Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

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W hen Jennifer of Jennifer Callahan Photography started brainstorming ideas for the ultimate bridal portrait session, "when" and "where" were never in question. "The end of October is when fall colors really pop in the Blue Ridge area," says Asheville-based Jennifer. And she should know, being a seasoned shutterbug of 10-plus years—and an ace in the 828. The Vineyards at Betty's Creek, a posh venue in Sylva, North Carolina, won out for the "where," as its rustic charm yields inevitably romantic imagery. From there, Jennifer partnered with a host of local talent (among them gown designer Angela Kim of Asheville Couture and baker Lex Walton of Layered by Lex) to hatch an autumn-inspired reception in plum purple, fiery red, and amber that complemented the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains. As for takeaways for brides, Jennifer says start by keeping a fall wedding from being overtly thematic—i.e. stacked pumpkins hither and thither—and select a florist who is "connected with nature," as she puts it. (For this shoot, that was Sweet Stems Flower Bar florist Lauren Barrington, who's known for her knack of combining cultivated garden blooms with foraged, wild elements for an organic, seasonal look.) Next, give trust a try. "When vendors feel trusted, they really soar," says Jennifer. Whether you're a bride in the final countdown, newly engaged and still deciding on your date, or just a woman daydreaming about your "someday" Big Day, enjoy all the inspiration the cool season—and this shoot that celebrates it—brings. —Lauryn Higgins venue, dÉcor The Vineyards at Betty's Creek images Jennifer Callahan Photography Florals Sweet Stems Flower Bar cake Layered by Lex stationery Mink Letterpress bridal gown Asheville Couture by Angela Kim beauty Doll Box Productions 40 THEASHEVILLEWEDDINGGUIDE.COM

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