Biltmore estate wedding, Invitations: Dominique Alba 
Bride’s Dress: Ines Di Santo, Alexia’s Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Dress: Ines Di Santo, Alexia’s Bridal Boutique

Preparations began at the private cottage on the Biltmore Estate. Katie had help from her mom, bridesmaids and her flower girl, her adorable dog, Lady, the Cavapoo. It was said more than once during the wedding day that Lady knew that John was the one before Katie knew.

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Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle
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Florist: Flora Botanical Living, asheville
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John’s watch was a gift from Katie. “Forever 5.11.24” was custom engraved on the back.

John’s cufflinks, displaying the family crest, were a gift from his mom. The groomsmen’s cufflinks were gifts from John.

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The Biltmore is an amazing place full of history. George Vanderbilt first visited Asheville, North Carolina, in 1888. Captivated by the area’s natural beauty, he ending up purchasing land for his country estate, which became the Biltmore.

There are over thirty acres of gardens surrounding the Biltmore House, all designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. He is also known for designing New York City’s Central Park in 1857 and Washington DC’s United States Capitol Grounds in 1874. The landscape design of the Vanderbilt estate in 1895 was Olmsted’s crowning achievement.

The Biltmore is full of many gorgeous photo opportunities. We made the most of the Lower High Lawn, the Rampe Douce, the Front of the House, the Library Terrace and South Terrace, the Gardens and the Conservatory.

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This wedding was so incredibly special for two reasons: Katie is like a part of our family and shooting at the Biltmore is a photographer’s dream.

Katie was my son’s babysitter in NYC and we became very close. She has come to visit us in Denver and continually quotes some of Ollie’s crazy toddler sayings! Seeing her find her person and have a perfect wedding day was really exciting!

I have been lucky to photograph some destination weddings, but none at quite such a dramatic and gorgeous location. Photographing a wedding at the Biltmore is a highlight of my career. Katie and John, thank you for trusting me with your memories!

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Biltmore Estate beautiful wedding photography, vines

Choosing the Biltmore as their wedding venue was an easy decision. The bride shares, “We love Asheville and the Biltmore! John proposed in Asheville and getting married at the Biltmore was a fairytale dream for both of us that became a reality!”

Katie adds, “We had the most perfect day! We were surrounded by so many people who love us, we had the most beautiful venue, the weather was gorgeous, it could not have gone more perfectly. It was truly magical! We want to give a huge thank you to Jessica and Eric. They made everything run so seamlessly and comfortably. And we had so much fun with them! We love you guys!”

Thank you, Katie and John! We love you back!

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Biltmore conservatory wedding photography

Sam did a great job as the ring bearer! Sam’s dad, Ezer, is in residency with John at UNC and he and his wife were Katie and John’s first friends when they moved to North Carolina.

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Biltmore conservatory wedding photography
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The ceremony and reception took place at the Biltmore’s Deerpark Restaurant.

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Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography
Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography
Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography
Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography

Katie shares, “Our favorite moment was after we said “I do” and walked down the aisle as husband and wife. We had a moment just the two of us in the bridal suite. We were able to take a breath, take it all in and enjoy those first few moments as a married couple!”

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Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography
Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography
Biltmore, Deerpark, wedding photography

Congratulations Katie and John!

Check out their engagement session at Duke Gardens in North Carolina.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue and Catering: The Biltmore 
Coordinator: Tamara Heston, Belle Soiree
DJ: Mitch Fortune, Remix Weddings 
Music, String Trio: Allegro Music
Florist: Flora Botanical Living
Invitations: Dominique Alba 
Seating Chart: Sierra Hollar, Freckles + Ink
Makeup: Blush Asheville 
Hair: Katie Manselle 
Rings: Raleigh Diamond 
Bride’s Dress: Ines Di Santo, Alexia’s Bridal Boutique 
Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids 
Groom’s Suit: Jos A Banks 
Videographer: Timm Young Films 
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

To Asheville couples: All of the vendors were wonderful, but I had the pleasure of working alongside Tamara of Belle Soiree and Timm Young of Timm Young Films. They were fantastic and I highly, highly recommend them!

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Hannah and Sam were married on a warm and windy April day in Littleton, Colorado.

The couple shared a first look out in the fields and then read private vows to each other before the ceremony.

Hannah shares, “Where to begin! Our day was everything we ever dreamed it would be. The Manor House was the perfect venue and we got so lucky with a beautiful spring day. It was amazing to be in the mountains to celebrate our love in the sunshine with all of our favorite people!

All of our vendors made the day seamless, so we were able to truly sit back and enjoy.

Our favorite part was probably our first look; we had wavered on doing one, but having that time together before the crazy began was so special and gave us a chance to read some private vows. The happy tears started then and didn’t seem to stop until dancing commenced! We truly had the best day of our lives and couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who made it possible – especially Jess!”

Hannah’s two uncles performed the ceremony. They did an amazing job making the ceremony unique and special for the couple.

We had some gorgeous golden hour light seeping into the valley.

Hannah and Sam’s dog, Palmer, couldn’t be there on the day, but he was certainly there in spirit. He got a very special place, on top of the cake!

Hannah and Sam shared their first dance to Beyond by Leon Bridges.

Congratulations Hannah and Sam! What a gorgeous wedding. Thank you for making me a part of your day!
Check out their Mount Falcon engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Manor House, Littleton, Colorado
Floral: Abloom Florals, Linda Glover
Hair and Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists
Band: Homeslice
Cake: Happy Bakeshop
Dress: Wtoo by Watters
Program: Etsy, MeggieCraftastic
Photo Booth: Modern Focus Experience
Videographer: Eivans, Ralph J.
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Kate and Sam were married at the beautiful Manor House in Littleton, Colorado. The Southern-style Georgian mansion, was built in 1914 and includes gorgeous views of the Front Range, Red Rocks and the Denver skyline.

