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I had the pleasure of working with Shayna and Rick for a year leading up to their wedding. Many clients these days have a shorter planning period, so it was nice to get to know this couple and spend time creating a wedding that they will not soon forget over a course of a year. I really enjoyed being with them – they are just one of those couples that exudes happiness and are a joy to be around.

Rick went to high school with one of Shayna’s college roommates and they were introduced at a New Years Eve Party. After 9 years of dating…and 4 months of carrying the ring, he popped the question on Shayna’s birthday!

With ties to Western North Carolina, they both knew that Asheville would be the ideal location for their celebration. Rick is one of those rare grooms that was involved with a lot of the planning including the decor – which we love!

We often ask our clients what is the most important aspect to them – with Rick and Shayna it went like this #1 – Bar, #2 Venue and #3 Band. Take one of our favorite venues – Diana at Biltmore Estate – add a great band – Groovetown, plus a custom bar and you get one fabulous party!

With a theme of “art deco glam with a rustic touch” [theme credit: Adrienne at Blossoms of Biltmore Park] and a color palate of gold, coral, peach + blush, the setting was exactly what the future Beckwith’s envisioned. We incorporated a custom light wall separating the cocktail area from the reception where guests were seated at long tables courtesy of Get Lit. Gold accents, sequined linens, custom Edison bulb chandeliers, and vintage furniture were just a few of the decor elements fused into the theme.

This was one of those weddings we had an 80% chance of rain that just went away and we were blessed with abundant sunshine. You could feel the love and happiness and everything was just flawless. Always a pleasure teaming up with the talented Schultzes. I will let the images speak for themselves….

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I love Jen and Andrew and their adorable dogs! Jen was a blast to work with! From our planning meetings at Panera Bread to her brutal honesty about all things wedding, I absolutely loved our time together. I also loved their story – from their chance meeting in Alaska to their move to Asheville, they were meant to be together. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at Claxton Farm in Weaverville, NC and I loved how they included their dogs in their celebration! The floral was gorgeous and I’ll let the photos from Realities Photography speak for themselves!

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It was my absolute pleasure to work with Sarah and Austin on their stunning wedding weekend.  From the first time I met with Sarah, it was evident that she was a bride after my own heart: totally focused on the little details and the small personal touches throughout that take a wedding from pretty to spectacular!  Sarah and Austin created an event that was so personal to their vision, so special and meaningful, and so thoughtful when it came to their guests’ experience.  They pulled together an amazing team of vendors and Homewood was the perfect choice for the intimate, Great Gatsby-esque look they had in mind.  The amazing photographic talent of the Schultzes behind the camera ensured the images would be to-die-for, and Stacey and her team at the Bloom Room created gorgeous tablescapes mixing deep reds, shades of pink, white and black with metallics, featuring elegant taper candles in candelabras and a collection of Sarah’s own silver accenting the feasting table.

 

 Sarah honored her Indian heritage by incorporating lots of special family traditions into the evening; she wore a beautiful traditional red 2-piece gown for the ceremony, traditional Indian jewels, and she included a Hindu blessing from her sweet grandmother, Nanny, to complete the ceremony. She and Austin also participated in the Var Mala –  the exchange of Indian flower garlands (which Sarah made herself out of ombre shades of carnations) – which in the Hindu tradition, symbolize the mutual acceptance and welcome of the bride and groom into each other’s lives as they promise to make life together as pleasant as the flowers, full of fragrance of love and mutual faith.

 

Sarah and Austin’s family and friends were so sweet and so much fun to work with – I felt like part of the family by the end of the weekend!  Austin’s brother and parents were so kind and loving, and it was a joy watching Sarah with her aunties, mom, grandmother and cousins as they celebrated their families’ long-standing wedding traditions.  Sarah’s mom, Aminie, and Austin’s dad, John, gave a joint welcome to kick off the reception which brought tears to everyone’s eyes.  There was so much love evident between not just the bride and groom, but between the 2 families now joined by the marriage.

