Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

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2018 EDITION 21 T hanks to JuneBug Retro Resort (828/208-1979; JuneBugRetroResort.com), a 1950s-inspired retro campsite slash wedding venue in Weaverville, North Carolina, gone are the days when fulfilling that "something old" part of the time- honored tradition meant scouring through your grandmother's closet or jewelry box. Home to 10 vintage campers, several ceremony sites, a reception tent, a self- described "upscale bath house trailer," and a playground dotted with old-school attractions, JuneBug Retro Resort makes for one seriously untraditional wedding getaway for couples (in the area for their vows or honeymooning), their guests, and others. A passion project for owners Tom and Charlene Pagano, the first couple to Happy Campers Travel back to the fabulous '50s at this vintage-themed wedding venue exchange vows on the property, it opened last July. "Our obsession," says Charlene, "started with our very first camper—a 1953 Royal Spartanette that we parked in our driveway." Imagine, she says, that giant silver spaceship just sitting in a north Asheville neighborhood. "When we saw everyone's reaction," she says, "we knew that we really had something special." She and Tom purchased a 50- acre plot less than 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, and planned their own wedding while simultaneously developing the property for their minor herd of campers. "In true Tom Pagano fashion," says Charlene, "my knight in stained Carharts pulled through. We installed the playground the day before our wedding so our guests could have the full experience. Despite all the issues beforehand —[permitting mazes, a rainy spring]—our day was perfect. As the event coordinator here now, my goal is to make every bride feel the way I did on my wedding day." Encircled by mountains, the site is open May through October. Book the entire property for a wedding, and for 24 hours you have access to the trailers, too. And, in keeping with the retro lifestyle, JuneBug is unplugged—meaning there is no TV or Wi-Fi. For couples looking to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of modern times, that's the icing on the (wedding) cake for this venue. —Jessica Isaacs THE PRICE OF TIME TRAVEL Book a Friday or Saturday wedding and reception, catering and ceremony tents, plus tables, chairs (up to 200), a lighting and sound system, a wedding arbor, a dance floor, and a bonfire are included. Bookings also cover the exclusive use of grounds, one night's stay in 10 campers for up to 32 guests, and four JuneBug staffers to assist with the wedding day-of. The cost? $7,500. Book Sunday through Thursday and the price drops to $5,500. If you aren't marrying there, JuneBug Retro Resort also offers engagement photo sessions for a fee of $250. The Bright Side From vibrant yellow and turquoise to fire-engine red and mint, the campers at JuneBug Retro Resort dot the rustic venue like colorful confetti. T i p Add color and personality to your wedding portraits when you pose alongside vintage campers. I M A G E S B Y ( 2 , C O U P L E & B R I D E S M A I D S ) T H R A S H E R P H O T O ; ( V I N T A G E C A M P E R E X T E R I O R ) J C M P H O T O G R A P H Y ; & ( V I N T A G E C A M P E R I N T E R I O R ) M E G R E I L L E Y P H O T O G R A P H Y

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