Nicki + Ben | Claire Pettibone Wedding from Jesse Kitt Photography

This fall farm wedding comes to us from Asheville, North Carolina complete with  a stunning autumn backdrop and artistic DIY touches. Nicki and Ben were married along the river’s edge with a very cool paper flower installation as the alter and the theme continued with the paper ball decorations in vibrant pops of color in the reception tent.  I love that! Don’t miss the really yummy spread of desserts including wedding pies…or my favorite: the detailing on Nicki’s silk wedding gown called Genevieve from Claire Pettibone with handmade European lace and velvet appliqué. So stunning!

Nicki + Ben | November 3, 2012 | Hidden River Events in Asheville, NC

The Ceremony
We had an outdoor ceremony along the river’s edge. It was preceded by a cocktail hour (and followed by one, too!) and started at 4 pm. Our good friend, Christie, was the officiant. The flowers in the background were handmade from poster board and shower poufs. The ceremony was short and sweet. Ben and I wrote our own vows and danced our way out to James Brown “I Feel Good.”

The Reception
The reception was in a large outdoor tent on the farm field. After dinner, Ben danced with his mom, twirled me around the dance floor, and then the wedding party surprised us with a small flash mob to “Let’s Get the Party Started.” It was fantastic and certainly got the crowd dancing for the evening. We finished the night with a local hot dog cart for a midnight snack.

Nicki’s Dress Search
I was completely open to the style of dress. I knew I wanted it to be “different” or non-traditional. I only went to independent bridal studios, and I only tried on a handful of dresses before I tried on the Genevieve dress. The vintage look was perfect for a fall farm wedding, and I had not seen another dress quite like this one.

How Nicki Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Majestic, Surreal

Why Nicki Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
A slinky silk dress with handmade European lace and velvet applique – I have never put something so amazing on my body in my whole life. I felt so very lucky to be able to afford this dress. It is absolutely silly for it to sit in a closet for years to come when someone else might be able to feel the same way that I did for half the price.

Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Photography: Jesse Kitt | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hidden River Events, Asheville, NC | Floral Design: Blossoms at Hidden River Events | Cake: We had pies by Auntie M’s Pies