Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Emma & Michael 

September 15

Asheville, North Carolina  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.

2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.

3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.

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Vintage Chic Fall Ranch Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 29, 2013

Zoe & Craig

September 2

Alberta, Canada

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

We were looking for a venue that would incorporate both the vintage feel we wanted our wedding to have and be near the Rocky Mountains where we met, fell in love, and still love to hike and rock climb.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I LOVED my flowers. I’ve always loved to make arrangements, so I loved the fact that I got to pick out the flowers I wanted and make the bouquets myself. They turned out better than I could have hoped! We loved the feel of our wedding. We wanted it to feel relaxed and flow together as if it was just a gathering of friends. We didn’t want a structured or unnatural day. We put out yard games and refreshments so the ceremony would just flow into the reception and the guests would feel comfortable to just mingle and enjoy themselves. We decided from the beginning of wedding planning that we wanted our wedding to feel handmade. We loved that when we looked around we saw our creativity expressed in every detail.

3. Give us the moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

Zoe: I will never forget the moment when the ceremony was over, and we had finished our one-on-one time with our amazing photographers, Craig and I walked up to where our guests were playing yard games, enjoying refreshments, visiting with one another and laughing. The sun was setting behind them, and I remember stopping and just watching them. They all looked so happy and carefree. To have so many people I care dearly for all in one place, enjoying one another’s company was truly a mental snapshot that will stick with me.

Craig: My moment would be during the reception. Zoe and I watched and listened as her brother, whom we are both extremely close to, gave his speech and then followed it with himself, Zoe’s other brother, and her sister singing as a trio “Butterfly Kisses” in opera style. It was the funniest thing I have ever heard and remember laughing so hard with Zoe about while it was happening, on the ride to the airport, and still to this day. That moment of true joy together on our day along with her family was so memorable. 

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Lively and Creative Spring Texas Garden Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jul 19, 2013

Shae & Jon

May 4

Weatherford, Texas

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It felt like a secret garden- so beautiful and intimate. It was important to me that our guests felt special (because each one of them is so special to us) and I knew they would feel that way in the garden.  

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. My dress!
  2. The yellow topiaries
  3. The record on the groom’s cake

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t just focus on the wedding. Focus on the marriage too. The wedding lasts for just a few hours and is only the beginning of forever.  Yes, the wedding details are important, but a lifetime of companionship is that much more important. Prepare emotionally, spiritually, financially, mentally and any other way to make sure everyday of forever is just as joyous and an equally exciting celebration of life as your wedding.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Only one? It was all such a magical dream that still seems like there is no way it was real. Putting on my dress, seeing Jon, walking down the aisle, taking millions of pictures, dancing in the garden, and talking to so many friends…I never want to forget a single detail of the most magical day when I promised to love my best friend forever.

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Relaxed, Bohemian Barn Wedding in Canada

Posted by Kim on Apr 17, 2013

Caitlin & Jeff

September 8

Ontario, Canada

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From the Photographer:

“I was very excited to shoot Caitlin and Jeff’s wedding knowing that it was going to be just a little different than the traditional. We eagerly arrived early afternoon at the family farm, and we knew immediately we were in for a treat from how calm everyone was, even the dogs, who greeted us. The ceremony was held on the front lawn – the location held a special place in the couple’s hearts. Caitlin and Jeff arrived at the outdoor reception in a candy red vintage ford. By then, the clouds had lifted, guests mingled amongst the hand-picked and crafted vintage decor and the tent was glowing with garden lights, colorful bunting,  hay bails, and eclectic seating at each table.

There was a certain magic in the air that evening that I can’t really describe, you could feel the love. It was  like we were attending a long overdue family reunion more than a wedding and thats the way Caitlin and Jeff wanted it. Guests were treated to a superb meal from a local catering company buffet with an build your own appetizer burrito station, to endless gourmet salads and corn on the cob to top it off. It seemed like the buffets went on forever.  A homemade pie station ended the perfect meal.

After dinner, everyone’s hearts filled up with touching speeches (I think the photographers even cried!), we saw people hugging, smiling, and lots of watery eyes.  A little fire pit outside kept people cozy while everyone danced without any hesitation. You could hear the laughter and guests singing out loud until it was time for us to wrap up and head home. We ended the night with one last shot – the bride and groom in a bohemian tent under the stars. Everything was perfect.” – Clint Russell of Renaissance Studios Photography

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Green and Purple Spring Wedding in Kentucky

Posted by Alexandra on Apr 04, 2013

Maggie & Jason

May 26

Union, Kentucky

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From the Photographer:Jason and Maggie’s wedding was a wedding that had me excited from the moment they booked. From the invitations to centerpieces and flowers to menu, every detail reflected the rustic classic wedding they had planned for and dreamed of.  Tucked away in the rolling hills of Union Kentucky, Meadowview Farm was host to Jason and Maggie’s elegant Southern reception.  Maggie worked closely with the staff at Meadowview Farm and her florist (Inspired Floral Design) planning the menu, designing centerpieces, and adding personal touches to reflect the couples personalities.   The grand tent and exquisite food made for an evening guests are sure to remember. The party started early and went well into the night.  I was able to sneak Jason and Maggie away for a few last minute sunset shots.  An upscale southern wedding was what the couple dreamed of…and they made it happen!” – Corrie Schaffeld of 1326 Studios

 

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