Real Hindsight Advice | A Colorful Candy Wedding

Color, Candy, and a Castle in Asheville, NC

Biltmore Wedding

In the middle of late winter/ early spring when its still snowing, or raining, or flooding, or mudding, it's so refreshing to see a pop of color in anticipation of summer. I think that's what makes spring so special. Well I have more than a pop of color for you today! I have an explosion of color, candy, and all around playfulness. Uber talented Asheville wedding photographers Derek Olson and Galen McGee submitted this fun Biltmore Estate wedding through Two Bright Lights.

Galen and Derek describe the day this way:

Jess and Mike were married in the mountains of Asheville, NC at the Biltmore Estate. They incorporated details (many DIY) that had meaning to them – which were colorful and fun. LEGO, board games for guests, a candy bar, their cute dog (Charlie), vibrant flowers by A Flower Gallery, and more!

rings and games

wedding gown and bouquet

western north carolina wedding

bridal bouquets and flower girls

groom with dog

Gerber daisy boutonnieres

bridal portrait at the Biltmore

math table numbers

candy bar

mario brothers wedding cake

game wedding

flower girls dancing

wedding sparklers


Hindsight Advice

What are three things you're glad you did?

    * My DIY photo booth (with silly props) was so much fun
    * Had both of my parents walk me down the isle
    * There was no 'giving away' (I'm not property:) )
    * Hired a day of coordinator – I was nervous about trusting someone else w/ control, but seriously she was amazing when push came to shove- she was always there
    * Got a live band for ceremony and reception
    * Instead of a traditional gift to/from each other- we wrote love letters to each other
    * Hired amazing photographers :)

Three things you wish you had done?

    * Got a wedding video
    * Had an actual bachelorette party/bridal shower – I don't have many 'girl' friends so it would have been pretty small, but I still which that I had one. Instead we had a combined girl/guy party where we basically just had a BBQ at our house with our friends in the area. It was a lot of fun- but you can have a BBQ anytime.

Three things you wish you hadn't done?

    * Had it in the middle of July- it was 95 degrees out (and it was outside). It was our 5 year (to the day) anniversary though so it made it special
    * Sent out the invitations way too early- I sent them like 3 months in advance since most of our guests would need to make travel arrangements- I realized that it was way too early since some people forgot about it until I reminded them.

Things you wish you hadn't worried about?

    * Making everyone happy- I really hate it when all the attention is on me so I tend to try and direct the attention on other people's problems.

What is your very best hindsight advice?

When the day comes- the only thing that really matters is that you are getting married to the love of your life.


Wedding Professionals:

Photographer:  Two Ring Studios
Hair Stylist:  The Secret Spa
Caterer:  Biltmore Estate
Event Planner:  Verge Events
Floral Designer:  Flower Gallery
Reception Venue:  Biltmore Estate
Other:  The Party Pixie

Christie Osborne
Christie Osborne has lived in or visited every mountain range in the US. Once a mountain bride herself, she's dedicated to helping mountain brides plan their weddings and find the perfect vendors. She's known in the blogging world for her no-nonsense attitude, and she loves to ski. Follow Mountainside Bride on Twitter Facebook and Pinterest.
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  1. says

    You do us right and I love me some Hindsight! This is really a beautiful presentation of a truly fantastic day. Jess and Mike’s wedding was one of those events that was truly an honor to shoot. The day was super easy going and all the folks were fun and welcoming. There was really a spirit of celebration which made capturing the day easy. Cheers!

    • says

      You two are awesome. I’ve admired your work well before we met. If I may sing you’re praises just a bit more: There are two things Two Ring Studios do superbly : 1) You capture color so well. Everything pops. 2) I don’t think any one can perfectly capture the mood on the dance floor like you two can. Every wedding I see of yours has numerous iconic dance floor shots. This wedding is a perfect example! Thanks so much for submitting it to the Hindsight Bride!

      Note: Two Ring Studios shot our 1st Wedding Anniversary shoot and I recommend them whole-heatedly. They are great to work with and shoot beautiful pictures (This is NOT a sponsored statement; it is a simple seal of approval from one {hindsight} bride to another based on my personal experience.)

  2. says

    Aw shucks. You are too kind. We are so happy to be featured on your blog today! When we see our photos featured on blogs such as yours it reminds us a) we have the coolest clients EVER and b) we love our jobs. Simple as that :)