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Sunday
Apr062014

The Big Day, Vendor Spotlight: Chestnut Flats, Wedding Venue

It happened gradually,” Tina Crain shares with me, when I ask how she went from getting married on her family's private property, just North of Asheville, to turning it into Chestnut Flats, one of the newest wedding venues in western North Carolina, “It was so beautiful. I just kept talking about it, and my dad kept adding on to if after my wedding.” This natural process continued, resulting in a rustic and intimate wedding venue. Last winter Tina hosted a party to introduce Chestnut Flats to local wedding vendors and now they are a full on event venue that includes a professional kitchen, which allows Tina to offer in-house catering as an option for all events. As they continue to expand and refine the property, they retain the natural beauty of Chestnut Flats. Collecting wooden benches, handmade farmhouse tables and other antique accents, including mixed china sets for catering, the venue has become a labor of love for Tina. What I love about this venue, in addition to the location, is Tina's catering options and the actual passion and consideration she puts into the food. Chestnut Flats catering is custom-centered on their clients (they also do wedding cakes or desert bars). This customization extends to craft cocktails made with in-house simple syrups and infused liquors using herbs and fruit. With all that in mind, I'm looking so forward to seeing Tina as a wedding vendor at The Big Day this Sunday at the Asheville Art Museum!

Advanced tickets to The Big Day, Indie Wedding fair are available here for $10. The day of the fair, you can purchase your ticket at the door for $15.

Check out even more of Rachel Mcintosh's lovely photos of Chestnut Flats here.

 


Thursday
Apr032014

The Big Day, Vendor Spotlight: Ruth & Ranshaw

Sisters Colleen and Clair worked for a few years making wedding desert tables, while maintains their day jobs. The time was right to leave their jobs in the corporate world and as a nanny, and go full-time with Ruth & Ranshaw, when they found they were getting more requests for their unique vintage set-ups. With a degree in baking and pastry arts, Colleen's deserts are the perfect compliment to Clair's collection of vintage furniture and objects. For their recent clients, Colleen's lemon cake with berry filling has become a favorite: “The lemon cake is dense and moist and the mixed berries just add a fresh tartness to it. The frosting is a cooked buttercream and it takes about an hour to make. Between the cake with fresh zested lemon in the batter, the locally sourced berry filling, and the cooked buttercream you just can't go wrong with this for a spring or summer wedding,” Clair shared with me. A fall favorite is their pumpkin chocolate chip cake with maple cinnamon buttercream. Colleen and Clair do free tastings with couples in their shop which gives them to opportunity to discuss the wedding and daydream about wedding cake ideas. “We truly try and make every wedding unique to the bride and groom,” says Colleen. We're looking forward to checking out the Ruth & Ranshaw booth at The Big Day! 

Wednesday
Apr022014

The Big Day, Vendor Spotlight: Sarah Whitmeyer Photography

I'm so excited to share this WNC, Real Wedding from Sarah Whitmeyer. Sarah, a vetran photographer in Asheville, will be joining us at The Big Day, Indie Wedding Fair on April 13th at the Asheville Art Musuem. 

FROM SARAH:

"Rosser and Meredith had a love-filled homegrown wedding with their closest friends and family right outside of Asheville, NC. It was truly a community effort to get these love-birds hitched. The food was pot luck style with all guests bringing dishes (and I have to say, it was some of the best wedding food I've ever had because everyone brought their a-game). Meredith's friends helped decorate the ceremony and reception. Rosser is a musician and all three of the bands he plays with made an appearance at the wedding (Hello Hugo, Beat Kids, and Pepper Pulp). The flowers were picked with love (at Sweet Earth Flower Farm). One of my favorite details was Meredith's beautiful wedding dress which was refashioned by the talented Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore from her mother's wedding dress. They were married on Oct. 19 of this past year just as the leaves were getting some color. The weather was perfect and love was all around."



Tuesday
Mar182014

The Big Day, Vendor Spotlight: Honey Pie Press

Cheryl Ann, of Honey Pie Press, discovered a love of design four years ago when her daughter married and she made the invitations. Following that experience, she did the invitations for the son of her best friend. Several jobs later, she started her business. Working from her home in the west Asheville, Cheryl has discovered her niche: modern, rustic glam paper products for weddings and special events. “I realized I didn't want to make every style out there,” Cheryl said, “I have been lettering and doodling since I was in the first grade, but hadn't pinned down my style until the last few years.” Honey Pie Press provides all the stationery and many of the paper goods needed for a wedding or social gathering. Invitations, programs, guest books, favor tags, shower invites, table numbers, banners, buntings and wedding signs are the usual, but Cheryl is open to any kind of paper design needed. She love working with ink, stamps, muslin bags, brown paper bags, vellum bags and Kraft paper boxes for favors and decor. Cheryl's advice to couples getting married? “One of the most important questions to consider is your style. Elegant, romantic, modern, country, vintage, bohemian or retro are all simple words that will help you narrow down your direction. Your venue says a lot about your style and can certainly set the tone for your invitations. The sooner you decide on your overall style the easier the whole planning process will be.” Cheryl Ann will join us as a vendor at The Big Day, Indie Wedding Fair on April 13th. “I am so excited to be at The Big Day festival,” she shares, “and to meet the couples and all the other vendors.” So are we! 

Tuesday
Mar182014

The Big Day, Vendor Spotlight: LWD Couture

Liz White, of LWD Couture in Asheville, grew up on a farmstead in upstate New York where her mother taught her to sew from the tender age of eight. She hasn't stopped yet, which is lucky for Asheville, the place she calls home and the place where she began to offer custom wedding dresses for local brides seven years ago. Her sustainable gowns, both classic and unique in style, evolve from the process of letting a relationship flourish between the designer and the bride. That relationship is the inspiration for the gown, which rang true when local wedding photographer Jameykay Young got hitched this past year and Liz White made her wedding dress. In the same year Jameykay was getting married, she also began to photograph weddings with her new husband Arlie (check out some of their photography work here). ”Saying Liz White is a genius may be a bit of an understatement,” Jameykay shared with us, “She took my idea of my dream wedding gown and not only ran full force with it, but she made it into even more of a beautiful gown than I could have imagined. She is an amazing listener and a true artist when it comes to her bespoke work. Aside from my groom and photographers, having Liz create my wedding gown was the best decision I could have made.” On April 13th at the Asheville Art Musuem, you can find both LWD Couture and JameyKay Young at The Big Day, Indie Wedding Fair.

Above, Jameykay and Arlie's wedding photos are courtesy of Dylan and Sara Photography