I know it is July, but I’m already thinking about Autumn here in the mountains. And the Grove Park Inn is just the place to enjoy the mountains, the color of the leaves, and the cooler weather!

Laura and Ben were a super sweet couple and a lot of fun to work with. And lets just talk about “moment” photos! This wedding was full of them. So many sweet moments between them and their family members. It wasn’t hard to capture a tear running down the brides face or the laughter of pure joy!

Here are some of our favorite moments from their amazing Autumn wedding.

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Adorable welcome bags! Full of info on the city of Asheville since the majority of guest were from out of town!
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I love these moments with Laura and her sisters while they were helping with getting her ready. So precious.
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Michael hung out with the guys at The Edison while they enjoyed some drinks. I love these shots of the “fellas just chillin!
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Laura and Ben wrote notes to each other. They read them right before the first look.
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First look love!
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Bridal party fun!
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Shout out to Flora for their amazing work on the flowers! They were simply stunning.
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There were 16 kids in the wedding. It was adorable! Verge Events did an excellent job of rounding up everyone and making sure they got down the aisle in proper order. Folks, this is why a wedding coordinator is SO important. ūüôā
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Time to enjoy the fall color around Grove Park Inn!
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Whoa. I love these colors and these flowers. Flora might need two shout outs in this blog. ūüėČ
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Grove Park does NOT disappoint when it comes to the catering. Check out these beautiful appetizers and entrees!
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Introduction!
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I love how this couple incorporated a lot of family dancing! This is the special “grandfather” dance where all the gals in the family danced with grandpa…
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…including his wife!
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Laura and Ben asked if they could have a “Flaming Spanish Coffee Bar” at their wedding and Grove Park totally pulled it off. This was super fun to take photos of and SUPER tasty too!
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Let the party begin! The Emerald Empire Band did an excellent job getting the dance floor hoppin!
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Laura and Ben took advantage of our “Photo Fun Center”. Let’s just say their guest were not shy and had a blast with it!
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One of the best things about the Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn.
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Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Buergler!

We HAVE to give credit to these amazing wedding professionals that helped pull off such an amazing wedding for these two!

Venue Coordinator: Erin with Grove Park Inn
Event Planner: Brittany with Verge Events
Florist: Flora
Ceremony and Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band
Officiant: Fred Werhan
Cake and Catering: Grove Park Inn
Hair and Makeup: Doll Box Productions
Video: Corey with Signature Wedding Films

To view more of our portfolio check out our flash site–> Grove Park Wedding Photography

Happy one year anniversary to Chris and Jessica!!! This day one year ago was gorgeous. A little warm but Jessica and Chris were troopers about it!

We love a good Deerpark wedding on Biltmore Estate. Jessica and Chris were super awesome to work with and a lot of fun. They are both in the dental field and we loved how they incorporated dental floss into their table decor.

Congrats Chris and Jessica! We pray loads of blessings in your lives in the years to come!

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Shout out to these awesome professionals that helped make this day rock.

Wedding coordinator – Nicole with Two Sweet Sparrows
Venue coordinator – Brooke with DeerPark at Biltmore
Dress Designer – Monique Lhuillier dress from her”Bliss” collection
Where you purchased your dress – Alexia’s, in Raleigh
Makeup artist – Zach at Makeup at the Grove Arcade
Hair designer – Lola Salon
Floral designer – The Bloom Room
Caterer – Deerpark at Biltmore
Band – “Ascension” booked through East Coast Entertainment
Officiant – Dr. Allen Douglas Aldrich (Groom’s Grandfather) and Mr. Joseph Aldrich (Groom’s Uncle)
Cake designer – Biltmore Estate
Accommodations – Biltmore DoubleTree, The Inn at Biltmore Estate, Brookstone Lodge
Limo or car service – Blue Corniche
Video- Corey with Signature Wedding Films

Rebekah and Mike’s destination wedding to Oakley Farms was gorgeous! As Asheville wedding photographers we often get couples that come here to the mountains of North Carolina to get married. On this occasion¬†we got to do an Oakley Farms wedding near Charleston South Carolina.

We have known Rebekah for some time now and one of her bridesmaids is another fellow photographer- Alisha Silver. It was wonderful to see Rebekah marry Mike and become a family with Mike’s son Michael. There were so many sweet, beautiful moments in this wedding! Lots of remembering one passed and lots of celebrating life and love.

Here is a bit more about Rebekah and Mike and some about their wedding.

Rebekah’s story-¬† Born in Newport Beach, CA¬†and then moved¬†to West Palm Beach, FL¬†and then on¬†to NC just before starting high school. ¬†She has an older brother and younger sister¬†and works as an Emergency Room Nurse at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. ¬† She also¬†just finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. ¬† Rebekah loves being a step-mom to Michael and is enjoying having a newborn baby girl.

