Amanda and David’s Chestnut Ridge wedding was an absolutely breathtaking summer soiree. Each detail was sophisticated and classic. Amanda, who is a wedding planner herself, had the most incredible team of vendors that brought the day’s vision of watercolor, acrylic and muted pastel details to life. Her wedding coordinators from Shawn Schindler Events put together every detail ever so eloquently. From the three tier painted and gold flake adorned cake to the abundance of floral arrangements, watercolor invitations, and hand lettered calligraphy it all came together to be an elegant affair.
You may remember their charming Downtown Raleigh engagement session at a light and airy coffee shop in downtown Raleigh and at The Dillon in the warehouse district. I had admired their venue, Chestnut Ridge, from afar in the months leading up to their wedding. It’s the prettiest little venue tucked away in the mountains just a short drive from Asheville. It’s light and airy with the perfect balance of sweet southern mountain vibes. I absolutely love the way Taylor and her team serve couples on their big day.
I’m head over heels for the modern wedding floral trend of natural, flowy, delicate, loose and garden-style bouquets. Springvine did an incredible job on Amanda’s bouquet. A sweet planning tip from the bride: send your florist color swatches so they know exactly what colors you have selected for your palette. Planning details carefully influences the overall vision and guest experience so deeply. I loved getting to know Amanda’s attention to detail and love for planning.
It was an honor to document this season of your lives, Amanda and David. Thank you for giving me the honor of telling your story.
A note from the bride:
“David and I met in 2011 at a very regal bar called “The Goat” over Martin Luther King Weekend in Raleigh, NC. Everyone had off from classes on Monday, so my group of friends decided to check out a bar we had never been to before that was having a $1 mystery beer special. I had to work late that night, and met up with my friends just in time to jump in a cab (yes, this was back before Uber) and head to the bar. Turns out if I had gotten to the pre-game earlier, we could have met there! A mutual friend (and a Jillian Knight Alumn, shout out to Conley Moretz) introduced us once we got there and we end up talking the whole night. We exchanged BBM numbers (again, before iPhones were a thing) and the rest is history.
We were heading into Easter weekend and I got off work early that Thursday night. Earlier in the year we had “bought a brick” through NC State that was to be placed outside of Carter Finley Stadium. We had received an email a week or two prior saying the brick had been placed with a map of where to find it. We live within walking distance, so we took our dog Reynolds for a (long) walk up and went to see it. Reyn is more of a couch potato and was struggling a bit, so I was preoccupied worrying about her and didn’t really notice what was going on. We found our spot and David got down on one knee.
I’ve worked in the wedding industry since 2011, and to say that I have been training for this for years would be an understatement. My first vendor decision was quick and easy… I knew we needed Shawn Schindler Events rolling deep on our big day to make sure every detail was flawlessly executed.
Next, venue. We have really enjoyed going to out of town weddings over the years and how it felt like a vacation with your best friends. We knew we wanted to create that vibe and take our friends and family out to a place we have loved throughout our relationship, Asheville North Carolina. Choosing Chestnut Ridge was a no-brainer; we set foot onsite and the decision was made. Brand new, picturesque views, AND dog friendly?! Done.
Next, photographer. Hmmmmmm, who to choose who to choose? It had to be someone that we trusted, felt comfortable around, and that had an eye for detail. Someone that kept things light (literally) and fun, but also could give a direction so we didn’t look awkward. We were so happy with our decision with Jillian Knight Photography and will have photos that we cherish (and spam Instagram with) for a lifetime!
Next, entertainment. For years we have been following Spare Change around North Carolina. They know how to get a party started and were honestly a non-negotiable for us.
I opted to bring my linens with me from a local Raleigh company called CE Rental. Their quality is second to none and they had exactly what I was looking for to create my version of a table runner.
Everything else really fell into place for us from there. Since we are not originally from the Asheville area and I was not very familiar with the market there, our venue coordinator Taylor Gregg, really hooked us up with some great local vendor recommendations. So thankful for our powerhouse team of Springvine Design, Catering by Corey, Family Films, Cordial and Craft, 50Fifty Desserts and Flawless Airbrush Makeup + Hair.
I’ve always said that I never liked when weddings have a theme…the theme is that you are getting married! Rather, we created a pallet for our wedding day. Watercolor brush strokes of mauve, and muted blues, peaches and blush with pops of navy were our inspiration.
I had been Instagram stalking Brittany Rawls Art for months and was so excited that she was available and willing to travel for our wedding day. She was able to take our pallet and an image of our first dance, and create a LIVE piece of art that we now get to look at every day! We also tried to incorporate brush stokes elsewhere like with our place cards, cocktail napkins and with our cake.
I really loved being able to spend the whole morning at Chestnut Ridge. The bridal suite was so beautiful and comfortable, and strategically overlooks the reception pavilion. I loved peaking outside the doors every now and then to watch my vision come to life. It was such a relaxed and carefree morning, and for that I will be forever grateful.
David and I agreed pretty early on that we wanted to have our first look as soon as possible. It always seemed funny to us that traditionally couples spend the majority of the day apart, when the whole point of the day is to celebrate them together. Having him getting ready downstairs just a few steps away was oddly comforting.
We really loved that we were able to have our dog, Reynolds, with us the day of our wedding. She is such a big part of our lives, and it honestly wouldn’t have been the same without her. We think she had a good time having all eyes on her and all the attention she got during her photoshoot.
I looked at every moment and detail of our wedding as a chance to tell our story to our guests. My biggest piece of advice is to be yourselves and don’t do anything for someone else. We didn’t want to do a bouquet toss…so we didn’t. We wanted a late night Mac & Cheese bar….so we had it. Don’t let anyone tell you your ideas are silly.
Photography Jillian Knight Photography
Wedding Planner Shawn Schindler Events
Venue Chestnut Ridge
Floral Design Springvine
Videographer Family Films
Hair & Makeup Flawless
Wedding Entertainment Spare Change
Bridal Salon Lana Addison
Bridal Dress Designer Essense of Australia
Bridal Jewelry Designer Olive + Piper
Bridesmaids attire Azazie
Calligraphy, Seating Chart & Bar Joy Unscripted
Calligraphy, Placecards and watercolor illustrations Oaks and Gray Paper
Bridesmaids robes Robed with Love
Bridesmaids Rings GeorgiaStCreative
Live painter, artist Brittany Rawls
Grooms attire Jos A Banks
Wedding Entertainment Spare Change
Rentals Classic Rentals of Asheville
Linens CE Rentals
Officiant Michael Alan DeSerio
Catering Catering By Corey
Bar Cordial & Craft
Transportation Young transportation
Table numbers, Welcome sign, Mac and cheese sign and guestbook sign Mulbery Market