Majestic mountains are always a good idea for a wedding ceremony backdrop – just take a look at this Asheville celebration captured by Katherine Miles Jones. The team at Gather Together drew inspiration from the raw beauty of the setting, incorporating the colors and textures of the mountain range into everything from the invitations to the blooms by Floressence Flowers. So get scrolling, because this gallery is a breath of fresh air. Samantha, a pharmacology PhD candidate, and Josh, an energy engineer, were college sweethearts at Clemson University in South Carolina. They chose Asheville, their favorite vacation destination, for guests from the Midwest and South Carolina to come together and celebrate their wedding. The wedding became a bit of reunion for many of their closest college friends. Samantha and Josh both experienced significant losses of family members in recent years. Through tragedy, they found home in each other, and on their wedding day, the spirit of their loved ones was felt in the stillness of the Blue Ridge Mountains.The couple wanted the best of both worlds: mountain views for the ceremony and a reception in downtown Asheville so they could go out and enjoy the town after the wedding. While we love the North Carolina mountains in the fall, our favorite time is when they're still green, mid-September, when the heat is just starting to melt away. Samantha's style was classic and organic – everything from her dress to the flowers felt refined yet playful and fitting for the mountain atmosphere. Her embroidered illusion bodice Hayley Paige dress was absolutely breathtaking. Invitations featured rose gold foil and watercolored scenes reminiscent of the mountain setting. Ceremony details were designed to highlight the beauty and color of the mountains by pulling in organic textures and a cool color palette with fall tones. A floral drenched arbor stood at the end of an aisle framing the stunning horizon. Textured organza linens covered cocktail tables set on the porch and lawn before the ceremony, fluttering with every breeze. The reception echoed the organic feel of the outdoor ceremony. Patterned linens and lush florals were brought into the cool downtown space, set in the heart of Asheville. A giant floral chandelier was a focal point in the room and extended across the entire head table. Their band was only four members, but they had the presence of an entire rock show. At one point in the night, they mixed Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) into Country Grammar (Nelly) and the crowd went wild. From the calm serene mountains at the ceremony, to the luxe and upbeat reception scene, Samantha and Josh's wedding was a celebration that felt like everyone was family!
Photography: Katherine Miles Jones Photography | Event Design + Planning: Gather Together | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Donatelli Cake Designs | Invitations: Union Press & Paper | Ceremony Venue: The Ridge | Reception Venue: The Venue Asheville | Makeup: Blush By Wendy | Hair: Swell Salon | Officiant: Asheville Marriages - Vaughn Talbert | Ceremony Music: Allegro Music | Lighting + Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Linens: Party Tables | Reception Music: The Free with Sam Hill Entertainment | Reception Paper + Calligraphy: Mason Dixon Design