A romantic Asheville wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains was the perfect get away for these Manhattan dwellers. Mollie and Matt knew that the beauty of the mountains in Mollie’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina would be a welcomed escape for their friends that were so accustomed to the hustle and bustle of city life. With rustic, vintage detail, and a blue and blush color palette, the design of their day was the perfect way to welcome family and friends to celebrate their wedding day.
We love the beauty in the details that their planner, Asheville Event Co., helped them pull together. The farm tables lined with blue china and vintage glassware infised a simple pop of color that added so much personality to their reception style.
You won’t want to miss the gorgeous images from Jen Yuson Photography and some extra insight that the bride gave us into the magic of their wedding day!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
My vision for the wedding was something rustic and romantic. I wanted lots of blush, periwinkle blues and greenery, similar to the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains which were my dream wedding backdrop! I knew I wanted guests to be outside where they could enjoy the splendor of the Appalachians, particularly because so many of our guests would be traveling from the Northeast. I also wanted to tie in the history of the area. I am a history nerd and love antique homes and the stories they tell. Sherrill’s Inn, our dream venue was built in the 1800s, and still retains so much of its original charm. It was the perfect place for our wedding! We also used vintage blue and white china for our plates, and antique blue hobnail glasses which brought the same classic feel to our reception.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
It was really important to us that we were able to include all of our family and friends in the wedding. We wanted to make things as convenient as possible for our guests who were traveling from all over the country to attend which was why we splurged on providing transportation both to and from the venue. I also splurged on my dress which I fell in love with the minute I tried it on. Another fun touch we added was homemade ice cream sandwiches made locally by Sunshine Sammies. We saved money by incorporating lots of greenery into our florals, including Queen Anne’s Lace bridesmaid bouquets and providing our own alcohol, much of which we were able to get wholesale through friends in Asheville’s flourishing beer industry.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
Because Matt and I come from such different cultures (he’s Jewish from New Jersey and I grew up Presbyterian from North Carolina), we wanted to incorporate both of our family’s traditions into our wedding. In a typical Jewish wedding, the 7 Blessings are read in Hebrew by the rabbi. In our wedding, we asked each of our parents, seven in total (including my stepparents and Matt’s grandmother), to read a wish for us in keeping with this tradition. When Matt’s grandmother, Safta, went to read her line, she shared with our guests that she had met her late husband, Matt’s grandfather, on July 1st, 1950- 67 years to the day before our wedding day. It was so beautiful and special!
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
Our first look was lovely. Matt waited for me in the side lawn of Old Shrerill’s Inn (our venue) surrounded by magnificent boxwood hedges. After all the planning and stress, it was such a moment of calm before the ceremony. As soon as he turned around, we both started laughing and crying at the same time. Another favorite moment was just as my dad and I turned the corner to begin our walk down the aisle. I had planned that our chuppah (wedding canopy) would be simple with only a bit of greenery adorning it to save money. When I saw the gorgeous flowers draping down one side, I was so excited and it was such a sweet surprise from our florists. I couldn’t wait to marry the love of my life under those beautiful flowers.
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
My best friend and maid of honor made all of our chalkboard signs and created all of the escort cards by hand! She is an amazing artist and was so generous with her time. My dad created the faux boxwood standing easel where we displayed the table cards. He is very handy, and came up with a genius design to make sure it would remain standing while guests removed their place cards! Another personal touch was the use of Matt’s grandparents wedding rings during our ceremony.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My sister was our superhero throughout the wedding planning process. As a wedding planner in the Asheville area, she knew all of the vendors and all of the tricks of the trade. She helped us with every minute detail, and made multiple trips out to the venue to help make sure everything was set up exactly as it should be. She has two twin girls who were only 5 months old at our wedding so she had prepared me that she would probably leave by 10:30 pm on our wedding night. But that night, she ending up staying and danced with us until midnight which was so special!
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of planning, but try to take time with your fiance to just enjoy each other and this amazing time in your lives. Having a sense of humor will help a lot- lots of things will turn out unexpectedly, and the more you can laugh and enjoy the bumps in the road, the happier you’ll be! Another practical piece of advice I read while planning is to take one day a week completely off from talking about the wedding. This really helped me keep my cool during the planning process!
We are loving the stories that this bride shared behind the beauty of their ceremony, and the special ways they chose to make it their own. We love that they made their wedding so personal and added great meaning behind the pretty design that they pulled together.
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Jen Yuson Photography // Ceremony Venue: Old Sherrill’s Inn // Day-of Coordination: Asheville Event Co. // Wedding Planning: Asheville Event Co. // Floral: Floressence Flowers // Videography: Magic Hour Creative // Wedding Cake: Ruth and Ranshaw // Rentals: Classic Event Rental // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Hair: Emily Anne Hair // Makeup: Blush Asheville // DJ: DJ Kipper // String Musicians: Braidstream // Catering: Colorful Palate // Rentals: Southern Vintage Table // Rentals: UpStyled Setting // Transportation: Emma Busline Inc. // Officiant: Rabbi Wolf Altermann // Restrooms: Plush Flush // Stationery: Rachel Marvin Creative // Calligraphy: Peaches and Pens // Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige // Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Veil: David’s Bridal // Jewelry: Loren Hope // Groom’s Shoes: Banana Republic // Groom’s Attire: Imparali Custom Suits // Groom’s Attire: Proper Cloth