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What an honor to be a part of Alex and Chris’ wedding at The Inn at Biltmore Estate. Honestly, we could not have asked for a better couple, more beautiful weather, or a more perfect setting. We love a good Biltmore wedding and we had so much fun that our feet told us the next day!  Epic work day for epic photos!  More from us later on this awesome day but for now, here are some snippets from Alex and Chris!

A bit about Alex:  Alex was just sworn in as an officer of the court in North Carolina as an attorney and moved from Georgia to Charlotte this year.

A bit about Chris:  Chris is in real estate in Charlotte.

How did you meet?  We met at Denny Hamlin’s ProAm Jam, a golf event hosted by a company I worked for in Charleston, SC in October 2014.  Both of us say we almost didn’t go that night… so glad we did!

Describe your first date?  Our first real date was the Georgia Bulldogs bowl game in Charlotte in December 2014.  That was the first good excuse for Alex to come up to Charlotte to visit Chris… Thanks, Dawgs!

How long have you been together?   Two years in December!

What are  your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  We are always up for anything!  We love checking out new places in Charlotte, taking mini road trips, and we spend plenty of nights on the couch with Netflix and take out 🙂

Who popped the question and HOW?   Chris proposed on a romantic trip to Napa Valley in February 2016.  He spent a few minutes on one knee giving what I know was the sweetest engagement speech, but I barely remember what he said because I was so excited!!  We came home that same day and I was on top of the world.

Why did you pick Asheville and the Biltmore Estate for your wedding? I (Alex) have dreamed of getting married at the Biltmore since I was a little girl.  My mama loved the idea my whole life as well!

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?  Alex about Chris – excited, super sweet and loving, and very calm!  When I asked Chris for his adjectives about me, he first said “relief” and I reminded him that wasn’t an adjective… 😛 He said “perfect” and “unforgettable”.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?  We LOVED getting to see our dog, Henry, for a few minutes during photos.  He is the best! I also had a piece of my daddy’s “blue hanky” tied around my bouquet that he gave me when I first left for college 8 years ago.

How many guests attended the wedding?  150

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?  Our guests enjoyed signature cocktails before the ceremony (Alex’s was the “Georgia Peach Bellini” and Chris’ was the “North Carolina Old Fashioned”).   Cocktail hour started with bacon wrapped scallops, sesame chicken, and tomato bruschetta.  We had a salad station, a pasta station, a mashed potato bar (THE BEST!), an artisan station of cheeses, and prime rib and turkey breast…  Can we do that part again??

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  Alternating layers of white cake with buttercream and chocolate buttermilk cake with white chocolate mousse filling.  Chris also had a few small groom’s cakes – carrot cake, his favorite.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?  Well, Henry has a hard time controlling his bladder and he peed on my dress a little when he saw us… whoops.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?  “At Last” by Etta James, but played by the coolest band ever, The St. Louis Big Band.  We spent some time going through songs with our band and Alex has always loved “At Last,” so it was an easy decision!

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?  I think everyone really did have a fantastic time!  The band might have been my favorite part (besides getting MARRIED)… I still wouldn’t mind them moving to Charlotte!

