When I first spoke with Olivia, the first thing she told me was that Lenwood has always been the love of her life. This couple led two separate lives but eventually circled back around 30 years later. And now they are married! This proves that one can never be too old for love and marriage!
Our day started at the lovely Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. This church is gorgeous!
Shout out to these professionals that made this day a success!
Venues: The Cathedral of All Souls and The Grand Bohemian
Planning: Sara with Wedding Connections
Makeup and Hair: Salon Zhenya
Floral: Luck with Flower Gallery of Asheville
Band: The Voltage Brothers
The gorgeous Olivia. I mean, come on! We all want to look this good when we grow up.
The happy Lenwood looking super dapper.
We had to capture these beautiful moments with the grandkids.
A candid moment of Olivia sneaking a peek as the flower girl walked down the aisle.
Now it was her turn!
Congrats Olivia and Lenwood!!
These two… you guys!! The love is real.
After taking a few photos at All Souls, we walked over to the Grand Bohemian for the reception.
The happy couple received a lot of honks and cheers from the cars passing by.
The ballroom at the Grand Bohemian is one of our favorite ballrooms in all of Asheville. It is simply stunning.
Shout out to Luck with The Flower Gallery of Asheville for this gorgeousness.
So these two weren’t going to do a “first dance” but couldn’t help taking a twirl on the dance floor after they were introduced. We love that.
Lenwood said it best. “At this age we know what love is really all about.” His welcome was so sweet and funny!
The toasts were excellent and brought lots of laughter.
The Voltage Brothers were our entertainment for the evening and everyone enjoyed them so, so much!
Olivia and Lenwood were caught on the dance floor quite a bit during the evening.
So much laughter and fun among the guests.
So much fun!
Now, enough from us. Here is a bit more from the couple!
A bit about Olivia: From Nashville, TN. Nurse, Entrepreneur, and most recently founded Healing Housing (non-profit assisting women in recovery from addiction)
A bit about Lenwood: From Burlington, NC. Practicing Neurosurgeon in Greenville, NC
How did you meet? Have known each other for years as friends and recently reconnected.
Describe your first date? Actually nothing special – just dinner and conversation.
How long have you been together? 1.5 years
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Going to concerts, hiking – anything outdoors, travel
Who popped the question and HOW? Lenwood surprised and popped the question at a historic hotel in downtown Nashville.
Why did you pick Asheville and Grand Bohemian Hotel? Central location for family and friends. Love the quaintness of the town and the hotel as a venue is simply amazing.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? GLOWING!
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) The note I received from Lenwood prior to the ceremony.
How many guests attended the wedding? 100
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Filet, potatoes, vegetables, seafood, etc.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Carrot Cake
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. It describes how it feels to wake up with Lenwood every day.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? The love in the room from all that attended. It was amazing!
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Trip to France, a “wedding reunion” of friends and family, medical mission work together.
It’s rare that we photograph a wedding of which the bride and groom actually live in Asheville. By far, the majority of our clients travel from other parts of the country to be married here. So with Hannah and Sebastian, it’s cool to have some of our “home team” as clients. On the other hand, Hannah and Sebastian did bring in most of their family and friends from other states but that was the point. They were excited to show off Asheville and all it’s beauty. It was a great day filled with tangible love from everyone for this special couple!
This photo sums up part of why Hannah and Sebastian chose the Crest to be married at. “We picked Asheville because that’s where we live, and long distance planning sounded like a nightmare. But most of our guest list was from the Midwest, so we knew if we were going to have all those people come from so far, we really wanted to showcase the beautiful mountains that brought us here! And the Crest Center was really our favorite spot as far as views and staff.”
Such a creative touch. Each numbered table at the reception had a photo of the bride and groom from that age.
Such a sweet first look with Dad. Love these moments!
First Look with Sebastian was quiet eventful!
SNAKE!!! And Hannah ran toward it but alas it had no desire to have it’s photo taken with the bride giving it some snuggles.
