We literally met this couple on their wedding day. We’ve never even seen them outside of their wedding attire. So, we didn’t know what to expect when it came to Chelsea and Elliot’s personalities. (This may be the scariest thing about our job!) However, we took to them instantly. They were super chill and laid back and made us laugh often.
One of the things we liked most about Chelsea and Elliot was their love for their pups. It was so neat how they incorporated them into their day.
Another thing we loved about their day was their reception!! It was at the new Foundry Hotel in downtown Asheville.
It is crazy to imagine that this used to be an abandoned building just a few years ago.
Chelsea had the BEST smile. No “fakey smile” for her. Her whole face lit up when she smiled. So genuine!
We were so excited that even in mid-November there was still color on the trees! So naturally, the first look was under this gorgeous yellow tree.
Chelsea’s bouquet and flowers were by the fabulous BobbyMark’s Designs. Close up shots of this baby was a must!
One of our favorite kinds of backdrops for photos
Moments with the parents.
Candids of the bridal party!
Chelsea is an Asheville School alumni. So she chose to come back and get married in this glorious chapel!
Our trolley ride to the Foundry Hotel was so much fun.
Seriously one of the coolest lobbies in town.
Onward to cocktail hour!
You can tell that this couple is LOVED.
That cake though…
But the pies from Baked Pie Company was our personal favorite treat!
Introducing this amazing couple.
Dinner was “family style”. This seemed to bring that added dose of camaraderie to the evening.
These dances brought loads of smiles as well.
The party was quite the fuel for “moment junkies” like us.
Final song, final cheers.
Congrats Chelsea and Elliot! We wish you all the best as you enter this new chapter in your story!
Shout out to these professionals that made this day so amazing!
Venues: Asheville School Chapel and Foundry Hotel
Planning and Floral: BobbyMark’s Design
Hair and Makeup: Blush Asheville
Ceremony music: Carolina music planner
DJ: Sound Explosion
Cake: Sweet Elegance
Pies: Baked Pie Company
Catering: Foundry Hotel
Now enough from us! Here is a bit more from this awesome couple…
A bit about Chelsea: grew up in the Asheville area, went to Presbyterian College then got a job in Charlotte, currently sells construction equipment for Carolina CAT.
A bit about Elliott: grew up in Charlotte, went to App State returned to Charlotte after graduation and went into residential construction, currently a superintendent for Jade Mountain Builders.
How did you meet? Through a mutual friend in Charlotte at a party.
Describe your first date? It was at Heist Brewery, fun fact we never discussed if we were meeting there or if I was being picked up so I was 30 minutes late because I assumed I was being picked up.
How long have you been together? Since April 2015
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Going to concerts, breweries, traveling and hiking.
Who popped the question and HOW? New Year’s Eve before we went to a Avett Brothers Concert.
Why did you pick Asheville school and the Foundry Hotel? I’m (Chelsea) a Asheville School alum, I loved my time there and I’m glad I had the opportunity to get married there. Honestly, we got a great deal to have the reception there, haha. But we did love the exposed brick and industrial feel of the hotel.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Excited and calm
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) our dog cake topper
How many guests attended the wedding? 120
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Short rib, mashed potatoes, braised kale and all the pie from baked pie.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Vanilla, we were more excited about the pie, haha!
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? After the reception we went to Packs Tavern and we had the dog “Fat Heads” with us and a woman came up to us and offered to pay us for Walters “Fat Head” and she ended up taking it home with her.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “Swept Away” by the Avett brothers, Elliott was playing it when he proposed.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? It was so much fun! It shows what amazing family and friends we have.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Continue to travel when ever we get the chance.
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