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?  Travel! We both want to see as much as we can of the world… we already have a pretty good start together!
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Alex’s dress was so unique and absolutely perfect for her petite figure.
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Alex made a stunning bride. Her makeup and hair was done by the dynamic duo – Becca Brandt and Ashley Brandt.  They did an absolutely fantastic job and are good friends of Alex as well.
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Alex’s gift to Chris was a basket packed full of goodies.  An awesome watch, cuff links, clothes, snacks, and some booze!  The fellas had a great time getting ready.
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Chris wrote Alex a lovely letter and got her this beautiful ring!
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Because sometimes you need the guidance of YouTube to tie a bow tie.
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When the groom wears Louboutin shoes you get the shoe shot. 🙂
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Reflection of beauty.
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Alex’s mom was so kind and generous to us.  Her face in this photo as she looks at her beautiful daughter makes me a little teary eyed.
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Alex’s dog Henry! (Who would make a surprise entrance later!)
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That light… that bride… that veil… makes my job easy.
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The beauty of the mountains of North Carolina.
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First look with Alex and her dad at the Inn.
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Mom and dad.
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Now it was Alex’s turn for a  first look with her groom. We photographed this moment under the South Terrace of the Biltmore House.
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inn_at_biltmore_estate_wedding_0030Chris was looking mighty dapper on his wedding day!
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This bridal party was an absolute blast!
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Chris did a running jump to high five his best man. We laughed so hard!
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Henry!!!
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Alex’s baby and he was so so happy to see her!
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I mean, could this couple be any more beautiful?
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So so much beauty in this photo. There is something about a beautiful bride in front of our beautiful mountains.  And those puffy white clouds?  God was smiling on us this day.
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Grooms don’t often have requests for certain photos.  Chris, this one is for you! 🙂
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The walled gardens at Biltmore were looking so beautiful with their fall mums!

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Trolley rides with the bridal party… we have stories to tell from this experience!

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The setting of the ceremony from above! The Inn at Biltmore Estate is a beautiful location for a wedding. The inn itself is gorgeous inside and out and that view can’t be beat.
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Shout out to Biltmore’s floral department for the stunning flowers!
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The moms.
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Waiting with dad for the ceremony to start.
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The flower girl was not very happy but did great staying in the wagon!
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These two were absolutely thrilled to be getting married.  Their joy was contagious.
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Alex’s dad looking very dapper too.  It was evident throughout the day that he is loved by his friends and family.
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The reception was at the Antler Hill barn. This barn has so much character! Each station of the buffet was held in a different stall.
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Attached to the barn was a transparent tent for the dinner tables.
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Grooms cake with an amazing ice sculpture.
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And now introducing the Mr. and Mrs.!
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Toast time brought laughter, tears, and red faces.
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Shout out to this 14 year old and her amazing speech! I barely know her and I cried!
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Apparently, this man is the reason this wedding even happened. He introduced Alex and Chris at a golf tournament!
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And as he put it “I am the reason Mr. Seabolt had to write that check for this wedding!”
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Father of the bride speech… he nailed it.  We were all rolling.
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One of my absolute favorite moments of the whole day.  This is a completely candid moment. Chris is such a nut!
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First dance! Alex and Chris surprised everyone with a choreographed dance and everyone cheered them on.
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Apparently Alex didn’t know Chris was going to pick her up!
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This is where I give a shout out to the amazing planner Katie! (the one in the white shirt.)  She made it happen folks and did a dang good job of it too.  She and I talked a lot throughout the whole planning process and I loved getting to know her as we worked alongside.
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The St. Louis Big Band was amazing. And yes, they came all the way from St. Louis for this occasion.  They had a Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra feel to them and were such a joy to listen to.  Michael and I always enjoy a good band!
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Alex and her uncle!
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Grandma!
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Congrats Alex and Chris! It was truly a joy to capture the beautiful moments of your wedding day.
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Wedding coordinator – Katie Bodiford 

Venue coordinator – Brooke Ray with Biltmore Estate

Dress Designer – Rita Vinieris 

Where dress was purchased – Bridals by Lori in Atlanta 

Makeup artist – Becca Skelton 

Hair designer – Ashley Jarrel 

Floral designer – Biltmore floral department 

Caterer – Biltmore 

Band – St. Louis Big Band 

Officiant – Eric Colson 

Cake designer – Biltmore pastry chef 

Rental company – Classic Event Rental

Trolley and Car Service – Elite Limo

Videographer – Timm Young Films 

Wedding hashtag – #HurlGetsHisGirl

To view more of our Biltmore portfolio check it out here—> Biltmore Photographers

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Gabby and Jake’s fall Crest Center wedding was so lovely.  I, Meriah, got to know Gabby a bit before the big day and she is one of the sweetest, most beautiful people I have ever met.  I was super excited to get to capture the photos of her marrying her Jake.  I will say more later… for now you HAVE to read more about them from their lips. (Gabby is SUPER witty! 🙂

A bit about Gabby:  Gabby is an Iowa girl who hates winters, adores cats, and is always faithful to her friends and loved ones.  She has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Physical Performance and works as a Pediatric Dietitian in Corpus Christi, TX where she also specializes in devising creative ways to get Jake to eat his vegetables.

