North Carolina Brides: Patty & Lisa
Patty and Lisa were officially wed in Boston, MA early in 2011, but they celebrated their marriage a few months later on May 20 in the lush mountains of Asheville, NC.
Surrounded by friends and family, the North Carolina brides began the day with a blessing service at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville. This open and welcoming church community has a long tradition in the town, and was instigated in the 1840s by three pioneer women.
The reception was held at the Biltmore, an 8,000-acre dream oasis in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Within the Biltmore, the bride chose The Lioncrest as their location, a “proper Southern porch” that is listed on the National Historic Registry. It was the perfect venue to showcase the careful planning and decorating that the brides did. A scroll through their photos shows their attention to detail and color coordination, and their creative use of vases, lanterns and flowers – hydrangeas and lilies everywhere! – to create a warm and welcoming setting for their guests.
In keeping with the entire wedding, the entertainment was first class. Emmy-nominated vocalist Kat Williams performed, and the brides joined their guests on the dance floor and celebrated the night away.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.