LAUREN AND DREW - Sophie Magazine

Drew and I were engaged in March 2013. In order to enjoy this exciting phase of our lives, we decided to wait before we started planning a wedding that would fit both of our personalities. While trying to find the perfect location to say “I Do,” Drew casually mentioned Asheville. We stumbled upon The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville and quickly made an appointment to visit after looking at a few pictures online. The hotel was perfect – for both of us. The rustic lobby and animal wall mounts were all Drew, and the ballroom’s elegant Swarovski chandeliers were all me! We decided that our wedding theme was “romantic elegance,” and no one understood this better than our florist, Flower Gallery. The owner, Luck McElreath, along with our planner, Mary Bell, made our vision a reality. Before the ceremony, Luck let me peek into the reception room; from the linens, to the flowers, to the cake, I was speechless. Mary ensured the rest of the day went seamlessly, thanks to her organization and attention to detail. I married my southern gentleman in front of our closest friends and family on April 26, 2014. Albeit cliché, it was truly the best day of my life!

Our 5 Favorite Memories

1 Lauren: My first look at my husband-to-be while walking into our ceremony space. He had the biggest smile on this face.

2 Lauren: When my husband grabbed my hand and thanked me for such a perfect and beautiful day. He said it was the best wedding he had ever been to and it was even better it was his very own!

3 Drew: The surreal moment as I stood in front of our family and friends, the violin started playing, the door opened and Lauren began to walk down the aisle. This is when it sank in for me that all of the hard work and months of conversations we had been having about the wedding were all for that moment and we were finally getting married!

4 Drew: The moment when the band introduced us as husband and wife to all of our wedding guests, people brought together from all parts of our lives in one room…I loved that!

5 Drew and Lauren: Sitting back and watching how much fun our family and friends were having on the dance floor. It was a riot!

wedding dress: Ellis Bridal 
tux: Men’s Wearhouse
hair: Kristin Troglin
(J Graham & Co. Salon, Charlotte, NC)
make-up: Wendy BALLANCE (Blush)
Venue: The Grand Bohemian Asheville
Bridal Consultant & Wedding Planner: Mary Bell Events
Photography: Woodward & Rick Photographers
Flowers: Flower Gallery of Asheville
Cake: Cakes by Jane
Officiant: Mark Sibley-Jones
Musicians: Morgan Jeter (Violinist) 
and Cashmere (East Coast Entertainment)