Candid moments are some of our favorite to capture. This was a jolly bunch of people and we enjoyed capturing their smiles.
Looking back on their wedding day this is their description of each other. Hannah about Sebastian: carefree and joyful. Sebastian about Hannah: stunning and blissful.
Above- Brothers of the bride giving the groom a warm welcome into the family, lol.
Sebastian grew up as an only child who moved around a bit but eventually landed in Indiana where he met Hannah. He traveled to Boone to follow his dreams of becoming a therapist and is now honing his craft in Asheville. His friends know how much and how heartily he loves to laugh, as well as how dark his humor can be. He’s also a super supportive and patient friend who’s great at listening as well as challenging you to be a better you.
Hannah grew up as the oldest of six in southern Indiana. She went to school for Elementary Education at IU where she met Sebastian and followed him to the mountains when he went to grad school at App State. Those who know her best know she’s authentic, goofy, carefree but cares about others.
Time for silly action shots.
Sweet moments with the flower girl.
This sweet little chunk was the recipient of endless doting throughout the entire wedding day.
The moment has arrived! (It’s been 6 years since they met in college through mutual friends and had their first date at Chipotles!)
This “hand off” was super sweet. You can tell that Hannah and her daddy have a sweet relationship.
When we asked Hannah and Sebastian what was one of the funniest things that happened on their wedding day they said this,
“It was a clear day, no storms on the horizon, when during the ceremony, as soon as we declared our intent to marry, THUNDER boomed in the distance.”
One of our favorite things to capture on a wedding day is those moments and little details that occur during a wedding.
Happy for a rainless wedding day!
Let the toast begin! Hannah’s two sisters were first up to bat.
“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur was our first dance song. Our first pick was “The Perfect Duet” but we heard this song and the lyrics fit our story as a couple better so it felt more “Perfect.”
The parent dances were super sweet.
We asked Hannah and Sebastian what stood out to them when thinking about their wedding day they said, “Honestly, how fun it was! And also how loved we are, so many people came and were so genuinely happy to celebrate our love, and that’s just so hard to replicate and describe in words.”
Here we have the anniversary dance. I love this simply because of it’s testament of true love. If my memory serves me right I think this couple has clocked in over 60 years. What an inspiration to all of us who are on the same journey!
All the best to you Hannah and Sebastian. And hopefully we will see you around town 😉
Here are a few more details on the couple from our interview…
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
Who popped the question and HOW?
Sebastian asked Hannah on a birthday trip to Charleston. On the beach. At sunset! She told him she thought he might propose that weekend, and he said “well I would hate to disappoint you”, dropped to one knee, and pulled out a gorgeous ring!
How many guests attended the wedding?
What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
Passed hors d’oeuvres were bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp, bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese, caprese bruschetta, and spanakopita. Dinner was chicken Provençal and steak coulotte with roasted potatoes and seasonal veggies.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
Caramel apple spice for the cake, but we kept that just for us hehe. We served our guests whit’s frozen custard as well as homemade cookies.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
Relax finally haha 🙂 -Travel to Italy and other European countries -children eventually – all 50 states – Enjoy each other
Shout out to these professionals that made this day happen!
Venue coordinator – Amy Lasher and Lauren Miles
Dress Designer – Essence of Australia
Where you purchased your dress – Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo in Urbana, IL
Suits – Mitchells Tuxedos Asheville
Hair designer – Lola Salon
Floral designer – Courtney with Shady Grove
Caterer – M7 events
DJ – Sound Extreme
Officiant – Elaine Dunn (friend of the couple)
Cake designer – Malvern Hills Bakery
We met Haley through the wedding industry and are so so honored that she chose us to be a part of her special day! We had a blast at her and Elliot’s Asheville wedding at Lake Eden.First we have to give a big shout out to these professionals that made this day awesome for Haley and Elliot!
