Caitlin + Paul’s Biltmore Wedding

Caitlin and Paul had a gorgeous Biltmore wedding in September.  Talk about a luxury wedding! This was it. The ceremony was on the tennis lawn and the reception was on the south terrace next to the house.

The tennis lawn with an excellent view of the house! And that flower aisle was WOW! The reception was under this gorgeous tent that looked more like a 5 star hotel ballroom than a tent on the inside. The views from the south terrace are hard to beat as well.

The Mozingos love working with Bobby/Mark’s Design. Mark did the design and planning and Bobby did the amazing flowers!

Shout out to Classic Event Rental for the amazing tent and rentals.



Caitlin’s dress was a show stopper. The back of it was one of the most beautiful we have seen. SUCH detail in that dress!












Father of the bride moment.

First look!







Caitlin’s grandparents. We loved them.



You may think we planned to have them here in this arch way but really they are hiding from guests arriving! 🙂

We spent some time hanging out in the tent before the ceremony.







Onward to the ceremony!



Peeking.

With tears in his eyes he welcomes his bride.


We loved how Caitlin and Paul had certain family members and friends come up and read meaningful excerpts. They were both funny and emotional. It added such a wonderful personal touch to the ceremony.













Cocktail hour was held on the Library Terrace of the Biltmore House.



This is one of our favorite places to photograph a Biltmore Estate wedding reception.







We stole the bride and groom away for a few night shots in front of the house.


Toast time may have started with a song.








A toast from Caitlin’s grandfather.


Dad… and that flower in his hair. <3


Fathers and daughters.

Party Time!







Congrats Caitlin and Paul!!

Now, a  little bit more from Caitlin and Paul about themselves and their big day!

A bit about Caitlin: Caitlin grew up in the Washington, DC area. After undergrad at Georgetown, she moved to New York City for dental school at Columbia. She then moved to Chapel Hill, NC for medical school and to complete residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UNC Hospital. This is her last year of residency and she plans to continue her surgical education with a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at Orlando Health. From a personality standpoint, she is very “Type A”.

A bit about Paul: Paul is from outside of Cleveland and is the second oldest of six children. He completed his MD/PhD at the University of Iowa and moved to Chapel Hill to complete his General Surgery residency at UNC Hospital. This is also Paul’s last year of residency and he is currently interviewing for fellowship in Colorectal Surgery. Paul is definitely more laid back than Caitlin and helps balance her out.

How did you meet? A mutual friend encouraged us both to attend the Cupid Undies Run in downtown Raleigh, NC on February 14, 2015. This is a nationwide event involving a one-mile run through the streets in one’s underwear on Valentine’s Day. Paul came to the run despite being exhausted from 24 hours of call the day before and sparks immediately flew. He asked Caitlin out on a date that day.

Describe your first date? We went to a sushi restaurant in Durham. Caitlin actually already had another date planned with someone else that day so we went out for lunch instead of dinner. We spent over 2 hours talking and quickly planned another date. In case your wondering, Caitlin did go on her other date that night, but that was the last time she “double booked” Paul.

How long have you been together? Since February 14, 2015. I believe that is 31 months.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Traveling, hiking and working out. Some of our favorite nights involve ordering take out, enjoying bottle of wine and playing Mario Cart. Really, anytime we can both turn off our pagers is a victory.

Who popped the question and HOW? We were on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii in November 2016. We went on an afternoon hike in Waimea Canyon and Paul pulled Caitlin aside to a private area near a waterfall and popped the question. Caitlin obviously said yes and we celebrated drinking champagne on the beach.

Why did you pick Asheville and The Biltmore Estate? Caitlin did a four month rotation in Asheville, NC from July through October of 2017. Paul came to visit every weekend he had off and we both fell in love with Asheville. Our time living apart also help solidify our relationship and desire to spend our lives together. We never felt as connected to Chapel Hill as we did to Asheville so when we were deciding where to get married, that was an easy decision for us. In terms of the Biltmore Estate, I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to get married. The history, house and gardens speak for themselves.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Paul was emotional. Caitlin was ecstatic.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?  My dress! I fell in love with the back of the dress when I saw it online and went to multiple bridal boutiques to find one that carried Berta dresses. I ended up buying the dress at Carine’s Bridal in Georgetown while Paul was enjoying a beer at a pub down the street. I walked in without an appointment just three hours before I had to catch a flight to Colorado and begged them to let me try it on. Thankfully they did, and I immediately purchased the dress.

