in my first call with kendra, she said,  “i am more martha stewart than kim kardashian.”  so when this wedding ended up being published on martha stewart online, you can only imagine the joy that was seeing this wedding come full circle was for us.

the idea was pink, which we paired with a flax linen {all custom from i do linens}, along with flowers… lots and lots of flowers in a garden style approach.  between kendra’s love of flowers and the style and artistry of beth from studio flora diva… holy gorgeousness!

here’s is a snapshot of the design inspiration we pulled together…


these next images go down as probably my most favorite from a wedding.  ever. you see.. we put our heart and soul into this.  i felt a tremendous connection with kendra and jeff, and they were such a dream to work with.  so when it comes to wedding day, and everything is coming together, i want them to walk in and love every single thing.  every single element. every detail is important, and to see so many conversations come to life is really the part i love the most.  unless you are talking about this moment.  the one that brought me to tears.  the moment they saw the reception for the first time. so grateful nancy ray and team was their to capture it all.


aaahhh.  so wonderful.  below are some of our favorite images of the design and the details…


did i mention kendra loved kate spade? me too girl.  me too.


the ceremony details. love the classic and southern mint julep cups!


the cocktail hour… pink flowers for the ladies and white for the gents in lieu of traditional escort cards.


and finally… the reception.


kendra and jeff… thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day.  you were a joy.  i wish you all the best, always.  xoxo, nicole

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this wedding post is way… way overdue. you see, kendra and jeff’s wedding in highlands, nc at the old edwards inn and spa was nothing short of a dream to plan and design.  and we had to wait a bit, as the wedding was being published on martha stewart!  {yay!} so much to say about this sweet couple… they were amazing. they had puggles. they had great taste. they hired a great wedding team. and they trusted us.  what more could we ask for?!

there are so many great images from nancy ray photography, we decided to do 2 posts… one for the wedding, and one specifically for the design process.  we hope you enjoy as much as we do!


and this first look? priceless.


moments before the ceremony…

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one of my favorite details… one of the signature drinks at the cocktail hour were beer flights, a nod to their love of travel and trying new beers in different locations.


the couple had a private dinner after pictures before heading to the reception.  what an incredible time to be able to just soak in the moment. and eat. seriously, how cute is this setup?!


time to party down in the fab pavilion at old edwards inn!


the wedding team ::

highlands ceremony and reception venue :: the old edwards inn and spa

asheville florist :: studio flora diva

photographer :: nancy ray

asheville baker :: tiffany’s baking company

asheville makeup artist :: blush

asheville hair artist :: amanda hughes

asheville photo booth :: shutterbooth

custom linens :: i do linens

ceremony musicians :: cafe string quartet

reception band :: us beat band

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Kayla was like a burst of sunshine coming into Verge Events! We met Kayla in early November – so the sunshine was a welcome addition moving into the winter months. Kayla came to Verge to help plan and design her wedding…. 6 weeks away. We took a deep breath, dusted off our big-girl britches and got straight to work! When you work in the wedding industry you learn real quickly to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This job will stretch you, and that’s why we love it.

Kayla had a wonderful vision for what she wanted her wedding and reception to look a feel like. Her family is very important to her, as are her Asheville roots, she wanted the guests to feel comfortable and at home. Kayla is about as unpretentious as you can get! Her genuine love for things that are natural and beautiful made designing this wedding such a joy!

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography


Kayla and Gerald were married on the Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn– under a gorgeous arbor designed by Studio Flora Diva.

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography


Guests were then invited down to the Grove Park Country Club for the reception and dancing. We loved the band! Tellico provided bluegrass tunes for the guests to kick up their heels to. We’ve worked in the Country Club before, although this is the first wedding we have done in the space, and it is one of our favorites.


Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography

Details we loved:

Flowers: Kayla wanted flowers everywhere. She loves flowers and even though this was a winter wedding she wanted the guests to feel like they were in a garden. Studio Flora Diva did a spectacular job – the table arrangements were incredible. My personal favorite detail were the chandeliers in the country club – they were absolutely magical!

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography

The dinnerware: Blue and white china. We really wanted the guests to feel like they were at Kayla and Gerald’s home – just in an elevated way. Kayla grew up with blue and white china in her home and wanted to incorporate it into wedding. Kathy Leiner at Upstyled Setting had the most gorgeous collection, we love it when we get to work with unconventional dinnerware, it adds a really unique personal touch to the space.

