Friday, April 29, 2011

Asheville Grown Wedding Inspirations

Check out this "all-local" inspiration board on Asheville Indie Weddings website. Asheville Indie Weddings is a bridal blog that focuses on unique local artists in our community, showcasing businesses brides might not come across otherwise. Enjoy!

Washed Out Blue and Pink:

Dress: Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore.

Ceramics: Hoffman Studio in The River Arts District (Wedge Building).

Rings: Rusticware by Katie Witherspoon, available at The Drygoods Shop in west Asheville.

Necklace: By Miel & Milk, available locally at The Drygoods Shop in west Asheville.

Painting: Alena Hennessey

Asheville Wedding Crashers in Atlanta!

Yesterday, for the first time, we held a small informational breakfast in Atlanta for a handful of destination wedding planners. We shared with them our brand new 2011 Asheville Wedding Guide and insight on how to help Atlanta brides plan a wedding in our lovely mountain destination.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Biltmore House included in new iPhone application designed around upcoming royal wedding

The new iPhone application, BBC America Royal Wedding Insider, offers access to royal trivia and updates on the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It also allows a user to pick the details of their own "royal wedding" - from the dress to the venue - and share those details on Facebook. The Biltmore House is one of six or seven venues that app users can choose from.

To read more on this or to download the app go to

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mountain Mist

Looking for great personalized gifts for your wedding, shower, or other big event -- Mountain Mist can help!

Mountain Mist was founded in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Rich in history and culture, Asheville provides the perfect backdrop to create products to nourish the body and the senses.

Customized scented candles and Scentuous Sachets make great wedding favors while the "Spoil Me" Bag, available in a variety of scents, could be a great gift idea for the bridesmaids. And don't forget the groomsmen! The Man Kit is a fabulous collection designed especially for the guys. Just add a personalized label and your gifts are sure to stand out!

Lastly, make sure to visit the Mountain Mist Soapworks and Factory Store working studio on Elk Mountain Road where bath and body products are handcrafted daily.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

That personal touch? Say it with a cake topper.

The only part of a wedding cake that doesn't get eaten, preserved in the freezer, or smudged across a bride or groom's face is the cake topper. Why not make it something worth saving?

Local Asheville artist,Heather Ward-Migner has worked with brides and grooms to customize cake toppers. Through her online store, Star House, Ward-Migner sells a variety of figurines made of local poplar wood that are then cut, burned and painted with watercolors to create specific images.

Her cake toppers have included couples on double bicycles, pairs of love birds, and a bride and groom in a yellow canoe.

Typically, her wooden characters are based on a photograph, and closely resemble the actual couple — a far cry from the standardized cake toppers of yore.

The effort that goes into creating such a personal memento contributes to its ultimate staying power.

"I love thinking about how 100 years from now some bohemian college students might have their grandparents' cake toppers displayed in their apartment," Ward-Migner said.

Read more of this article by Hillary Speed at Beaumont