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Hello all!!! I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Melissa, head designer and owner at Flora, an amazing florist located in the artsy West Asheville district! Today I am so very excited to share with you some images that I took of her gorgeous floral studio, I’ve also included a little more about her wonderful business so that you can get to know her a bit as well!! !!! As mentioned in our last featured vendor post, Matt and I constantly have brides coming to us looking for recommendations on florists, videographers, day of coordinators. Our hope is that these spotlight vendor posts will serve as a resource for brides planning their weddings in the areas of Asheville (all of WNC for that matter) or Greenville SC!

I just have to say… Flora’s studio/storefront is absolutely stunning. The space Melissa has created in so inviting and fun to walk into! Just a note… the store is available to foot traffic as well and operates under normal business hours so if you’re looking for an awesome bouquet or simply anything flower related, stop by Flora… you won’t be disappointed!

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While I checked (and photographed) out their amazing space, which includes a gorgeous little bridal lounge for meetings with their brides, Melissa began working on creating an amazing arrangement for me to photograph!!!

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Flora – Asheville Wedding Florals and Design . They have a seriously gorgeous website and blog…Go check it out!!!

How Many Years in Business

3 years ago Melissa opened her floral studio in West Asheville. She’s been working in the floral industry since before she can remember…One of her very first jobs in high school was with a florist and she fell in love with the job ever since!!! Melissa works with Tyler and Jess, two other amazing floral designers at Flora. Together they not only offer spectacular wedding floral design, they also have a love for terrariums and can be commissioned to create in home designs.

What do you love most about weddings
Making one of the most important days of someones life beautiful.

Tell us about your ideal client
Cares about the details, is open to us using our expertise to create something custom. Remembering what this is all really about.

If you could offer one piece of advice to couples planning their wedding what would it be
Revel in the moments, this is such a sweet time

Dream Travel Destination

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Once the floral arrangement that Melissa created was photo ready, we staged it on a beautiful wooden table and I got to photograph it! The flowers used in the arranged came out of Flora’s very own garden and it was simply stunning. Once we’re officially located in Asheville (only three weeks till we’re asheville wedding photographers!!!) we will definitely be going to them whenever we need flowers for our home :)! Below of the images of a sample wedding floral arrangement that Melissa created, how gorgeous is it?!!

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For all you brides looking for an awesome florist for your Asheville wedding… I highly recommend reaching out to Melissa and the ladies at Flora, you won’t regret it!!!

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Now, I love weddings don’t get me wrong… But…I’ve gotta say, lately I’ve really been loving all these baby/family portrait sessions that Matt and I have been doing!! Not only is it a huge privilege to be asked to document the next adventure in our couples lives (right now 100% of our portrait clients are past wedding clients), it’s also just a lot of fun!!! Our portrait sessions usually last 90 minutes and can take place at your home, at a local park, orchard or a nearby lake (the list goes on, we encourage families of older children to pick an activity that everyone enjoys and we’ll come along to document that!!).
We’re currently booking fall portrait sessions in Western North Carolina so if you’re looking for an asheville portrait photographer we’d love to hear from you!!!!

This particular post is featuring the adorable Miss Brielle who tuned 1 year old on the day of her session. Matt and I were lucky enough to photograph Emma and Greg’s wedding in 2012 at the gorgeous Ocean Edge Resort. We were so, so excited to get to photograph their adorable daughter and her celebratory 1 birthday cake smash!!

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Love that adorable face… She looks quite devilish right here, she might be plotting to take over the world!

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Once we had taken a few portraits at their beautiful home we headed outside for some family portraits and the cake smash!

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This may very well be my favorite from the shoot… Oh the attitude!

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Pretty Brielle!!

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I absolutely love these portraits of Brielle with each of her parents, so fun and such important pictures to get!!!

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Brielle didn’t hesitate for even a second before sticking her hand into her beautiful cake that Emma had made!!

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All cleaned up and very happy about that cake she got to eat!