A bit about Jake:  Jake is a hard-headed yet charismatic structural engineer who dedicates much of his time to making Gabby happy,  yet exasperated all at the same time.  He too hates winters, is apathetic towards cats, and is one of the most loyal people you will ever meet.

How did you meet?  We met during our mutual writing seminar course, Sophomore year at Case Western Reserve University.  We had studied each other from afar for weeks, and being the two most verbal students in the class, had essentially shared countless one-on-one conversations from across the room.  However, it wasn’t until the day I (Gabby) came in to find my normal seat occupied,  which forced me to take the open seat next to Jake.  Being an engineering student, Jake broke the ice first by offering to fix their wobbly table.  Possibly out of intimidation of Gabby’s extraordinarily good looks (Jake denies this),  Jake placed a folder under the wrong table leg (Jake also denies this),  thereby causing the wobble to worsen.  Gabby (not an engineering student) then mentioned that maybe it would work better if he put the folder under the opposite leg (both Gabby and Jake have their own versions of this story, but Jake let Gabby write this,  so that’s the version you get to read).  We then continued to talk so much during class that the professor threatened to separate us.

Describe your first date? Our first date was a broke college student’s dream.  Upon turning 21 years old, each Case Western student received a lunch voucher for two at Case’s renowned “Case Club.”  This restaurant served some of the most exquisite food and on your 21st birthday, it was all free!  Jake had just turned 21 the month prior,  so one day,  he casually asked if I wanted to help him use his voucher.  Unfortunately, neither of us had any idea how nice this place was.  We rolled into this restaurant wearing sweatpants and completely soaked from the snow. The food was great though!

How long have you been together?

Gabby: 5.5 years

Jake: Forever

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?   We enjoy playing golf together on the weekends,  and absolutely love to travel to new places together.  We like to explore different areas of the world, and are always up for new adventures!

Who popped the question and HOW?  Jake asked me to marry him on our trip to Prague.  He, my brother David,  and I were walking along a park with a fantastic overlook of the city when we came across a string quartet.  We stopped to watch for a bit and just before we walked away, they started playing “Stand By Me,”  which is my favorite song.  I immediately got excited and started taking a video,  at which point Jake started pushing me towards the front of the crowd so that I could “get a better video.”  I was getting a little frustrated because I didn’t want to block anyone from seeing the band!  But then after a few seconds he turned to me and said over the music, “so Gabby……” and THAT was the point at which I suddenly realized that maybe the fact that this band was set up right on our path, or that they had mysteriously started playing my all-time favorite song was NOT a coincidence.  Jake continued, “The reason I brought you here is because there’s something I want to ask you.  I love you, you’re my best friend, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”  Turns out he had found the band on YouTube,  commissioned them to learn my favorite song,  and had picked out the perfect location using Google Earth.

Why did you pick Asheville and the Crest?  We chose Asheville because we love the city’s artsy vibe and the gorgeous fall colors.  Jake also graduated from The Asheville School so he has a special connection to the city.  The Crest Center offered us a spectacular backdrop for our wedding and was one of the most elegant venues we visited.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Gabby (from Jake): Stoked.  All of my other adjectives were not approved by her.

Jake (from Gabby): Elated.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?

Gabby: Definitely the dress.  I never thought I would find a dress that made me look and feel so much like a princess;  however,  I felt like a classic princess in that dress.  I loved it so much that I actually wore it the next day for Halloween as a zombie bride!

