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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We are so honored to have our British Mountain Styled Shoot featured on Burnett’s Boards! Inspired by the mountains and the colors of the British and American flags, Cortney worked with a wonderful team to bring her vision to life.

From the planner, Cortney Hamlin Jackson: For this styled shoot, we envisioned a British Groom marrying an American Bride at a family lodge set in the mountains of North Carolina. Keeping British traditions in mind, it was important to keep a classic feel in the rustic setting. Using a palette of copper, navy, and champagne with glimpses of deep red and aubergine, the wedding comprised of English garden flowers, loose natural style, green plants, flat cedars, taper candles and many unique decor pieces from their families personal collections.

The bride wore a flowing gown adorned with heirloom lace and wore antique family jewelry. Her bridal portraits were set among the trees and near a romantic waterfall hidden in the woods. Two young flower girls, dressed in ethereal dresses, walk hand in hand with the sweetest ring bearer. The ceremony takes placed tucked in the trees and the natural steps in the hillside topped with oriental rugs made for a cozy setting. The breathtaking mountain scenery of Lonesome Valley is a striking backdrop for the incredible evening reception.

Thank you, Burnett’s Boards! 

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We are so excited to have Mallie & Gifford’s Chattooga Club Wedding in North Carolina featured on Snippet & Ink! From the ceremony to the sparkler exit, it was a beautiful day full of grace and love and we are so thrilled to share their wedding images with you!

From the planner, Liz Whalen Tallent: The Chattooga Club, a private mountain resort and community, offered beautiful and lush mountain views surrounding understated and impeccable architecture, and the perfect landscaping to compliment an early summer mountain wedding. The huge old boxwoods and lovely manicured croquet lawn are so unique and give Chattooga Club a beautiful, traditional ambience that is so special to this venue. And as anyone with eyes can see, this couple are two of the most gorgeous people you will ever find – Mallie is a swanlike blonde beauty with a megawatt smile, while Gifford is dark-haired and debonair. Mandy Busby photography captured the couple’s first look so perfectly – all the images were perfection – it was impossible to choose our favorites! No one could contain their gasps when they saw this bride and groom outfitted in their respective wedding finery: a gorgeous lace sheath gown for Mallie and a classic black tux for Gifford. Talk about a power couple! They are also two of the kindest and caring folks you’ll ever come across – they always thought to ask about the comfort and needs of others before their own, and I so appreciated their positive, laid-back, and compassionate attitudes throughout the weekend, and the months we spent planning beforehand. Mallie and Gifford are not just beautiful faces – they are kind and loving, too – truly the total package and I know their parents are beyond proud of the adults they’ve become.

Thank you, Snippet & Ink!

Wedding Planner: Liz Whalen Tallent, Asheville Event Co. | Photography: Mandy Busby Creative | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Ceremony Venue: Community Bible Church | Ceremony Music: Elizabeth Jobson String Trio | Reception Venue: The Chattooga Club | Reception Music: Mo’ Sol | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Videography: Horizonline Pictures | Wedding Cakes: Artista Cakes | Hair & Makeup: French Twist Salon

When I think of Beth and Luke, my mind immediately envisions adventure, joy, competition, and love. At our initial meeting, I knew that the planning process would be exciting — they had unique ideas and adventurous personalities. Beth and Luke are world travelers and are always up for trying something new from hiking solo to jumping out of planes. I love their fearless spirit and it was such a great experience getting to know them and incorporating meaningful details into their wedding day.

Beth and Luke are not the type to have a typical ceremony… so we had two! The first was precious — an intimate wedding for immediate family at The Summer Chapel in Cashiers. It was so full of love and joy that when the bride walked out of the chapel with tears of joy in her eyes, she refused an umbrella saying, “I don’t need that, I am so happy.” Rain was not going to let anyone down on this day. Parker J. took that rain and the romantic fog and ran with it. The photos capture their love beautifully.

Their second wedding ceremony was at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn under a clear tent. The overall theme of the wedding was rustic and organic with a nod to the bride’s Scottish heritage. The tent was adorned with twinkle lights (to emulate the stars in hopes that the guests would feel like they were outside and not under a tent), tartan blankets, and hot beverages to keep everyone warm.

After the ceremony, friends and family followed the Scottish bagpiper to the barn and pavilion and were greeted with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The reception included fire dancers, an ice sculpture of Poseidon, the amazing talent of Sol Fusion to rock the house, and a bride and groom ice climber cake topper.

Their exit? They both donned hiking backpacks and boots before exiting through sparklers into the woods. If they had it their way it would have been by helicopter…

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We are so excited to have Lara & Ren’s wedding featured on Inside Weddings! It was a gorgeous fall day full of beautiful and meaningful details.

From Inside Weddings: “The reception space epitomized the old Europe countryside concept for which Lara had hoped. Long wooden banquet tables were topped with brass candlesticks, bud vases, and mercury-glass vessels for a touch of elegance. Verdant floral arrangements to match the bridal bouquets rested on brass trays and featured roses, peonies, dahlias, clematis, amaranthus, and astrantia in shades of champagne, ivory, taupe, and marsala wine. Vintage signs signifying the names of the streets that Lara and Ren grew up on, respectively, acted as table names – “The roads that brought us together,” beams the bride. A four-tier naked pumpkin spice pound cake with cinnamon and caramel cream filling complemented the hall – and attendees’ stomachs – with its fresh rosemary, sage, berry, and fig toppings.”

Thank you, Inside Weddings!

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Aly & Chris celebrated their marriage in style with their cherished friends & family at the Farm at Old Edwards Inn, in Highlands, North Carolina. The bridesmaids were dressed in champagne tones and looked striking alongside the groomsmen’s handsome black tuxedo’s.

The celebration began with a heartfelt ceremony under a tent in the garden. After the ceremony, guests sipped their champagne while enjoying the early fall weather in the orchard. The flowers in early fall hues of deep peach, pink, aubergine and green tied the design together. The glass pavilion glowed with candles, table runners created with eucalyptus and grapes, towering natural centerpieces, and accents of gold on the tables. Dinner included braised short ribs and tenderloin and a dessert bar placed on an antique cart included mini fruit pies and Baileys shooters with chocolate chip cookies! It was a perfect sweet treat! Later in the evening, a hot apple cider and bourbon bar opened outside while the band, Party Nation, amped up their music. Aly changed into her dancing dress and the guests had the time of their lives on the dance floor!

Truly a incredible celebration for a incredible couple….Cheers Aly & Chris! We are so excited Aly & Chris’ wedding was featured on the cover of Southern Bride! Pick up a copy to see more of their beautiful love story.

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Lindsay and Jonathan were married on a crisp fall day in early November at Claxton Farm. They envisioned a simple and elegant outdoor wedding with natural and handcrafted details. Jonathan created the table numbers and place card holders; while Lindsay created the programs, photo shutters, and escort cards. We incorporated natural details, including apples, into the decor for a simple, understated fall theme.

Lindsay’s father’s best friend officiated the ceremony and it was a lovely, personal service. After the ceremony, the sun set over the autumn-colored mountains as guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at the barn. It was an idyllic evening for a fireside dinner and the bride and groom’s apple-adorned chairs were a lovely nod to the season. For dessert, guests were served an assortment of Lindsay and Jonathan’s favorite cakes and pies.

One of our favorite moments of the evening was when the bride teamed up with the bridal party to serenade the groom with her rendition of The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson. They had a lot of fun with the props and it was a sweet way for Lindsay to say ‘I love you’ to Jonathan.

Thanks to Jeremy Russell Photography for sharing the photos from their fall Claxton Farm wedding!

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