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Nikki and Bradley had a stunning Grove Park Inn wedding here in Asheville, NC. Michael and I love this couple. We photographed their engagement session last year and really bonded with them. Nikki is from here and is a mountain girl like me so what’s not to love. 😉

We also got to work with some of our favorite wedding professionals at this wedding. Verge Events rocked the planning on this one as always. And that glass dresser with the flowers in it at the ceremony! Studio Flora Diva nailed the flowers at this wedding. We also got to meet and work with some wedding professionals who are new to us as well. Shout out to DJ Kipper  who kept the dance floor hopping and Casey and Kristen who provided video coverage.

What a blessing to be around such great people and such a great family. There were so many tears of joy and moments of laughter to capture. I blogged half of them down below, ha ha! But enough from me, here is a bit more of their story and some about their wedding in their own words!

Nikki’s story – Nikki grew up in Brevard, NC. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters in Accounting. She is a CPA and works as an auditor at KPMG, LLP in Norfolk, VA.

Bradley’s story – Bradley grew up in Clayton, NC. He graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelors in Industrial Distribution and Logistics. He is an Operations Manager at Grainger in Norfolk, VA.

How did you meet? Bradley and I were introduced by mutual friends. It was the first weekend after Bradley moved to Greenville, NC to attend East Carolina University. We all met at a bar called Dr. Unks to see a cover band for Red Hot Chili Peppers…it took Bradley almost the whole night to actually talk to me. He walked me home that night and we laughed the entire time. The next day both of us knew that we had a connection unlike anything else.

Describe your first date?  Wow… Bradley took me to Olive Garden because he had a gift card. Of course, I teased him about it! But in his defense we were college students but it was funny. Afterward we rented a red box but we ended up talking and laughing through the entire movie and didn’t watch any of it.

How long have you been together?  We’ve been together 7 years; since the first time we met in 2009.

What is your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  We love being lazy together; we genuinely enjoy each other’s company so we can spend hours laughing together. We love cooking together and we enjoy watching movies or binge watching good TV series. We also like to workout and be active together. Since our weekends aren’t tied up with wedding planning anymore, we’ve been able to enjoy more hiking and walking together.

Who popped the question and HOW?  Bradley popped the question! It was wild because I planned an elaborate surprise for his birthday, which is on December 30th. I bought tickets for us to go see Bradley’s favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, play the Redskins in Washington DC. I planned a whole weekend in DC to site see then go to the game on Sunday. I even packed his suitcase and surprised him in the car on the way to DC. Little did I know Bradley had already bought a ring and he asked for my parents blessing earlier that morning. So he had the ring in his pocket when I surprised him with the tickets and the spontaneous trip. We spent the weekend in DC hanging with college friends and touring on Saturday. That night, after dinner, Bradley took me to see the Lincoln Memorial light up. We walked down to the reflecting pool and he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The next day we had the best time cheering on the Cowboys as newly engaged fiancés!!! And the Cowboys won!

How long had you been dating when you became engaged? We had been together for 5 1/2 years when Bradley proposed.

How long after you were engaged did you get married? We were engaged for 1 1/2 years. Perfect amount of time for (mostly) stress-free wedding planning!

Why did you pick Asheville and the Grove Park Inn? Growing up in Brevard, NC, the mountains have always held a special place in my heart. I moved to the east coast when I went to college but I always knew I wanted to come back home to the mountains to get married. Living in Brevard, I also loved spending time in Asheville enjoying the awesome local food, beer, and culture. Every Christmas my family visits the Grove Park Inn to see all the Gingerbread houses, have drinks on the terrace, and then eat the amazing buffet dinner. Both Asheville and GPI are beautiful places with amazing mountain views and when Bradley and I toured the GPI as a potential venue choice, we instantly knew it was perfect for us. The Grove Park felt like an entire weekend experience rather than just a venue for our wedding day.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Bradley’s answer: Nikki was flawless. (She looked absolutely perfect and took my breath away the moment I saw her walk down the aisle.)

Nikki’s answer: Bradley was magnetic. (I was so captivated by him, from every move he made to every word he spoke.)

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? I would definitely say my dress. From the moment I put it on, I felt stunningly beautiful, which is how every bride should feel on her wedding day!

How many guests did you invite to the wedding? Which of you had more guests at the wedding, you or your spouse? We invited approx. 210 people and 150 attended. With Nikki’s large extended family she definitely had more guests.

What did guests eat at the reception? We served a merlot poached pear, harvested greens salad with goat cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette. Then for the main entree we served grilled beef filet, chimichurri, and jumbo lump crab cake with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus and roasted baby vegetables. We also served an amazing wedding cake made of alternating grandma’s chocolate and vanilla cake layers with cookies and cream filling and white chocolate buttercream frosting!

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day??? There are 2 things that stand out. The toasts that our Maid of Honor and Best Man gave during our reception. Both of their toasts brought on happy tears and lots of laughter!! Also during our ceremony, Bradley and I performed a tree planting unity ceremony where we each sprinkled soil from our parent’s yards around our young potted tree. After we finished spreading the soil, I saw 2 glasses of water sitting on the unity table and proceeded to pour one of them into the potted plant. Bradley hesitated, but then he followed my lead and picked up the other glass of water and poured it over the soil. Later I found out that the 2 glasses of water were there as ’emergency water’ in case Bradley or our Officiant needed something to drink during the ceremony. I accidently used their emergency water to water our unity tree. Hahaha. Good thing they didn’t need it!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? We danced to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Meghan Trainor. We wanted to choose a classic song that had a lot of meaning to us with a bit of a current twist. The lyrics are sweet and simple but their meaning suits us perfectly. And Meghan’s version is beautiful.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Definitely our ceremony. The entire day and night happened so quickly that it felt like a blur. But I remember every single detail about the ceremony; how Bradley looked as I stared into his eyes. I remember so vividly how his hands felt in mine and exactly how I felt in those moments. Such a magical and indescribable feeling.

