Megan and Michael thought about eloping to Europe. I am so glad they chose to stick close to home and have us come up to Abington, VA to shoot their amazing wedding at The Martha Washington Inn. We had never been to Abington or to The Martha and we LOVED it. But not as much as we LOVE this couple. They are precious ya’ll and we so enjoyed getting share in their day with all their friends and family.
The Martha Washington Inn is over 150 years old! Once a home, it is now a hotel right in the heart of Abington.
Shout out to Megan and her mad DIY skills! She arranged all of the floral herself and it was quite impressive!
Every detail complimented the other so well!
The “getting ready” moments are often some of our favorites.
The first look was on the main staircase at The Martha. A perfect place to capture these moments.
“My Michael” likes to take candid photos of the family waiting to have their formal photos taken. We love these genuine expressions!
Even in November, we were surprised and happy that there was still color on the trees! This made a fantastic backdrop for photos.
The gorgeous Megan. Normally, it isn’t recommended that the bride do her own makeup. However, Megan NAILED it and was absolutely stunning.
Let the ceremony begin!
Tying the knot. Literally.
Congrats Megan and Michael!!
Checking out the rings.
Introductions into the reception!
The toasts brought on some awesome laughter.
The shoe game!
A few words from the Groom’s parents.
Congrats Megan and Michael!! Thank you for allowing the Mozingos to share in your story.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing!
Venue – The Martha Washington Inn
Venue coordinator – Wendy Miler
Dress Designer – Reem Acra
Where you purchased your dress – Your Dream Dress
Makeup artist – The Bride
Hair designer – Josh Helms
Floral designer – The Bride
Caterer – Martha Washington Inn
Officiant – Karren Osborn
Cake designer – Cake Buds
Wedding hashtag- #M&MGetHitcched
Now, enough from us, here is a bit from Megan and Michael about themselves and their big day!
A bit about Megan:
Megan is passion and creativity in the flesh. Her fiery attitude and beauty are unmatched. She is brilliant, confident, kind and caring. I am very lucky to be spending my future with her.
A bit about Michael:
Michael is a sweet considerate person. He is persistent and creative. He fills the house with laughter and brightens up my day. I am so happy to be with him.
How did you meet?
I was best friends with Michael’s sister. He was in college most of the time that I was around. His family would take me with them on vacation, I suspect to keep the girls from fighting all the way down the road. After college we both ended up with jobs in our home town and his mother played match maker over the holidays.
Describe your first date?
His parents took us Black Friday shopping. We were in a craft store and he said he didn’t like glitter. I ended up wiping some on his shirt. I was like maybe I shouldn’t have done that. After that we went in Belk and he offered to hold my shoes while I was shopping. We had dinner at Olive Garden afterward and both made a Hannibal joke about Chianti at the same time.
How long have you been together?
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
Crafty things. We cosplay together and make stained glassed together. I know if I pick up a hobby to go ahead and order him a starter kit. I picked up cross stitch recently, and preemptively ordered him a small Mario kit. It only took a week for him to get interested enough to try it.
Who popped the question and HOW?
Michael did under the Christmas trees on Biltmore’s lawn. We’re not even sure if he finished asking me before I put the ring on my finger.
Why did you pick The Martha Washington Inn?
It is a historic venue that went well with our theme. Most of my family and Michael’s parents live in SWVA, so we chose a venue that would easily accommodate the largest number of guests. Most of our out of town guests just stayed with family in the area so it was very centralized in that way. It was also very inclusive in it’s packages. We didn’t have to worry about linen, catering, place setting, wait staff, center pieces, or bartending. We just had to choose what we wanted and they did the rest.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
I would say Michael was jovial.
Michael says I was stunning.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?)
The weird tennis shoes Michael picked out for me to wear during the reception.
How many guests attended the wedding?
What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
Steak or Asian Chicken
What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
Chocolate and funfetti with buttercream
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
The groomsmen practicing tying the knot.
What was the song for your first dance and why did you pick it?
“The Very Thought of You” by Nat King Cole.
I liked that song since I was a kid and we could manage to dance to it.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
Gathering everyone together from a bunch of different walks of life into one place.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
Travel to places we’ve always wanted to go like Italy, German, Ireland, and Japan.
We’re hoping to watch the sun rise in Florence together on our honeymoon.
Let’s face it. Nobody likes to see rain in the forecast for your wedding day. However, this was one of those days where it rained at JUST the right times instead of while we were trying to take photos outside. The rain held off and we were able to get photos with the glorious Biltmore Estate as the backdrop.
It was such a joy to get to work with Maura from Honey Darling Events for the first time! She and Stacy with the Bloom Room sure know how to turn a tent into a dream.
The ceremony was not at night but I went back out and took some photos. What a beautiful place for a ceremony!
Now let’s back up to the beginning of the day! These “getting ready” moments are to die for!
First look time!
There were some hilarious moments on the trolley together. This bridal party has the best smiles!
We were obsessed with Ariel’s dress! Oh, my. She is gorgeous!
Shout out to this amazing couple. We had to rush a bit to get all photos done before ceremony because the rain was most definitely coming. They rocked it.
