Luke and Laura were SUCH a joy to be with and around. We adored their personalities and their genuine kindness was admirable. They welcomed us as part of their day just like we were family.
When thinking about what to write about for their blog, we thought we would let them speak for themselves about their lives and wedding day! Here is a bit more from them and their gorgeous wedding at the Biltmore Forest Country Club!
How did you meet? Two friends invited us separately on a bike ride around Atlanta. We biked from the city to a place called Stone Mountain, hiked the mountain, and then biked back. We hit it off, and the rest is history.
A bit about Luke: Luke grew up with his brother (and best man) Nate in Atlanta Georgia. He studied Environmental Engineering and played baseball as a pitcher at Johns Hopkins, and returned to Atlanta to get his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is currently doing post-doctoral research at Harvard.
Who popped the question and HOW? Luke popped the question. At the end of a great day walking Boston’s Freedom Trail under a gorgeous April Fool’s Day sunset at the USS Constitution.
A bit about Laura: Laura grew up alongside her three sisters in Charlotte, North Carolina. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, recently got her MBA from Harvard, and currently works as a management consultant for Deloitte. She loves to run marathons and travel.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Luke loved Laura’s dress. Laura loved the framed photos of family on the piano at the reception.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Bike rides, long runs, playing and listening to music, experimenting in the kitchen.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Resplendent (Luke’s word for Laura). Happy (Laura’s word for Luke)
Describe your first date? Equally active. We went for a run along the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, got some delicious pizza, then met friends at a jazz bar.
Why did you pick Asheville and Biltmore Forest Country Club? It’s one of our favorite places to visit and we wanted to show it off to our friends and family. Asheville is also a good halfway point between Laura’s hometown (Charlotte, NC) and Luke’s (Atlanta, GA).
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Laura couldn’t get the ring on Luke’s finger during the ceremony! Luckily, we were able to squeeze it on after leaving the church.
How long have you been together? Around five years.
How many guests attended the wedding? 235
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way.” We wanted our first dance to be a unique, modern classic.
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Salmon, steak, salads, mac & cheese bar, cake
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Carrot cake and vanilla almond cake with raspberry filling
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? It was so special seeing those we love, from so many different walks of life, in one place.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We don’t have a defined “bucket list,” but whatever we end up doing, we know that it will be better together.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day so amazing.
Ceremony Venue: Biltmore United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Biltmore Forest Country Club
Wedding coordinator – Nicole Bloom – Two Sweet Sparrows
Venue coordinator – Anita Nalepa-Hoskins (at Biltmore Forest Country Club)
Dress Designer – Essense of Australia
Where you purchased your dress – Wedding Inspirations Bridal Boutique
Makeup artist – Lola Salon & Gallery
Hair designer – Lola Salon & Gallery
Floral designer – Flora
Caterer – Biltmore Forest Country Club
Officiant – Dr. Ronald Robinson
Cake designer – Biltmore Forest Country Club
Rental company – Classic Event Rental
Limo or car service – Gray Line Trolley of Asheville
Melinda and Chris chose Asheville, NC for their amazing destination wedding and their Biltmore Estate wedding was absolutely drop dead gorgeous! Not only that, Melinda and Chris were such a joy to be around.
Melinda and Chris chose to switch things up just a bit and do a first look 4 days BEFORE their wedding day! This allowed us to travel around the estate capturing many of it’s amazing locations.
We also were able to catch the “golden hour” which is hands down one of the best times for lighting when the sun is out!
Since the couple was getting married in front of this conservatory we decided to take some time shooting that setting.
Meriah is a flower and plant enthusiast and absolutely loves this conservatory.
The sunlight was doing some amazing things during the “golden hour” so we had a great time shooting among the flowers there.
We all took in the sunset on Biltmore’s south terrace. The views were absolutely stunning.
Onward to the wedding day! Our day started out at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. One of our main goals on a wedding day is to capture all the little details that make a day so unique to each bride and groom.
One of the most amazing details of the day was this bouquet!
Studio Flora Diva created a masterpiece in this wedding bouquet. It even matched the mums of the walled garden at Biltmore!
October in the walled garden provided such beauty for us to all take in. What a perfect place for a Biltmore wedding ceremony!
Cocktail hour and dancing would later be held in the butterfly gardens at the Conservatory.
The reception would be held inside the conservatory among all those lush green plants.