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Kate shares, “Sam and I got engaged at Goodale Park in Columbus, Ohio. We first met in Columbus when Sam was finishing residency and I was finishing graduate school. We took a walk around the park and he proposed at the lake!

We chose to get married at the Manor House because it is beautiful! We loved the grounds with a view of the foothills. We also loved the inside of the house, and it provided many spaces for people to gather in large or smaller groups. We knew most people would be traveling from around the country for the wedding, so we liked that they would have places to spend time and catch up with each other outside of the ballroom. We also wanted our out-of-town guests to get great Colorado views!”

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The ceremony took place inside the Manor House ballroom. The flower girl made everyone smile as she took off flying down the aisle! She then turned around and ran back to walk down with her brother.


Kate shares, “I walked in with my Dad to an instrumental version of my parents’ wedding song, Can’t Help Falling in Love, by Elvis.”

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The reception began with the couple’s first dance to the Arctic Monkey’s Baby I’m Yours.

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The Manor House wedding, denver, colorado, ballroom
The Manor House wedding, denver, colorado, ballroom

Congratulations Kate and Sam!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Manor House
Florist: Wild Hare Floral Co.
DJ: Perry Washington
Rings: Sarah O Jewelry
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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Brittney and Bryan were married on a beautiful Autumn day at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado.

The couple planned their ceremony so that the officiant was standing in the aisle. What a great set-up! The couple was facing their guests and everyone could see the special moments while the couple could also easily look out and see all of their guests.

Brittney shares, “The wedding was magical and everything we ever wanted! We really wanted to celebrate the creation of a new family for the kids and the knot tying ceremony was a highlight. We choose the Cherokee Ranch and Castle because it is beautiful with amazing views of the entire front range. Our guests were able to tour the castle during our mocktail hour and learn about the history which was an amazing touch. We felt like the day went without a hitch, everything was perfect from food to decorations. Bryan was amazing for letting me incorporate some Harry Potter flare. Our Harry Potter themed mocktails were so delicious! We had so much fun from the ceremony all the way through dancing. We feel so lucky to have found each other and our wedding truly was an expression of how we feel towards each other.”

The reception was held in the tent and then dancing under the stars!

Congratulations Brittney and Bryan!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Cherokee Ranch and Castle, Sedalia, Colorado
Wedding Planner: MAG Events
Florist: Floral Exploration 
Catering: Occasions
Ice cream: Sweet Action
DJ: Jason Green, The Jason Gregory
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Shira and David were married on a beautiful September day in the Colorado mountains.

The morning started off with a funny complication that turned out making a great story!

Shira shares, “We were at the venue getting ready when my fabulous wedding planner, Meghan, popped her head in to let me know that my groom was pantsless! He had forgotten his tuxedo pants at home, about an hour away. We were supposed to be doing our first look in 5 minutes. To ease the stress and make it a fun memory, Meghan suggested we make him pose in his boxers! It’s one of my favorite moments from the day. My brother, our officiant, saved the day by lending David his pants for the first look. By the time the ceremony rolled around, David had his pants back and all was well.”
(This photo was shared with the groom’s permission!)

Shira shares, “We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities, so we chose a venue in the mountains and a style that reflected our love of outdoors. The florals were so beautiful, with a messy, wildflower-type look. The centerpieces were our favorite part of the decor; they featured real skulls of a variety of animals, including fox, raccoon, turtle, bat, mink… and the sweetheart table featured a gorgeous roe deer. I collect skulls, so all of these specimens will be treasured forever. We are also having my bouquet dried and pressed to preserve and display.

We met on the online dating app Bumble, and chose to honor that with matching bee hair pins for me and cuff links for him.

One of our favorite details from the day was our shoes – we had so much fun picking them out!”

Shira continues, “My brother did an amazing job officiating our ceremony beneath a chuppah that my aunt handstitched from linens from both of our families. We had some of our closest friends and family read blessings to honor us, and we signed our gorgeous ketubah created by David Fisher in Israel.

Our Hora lasted about 45 minutes and we were both SO sweaty and tired after that, but it was a night we will never forget. We had the most wonderful band, and had a blast dancing the night away with our friends and family. Some of my closest friends from back home in Boston sang for us, which was very special. The food was unbelievable as well, and we enjoyed taking a break from the dancing to toast some s’mores on the bonfire.

Following the wedding, we had a short honeymoon at the Broadmoor Cloud Camp on top of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs. David’s grandparents had their honeymoon at the Broadmoor as well, and even visited the top of Cheyenne Mountain and took a photo together. We managed to find the exact same location and took a photo as well!”

Shira and David danced their first dance to Leon Bridges’, Beyond.

Congratulations Shira and David!

Special thank to the teams:
Planner: Megan Gutteron, MAG Events
Officiant: Isaac Bleicher, Bride’s Brother
Venue: Blackstone Rivers Ranch
Floral: Samantha Ragnow, Floral Exploration
Dress: L’Elite in Boston, Amsale
Makeup/Hair: Dulce Diem
Rings: Gregory Jezarian
Engagement ring: 1940’s vintage design from Tiffany’s, with a Ceylon sapphire added as the
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DJ/Band: Moment’s Notice
Caterer: Footer’s Catering
Ketubah: David Fisher
Chuppah: Elaine Greenstein, Bride’s Aunt

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