A Magical Mountain Asheville WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Nikita Gross Photography
Tina and Joseph knew they wanted a low-key, outdoor wedding and, thankfully, they knew just the place. “We got engaged while we were on a trip in Asheville,” recalls the bride. “We both fell in love with that area and we knew that we wanted to get married there. We wanted a small, intimate wedding in the mountains, surrounded by nature.”
Since the couple planned on only inviting a few people, they had to break the news of their small destination wedding to friends and family. “We explained that we would have a videographer to capture it all,” says Tina. “Everyone was really supportive.” Once the couple knew their loved ones were on board with the idea, it was time for them to find a dream location in the area of Asheville, North Carolina.
“About six months after we got engaged, we took a weekend trip to find the perfect spot and we did just that,” says the bride. “We visited The Bike Farm in Pisgah Forest and we walked back to these two beautiful waterfalls in the middle of the forest; the sun was shining through the trees and it was magical. We knew this was the spot.”
Once their venue was decided, the couple kept things simple and straightforward when it came to the actual wedding day. Thus, the planning process was also relatively stress-free. “I did some research online for advice on planning a destination wedding,” says Tina. “We didn’t have a wedding party and we only had a few guests going with us, so that made it very easy when traveling.”
Despite Asheville being just a six-hour drive away, the couple did most of the coordinating from afar. “We communicated via phone and email with vendors. I emailed pictures of flowers to the florist, just to give her an idea of what I was wanting, and she did a wonderful job. Same with the bakery – I sent her ideas and our cake was perfect. Our experience could not have been better, we would do it all over again and exactly the way we did it.”
After the couple’s dramatic, misty mountain wedding, they held a hometown reception for the rest of their friends and family. Not surprisingly, Tina and Joseph kept this gathering casual too, with a big BBQ and a band. When asked what their alterative, hometown wedding would have been like, the couple knows they made the right decision to get married away.
“Our second choice was to get married at home on a farm somewhere,” explains the bride. “It would have been a much larger wedding. I’m so glad that we both wanted to get married in North Carolina. It was absolutely magical.”
When asked for advice for other couples currently planning a dream destination wedding, Tina had straightforward and helpful words. “Really research the area where you are staying and try to enjoy the location that you choose.”
Vendors: Photographer: Nikita Gross Photography, Wedding Location: The Bike Farm in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, Florist: Shady Grove Florist, Cake: Short Street Cakes, Hair: Ciara Borer (Hair, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio), Makeup: Wendy Ballance with Blush, Gown Designer: BHLDN, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Saks Fifth Avenue, Videographer: David Schmaus with Studio 213 Films in Dayton, Ohio
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