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I haven’t made it to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina yet, but judging by the number of sweet proposals we’ve seen there, I daresay it must be one of the most romantic places in the South! We were delighted when this dreamy video (and photos!) of one of our good friends, Austin of Blueberry Creative, came through our inboxes–Austin’s teammate, Adam, sneakily captured his and Megan’s engagement on Super 8 video, and then did a mini portrait session with them around the Biltmore grounds. I love thinking about the fact that Austin and Megan will be able to return to the Biltmore any time they want, and always be reminded of this special day!

From Austin:

I wanted to do something memorable and special, but my options were limited (you don’t get too many free weekends as a wedding photographer and I knew I needed to make my move before wedding season started). We never need much of a reason to take a trip to Asheville, and we had talked about touring the Biltmore Estate on many occasions. My birthday was coming up, so I had a convenient excuse to book a weekend trip at a cute bed and breakfast, The Sweet Biscuit Inn. On the outside, I was cool and collected and everything was “normal.” Inside, though, my heart was pounding when my mind drifted to what I had planned. After I booked a last minute, super-secret flight to Ohio to ask for her parents’ blessing, the stage was set!

On the big day, we were treated to a delicious three-course breakfast prepared by Claudia and Christian (the owners of the bed and breakfast). With full bellies, we made our way to the Biltmore Estate and started our tour. My plan was to tour the house and pop the question in the garden that afternoon. What I didn’t plan for was the hundreds of people touring the gardens at the exact same time! This made it super challenging to find the perfect spot without Megan becoming suspicious. I was a nervous wreck and we spent far too long walking around the gardens. I knew I had to make my move soon, so I led her over to a gorgeous arbor and took a few polaroid selfies before kneeling down and telling her all the things that were on my heart.

We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos around the estate, grinning from ear to ear, soaking up the bright beginning to the rest of our lives.

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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It’s no secret I love my job — after all, there are very few ways that someone who loves weddings and loves the South as much as I do would prefer to spend her days! My usual routine at the Southern Weddings office leaves me happy as a goat in a briar patch and thoroughly satisfied. But, sometimes working at SW affords me experiences that are literally out of a dream, and I fall in love with my job (and weddings, and the South) all over again. Such was the case with Engage13.

I recently accompanied Lara to this amazing conference, held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville (she was speaking!), and we enjoyed three days of learning, meeting new friends, and details to make any wedding lover weak in the knees. One party in particular we just knew we had to share with y’all — the opening party, designed by Pressed Cotton and held in a renovated barn on the Biltmore property!

The party began the minute we stepped off the buses at Antler Hill Barn — with a grown-up petting zoo! Lara and I couldn’t resist snapping a photo with this adorable baby goat.

So many of these fun rustic chic details are available in the Pressed Cotton store — perfect for wedding decor and details!

These gorgeous kraft paper menus outlined everything we’d be sampling that evening, including pulled pork sliders, corn spoon bread, fried pickles, short ribs, and much more!

Many of the beautiful rental pieces you see are from Settee in Atlanta. After walking through the barn, the space opened up into a beautiful courtyard with biscuits on each long farmhouse-style table! We loved the kraft paper runners.

Hot boiled peanuts! Lara was in heaven.

Cheerwine! I was in heaven. (You may recall we served it at our wedding.) They couldn’t have designed this party more perfectly for us!

The gentleman you see below was one of our favorite people we met that night, though he wasn’t technically a guest at the party! He’s an actual blacksmith on the Biltmore staff, and was giving demonstrations throughout the evening. We got to chat with him a bit, and found out that his wedding was six days away! He even showed us the (gorgeous!) ring he’d forged for his fiancee. We’re hoping to bring more of his wedding story to the blog soon!

The night concluded with s’mores by a massive bonfire. It’s true, Engage does share some characteristics with summer camp!

Oh yes — these adorable screen-printed snack bags were waiting for us when we stepped off the bus at the Inn at Biltmore! The perfect end to a perfect Southern night. Thanks to Pressed Cotton, the Biltmore staff, and Rebecca and Kathryn of Engage for a delightful evening!

All photos except top instagram courtesy of the talented Allan Zepeda, Carla Ten Eyck & Andrew Henderson, and Jeremie Barlow

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shelby reply

    This looks honestly perfect beyond words. Absolutely every detail is too Southern for words! I love all of the signage & those welcome bags are beyond amazing.

    Please tell me this means y’all will have a recap of the Gatsby party? I’ve been dying for some inspiration pictures to share with a friend who is planning a similar themed wedding.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    How incredibly fun! Y’all must have felt right at home! I have my fingers crossed for a Gatsby gala recap too :)

  3. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Loved re-living this evening through this blogpost, Em! You represented it perfectly. I’ll never forget devouring that oh so delicious BBQ slider with you after being so hungry. Best food of Engage by far :). Cannot WAIT for the Blacksmith’s whole story to be revealed!

  4. avatar Anna ( reply

    Looks so fun! I’ve been dying to visit the Biltmore for ages. So jealous!

  5. avatar Cheryl Ann @ Southern Blush reply

    Yes! Just beautiful…I love the Biltmore Estate! I would love to attend this next year for sure…since I live right here in Asheville anyways! I am trying to read everything I can find about this conference, and so far this is the best I have found! I especially like the sign “Sips, Y’all.”

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Can we all just agree that Leigh’s wedding up-do is simply stunning?  Stunning!  Now that that’s settled, we can focus on the awesome details from Leigh + Jeff’s celebration at the Biltmore Estate.  Joey + Jessica Seawell photographed the lovely couple, and Melissa Porter of the Asheville Event Company planned the traditional North Carolina wedding.  The bride wore a dramatic Carolina Herrera gown (with a to-die-for train!), and her maids wore a mix of hydrangea-blue frocks from J. Crew.  Of course, there’s an equally amazing reception waiting for you this afternoon!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  A mutual friend suggested we meet.  We were living in Washington, but were both originally from North Carolina.
Describe your wedding cake: We had a hazelnut cake with vanilla pastry cream, and a white cake with buttercream and raspberry preserve filling.  We had topiary leaves made from sugar paste, decorated the cake with hydrangea accents.  The pastry chef at the Biltmore was amazing!

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Carrie Kane for Anders Ruff Custom Designs reply

    I wish there was a word that topped stunning! I love the bird's nest. Can't wait to see the reception pictures. -Carrie

  2. avatar annabella reply

    wow!!!! stunning wedding…

  3. avatar Melissa Porter reply

    Leigh and Jeff had such a timeless and classic vision for their wedding at Biltmore Estate. They were such a pleasure to work with – Thanks so much for the post, SW girls! – Melissa Porter, Asheville Event Co.

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