Well hello again! Last week we showed you some shots from Christina and Garnett’s gorgeous Grove Park Inn wedding in Asheville. This week we’re hanging out with Christina and Garnett again, but this time we’re going to take a deeper look at the design Verge Events did for them. Who doesn’t love an immaculately designed wedding in the mountains?…not to toot our horn or anything. Ok, fine – we’ll put our money where our mouth is!

Christina and Garnett’s design was very soft, romantic and elegant. Fluffy white flowers, and touches of soft gold and champagne with a neutral color palate. This was a classy wedding with a capital C!

Here are some pictures from the inspiration board we created for them.

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Ceremony::

The Mountain View Terrace was kept classic and minimal for ceremony so as not to distract from the view. The floral arrangements hinted at the fantasticness (not a word, but it should be!) we would reveal for reception.

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Christina and Garnett wanted their ceremony to be unplugged, so in keeping with the design a sign written on a champagne gold mirror politely asked guests to put their phones away.

A monogram or a logo at a wedding is a really nice way to personalize details and make them your own. Plus you can use it for years to come on Christmas cards, thank you notes, koozies etc. and everyone will remember where it was first débuted – at your wedding! We worked in Christina and Garnett’s logo on the cocktail napkins, guest towels, menus and programs.

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Cocktail Hour::

Cocktail hour was held on the terrace after the ceremony. The Grove Park Inn has a stunning stone fireplace which was adorned with floral and candles (candle light was a MUST in Christina and Garnett’s design concept). Signs on champagne gold mirrors made their appearance again as escort signs for the guests.

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Reception::

The room – romantic to the max! Blush pink lighting on white draped walls and big fluffy flowers everywhere! Floral added some variety to the tables by mixing in high and low arrangements. We love those trumpet vases! When you light an event space that has natural light it’s important to know that the color will change as the space transitions to night. We loved how this lighting transitioned!

 

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There’s that logo again!

 

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Chargers really elevate the formality of a table setting. Again we used mirrors for table numbers.

Christina and Garnett kept the guest tables neutral yet elegant with a champagne satin linen, and added some glam to the head table and cake table with an incredible champagne sequin linen. Head tables and cake tables are excellent places to use a really fantastic linen, it just makes everything *pop*.

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The cakes! The Grove Park Inn can truly create ANYTHING when it come to a cake. Classic wedding elegance for the bridal cake and a homage to TCU for the grooms cake.

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And just to amp up the fancy, a lovely late night scotch and cigar bar – what’s not to love!

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We had the best time watching this wedding come together. Couldn’t have done it without a fantastic team, and a truly awesome bride and groom!

xoxo Sarah

Planning: Verge Events

Design: Verge Events

Photography: Mozingo Photography

Videography: Signature Wedding Films

Floral: Studio Flora Diva

Venue: Grove Park Inn

Cake: Grove Park Inn

Makeup: Blush

Hair: Amanda Hughes Hair

Ceremony Music: Cafe String Quartet

Band: Groovetown with East Coast Entertainment

Officiant: Blue Mountain Weddings

Table, Escort and Mirror Signage: 7Ton

Paper: Page and Mason

Linens: Nuage Designs

Rentals, Lighting, Draping: Classic Event Rental

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

 

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An elegant springtime wedding at the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. What didn’t we love about this couple? Seriously. She is a gorgeous, generous and easy-going. He is funny, gracious and handsome. Both are from Texas, talk about a southern power couple!

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We had a mad-house season this year guys! Which is why the blog has been silent for so long…cue tail between my legs, I’m sorry puppy eyes. I figured what better way to beg your forgiveness then to show you why we’ve been so busy. This year we have seen a big increase in clients booking us for wedding planning AND full wedding design in Asheville and the surrounding areas. We love it when we get to work this way! A wedding is really a team effort, so when you have the luxury of design and planning working from the same office, it streamlines the whole process. Not to mention it is fantastic when it’s all hands on deck and we all get to be there on wedding day!

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Christina and Garnett were our first full planning and design clients this year, they kicked off our season with a beautiful Grove Park Inn wedding in April. The view (as always) was spectacular ,the guests partied their butts off, and it didn’t rain, even though it threatened to. It was an incredible wedding, absolutely gorgeous, and we’re sorry that Christina and Garnett don’t live in Asheville so we can make excuses to bump into them and hang out.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from the day!

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A first look isn’t for every couple, but it’s a lovely moment before the ceremony when the bride and groom can be alone and have a private moment together before the wedding whirlwind starts, and it’s a great opportunity for some really touching pictures – I mean look at these!

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Oh you two just pull at our heart strings!

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The ceremony was held on the Mountain View Terrace (you don’t have to be a genius to know how it got its name) I don’t know if there is a more perfect venue view of the Asheville mountains.

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Christina and Garnett danced to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran for their first dance. Again, does anyone need a tissue?

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It was a truly elegant affair, we’ll be following this post up with one that just focuses on the design of the day. It was so magnificent we thought it deserved it’s own write up. Here’s a sneak peak for what’s in store!

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Christina and Garnett: We were absolutely honored to get to be a part of your day. From the very first meeting until the very last sparkler you were so generous with your laughter, kindness and gratitude. You know where to find us if you ever want to come hang out!

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xoxo

Sarah

Big props to our team!

