A Sophisticated Bluegrass & Craft Beer Mountain Wedding in Asheville
Jennifer & Thomas | April 15th
From the bride: We chose the Asheville, NC area because we just love it. We love camping, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the music, and the groom, in particular, loves all of the craft beer options in Asheville. Our vision for the day was a little boho, a little bluegrass, and a little sophistication. I think we were our own inspiration behind the style. We wanted our wedding to represent us and what we enjoy.
We are both pretty low maintenance when it comes to attire. I bought a dress right off the rack and had a seamstress add the lace cap sleeves to customize it. The bridesmaid dresses were a little boho and whimsical and as my sister in law said: “these are SO Jen.”
The flowers were absolutely beautiful! Flora in Asheville designed the bouquets and I couldn’t have been happier.
Thomas wore a navy suit he already owned. He also picked out the bowties for himself and his groomsmen which I did not see until I was walking down the aisle. I must say he did a great job.
Thomas and I took bets on who would cry during the ceremony – him or I. We were both surprised when he was the one that cried! Our photographer, Meghan, caught a great photo of him wiping his tears of joy while my dad walked me to the end of the aisle. That was such a precious moment, and I’m so grateful Meghan caught it!
The ceremony décor was simple, romantic, and magical. We let nature really be the star.
In addition to marrying the love of my life, my favorite funny part of the ceremony was when I arrived at the end of the aisle with my dad; I slipped a little on my last step. I caught eyes with my now brother-in-law (one of the groom’s brothers), and we just laughed for a second. It really calmed my nerves and gave me a chuckle. Fortunately, we didn’t have any other mishaps after that!
Thomas is a homebrewer and brewed several different beers for a tasting during the “cocktail” hour. We also served family style charcuterie boards alongside the tasting. We both love trying new beers and a great charcuterie board!
We used springs of rosemary, which is one of my favorite herbs for the place settings. It was such a beautiful touch for a cozy, sit-down dinner.
Our reception décor included lots of greenery, vintage china plates with mismatched patterns, and ivory lace table clothes.
If I had to pick one particularly memorable moment, it would be when Thomas and I sat down for dinner at the reception. We were surrounded by all our friends and family to celebrate our love, and we just looked around and at each other like “wow.” It was so nice to have a calm moment to talk to each other, take it all in, and just relish in the love and celebration in the room.
Our first dance to a Tedeschi Trucks Band song was so fun. And, I had a blast shagging to ‘Love Don’t Come No Stronger’ with my dad for our father-daughter dance.
Don’t get bogged down in the details. Remember why you’re getting married – not to have a wedding, but to marry your best friend. And have fun!
THE WEDDING TEAM
Venue: The Farm. We chose to rent out all of the cabins on the property for our family. It was SO nice to all be together near the venue. It made the whole weekend so relaxed and enjoyable to not be rushing from one location to another. We held the rehearsal dinner and the bridal brunch all on the property as well. It was so worth it! We enjoy cooking and feeding our friends and family, so we made sure not to skimp on food either. We did a sit-down dinner that was family style and it was a big hit. It was also nice for us to be able to sit down, eat, and take it all in! Before and after dinner was a whirlwind!
Band: Oak Grove String Band is a bluegrass band we had heard several times at a festival when we were dating. We loved them so much! They did a lot of familiar covers in their bluegrass style.
Honeymoon Location: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
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