Real Wedding: Virginia Plantation Wedding

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I am excited to share Annelise and Jared’s wedding with you today! Annelise is one of my best friends from James Madison University (JMU). We were both dance majors and right before our final year at JMU, we went on an alternative “spring break” to New Orleans, LA to rehab homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It’s one of my favorite JMU memories! Jared and Annelise were blessed with warm weather for their April wedding, which was perfect for an early evening ceremony. The venue was a gorgeous plantation-style home tucked away in the Virginia countryside. The whole wedding party was able to … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Lauren Woodard of Bloom Counseling & Consulting

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This past week was a huge one for Lauren ddard. Not only did she celebrate her one year anniversary of rocking her #girlboss status, but she placed on Mountain Express’ Best of WNC! Lauren is the Owner/Founder at Lauren Woodard, LCSW: Bloom Counseling and Consulting. She opened up her practice full time in March of this year to help adults and youth in our community deal with life changes. I was curious to learn more about Lauren’s path to entrepreneurship and am excited to share a bit of her story through this interview below. Her generous spirit has inspired her to go … Read More

Real Wedding: Virginia Bohemian Farmhouse Wedding

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I am so excited to share this wedding with you today! I’ve been holding onto it for a while and absolutely love these beautiful images of Ariele & Justin’s “bohemian farmhouse”celebration. These two lovebirds created a romantic fall wedding completely matching their style and personalities. I was so disappointed I couldn’t attend their wedding due to work commitments last year, but am thankful Ariele and Justin shared their wedding day and love story for the blog! I met Ariele and Justin in Charlottesville, Virginia when we all worked for Search Mojo. They are both marketing stars with incredible adventurous spirits. While they live in Boston, … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Jill Schwarzkopf of Sleep Tight Kids

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In one of my Junior League of Asheville (JLA) meetings, I learned that Asheville has more non-profits per capita than any other city. Unfortunately, in this small North Carolina mountain town, we have a lot of needs that aren’t being met, but thankfully, non-profits are stepping in to support our community! I’ve learned a ton about non-profits through JLA, but through my connections at work, I learned about a wonderful nonprofit: Sleep Tight Kids (STK). Jill Schwarzkopf felt called to do more in 2009 when she was teaching in Western North Carolina. Realizing her family was blessed to have so much; she wanted to find a way … Read More

Real Wedding: Asheville Fall Wedding

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I surprised Brent with a New Year’s trip to Asheville and Charleston for Christmas 2012. We were going to visit Emily, one of my college roommates from JMU (J-M-U Duuuukes!) in Asheville. On our first day there, we went to breakfast with Emily and she introduced us to her boyfriend, Ford. Fast forward three-ish years later and Emily & Ford said their ‘I Do’s’!! I was so honored when Emily asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! I was thrilled to experience an Asheville wedding as a guest, too, since most of my Spring and Fall weekends are spent working … Read More

The Summer of the West Coast: San Diego

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As the snow falls outside, I can only dream of last years warm summer adventures. In addition to San Francisco and Seattle, I was so excited to get to travel to San Diego, California! One of my best friends from college, Corinn, lives in this sunny city and it was awesome to get to hang out and explore. I want to go back as soon as possible! The weather was absolutely perfect. San Diego is definitely on my list of cities I’d love to move to one day. There is a lot of industry, so even though it felt like a vacation city, tons of awesome … Read More

Intentions for the New Year

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As the year comes to a close, setting goals and intentions for the upcoming year is one of my favorite things to do. Not that you can’t reflect and set new goals throughout the year, it’s just more fun to start at the beginning. I recently saw a quote from a new friend from Junior League that resonated with me… “Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’, try saying ‘It’s not a priority’ and see how that feels.” This year, I want to make a choice to simplify (quoting Emily Ley!). There is enough time, it is just a matter of prioritizing that … Read More

Real Wedding: Columbia Maryland Summer Wedding

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Ilana and Mike are approaching their 6 month wedding anniversary and I am so excited to share images from their beautiful wedding day. Their Columbia, Maryland summer wedding was a wonderful celebration filled with meaningful details from the dress and ceremony to the music and food. I’ve known Ilana almost my whole life, so this was a special wedding! I was grateful to attend and even helped out their friend who was in charge of coordinating the whole day. The wedding and ceremony took place at historic Oakland Manor on June 20th. Ilana kindly shared the images from the talented L.A. … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Chelsea Larson of Chelsea Benay, LLC

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I am a huge HGTV fan. I love dreaming of future homes and designs that could one day (hopefully!) be my own. Due to this love of design, I was so excited when I met Chelsea Larson, an interior designer in Asheville. When I met her, she was in the midst of launching her own design company, Chelsea Benay, LLC. I was inspired by her creativity and drive to launch her own business and am thrilled at the success and recognition she has received so far. Chelsea was recently featured in Carolina Home + Garden Magazine about her business and design aesthetics, sharing that her, … Read More

Real Wedding: Ocean City New Jersey Beach Wedding

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Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary, Dana and Mike! My sister and her husband are celebrating their first year of marriage today and I honestly wish we could do the whole celebration again. I’ll admit I am biased (it was my sisters wedding after all!), but their wedding was absolutely perfect and Dana looked gorgeous! They celebrated at our family’s vacation town (where we won family of the year in 1994) and it was luckily a warm, sunny fall weekend in October. Some of our friends and family even jumped in the ocean! I sent some questions to Dana to help tell the story … Read More