend other planner’s events as a guest, it makes you appreciate the guest experience and understand our client’s expectations. Highlights included engaging with Calder Clark and Lynn Easton, as well as enjoying some of Charleston’s famed venues.

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