Wedding coordinator – Mandy Holland- M+J Events
Venue coordinator – Leigh
Makeup artist – Wendy Ballance – Blush Asheville
Hair designer – Tricia Zinke- Asheville Hair Design
Floral designer – Flower Gallery of Asheville
Caterer – Tara and Ragan – Colorful Palate
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour – Erick Baker with Erick Baker Music
Father Daughter Dance – Darrel Dogde
DJ- Tyler Moon- Moon Sound Entertainment
Officiant – Jay Grimmett- M+J Events
Cake designer – Cassie Tisdale
Rental company – Classic Event Rental
Photo Booth- Yellow tie Photo booth
Wedding hashtag- #theweddingsanger
Lake Eden has a certain charm about it that is undeniable. Snuggled right in the mountains we love this venue!
The Flower Gallery of Asheville does it again!
One of my favorite moments of the day is when Haley saw one of her all time favorite musicians, Erick Baker, show up to play the ceremony! She totally had a “fan girl” moment and it had us all laughing.
What can I say? Blush Asheville knows how to enhance a gal’s beauty!
Michael hangs with the fellas before ceremony. We love it when the guys take some time to toast the groom!
“Getting ready moments” are some of our favorites.
First look with Haley and Elliot as so beautiful.
Such a fun bridal party!
Candid moments are some of the most important shots to our couples. Michael shoots these while I (Meriah) take the formal family photos.
Not only does Lake Eden have a lake and mountain views, it also has some fabulous trees!
This first photo below is a totally candid moment between Haley and Elliot before ceremony. Haley truly was one of the happiest brides we have ever seen!
You can tell that Elliot’s mamma loves her kids. The moment on the left is another candid moment we caught right before Elliot walked the aisle.
Here comes the bride.
The man himself, Erick Baker. And we loved his music!
Congrats Haley and Elliot!
Mountain love. (Yes, Haley wanted to chest bump Elliot!)
Onward to the reception!
Cocktail hour candids!
First dance played by Erick Baker.
Parent dances were full of laughter and happy tears.
Toast were the best though. I’m just saying.
Dance time! And it got a little cra cra.
Congrats Haley and Elliot! Thank you so much for allowing us to share in your amazing day.
Now, enough from us, here is a bit from Haley and Elliot about themselves and their special day! The proposal story is one for the books!!
A bit about Haley: Born in Southwest Florida on a 7 mile long 1 mile wide island (45 min south of Elliot) and is one of four sisters and close with her family. Played Basketball growing up, graduated from the University of Florida and during which interned at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Fl. Upon graduating in 2008, the hotel company she was working for was building in Asheville and offered her a job. 6 job titles and 11 years later, she is the Director of Sales and Catering at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville for the Kessler Collection!
A bit about Elliot: Elliot grew up in Sarasota, Florida! He is from a great family with 2 brothers, he is also an identical twin. Elliot went to state College of Florida then transferred to Florida State. While at Florida State caught the kitchen/hospitality bug and worked for Bone Fish Grill starting as Line Cook and worked his way up to Managing Partner. He spent 10 years in 6 different cities with Bone Fish. In 2013 he was ready for a new start and moved to Asheville, NC to open Another Broken Egg Café as the General Manager!
How did you meet? Haley and her friend Kati were starting a co-ed kickball team. But we only had 7 girls and no guys.. Kati attended a networking event for young professionals who worked in Biltmore Park and Elliot was there with his best friend Charlie. Elliot was currently wearing a boot on his foot for a broken heal. Kati asked them to play kickball. Small world, Charlie had grown up and gone to high school with Haley. They all became friends that summer of 2015 and remained friends. In December of 2016 Elliot asked Haley out on their first official date at Sierra Nevada and the rest is history!