Everyone was super amazing and had a really great time together.
We made it! All photos were completed just in time. Let the (tented) ceremony begin!
When the flower girls dump the rest of their flowers at the end of the aisle.
The band “Life of the Party” killed it!
They even rocked horah dance song. And boy! Was it ever fun!
The welcome by Ariel’s father was super sentimental and clever.
The toast by the maid of honor and best man had us all in tears. From sentiment and laughter.
Let the party continue!
Congrats Ariel and Tony! Thanks for being an amazing couple and super gracious to us. We wish you a world of happiness as you begin this new chapter in your story.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing
Wedding coordinator – Maura with Honey Darling Events
Venue coordinator – Micah with Biltmore Estate
Where you purchased your dress – Rashawn Bridal
Makeup artist – Danielle Sabatello Makeup Artist, LLC and Blush Asheville
Hair designer – Blush Asheville
Floral designer – Bloom Room
Caterer – Biltmore Estate
Band- Life of the Party
Officiant – Darr Conradson with Mountain Vows
Cake designer – Biltmore
Rental company – Classic Event Rental & PPR
Rolls Royce Rental – Elite Limousine
Videographer – Magic Hour Video
Photobooth- Ted with Shutterbooth
Ashley and Alan’s Asheville wedding at the Grand Bohemian was gorgeous. Out of all the other weddings we’ve been to, I can’t recall a groom who spoke with more excitement and with as many compliments about his bride. It was a real joy to witness such expression.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day so spectacular.
Venue: Grand Bohemian
Planner: Mary Bell Events
Hair: Emily with Anarie
Makeup: Wendy with Blush Asheville
Ceremony Musician: A Touch of Rose
Band: Crocodile Smile
Live Painter: Skip with Asheville Event Paintings
Minister: Buddy Corbin
Lighting: Paul Jackson
We especially loved how they included their sweet pup in a lot of their day.
“Fur babies” participating in and attending weddings is becoming more and more popular.
The Grand Bohemian is so lovely!
Let’s back up to the beginning of the day when Ashley and Alan were getting ready.
Ashley’s dress was STUNNING. I mean she literally picked a dress that complimented the Bohemian so so well.
Ashley’s Bouquet had photos on it in tribute to past family members.
Alan’s presents to Ashley.
Alan loved the decor of the Grand Bohemian and made sure to take advantage of being photographed with it.
These sweet flower girls barely knew each other but they instantly bonded.
And they nailed it with the flower pedal dispersion!
Onward to the formal photos.
Elegance and class!
Cocktail hour is a great time to capture candid moments of friends and family.
Alan’s welcome speech was super sweet. As Ashley told Meriah during the bridal session… “I got one of the good ones.”
Occasionally our couples let us steal them away for some night shots! The Bohemian is a wonderful backdrop for night photos!
Now let’s party!
The band Crocodile Smile was great entertainment!
A space for those who don’t dance 😉
Congrats Ashley and Alan!
Now a little bit more from Ashley and Alan on their big day.
A bit about Ashley: (From Alan’s perspective) – A beautiful and kind girl from Virginia who dedicates herself to helping others. Ashley is fun loving and loves to try new experiences (as long as no steps are involved..). Ashley keeps Alan laughing on a daily basis. Random, but of note…she also has an impressive collection of reusable shopping bags!
A bit about Alan: (From Ashley’s perspective) – The kindest person on earth with a heart of gold (unless he’s in the courtroom) and a beautiful sense of humor. He has an impressive passion for Clemson football and cars.
How did you meet? – We swiped right.
Describe your first date? – We had lunch at a popular restaurant in Greensboro on Father’s Day 2016. It involved lots of conversation (and wine). Unfortunately it ended with an awkward hug, and both of us wondering if we would see each other again. Ashley claims Alan was speeding away from the parking lot—something he still denies to this day.
How long have you been together? – 3 years and 3 months.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? – We both enjoy winery tours and tastings as well as traveling and exploring new things and places.
Who popped the question and HOW? – Alan did on a beach in the Virgin Islands during a cruise in November 2018. We walked to the very end of the beach to get away from everyone while Alan waited for the right time. Finally after an awkward amount of time in the heat and the end of the beach, he dropped to his knee in the water (almost falling into the water due to a large wave) and asked Ashley to marry him. She said yes!
Why did you pick Asheville and The Grand Bohemian? – We picked Asheville because it was somewhat in the middle for our families and we loved the area during October. We chose the Grand Bohemian because we absolutely loved the venue and the ballroom in particular as well as the friendly and attentive staff!
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? – Alan was nervous. Ashley was cool and in control.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) – Having our dog Trevor in the wedding (as well as his bow tie)!
How many guests attended the wedding? 92
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? – Mainly filet. Lots of filet…….
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? – We had two flavors—red velvet and vanilla with peanut butter filling.
What is one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? – Alan’s toast / welcome speech.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band. Alan always liked the song and it reminded him of the times he and Ashley shared together.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? – The flowers turned out absolutely amazing. Hard to name just one thing—but the overall Art Deco look and theme of the wedding came together exactly how we envisioned it.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? – To travel to as many places around the world that we can!