Today’s post?! Real life as an Asheville wedding designer + producer. Today’s subjects are not photo perfect, and they are not what you would find on Pinterest. But this is real life behind the scenes.

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The boxes upon boxes.

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The 115 welcome boxes going out to our wedding guests in Asheville.

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It’s double checking the emergency kits and making sure they are all stocked and ready for the season. It’s making sure that the pashminas are tied with care.

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It’s making sure that everything that was suppose to come in for next weekend has arrived. And sparklers? Triple checking our inventory. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Bring on spring wedding season!

 

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Nicole recently returned from a wedding planning trip in London! Emily and Tom are getting married outside of London later this year, and they, along with Emily’s mom, decided to spend a few days in the area meeting with vendors and getting the lay of the land.  We were lucky enough to travel with Nicole’s hubby and destination wedding photographer, Ian, who documented not only the couple, but some of the planning as well.  More on their shoots around London to come!

Since this was Nicole’s first on site experience as a London wedding planner, we asked her for a list of things that she had learned about travel and planning a wedding overseas.

image by Shoots the World

image by Shoots the World

 

Nicole’s Fun Facts:

Travel a few days early! The bride and groom’s plane filled with smoke mid-flight while en route to London, and they ended up being delayed by a full day!

I like to take a piece of home with me… There’s a lot of things you don’t mess with – and coffee is one of them.  We traveled with splenda and creamer… Don’t judge.

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Receptions are called  wedding breakfasts. (You should check out that wiki link, because the history behind why they call it a wedding breakfast is super interesting!)  The tasting we had at Caper and Berry was beyond wonderful, and at their super cute tasting cottage!

They didn’t know what a rehearsal was!  Apparently they are not a standard there. Who knew?!

Make sure to verify a GPS address before you give it to your guests! Just like in the states, sometimes the hotel does not pop up. You never want your guests to feel lost, especially in a different country.

Make sure international roaming is activated on your phone.

It is very common for planners to be paid a commission on everything! We had to specify we didn’t work this way, and to pass any discounts, if applicable, to our couple.
English bridal bouquets are structured differently than traditional American ones.  They are more forward-facing, with no stems showing.  We had a blast at Lavender and Green… which we were grateful for the meeting on Valentine’s Day!
Here are a few of our favorites from touring Hedsor House… one of the most beautiful venues I have seen!

image by Shoots the World

image by Shoots the World

Travel with medicines.  Being sick and far from home is never a good thing.  We keep a little bag of cold medicines, pepto, and advil on hand.  In this bag we also keep hand sanitizer and lysol wipes… better to be safe than sorry!
Last but most certainly not least…
A combination of Dramamine and champagne works great for the plane headed over!  Book a late flight – dose up and have a drink to wind down… works like a charm.
And don’t forget to have fun!  We had a moment to catch some of the sites.  Loving the royals, I was excited to see Buckingham Palace!

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London, we cannot wait to be back to you in July!

xoxo

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We are always thrilled when we have the opportunity to participate in Lonesome Valley Weddings. Lonesome Valley is located in Cashiers, N.C. which is truly one of the most beautiful small towns that we have ever had the pleasure of visiting, and Lonesome Valley is a stunning venue for weddings. We get a picturesque venue in an beautiful area of the country…what more could we possibly want?! So needless to say, we were thrilled to be working with Charlsey and Justin to design and plan their “Glam in the Mountains” wedding at Lonesome Valley!

Bridal prep photos can be some of our favorite images…we love the behind the scenes look, and it’s fun to see some of the wedding details that would otherwise go unnoticed 🙂

Like these gorgeous matching robes that Charlsey and her bridesmaids wore. So cute, right?

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We loved the details that Charlsey and Justin chose for themselves and their bridal party. Such a classic look!

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This wedding just goes to show that you can’t ever trust the weather! There was a zero percent chance of rain, and not a cloud in the sky, but right as the procession was about to begin, a downpour came out of nowhere! Thankfully, it only rained for about 10 minutes. As soon as the rain had stopped, we ran out, wiped down the chairs, and started again!

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The ceremony was absolutely beautiful.

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One of the best things about Lonesome Valley weddings is the gorgeous vista!

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Charlsey wanted glam in the mountains, and she definitely got it! There were gold accents everywhere, and we hung these beautiful crystal chandeliers in the tent. It was fabulous!

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When we showed Charlsey’s mother the reception tent, she responded with giant hugs. Those are the moments we love most…seeing a design come to fruition, and making people happy in the process.

