From the bride: More than anything Joshua and I just wanted the day to be about us. We wanted to be focused and not stressed out about the tiny details that come with planning your traditional wedding. We wanted to savor every moment and be able to look back and remember our wedding like it was yesterday. I can honestly say that we can. It was perfect!

 

Advice

Elope! Take the money you would spend on a wedding and put it as a down payment on a house. Our family knew about our plans to elope so instead of inviting everyone to our wedding, we took pictures along the way (picking up our rental car, signing our marriage license, picking up our flowers, etc.) and posted them on Facebook so they could be a part of it.

 

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 Meghan Rolfe Photography. Meghan took care of all the details and her photography is phenomenal.

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From Asheville Outdoor Elopements: Aimee & Tyler had a gorgeous elopement on Max Patch Mountain in late July. We picked up Aimee’s stunning bouquet and Tyler’s boutonniere from Flora. The bouquet was absolutely perfect and the pink peonies really made the photos pop. We had a beautiful custom ceremony with the mountain background photographed by Meghan Rolfe Photography.  Afterwards, we hiked up to the bald, where Aimee & Tyler enjoyed champagne and homemade apple & peach pie by the amazing Whisk. They danced as the sun set behind them. The day was just magic!

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From the bride, Aimee: It was not hard for us to make the decision to elope. Tyler is an old soul and neither one us like to be the center of attention. We wanted a stress-free day that was just about us, without having to worry about the other things that come along with a big wedding. An outdoor ceremony on a mountain sounded amazing.

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Looking back, our day was everything I was hoping it would be and more!

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Willow & Paul  |  May 19th  |   Black Mountain, North Carolina 

From the bride, Willow:
We wanted a venue that showed off the natural beauty of the area, so our guests, who were all traveling from out of town, would really be able to feel outside of their everyday. We also wanted a blank canvas that we could make our own and a venue with at least some lodging on site. My family and oldest friends are mostly from the Chicago area, Paul’s are largely from New Jersey, and we live in Brooklyn. It’s not very common for everyone we love to be in the same place at the same time, and we wanted to provide the stage for that kind of togetherness.

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 My favorite décor element was the doors. I had originally envisioned an indoor wedding, so the theme of the décor was “outside in and inside out.” We had eight antique, off-white doors installed in an open field to create a somewhat structured aisle from the door of the tent to the actual aisle at the ceremony site. It ended up giving the space a fanciful, Alice in Wonderland, feel. The florist added a chandelier on a wood stump and terrariums for centerpieces which also played up the indoor/outdoor theme.

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The place cards, which turned out perfect, were my obligatory, patience-testing DIY project.  I rented a late-1960s vintage typewriter, typed out names and table number onto manila shipping tags, and tied ribbons on to them in colors that represented the attendees’ chosen entrées. It looked vintage, natural and elegant.WhitmeyePhoto19WhitmeyePhoto21WhitmeyePhoto01WhitmeyePhoto22WhitmeyePhoto23WhitmeyePhoto24The best thing about our wedding was being with the people we love, and feeling their love and their support of us. Everyone who attended went out of their way to share our big day with us. Without them there none of the details would have mattered.

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Photography: Whitmeyer Photography   //  Event Planner: Shay Brown Events   //  Venue: Lake Eden  //  Floral Design: Flora Event and Floral Design   //  Catering: Black Eyed Susan Catering  //  Music: Sound Extreme Entertainment   //  Bakery: Short Street Cakes   //  Hair Stylist: Cody’s Wedding Creations