Leah & Patrick’s Summer Wedding in Highlands, North Carolina

Leah & Patrick’s Summer Wedding in Highlands, North Carolina

From our first conversation, I was really excited to be part of the planning process with Leah and Patrick. As Leah explained her vision for the reception – ” a gathering for foodies, not your typical wedding reception with round tables, more cafe style…”and unique ideas for the music – “an electric guitarist flown in from LA accompanying a DJ and live drummer…” I got as excited as she was about them (even though I am not 100% sure Patrick was certain it would all work). The results were flawless, a gorgeous wedding with unique and personal ideas mastermind by the bride.  The layout and amazing food stations were a hit with everyone and the surprises just kept coming…

Rather than having standard rounds for the reception, we used square farm table hi-tops to create a U-shaped section as you entered the pavilion. The idea was to create a more casual atmosphere where guests could eat, drink and mingle, rather than having assigned seats. We chose a marmalade shantung linen from BBJ linens that added just the right touch of color on the tables and Oakleaf created gorgeous centerpieces in wooden boxes that kept it rustic with additional coral and green elements.

The menu was custom and outstanding! Food stations offered guests choices ranging from local a Sunburst Trout & Ahi Tuna station to shrimp & grits, to Angus Ribs, to Truffled Mac + Cheese. Divine!

Artista created a custom wedding cake that included all the guests names written on the icing. Along with the cake, there was also a dessert station and a s’mores station.

The music choices were creative and resulted in amazing performances. Leah hired Jennifer Spagnola, an electric violinist from LA, to perform the ceremony and cocktail hour music. For the reception, DJ JD  hit the stage and was accompanied by  live drummer  in addition to several performances with Spags, the Violinist. The energy and entertainment of this trio was unlike any I have seen from such a unique concept. Occasionally, the drummer and violinist would join the crowd on the dance floor. The guests loved all the unique touches that Leah and Patrick brought to their reception.

Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Venue and Catering: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn | Photography: Paul Johnson Photography | Floral Design: Oakleaf Weddings| Ceremony Music & Electric Violin: Spags Music  | Reception DJ: DJ JD | Live Drummer: Mike Graci | Cake: Artista Cakes | Linens: BBJ