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Arden & Jonathan’s early summer wedding was traditional, classic and romantic. After their initial wedding venue fell through, they opted for a ceremony at the Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, followed by a reception at the beautiful Diana at Biltmore Estate. I knew that this couple would be blessed with a gorgeous day and was it ever. From the lavender martinis, to the floral chandelier over the cake, the details were perfectly aligned with our vision for this beautiful couple. It was such a pleasure working with Arden and her parents and making their dreams come true. Thank you Carats and Cake for the feature of their beautiful celebration!

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Surrounded by family and friends, Jenny and Ryan were married on a perfect September evening in front of the fireplace in the barn at The Farm at Old Edwards. The beautiful ceremony was followed by cocktails in the orchard complete with corn hole and live music. A custom five course wine dinner followed inside the barn at feasting tables adorned with antlers, greenery, ivory flowers, and lots of lanterns and candles. View the feature on Carats and Cake to see more of this romantic evening full of love and laughter or scroll through the images below by Almond Leaf Studios.

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It is always a privilege to work with a bride and groom on something as personal as their wedding. When the bride and groom are your friends, it’s an absolute honor. While we we only know our couples for the brief time that we are helping them plan, Ben and Megan are close friends of mine, and I was thrilled when they took me up on my offer to coordinate their wedding.

For their venue, the couple chose the historic Twickenham House in Jefferson, NC, a charming estate located at the very top of a mountain. The real selling point for them was the view that could be found on the property – from the highest peak you could look out and see for miles and miles. Being a private estate, the outside world quickly melted away and guests focused only on the night of fun surprises and special moments. From the South African and American flags that greeted guests on their arrival (Megan and her family are from South Africa), to their custom logo that adorned everything from cornhole boards to the cake, this wedding was full of details that highlighted the bride and groom.

Congratulations to Ben and Megan, I couldn’t be happier for you. XOXO

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Sarah and Mike are my kind of couple – fun, laid back and totally in love. I loved Sarah’s vision from the beginning to keep with the natural theme of the mountains and use rustic farm tables and barrels, along with seasonal flowers with no formal color palette, to highlight the space and the views. Emphasis was placed on special details, including hand lettered signage, a beautiful handmade wooden cross for the ceremony backdrop, and a bible used as a guest book.

Sarah and Mike put their faith forward as an important part of the day, which brought meaning to the details and created a joyful celebration for all of their guests. The happy couple ended their ceremony with a selfie and the weekend timeline even included Groomsmen Beer Olympics as an activity! I loved how the ceremony songs included contemporary songs that were important to the couple. The couple chose to use the Star Wars and Indiana Jones theme songs for the recessional. Speaking of Star Wars, Mike is a HUGE fan and Sarah surprised him with special visit from a Storm Trooper and Boba Fett. The characters posed for photos with the wedding party before the ceremony and took pictures with the guests during cocktail hour!

Thank you to Carats & Cake for featuring this fun couple! 

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Hannah and Harrison’s relationship began at a camp in Hendersonville. They both have a connection with the outdoors and the mountains so when it came time for their wedding it was important to find a venue that captured their spirit. Claxton Farm was the ideal setting for their celebration.

Inspired by the bridesmaid’s dresses rich burgundy and purple flowers, their wedding was full of unique details complemented with lush greenery and wood accents.

The ceremony was personal and meaningful as it incorporated traditional Jewish rituals and the rabbi had known Hannah since she was a child.  There was abundant joy, love, and laughter throughout the day.  As Hannah and Harrison enjoy playing a multitude of games, we incorporated scrabble pieces for the place card display and a custom crossword puzzle on the ceremony program. They entered the dancing portion of the reception by running through sparklers and a canopy of kayak paddles!

Blossoms at Biltmore Park built gorgeous and unique design elements to enhance the atmosphere. A suspended lighting and floral arrangement hung over the head table composed of bar height farm tables with glass tops. Also, a custom wall of hanging candles and flowers adorned the main barn entryway. The A Town A List had the dance floor packed all night long and the celebration ended with the entire Goldstein Family on stage singing together. It was a wonderful, incredibly fun and memorable night for a very special couple.

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One of our most exciting projects this year was collaborating with the 20+ volunteers who were organizing the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (NCSHRM) State Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference is held once per year and rotates through cities across the state. The last time it was held in Asheville was almost 10 years ago and as Asheville has grown and evolved greatly, there was an opportunity to showcase the eclectic spirit of our mountain town! The organizers, fueled with an adventurous spirit, selected the U.S. Cellular Center as the venue as Asheville doesn’t have a conventional convention center. This conference received the attention of local media as it was the largest conference held in the U.S. Cellular Center (USCC) and has major implications for future events held in Asheville and at the USCC.

