Erin and Greg's Biltmore Estate Wedding at the Butterfly Garden / by Michael Oppenheim

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Erin Darnell and Greg Knese were married on  May 4, 2013 in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate's Butterfly Garden surrounded by an intimate gathering of family and friends mostly from Alabama and St. Louis, Missouri.  The wedding day was mostly cloudy and rainy  but we were fortunate that their ceremony was still held outdoors during a break in the weather.  The overcast skies merely accentuated the saturated Spring colors.  During my initial conversation with Erin she had expressed the hope for rain on her wedding day, finding the idea of doing portraits in the rain with umbrellas (or not) to be romantic.   I think "romantic" sums of the images we captured post-ceremony at dusk with the rain, the  Bentley,  and and the Biltmore House illuminated in the background.  The reception that followed was held at the Biltmore Estate Champagne Cellar which also exudes "romance"! For this particular wedding I brought together a great team of photographers, Jesse Kitt and Erica Mueller.  We will be unveiling our new collective, Constellation Photography Group, very soon!  When I told Erin the name of our group she loved it...she's an astronomer at the University of Alabama!  Thank you Jesse and Erica for your hard work and amazing images!


I would like to thank the following wedding vendors for their hard work, talent, and creative contributions:

Wedding Coordinator:  Tamara Heston, Belle Soirée

Biltmore Catering: Shay Young

Officiant:  The Rev. Dr. C. Fred Werhan

Florist: Mary Bell, Flower Gallery

Hair/Makeup: Kayce Young, About The Face

Transportation: 1959 Rolls Royce, Elite Limo (I think this was actually a Bentley)

Musicians: String Trio led by David Stevenson

Wedding Dress: Jasmine Couture bought at Lady in Lace, Tuscaloosa, AL (alterations by Karen Milton in Birmingham, AL)

Groom’sTux: Ralph Lauren

Rings: John Gillis Jewelers, Tuscaloosa, AL

Table Settings:  Fun Stuff Gift Shop, Vestavia Hills, AL (including Arte Italica pieces)

Cakemaker: Biltmore Catering