Let’s back up to the beginning of the day! Michael and I loved hanging with Melinda and Chris and their lovely families. We found that we especially loved the Bulgarian culture from Melinda’s side of the family. They were so kind to us and treated us like their very own guests!
We all later traveled to the front lawn of the Biltmore House to get a few of these moments.
Onward to the ceremony site!
One of our favorite things to capture is candid images. This group was so jolly and had SUCH a great time despite the chilly temps right before ceremony.
Let the ceremony begin.
You may now kiss your bride!
The mums at the walled gardens for their Biltmore estate wedding were simply stunning this year! Melinda and Chris looked too good in front of that backdrop as well. They were so, so happy!
To the reception!
The toasts brought a lot of sweet laughter.
The wedding cake was designed by the chefs at Biltmore Estate to look like the conservatory! If you are having a Biltmore Estate wedding why not embrace it’s beauty in some of your details?
These cake smashing moments are the absolute best but most importantly it tasted good too!
Each of the parent dances were priceless.
We danced the night away and had the best time. After all, who can tell how chilly it is when you are dancing? DJ Mitch Fortune from
Remix Weddings provided the party music!
Congrats Melinda and Chris! Thanks so much for allowing us to share in your amazing Biltmore Wedding!
Shout out to these professionals that made this wedding rock!
Venue: Walled gardens and conservatory at Biltmore Estate
Venue coordinator – Andrea Feightner
Where you purchased your dress – Des Moines, Iowa (boutique store)
Makeup artist – Lola Salon and Gallery
Hair designer – Lola Salon and Gallery
Floral designer – Studio Flora Diva
Caterer – Biltmore Estate
DJ or Band – Remix Weddings (DJ Mitch Fortune)
Officiant – Sara Judy (Asheville Marriages)
Cake designer – Biltmore Estate
If you would like to check out another Biltmore Estate Wedding, check this one out! —> Vidhi and Anant’s Biltmore Wedding
Cakey and Mark’s Omni Grove Park Wedding this past October was simply stunning and TOO much fun. Michael and I found ourselves smiling so, so much throughout the day. So much so that our cheeks hurt!
This moment with Cakey and Mark is probably our favorite. She was so so happy after being pronounced that she cried happy tears the whole way back down the aisle.
Let’s back up to the beginning of the day. The weather was super perfect. The sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot!
Although they didn’t get the leaf color they desired the floral more than made up for the lack of color on the trees. This is Meriah’s favorite kind of floral… lots and lots of color! Luck with The Flower Gallery of Asheville nailed it.
First look moments.
The chemistry between these two is FOR REAL.
The bridal party was WAY too much fun.
I mean… they wanted goofy shots as well as the more formal shots.
We laughed so hard when we were editing these photos!
Again… this floral! <3 <3 <3
Let the ceremony begin! Mary with Mary Bell Events did a great job getting everyone where they needed to be and down the aisle. We love working with her and her team. They are always super organized!
These are always some of our favorite moments. Michael often follows the couple out of the ceremony to capture these congratulatory moments. There were loads of happy tears and smiles. You can tell that Cakey and Mark are well loved.
Cheers to this amazing couple.
We love it when the bride doesn’t mind to scale a wall. Meriah’s shot is on the left and Michael’s shot is on the right. While photographing the bride and groom, Meriah often shoots wide and Michael shoots tight producing totally different styles of photos!
It’s all in the details, and this wedding had some great ones!
We popped out for a few sunset shots. We were not disappointed with this gorgeous sunset!
The band Cashmere ATL brought it! We loved the party that broke out due to their amazing music.
Why not repurpose that wedding arch to add to the gorgeous cake table?
Toast by the Father of the Bride made us laugh so so much.
Let the party continue!
Congrats Cakey and Mark! Michael and I wish you nothing but the absolute best as you begin this new chapter in your story!
Shout out to these professionals that made this day so amazing!
Venue: Omni Grove Park Inn– Seely Pavilion
Venue Planner: Annie with Grove Park Inn
Planner: Mary Bell Events
Hair: Elizabeth and Bethany w/Bella Chic
Makeup: Ali with Ali Lawless
Florist: Luck w/ Flower Gallery of Asheville
Ceremony Musician/Cocktail Hour: Brandon Crocker
Reception Music: Cashmere ATL
Officiant: Jena Manilla (A friend of the Bride and Groom!)
Cake Baker: Omni Grove Park Inn
Rentals: Classic Event Rentals
Lighting: Paul Jackson