Ashley + Alan have a Grand Bohemian Wedding

Ashley and Alan’s Asheville wedding at the Grand Bohemian was gorgeous. Out of all the other weddings we’ve been to, I can’t recall a groom who spoke with more excitement and with as many compliments about his bride.  It was a real joy to witness such expression.

Shout out to these professionals that made this day so spectacular.

Venue: Grand Bohemian
Planner: Mary Bell Events
Hair: Emily with Anarie
Makeup: Wendy with Blush Asheville
Ceremony Musician: A Touch of Rose
Band: Crocodile Smile
Live Painter: Skip with Asheville Event Paintings
Florist: Flora
Minister: Buddy Corbin
Cake: Gateaux 
Lighting: Paul Jackson

We especially loved how they included their sweet pup in a lot of their day.

“Fur babies” participating in and attending weddings is becoming more and more popular.

The Grand Bohemian is so lovely!

Let’s back up to the beginning of the day when Ashley and Alan were getting ready.

Ashley’s dress was STUNNING. I mean she literally picked a dress that complimented the Bohemian so so well.
Ashley’s Bouquet had photos on it in tribute to past family members.

Alan’s presents to Ashley.

Alan loved the decor of the Grand Bohemian and made sure to take advantage of being photographed with it.

These sweet flower girls barely knew each other but they instantly bonded.

And they nailed it with the flower pedal dispersion!

Onward to the formal photos.

Elegance and class!

Cocktail hour is a great time to capture candid moments of friends and family.

Alan’s welcome speech was super sweet. As Ashley told Meriah during the bridal session… “I got one of the good ones.”

Occasionally our couples let us steal them away for some night shots! The Bohemian is a wonderful backdrop for night photos!
The toasts.

Now let’s party!

The band Crocodile Smile was great entertainment!
A space for those who don’t dance 😉
Congrats Ashley and Alan!

Now a little bit more from Ashley and Alan on their big day.

A bit about Ashley: (From Alan’s perspective) – A beautiful and kind girl from Virginia who dedicates herself to helping others. Ashley is fun loving and loves to try new experiences (as long as no steps are involved..). Ashley keeps Alan laughing on a daily basis. Random, but of note…she also has an impressive collection of reusable shopping bags!

A bit about Alan: (From Ashley’s perspective) – The kindest person on earth with a heart of gold (unless he’s in the courtroom) and a beautiful sense of humor. He has an impressive passion for Clemson football and cars.

How did you meet? – We swiped right.

Describe your first date? – We had lunch at a popular restaurant in Greensboro on Father’s Day 2016. It involved lots of conversation (and wine). Unfortunately it ended with an awkward hug, and both of us wondering if we would see each other again. Ashley claims Alan was speeding away from the parking lot—something he still denies to this day.

How long have you been together? – 3 years and 3 months.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? – We both enjoy winery tours and tastings as well as traveling and exploring new things and places.

Who popped the question and HOW? – Alan did on a beach in the Virgin Islands during a cruise in November 2018. We walked to the very end of the beach to get away from everyone while Alan waited for the right time. Finally after an awkward amount of time in the heat and the end of the beach, he dropped to his knee in the water (almost falling into the water due to a large wave) and asked Ashley to marry him. She said yes!

Why did you pick Asheville and The Grand Bohemian? – We picked Asheville because it was somewhat in the middle for our families and we loved the area during October. We chose the Grand Bohemian because we absolutely loved the venue and the ballroom in particular as well as the friendly and attentive staff!

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? – Alan was nervous. Ashley was cool and in control.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) – Having our dog Trevor in the wedding (as well as his bow tie)!

How many guests attended the wedding? 92

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? – Mainly filet. Lots of filet…….

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? – We had two flavors—red velvet and vanilla with peanut butter filling.

What is one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? – Alan’s toast / welcome speech.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band. Alan always liked the song and it reminded him of the times he and Ashley shared together.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? – The flowers turned out absolutely amazing. Hard to name just one thing—but the overall Art Deco look and theme of the wedding came together exactly how we envisioned it.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? – To travel to as many places around the world that we can!



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Morgan + Troy’s Waynesville Wedding!

Meriah here.

Ok, when my “little” cousin… ok, grown up cousin Morgan asked me to photograph her wedding I was so happy to oblige, but I’m a bit in DENIAL. I have literally know this girl since she was in her mom’s belly! (Her mom Lisa and I are pretty close!) So as Morgan grew up she felt more like a niece than a second cousin.  And because of her close relationship with our two boys (she helped her mom watch them quite often!) she asked them to be in her wedding as the ring bearers! We were honored and a bit worried at how that 4 year old with the stick would do. But they crushed it. *insert proud mom smile.

