Kelly and Jason had a fantastic summer wedding at The Farm near Asheville NC. Because this was a destination wedding for the couple and most all of their guests we didn’t get to meet Kelly or Jason before their wedding day.  But once we all got to hang out with each  other we knew they would be awesome clients. Most of Kelly’s family and bridal party are from New Jersey so I got to hear some awesome accents the whole time the girls got ready.

Their wedding was so much fun and one thing I will always remember is this couple’s love for dancing! That floor was hopping and everyone was having SUCH a great time.

Now to hear a bit from our couple!

A bit about Kelly… Born and raised in NJ ( in case you couldn’t tell that from my family and friends accents 🙂 ). Went to school at the University of Scranton (Yes…the place “The Office” was filmed). Lived in Hoboken, NJ and worked in NYC for a few years after college and moved to DC at the end of 2008 where I met Jason in the summer of 2009, only a few months later 🙂

A bit about Jason… Born in Richmond, VA and raised in Charlotte, NC.  Jason went back to Virginia to attend Virginia Tech where he majored in business.  Jason worked in the Washington DC area where he met Kelly. Going back to his southern roots, Jason dragged Kelly back to NC.

How did you meet? We met in DC at a rooftop bar, Local Sixteen, in the summer  :). We both had groups of friends who wanted to go out and just ended up being in the right place at the right time.

Describe your first date? Jason picked me up at my apartment in Alexandria, VA and we went out for sushi in Arlington. I had no idea how to use chopsticks or what to order but luckily he was okay with that 🙂 After dinner we went and walked around the monuments on the National Mall. We figured since neither of us were ready to end the date after dinner that was a good sign.

How long have you been together? We were together 7 years in June and married in July!

What is your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love to camp, hike, cook, go to sporting events (usually Virginia Tech and any Charlotte based teams) and travel as much as we can. We also love our pets, Ranger and Stella, and will watch “The West Wing” over and over and over again.

Who popped the question and HOW? Jason asked me to marry him on the beach in Topsail, NC. It was during my favorite time of day on the beach, that 4-5ish pm period where everyone else has had enough sun. We like to stay put, stay sandy, and crack a beer. Even after 7 years it was still somehow unexpected.

How long after you were engaged did you get married? We got married 1 year and 2 months later. For no particular reason other than we waited a few months to start planning our wedding (trying to really enjoy the whole ‘engagement phase’ before wedding planning craziness).

Why did you pick Asheville and the Farm? We love everything about Asheville; the mountains, the people, the creativity, and of course, the beer. After visiting The Farm it just felt like us. We loved that our wedding would feel exactly like the party we wanted to throw for our family and friends.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? The sunset. While not all that tangible it was our favorite part. We look forward to going back for future anniversaries and soaking in the same sunset year after year. Thanks for that recommendation and location!

How many guests did you invite to the wedding? And which of you had more guests at the wedding, you or your spouse? We had 115 people at the wedding and it was pretty much split down the middle. We had our families present and then all of our friends from all different walks of life. We’re really proud of our relationships and were so glad that so many family and friends were able to make the trip to Asheville and be a part of our weekend.

What did guests eat at the reception? The food was awesome! We were so determined to make sure we ate at our wedding and we definitely did! We had fried chicken, flank steak, gouda grits, and summer veggies.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? ‘Steady As We Go’ by Dave Matthews. We love Dave Matthews and wanted to go a little less traditional than some. Also, if you look at the lyrics, it’s a pretty great message.

Troubles they may come and go,
But good times they are the gold.
And if this road gets rocky girl,
Just steady as we go.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? When we think about our wedding, other than it feeling exactly how we pictured it to feel all along, I think we are most grateful for everyone traveling to asheville to celebrate with us. We know that 99.8% of the wedding guests had to travel a long way and we are just so grateful for everyone taking the time and expense and spending a little time with us in one of our favorite cities doing all of the things we love (tubing, visiting breweries, and just spending time laughing together).

