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Kelly & Brian’s Asheville, NC destination wedding is featured on Destination I Do!

One of the most meaningful element of their wedding was the wooden crest from their wedding invitations: Our crest is something that Amanda at The Impressionist helped me to custom design for our wedding invitations. The antlers symbolized Brian and I’s love for Asheville and us meeting in Buckhead in Atlanta. The ivy symbolized where we met, The Ivy. Our planner, Becca, then helped us turn that into a real life-sized crest that hung over the mantel in one of the main rooms. Today, it hangs on our wall in our new home, and reminds us often of how thankful we are to have had such an incredible wedding celebration to start our marriage. It’s become our own family crest and will serve as an heirloom that we will pass down for our children for hopefully many generations to come.

Her advice for wedding planning? Listen to your heart. So often weddings can become a large production and lose the authenticity you started out with. If something doesn’t feel right, say it!

Thank you, Destination I Do, for the feature!

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Nicole and Reynold’s fall wedding was a special wedding for us as I had the honor to plan Reynold’s older sisters wedding several years earlier. We selected the Omni Grove Park Inn as the backdrop to their wedding because Nicole and Reynolds envisioned mountain views and a location where their friends and family could stay. Once the venue was selected, we dove into designing a vintage, glamorous celebration with gorgeous linens, vintage chandeliers, and romantic lounge areas. Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, orchids, anemones and light greenery filled the space and we were lucky to have beautiful weather all day.

Their wedding ceremony began on the terrace with a surprise song from the band as they had their first kiss. Guests moved upstairs to Edison’s for cocktail hour while we transitioned the ceremony space for a station reception and dancing outside with a band. The after party was inside the ballroom with a DJ and the after-after party was upstairs on the Edison terrace. It was truly a night to remember.

Thank you Asheville Wedding Guide for featuring their wedding!

xoxo Becca Knuth

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From the Bride: When Chris and I began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the weekend to be exciting, filled with moments of discovery, connection, care, and celebration. With those goals in mind, it became clear that High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina would provide the perfect venue and setting.

High Hampton’s historic lodge is nestled in a verdant, mountainous haven– essentially, a gorgeous, laid-back summer camp where we hoped our our friends and family could really relax. It is also a place of great personal significance- I have been going to the Inn with my own family since I was four years old, hiking through forests of rhododendron and ferns, swimming in the breathtakingly cold lake water, picking dahlias, playing kickball on the lawn, going for golf cart rides, and even working as a counselor for the children’s day camp.

New and stunning vistas await around every corner, and we made full use of the property’s seemingly endless beauty throughout the weekend, with a Friday luncheon in the century-old dahlia garden and the wedding ceremony on a lawn beneath the craggy, towering face of Rock Mountain. High Hampton also boasts an heirloom tree garden; one of my favorite, most cherished memories involved walking through a weeping beech’s trailing, leafy branches to see Chris for our first look. It was magical to share a few quiet moments together in the tree’s light-dappled embrace before everything began.

During the planning process, we also resolved to inflect each detail with as much love and joy as we could muster. A dynamic team of talented vendors, friends, and family helped us achieve that goal, including Kelly Lenárd of Intertwine, Elizabeth and David of Almond Leaf Studios, Cortney Jackson of Asheville Event Co. and Chelsea Powell of High Hampton, and Liz Scott. For example, Kelly took our request to reflect the splendor of North Carolinian flora and absolutely ran with it– her breathtaking bouquets, arrangements, and arbor featured an ebullient variety of local blooms, such as café au lait dahlias, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, strawflowers, jam tart garden roses, smokebush, ferns, and other leaves all foraged from the surrounding area. Liz lent her incredible design skills to our invitations, signage, and programs, all of which featured gorgeous illustrations of ferns, symbols of shelter and reverie– a fitting motif for this special moment. Elizabeth and David kept us laughing and relaxed for photographs, and Cortney and Chelsea were our rocks throughout the day. We’re still pinching ourselves, amazed at how lucky we were to have such a fabulous group of people supporting our vision.

And the list doesn’t end there! For the bridal procession, Rob Dwyer, a spectacular musician and one of Chris’s best friends and groomsmen, played a lilting seventeenth-century Gaelic tune, “Tabhair dom do Lámh (Give me your hand),” on the mandolin. My grandfather, the Reverend Dr. Robert H. Ramey, Jr., collaborated with our dear family friend, the Reverend Dr. Joel G. Hafer, to officiate the ceremony and vows- it was a profound experience to be married by people of such importance in our own lives, both spiritually and personally. We felt the love of family members no longer with us as well; my veil had been worn by my late grandmother, and the pearl brooch on the ribbon of my bouquet was from Chris’s late grandmother.

Another particularly memorable moment was, simply put, the llamas. Since we wanted to emphasize High Hampton’s own quirks and charm, we couldn’t resist incorporating these furry friends who have roamed the grounds for many years, entertaining adults and children alike. Bedecked in floral wreaths, a host of llamas greeted our guests during the ceremony’s recess, and then led the procession to the reception pavilion, bells tinkling as they went. If you don’t believe me, we have ample photographic evidence, thanks to Elizabeth and David! One thing I didn’t expect was for the llamas to linger with us during the cocktail hour- they just tucked their legs underneath them and laid down in the shade of our tent, transforming the scene into a kind of whimsical menagerie. My ultimate advice from this experience– skip the photo booth, and just hire llamas instead! The results on instagram were priceless (see for yourself: #youmaynowchristhemize).

