My girl/former roommate/college friend Ali and her now husband (squee!) Vince planned their wedding over the course of about 2 years. They financed it all themselves and in a city far from their home. I knew once the calendar date rolled around their party was not to be missed because 1) Ali is a supreme planner and DIY-er of all things fun, 2) Ali and Vince are a rockstar couple, and 3) when you go “way back” with someone, you can’t help but have a fabulous time celebrating the good in life.
Their destination dream wedding in Asheville, NC, turned out nothing short of fabulous. Four days after moving into our new home we left the boxes behind and took a weekend to celebrate their marriage. Despite the 48 hours of constant rain, much fun was had and the wedding went off without a hitch (albeit a bit damp). Ali’s posts recap it well, so I’ll simply supply some additional pictorial support:
We found time to steal away and explore some local breweries and restaurants. Asheville does food and drinks very well!
And when the weather refused to let up at ceremony start time? This bride followed her heart and the show went on – rain or shine! Homewood’s outdoor venue reminded me of a real life Fern Gully. Follow me, with this — see it was all dewy and magical, I swear fairies lived there among the moss and lush greenery. Then you add in the purple floral accents and dreamy wedding decor and poof: real life Fern Gully, but without the creepy bat and more romantic. All you people who just googled “Fern Gully“? You’re no longer cool in my book. (I loved that movie)
It was like something out of a movie…but, maybe not Fern Gully. Instead of freaking a bridezilla-level-freak at the forecast, Ali embraced the idea and purchased clear bubble umbrellas. The sound of rain falling on umbrellas added to the ambiance. It was truly beautiful and enchanting.
and the party afterwards? well, I think these pictures speak plenty:
(and yes, I wore that fabulous dress again)
We were so lucky to be a part of their special day!
And the sun even made its way out on our last day in town!
Wishing Ali and Vince a lifetime of love and happiness.
Now go check out her blog posts because the details are worth reading!