 

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Wedding coordinator – Andrea with The Farm

Where you purchased your dress – Poffie Girls – Gastonia, NC

Makeup artist – Blush Asheville

Hair designer – Emily Anne Hair

Floral designer – Flora

Caterer – Saffron Fine foods

Music- The Moon & You for cocktail hour and ceremony;  A Brides DJ for reception

Officiant – Jessica & Darryl Dayson

Cake designer – Short Street Cakes

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Nikki and Bradley had a stunning Grove Park Inn wedding here in Asheville, NC. Michael and I love this couple. We photographed their engagement session last year and really bonded with them. Nikki is from here and is a mountain girl like me so what’s not to love. 😉

We also got to work with some of our favorite wedding professionals at this wedding. Verge Events rocked the planning on this one as always. And that glass dresser with the flowers in it at the ceremony! Studio Flora Diva nailed the flowers at this wedding. We also got to meet and work with some wedding professionals who are new to us as well. Shout out to DJ Kipper  who kept the dance floor hopping and Casey and Kristen who provided video coverage.

What a blessing to be around such great people and such a great family. There were so many tears of joy and moments of laughter to capture. I blogged half of them down below, ha ha! But enough from me, here is a bit more of their story and some about their wedding in their own words!

Nikki’s story – Nikki grew up in Brevard, NC. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters in Accounting. She is a CPA and works as an auditor at KPMG, LLP in Norfolk, VA.

Bradley’s story – Bradley grew up in Clayton, NC. He graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelors in Industrial Distribution and Logistics. He is an Operations Manager at Grainger in Norfolk, VA.

How did you meet? Bradley and I were introduced by mutual friends. It was the first weekend after Bradley moved to Greenville, NC to attend East Carolina University. We all met at a bar called Dr. Unks to see a cover band for Red Hot Chili Peppers…it took Bradley almost the whole night to actually talk to me. He walked me home that night and we laughed the entire time. The next day both of us knew that we had a connection unlike anything else.

Describe your first date?  Wow… Bradley took me to Olive Garden because he had a gift card. Of course, I teased him about it! But in his defense we were college students but it was funny. Afterward we rented a red box but we ended up talking and laughing through the entire movie and didn’t watch any of it.

How long have you been together?  We’ve been together 7 years; since the first time we met in 2009.

What is your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  We love being lazy together; we genuinely enjoy each other’s company so we can spend hours laughing together. We love cooking together and we enjoy watching movies or binge watching good TV series. We also like to workout and be active together. Since our weekends aren’t tied up with wedding planning anymore, we’ve been able to enjoy more hiking and walking together.

Who popped the question and HOW?  Bradley popped the question! It was wild because I planned an elaborate surprise for his birthday, which is on December 30th. I bought tickets for us to go see Bradley’s favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, play the Redskins in Washington DC. I planned a whole weekend in DC to site see then go to the game on Sunday. I even packed his suitcase and surprised him in the car on the way to DC. Little did I know Bradley had already bought a ring and he asked for my parents blessing earlier that morning. So he had the ring in his pocket when I surprised him with the tickets and the spontaneous trip. We spent the weekend in DC hanging with college friends and touring on Saturday. That night, after dinner, Bradley took me to see the Lincoln Memorial light up. We walked down to the reflecting pool and he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The next day we had the best time cheering on the Cowboys as newly engaged fiancés!!! And the Cowboys won!

How long had you been dating when you became engaged? We had been together for 5 1/2 years when Bradley proposed.

How long after you were engaged did you get married? We were engaged for 1 1/2 years. Perfect amount of time for (mostly) stress-free wedding planning!

Why did you pick Asheville and the Grove Park Inn? Growing up in Brevard, NC, the mountains have always held a special place in my heart. I moved to the east coast when I went to college but I always knew I wanted to come back home to the mountains to get married. Living in Brevard, I also loved spending time in Asheville enjoying the awesome local food, beer, and culture. Every Christmas my family visits the Grove Park Inn to see all the Gingerbread houses, have drinks on the terrace, and then eat the amazing buffet dinner. Both Asheville and GPI are beautiful places with amazing mountain views and when Bradley and I toured the GPI as a potential venue choice, we instantly knew it was perfect for us. The Grove Park felt like an entire weekend experience rather than just a venue for our wedding day.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Bradley’s answer: Nikki was flawless. (She looked absolutely perfect and took my breath away the moment I saw her walk down the aisle.)