How many guests attended the wedding? 155

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Crab cakes to start, followed by a goat cheese and spinach salad (we love goat cheese!) and for the main course duck and scallops with risotto.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Two flavors: carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with Godiva chocolate and peanut butter frosting.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Caitlin didn’t want to go to the sparkler exit because she didn’t want the party to end. Paul and the our wedding planner, Mark, convinced her to go!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys. We just loved the instrumental version.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Our guests! We were so grateful that so many friends and family could come celebrate with us. We know it wasn’t easy for a lot of people to get there but we were so fortunate that so many people made the trip.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Minimoon on Kiawah Island. Honeymoon in South Africa next spring. Finish residency and move for fellowship next summer!! It’s a big year!

Shout out to these professionals that made this luxury wedding amazing!

Wedding planning and design – BobbyMark’s Design

Venue coordinator – Ashley Gardner

Dress Designer – Berta

Where you purchased your dress – Carine’s Bridal (Washington DC)

Makeup artist – Zack Russell

Hair designer – Lola’s Salon and Gallery

Floral designer – BobbyMark’s Design

Caterer – Biltmore Estate

DJ or Band – Sound Extreme

Officiant – Hannah Fleishman

Cake designer – Biltmore Estate

Rental company – Classic Event Rental

Limo or car service – Elite Limousine

Video – Life Stage Films 

Wedding hashtag- #CBLMandPKtietheknot

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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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Asheville Wedding Photographers- Alaina + Chris’ Wedding!

Alaina and Chris had a fun wedding back in September! As Asheville wedding photographers we enjoy getting to photograph a new venue… well a venue that is new to us! Honeysuckle Hill did not disappoint! It was charming with it’s old barn and it’s picturesque pond and gazebo.



Shout out to Joanna from Powder me Pretty for the faces!

Shout out to Love Daisy for Alaina’s hair!









Alaina designed her own bouquet! We loved how it turned out. Also the details of her dress are amazing!






We had a little rain on the big day. Conveniently, it only rained when we didn’t need to be outside AND cooled things off nicely. 😉  Sometimes rain on your wedding day really is good!














Onward to the reception!




Toasts!

Checking out the bride’s shoes!

Father and daughter dance.






Congrats Alaina and Chris!!

Here is a bit more from Alaina and Chris about themselves and their special day!

A bit about Alaina: She’s a small town girl from rural Illinois with big dreams. She loves her family. She’s sassy and sweet (and sometimes stubborn) and knows what she wants. She is an accomplished professional (as you can tell by the alphabet soup after her name – PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CPP), but she is a big nerd at heart and has no problem with an occasional Netflix superhero marathon.

A bit about Chris: He is from South Florida and seems to always be in a laid-back tropical state of mind when he isn’t working. He is very intellectual and analytical. He would do anything for his family and is such a good man. He is grounded and keeps me calm. He’s so kind and generous. Also a big nerd, no scratch that – a HUGE nerd! His favorite hobby is gaming. He’s always got a date with Destiny ? (Destiny 2 these days).

How did you meet? A sweet southern girl from Mississippi started working at the physician office where I was working and every month or so she would ask me if I was dating anyone. After about 6 months of her asking, I finally admitted that I was not dating anyone, so she proceeded to tell me that she knew this great guy that she and her then boyfriend (now husband) hang out with all the time. She “had a feeling about us” and thought that we would “be perfect for each other.” She insisted that we should at least meet. I was still very skeptical given how much younger than me she is. Little did I know her boyfriend was much older than her and had worked with Chris. The rest is history… and she made sure everyone at our wedding knew we were all there because of her ?. Thanks Shy! – I owe you one.

Describe your first date? We went on a ‘no pressure’ Thursday night date to a wine bar (we didn’t even have dinner; just hors d’oeuvres) and he doesn’t even drink wine. We hit it off immediately, and after 5+ hours of conversation that night, we went out again the next night to a concert to see the Eli Young Band at Coyote Joe’s.

