It’s not unusual to marry at a landmark site, such as the Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina…but it may be a trifle unusual to hold your ceremony in the site’s wine cellar! This small, intimate affair is brought to us with candlelight, abundant flowers everywhere, and casually spirited style by Stephen DeVries. This bride’s not afraid of being all-girl, from her strapless lacy gown to her cascading curls and her high-heeled satin slippers. Her groom’s got a laid-back approach with suspenders, a broad golden four-in-hand tie, and a jaunty miniature rose in his lapel. In the shadowed recesses of the cool stone cellar, the walls are lit with sconces and the overhead chandelier is draped in greenery, just the right touch without excess, for this small, cozy gathering.
Outdoors, the couple enjoys glorious fall foliage on this expansive estate, takes some terrific woods photos, and then leads the way back indoors to candlelit tables and a vividly colored floral-topped wedding cake poised on a gold stand. Guests are invited to write “messages in a bottle” for the couple — and encouraged to take a Frisbee “favor” as a souvenir! Amid chandeliers draped with beads and more greens, the couple shares a feast, a dab or two of cake (complete with frosting on the nose), and a tender first dance. As the party ebbs to a close, guests gather at the door to see the newlyweds (each with a Frisbee as well) into their new future, in a shower of pink and red flower petals and a bevy of warm, happy wishes for a grand life together.