Jake:  The chuppah because my brothers and I built it together

How many guests attended the wedding?  About 135

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?

Gabby:  We had a buffet:  a green salad with toasted pumpkin seeds,  fresh NC rainbow trout,  bourbon-glazed apple stuffed chicken,  root vegetable medley,  and parmesan garlic Brussel sprouts

Jake:  Alcohol

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?   Definitely the chocolate Guinness stout cake with salted caramel buttercream filling

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?

Gabby:  During the traditional Hava Nagila dance,  I was hoisted high into the air on a chair…which was great until my uncle didn’t quite lift high enough and I slid right off onto the floor.  Don’t worry though,  I stuck the landing!

Jake:  Gabby Iced me during the garter toss.  She somehow managed to attach a Smirnoff Ice to her garter so when I went to remove it, I found the drink and had to chug it in front of all our guests

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? 

Gabby: We chose to do a combination slow song with a modified Texas two-step at the end!  Our songs were “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz and “This” by Darius Rucker.  Jake really wanted a country song, and I love the lyrics in “This” – THAT was the easy part.  We could not agree on a slow song though.  “I Won’t Give Up” was the only one we could find that we both liked.

Jake:  A mix of a slow song and a country song because she’s refined and classy and I’m a little country

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?   Having all of our closest family and friends celebrating together in one place.
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The fall color at The Crest Center and Pavilion was in peak color!
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This has to be one of my favorite chuppas ever!  Shout out to Shady Grove Flowers for their amazing floral.
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What a lovely ketubah!
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The view of the mountains from the reception.
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Callie’s Confections did a great job on the cake!
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Gabby and Jake had a “Brews and Views” theme that we thought was SO perfect for Asheville.  Asheville was crowned  “Beer city USA” for several years and the Crest Center has some amazing views!
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crest_wedding_photographer_0028First look with Dad.
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First look with Gabby and her brother.  My favorite part about this moment was when Gabby told her brother “You got a little teary”, and he promptly said, “Shut up,  you did too.”
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First look with Jake right before the unveiling.
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We love these moments with the bridal party!
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Let the ceremony begin!
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crest_wedding_photographer_0035Pure joy.
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Michael follows the couple out of the ceremony and captures these moments with them and their friends and family.
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That candid moment where the groomsman (Jake’s brother) smells the bridal bouquet.
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That couple, those flowers, and that view = perfection.
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Their “mad faces” made me giggle.
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That tree though.
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Introducing the Mr and the Mrs!!
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They surprised their family with a choreographed first dance!
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Gabby’s dad welcomed everyone.  This was both funny and emotional.  He mentioned Jake’s dad whom had passed away this year.  He also mentioned that this was indeed Gabby and Jake’s second wedding.  They got married last December knowing that their days with Jake’s dad were few.  They wanted Jake’s dad to be able to be a part of the wedding.  It was an intimate wedding and their second wedding was for extended family and friends.
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Gabby’s dad said that she loved weddings so much she had to have 2. 🙂
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This is the moment where everyone is enjoying a wonderful slide show!
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Father/daughter dance.
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Mother/son dance
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If you missed this in the interview above, this is the “funniest moment” for Gabby.  In her words… “During the traditional Hava Nagila dance,  I was hoisted high into the air on a chair…which was great until my uncle didn’t quite lift high enough and I slid right off onto the floor.  Don’t worry though,  I stuck the landing!”
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Now, it’s the parent’s turn!
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Let the dancing continue!
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A big Thank you to these vendors and professionals that made this wedding flow amazingly!

