DIY Asheville favorite!


Megan and Chris got married last October on a beautiful autumn day. They had almost 400 guests for a big family, non-traditional party with a rustic BBQ, homegrown flowers and colourful pom pom decor. They borrowed, grew their own, asked people to pitch in and did things differently but they had an amazing first weekend as husband and wife… and that’s what weddings should be about  – the love!




















From Megan, The Bride:
Chris and I met in college and formed a tight connection very quickly. I knew he was the one for me and so when he asked my to marry him in July of 2008, it was a confident “yes”! We were in no real hurry to make it official and wanted to make sure the time was convenient for the bulk of our family and friends. October 2011 ended up being that time and it made for such a beautiful autumn Asheville wedding. I began planning our hitchin’ about 6 months before the big day and it was a lot of work to throw a party for our 450 invitees – but so much fun!
I researched potential wedding sites and then local dressmakers, cake bakers, party suppliers and more. It was very important for us to source as many local folks as possible – we met here and our lives together have flourished in these mountains. We wanted folks to get a little taste of Asheville when they came for the wedding weekend – and they did!
We decided upon a weekend-long celebration to take place at the Swannanoa4H Center and we able to provide rustic lodging for the majority of our out-of-town guests. Our friends and families put in lots of hard work at the camp and transformed the grounds and buildings into a welcoming, rustic-elegant setting for the ceremony and celebration.
We saved money on rentals and linens because tables, chairs and benches came with the rental of the 4H Center and we borrowed tablecloths from my husband’s work.  To decorate, we bought buckets of flowers from local farmer’s markets, cut huge bouquets of herbs and sunflowers from friend’s gardens and gathered wild grapevine and bittersweet. A good friend constructed the grapevine arch and made the batik the was behind us at the alter.
To make the boutonnieres, I used herbs and flowers from our garden and tail feathers from the roosters we harvested in the spring. The groomsmen wore their own duds and the groom put his suit together from various sources – all wore suspenders from an online source.The bridal party wore headpieces ordered from and my dress was altered by R.Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore Asheville.
The cake was baked by Short Street Cakes and and BBQ main courses were catered by Okie Dokie’s BBQ and the Warren Wilson College cafeteria. In-town guests brought potluck dishes and we provided kegs from Highland Brewing and other beverages.
It was a whirlwind of a weekend but it was so incredible – we felt so loved and so in love. Our wedding was exactly what we had hoped it would be – a huge (about 360 guests in the end), kid-friendly, non-traditional gathering of the people that we love – all having a great time!
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