 

When the couple asked me for DJ advice, I didn’t hesitate to recommend Mitch Fortune, and he was a total pro, keeping the party going until past midnight. He played a great mix of soul music, lots of traditional Indian dance music, and of course this spring’s best club songs. The crowd didn’t want him to leave when the clock struck 12!

 

From the gorgeous, art deco bejeweled cake provided by Karen Donatelli Bakery, to the cigar bar accented with Austin’s father’s vintage eagles, to the gorgeous signature cocktails, to the Bubble Bar complete with coupe glass tower before kicking off the introduction of the bride and groom with a big group toast,  Sarah and Austin’s was one of the most unique and beautiful weddings I’ve had the honor to work on. Loved this couple and I wish them a lifetime of happiness!
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It has been quite an exciting week at Asheville Event Co.! Earlier this week, one of our Biltmore Estate weddings graced the pages of Style Me Pretty and today, Caitlin + Jack’s wedding appeared on BRIDES!!

Caitlin + Jack’s wedding was a laid back black-tie affair at Canyon Kitchen in Lonesome Valley. Though they both reside on the west coast, they joined us in Cashiers, North Carolina for the celebration of their marriage. Caitlin had vacationed in the western North Carolina mountains as a child and they decided it was the perfect location for them to say ‘I Do’! We agree!

To read the full feature on BRIDES, please click here!

Ceremony Venue: Lonesome Valley | Reception Venue & Catering: Canyon Kitchen | Wedding Planner: Cortney Jackson, Asheville Event Co. | Bride’s Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Gilt | Jewelry: Loren Stewart, Catbird | Hair & Makeup: Sweet Southern Glam | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew, Shipton | Florist: Canyon Kitchen | Invitations & Paper Goods: Stephen Rockwood Design Works, Mama’s Sauce | Music: Xavier BLK | Cake: Hadley Booth | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Photography: Christin Olive Photography

We are so excited that Annsley + Brad’s wedding was selected to be featured on Style Me Pretty today! This romantic North Carolina wedding was photographed by Jill Schwarzkopf of Realities Photography.

Diana at Biltmore Estate set the stage for a perfect celebration and the weather could not have been more gorgeous for their wedding day. All of us felt very blessed to share in this wonderful couple’s most important day.

Enjoy the images on the Style Me Pretty feature! Thank you, Style Me Pretty!

To view the full Style Me Pretty feature, click here! 

Wedding Planner: Melissa Porter, Asheville Event Co. | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Catering and Cakes: Diana at Biltmore Estate | Officiant: Tom Crow | Ceremony Music: Cafe String Quartet | Floral Design: Bloom Room | Photography: Realities Photography | Videography: Digital Video Memories | Reception Band: We Got the Beat Band | Makeup: The Spa at Biltmore Village | Transportation: Young Transportation & Air Haven Limo 

We are so excited that Rebecca + Nate’s purple, rustic, elegant wedding is featured on Every Last Detail today! This rustic, elegant wedding took place at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in downtown Asheville and the reception was held at Deerpark at the Biltmore Estate where Rebecca + Nate’s friends joined them for a delicious dinner and awesome music from The Dickens Band! Take a look at the full feature on Every Last Detail!

Thank you, Every Last Detail!

Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Rehearsal Dinner: Hubba Bubba Smokehouse | Ceremony Venue: Basilica of Saint Lawrence | Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Photography: Two Ring Studios | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Reception Band: The Dickens | Makeup: Makeup at the Grove Arcade | Hair: Lola Salon | Transportation: The Trolley Co.Gray Line Asheville

We are so excited that Lindsey & Mike’s wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty today! This romantic North Carolina Mountain Wedding was photographed by Sunday Grant Photography and took place at Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, which features a breathtaking box canyon backdrop. Enjoy the images on the Style Me Pretty feature!

Thank you, Style Me Pretty!