Dress Designer Enzoani

Where you purchased your dress – La Raine’s Bridal Boutique (Atlanta, GA)

Makeup artist – Amanda Anderson; Doll Box Productions

Hair designer – Heather Fisher; Doll Box Productions

Floral designer – Shady Grove Flowers

Caterer – Crest Center

DJ or Band – Orange Krush Band

Officiant – Rabbi Ilan Emanuel (From Congregation Beth Israel in Corpus Christi, TX)

Cake designer – Callie’s Confections

Rental company – (for the tuxedos) Men’s Wearhouse 

Limo or car service – WNC Travels

Photo Booth Rental – ShutterBooth

Wedding hashtag – #brewsandviews2016

  • Anna Greenfield - Probably some of the most gorgeous wedding photos ever…a wonderful simcha. Glad to have been there…perfect weekend!

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Dina and Jay had a lovely Biltmore wedding at the amazing Lioncrest venue on the Estate.  Michael and I got to spend a lot of time with this couple over the course of their wedding week. We even enjoyed getting to eat some of Jay’s amazing homemade deep dish pizza.  This couple was super generous to us and even sent us home with a bottle of champagne as a thank you gift.  We hope you will enjoy taking a look back on their wedding.  We loved sharing in their day… I mean days!

First here is a bit more from Dina and Jay themselves!

A bit about Dina: She loves to be active, travel, laugh, dance, eat and drink!  Felt like I finally began living again with I met Jay, he is truly a gift from God.  I adore Josh and Daniel and our fur babies, Luke and Laci.

A bit about Jay:  Athletic and and easy going, down to earth guy.  Loves to laugh and joke around but has a serious side when appropriate.  Overall, a kid at heart and a dad who loves his boys, dogs and most importantly his Bella (Dina).

How did you meet?  We met at the hospital where we worked.  It wasn’t love at first sight as Dina thought I was a jerk 🙂 but we soon became friends and that friendship blossomed into what we have today.

Describe your first date?  It was actually my son Daniel’s idea that I ask Dina out.  I didn’t think I was ready for dating after a year of being single.  He’s actually the one who called Dina and asked if she’d go out with me.  Of course, she couldn’t say no! 😉  We went to Sullivan’s for my birthday and had such a great time.  We joked and laughed like old friends.  We both knew it was the start of something.

How long have you been together?  We’ve known each other for 9 years and dated for 4 1/2 years

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  Love to travel and experience new places and food.  We also love just hanging out together with friends or with the boys (Josh and Daniel) and watching a movie or playing with our dogs.

Who popped the question and HOW?  Jay popped the question a few hours before we were going to a Christmas party.  I had put a slideshow together of all our times together over the years to different kinds of music.  At the end of the slideshow, I had a couple of pictures of me on one knee with the ring to the song ‘Marry Me’ by Train.  At that time, I got down on one knee in front of her and popped the question.  It actually took Dina a bit to give me an answer because she couldn’t believe I was asking her!  Thankfully, she said yes!

Why did you pick Asheville and the Biltmore?  We had been to Biltmore prior to my deployment and just fell in love with the mountains and the area.  We feel at home here in Asheville.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?  For me the adjective I (Jay) would use to describe Dina would be stunning.  Jay to me (Dina) was charmingly handsome.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?  For us, it was the ceremony itself.  We were both pretty emotional and ecstatic that we were finally marrying our best friend!

How many guests attended the wedding?  120

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?  Started off with appetizers (crab cakes, vegetable tartlets, chicken cordon blue bites) then at the reception were sweet potato raviolis with Alfredo Sauce, followed by prosciutto wrapped grilled romaine lettuce followed by filet mignon topped with crab meat and a bearnaise sauce with potatoes and asparagus.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  I know one part was chocolate.  We really didn’t get to eat any of the cake as we were having so much fun!

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?  Jay: For me not being ready b/c of the Michigan game being on.  When Michael got there I hadn’t even showered yet!  I got a call from Dina’s best friend Cheryl who asked what I was doing and when I told her watching the Michigan game she said I’ll tell Dina you’re almost ready 🙂  Dina: I think the funniest thing was watching our friends dancing barefoot and lip syncing and watching my parents dress up for the photo booth pictures!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?  1000 years by Christina Perri.  This song is just us.  We’ve found a love in each other that will last forever…if you really listen to the words of this song it can be taken as two hearts telling each other not to be afraid and he/she has been waiting for the other and has loved the other one for 1000 years

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?  Just how much fun everyone had and how everyone said it was the best wedding they’d ever been at, including their own!

