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When I walked up to Sam on his wedding day I told him how much we loved bright orange Indian attire! He then looked at me with a smile and asked “How is this for adding some diversity to your portfolio?” And I couldn’t agree more. What a unique wedding!! We are so excited that this couple from Portland decided to have an Asheville wedding at Yesterday Spaces. They were simply a joy to be around! And a dance party with the finger lights? Whoa. We had a blast!

Here is a little bit of their story straight from Elina and Sam. NOTE: I love how they met.

A bit about Elina– Graduate student, alpaca enthusiast, rock climber

A bit about Sam– 3d animator, coffee enthusiast, breakfast chef

How did you meet?– We met in college through mutual friends and started dating shortly after Sam accidentally punched me in the face while dancing at a party.

Describe your first date? We spent about 4 hours making a vegetable pot pie. The video clip from this was shown at out wedding. (We were also attempting to record a cooking YouTube show).

How long have you been together? 4 years this past April

What is your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We like hiking, watching animations (and lots of shows generally meant for kids), we are very into coffee, and our cat from the garbage, Numbers. Also we are very pro alpaca.

Who popped the question and how? Sam popped the question with a video game he created. It involved me having to direct a car across the country (in the style of our cross country road trip) and pick up all of the coffee cups along the way. When I digitally arrived in Portland he had his digital character propose Oregon trail style.

How long had you been dating when you became engaged? 3 1/2 years

How long after you were engaged did you get married? 8 months later

Why did you pick Asheville? Sam’s grandmother lives there. It was also a good middle ground for our families to meet.

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

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? The finger lights.

How many guests did you invite to the wedding? And, which of you had more guests at the wedding, you or your spouse? 120 were invited and we had about the same amount each.

What did guests eat at the reception? Melas Indian food

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? We asked the DJ to make sure our friend David was dancing the entire time the music played. David had an energy drink mid dance and actually managed to dance the whole time.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? The giant group hug at the end of our wedding. There was a lot of love in there.

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Wedding coordinator – Michelle LaCosse with Party Envy

Venue coordinator – Arik and Aaron

Makeup artist – Doll Box

Hair designer – Doll Box

Floral designer – Michelle LaCosse with Party Envy

Caterer – Mela

DJ or Band- Lucas the DJ booked through A Bride’s DJ

Officiant – Travis Moschak

Cake designer – Karen Donateli

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Ashley and Bryan were our initiation back into wedding photography after having our second son. We could not have asked for a more fun, beautiful wedding to kick off our busy Fall season! As Asheville wedding photographers it isn’t often that you get to photograph a wedding on Biltmore’s front lawn. In the over 160 weddings we have now done, we have only had 3 Biltmore front lawn weddings. They are simply stunning.

