Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

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2018 EDITION 113 T here is no doubt that Asheville all dressed up in winter is a sight to behold—dreamy snowcapped mountains in the distance, the crackling blaze of toasty fires, and city streets decked in twinkling lights abound. And as blissful as it all may be, it's also darn cold. We cozied up to Jennifer and Joe Mackey of JCM Photography to get the scoop on how a bride can star in her very own winter wonderland wedding while combatting the chill and looking polished all at once. For starters, they suggest a pre-Big Day consultation to hash out fair and foul weather plans. From there, read on for more of their been-there, done-that advice to make yours the merriest of weddings. —Catherine Lowe Asheville Wedding Guide: What are your three best pieces of advice for winter brides? JCM Photography: First, contact your wedding planner to discuss any possible schedule adjustments and backup plans if snow looks eminent. Second, make time to get outside for bridal or couple portraits in the snow. It can make beautiful images on your wedding day. And lastly, tread carefully. Snowy weather can create slick conditions, so be careful as you move around outside, even if it's just going from one point to another. AWG: Got it. So say it does snow on my wedding day. Anything else I need to keep in mind? JCM: Plan for things to be behind in terms of timing. When it snows heavily, it can delay guests, vendors, and even the bridal party from arriving on time. Don't stress and realize that pretty much everyone is going to be in the same boat. AWG: What if the snow is very deep and you're not up for photos in the thick of it? JCM: We offer couples an "adventure" session prior to or after the wedding date. We head somewhere you'd never expect to go in your wedding garb, like a mountain bald or hiking trail. This ensures we have ample time to snap all the beautiful wedding imagery a couple desires. It takes the stress out of photo time (and snow). AWG: Let's talk fashion. Do you have any snowy style tips? JCM: As you can imagine, trying to convince someone in a light dress and open-toed heels to go out into snowy weather can be a challenge. We recommend warm shoes [like] boots and something warm for your upper body, such as an elegant cape. If [your wrap] isn't stylish, you can always take it off for photos when you get outside. And it's not impossible if you don't have boots, you'll just have cold toes. AWG: Why should a couple choose to get married during the winter months? JCM: It's considered the off-season since it's colder and a lot of venues offer lower rates. Since many of today's couples are paying for weddings out of their own pockets, this can be a great strategy to save on wedding costs while still being able to afford to get married in a popular area like Asheville. When the weather outside is frightful, these tips on swapping "I do's" are so delightful A F l u r r y o f F Asheville averages 13 inches of snowfall per year. January is typically the coldest month of the year with average lows of 28°F. The higher the elevation, the colder it will be. Asheville is considered "lower" elevation at 2,000 feet; sites above that mark can be 10-15 degrees colder. VENUE Homewood images JCM Photography PLANNER Carolina Love Events FLorals The bride bride's gown David's Bridal BEAUTY Flawless: Airbrush Makeup + Hair Design Groom's attire Kohl's Sno-Mance

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