Dina and Jay decided to do their first look 4 days before their actual wedding! We Mozingos actually loved this. Biltmore has SO much property and so many photo opportunities that there is often not enough time on the wedding day to visit all these amazing locations. They had their first look and then we went around Biltmore to capture the awesome moments with the diverse scenery.
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We love this place. Check out the difference between this shot and the next shot. The first shot is Michael’s. He is shooting with a zoom lens (70 – 200mm) and is standing waaaay back. The house looks huge in the background.
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This shot is mine. I am using a 24 to 70mm lens and am much closer than Michael. Both of these moment are so much fun with two totally different perspectives. I love having my husband as my side kick!
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This is probably my favorite moment between these two love birds.
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The beautiful Dina.
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Another great thing about doing an extra session is Dina and Jay were able to bring their pups along.  We had time to photograph these sweet pups with their momma and daddy.
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So Dina wanted to dip Jay… we have never had a bride want to dip a groom.  We all laughed so so hard.
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Now, about that sunset… This may be one of the most unique, beautiful sunsets we have ever seen at Biltmore.
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Onward to the wedding! We loved Jay and Dina’s invites.
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Dina had a moment with her sweet friends sharing gifts.
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This is Jay helping the Father of the Bride with his tie.
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Jay’s two sons were also a part of the festivities.
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We just love you Dina. These pictures make me tear up a bit!
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A lot of people remarked that their favorite part of the ceremony was when Jay’s son’s did readings.
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We all cried.
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Then Jay’s eldest pretended to forget the rings.
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We laughed so hard!
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Congrats Jay and Dina!!
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I love that this crowd got a little crazy during the family formals.
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I love love love some fall color! These flowers by Luck at Asheville Flower Gallery made me swoon.
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Shout out to Mary from Mary Bell Events for making the table numbers and the seating cards! We loved them.
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Biltmore’s pastry chef makes all the wedding cakes. We love all the detail on this one!
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Since both Jay and Dina are Italian they had to serve Italian style desserts!
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The wedding favors were wine glasses.
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Now introducing…
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The Mr. and the Mrs.!
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The prayer for dinner had a little speech with it. It was so good and this pastor had amazing advice for the couple that involved writing scripture on baseballs! (One of Jay’s favorite sports)
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biltmore_weddings_0213This was such a jolly crowd. So much laughter and joy.
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Let there be cake!
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Toast time!
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First dance.
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Dina has such an amazing sense of humor. Did I mention that I love this bride yet?
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Ok, this band… THIS BAND called Cashmere tore it up! Michael and I do enjoy a good band and they covered some of our favorite wedding songs.
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Everyone else seemed to love the band too. The dancing was hilarious at times!
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Dina and Jay had our “Photo Fun Center” at their wedding. We love how everyone gives us such funny moments and genuine smiles when they get all dressed up.
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Congratulations again to Dina and Jay. We are excited for you guys to start this new adventure together.
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Shout out to these wedding professionals that made this day awesome.

Wedding coordinator – Mary with Mary Bell Events
Venue coordinator – Brooke Ray with Biltmore
Dress Designer – Alfred Angelo and Mother of the Bride added some personal touches!
Makeup artist – Kristen of Blush Asheville
Hair designer – Danielle Snyder of Lola Salon
Floral designer – Luck with the Flower Gallery of Asheville
Caterer – Biltmore
Band – Cashmere booked through East Coast Entertainment
Minister – Rev Buddy Corbin
Cake designer – Biltmore
Limo or car service – Elite Limo
  • Betty - WOW!!! Those were amazing.

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