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So many emotional moments during this reception.

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Followed up by a gorgeous cake…

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…and a fantastic party!

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One of the things that we loved most about this wedding was that we had an absolutely beautiful tent. It was gorgeous during the daytime, and equally gorgeous (but in a completely different way) at night. So fun!

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Delicious late night treats and sparklers finished off an amazing night!

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Huge congratulations to Charlsey and Justin! Your day was absolutely lovely! Thank you for inviting us to be a part of it!

And as always, thanks to the amazing vendors who made it all happen!

xoxo

Ceremony and Reception Venue- Lonesome Valley

Photographer – Anna Kirby Photography

Videographer – Voila Cinematic

Caterer – Canyon Kitchen

Florist – Studio Flora Diva

Linens – Nuage

Reception Musicians – A-Town A List

Baker – Tiffany’s Baking Company

Hair Artist – Amanda Hughes

Makeup Artist – Blush

Event Planner – Verge Events

Transportation – Blue Ridge Limo

 

 

 

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When planning weddings in Asheville, NC (or anywhere else, for that matter…Nicole just returned from a planning trip in London! We can’t wait to tell you a bit about that!), you have to prepare for those “oh sh*t!” moments. With decades of combined wedding planning experience under their belts, the girls from Verge wanted to share their absolute must haves for any wedding day emergency kit.

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A quick online search turns up a million different options for creating a wedding emergency kit, and they are all different! So I asked the fabulous planners at Verge to share their absolute must haves for wedding day emergencies.

Stephanie :: Scissors, double sided tape, needle and thread

Sarah :: Sewing kit – cannot count how many times I’ve sewed a bustle up or a button back on a shirt. Gum – we get a lot of requests from grooms for gum before they go down the aisle, we make sure they spit it out before we send them though! And a steamer!

 Nicole :: Safety pins, extra boutonnière pins, and advil or pepto!
So there you go…just a few simple items to make sure that you have on hand on your wedding day in order to ensure that those “oh sh*t!” moments have a quick fix!

 

 

 

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We’ve been doing wedding planning in Asheville for over a decade, and as a result, we have the opportunity to work in the same venues quite often. One of our greatest strengths as planners is our ability to create an event that is super personal to the couple, regardless of how many times we have worked at that specific venue. With Lauren and Don, we had the opportunity to design a beautiful Grove Park Inn wedding reception that felt fresh and new and personal. It’s such a fun part of our job to brainstorm with a couple about bringing their vision of their day to life, and to be able to do so in a space that we are so very familiar with.

The day started off at the Basilica for Lauren and Don’s ceremony. The Basilica is such a stunning church and has such a beautiful history.

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Both the bride and the groom had such beautiful details.

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Doesn’t Don’s expression make you smile?

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After the ceremony. we headed back to our Grove Park Inn wedding reception. Sarah, our design visionary, said this when asked what her favorite moment of the day was:

Donald and Lauren came down to see the tent and the room before the reception was scheduled to start. My favorite moment was watching them enjoy the beautiful lounge in the tent and the gorgeous view while they took pictures. It’s always wonderful to see the Bride and Groom get private moments together to soak in the day and enjoy all of the work before the guests arrive!

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You have to admit, this is a truly gorgeous set up!

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Lauren wanted Paisley incorporated into her design. Paisley is a super strong print and very overpowering. She also wanted a ton of bright color at her wedding – so we had a challenge on our hands to marry the two without going overboard. In the end we found the PERFECT linen from Nuage – Preston Baileys “white paisley” linen. Its a white linen with white sequin paisley embroidered into it, so it’s a beautiful texture and the paisley is very subtle! Love how it all came together!

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All of their details were lovely!

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As a nod to Don’s military career, ending the night with a bang with a must 🙂 Fireworks always make things fun!

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Lauren and Don, we love that you guys trusted us with your wedding day vision, and we are so thrilled with how beautifully it all came together. Huge kudos to the amazing vendors who made this day amazing!

xoxo

Asheville Wedding Photographer – Sunday Grant

Asheville Wedding Planner – Verge Events

Asheville Wedding Florist – Flora

Asheville Hair Artist – Lola Salon

Asheville Makeup Artist – Blush

Asheville Wedding Musicians – Sonic Groove

Asheville Wedding Rentals – Classic Events

Asheville Wedding Rentals – Old South Vintage

 

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