Lisa and Will had a lovely January Asheville wedding. They were married at Trinity Episcopal Church and had their reception at Biltmore Forest Country Club.
I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session back in the fall and found out at that time what a great couple they are; easy going and so happy together!
More from us later but here is a bit from Lisa and Will!
A bit about Lisa
I have been a cardiology ICU nurse for over 20 years. I love the outdoors, going out to dinner, travel and spending time with my three dogs. I love all animals! In my line of work I don’t get a chance to be “fancy” often so when I get the chance I LOVE to dress up and be “fancy”.
A bit about Will
Will has been a cardiologist in Asheville for 18 years. He loves all outdoor sports and also loves travel, going out to dinner and adventure. He has two grown daughters who have graduated from college and started their own careers. They were both bridesmaids in our wedding.
How did you meet?
Long story made short; we worked together and were friends for many years. When both our circumstances changed we found ourselves spending time together outside of work then we were inseparable.
Describe your first date?
We had everything we both loved from the beginning. We went for a hike with a gourmet picnic, a bottle of wine, and Lisa’s dogs.
How long have you been together?
Hmmmm….. depends on who you ask. 🙂
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
Cook together, eating “al fresco” on our back patio, going out to dinner, hiking with our dogs, skiing, and traveling.
Who popped the question and HOW?
Will popped the question. Lisa and I custom designed a ring using a beautiful solitaire diamond and diamonds from Lisa’s grandmother’s jewelry. The design process took a lot longer than anticipated and it was not clear when it would be finished. Will had planned an elaborate proposal but when the ring was finished and he saw how beautiful it was he could not wait another day and proposed that rainy night on our back patio where we had already had so many wonderful dinners and memories.
Why did you pick Trinity Episcopal Church and Biltmore Forest Country Club?
Will is a life long Episcopalian and wanted to be married in the church. He attended Trinity Episcopal and was a member at Biltmore Forest Country Club.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Will: Lisa was radiant, beautiful, and glamorous.
Lisa: Will was calm, handsome, and happy.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Will: Our wedding rings which were both engraved with “No doubt, no fear, you and me forever” inside each band.
Lisa: My grandmothers diamond watch. She was so special to me and it served as my “something borrowed” since it was borrowed from my mother.
How many guests attended the wedding?
What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
Poached salmon and prime rib.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
Alternating tiers of carrot cake and vanilla cake with raspberry filing.
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
Lisa: When my dress was torn while we were making photos outside and my amazing wedding photographer whipped out a sewing kit and mended the dress on the spot (with perfect results) and saved the day.
Will: When the groom and groomsmen skirted the no alcohol rule at Trinity Episcopal by walking up to the The Blackbird and relaxing with a beer prior to the ceremony.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Lisa loves that song and we feel like our love will last a thousand years.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
All of our family and friends in one place, all together at the same time. It was the first time that both of our families had met face to face and it went beautifully as if they had known each other for years.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
To stay healthy, grow our love to our golden years, travel the world and have as many adventures together as possible.
We loved the detail in Lisa’s dress. She picked out a stunning dress for her winter wedding. I thought the sleeve looked like icicles! 🙂
Will’s two daughters looked stunning in their black dresses and fur shrugs.
I love this moment with both Lisa and Will’s mothers looking at Lisa in all her bridal beauty!
You can really tell these guys had a great time together. 🙂
Yes this is January and yes that is a rose bush in bloom! 🙂
Sunshine never disappoints and this was a beautiful day for January. Lisa was such a beautiful bride. We loved every detail of her attire.
These guys had a great time together. Michael had fun capturing some candid moments of them hanging out.
This was truly a family affair. Will had drinks with his two brothers, and Lisa’s brother at The Black Bird before the ceremony.
Let the ceremony begin!
We had to stay in the back during the ceremony due to the church rules…. so thankful that Michael was able to capture this beautiful moment with Will wiping away a tear as he saw his bride walking down the aisle.
We somehow always seem to capture a photo of the groom carrying the bride’s flowers. Thanks for helping out Will!
Onward to the reception at Biltmore Forest Country Club!
Shout out to Luck with The Flower Gallery Asheville for the beautiful floral!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs.!
The toast brought on loads of laughter and sweet moments. Possibly my favorite photos of the day!
Candid moments are our favorite. Everyone was having SUCH a good time!
First dance love.
Congrats Will and Lisa! We wish you many more years of happiness and joy.
Shout out to these wedding professionals that made this day so fantastic!
Wedding coordinator – Michelle with Party Envy
Venue coordinator – Trish Shands at Biltmore Forest Country Club
Dress Designer – Haley Paige
Where you purchased your dress – Wildflower Bridal
Makeup artist – Lola Salon and Gallery
Hair designer – Rebecca at Lola Salon and Gallery
Floral designer – The Flower Gallery Asheville
Caterer – Biltmore Forest Country Club
Band – The Emporiums
Officiant – Reverend Scott White, Trinity Episcopal Church
Cake Designer – Biltmore Forest Country Club
Limo or car service – Carolina Limosine
Videographer – Asheville Videography