Grove Park Inn Wedding- Heather + Kevin!

Heather and Kevin had a Grove Park Inn wedding back in September. We so enjoyed this couple and the little details that made their day amazing. The weather was superb and fall was in the air.

The ceremony and reception was held at the country club. We have shot many Grove Park Inn weddings but this was our first large one at the country club.

Getting ready shots are so much fun. We love the close ups of all the little details of Heather’s attire! Her dress was gorgeous!

Mom helping with the veil.

First look!

Every bride should twirl in her wedding dress. 🙂

Let the ceremony begin!

This was the part of the ceremony where they combined two different sets of wine to make their own special wine. Then they both drank that special wine.

Mr. and Mrs.!

Such happy moments.

Shout out to Verge events and The Bloom Room for these amazing details of the reception!

This cake topper was awesome!

We loved the signage at this wedding!

Welcome speech from the couple brought on some laughs.

Toast time!

First dance!

The couple had a caricature artist come for drawings of all the guest!

He was awesome!

Party time and things got a little crazy! Shout out to DJ Kipper for keeping the dance floor hoping!

Congrats Heather and Kevin!! Thank you so much for allowing us to capture your day!

Here is a little bit more from the awesome couple!

A bit about Heather: Heather was born and raised in a small town in NC. She went to the University of North Carolina for undergraduate school (go Heels!) and then moved to southern CA for optometry school. She loves to travel, to do yoga, and enjoys eating good food and drinking good wine. Despite only having one cat (for now!), her friends and family consider her a crazy cat lady.

A bit about Kevin: Kevin on the other hand is from a beach city in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA. He went to the University of California at Irvine and attended the same optometry school as Heather. Luckily, he enjoys all the same things as Heather (good food/drinks and traveling), however his love (obsession?) for following all sports, especially the Lakers, is something Heather will never understand.

How did you meet? Our lives crossed when we met our first week of optometry school in Fullerton, CA. It only took a few months before we were no longer “just classmates.” We haven’t looked back since.

Describe your first date? It’s hard to pinpoint our first date. We started off just studying together and it quickly became an excuse to hang out without other classmates. One night we met up to study, decided to ditch that idea, and went out for sushi instead. I guess that would be considered our first date.

How long have you been together? Since fall of 2010. We took the slow track 🙂

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Eating, yes, definitely eating. We consider ourselves “foodies” and are constantly on the lookout for new restaurants or coffee shops. We also enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful outdoors (this is necessary to combat our love for food!)

Who popped the question and HOW? Kevin tricked Heather into thinking we were going to a nice dinner with some friends to celebrate Kevin’s best friend getting a promotion at work. His friends were “running late” so we decided to take a scenic stroll along a path overlooking the ocean while we were waiting. Turns out there was no promotion and no friends meeting us. He popped the question in the most perfect setting and then we enjoyed a romantic dinner to celebrate.

Why did you pick Asheville and Grove Park Inn Country Club? We fell in love with the city of Asheville when we visited a few times while doing our residency in Charlotte. Scenic hiking and outdoor activities, good food and beer – what more could you ask for? We wanted our family and friends to experience it as well. We never got the chance to go to the Grove Park Inn on our visits but had heard such amazing things about it. Planning our wedding while living in Los Angeles, we weren’t able to make the trip to Asheville to go venue searching in person so we went out on a limb and signed the contract without actually seeing it. It was everything we hoped it would be, and more!

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Heather – Calm and radiant

Kevin – Giddy and perfect

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? My dress- I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted but was having a hard time finding it. I had a little bit of custom work done to my dress and it came out exactly as I’d imagined!

How many guests attended the wedding? It was an intimate wedding of about 70 guests.

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? They munched on delicious hor d’oeuvres at cocktail hour that included crispy pork belly, bruschetta, duck quesadillas, and crab cakes. For dinner they enjoyed a caesar salad, their choice of rum-glazed chicken or braised short rib with delicious veggies and potatoes as sides.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We had 2 flavors – a traditional vanilla cake with fresh strawberries and a chocolate cake with raspberry marmalade and fresh raspberries.

What is one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Definitely the reaction of our guests to our caricature artist. Everyone got a kick out of being drawn or watching others. Their reactions were priceless.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “In case you didn’t know” by Brett Young – The lyrics are just spot on.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? The dance party for sure. Even though it was a smaller wedding, it sure didn’t feel like it out on the dance floor! I’m sure the open bar helped but some of my family members surprised us with some awesome and unexpected dance moves!

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? At first travel as much as we can! So many places to see and so much good food to eat! Eventually we want to start a family- and add a few more furkids as well!

Here are a the wedding professionals that made this day so awesome!

Wedding coordinator – Nicole Riley, Verge Events
Venue coordinator – Annie Flettrich, Grove Park Inn
Dress Designer – Stella York
Where you purchased your dress – Pebbles Bridal, Placentia, CA
Makeup and Hair artist – Emily, Adorn Salon
Floral designer – Bloom Room
Caterer – Omni Grove Park Inn
DJ or Band – Remix Weddings – DJ Kipper
Officiant – Asheville Marriages – Barrett Smith
Cake designer – Omni Grove Park Inn
Caricature Artist – Brian VasilikRental company – Classic Event Rentals and N2 Style Party Rentals
Wedding hashtag- #twobecomeYUAN

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