This may be the craziest story ever when it comes to how we were chosen to photograph this wedding! Michael and I were in an airport in Venice last July leaving an amazing Mediterranean cruise. Michael, being a social butterfly, struck up a conversation with the people in front of us while we were waiting in customs. It just so happened to be Jack’s mom! When we told them where we were from they said that their son was getting married the following May at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Assuming they must already have a photographer we told them we were wedding photographers and had done several Grove Park Inn weddings. They asked for a card. I just so happened to have one in my wallet. (Moral of this story… always have a business card, even on vacation!) Jack called me later and well, the rest is below in this blog!
Gabrielle and Jack were a little less than excited about the rain on their wedding day. And we get it! As Omni Grove Park wedding photographers we know how gorgeous this venue is with it’s amazing views. Gabby and Jack wanted their “mountain photos” and wouldn’t you know, just before ceremony, the rain STOPPED, the view cleared, and the sun even popped out for a minute. God smiled upon this couple and we got a HUGE break in the weather that simply wasn’t in the forecast. The clouds nestled on the mountains and made for the kind of amazing views that ONLY happen on rainy days.
Maybe it really is good luck to get married on rainy days!
We interviewed Gabby and Jack about themselves and their big day. Here is what they had to say!
A bit about Gabrielle: I grew up in Murrells Inlet, SC with my little brother JT (who totally stole the show on the dance floor at the wedding). I studied biology, chemistry, and studio art at College of Charleston and went on to study dentistry at Medical University of South Carolina. I actually just received my D.M.D the weekend after the wedding.
A bit about Jack: I grew up in Columbus, Ohio with my little sister Margot (one of Gab’s bridesmaids). I studied biology at James Madison University. After school I moved down to Charleston to start my own small business which I ended up selling to begin my career in real estate. The southern lifestyle suits me well.
How did you meet? We actually met during Sunday brunch at a local bar after we had each attended church service. Jack being the natural extrovert that he is had no problem initiating conversation when he saw me.
Describe your first date? Perfect. We are both obsessed with sushi so what better way to spend a first date than to eat a bunch of sushi and go catch the sunset at one of the best places to watch it in Charleston.
How long have you been together? About two years and seven months
Who popped the question and HOW? Jack did. We went to “A Night of a Thousand Candles” at Brookgreen Gardens with my mom and brother. It’s an annual tradition and my family has tried to go every year for as long as I can remember. It is truly beautiful as they decorate the entire plantation in Christmas lights and candles. Jack wanted to take a picture in front of the largest tree in the gardens and as we were posing and my mom was acting like she was taking our picture, he got down on one knee. It was magical.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Gabrielle- besides Jack’s snazzy suit and the venue itself; the wedding planner and PRI did such a fantastic job putting everything together. Everything just looked so beautiful.
Jack- I LOVED Gab’s dress, it was stunning
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Jack about Gab- B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L, lost my breath seeing her walk down the aisle (hope y’all have a photo for that, haha). Overall sense of happiness even through some interesting parts of the day (which Meriah saved with the needle and thread)
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Gabrielle about Jack- Dapper, thoughtful, and inspirational (he kept reassuring me about the rain and had such an optimistic attitude the entire time).
How many guests attended the wedding? Somewhere around 110
We caught your reaction Jack. 🙂 It was lovely!
We caught her reaction too! We love Mom tears! 🙂
Why did you pick Asheville and the Grove Park Inn? I (Gabrielle) actually visited Asheville with my family one year to see Biltmore decorated for Christmas. It just so happened to be when the Grove Park Inn was having their Gingerbread House Competition, so we went to go see it. I instantly fell in love. The stone everywhere, the waterfall, the mountain views, I was absolutely enamored with it. I remember saying to my mom, “this is where I’m going to get married.” Then I met Jack and the rest was history. He also fell in love with it the first time we visited it together.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Eat (no, seriously. Charleston is the perfect city for foodies). We both really enjoy working out together in the gym, taking our dogs on walks, and spending the weekends on the beach or a boat. We also just binge watched the entire Game of Thrones series right before the new season was released. No shame.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “Prayed for You” by Matt Stell. We wanted to choose something that meant a lot to us and this song hits the nail on the head. We believe that God brought us together at just the right moments in our lives.
Gabby and Jack had signature drinks for their guests! We just had to get photos of them in front of those mountains.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We had two flavors: Vanilla cake with lemon curd and fresh blueberries with vanilla buttercream. Chocolate cake with raspberry marmalade and fresh raspberries with vanilla buttercream.
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Hand harvested greens salad with port-poached baby pear, candied pecans and goat cheese served with white balsamic vinaigrette. Braised short rib and jumbo lump crab cake with roasted red pepper aïoli, potato galette and garlic spinach.
