Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

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2018 EDITION 35 A few days before Daniel "Dan" Kennedy wed his sweetheart, Brandy Troxler, amid the rolling hills of Leicester, just northeast of Asheville, he was scouring the shops of "Ashvegas" for a gold plastic bench. How now, you ask? Well, let's back up to October 2011, when Dan walked into Brandy's house—there via an invite from a mutual pal. By the end of the night, the San Francisco-based pair were inseparable, and the following evening they shared their first smooch on a yellow plastic bench behind said friend's house. "His weird matches my weird," says Brandy, "and that's the best thing that I could ask for." Fast-forward through five years of dating and Dan was down on bended knee proposing to Brandy while they were on a vacation to Tulum, Mexico. While the duo is firmly rooted on the West Coast, they both grew up on the East Coast and envisioned a wedding closer to home, so they invited their nearest and dearest to the Blue Ridge for their nuptials. And as for that bench? Dan wanted to surprise his bride with an homage to the special seat where sparks first flew between them. So, on the Big Day, right after Brandy met Dan beneath a towering tree on the grassy grounds of Yesterday Spaces, his buddies carried in a gold-painted plastic bench upon which the couple were invited to sit and recite their vows. "I will never forget the look on Brandy's face when the bench was unveiled," recalls Dan. Afterward, the newlyweds and some 160 guests retreated to the site's farmhouse, which was rife with autumnal details and sentimental touches thanks to planner and florist Michelle LaCosse of Party Envy Event Planning & Floral Design. Among the charming odes to the lovebirds was a tiny garden that had sprouted on their sweetheart table. Just like their own California Eden, this one was comprised of succulents. "Those little details kept us smiling all day long," says Brandy. Sounds like just the ingredients a happily ever after calls for. —Molly Ramsey

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