We’ve just had our first Christmastime Wedding at the inn! It was a lovely event and we’re so proud that the newlyweds, Sherry and Richard chose A Bed of Roses for such an important occasion. For three days we became their family headquarters as they prepared for the special day. Although they live in Texas, they have family in Asheville so their days were filled with visiting and soaking up the local holiday attractions with their family and friends, from the Spa at the Grove Park Inn to the Christmas decorations at the Biltmore Estate. The Red Stag Grill was the setting for the wedding party dinner the night before. Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, just outside the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, the Red Stag is a wonderful choice. The design of the grand lobby and restaurant is meant to emulate how the Biltmores might have appointed their family hunting lodge. The morning of the wedding was busy with spa appointments at the Grove Park Inn, where the international gingerbread competition winners are still displayed, and hair appointments. The inn was all decorated for the holidays and we rearranged furniture, sparkling poinsettias and flowers to ready a space in front of the fireplace for the ceremony. The dining room was laid out with a red holiday tablecloth topped in lace on which Everyday Gourmet spread a beautiful array of food in preparation for the reception.
Suddenly it was time for the ceremony! The bride descended the garlanded front staircase from the Turret Suite in a sleeveless white satin gown with train and a bouquet of red roses as cameras flashed. The wedding party was in red and black for the holidays. The bride took her place next to a tuxedoed Richard and Rev. Suzy Green began the ceremony with heartfelt readings and lovely vows. They included a wonderful Celtic tradition in the ceremony called handfasting, that involved tying the bride and grooms hands together with a white satin ribbons. After the ceremony, with the formal photographs all taken the celebration began! In another sweet twist, the bride and groom chose a tiered stand of delicious McMullen Sisters cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake (see photo top left), but that didn’t stop them from keeping to tradition and feeding each other cupcakes!
We feel so honored to have been a small part of this wonderful family’s special occasion.