Emma + Greg + Brielle…Thank you so much for having us document this next adventure in your families lives!!! We hope to see you soon 🙂

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Hello all!!! Matt and I are so very excited for todays post! We’ve decided to try something new (new is good right?!), called featured vendor posts or vendor of the month posts. We will be featuring wedding planners, venues, videographers, bands, florists, cake bakers, makeup artists… You name it… All fabulously talented people in the wedding industry who we have either worked with, love and think would make a fabulous addition to anyone’s wedding day… OR… Vendors in the WNC or Upstate SC area who we have met with, think are downright awesome, can’t wait to work with and think would make a fabulous addition to anyones wedding day. Don’t mind my run on sentences… I’m the queen of those… Matt and I constantly have brides coming to us looking for recommendations on florists, videographers, day of coordinators. We’ve always given out a list of names, which has worked well in the past but we’re hoping to make these feature posts just a little more personal and fun!! Enough about us…let’s move on to the real reason for this post!

Today I am so, so excited to be blogging about a Greenville SC wedding planner (or should I say fabulous team of wedding planners) who I met with on my recent trip south; I Do. These ladies, led by Allie, make up a team of incredibly talented, detail oriented, fun coordinators based in Upstate SC. So without further ado meeting the gorgeous ladies at I Do.

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I was lucky enough to meet Allie, Courtney, Christina and Lindsay for coffee in Greenville’s gorgeous downtown. Our conversation ranged from best places to swim (on those blazing hot South Carolina day’s) to snowboarding at Wolf Laurel Resort to parenting (Allie has two adorable kiddos) to of course all things weddings!! These ladies were simply the nicest, fun people to talk to. I can only imagine how fun working with them at a wedding will be!!

I Do – Greenville’s Best Wedding Planners . Can I just say how much I love their website. It’s beautiful designed, you get such a good sense of personalities and how fun these ladies would be to work with!!

How Many Years in Business

Allie started I Do 6 years ago and it’s grown quickly to a wonderful team of detail oriented ladies who are passionate about both the planning and design aspects of weddings! I Do offers everything from full service wedding planning to day of coordination.


What do you love most about weddings
We really love being able to be a part of weddings and get to see brides and their family be able to relax and just enjoy the day, trusting in our ability to handle all of the details of their day.

Tell us about your ideal client
We have a wide range and variety of clients and love having the opportunity to work with all types of clients. But, if we had to choose, our ideal client would have a budget that allows for many fun details and the also the funds to ensure it all comes together nicely, and a client who also trusts us to give suggestions for various elements of their day.

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If you could offer one piece of advice to couples planning their wedding what would it be
One word of advice that we would give to couples who are preparing for marriage would be that even though your wedding day is a very important and special event, it is important to remember that the wedding is just one day out of the rest of your lives together—its not worth going into debt over! Keeping this in mind helps to keep everything else in perspective.

Dream Travel Destination
It’s so hard to narrow down all of the options and pick just one destination. However, if we have to choose, we feel that it would be absolutely amazing to do a wedding in Greece. With such a unique and strong sense of culture and having a beautiful coastal backdrop; it’s pretty hard to beat…. and that’s not even mentioning the food. Can you imagine the spread at the wedding celebration?

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If you’re looking for a planner for your Greenville wedding, definitely reach out to them, you won’t regret it!!

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  • Christopher

    Wonderful feauture, and I love the way you’ve set it up.ReplyCancel

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Matt and I met up with Ellen, Kevin and their adorable pup Odie for their Boston Harbor engagement session… What fun we had! We started their session in front of the gorgeous Moakley Courthouse which is right on the water and has a gorgeous view of the Boston city skyline! Following the courthouse we headed over the ICA which is one of my favorite buildings, not only is it right on the water but it has these gorgeous big wooden steps that are perfect for climbing, sitting, standing 🙂 Now, we knew from our first meeting that these two were going to be fun to work with… Ellen found us through one of our past brides as well as a friend of hers whose seen using action at 3 different weddings… It was meant to be!