It was all hands on deck as we dove into all aspects of conference planning. We confirmed and provided information to speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees, updated the conference website and cell phone app, developed and designed signs, organized and confirmed for rentals and AV, created scripts and slide presentations for the emcees and award ceremonies, created and assembled VIP and speaker gift bags, and created an amazing networking event featuring 4 Asheville breweries, 4 local buskers, and over 20 Asheville restaurants and food producers. The week of the conference was jam packed and exciting as all the pieces came together for a successful event.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteer committees whom we now call friends and thank you to Daniel Brunson & Tony Gutierrez for sharing images from the 3 day conference.

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When Allison first called and told us she was engaged, we were beyond thrilled! As a past AEC team member, we couldn’t wait to start the planning process with her. There was no doubt about the location, Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley was the winner. Allison + Jeff’s love for the outdoors and good food made it the idyllic setting for their ceremony and reception. Their design vision was simple and understated. Lots of greenery, white flowers, and natural elements complementing the existing beauty and backdrop of the box canyon. Navy accents, blue agate, and hand picked stones were woven throughout the scenery. Their signature drinks were crafted based on their liquor of choice — tequila for him, bourbon for her. Chef John Fleer crafted a custom mouthwatering menu that their guests loved.

Allison is a musician and singer, so it was no surprise that one of her requests was to sing with the band. Empty Pocket was so much fun and we especially loved the encore when Allison sang with them! Guests rocked out with monogrammed light up tambourines for the final set and farewell.

Of course all of this love, joy and celebration was captured by one of our favorite photographers, Parker J. Pfister. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

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We try our best to keep the rain away on wedding days, but on Emily and Will’s wedding day, the rain was looming. The decision had to be made whether or not to keep the wedding ceremony outdoors and we made the choice to go for it!

As Emily, the bride, began her walk down the aisle, it began to rain and the guests broke out their umbrellas. As a planner, I thought, “oh no! I made the wrong decision!” And then, magic happened. The bride and groom were so in love and so into the moment that it didn’t matter that it was raining. In fact, when they were pronounced and walked down the aisle, the first thing they said to me after I congratulated them is “that was awesome”!

Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley is a gorgeous setting to host a wedding. Especially for a couple like Emily and Will, who both enjoy the outdoors and love the mountains! They embraced the rain and it made for some stunning images as the mist created an ethereal setting to pledge their love to each other. The rain never dampened the celebration for this couple or their guests.

During the planning process, it was hard to track Emily down as she was always busy traveling the world and was frequently in different time zones; however, after meeting with her and coming up with a design plan with the talented team at Floressence Flowers, her vision was executed beautifully.

After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed amazing food from Canyon Kitchen and music from Unspoken Tradition. Following a fantastic dinner, the Business kicked off the party and the dance floor was packed until the very end of the night. Having an incredible team of vendors always makes our job easier and more rewarding especially when we are dealing with inclement weather.

Congratulations Emily + Will!

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It isn’t uncommon for clients to come to us with the request to create a magical event. When Brucemont Communications contacted us though, they meant it literally. They tasked us with creating a fantastical evening for fans of the Serafina book series focused on the book trailer for Serafina and the Twisted Staff.

Though we had only a month to produce the event, I don’t think we could have been any happier with the results. Upon arrival, guests entered the gardens on a red carpet with a Serafina and the Twisted Staff backdrop, setting the tone for what they were about to experience next. From live wolves and falcons to magicians, jugglers, costumed characters and face painters, there was a fun surprise waiting around every corner of the garden. Local food vendors from Asheville, including The Hop Ice Cream and Blunt Pretzels, handed out complimentary treats to the guests. We loved the Twisted Staff pretzels!

The evening culminated in an outdoor screening of the trailer for Serafina and the Twisted Staff, with a special Q&A with the author, Robert Beatty.

Positive feedback is the most rewarding gift we can receive as event planners, and we were awash in it that night. Everywhere we went we overheard parents and kids talking about how much fun they had. This evening of magic was not one we will soon forget. Thank you Brucemont Communications for allowing us to be a part of it, and congratulations to Robert Beatty on the release of Serafina and the Twisted Staff!

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We love sharing the perspective of our clients and were so thrilled when Jill, the mother of the bride, shared her reflections on her daughters wedding day:

Exciting, memorable, personal and thoughtful; those were a few of our goals when planning Liz and Maulen’s wedding. We were blessed to host their special day and attain those aspirations at the Biltmore Estate’s Lioncrest venue on Memorial Day weekend. Our handsome groom was donning his Army formal dress uniform and the bride was sparkled, beaded and laced in her gorgeous wedding dress designed especially for her. The Army saber ceremony added excitement as the bride and groom were presented to the guests with an announcement followed by a swat on their rears from the swords. A special saber was used to cut the cake from the top tier to the bottom with such force that the cake started rocking back and forth! Our groom entertained his bride and our guests while showing his skills and heritage through his Russian folk dance. Special treats brought by family all the way from Kazakhstan were stuffed inside rustic bags and handed out towards the end of the magical evening.   Our night ended with a special bang of sparklers lining the driveway as the bride and groom were whisked away for their first night as husband and wife.  Yes, our goals were achieved and everything was perfect!  A great big thank you to Cortney Jackson for making our dreams come true!

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