All in all, our wedding exceeded every expectation and delivered more happiness and love than we ever thought possible. There were many clever eclipse-themed toasts (the 2017 solar eclipse was set to reach totality in Cashiers the following Monday), a delicious dinner replete with High Hampton’s legendary fried chicken and grilled mountain trout, party poppers filled with colorful crowns and fake mustaches, and a spirited mother-son dance to “Tequila Song” by the Champs- which really got the dance party started. And better yet, the masterful DJ Groove kept the dance floor absolutely wild throughout the night. I have to confess to have even done the worm… in my wedding dress. When I think about these moments, I wish I could live inside them- we wanted the celebration to never end. But end it did, as all things do. With stars shining and sparklers gleaming, we hopped aboard our get-away golf cart and drove into the night, hearts full to bursting.

Congratulations & Best wishes, Ramey & Chris! xo Cortney Jackson

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I knew from the minute that I met Tori and Matthew that they were truly in love. They have inside jokes and a quirky nature that defines their relationship. They finish each others sentences and seem to be connected on all levels. Their happiness is apparent in the amazing photos from their wedding day. Tori radiates beauty and happiness!

I loved Tori’s vision of a beautiful, tented reception with the feel of an intimate backyard soiree for their closest friends and family. Farm tables, ladder back bars, cafe string lights, fire pits and cozy Adirondack chairs all added to the warm ambiance of the occasion.

Thank you, Southern Weddings, for sharing this beautiful celebration! xoxo Melissa ‘Missie’ Porter

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As a wedding planner, there is nothing I want more than for my couple’s day to be absolutely perfect. I want the sun to be shining, birds to be singing, and for there not to be a cloud in the sky. Unfortunately, while there are many things that I can control and plan for, the weather is not one of them. Kristen and Anthony’s wedding will live in my mind as the spring wedding where winter crashed the party. Instead of sunny skies with warm spring air, we had sleeting rain and freezing temperatures. Through it all, this couple pressed on and laughed and smiled through the hiccups we encountered, which showed just how in love they are with each other.

In addition to the weather, I will also remember this dinner reception. The bride had envisioned an intimate and romantic dinner tent for her guests. The room was composed of a single sweetheart table and two long feasting tables with a floral garland running down the center, complete with tall tapered candles in gold holders adding an elegant and romantic glow. To give the feeling we were in a hidden garden (and to hide the metal poles), the tent poles were covered in greenery that culminated in a beautiful floral chandelier hanging from the ceiling. If anything, the wintery weather outside enhanced the cozy feeling inside the tent and everyone had a great night.

Congratulations to Kristen + Anthony! Now that you’ve made it through your perfect rainy day, I hope there are nothing but rainbows on the other side. xoxo Caroline

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Thank you, Burnett’s Boards, for featuring this beautiful wedding day!

Marjorie envisioned her wedding day filled with love, laughter and having their sweet pup, Scout by her side. It all came true when she married Matt, on a gorgeous June afternoon in the lush mountains of Highlands, NC.

The Farm at Old Edwards Inn was set for a wedding of elegance and tradition, the men in their crisp white dinner jackets, the tables set with fresh magnolia blooms, gold accents and candlelight, it was all so beautiful.

They danced the night away, having the time of their lives!

Enjoy the images in this post and head over to Burnett’s Boards to see more of their wedding day! xoxo Cortney

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We are so excited to finally share Jaclyn & Joey’s fall wedding at Biltmore Estate. Thank you, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, for spotlighting their destination wedding!

 Jaclyn’s vision for the wedding was to create a “romantic and ornate celebration with a vintage, old-world glamorous touch. Think Great Gatsby meets Beauty and the Beast! We wanted the Biltmore House to speak for itself, so we kept the ceremony decor simple and timeless. Since our reception was tented, we wanted to enhance the amazing draped white tent with chandeliers, lighting and floral. We choose a light white and blush floral palette with romantic greenery and gold accents.”

Enjoy the beautiful images and video below and see more by visiting Wedding Style. xoxo – Becca

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Our planner, Cortney Jackson, had two weddings featured in The Knot: Carolinas Spring/Summer 2018 Magazine! Congratulations, Cortney! We are honored to be part of our couples beautiful celebrations and absolutely love seeing their weddings in print.

Emily and Chase chose The Farm at Old Edwards for their wedding as the destination is special to them. Emily’s family has a house a few miles away in Lake Toxaway, so they visited the area together often. Their November wedding “incorporated a luxurious amount of twinkling lights, candles, and florals for a fairy-tale atmosphere.”

Take a look at the photos on our blog and pick up a copy of The Knot: Carolinas to read more of their story and to see additional photos of their day! Thank you, The Knot: Carolinas!

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We are so excited to finally get to share Kacey & Andrew’s spring wedding. It was my pleasure to get to know Kacey, Andrew, and their families as we planned their celebration. Thank you, Inside Weddings, for sharing their wedding!

Kacey and Andrew chose the Biltmore Estate for their wedding because they both love the outdoors. The Biltmore offered a grand view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with the elegance they wanted for their big day.

When Kacey looks back on her wedding, her favorite moments include her first look with her father, having their son in the ceremony as the ring bearer, and her last dance of the night with Andrew as their friends and family lined up for the sparkler sendoff.

Enjoy the beautiful images and video below and see more by visiting Inside Weddings. xoxo – Becca

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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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