Love and thanks to the amazing vendors that brought this day to life: Floral Design: Floressence Flowers, Photography: Sunday Grant Photography, Cake: Ruth & Ranshaw, Wedding Venue & Catering: Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, Hair and Makeup: French Twist, Officiant: Pastor Jim Knuth, Ceremony Music: Blue Ridge Classical Sounds with Ralph Congdon, Transportation: Elite Limousine, On-site Painter: Susan Lingg, Printed Materials: Atheneum Creative, Reception Music: Groovetown, Rentals: Classic Event Rental.

Sharing real weddings is one of our favorite things and Katherine and Eric’s Deerpark wedding was one of my favorites from 2014. What an amazing couple! I had a wonderful time planning their celebration.

Katherine is an event planner in Durham, NC. She really understood what goes into planning a wedding from start to finish. Since she isn’t from Asheville, she enlisted our help to make her dream wedding become a reality and keep things calm and organized on the big day. Love and joy was apparent and I found myself tearing up as Katherine and Eric danced to Dave Matthew’s Crush by themselves at the end of the night.

We were thrilled when Style Me Pretty accepted this wedding on their blog as Katherine is a HUGE Style Me Pretty fan! You can check out the SMP post here. Elizabeth from Almond Leaf Studios captured beautiful moments from their day that are featured in both posts. Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Rehearsal Dinner: Celine & Co. – On Broadway | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Catering, & Cake: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate | Officiant: Omeed Jafari | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Asheville String Trio | Floral Design: Flora | Photographer: Almond Leaf Studios | Videographer: InkSpot Crow | Photo Booth: Hot Dog! | Reception Music: Mo’ Sol | Makeup: Jeannine Sills | Hair: Rachel Radford | Trolley: The Trolley Co., Gray Line Trolley, Young Transportation, Elite Limo – 1968 Caddy | Style Me Pretty feature

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I first met Rebecca and Nate about 14 months prior to their wedding. They had already selected the Basilica for their wedding ceremony and Deerpark at Biltmore Estate as their reception venue. They enlisted us to assist them with the necessary elements to bring their vision to life. For them the priority was that their guests have a great time.  It was essential to get a great band, keep the energy high and of course have some wonderful food and cocktails for everyone to enjoy. Rebecca and Nate are one of those couples that are full of adventure, love to travel and appreciate good food and wine. I loved planning their wedding with them. They knew exactly what they wanted and their main goal throughout the whole process was to make sure their guests had as much fun as they did celebrating their marriage – and did they ever! The Bloom Room brought their floral vision to life with fresh blooms and a beautiful hanging installation that surrounded the guests with nature. Two Ring Studios captured the beautiful joy and love that was apparent the whole day! One of our favorite bands, The Dickens, kept the dance floor packed the entire night!

 

Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Rehearsal Dinner: Hubba Bubba Smokehouse | Ceremony Venue: Basilica of Saint Lawrence | Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Photography: Two Ring Studios | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Reception Band: The Dickens | Makeup: Makeup at the Grove Arcade | Hair: Lola Salon | Transportation: The Trolley Co., Gray Line Asheville

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We are so excited that Katherine & Eric’s wedding was selected to be featured on Style Me Pretty today! This romantic North Carolina wedding was photographed by Almond Leaf Studios and her images capture the joy and love of the day. Enjoy the images on the Style Me Pretty feature and the amazing video by InkSpot Crow. Thank you, Style Me Pretty!

To view the Style Me Pretty feature, click here!

Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co. | Rehearsal Dinner: Celine & Co. – On Broadway | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Catering, & Cake: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Asheville String Trio | Floral Design: Flora | Photographer: Almond Leaf Studios | Videographer: InkSpot Crow | Photo Booth: Hot Dog! | Reception Music: Mo’ Sol | Makeup: Jeannine Sills | Hair: Rachel Radford | Trolley: The Trolley Co.Gray Line TrolleyYoung TransportationElite Limo – 1968 Caddy | Invitation Suite: Union Press & Paper | Signage: Mason Dixon Events | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar