January 21, 2014

Christmas at Biltmore : Melissa + Matt

Melissa and Matt, in a lot of ways, had the type of wedding I hope to one day have for myself, small and intimate and completely reflective of their personality as a couple. As they said their vows, they were surrounded only by those people that unconditionally love them, those that will be by their side to celebrate every joy life brings them, and to pray for them when they face difficult times. Their intimate took place at Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.  If you don’t know a lot about Biltmore or have never seen this incredible estate for yourself, I recommend that you plan a visit. The story behind the home and all that goes into maintaining it year-round are fascinating.

At the time of Melissa and Matt’s wedding, Biltmore was decorated for Christmas, which added to it’s splendor and beauty. Melissa wore a beautiful knee length gown with a fur shrug. Looking at the pictures now, it’s hard to believe it was below freezing and raining all day…

Melissa and Matt’s intimate, candlelit ceremony took place in a wine cellar in the Biltmore Winery. Immediately after the ceremony, I suggested a group shot of everyone in attendance, so that they could all look back and remember those that shared that special day. The entire group then went on a tour of the winery, followed by a wine tasting. I tagged a long and learned alot about how wine is made, from grape to bottle, and even got to taste a few of Biltmore’s signature wines.

The evening concluded with a dinner reception, where everyone sat around the same table, shared good food, good stories, and laughed the night away. There was so much warmth and love in the room. It was beautiful. And at the end of the night, when it was time for me to go, I was showered with hugs from members of both families… and a parting gift — a tin of butter cookies, made from Melissa’s grandmother’s recipe.

Venue: Biltmore Estate / Bridal Hair: Rebecca Biggers, Lola Salon / Bridal Make-Up: Melissa DeBoer, Pop of Color

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  1. Tiffanie Page

    January 21st, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Awesome Awesome Job!!

  2. Haley Graydon

    January 21st, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    STUNNING!!!!

  3. Tiki Merritt Curry

    January 21st, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Loved everything about this wedding. Sweet and intimate!! Just the way I like it!!!

  4. Sara Cotten

    January 21st, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    The dainty, calm warmth that I got from these photos .. LOVELY! I can only imagine how A-mazing it was to have all their dearest loved ones at ONE table, fellow-shipping together on their wedding day … The Biltmore Estate is officially on my Married Bucket List! 🙂

  5. Kellie Clark

    January 21st, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Dear Melissa,

    I gasped and clutched my pearls at the very sight of your fur balero/shawl over your dress. great wedding, intimate. perfect..

  6. Danelle Cash

    January 21st, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    So pretty!!! I love her wrap!

  7. MichelleMarie Treadwell Merrill

    January 21st, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! You have grown into a stunning woman… much love to your family.

  8. Kimberly Murray

    January 30th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Beautiful imagery. I felt like I was there.

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