September 2018 | Highland Brewing, Asheville, NC
Coordination & Florals by Erica + Stephanie
Stacy & James were married at Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC in a beautiful roof top ceremony followed by a joyful reception in the brewery. One of the biggest selling points for Asheville with tourists are its stunning views, so their decision to wed on top of the brewery with a panoramic view of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi River. While there was a small delay before the ceremony thanks to a brief rainstorm, the weather eventually gave way to vibrant blue skies, bright sun, and large, cotton-y clouds.
Asheville is deeply special to James and Stacy, as it was the site of their engagement. They elected to wed there so they could share the memories with all of their treasured family and friends. They even chose to have their First Look at the sight of the proposal — it was what felt right to them, and this would set the tone for their wedding planning as a whole. The vision was “modern and family,” the couple choosing to keep what felt natural and pitch any traditions that they felt they were incorporation more out of obligation or expectation than desire. Erica and her team helped them plan a wedding that was organized more like a weekend long reunion with events throughout, rather than one big day and then a lot of downtime and loose ends.
To keep the more intimate and social feel, Stacy and James elected for a smaller guest list as well as a single venue for ceremony, cocktails, and their reception: the Highland Brewing Company. Their ceremony itself was a huge hit, thanks to the incredible eye for detail their officiant, Daphne Trees, possesses; it was romantic, secular, and just perfectly “them.” In addition to the event planning, Folie à Deux provided all of the florals for the ceremony and reception, featuring locally sourced blooms in the Raleigh-Durham area in shades of gold, orange, crimson, and blush pink.
The reception was truly one of a kind, featuring grazing boards of unique appetizers, small plates, and miniature bites such as local artisan cheeses, deviled eggs, and gourmet meatballs. Entertainment was provided by a band whose sound is a hybrid between bluegrass and indie rock. The smaller guest list combined with their reception being in the same venue as the ceremony meant that they got to spend more quality time with the attendees as well, a facet of their big day that was a huge priority as their families and friends are spread out among Oregon, Florida, and North Carolina.
Guests were also encouraged to autograph large Jenga blocks with wisdom and well-wishes for the happy couple as they begin their lives together, an amazing memento of their wedding they will enjoy for years to come. As a thank you, Stacy and James provided swag bags for their guests that included popular late-night munchies like Doritos and Oreo cookies along with some local NC favorites.
Truly, Stacy and James had an amazing wedding that kept to their personalities while ensuring they got to make incredible memories with everyone who came.