Bethani & Joel's Grand Bohemian Asheville Wedding: Part I / by Michael Oppenheim

I am very excited to share these images from Bethani  and Joel's  wedding at the luxurious Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, NC in July 2011.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Bethani and Joel earlier in the spring when they came to Asheville with Bethani’s mom, Sandra, to work on their wedding plans and to do an engagement portrait downtown, at the North Carolina Arboretum,  and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Bethani (who lives and works in NYC), Joel (who lives in and works in Washington, DC), and Sandra (who lives in Atlanta), were able to pull off a very elegant destination wedding thanks to the incomparable Shay Brown and her staff at Shay Brown Events as well as Connor Boyle of the Grand Bohemian.  It was truly a huge creative team effort!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After photographing Bethani and Joel getting ready we jumped on the Asheville Trolley and made our way up to the Grove Park Inn for group shots of the bridal party and family.  Sandra really wanted a view of the mountains and I thought the wedding party would enjoy not only the mountain views from the terrace overlooking the city of Asheville, but also the majestic beauty of the Inn itself.  Thanks to the Grove Park Inn for letting us shoot there!

A big "Thank You!" goes out  to the very talented Audrey Goforth (www.goforthphoto.com) who agreed to be a second photographer for me and did an expectedly amazing job. She stayed behind at the Grand Bohemian to get beautiful detail shots and candids of guests arriving while we were at the Grove Park Inn doing the group shots.  I also had her positioned behind the bride and groom (out of view from the guests) where she could get some nice shots during the ceremony.  She did not disappoint and captured some really beautiful moments!   Also, thank you to my assistant for the day, Daniel Taylor, who also manned the photobooth that we constructed using a Drop It Modern backdrop.  You can view some of those images in Part II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for Bethani and Joel's Grand Bohemian Asheville Wedding: Part II tomorrow!  I hope you've enjoyed the images!  Thanks again to all the great wedding vendors who contributed to such an awesome wedding!

Wedding Coordinator: Shay Brown Events

Florist:  Blossoms at Biltmore Park

Makeup: Pop of Color

Wedding Cake: Short Street Cakes

Groom's Cake: Just Simply Delicious Cakes, Desserts, and Confections