Besides the absolutely beautiful setting and arrangement of Allison & Dave’s wedding day, there is one thing I remember, even a year later. How thoughtful these two are. From the first time talking with Allison, I knew she was going to be a great person to work with. Her and Dave are just the nicest, sweetest, most intelligent duo. I can remember multiple times I was thanked and hugged by these two throughout their wedding day. Even right before the first look, literally as Allison was about to walk down, Dave was so kind to pull me aside and thank me for being there and took the time to let me know how important this all was to him. Then one of the most emotional first looks I’ve been apart of took place. Everyone was crying (maybe even me) and to top it off their dog ran over moments later and gave them a big ‘ol hug and kiss.
This was an effortlessly, loving day that could only be created by two people that were truly meant to be. Happy one year Allison & Dave!
Venue: Biltmore Estate Antler Hill Barn, Asheville NC firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer: Kiki Creates
Dress: Maggie Sotero from Urban Set Bride in Richmond Va email@example.com
Makeup and hair: Lola Salon and Gallery, Asheville NC firstname.lastname@example.org
Rentals: Biltmore Estate, Grayline Trolley email@example.com
Florist: Lily Bees Floral, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cake: Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC email@example.com
Caterer: Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC firstname.lastname@example.org
Officiant: Dr. Dennis Trickett, stepfather of the bride, email@example.com
Coordinator: Heidi Garcia with Lily Bees Floral, firstname.lastname@example.org
I wanted to live in Niki & Dan’s day forever. Seriously. Even though there were only 7 of us total, it was a blast to hang out and see two people that have never been to the states, enjoy such an awesome day. Especially with me as the tour guide. They had a ceremony on a secluded beach, kissed each other right as they say each other (couldn’t wait till i dos!), threw pebbles in the ocean with their family and friends after they tied the knot, sipped champagne and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset.
But everything was not perfect from the start! Here is a little something I wrote the day after the wedding about everything up until the ceremony…
Somehow thousands of miles away, Niki and Dan found me. They flew in from Britain to get married on Anastasia. The week they flew in, a huge tropical storm hit Florida. When they arrived to their air Bnb to get ready for their wedding, it wasn’t ready and they had to quickly relocate to a hotel. They booked an Uber to take them to their ceremony, which canceled moments before it was suppose to arrive. Once they got in a car and got half way to the ceremony, they realized they had forgotten the marriage license and had to turn around. It was also dumping rain when they arrived. Feeling helpless watching the radar, a huge gust of wind came in and blew the weather away. Opening up for a bit to take photos on what was now a completely secluded beach. What’s funny is that I’ve had couples break down over the smallest thing when they are getting married a few minutes from their home. But Niki and Dan, thousands of miles from home, having absolutely no idea where or what they were getting into, with what seemed to be everything working against them, were so incredibly happy. Hugging and giving me kisses on the cheek, making jokes, doing an American accent as I tried to do a posh British one. It was like nothing ever happened. I know there is so much that goes on during a wedding day. Whether you have 5 guests or 500. Its an emotional and well thought out day. But if all else fails, remember that you are one of those lucky ones that found someone who loves you rain or shine, Uber or no Uber, marriage certificate or not. You love them and damnit if a tropical storm is going to prevent you from shouting it from a secluded beach and putting a ring on that finger. You guys are seriously “totally awesome” (to be said in a posh American 1990s accent)
Ali & Aaron’s wedding was truly a labor of love. Their friends and family came together to put on a loving and beautiful spring wedding. I was literally the only vendor there that was not a close friend or related to them. Her mother made her absolutely gorgeous bouquet, her aunt made her vintage looking, adorable cake, friends helped with hair and makeup. A close friend played acoustic guitar during the reception and another officiated the ceremony. The entire wedding even stayed on the property together, sharing a private hot springs and horse ranch all to themselves.
The details of the day were gorgeous, but the most amazing thing was my interaction with Ali and Aaron. I had met them for the first time an hour before their ceremony. Their warmth and overall excitement was contagious. And made me, the only “vendor” of the day, feel like family. They were genuinely kind and spiritual people. During their ceremony they asked their guests to remove their shoes with them. Saying that it would connect them not only to the earth around them but to each other, on a day that was so important and special. After their ceremony, family pictures were filled with a bunch of jokes and goofy poses. Their reception was filled with several speeches from close family and friends on how much they cherish and adore Ali & Aaron, how meant to be they were. The love from their guests was almost never ending and incredibly sweet to hear and be apart of. The cherry on the Sunday is that the song they danced to, one I have never heard at a wedding before, was always one I had dreamt of dancing to on my wedding day. They are two seriously awesome people and I feel so special to be the one to capture such a wonderful day.