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Probably the impromptu speech from the ring bearer- he ended up getting too nervous and handed off his letter for Jack to read. He and his dad also photobombed a bunch of the Photo Booth pictures and it was hilarious!
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Just how fun it was. Between the Royal Suits, the Photo Booth, and the S’mores station it was just everything we had hoped for and more. Loved seeing everyone we love and care about in one place having a good time.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We want to be able to travel to some really cool places before we begin the adventure of starting our own family.
Congrats Gabby and Jack!!! Thanks for allowing us to share in this chapter of your story. It truly was an honor.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day so amazing.
Venue coordinator – Annie with Omni Grove Park Inn
Wedding coordinator- Sarah with Verge Events
Dress Designer – Martina Liana
Dressed purchased at – Gowns Boutique of Charleston
Suits by- Bonobos Suits
Makeup artist – Glam by Christine (Christine Aprile)
Hair designer – Amy Elizabeth (AE Studios)
Floral designer – PRI Productions
Caterer and Cake- Omni Grove Park Inn
Band – Royal Suits booked through East Coast Entertainment
Officiant – Ryan Kirkland
Rental company – Classic Event Rental and PRI Productions
Videographer – byDesign
Wedding hashtag- #newlynockowitz
Jordan and Kyle had an amazing Biltmore wedding on a pretty rainy day in May. However they did NOT let that get them down! As Asheville wedding photographers we are learning that rain is just a part of the game and nothing to be afraid of. The fact that Jordan and Kyle were SO calm about it made a world of difference. We adore these images and moments from their stunning wedding and are so happy to share them with you!
Jordan and Kyle first met in 2006, in Sanford NC where both of them were born and raised. Jordan used to frequent the Jackson Brother’s BBQ when she was in high school, driving through the drive thru in a bright red Toyota Celica. Kyle noticed her car first but then made it his mission to meet the “girl in the red Celica.” He would come to the grill when he saw her car drive up and would also see her car around Sanford week in & out. Finally, they met one day at the local pool hall through mutual friends. Jordan’s first memory of Kyle included seeing him a cowboy hat, shooting pool, and wildly flirting with her. Jordan finished school at Meredith College and Kyle finished school across the street at NC State. They kept in touch over the years through mutual friends. 13 years later…..well, here we are, happier than ever and ready to begin our life together!
We interviewed Jordan about her and Kyle and a bit about their wedding day! Here is what they had to say…
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We had cupcakes, some were red velvet with caramel frosting, and the others were hazelnut with dark chocolate frosting.
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Appetizer: Artichoke & White Cheddar Croquette, Salad, Entree: Filet of Beef, Jumbo Crab Cake, Marbles Potatoes, Asparagus
A bit about Jordan: I work as a physician recruiter in Durham, NC. I love to travel, read, and hang out with friends. I graduated from Meredith College for undergrad and went on to get my Master of Business at East Carolina. My friends would say that I am dedicated, dependable, and fiercely passionate about being successful at work, as well as equally supportive and dedicated with my friendships and relationships.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? My wedding dress. I truly felt like a princess. I’m so happy that I went with something that had a unique cut and color, and definitely a long train with the buttons down the back. I felt like a show stopper, which is exactly what I wanted for my wedding day.
A bit about Kyle: After graduating form NC State University, Kyle started a painting and contracting company based out of Raleigh, NC, which he has now owned and operated going on 14 years. He loves being outdoors, hunting, fishing, tinkering, and always learning new things.
Kyle proposed on a “magical” cruise on January 15, 2018. Kyle knew that Jordan loved magic and somehow (he still has not revealed!), he was able to connect with the cruise ship’s magician and developed an elaborate proposal plan, which ended with the engagement ring magically appearing, tears of happiness, and Jordan saying “yes.”
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? From Jordan HAPPY. I could tell in his eyes, in his smile, in his dance moves….that he was truly happy that we made it to that moment.
Why did you pick Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? My aunt brought me to Christmas at Biltmore when I was about 13 year old. I fell in love with the Estate then and have said since that day that Biltmore is where I wanted to get married. We have come to Biltmore numerous times over the years and we are both very intrigued by the history of the Estate and the family and have both always wanted to have a wedding experience that people wouldn’t be able to attend anywhere else. It was all about the entire weekend wedding experience, not just one day, which is why we wanted a “destination wedding” so people could make a vacation out of it. Asheville itself also has just such a unique culture of food, breweries, art, events, landscape, views, etc. We just love it there and wanted people to experience the city we see as our second home.
Describe your first date? We took a spontaneous day trip to the beach. We listened to Jack Johnson, danced in the middle of street, and went fishing. (From our memory of 13 years ago!)