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Wedding coordinator – Verge Events – Stephanie Douglas and Sarah Murray

Venue coordinator – Grove Park Inn – Danielle le Master

Dress Designer – David Tutera

Where you purchased your dress – Ava Clara Boutique, Virginia Beach VA

Makeup artist – Christie Blush Asheville

Hair designer – Emily Anne Hair

Floral designer – Studio Flora Diva – Beth Hohensee

Caterer – Grove Park Inn

DJ or Band – Remix Mobile DJs – DJ Kipper

Officiant – Bradley’s Uncle

Cake designer – Grove Park Inn Pastry chef

Rental company – Classic Event Rental

Videographer – Casey and Kristin

  • The Verge Events Team - What an honor to plan and design this event for this sweet couple and their families! You guys captured it beautifully as always! xoxo!

Mountaintop engagement sessions are my favorite. We are so fortunate to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and have access to glorious landscapes and stunning sunsets.

We just booked Shayna and Julio for their wedding next June! Michael and I got to hang with them last night and hike up to one of my favorite mountaintops ever. They graciously allowed us to make it a family event and we brought our boys and a our nanny’s (aka-Meriah’s cousins) along as well. Meriah photographed the first half of the session and Michael photographed the last part. It was SUCH a great opportunity to get to know Shayna and Julio as well as show off our mountains. They were floored and that made us so happy.

Here are a few teasers from last night’s session. (Thanks Julio and Shayna for taking the last shot of us, we love it!)

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Kathy and Dave’s wedding at Burntshirt Vineyard this past weekend was so much fun. Michael and I were honored to be a part of it. This was our first wedding at this beautiful venue and its always a joy to photograph in a vineyard setting.

Here is their story and a few details about their wedding…

A bit about Kathy – Kathy graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of Science. Kathy is an Athletic Trainer for Atrium Medical Center and works at one of the largest high schools in Ohio. She collaborates with the medical team and manages the return of athletes to their sport after an injury. She is passionate about helping people and outside of athletics her other passion is skincare in which she is a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant. She has run two full marathons and enjoys being active. She also enjoys boxing as an incredible stress reliever!

A bit about Dave – Dave is a graduate of Miami University and attended grad school at Georgetown University in DC. After working for the Central Intelligence Agency he transitioned to private industry. He currently manages a private equity fund with three other partners and also trades equities, options, and other financial derivatives. Dave enjoys all types of fitness and is an avid sports fan of the English Premier League. He adores cycling and the annual Tour de France.

How did you meet? Dave’s son Jack brought us together with his numerous injuries during his HS sports career. Kathy was Jack’s athletic trainer and was around for all of Jack’s sporting events. During Jack’s senior year we started chatting more before and after games and decided to grab a drink in March of 2011. We set up our first date over that drink and the rest is history.

Describe your first date? We decided to go to a Cincinnati Reds game for our first date. We had dinner and margaritas at Nada before watching the hometown Reds play Dave’s team, the Nationals. We watched the Friday night fireworks after the game and stayed out late talking and getting to know each other.

How long have you been together? 4 years

What is your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We both enjoy being active. We love riding our bikes and going to fitness classes together at our gym. We enjoy traveling and trying local restaurants.

Who popped the question and how? Dave popped the question. He asked me to meet him at the first place we met for a casual drink, Stonecreek Restaurant in Montgomery, OH. We go back there for birthday’s, anniversaries, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, and any special occasion throughout the years. Anyway, Dave was sitting at the exact place at the bar that we had our first drink together. We shared about our day and reminisced about our relationship. He slipped a gorgeous ring out of his pocket and asked me to spend the rest of my life as his wife. We met my family for dinner later that night where we got to share our news!

How long had you been dating when you became engaged? Almost 4 years. March 25th engaged. May 11th, 4 year anniversary

How long after you were engaged did you get married? 98 days!!!

Why did you pick Hendersonville and Burntshirt Vineyard? Last summer we visited Asheville. We wanted to go to a vineyard but not the Biltmore so we googled vineyards around Asheville. Burntshirt popped up so I checked out their website. They had a tour starting at 2pm so we left the pool and headed over there. We made it just in time for the tour and stayed for a tasting. After loving the wine we purchased a bottle and sat outside on the patio listening to live music for the next 3 hours. We fell in love with this place the first time we came. It’s almost destiny that now we can call it “our place.”

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Dave says Kat was joyful and stunning. Kat says Dave was dapper and distinguished.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? That’s a tie between our guest barrel and the knot we tied during the ceremony.

How many guests did you invite to the wedding? We invited 120. 76 guests made the trip.

Which of you had more guests at the wedding, you or your spouse? Kathy had more guests in attendance. I have a very large family on both sides.

What did guests eat at the reception? The guests chose from beef tenderloin or chicken breast stuffed with local apples and leaks. Each dish was served with sunset whipped potatoes, green beans, carrots, and summer squash.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Dave (not an Ohio State fan) reluctantly tried O-H-I-O during “Hang on Sloopy” during the reception and was laughed off the dance floor.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? We danced to John Legend’s ‘All Of Me.’ When this song first came out the lyrics really spoke to me. “Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you.”

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? I smiled the whole night! The next day, my face hurt from smiling for 8 hours straight. Everyone mingled with people they didn’t know and met someone new! The end of the night’s “Sweet Caroline” circle was AMAZING!! We were surrounded by love! Simply stated, the people that celebrated with us in a place that we love made this weekend unforgettable.

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Burntshirt_vineyard_Wedding_0009Here are a couple of Asheville and Hendersonville wedding professionals that made this wedding awesome!

 

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