Lauren + Shad’s Lodge at Bear River Wedding!

Lauren and Shad are such happy people.  Anyone who knows them will agree!  The moments at their Lodge at Bear River wedding makes us smile… and laugh out loud too! We love this couple and as you can tell by the photos we had an absolute blast at their wedding!

Lauren and Shad rented Riverdance Cabin 3 minutes from the venue and we were able to get this amazing view for some of the photos.

This was our first wedding at the Lodge at Bear River and we loved it.  It had a homey feel and accommodated their guests well!

We are detail junkies.

Lauren took the time to write each of her bridesmaids a card and included pictures of her with each of them in with the notes. Her mother was included in this as well.

Shad’s note to Lauren brought laughter and tears. He even included sketches.

Lauren’s note to Shad!

Lauren and Shad had one of their 3 dogs at the wedding as the “Best Dog.”

He watched to make sure the ring “pass off” was completed well.

This is the part of the ceremony where they realized they had nothing to light the unity candle with! They asked the guests if they had anything. This gentleman obliged.

Nailed it.

The “Congrats” moments!

The amazing Colorful Palate and their delicious food!

Yes, that dog winked at us!

Onward to the Reception!

They have this “dip stuff” down pat!

With daddy.

With mom.

Back up for some sunset shots at the Riverbend Cabin!

Toast time brought some huge laughs! This is Lauren’s MOH.

Lauren’s brothers!



We expected nothing less.

Shad had us laughing this whole wedding… oh my!

Congrats Lauren and Shad! We love you guys!


Now a bit more from Lauren and Shad on themselves and their big day!

A bit about Lauren: I love theatre and have my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. I have directed some plays in the last few years. I am a Teacher Assistant at an Elementary School for 2nd grade. I love The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, and anything classic rock. My 3 dogs, Chief, Benelli, and Oakley and my cat, Blue, are my world.

A bit about Shad: Plumber. He has a passion for working out and fitness. Shad loves Game of Thrones, Panthers football, and also our 3 dogs and our cat!

How did you meet? We met in October 2010 through mutual friends. We were both out one evening in Greensboro and played a couple games of Foosball, and we just started talking.

Describe your first date? We went hiking at Hanging Rock. It was a surprise date so I wore flip flops and a dress since I didn’t know where we were going. Turns out it was a hiking date.

How long have you been together? We have been together 7 years.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love to do anything outdoors. We completed the Spartan Race Trifecta together, Sprint Super and Beast, and hope to complete some more races. We run in our neighborhood and different parks after work. We love to take our 3 amazing pups hiking all the time.

Who popped the question and HOW? Shad popped the question in New York City at Christmas. We went to the City from December 16th-20th in 2015 because I had been begging him to go with me (I love the City and he had never been) and while we were there he asked me to marry him. It was at the Southport peir in front of the huge Christmas tree. We then went to Times Square and bought some Champagne! The next 4 days we spent in NYC having a great time and touring all we could fit in. Central Park, Ice Skating, Jersey Boys on Broadway, The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, One World Trade Memorial.. we did it all!

Why did you pick Bear River Lodge? Our love for the outdoors. The mountain views, the river, the lodge.. everything fit us and our personalities perfect. It was truly the perfect venue. Also, we LOVED the Riverdance cabin we stayed in the whole weekend as well.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Romantic.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Having our dog Chief there. He means the world to us. We couldn’t have all 3 pups, but Chief took the job over for all 3 and he was so good. Our Best Dog!

How many guests attended the wedding? Approx. 100

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? The Colorful Palate.. Salad Bar, Macaroni Bar, Chicken.. the best of Southern Food

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Traditional wedding cake

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? My dad’s speech.. “Pace yourselves… You’ll be alright.” Ha ha (If you know my dad, this is the funniest speech ever.)

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Frankie Valli.. We chose this because we saw Jersey Boys on Broadway the night after we got engaged in New York. We took dance lessons all summer to have a choreographed first dance!

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? First off, Shads smile when I made it down the aisle. Also, my family, friends, and my dog Chief all being with us.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We want to take a trip every year, even if it’s small, to celebrate us.


Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing!

Makeup artist – Casey Morgan (College friend & Bridesmaid)
Hair designer – Emma Phipps
Floral designer – Bouquet- Shady Grove Flowers. Other Flowers were handmade.
Caterer – The Colorful Palate
DJ or Band – Spinfire Entertainment
Officiant – Reverend Jimmy Camp
Cake designer – Marlene Page
Rental company – Classic Event Rental
Videographer – Jarod. JDP Creations
Wedding hashtag- #theonlyoneisechrest

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Jenni + Sam’s Wedding- Cliffs at Glassy Chapel and Grand Bohemian Hotel

There is just something about a small wedding! Michael and I love the intimacy of a wedding with just a few guests. This wedding had around 20 total people including the amazing Jenni and Sam. We had an absolute blast getting to meet and know this awesome group of people. We fell right in with them and enjoyed getting to share in the joy for Jenni and Sam.
The reception was at the amazing Grand Bohemian Hotel here in Asheville. When I first walked in and saw this large feasting table in all it’s splendor I may have gasped.