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Planning: Verge Events

Design: Verge Events

Photography: Mozingo Photography

Videography: Signature Wedding Films

Floral: Studio Flora Diva

Venue: Grove Park Inn

Cake: Grove Park Inn

Makeup: Blush

Hair: Amanda Hughes Hair

Ceremony Music: Cafe String Quartet

Band: Groovetown with East Coast Entertainment

Officiant: Blue Mountain Weddings

Table, Escort and Mirror Signage: 7Ton

Paper: Page and Mason

Linens: Nuage Designs

Rentals, Lighting, Draping: Classic Event Rental

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

 

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If you remember, last week we covered lighting. This week we’re going to take a look at it’s close cousin, draping. Draping and lighting go hand-in-hand because if you’re draping a space for your wedding then you’re probably also lighting, and much like lighting, draping can also completely transform a room.

The concept of draping is pretty straightforward; you use swaths of material that can be hung from almost anything to create a desired effect. Most commonly draping is used to “hide” things like tent poles, columns, walls or windows. But! It can also be used in the opposite way and highlight structural elements in your space.

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Maybe you have booked a wedding venue because you love the room, and in that case you probably aren’t going to want to use much draping, if at all, you want to let the room be. Or conversely, maybe you want to create your own vision and space. Raw spaces are often cheaper to book, and if you want to create something unique and specific for your wedding day, draping is the way to go.

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And you don’t have to just drape in white! Draping in color can provide a super dramatic effect.

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Next up! Lounges – who doesn’t love a gorgeous lounge?

xoxo Sarah

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So if you remember, a little while ago we were tootin our own horns because Old South Vintage Rentals was nice enough to name some totally gorgeous pieces of their new couture lounge collection after us. No biggie, just counts as minor celebrity status in our world, we’ll let you know when our ego’s deflate.

Anyway it got me thinking about all the fabulous design details that can take a wedding from beautiful to “Angelina-Jolie-all-up-in-this-business-incredible”. I wish they bottled that stuff and sold it at CVS, my hair would always be on point. There are so many elements that come together to create what we call “the look and feel” of a wedding. If you have a designer involved with your wedding planning process, these are of the things they’ll go over with you and talk to you about. If not, the next series of posts are going to break down some of the details into bite-sized chunks, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

And we’re starting with…lighting!! Lighting is one of those things where, unless you’re a designer you probably haven’t thought too much about it. And that’s ok, but it is important! Lighting can literally transform a room, it can make a room feel warm, it can create depth and height, and if you’re dealing with a venue where maybe you aren’t 100% on board with some of the room elements, lighting can be used to distract and hide some of these things. It’s magical.

Most of the time when couples go on site visits to view potential venues they are seeing the space in the light of day. And maybe your reception is going to be during the day (in which case yay for you! Natural light = awesome) but the majority of wedding receptions happen in the evening. So it’s important to talk to your venue about the lighting in the space. You don’t want to get ambushed by cold florescent ceiling lights, unless you’re an “Office Space” fan and then maybe that’s totally your jam. If possible take a look at pictures from past events in the space, what kind of lighting did they use? Most venues know what works best in their space.

Ok! So there are several different kinds of lighting elements that we encounter most often. And each of these elements can be used by themselves, in various combinations, or all together.

 UpLighting

Uplighting is exactly what it sounds like. It’s where you take lights that are placed on the ground and aim the light up into the space. Most commonly the light is projected onto walls or columns in order to add color or change the color of a room. It can also add some dimension and visual interest to a room. Spaces that are up-lit feel very elegant. Here are some examples:

Uplighting can be used to really pack a punch and create a really vibrant room.
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It can also be more subdued and neutral, just to warm up the space.

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And if you’re lucky enough to have textured wall to throw the light on, it creates a really lovely effect.

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You don’t have to use uplighting just on walls, here’s a great example of using the lights underneath tables to give them a happy glow.

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String lighting

String lighting! Super popular in outdoor venues. Who doesn’t love string lighting? It’s romantic and magical and just lovely. If you can’t tell I’m a huge sucker for some string lighting. My preference is for café string lights.

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You have to be careful when using “fairy lights” that the space doesn’t end up looking like a supped up college dorm. But if it’s done right, it’s a home run.

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Image credit:: Mary-Jane Photography and Design / Classic Party Rentals

The nice thing about string lights too is that they can be used to enhance the feel of the room OR you can do some really jaw dropping incredible things with them.

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Candles

Candles, candles, candles. I mean can anything beat a really amazing array of candles?Essential. This is, after all, the original light source we are talking about. And they are so diverse! You can leave them in simple glass and they are beautiful, or put them in lanterns, float them in water. Candles are most often used to light tables. Without a lighting element on your tables something will feel very amiss. Plus your guests won’t be able to appreciate the wonderful food you are feeding them (and you probably paid a lot for that food, so let it have it’s moment).

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Image credit:: Archetype Studios / Cedarwood Weddings / Colin Cowie Weddings / Brooke Courtney

Accessory lighting

This is the MOST FUN category. It’s all the extra stuff that doesn’t primarily light the space but kicks it up to that Angelina Jolie category I was talking about, because we all know that Angelina Jolie would be a chandelier if she were a lighting accessory. This is the category for lighting fixtures, and things like gobo’s. A gobo is used to project light in patterns onto a surface.

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Image credit:: Rachel Pearlman Photography / Elizabeth Anne Designs / Babb Photo / Chic Weddings in Italy

Hope this was helpful. And if it wasn’t, at least you got to look at tons of really beautiful photography. If you have questions let us know in the comments – we’ll get back to you! And stay tuned for the next edition of “It’s All In The Details”. These are so much fun!!

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we are throwing it back to a wedding at the grove park inn and spa country club that our team planned and designed!  loving the yellow, the touch of patterns throughout… all while keeping the overall slightly rustic feel cohesive.  many thanks to julie roberts photography for the images, and studio flora diva for the fab floral!

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sweet intimate ceremony at the country club at grove park inn…

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fun little rustic details from the reception!

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