Let’s back up to the beginning of the day and let the pictures tell the story a bit.

We loved Troy’s ring with the wooden inlay. This wedding was a family affair. Morgan’s cousin, Savannah, did Morgan’s hair and helped do her makeup. Morgan’s sister, Leah, and I helped paint her nails. Morgan’s mom Lisa helped Morgan get dressed.I didn’t have to beg to get Morgan to twirl for me. She made such a pretty bride! Oh Troy. We do love that hair!The wedding was held at Haywood Community College in the Rhododendron Garden. Morgan’s aunt Michelle had her work cut out for her in making this bench (which was falling apart) look gorgeous. She did a marvelous job!Onward to the ceremony with the two cutest ring bearers EVER. Note… that box our older son Ezra is holding actually had the real rings in it! They forgot to grab the rings from him after he walked up the aisle. However our sweet Ezra patiently held that box throughout the ceremony till it was needed for the ring exchange. Morgan’s dad Kevin not only walked her down the aisle he also officiated the wedding. It is always fun to know SO many people at a wedding. A lot of our family and friends were there to celebrate with us.We love sweet moments with happy tears.Even my mom was wiping tears away. This venue was so fun and allowed for us to get some great angles. (During the prayers we like to sneak around!) This is absolutely one of our favorite moments from the day. The “after kiss, kiss shot” 🙂Congrats Morgan and Troy!Troy carried his Morgan away from the ceremony!These two have SUCH great chemistry. I had a blast getting to spend some time with them just the 3 of us!Quick! Lets get photos with these two boys before they get dirty. 😉 I’m not gonna lie, we were kind of hoping that the bench would not crumble beneath them. It was SO old! And of course bolted to the ground so they couldn’t move it. But it provided a really fun place to do photos! The reception was at the gorgeous Lake Junaluska. Morgan is so lucky to have some amazing and talented family! Aunt Michelle did all the floral and Morgan’s mom Lisa made the cake!We do love Morgan’s family so much. Troy’s family was a hoot as well!These two have a goofy side and we LOVE it. First dance love.Pretty sure she accidentally caught the bouquet! She didn’t even know it was being thrown!This is the part of the evening when Troy lit Morgan’s dress on fire by accidentally dropping a sparkler on it. Whoops.

Now enough from us, here is a bit more from Morgan and Troy!

A bit about Troy:

He loves to work on cars and uncover the general mechanics of how things tick. He’s all for fun 24/7! He loves being out in the woods, whether building a bonfire (a bit of a pyromaniac), sitting and pickin’ on his guitar, or looking for animals and creatures of any kind.
A bit about Morgan:
Coffee obsessed with the art of making it and of course drinking it. Spends free time either doing that, hiking, kayaking, playing guitar or drawing/painting. Loves to always be on the road out looking for adventure. Lord of The Rings marathons happen often as well.

How did you meet?

I was finishing up high school at a program they have at HCC when along came Troy who was sitting in the classroom one morning when I walked in. Every morning after, he’d be there sitting trying to finish up high school as well. It didn’t take too long for Troy to finally roll his school chair over to me to talk to me, which was the start of a relationship neither of us knew would become what it is today. Every hour of school work, we’d get a ten minute break which the two of us would use to walk around the campus on our breaks getting to know each other. Sometime walk, but most times race, jump off high walls, climb trees, snowball fight, and really anything else you can name a couple kids would do. Our talks grew deeper and he soon became my closest friend and I his.

Describe your first date?

We call this our first date cause it was the first time planning to hang out just to be with each other. He asked me to come along with him to the laundry mat, as romantic as that sounds. As we waited for his clothes to wash, he took me outside and we started throwing tide pods at each other for the sheer fun of it. They weren’t busting when they hit, so he had his genius idea of getting closer to me and just squeezing one in his hand. You can image how that went. I had tide pod laundry detergent from the top of my forehead sopping down to the bottom of my chin. Him, feeling guilty but also holding in a laugh let me do the same to him for payback. So here we are, two humans clearly with the lack of brains outside behind the laundry mat, drenched in detergent laughing endlessly until in got in my mouth and our eyes. Blindly touching the walls of the building to eventually find our way to the public bathroom, we took turns holding each others long hair up to dump our faces in the sink and wash it out. It took us a lot of time and a lot of toilet paper to get enough out to see rightly again. At that point we’d lost all sanity, so I jumped on his shoulders and we journeyed down to get a Hawaiian pizza and some coffee ice cream. Taking our dinner to the bench outside the mat while his clothes were drying, we watched the sunset (it was a pretty blurry one with our vision and all) and listened to Passenger’s entire cover album. We talked music like critics and sang along together until it was late into the night, way past when his clothes were done drying.

