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"I Do" in Asheville

Words by Shana Kinnerup
Photos courtesy of The Ashville Grand Bohemian Hotel

1. The Asheville Grand Bohemian Hotel. In the mountains of North Carolina, this property is nestled along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the classic American Smoky Mountains. It’s part New York City, part James Bond and part hunting lodge.

This is not your grandpa’s hunting lodge with contemporary art, antique accents, a swanky cocktail bar, gourmet dining, spa amenities and luxuriously modern stay rooms. No expense was spared to indulge each of your senses, even the hip collection of jazz, contemporary and club beats that pulse through the halls are sure to entrance you. Accommodating you is priority, service is paramount and experiencing it is necessary.

For the destination bride, The Asheville Grand Bohemian offers the best of many worlds. The property is easy on the eyes, with a very youthful vibe and the bridal accommodations exude elegance.

At the Grand Bohemian, you can expect an exclusive experience. With just one event space, your wedding is the sole focus of the event staff. Aside from the service, words do no justice to the elegance of the venue: 24 karat gold walls, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, and a formal terrace setting. Cost was clearly not a consideration when this event space was designed. This detail means the destination bride needs no further formality for her location. Bring your groom, invite your guests and you’re set. 

2. Your own Royal Wedding. "America’s Castle," Biltmore House, sets the stage for your own royal wedding. A 135,000 square-foot private home on an 8,000 acre estate, offers eight venues to meet both your ceremony and reception needs. The venue includes the Biltmore House main property, magnificent gardens, winery and even a lodge-style space. Consider a royal ceremony on the Biltmore property, with an adjacent reception at the Asheville Grand Bohemian. Biltmore House offers many options and packages for your wedding day needs, so do yourself a favor and check this one out.

3. “Eat and art” your way through the city. Asheville focuses and takes pride in its abundance of farm-to-table dining options. For a mature destination wedding party, consider touring the local produce, dairy and meat farms. There is an unexpected abundance of delectable dining options, many of which take pride in their relationship with local farmers. This means the freshest food with clean flavors for you and your guests. The expertise of those at the Grand Bohemian can offer a five-star dining experience complete with custom wine pairings. 

Walk off some of that gluttony in the town’s fast growing art district. There is an unexpected abundance of art culture in this mountain town. From galleries to festivals, and even street performers, there is something for everyone. 

It would be hard not to find something you fall in love with in this town as surprises await you around every corner.

Tranquil, beautiful, quaint and rich in heritage all describe this picturesque location. It may be just what you are looking for as you plan your most important day. We loved it and we think you will too!

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