These two are getting married this fall at the gorgeous Pocasset Golf Club… We are so very excited to be documenting their wedding day!!

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Is Odie not the cutest doggie subject ever?! We thought so!! I mean really!!!

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These two chose the perfect outfits for their engagement session… The greens and blues were very complimentary without being to matchy matchy!

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A huge congratulations to Ellen and Kevin, we hope you love these photos! We can not wait for your wedding this fall… it’s going to be awesome!!!

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Oh how special this wedding celebration was to me!! At the beginning of July Piper and I traveled to NC to begin preparing for our move south!! We accomplished a ton of things during our week long including meeting with some pretty phenomenal wedding vendors at the top of the wedding industry both in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC… Stay tuned over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature some of those awesome wedding vendors here on our blog!! While in the Carolina’s some very good friends of mine had their backyard wedding celebration at their families home, a home that I practically grew up in (Quite literally… It’s debatable whether I spent more of my teenage years at my own home or camping out on the floor of my very best friends room). Since I couldn’t bear to attend a wedding without actually taking some photo’s and since Josh and Alivia were keeping it low key had no photographer I couldn’t help but offer to capture a few images of their event!

Backyard weddings have always been my favorite… My top reasons why:

    1. It’s always a labor of love; close friends and family gather together to help make this a special day for the bride and groom. Everyone is there laughing (sometimes crying and sweating are involved too) together as the setup takes place, yes it’s a lot of work but it truly is amazing to see the amount of love and support that surrounds the union of two people!

    2. It’s always about the couple; I know.. that sounds bad but I actually mean it in the best of ways. Weddings should be all about the couple and the marriage… It shouldn’t be about a fancy venue, the food or the decorations (don’t get me wrong I love photographing beautiful details!!!). Now this is not to say that backyard weddings don’t have details, in fact some of my favorite details come from backyard weddings… Generally the details that are present have been created by the couple and say a lot about who they are!!

    3. The food; We have had some of the absolute best food at backyard weddings. From non-traditional caterers like food trucks (if you’re looking for an awesome non tradition asheville wedding caterer, check out Farm to Fender) to going potluck style, we’ve seen it all and it’s been amazing!! One of our couples even chose to have a pigroast at their family campground wedding!

    4. It’s all about having fun; I haven’t been to a backyard wedding yet where the couple didn’t make it a priority to enjoy their wedding day!!

Josh and Alivia’s North Carolina wedding celebration was no exception… A huge congratulations to these two!! Thanks so much for letting me pick up a camera and capture some images of you guys!!

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The flowers were truly a team effort. Mattie and I purchased the flowers just a few hours before the party. Jeralyn, Alivia’s good friend played the rockstar florist and organized all the flowers into the beautiful arrangements you see! I think they turned out gorgeous! What do you think?

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I can honestly say I’ve never seen a green tarp at a wedding… Mike and Josh worked hard to string the tarp up between the barn and a very large gorgeous magnolia tree. They decorated the shelter with beautiful lights. I gotta say, I love it!!

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Two of my absolute favorite people on earth…

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These two just got engaged. I’m so very happy for them and can’t wait to be Mattie’s Maid of Honor at their wedding next year!! I think I’ll leave the camera behind 🙂

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I love this picture above of these two very special people who just celebrated their anniversary!!

Needless to say my trip south was amazing and I cannot wait to officially be NC residents and Asheville wedding photographers as of this September!!

On that note…. Matt and I are currently offering some amazing promotions for 2015/2016 wedding dates as welcome to the area!! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Asheville or anywhere through WNC and the SC Upstate.. Or if you know of anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer we’d love to hear from you!!

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  • Christopher Mandeville

    Some truly WONDERFUL photographs of some truly WONDERFUL PEOPLE – a very special family who have touched my life deeply. So good to see the joy and love so vibrantly expressed. Great job, Ariel! Great love, Carruths! Congratulations, Josh and Alivia!!!ReplyCancel