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A Christmas Wedding at A Bed of Roses

December 25th, 2011 by abedofroses

Tiered stand of Cupcakes

Sisters McMullen Wedding Cupcakes

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.

Exchanging wedding rings

Exchanging of the wedding rings

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.

Wedding Party

A Family Christmas Wedding

Christmastime at A Bed of Roses

December 13th, 2011 by abedofroses

Sasha under the tree

Sasha loves to sit under the tree

Last year was our first Christmas at the inn and it was a White Christmas straight out of the storybooks. The snow was gently falling all Christmas day. We had closed the inn and moved into the Revell Room, our favorite, with the cats until Monday. Snug in the house making Beef Wellington (for the first time) for Christmas dinner, we relished that quiet peaceful time. For me, Christmastime has always been special and magic. I love the decorations and the lights, the sparkle and the lush opulence of Christmas. I get to be creative, adding ribbons and lights and greens to every nook I can find. Every year comes out a little bit different. This year we found great new garlands from Balsam Hill to drape outside along the porch and the balcony as well as inside up the stairway.

Christmas Tree in the Foyer

The decorated foyer

My sisters helped me decorate the tree with ornaments Bill and I have collected over the years. Some I had even before meeting Bill, like the Byzantine Star that tops the tree, and they all have special memories attached. I enjoy finding that special gift that’s perfect for a friend or family member, but it’s not about presents for me. It’s all about creating the magic of the holiday in our home and in our hearts.

Asheville has so many magical things to do over the holidays too. We spent the afternoon touring the National Gingerbread Competition winners displayed at the Grove Park Inn. The Montford Players are performing A Christmas Carol, and last weekend Biltmore Village hosted a Dickens Festival with performers roaming the historic streets and shopkeepers dressed in Victorian garb. The Biltmore Candlelight Evenings are a special treat that we got to enjoy last Christmas. Seeing the magnificent estate filled with ornately decorated trees, totally decked out for the holidays, by candlelight and accompanied by live celestial music is dazzling and entrancing.

This year, instead of closing the inn, we’re sharing our snug Christmastime Getaway with a house full of guests! We’re having a Christmas Wedding at A Bed of Roses! We’re all very excited. What could be more magical and romantic than a Christmas Wedding!

Decorations from outside

Our front window decorated with stars

Visit our photo gallery for more photographs of A Bed of Roses in her full holiday regalia.