Mike’s story-¬† Born in Connecticut but raised in Plattsburg, NY.¬† He is an amazing father and works hard at providing for his family. ¬†His full-time job is being a¬†New York State Correctional Officer and he¬†also started up his own lawn care business in the summer of 2014 called O’Neil Enterprises.¬† Mike enjoys boating, working out, shooting his bow in the backyard, dirt biking, and bonfires!

How did you meet?

What an Awesome Story!?! ¬†In the summer of 2011, Mike planned a vacation to Myrtle Beach with his friend Chris Coleman and they met up with his Uncle Thomas from Florida. Rebekah joined a couple girls for a weekend at Myrtle Beach.¬† Then…

Mike’s version of the story:¬†¬†Rebekah followed me around all weekend.

Rebekah’s version of the story:¬†¬†Mike just tackled me in the pool and I was blown away by his muscular strength.

The real story:¬† Everyone was hanging out in the same pool and Mike started up a conversation with me. ¬†One of my first questions was “Do you go to church?” ¬†Mike said, “No, but I want to get back into it.‚ÄĚ ¬†Then I asked, “Do your parents go to church?” ¬†Then Mike said he doesn’t usually share this much information with someone so soon. ¬†It took him a minute then Mike shared about his father passing away.¬† I shared about my¬†brother passing away. ¬†We hung out by the pool for a few more hours.¬† Everyone met up later for dinner and drinks.¬† We talked for several hours then parted ways. ¬†Mike went back to NY.¬† I went back to NC.¬† We texted back and forth for a few days then I texted “Aren’t you going to call?” ¬†Mike called and we talked for 6 hours. ¬†From that day on we talked every day. ¬†Then he came down to visit in October we went on our first real date! ¬†It was LOVE!!!

Describe your first date?

We went to Fun Depot and played miniature golf and then went to Grove Park Inn for a romantic dinner.  We ended the night watching the dueling pianos and a Halloween costume contest.  It was an unforgettable evening.

How long have you been together?

We met in Myrtle Beach, SC in summer of 2011.

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

We enjoy making our house a home.  We fixed up our first home and sold it just prior to the wedding.  After that I convinced Mike to buy another fixer upper.  So here we are slowly fixing up our forever little home on five acres.  We also enjoy boating together.

Who popped the question and HOW?

When:  Thursday, July 03, 2014

Mike’s Mom and Sister drove all the way down from New York to meet Rebekah’s family.¬† We all stopped at Dan and Julie’s on the way through NC and picked up Eliese. ¬†Then Maureen, Stephanie, Mike, Michael, Rebekah, Eliese, and three dogs (Bella, Lola, and Remington) all spent the next few days hanging out at Lake Hartwell with my¬†parents, Cindy and Larry Harrington, along with Caleb (Rebekah’s Nephew).¬† The fireworks at Clemson were scheduled for July 3rd, so Dan and Julie rushed down a day early.¬† Everyone finally got their boats out to the fireworks area on Lake Hartwell near the Clemson Football Stadium.¬† Just as the sun had set while out on the boats waiting for the fireworks … little Michael and Mike got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry us?” ¬† Rebekah said, “Yes!!!” ¬†With tears in her eyes and a HUGE smile on her face!¬† And Rebekah’s Mom screamed out to all the other boats on the water, “she said YES!” ¬† ūüėÄ

How long after you were engaged did you get married?  Exactly 1 year.

Why did you pick your particular venue? 

we all love being outside and also wanted to choose a place that little Michael would enjoy.  So we choose a venue that we could all enjoy the outdoors and that all the kids would have a blast.  Oakley Farms was the perfect spot!  We had 25 kids there.  They played corn hole and a giant Jenga.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Mine!  LOL!!!  Well, really Handsome.

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

I would have to say the charms on my bouquet for my Dad, Brother, and Grandpa.  It was hard not having them there in body but the charms reminded me of the love and support they have given me all of my life.

How many guests did you invite to the wedding? Which of you had more guests at the wedding, you or your spouse?

We invited about 150.  It was an out of town wedding and up to 14 hour drive for a ton of the guest.  We think that it ended up being the perfect amount.  About 100 people came and it was hard to visit with everyone.  We couldn’t imagine if more people came how hard it would have been to say hello to everyone!
What did guests eat at the reception?

Ms. Brown’s delicious cooking!  It was the absolutely the best cooking we had while we were in the south!  Best mac and cheese hands down.  We wish she was closer!

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

Little Michael’s dancing was priceless.  He worked on it all year looking up YouTube videos on dancing to prepare for the big day!  He is a hit a weddings now and can boogie better than anyone we know.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?

“Who I Am With You” – Chris Young

Mike picked the song.¬† When I asked him why.¬† He says, ‚ÄúIsn‚Äôt it pretty self-explanatory‚ÄĚ
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?

I think of the prayer little Michael prayed before I walked down the aisle.  Many people put so much time and effort into the wedding day but it’s really about the everyday family life after.  Making sure that God is the center of our lives and that each of us feels supported as a part of this family.

 

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