Nikki’s answer: Bradley was magnetic. (I was so captivated by him, from every move he made to every word he spoke.)

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? I would definitely say my dress. From the moment I put it on, I felt stunningly beautiful, which is how every bride should feel on her wedding day!

How many guests did you invite to the wedding? Which of you had more guests at the wedding, you or your spouse? We invited approx. 210 people and 150 attended. With Nikki’s large extended family she definitely had more guests.

What did guests eat at the reception? We served a merlot poached pear, harvested greens salad with goat cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette. Then for the main entree we served grilled beef filet, chimichurri, and jumbo lump crab cake with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus and roasted baby vegetables. We also served an amazing wedding cake made of alternating grandma’s chocolate and vanilla cake layers with cookies and cream filling and white chocolate buttercream frosting!

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day??? There are 2 things that stand out. The toasts that our Maid of Honor and Best Man gave during our reception. Both of their toasts brought on happy tears and lots of laughter!! Also during our ceremony, Bradley and I performed a tree planting unity ceremony where we each sprinkled soil from our parent’s yards around our young potted tree. After we finished spreading the soil, I saw 2 glasses of water sitting on the unity table and proceeded to pour one of them into the potted plant. Bradley hesitated, but then he followed my lead and picked up the other glass of water and poured it over the soil. Later I found out that the 2 glasses of water were there as ’emergency water’ in case Bradley or our Officiant needed something to drink during the ceremony. I accidently used their emergency water to water our unity tree. Hahaha. Good thing they didn’t need it!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? We danced to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Meghan Trainor. We wanted to choose a classic song that had a lot of meaning to us with a bit of a current twist. The lyrics are sweet and simple but their meaning suits us perfectly. And Meghan’s version is beautiful.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Definitely our ceremony. The entire day and night happened so quickly that it felt like a blur. But I remember every single detail about the ceremony; how Bradley looked as I stared into his eyes. I remember so vividly how his hands felt in mine and exactly how I felt in those moments. Such a magical and indescribable feeling.

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Wedding coordinator – Verge Events – Stephanie Douglas and Sarah Murray

Venue coordinator – Grove Park Inn – Danielle le Master

Dress Designer – David Tutera

Where you purchased your dress – Ava Clara Boutique, Virginia Beach VA

Makeup artist – Christie Blush Asheville

Hair designer – Emily Anne Hair

Floral designer – Studio Flora Diva – Beth Hohensee

Caterer – Grove Park Inn

DJ or Band – Remix Mobile DJs – DJ Kipper

Officiant – Bradley’s Uncle

Cake designer – Grove Park Inn Pastry chef

Rental company – Classic Event Rental

Videographer – Casey and Kristin

  • The Verge Events Team - What an honor to plan and design this event for this sweet couple and their families! You guys captured it beautifully as always! xoxo!

As an Asheville family photographer, lifestyle sessions in the home are my favorite. I was thrilled that the Pope family invited me to come over and photograph their almost one year old Remy. His mom Susan really seemed to understand the essence of “lifestyle photography” and we had a great time capturing Remy in his element doing some of his favorite things.

Since I am a mother of 2 boys I know how having an extra hand to help bathe and change a wiggly baby is SO helpful. I loved how Susan and Kyle worked so well together wrangling that wiggly Remy.

One of the best things about lifestyle photography is also getting to capture babies and children with their favorite things! Items such as their pet, bubbles, and in Remy’s case, Wheel of Fortune. It’s one of Remy’s favorite things to watch before bedtime.

A big thanks to the Pope family for allowing me to hang with them for the evening and talk about raising boys. Here are a few of my favorite images from our time together.

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