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography

The tables and chairs: In keeping with the “at home” feel we sourced mix and match chairs and kitchen tables from Old South Vintage Rentals, the simple elegance of the wood and white wash pared magnificently with the elegance of the blue and white china.

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography

The cake: The Grove Park Inn carried the blue and white china motif onto the cake, and added flowers. The result was a cake that beautifully encompassed and reflected the simple sophistication that Kayla wanted.

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography

Congratulations Kayla and Gerald!

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Photo Credit: Sunday Grant Photography

Ceremony location: Sunset Terrace at The Grove Park Inn

Reception location: Grove Park Inn Country Club Cake: Grove Park Inn

Band: Tellico

Photography: Sunday Grant Photography

China: Upstyled Setting

Wedding videography: Signature Wedding Films

Florist: Studio Flora Diva

Linens: Classic Event Rentals & Nuage Designs

Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals

Hair: Amanda Hughes

Makeup: Doll Box – Amanda Anderson

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What a wonderful day! It may be rainy and dreary outside but Verge Events spent the day listening to Bernadette Coveney Smith speak at NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) hosted in The Venue in downtown Asheville.

Bernadette is the founder of 14 stories, a wedding planning firm that specializes in planning gay and lesbian weddings. She has authored several books on LGBT wedding planning, has been featured on the Today Show, CNN and The New York Times, and today we were lucky enough to have her in Asheville for her talk “Love is Love” where she covered the importance of including the LGBT community in the way we talk about and market weddings.

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Bernadette Coveney Smiths book – “The Business of Gay Weddings”


The wedding industry has historically been very heterosexual and it is time we evolve consciously to be all inclusive, not just in the way we talk about weddings but in the way that we think about weddings too. And if there is one thing that Asheville is it is all-inclusive! I know that’s one of the reasons I moved here.


The set up at The Venue before guests arrived

As you know North Carolina stepped into the arena of marriage equality on October 10th of last year. Our first same-sex couple showed up on our doorstep on November 5th, it also happened to be the fastest wedding we have ever organized! Walter and Emmanuel had driven from Georgia that day, picked up their marriage license and were looking to be married as soon as possible. Verge made a couple of quick phone calls, Officiant Howard Hanger drove right over, we set them up in our upstairs studio, and Kai Schmoll from Blue Ridge Staffing and our very own Stephanie Douglas acted as the witnesses.


At Verge Events we fully support marriage equality, over the years we have seen many couples walk down the aisle and make the vows associated with marriage. We know that “Love is Love” and are excited for the important steps that North Carolina has taken to recognize this sentiment too. It has opened the doors to allow us to fully embrace our titles as WEDDING planners and designers, meaning ALL weddings regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin and whatever else you assholes out there want to discriminate against people for!




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Last week we got a wonderful surprise from Samantha at Old South Vintage Rentals, three beautiful pieces of lounge furniture named after the Verge Planning and Design team! Can we take them home?

Meet Nicole:

From Old South Vintage Rentals

From Old South Vintage Rentals


And Stephanie:

From Old South Vintage Rentals

From Old South Vintage Rentals

And Sarah:

From Old South Vintage Rentals

From Old South Vintage Rentals

Old South Vintage Rentals have been incredible partners with us. At Verge we plan weddings but we also have an incredible in house designer, Nicole Riley so we’re on the phone with Samantha a lot! Samantha and Cody have curated an absolutely beautiful collection of vintage seating, lounge and accent items that really elevate the overall feeling at our weddings. Not to mention the fact that they are two of the loveliest, positive people we work with. It is so apparent that they love what they do and really have a passion for it.

Companies like Old South Vintage Rentals can make all the difference at your wedding. A reception is beautiful with floral and linens but it’s the little details that contribute in bringing the atmosphere and ambiance of your wedding to the next level.

That’s all the fun stuff anyway right? It’s what makes your event unique and personal. It has inspired me to start working on a series of blog posts that cover the details, lounges, lighting, accessories, etc. Stay tuned. And if you just cannot wait and are dying to look at fun lounge furniture, lighting and accessories head on over to Old South Vintage Rentals and peruse their magical warehouse of wonders.




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