How long have you been together?

A little over two years ago as friends and a little over a year as a couple.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?

We love to talk, to spend entire days hiking/exploring out in the woods, camping, cuddling while watching TV, playing guitar together, driving, listening to music and talking music, reading to each other, finding coffee shops, and watching sunsets.

Who popped the question and HOW?

You know those movies when the guy gets on a knee to propose to his girl multiple times before she ever says yes? That is our story. Troy has been proposing the question to me ever since just a few moths after we fell in love. There is one time I remember him proposing that I consider as the first time he asked that I didn’t instantly say no, I don’t know, or that he was crazy for asking. We were walking under a tree path late at night close by my house when the moon peered through and lit us up.I started saying yes every time after until the day he had a ring when he asked. We were celebrating our one year anniversary together by kayaking down the same river we fell in love on. He picked a place to ask me on the side of the river (I had no idea). After hours of paddling, he got me off the kayak and had me stand on this massive rock by a swimming hole ready to ask, but by accident kicked my sunglasses into the water and dove for them. I stood on the rock a while and he never came back up from the water. I decided that he was most definitely drowning. Under the water at the same time as almost drowning he was contemplating if this was the time to propose. Just as I almost dove to save him, he splashed out of the water with the rings and asked his question. I said yes of course, got him out of the water, and he put the rings on my finger.


Why did you pick the Rhododendron garden at HCC and Lake Junaluska?

After looking at many venues, we decided we’d get married where we met at the very start. Before we were even dating we were walking and getting to know each other in that garden.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Troy says “Gorgeous”

Morgan says “Happy”

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?)

Troy loved the sparklers

Morgan loved the lights everywhere

How many guests attended the wedding?

Around 100

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?

BBQ, chicken, corn, beans, bread and brownies and cake for dessert

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?

Vanilla cake

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?

We both agree that Troy setting my dress on fire with sparklers was the funniest moment of the day.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?

We chose Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles because it and him are huge favorites of ours. We’ve spent many evenings star gazing and slow dancing to his music.

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

Troy- My brides smile and the look of happiness she had.

Morgan- How significantly happy Troy was and how he beamed with joy.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?

– Be awesome parents

– Drive to Yellow Stone National Park

– Do the sling shot by the beach

– Binge watch both The Hobbit trilogy and Lord of the Rings trilogy

– Hike a volcano

– Visit a coffee plantation (outside of the U.S.)

(And much more)

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A Crest Center Asheville Wedding with Ashley + Tom!

We love the a good Crest Center wedding! And this is one for the books! Ashley was a complete bombshell of a bride and so sweet and fun to be around!

Shout out to these professionals that made this day so amazing!

Venue and Catering: Crest Center
Planning: Brittany and Katie with Mary Bell Events
Floral: Flower gallery of Asheville
Hair and Makeup- Pop of Color
Officiant- Gaye Stinnett (Aunt of the Groom)
Ceremony Music- Karen Rose (Violin and Harp)
Reception Band- Something Special
Photobooth- Yellow tie photo booth
Cake- Karen Donatelli
Limo and Transportation- Elite Limo

Ashley and Tom went ALL out with the decor and we are obsessed with this reception set up. Why purple you may ask? Well, that is their college colors! Go Northwest!

Shout out to The Flower Gallery of Asheville for this amazing floral. Those lilies in that bouquet!!! We also love how the bride honored those whom she loved with the picture jewels on the bouquet.

And this is why people come to the Crest to get married! This view!

When having a destination wedding here in Asheville, Welcome Bags for all the guests are a great way to help them get acquainted with all the awesomeness that Asheville has to offer!

Elizabeth with Pop of Color doing her thing!

Ashley’s smile lights up a room!

Oh! This sweet little flower girl!

Ashley wore her mother’s wedding veil, which was made by Ashley’s aunt and late grandmother. We are obsessed with the little details that make a wedding day sentimental and unique to each bride and groom.

