We had the privilege of being the Asheville wedding planners for Rachel & Alex’s gorgeous Grove Park wedding, and they were an absolute pleasure to work with. Rachel and Alex are beautiful people, and we couldn’t help but fall in love with how genuine  and joyful they were with one another.
As Asheville wedding planners, we have the opportunity to experience love and family with so many different types of people, and all of those people have a different vision for their wedding. Helping that vision come to life is one of our favorite parts of our job!
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These final moments as they prepare to head to the ceremony are some of our favorite moments. All of the pieces are about to come together as the ceremony begins. These moments can sometimes be frantic, but there is always a stillness and an anticipation that never fails to give us the good feels 😉
every detail matters!
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We chose a clear top tent for this wedding. As Asheville wedding planners, we have learned that clear top tents are absolutely fantastic in the fall (side note: clear top tents are ONLY fantastic in the spring and fall… the rest of the year, you should go with another option 🙂 ), and we love the way that this one looked.
Rachel wanted to have a fall wedding without the traditional color palette that screams at you with it’s heavy tones. The soft color palette that she ended up with was so sophisticated and unexpected. The end result was stunning!
Details are set…everyone looks fabulous…it’s time to begin!
We wanted something different for the aisle runner… a soft gray dance floor worked perfectly!
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so much emotion…
Asheville wedding plannersLove a groom who cries… gets us EVERY time!
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For Alex, the most important thing about this day was the ceremony. It was so important to him that the sacredness of the ceremony was respected. Sometimes, in the midst of all the wedding planning…we can forget about the most important part…the marriage itself. Alex never lost sight of that, and that was so lovely to see.
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Mr. & Mrs. !!!!!
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A few portraits before the reception…
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We continued the soft & sophisticated color palette of the ceremony into the reception. The result was warm and cozy. Perfect for a fall wedding in the mountains!
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Fun favor idea: fun lollipops in custom bags! Tie them to your escort cards and display!
Aren’t they the cutest? The contentment and excitement on their faces is so wonderful!
Dances and toasts and cakes, oh my! 😉
At the end of Rachel’s father’s speech, he directed everyone to turn towards the windows,  and we had a huge firework display go off! It was a surprise for the couple, and they had no idea! (Sometimes Asheville wedding planners have to be a little sneaky 😉 )
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dancing is hard work…
….so when the late night snack of sliders and onions rings came out of the kitchen, they were a HUGE hit:)
We had a caricature artist at the event. It was such a fun experience for the guests, and what a fun way to memorialize a moment!
Congratulations Rachel & Alex!! We loved spending the day with you!

As always…thanks to the amazing team of vendors who helped us make this wedding happen!

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We love being an Asheville wedding planner… but do you know what else we love? Design. Design is inspiring, and we love being able to incorporate that piece of an event when we are planning it. We really love creating and executing a couples vision from their wedding. If you haven’t yet seen Anna Maria & Kelly’s wedding story blog post, go back and check it out… when you get back, we will talk about some of the details that made their day so fantastic 😉
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Anna Marie and Kelly wanted to take their guests on a journey on their wedding day. They wanted each room/event at their wedding have a distinct and different feel.

The ceremony was to be all white, magical like a winter forest.
The cocktail hour should feel like an elegant cocktail hour in a decadent estate (not hard to do at the Grand Bohemian).
The reception should feel like a fancy masquerade ball.
While the guests were at reception, the ceremony space became a classic cigar lounge.
And what New Years Eve wedding is complete without a balloon drop?!?
Our favorite elements? A custom coat check with vintage decks of cards, the variety of all the masks for guests to enjoy and of course, the custom ice cream made just for the groom, the little animal structures tucked in by Flora, and the ice wall at the desserts!
Let’s start with that all white magical forest [one of Sarah’s favorite element!]…  Our design team custom made this lace aisle runner, which paired beautifully with the details from Flora!
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The cocktail space was lush and decadent.  With family pictures tucked onto side tables, which really warmed up the space.
Gorgeous linens + elegant floral + beautiful ballroom = perfection. And when the lights went down, the custom lighting was a fantastic way to change up the room!
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Above? We greeted all guests as they entered the hotel to really set the tone!
We love customizing a food display for a wedding, Kelly and Anne Marie had their salad bar displayed in champagne cases, it was so elegant and went perfectly with the surroundings!
This spread of sweets is completely delectable! Also this sign… Candy is Dandy, but Liquor is Quicker.  Heard!

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We loved having a chill space like this cigar bar for people to retreat to towards the end of the night!
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A balloon drop was the perfect finale to a crazy and amazing New Year’s Eve wedding 🙂  One of our favorite departures… we had the band lead the guests down the elevator and into the outside for balloons and a confetti drop!
We are so thrilled with the way that Anna Maria’s vision came to life for her wedding. Thanks to the amazing people behind the scenes who helped make this wedding the magical day that it was. We couldn’t have done it without you!
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Sarah here! Being an Asheville wedding planner means that I get to meet amazing new people all of the time. From the first moment I met Anna Marie, I knew we were going to be great friends. She’s a firecracker (and I mean that in the most awesome way), and she has a fierce sense of style and a taste for the dramatic. Wrap all of that up into a New Year’s Eve wedding, and you can not go wrong! I also loved Kelly the first moment I met him, he is an earnest straight shooter with a sincere heart and a wonderful sense of humor. Anna Marie had a beautiful vision for her wedding, and we can’t wait to share her details with you in our next blog post… but first, let’s celebrate their amazing love story!

