June 22, 2010

Biltmore Wedding

The wedding we have all been anticipating for some time has now come and gone, and it went off without a hitch.  The sweet and stunning Ashley Hazelwood wed on June 12th, 2010 at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  

Planning and preparation for the wedding began months ahead of time.  Lisa attended many meetings with Ashley, her mother, Suzie and the wedding planners to have all the details planned out to assist in giving Ashley the wedding of her dreams.  Lisa rented two large trucks, a 24-foot refrigerated truck and a 15-foot box truck, in order to transport the flowers safely to the Biltmore Estate.  The adventure began early Thursday morning, Lisa and her crew of eight loaded up in several cars and the two large trucks and were on their way.  

When they arrived early Thursday afternoon, the team hit the ground running, and kept on running until Sunday evening.  The first event on the agenda was the bridesmaid's luncheon, which was held in a 125 year old champagne cellar at the Biltmore Estate.  Approximately 300 mercury glass votives and candles were dispersed around the room to lighten the cellar and 20 gallon bags of rose petals were tossed around the room. The arrangements on the tables were made up of all white flowers including: hydrangeas, roses, stock and lisianthus.  Even the beautiful, hanging chandeliers were adorned with smilac greenery and hanging amaranthus to complete the cellar.  

After the bridesmaid's luncheon was completed, it was on to the next task: the rehearsal dinner.  The dinner was held at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville and hosted by the lovely Farrington's, the mother and father of the groom, Jeffrey.  

In just a blink of an eye, the big day had arrived.  There was lots to be done on Saturday to have everything absolutely perfect for the wedding, which was held Saturday evening at 7 pm.  The ceremony was held on the front lawn of the Biltmore Estate, which very few people have had the privilege of.  White chairs were set up facing the gorgeous estate, with an orchestra on the side.  Instead of creating large arrangements, which would look small amongst the extravagant lawn, Lisa with her amazing talent, sketched and commissioned a gate and a wrought iron artist constructed it based upon Lisa's vision.  It was more beautiful than any of us could have ever imagined.  

Following the ceremony, the reception was held in a large, exquisite, white tent.  There were fifty tables placed under the tent for all the guests to enjoy a gourmet dinner.  Each guest received their own orchid entwined with birch branch that was placed on their napkin.  Lisa and the crew designed a variety of arrangements for the tables, both small and large.  The arrangements were mixed with roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, bells of Ireland, and extravagant, green, cymbidium orchids, which were flown in from Holland, just for the wedding.  

The pictures are just a small glimpse of the celebration of the marriage of Ashley Hazelwood and Jeffrey Farrington.  The entire weekend was a fascinating success, from the bridesmaid's luncheon to the reception.  Lisa and the team had a blast and are grateful for the privilege to provide the floral arrangements for the Hazelwood wedding. 

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