Describe your first date? Our first official date was at Sierra Nevada. Haley was irritated because she had shown interest in Elliot for a while but he had wanted to remain friends and think about things so she thought that this was another “let’s stay friends” meet up. But Elliot surprised her, got there early, pulled out her chair, opened doors, and told her he wanted to give it a try! Haley was shocked and left town the next day for her Dad’s 70th birthday party to “think about it” Elliot met up with her two weeks later for her birthday with flowers and a smile and they began dating seriously after that.
How long have you been together? We’ve known each other since April 2015, started officially dating in December 2016.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Cook, Elliot is better at it- hang out with their pets Bella and Fuzz, play rummikub, Travel, hike, hang out with friends, laugh and high five! J
Who popped the question and HOW? Elliot did- he had this whole elaborate Biltmore at Christmas thing planned and Haley totally ruined it . She was traveling the first 12 days of December for work and her sister’s baby shower and she was home one night in between, he wanted to go to Candlelight that night and Haley totally shot him down and said “hell no! that she just wanted to hang at home with the animals and cook dinner with him.” So, Elliot was cooking dinner, Haley playing DJ in her XL Christmas PJ’s with their cat, Fuzz, on her lap, no makeup and glasses on, and Elliot left the pan he was cooking in and went upstairs. Haley thought he was cold and getting socks because their tile floor is always freezing in the winter. Elliot would say “a good song came on and I just couldn’t wait anymore”
He came downstairs and stood next to her and:
E: “ I Love you”
H: ”I love you too!” (NO idea what was going on!)
E: “ I want to spend the rest of my life with you” and a lot of other really sweet things that all run together when remembering now- “Will you marry me?”
H; “Holy shit!!”
E: “Is that a yes?”
H: “ Yea I said yes!”
Despite Haley attempting to ruin all of Elliot’s really sweet plans! It was absolutely perfect and we burned the dinner we were cooking to laugh and hug and cry and call our families.
Why did you pick Asheville and Lake Eden? Haley dragged Elliot to over 10 venues. We knew we wanted to get married in Asheville, we met there and fell in love there, and we absolutely love the city, and it just felt right. Even with both of us being from Florida, we never really wanted to do it there and have always love NC more. Haley, being in the industry, couldn’t do it at another hotel, she just couldn’t decide and didn’t want to get married at work even though she knew it’s be beautiful and easy to plan! So she let Elliot decide, he picked Lake Eden, the cabins so all of our immediate family could stay there was a big selling point, and the fact that we couldn’t have many more people than 100 as we wanted to keep it to family and very closest friends.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Happy
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) Erick Baker! Elliot’s Bday- 2018 we were walking down the street in Boone, NC after a fun night out exploring and Haley totally fan girled out at this guy filming something on the side of the road. After a few minutes talking and some hugs and high fives, they left. Haley had no idea but later that same week Elliot reached out to Erick to see if he could hire him as a wedding present. He can’t keep a secret from her to save his life (her either) so they went to a wedding in October and he spilled the beans! We were both so happy to have him there and enjoy his wonderful music with all of our friends and family.
How many guests attended the wedding? 99
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Buffet of Beef Tenderloin, Lemon and Dill Salmon, Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Salad Bread and more. It was so delicious. Colorful Palate outdid themselves!
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Vanilla with Strawberry filling and butter cream icing. It was sooo yummy!
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Haley is a klutz and her biggest worry the whole night was someone falling down the stairs from upstairs of the barn to downstairs. Well, Haley wore sneakers, and despite this, towards the end of the night on the dance floor, stepped in just the wrong spot and sprained her ankle. It was pretty ironic, but definitely didn’t ruin the night.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Erick Baker, “Staring Right Back at Me” We wanted to do one of his songs since he was there and that’s the couple’s favorite song from his new album!
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? The weather was gorgeous. The whole day was just perfect, the perfect day of all of our favorite people. We just enjoyed it so much!
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Travel- we’ve got a whole list of places near and far that we want to tackle. Just spend 11 days in Italy and had the most amazing honeymoon and can’t wait for the next adventure!