And those chandeliers!

Jenni and Sam’s day started at the Grand Bohemian. Shout out to Zhenya for the hair and Elizabeth with Pop of Color for the makeup!

Jenni and Sam have a son together and Jenni has a teenage daughter and son. I love these moments with the fellas getting ready together.

The ceremony was at the gorgeous Cliffs at Glassy Chapel.

We love this moment with Jenni and her daughter; and Sam and the kids.

Moments before Jenni walked the aisle.  Jenni was escorted by her brother.

Naturally, Jenni and Sam’s son was the ring bearer. He rocked it.

The sand ceremony with all of the kids joining in together.

Onward to the Grand Bohemian!


First dance!

Dancing with her daughter.

With sis.

Toast time!

The shoe game brought lots of laughs!

Party time!

Instead of an exit this awesome couple decided to through flower petals during the last song!

Congrats Jenni and Sam!

Now enough from us, here is a bit from Jenni and Sam!

A bit about Jenni: (From Sam!) She is the most beautiful and kind-hearted person I’ve ever met. She is an amazing mother and loves fall in the mountains of North Carolina. She is a business development consultant, loves children, road trips, remodeling old homes, and trying anything new.

A bit about Sam: (From Jenni!) Sam is a chiropractic physician and runs his own business. He loves doing anything hands on, including working on his cars and remodeling homes. He’s the most handsome, caring individual and greatest friend anyone could ask for. Most importantly, he loves being a daddy to his little boy.

How did you meet? A mutual friend introduced us. She thought we might be a good fit for each other.

Describe your first date? Our friend set us up on a lunch date. It was during that lunch that we realized how much we had in common, as far as how we were raised and some of the hobbies we had. We went to the movies the following evening and stayed up talking until the sun came up. We both knew it was something special then. It felt as if we had always known each other.

How long have you been together? Six years, ever since our first lunch date actually.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love spending our time with the kids, boating, traveling, hanging out with friends, Sam teaching me how to golf, and road trips through the mountains in fall.

Who popped the question and HOW? Sam asked in an apple orchard in the mountains of Massachusetts. Who knew Massachusetts had mountains?! It was actually the most romantic thing he could of planned. At the end of apple picking he told me he wanted to take a photo of us together. We placed a phone in an apple tree and set it to record so we could just crop the picture out afterwards. It was when we were done posing for the picture that he started his proposal. I was so surprised, never thinking he would ask while we were picking apples but because of that we actually have the whole proposal on video. Smart guy. ?

Why did you pick the Cliffs of Glassy and The Grand Bohemian? We picked Glassy Chapel because we both knew we wanted to get married in the mountains. The Chapel encompassed both the amazing views and peacefulness of the mountains along with the charm of a traditional but cozy European chapel. We chose The Grand Bohemian because we both have an appreciation for ornate detail and craftsmanship. The rustic elegance of the Grand Bohemian allowed us to have the small intimate wedding we wanted while still enjoying all the elements of our dream wedding.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Jenni-Radiant, beautiful, doe-eyed.

Sam- Stunningly delicious!

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

Sam- Her dress.

Jenni- All of it….the dress, flowers, venues, and the food were all amazing and blew away my expectations. It was perfection.

How many guests attended the wedding? 20

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Arugula Salad, Petit Filet and Rosemary Scented Chicken Breast Au Jus, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, & Asparagus..

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Apple Hummingbird and Chai

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? There were many but the cutest were, Jackson the 2 yr old ring bearer saying, “Be nice” at the perfect time during the bride’s brother’s speech or when we tossed rose petals in lieu of sparklers or confetti and hearing one of the guests yell out, “ Someone took my pants!”

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton because we love the blues rhythm and it describes our thoughts on love and what it can be, and how those thoughts changed and expanded when we fell in love. We taught each other how great love could be.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?

Jenni- The ceremony in the chapel when we officially became one and united our family, I don’t think I’ve had a bigger smile or felt happier.

Sam- How beautiful Jenni was when I first saw her as the doors to the chapel opened and how lucky I felt.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in our restored 1965 Impala Convertible and travel to Ireland.

Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing for Jenni and Sam!

Venue coordinator – Tabatha- Cliffs at Glassy Chapel
Reception coordinator- Kati-The Grand Bohemian

Dress Designer – Vera Wang

Where you purchased your dress – Davids Bridal

Makeup artist – Pop of Color– Elizabeth

Hair designer – Zhenya

Floral designer – Blossom at Biltmore Park

Caterer – Red Stag Grill

DJ- Joe with Uptown Entertainment

Officiant – Michael Abraham

Cake designer – SugarCloud

Limo or car service – Carolina Classics

Videographer – Jennifer with Green Mountain photo and films

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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!


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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