A Fairy Tale Wedding, Complete with a Castle in Asheville, North Carolina
I met Danielle at a bridal expo last fall and we hit it off immediately. By the time I went home she had added me as a Facebook friend and we chatted almost daily about her wedding. This spring I photographed Danielle and Michael’s Virginia Tech engagement session at Lane Stadium and Hahn Horticulture Garden and spent weeks and weeks eagerly anticipating their wedding at Biltmore Estate. How absolutely amazing is Danielle’s blush pink Maggie Sottero “Divinia” wedding gown? She actually won that dress through a contest held by Lynchburg bridal boutique, Celebration Bridal.
A few words from Danielle about their love story…
Michael and I met over a Summer Session at Virginia Tech! There was only one major dining hall serving with an already limited student population, so naturally we met around food. To be specific, it was the whole milk section!
After a year and a half of dating, Michael took me on a surprise trip to the Biltmore Estate. I had always wanted to visit the estate and gardens, and he had chose the perfect spring weekend! After touring the house, walking the gardens, we went up to the Diana statue where he got on one knee and purposed! He was so nervous, he almost forgot to pull out the ring! It was adorable. The thrill of it all was that my best friend from school and drove down to be our surprise photographer! She popped out of the bush almost instantly in tears. It was great to have a friend present! We finished a wonderful day together, going back inside the greenhouses and down to the barn to visit the horses and goats. Rachel soon left after all pictures were taken, to finish with Michael having reservations at the Inn at Estate for dinner with a bouquet of roses waiting at the table. It was such a lovely day, and will always be a great memory!
Upon deciding location, the Biltmore Estate was our first choice! We went for a small and intimate vibe, inviting only our closest family and friends. Our theme was vintage romance, creating a candlelight night amongst the people we love most. The ceremony took place in the Conservatory Greenhouse. It turned out very lovely, many plants and beautiful lights as well as a 12 foot wooden arch covered in roses. After a trolley ride to the Winery, we proceeded to the Champagne Cellar for our reception. The day was beautiful! More fairy tale than we could’ve ever asked for or dreamt of.
Blacksburg, VA Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue, Cake, and Catering: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
Wedding Gown: Blush Pink Maggie Soterro “Divina” which the bride won from Celebration Bridal, Lynchburg, VA
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson Women’s Gown Pump
Florist: Flower Gallery of Asheville, Asheville, NC
Makeup: Wendy Balance of Blush Asheville, Asheville, NC
Hair: Amanda Prince of A New You Salon, Marion, VA
Wedding Planner: Nicole Bloom of Two Sweet Sparrows, Asheville, NC
Officiant: Terry Wellbourn, Greensboro, NC
Bride and Bridesmaid Jewelry: BHLDN
Ceremony Music: Ron Clearfield and the Asheville String Trio
Dress Alterations: The Gilded Thimble, Bedford, VA
Invitations, Programs, and Guest Book: Shabby Scrap
Videographer: Donnie Bales of Bear Creek Studio, Marion, VA