Melissa and Todd's DIY Hidden River Events Wedding: Part I / by Michael Oppenheim

I am excited to share this first set of  images from Melissa Hunsucker and Todd Weakley’s DIY wedding held at Hidden River Events in Swannanoa, NC  back on July 30, 2011.  Surrounding themselves with their “artistic-minded friends and family”, and using local vendors that reflected their personal style, Melissa and Todd orchestrated what I would call an authentic Asheville wedding on a tight budget.  They are a beautiful couple with a great group of friends and family and were so easy to work with throughout their wedding day. The venue, Hidden River Events is an 18-acre farm 10 minutes from Asheville with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop.  It is owned and operated by Jeanne Sommer, a full-time Professor of Religious Studies at Warren Wilson College, who served as the officiant at their ceremony.  Melissa and Todd found her “welcoming”, “accommodating,” and “sensitive to [their] non-traditional ceremony requests.”

Both Melissa and Todd fly-fish together so the fact that a river runs along the ceremony site was an added bonus.  Hidden River Events was affordable and included housing for some of the guests as well as many of the basics (i.e. tables, dance floor, candle holders, etc.),  And to top it off, it included a horse and carriage which Todd thought might be “embarrassing and cheesy but ended up being fun and a convenient getaway between the ceremony and reception”.

Melissa looked absolutely fabulous in the custom-made dress that her mom made for her.  And her "old trusty boots" finished the wardrobe perfectly especially given the surroundings.   Her bouquet and all the  flowers were done by Katie at Lady Luck Flower Farm.

Without further ado, here is Part I.  Check out Part II on Monday.

Congratulations, Melissa and Todd!


















































Check out Part II on Monday!


Melissa and Todd's Wedding Vendors:

Venue:  Hidden River Events

Wedding Coordinator: Kelly Gilles at Hidden River Events

Wedding Officiant: Jeanne Sommer of Hidden River Events

Photographer:  Michael Oppenheim Photography

Florist: Lady Luck Flower Farms

Caterer:  12 Bones

Cakes: Short Street Cakes

Music: DJ SteadyLove