Katie and Kenneth’s winter wedding at The Ridge Asheville was equal parts elegant and quirky. They chose North Carolina because of the mountain views and the beer scene, both of which they incorporated into their day by having an outdoor ceremony and giving custom beer glasses as favors. They even managed to show off their inner Star Wars nerd love with not one but two themed cakes and a lightsaber exit too adorable for words! Between the classic black and white color palette, the elegant design put together by the team at The Venue, and understated floral design created by Flora, Katie and Kenneth fully embraced a formal look and feel while keeping their wedding down-to-Earth. Photography Anthology perfectly captured every moment of this unforgettable wedding!
Katie and Kenneth
There were a few things we wanted to keep in mind while planning our wedding–first, to make sure our inner nerd shined through! And second, to make sure our love of music was honored. We made all of the major decisions about our day together and that made all the difference!
For both of us, the most memorable part of the day was the ceremony. Specifically when we saw each other for the first time that day. It had been a bit overcast most of the afternoon, but all of a sudden beautiful sun shined through right as I walked down the aisle. The string trio was playing “Can’t Help Falling In Love with You” and it was absolutely perfect. We also very much enjoyed our lightsaber exit! It was such a blast walking through the tunnel of our friends, family, and lightsabers.
We knew we wanted to get married in Asheville, NC. It is our favorite city for weekend getaways and where we got engaged! The reason we love Asheville is both for its wonderful Blueridge Mountain views and the downtown beer scene. We looked for venues that really showcased both of these things.
Our wedding planning advice would be to stop making decisions and finish planning as soon as possible. We made all our big decisions (venue, photographer, dress) about a year out, then slowly picked our other vendors. We had made all our plans so that the entire month or two before our wedding, and we didn’t have anything else to decide or arrange. It was a very relaxing time leading up to the wedding because of our early planning and our amazing planning team!
We were absolutely blown away by the speeches given at our reception. My dad (father of the bride), matron of honor, and best man (groom’s brother) gave speeches. They were all so sweet, funny, and impressive. It was such a humbling moment to have our friends and family speak so highly of our love for one another and them.
Processional – “Can’t Help Falling In Love with You” by Elvis (performed by string quartet)
Recessional – “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve (performed by string quartet)
First Dance – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Photography Anthology
Event Planning – The Planning
Ceremony Venue – The Ridge Asheville
Reception Venue – The Venue
Floral Design – Flora
Cake – Donatelli Cake Designs
Officiant – Billy Lord
DJ – A Bride’s DJ
Live Music – Edgewire Music
Videography – Magic Hour Creative
Stationery and Favors – Mary Lord
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Flawless Airbrush Makeup + Hair Design
Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander
Bridal Accessories – BHLDN (earrings) and Badgley Mischka (shoes)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Bill Levkoff
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Michael Kors
Congratulations to Katie and Kenneth, and a big thanks to Photography Anthology for sharing this beautiful wedding at The Ridge Asheville with Junebug! Love the quirky touches this couple infused into their big day?Then you have to see this quirky Areias do Seixo wedding with pop culture influences!