Like I said… a bombshell! Ashley, you made a gorgeous bride! We love your classic, elegant look.

These girls had so much fun together!

The fellas knew how to have fun themselves!

Tom had one heck of a personality.

Moments with the mother of the groom right before ceremony.

Let the ceremony begin!

So many beautiful and fun moments in this ceremony!

Lots of laughter and a few happy tears.

This officiant was Tom’s aunt.  She told me she has done several weddings and has a picture of every couple she has done weddings for.

All those gorgeous flowers and those gorgeous smiles.

Let’s get this party started!

First dance love.

A welcome by the mother of the bride and the groom brought on lots of laughter and smiles.

One of the best things about the Crest is the glorious sunsets!

We waited to do the majority of the photos with the bride and groom until sunset. And we are glad we did!

If we have time, we like to go back and get shots of the reception at night after it is all lit up. It’s a totally different perspective and feel from the shots we got before the wedding during the day!

Shout out to Karen Donatelli for this beautiful and tasty cake!

The toasts were quite entertaining!

Parent dances.

Party time!

Congrats Ashley and Tom! Thank you for allowing us to share in your amazing adventure.

Now enough from us, here is a big more from Ashley and Tom themselves!

A bit about Ashley: Originally from Alabama with a short layover in Nashville before moving to Chicago for grad school where I met Tom. I’m a lifelong animal lover and I have a cat AND a dog. So, now Tom has a cat AND a dog all in a tiny 1 bdrm in NYC!

A bit about Tom: Tom is originally from the NYC/Connecticut area and went to Northwestern for undergrad and grad school. Tom loves his family, close groups of friends from high school and college, video games, and of course his new wife 🙂 Fun fact – Tom used to be allergic to cats, but now our cat sleeps on his face sometimes! He really loves me…

How did you meet? We met at grad school and he asked me out for the first time at a New Year’s Eve party – this year we’ll be celebrating NYE on our honeymoon in Hawaii

Describe your first date? We went to a Northwestern basketball game and it was SO cold! We had a great time, though and the conversation never stopped. He locked in the second date on our ride home 🙂

How long have you been together? Almost 3 years.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love to walk our dog and go on hikes with her and just as a couple. We love going to the movies and picnics in Central Park. We love to go out to dinner and concerts together. We also love our TV shows and like nothing more than a chill night on the couch ordering Seamless.

Who popped the question and HOW? Tom popped the question – a few days before we were heading back to Alabama for Christmas last year, Tom asked me to go to brunch and on a walk at 2pm. While this is not an unusual occurrence, specifying a time, is somewhat unusual. So, my antennae was up at brunch, but I tried to just put it out of my mind. After brunch, he walked me to Brooklyn Heights Promenade – it’s a famous place with an amazing view of lower Manhattan and it’s super close to our house – we take our dog there regularly. And when we were looking at the view, he got down on one knee. Little did i know that he had hired a photographer to follow us, so there are amazing pics of our engagement.

Why did you pick Asheville and the Crest Center? I visited Highlands, NC with some girlfriends on a hiking trip a few years ago and having never been to North Carolina, I was struck by its beauty and literally told my gfs that I wanted to get married there. We didn’t pick Highlands bc it would have been more difficult logistically and the wedding would have had to be quite small, so that’s what made us think of Asheville. Then when we were doing online research, The Crest Center looked amazing and we were enticed by the view. So, we booked a trip down to check it out. We saw The Crest Center, Masonic Lodge, Grove Park Inn, but The Crest Center just felt right. And we clicked with Amy right away.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Aww, so cute! He seemed so excited – we both were.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) Probably my bouquet bc of the charms attached to it with pictures of the women that have impacted my life but couldn’t be there as they are not with us any longer. One of the pictures was of my cousin Stephanie who passed earlier this year – she and i were close all throughout our lives – she was only a year younger than me. I think our wedding was kind of healing for my family as it was the first time a lot of us were together since her funeral in the spring.

How many guests attended the wedding? 120ish, I think

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, beef brisket, green beans, and fried green tomatoes 🙂

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Strawberries & cream

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? My brother and cousin doing the worm! I hope you have copious pictures of that haha!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? These arms of mine by Otis Redding – it’s always been one of my favs and it’s super sexy. We thought it was a good one 🙂

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Omg, it’s just a blur of love and fun and hugs. So, I guess all of the above.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Hmmm, i’m not sure we have one. I know there are many places we want to travel together, but we don’t really have a list.

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