Always love the nervous energy that exists during the getting ready part of the day.

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first looks for the win 😉

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This room was magical.

The Grand Bohemian is an amazing venue. There is so much character there, and it is always fun to explore all of the different aspects of that space!

asheville-wedding-plannerKelly owns a sweet potato farm, and the year they got married was going to be the 75th anniversary of the farm, so Anna Marie had our local fabulous ice cream store The Hop create a custom ice cream flavor in celebration. And Kelly’s favorite thing EVER is ice cream, so it was a match made in heaven, that ice cream was to die for!

New Years Eve weddings are some of our favorites, they are so festive and celebratory, and they are the perfect opportunity to do something fun and different.

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Ending the night with a balloon drop was a fun idea! 🙂

You wouldn’t know it from the images we just shared…but there were some crazy behind the scenes stuff going on during this wedding. As an Asheville wedding planner, I know that something unexpected always happens, sometimes it’s a BIG unexpected, sometimes it’s a baby unexpected. And if you have a fantastic team working for you most of the time, 99% of the time, you won’t even know. This was one of those times when mother nature decided to remind us all who was boss and throw us a big ol’ curve ball on the day of the wedding. A unexpected ice storm totally blindsided Asheville on New Years Eve. At about 3PM (right when we were getting ready to take first look pictures), Biltmore Village suddenly transformed into an ice rink. That’s putting it mildly, it was like bumper cars out there. Cars were going in ditches left and right, the city shut down the interstate – SHUT. IT. DOWN. Fortunately almost all of the wedding guests were staying at the Grand Bohemian and the Double Tree across the street so they just had to penguin their way over.
UNFORTUNATELY, the groom and the family were in a beautiful home about 4 miles away. So we got on the phone, told them to pack up and get in their cars and head our way immediately, it took them 3 hours to go 4 miles! But we caught it early enough, so we gave the guests drinks when they showed up to the ceremony, and Anna Marie went down the aisle just a half hour later than she was supposed to. Anna Marie and Kelly were such troopers about the whole thing, they just wanted to get married and have a good time – and we got them both!
With all of the weather madness, portrait time was limited, to say the least 😉 We love these images that Almond Leaf Studios captured of this gorgeous couple after their wedding!
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Thanks to these amazing vendors who help make this event magical!
Next up on the blog: more of the amazing details from Anne Marie & Kelly’s wedding. Can’t wait for you to see!
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As Asheville wedding planners, most of our job is done after the reception is over. There are a few things here and there, but the majority of our work is over. And then the fun starts. The posts on social media and the professional images and videos… we get to see documentation of people enjoying an event that we had a hand in making happen. And that is ALWAYS a really good feeling.

 

We love this video that Inkspot Crow Films shared with us from Ryan & Kelly’s wedding at Olivette. It’s always lovely to revisit a good day!

Ryan & Kelly : Asheville Wedding Film from Inkspot Crow Films on Vimeo.

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As Asheville wedding planners, we believe in bold design & big love. Haley & Dave (check out their wedding recap here!) came to us with a bold task, incorporate the classic, art deco, elegance of the Grove Park Inn with the couple’s love for things that were non-traditional, industrial and modern. This was going to be fun!

Haley picked a gorgeous dress that really gave us the inspiration for the yin and yang of her design. She wore a modern silhouette with an art deco inspired print (how very Grove Park). For us the Grove Park gave us everything we needed in terms of classic elegance, we just needed to focus on bringing modern details into the space, and it was such a breath of fresh air when the final design was completed. 

The color palette we were working with was green, gray, and white. Very clean and minimalist.  Things to note :: Their modern logo was consistent in all elements from the invitation, to the weekender, to the escort display.  Also a fun thing to note?  Notice that little gear in his boutonnière… a nod to his love of gears and bikes!

When you have a minimalist color palette it is nice to incorporate a lot of texture to allow for contrast and depth, Haley loved succulents and thistle so her flowers were really lush and dynamic.

asheville wedding plannersasheville wedding plannersWe didn’t want to overwhelm the Grove Park with anything too bulky so our goal was to bring in details that spoke to the modern/industrial feel we were going for.  Wood, steel and acrylic were are great way of doing that. This is definitely the first time as Asheville wedding planners that we have ever done an acrylic Chuppah – it was a real stunner, created by our sweet friend, Beth from Studio Flora Diva!  Love how the clear stands at the start of the aisle really tied it together!

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Our production team was hard at work this wedding! We built custom wooden tables for the reception. The beautiful acrylic and wooden escort sign was also built and designed by our team.

One of our favorite projects for this wedding was changing the lighting in Skyline room to make it feel less like a ballroom and more like a modern intimate space, usually the ballroom has art deco sconces which are switched on.  Mounted on the wooden columns, this just felt a little too warm and traditional for this wedding, so we lit all the tables with pin spot lighting. 

The effect was pretty magical, it really made everything glow and brought focus to the gorgeous tables and the beautiful modern centerpieces Studio Flora Diva designed.asheville wedding planners

Another fun detail were the welcome “bags” – we’re always looking for new, fun, interesting ways to deliver goodies to your guests rooms and these acrylic boxes really made a statement! 

One of the things we pride ourselves in as Asheville wedding planners is that we aren’t a “plug and play” company. When a client comes to us for design, we really love to use our expertise and experience to create something totally unique.  When we are given an opportunity to think outside the box.. that’s were we really shine! 

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