How long have you been together? We dated for 6 years (got engaged, then broke it off), were apart for 5 years (working on ourselves)…and have now been back together for 2.5 years.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love to go fishing, travel, try nice restaurants, drink good wine, relax on the back porch after a long day at work and just spend time together.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Looking back now, one of the most special parts of our wedding was that Kyle’s mom was able to make it to see us get married. When we found out in February that she had cancer, her only concern in the world was making it to our wedding, (which was questionable at one point.) Not only did she make it, she was able to dance with Kyle and have the best time she could possibly have, which I know we will never forget. She was hospitalized the week following our wedding, and passed away less than 3 weeks later. To everyone who knew her, being at our wedding was one of the most important moments in her life and we are so happy she could be there to experience it with us.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – the song is about finding the perfect love, and not letting it go this time around, which is perfect for us since this is our second chance to be together. “We were just kids when we fell in love, not knowing what it was, I will not give you up this time.” Perfectly sums it up for us.
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Someone dropped a bottle on the dance floor…..and somehow it turned into a spin the bottle “dance off” between guests for the next 30 minutes.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Going on a cruise to Alaska – which we now have planned for June 2020!!Shout out to these professionals that made this day so amazing!
Venue- Lioncrest on Biltmore Estate
Wedding coordinator – Belle Soiree – Tamara Heston
Venue coordinator – Stephanie Moline
Dress Designer – Allure Bridals
Where you purchased your dress – New York Bride and Groom
Makeup artist – Blush Asheville – Wendy Ballance
Hair designer – Hughes Hair Design – Amanda Hughes
Floral designer – Flora Events
Caterer and Cake – Biltmore
DJ or Band – Bull City Syndicate
Officiant – Beverly Bailey
Limo or car service – Elite Limo (Getaway Car) / Gray Line Trolley (Trolley)
Videographer – HeartIStree Studios
Ice Sculpture by: Masterpiece Ice
Stationary – Blush & Blue Designs
Wedding hashtag- #ohhappyhayess
Makenzie and TJ were married on a bright sunshiny day in April at the beautiful Biltmore estate. As Asheville wedding photographers it doesn’t get much better than this.
Makenzie’s mom wanted us to make a slideshow of the big day, so if you want to see the photos below set to music, here you go!
Shout out to these professionals that made this day happen!
-Wedding Planner- The amazing, Tamara Heston with Belle-Soiree
-Dress Designer – Haley Paige bought at The White Magnolia in Tampa
-Make Up/ Hair – AnaRie Asheville
-Floral, Catering, and Cake – Biltmore
-DJ- Dylan Skidmore with Blazin Sounds Entertainment
-Officiant – Karen Doucette
This couple was one of the kindest we’ve met. TJ made us and everyone around him feel absolutely welcome. And Makenzie was laid back and well, drop dead gorgeous.
You can tell in these photos below that they absolutely adore one another. Their first look says it all!
It’s always a good day when we get to ride on a Gray Line Trolley!
Some photos with the Biltmore house are in order!
And, of course, with this glorious wisteria near the tennis lawn!
These guys…. TJ was absolutely hilarious!
Onward to the ceremony in the upper level of Lioncrest!
Michael and I loved looking back over this wedding and seeing all the candid moments with these amazing smiles. Truly a jolly group of people!
Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs. Holland!
The welcome speech by Makenzie’s parents brought laughter and tears.
This officiant was also a family friend. She was super nice!
Dylan with Blazin’ Sounds Entertainment brought the heat! It was SUCH a fun dance party!
Congrats Makenzie and TJ!!!
We asked Makenzie and TJ a few questions about themselves and their big day! Here is what they said!
Tj and I met in college attending the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. We met at a fraternity party ( I lived across the street from his fraternity house). Our first date was a restaurant call 1885 where we sat on the patio underneath the lights listening to the band and we have now been together for 4 years!
Tj popped the question at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club in Florida over Thanksgiving while my parents were in town so it was a family affair!
My parents were born and raised in Asheville so we grew up going there all the time. As we got older Biltmore held such a special place in our hearts that we knew it was the best choice for a wedding!
My wedding dress and cake were two of my favorite details of the whole day! The cake was so different from any other cake we’d ever seen! We chose a coconut cake with chocolate ganache filling!
The food was absolutely amazing as well! Our appetizer was a crab back over spicy creamed corn. Lioncrest house salad. And the main course was a filet of salmon and beef tenderloin with potatoes and asparagus! I believe our final number for the wedding was around 118 guests.
The funniest thing at the reception was when Tj was dancing so hard he ripped his pants. Tom (Tjs dad)luckily came to the rescue and switched with him!
Our first dance song was “Perfect Symphony” by Ed Sherran. Tj’s parents heard it on the radio and always said the song reminded them of us!
Looking back I so wish we could relive the entire day! There was no favorite part as it was all just so magical!!