this past week we planned a fabulous christmas party in a private home here in asheville ~ and what fun! i am lovin' these parties, if you can't tell :) we had delectable eats from 28806, and beautiful decor from blossoms at biltmore park ~ who decorated the home inside and out for the holidays. i think i am in the spirit, even though it has been quite warm outside...i'm ready for some snow!
nothing gets you in the spirit like hosting your friends and family during the holidays. this past saturday ian and i had our annual christmas party ~ this year the theme of desserts and drinks. what fun we had with a signature drink of hot chocolate and kahlua, a great smores bar, if i must say so myself :) and yummy homemade chocolate covered cherries [i cannot take credit for these though!]
i cannot believe a month has passed since my last post ~ the holidays are among us, and time is just flying by! hope you all are enjoying this festive and wonderful time of year. this past week we along with blossoms at biltmore park hosted wedding vendors for the open house of our design center, and what a great time we had! it is so wonderful to spend time with just the best in our industry here in asheville. thought i would share a few pictures...thanks to all that stopped by! the pics are from my hubby and regina holder ~ thanks!
"forever to thee" is part of the south carolina alma mater. this past week a tragedy happened in ocean isle, nc ~ 7 students were killed in a fire at a beach house, 1 student from clemson and 6 from the university of south carolina. as many of you know, i attended usc and it remains near and dear to my heart. my heartfelt sympathy and thoughts remain with the families and the community of the university of south carolina. the university president, dr. andrew sorensen, says it best when he quoted: "no man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent"—from 16th century Anglican priest and poet John Donne. "If I may adapt that observation to the 21st century and the University of South Carolina," Sorensen said, "no Gamecock is an island. When any one member of our family is lost, every one of us is diminished. I'm profoundly saddened, as are all members of Gamecock Nation, by these tragic deaths."
last week my sister and her family came to visit us from south carolina. [that's us in the pic] all of us hiked table rock, an 8.2 mile hike ~ quite strenuous for someone who has never hiked before [that would be me!] but the views at the top were worth it, and just breathtaking. it was great to get away and enjoy the fresh air and the peacefulness you can only find at the top of a mountain.
last saturday we got to be a part of a wedding of such a great couple, angela and james, at homewood. angela and james hired us about a month ago to pull together all of the final details ~ they were fun to work with, and just had so many little details throughout the wedding that just captured their essence and love for each other. best wishes!
just wanted to say thank you to our good friend and fabulous photographer, michael juiliano, for shooting some pictures of my husband ian and i with our puggle chelsea. we had such a great time ~ and love the pics. i just think these are too cute, and had to share! thanks michael!!
how fast october is flying by! on thursday night, the 18th, we worked with a new place in town to get relaxed and pampered ~ who doesn't love that! sister company to spa theology in downtown asheville, suraj spa salon had their grand opening. what a beautiful place ~ it is modern, edgy, and yet so relaxing all in one! we had a great turn out, and fabulous food by your secret kitchen in gerber village. best of luck to you guys, and know you already have one new spa client...me :) and on saturday, we did a fundraising party for carolina mountain land conservancy in hendersonville - what a great company and a great cause. they are dedicated to saving the land we love...and i love that! thanks for letting us be a part of something so great!
we had the honor of being a part of two beautiful weddings this past weekend. the first was the wedding of kathryn and tim on saturday at riverbend farm on the biltmore estate. the ceremony was at sunset in the kitchen garden, with cocktail hour and reception in the historic horse barn ~ and it was just beautiful! we started the evening with the creamery open and finished it with a smokin' bonfire with a smores bar ~ yum! thanks to the bluegrass band, one leg up, for keeping the party going ~ you guys were great! on sunday we had the pleasure of being a part of heidi and zak's wedding at highland lake inn in flat rock. the wedding was at noon, and what a beautiful day for a wedding! the bride arrived in horse and carriage, that was just breathtaking...we will be sure to post pictures when we get them! also...a huge thanks to blossoms at biltmore park, who did the flowers and decor for both weddings ~ it was all just fantastic, as always! we wish you all the best of luck and love ~ thanks for letting us share in your day!
there are lots of things i love in life. one of those is watching the university of south carolina gamecocks play football. on friday my husband and i drove to my hometown of columbia, sc [actually, chapin - but no one knows where that is]to watch my gamecocks play to win against mississippi state on saturday. we tailgated, yes even at 9 am in the morning, watched the game with my parents, and cheered so much i was physically sore on sunday! it was just a great game...and you can bet that i will be watching them play on thursday night against kentucky. all i can say, is...go cocks!
we had another great wedding weekend! on saturday, mary anne and gray were married at brahma ridge in candler, nc. this is a new event facility owned by holly berry and rob denton ~ and they were such great hosts! thanks! we had a beautiful tent from artful shelter, which in case you have not used before, are just wonderful and made right here in asheville! thanks for having us! we wish you all the best ~ and cannot wait to see the pics! especially the one of alden and the frog :)
we had a busy day on saturday the 15th! congrats to patty and david who got married on saturday at beautiful homewood, with the reception at the new event facility coleman place. thanks for letting us be a part of your day! we also had the annual red cross gala saturday evening at the crest center and pavilion. what a fabulous event for a fabulous cause! i have been working on this since february, so it was great to see it all come together. it was a collaboration of a great committee of volunteers, and so great getting to know this group! we had great auction items~including a bmw, invasline braces, and ballroom dance lessons (which my husband and i won...i can't wait to put on my dancing shoes!). not a detail was left untouched, from the cake to the napkins to the swizel sticks...it was all just stunning. check out the pictures, all taken by my ever supporting husband :)
that's right, it is that time again! last year i got hired to plan the asheville area arts council white ball which was held on june 16 ~ 800 people, 4 parties, 1 night in downtown asheville. the committee i worked with was just so wonderful, that when i was asked to do it again this year, i could not help but be excited! so today is the day i start planning again. the color has yet to be decided, as that is done by the committee...so stay tuned, more to come soon!
on labor day weekend i had the pleasure of being with carrie and greg as they got married at beautiful homewood. [thanks monroe ~ you guys are just the best!] i have been working with carrie and greg since january, and have just loved every minute. they are such a great couple with the sweetest family and just so much fun, and i was truely honored to be a part of their special day. we got to work with photographers that are close to my heart, james and jenny tarpley with visio photography. we had great cake from cakes du jour and the place was hopping thanks to blake with jumping jukebox! thanks for allowing us to be a part of your day! and when we come to charlotte, we will go have that beer!
congratulations to amy and dennis! what a beautiful day they had on saturday at highland lake inn in hendersonville, nc. we got to work with a great photographer, eloise farr and enjoy the delectable desserts of city bakery. thanks for including us in your day! have a great time in hawaii ~ aloha!
so i decided to update my blog when i am refreshed from a hawaiian vacation! what a fabulous time we had! we rented a jeep and toured the island of oahu ~ and we saw so many beautiful landscapes and just had so much fun! and the food ... well let’s just say i had to go for a run today :)
quick thank you to all my brides and corporate clients for your understanding while i was gone!