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Ok, time to tell the rest of this story with the photos but lets back up in the day a bit to the “getting ready” time at the Inn on Biltmore.
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That dress and that veil!! Ashley looked incredible!!
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For the first look, Ashley did something I have never seen a bride do before. She decided she wanted to surprise Bryan with a song.
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SO many sweet moments. Ashley and Bryan decided they would not kiss after the first look but to wait until the kiss at the alter. This made for some sweet cuddle moments.
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I loved this bridal party. The gals looked stunning in their pink sarees. The guys loved to goof off and Michael was there to capture their insanity. ๐Ÿ™‚
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My favorite photo of Ashley. She can rock a photo!
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Our favorite photos of Bryan! Very debonaire!
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Shout out to Blossoms of Biltmore Park for the stunning floral!
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Ashley and Bryan’s wedding had some great uniqueness to it! Ashley, who is Indian, wanted an American/Christian ceremony with a bit of her Indian heritage tied in. I would say they pulled this off amazingly! One Indian tradition is to pray with the bride and bless her before the ceremony. These moments between Ashley and her family are so precious.
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More photos with the couple at the house and on the south terrace!
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Ok, maybe this is my favorite photos of Ashley… I just can’t decide! She looked stunning.
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Let the ceremony begin! Ok, so first I have to give MAJOR props to Nicole Bloom with Two Sweet Sparrows. She coordinated this epic ceremony and wedding. The weather radar showed a rain forecast during the ceremony. Biltmore, Blossoms, and Nicole were all prepping the tent on the Italian Gardens for a back up plan. However, the radar reading changed it showed that it would not rain during the time of the ceremony so they rearranged everything back to the front Lawn. I KNOW this was not easy but ALL of them rocked it. And this is one of the reasons the wedding turned out so lovely.
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I love this Indian custom with Ashley’s aunts.
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Congratulations Ashley and Bryan!
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Ok, so now is the time to give props to our good pal Ian Riley! Ashley and Bryan wanted us to hire a 3rd photographer for a couple of hours to get the roof top shots! I was blown away by some of the images he was able to capture.
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Another shot by Ian Riley!
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Cocktail hour was on the library terrace. We were entertained by Asheville Arial Arts and we were simply blown away.
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First dance on the library terrace.
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Immediately following the first dance… this happened! Shout out again to Ian Riley for shooting the shots from the back of Biltmore’s property.
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The reception was on in this magnificent tent on the south terrace! Once again, Classic Event Rental outdid themselves!
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I watched the cake designers from Biltmore place this cake on this table. I was suddenly aware of the intense feat that making and delivering a wedding cake can be! As always, they did an incredible job!
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This is my favorite photo of Ashley’s parents. They were so very kind to us. They even thanked Mozingo Photography during the speeches!
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SO much joy. I obviously couldn’t decide on a close up shot or a wide shot of this moment… so I did both. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Toast moments are some of our favorite to photograph. Genuine smiles and laughter everywhere!
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Ashley and Bryan changed after the toast into their modern Indian attire! They were ushered back in to the reception by the Indian dance team Bhangra Elite! Immediately following, they cut their cake.
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Not sure if they meant to match their outfits with this cake but I loved that they matched!
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This was probably one of my (Meriah’s) personal favorite moments of the evening. Bhangra Elite dance team performed for us! I was blown away by the energy of their performance! I had to remind myself to take photos because I found myself in awe and wanting to just sit and watch it!
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After some intense entertaining, they invited everyone to the dance floor and danced with Ashley and Bryan and their guests!
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For the rest of the evening everyone jammed out to a mixture of Indian and modern music. Split Second Sound did an incredible job of mixing the music.
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We danced until 1:00am and instead of an official exit Ashley and Bryan simply took a bow as we all cheered! They sure do know how to throw a party!
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Here is possibly my favorite shot of the evening. It took some technique to nail it but when we did…
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This wedding day was made possible because of these amazing professionals!

Wedding coordinator- Nicole Bloom with Two Sweet Sparrows

Venue coordinator- Brooke Ray with Biltmore Estate

Accommodations- Inn on Biltmore, Hampton Inn, Courtyard Marriott and Springhill Suites

Tent design and construction- Classic Event Company

Dress Designer- Eve of Milady

Makeup artist-
For bride and MOHs- Zack Russell with Makeup at Grove Arcade
For other bridesmaids- Maria Josette with Anjolique Bridal & Formal

Hair designer-
For bride, MOHs, flower girl, ring bearer- Liz Tipsword & Rebecca Biggers with Lola Salon
For other bridesmaids- Maria Josette with Anjolique Bridal & Formal

Floral designer- Blossoms of Biltmore Park

Amazing food and cake by Biltmore Estate

Ceremony music- Cafe String Quartet

Cocktail hour entertainment- Asheville Arial Arts

Reception entertainment- Bhangra Elite Dance Team

DJ- Jonah Pearl with Split Second Sound

Minister- Pastor Ian McFadden with Central Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD

Limo and car service- Elite Limousine of NC LLC and Young Motor Coaches

Videographer- Carlisle Videography

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  • Christine Aiken - Stunning photography! We enjoyed being a part of this special day.

    Christine Aiken
    Asheville Aerial Arts

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