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Megan & Chris {The Crest Center & Pavilion}

Megan & Chris {The Crest Center & Pavilion}

Pure sweetness—that is how we would describe these pretty summer nuptials at Crest Center. Megan and Chris, Big Apple city slickers (they live in Brooklyn currently), jetted back to Megan’s home state of North Carolina to swap their “I do’s” and goodness, are we glad they did as this wedding is truly one-of-a-kind. Chris’ pocket full of posies à la Blossoms at Biltmore Park shows us that the grooms can be just as trendsetting as the gals and their dessert bar, oh me, oh my. We think we’ve died and gone to dessert heaven. And wait until you get wind of their proposal . . . out of all the questionnaires we had a chance to read through, out of all the fascinating love stories sent our way, this was the one that made us giggle out loud. Now, we aren’t going to spill the beans on why as Megan, our bride of the day, tells it best. So read on, sweethearts, and get ready to have your heart warmed and your face a smilin’.

Asheville Wedding Guide: We can’t tease any longer. The proposal, let’s hear it.

Megan: Our engagement was a complete surprise! On July 1, 2016, I was working late due to quarter-end deadlines. Chris asked me to meet him for a late dinner at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Upon arriving, I noticed Chris was wearing his leather jacket and immediately began making fun of him–who wears a leather jacket in July? Unbeknownst to me, he needed a pocket to keep the ring in and thought it uncouth to propose while wearing cargo shorts. After the table was cleared following dinner, we sat with our margaritas and Chris began a heartfelt speech about his certainty with where he wanted his life to lead and pulled out my engagement ring. While he claims he was going to get down on one knee, as anyone that’s been crammed into a tiny New York City restaurant can attest, there was no room.

AWG: A story to tell the kids one day, that’s for sure. We spy some nifty temporary tattoos. What was the inspiration?

Megan: We wanted to include some personal detail elements in the reception as that is what makes a wedding unique. Our temporary tattoo favors were cartoons of Chris and I designed by Chris’ sister. When we first started dating, we would bring each other temporary tattoos as souvenirs from trips or wherever we saw an especially funny one for sale. We thought it was fun to include this inside joke as part of our reception. We also designed “fun fact” napkins in three different colors that were distributed by the bartenders all night.

AWG: Nice. This is a summer wedding but we notice deeper colors that work quite nicely in décor.

Megan: I used navy and eggplant tones as the base colors because I thought these would complement all of the outdoor elements in our ceremony and reception settings really well. Our remaining palette was inspired by our floral arrangements. I absolutely love flowers and knew from the beginning I would never be able to pick one or two varietals. I went with bold summer jewel tones mixed in with splashes of lighter shades. I was so happy with Sara, our planner’s, suggestion to use a variety of colors in the florals and the way that this idea was brought to life was just flawless.

AWG: Agree, wholeheartedly. What else was noteworthy about your July day?

Megan: We opted for a reception exit lit by glow sticks rather than sparklers, stemming from my childhood fear of sparklers. Our grand exit into our Rolls Royce getaway car was perfectly captured by our photographer, Julia Wade.

Want to know who else helped make this day more than memorable? Scroll, scroll, scroll.

Venue: The Crest Center & Pavilion

Imagery: Julia Wade Photography

Planner: Wedding Connections

Florals: Blossoms at Biltmore Park

Cake: Ruth & Ranshaw

Music: Dan Keller (ceremony); Dan Keller Jazz Trio (cocktail hour); Eastcoast Entertainment (reception)

Signage: Amber Hatchett Designs

Bride’s gown: Designer Loft Bridal

Beauty: Powder Me Pretty (makeup); Salon Zhenya (hair)