Emma & Michael 

September 15

Asheville, North Carolina  


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.

2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.

3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.


Classic and Charming Estate Wedding in North Carolina

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Marsha & Christopher

June 17

Asheville, North Carolina


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We definitely wanted a destination wedding, but we were finding that many of our friends and family wouldn’t be able to attend if we chose a venue that was out of the country. So we decided to still go the destination route, but in the U.S. One of my bridesmaids suggested the Biltmore Estate as a possible location. It was perfect because it was a central location for my friends and family, who are mostly in Florida, and my husband’s friends and family in New Jersey. And the grounds were incredible and there are lots of activities for people both on and off the estate.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We knew from the beginning that we wanted a vintage, rustic feel to our wedding. So to accomplish that, we had a black and white checkered dance floor, which added so much to the décor. We also added crystal chandeliers, which provided such a beautiful contrast with the barn venue. Finally, the fact that we opted for two long feasting tables instead of round tables gave our wedding an intimate feel. 

Give us one moment in your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about?

Chris and I both agree that it was our first look. Neither one of us knew what the other would be wearing, which is typical with respect to the bride’s attire. But we decided that Chris’ attire would also be a surprise for me so it added to the anticipation for me as well. Seeing each other before the wedding meant that we got to spend pretty much the whole day together because even after the first look our wedding party and parents accompanied us to the Biltmore Estate for more photos and then to the ceremony where we had time to freshen up and have a cocktail.

Willow & Paul

May 19

Lake Eden, Black Mountain, North Carolina


From our Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My husband, Paul, and I wanted a venue that showed off the natural beauty of the area, so our guests, who were all traveling from out of town, would really be able to feel outside of their everyday. We also wanted a blank canvas that we could make our own and a venue with at least some lodging on site. My family and oldest friends are mostly from the Chicago area, Paul’s are largely from New Jersey, and we live in Brooklyn. It’s not very common for everyone we love to be in the same place at the same time, and we wanted to provide the stage for that kind of togetherness.  

Yellow and Gray North Carolina Wedding

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Jessica & Tim

August 2011

Lake Lure, North Carolina

From the Photographer: “These two are so sweet together. They describe themselves as “old souls that act like we have been together forever” and I completely agree after spending their wedding day with them. Jessica made the most drop-dead gorgeous bride and walked around in bare feet the whole day!!! These two are fun-loving beach combers who are laid-back and share each other’s love of life and all those around them. Congratulations Jessica and Tim!” –Whitmeyer Photography

Photographer: Whitmeyer Photography | Reception Venue: Lake Lure Inn | DJ: Mr. C Mobile DJ

South Carolina Barn Wedding: Kelly + Jon

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Kelly & Jon

April 2011

Fort Mill, South Carolina