How long have you been together? It will be 5 years in November

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Traveling and binge watching tv shows on Netflix. We’re also foodies who enjoy finding new places to eat.

Who popped the question and HOW? Chris’s family has a timeshare on Sanibel Island, FL. We’ve been going there every summer since we started dating. 2016 was a particularly rainy trip – it rained almost every evening. Chris popped the question on Captiva Island on the beach after several foiled attempts due to the weather not cooperating. It really wasn’t cooperating that night either, and it was pitch black (moon covered by clouds that night) when we finally made it out to the beach. I couldn’t understand why he wanted to walk to the beach so many times that night when it was so windy and kept raining. His whole family was in on it. They kept asking what night we were going on our date night, and seemed disappointed when we didn’t get to go night after night since it was rainy. Finally on Wednesday night we went… I thought it was kind weird they were so interested, until it happened. Then of course it all made sense. It was a complete surprise, I couldn’t believe how good of job everyone did keeping it a secret, and couldn’t believe it actually happened with so many thwarted plans due to the weather and my resistance to go outside in it – #totallyclueless ?.

Why did you pick Asheville and Honeysuckle Hill? We wanted a destination wedding location that we both loved and that would be a little closer than Charlotte for my family to travel to and would be a good time for all with plenty to see and do. And bonus, it has tons of breweries, amazing food, and beautiful scenery. Also, I did my residency in Asheville, and have always loved it there. We picked Honeysuckle Hill simply because of how rustically beautiful it is, and because it felt right and we could see ourselves getting married there when we first visited it.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Wonderful – Chris made me feel amazing the entire wedding from the moment our eyes met as I was walking down the isle. . . . and I found out later that he had instructed the wedding coordinator to do everything she could to keep me calm and stress free before the wedding. Always looking out for me. My husband is truly a wonderful, amazing, selfless man. I am the luckiest woman in the world and I love him so much!

Elated – In the few days before the wedding, Alaina was stressed out, so she wasn’t exactly herself. But once the big day arrived and things came together just like we’d envisioned them for over a year, she lit up like I’ve never seen before. She had the biggest smile on her face the entire evening and seeing her like that made me happier than I’ve ever been.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?

Alaina – I loved the flowers . . . . from my bouquet, to the table arrangements, to the rustic buckets of baby’s breath down the isle. I was so happy that my vision came true and my bridesmaids and family were able to help me execute it.

Chris – The guest table. It was full of personal, meaningful things. It had the barn (for cards) that Alaina’s father built for us from wood taken from an old family barn. It had a picture of my late mother on it to symbolize that she was there with us in spirit. And it had the guest book, where so many of our friends and family left touching notes for us.

How many guests attended the wedding? 93

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Cocktail hour was hors d’oeuvres: Bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp, chicken & waffles, and fried green tomato biscuits.  Dinner was Sirloin and Chicken with apples, country style green beans, roasted root vegetables, and a garden salad

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? No cake – we had a gelato cart (vanilla, chocolate and mint chocolate chip)

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? My amazing friends came all the way from London to attend our wedding and ended up getting a bit more spirited (pun intended) than they planned to. Let’s just say that toward the end of the night some interesting shenanigans ensued.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Are You With Me? by Easton Corbin. Easton is one of Chris’ favorite musicians. He’s got an old school country sound, like a young George Strait. The song sums up our relationship perfectly. There are so many places we want to go and things we want to do. And there’s no one else we’d rather experience these things with than each other.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? How happy we were, how much fun we had, and how much fun everyone else seemed to be having.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Buy a house together, get scuba certified, and travel the world as much as we can are on the list for now . . . .

 

Shout out to these professionals that helped make this day rock!

Venue: Honeysuckle Hill

Wedding coordinator –Jocelyn Huntley

Venue coordinator –Emily Lane

Makeup artist –Joanna Ferre with Powder me Pretty

Hair designer –Love Daisy

Floral designer –The Bride

Caterer –M7 Events

DJ or Band –Sound Extreme

Sugar and Snow Gelato (Instead of Cake!)

Officiant –Howard Hanger

Videographer -the guests! Using Wedit

Wedding hashtag- #HappilyEverOlenik

Special love to : Beth McKinney (The bride’s cousin in law)

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