Jessica and Xavier's Wedding: Basilica of St. Lawrence ceremony and Homewood reception / by Michael Oppenheim

Jessica Dunlap and Xavier Game were married at the beautiful  Basilica of St. Lawrence in downtown Asheville on October 12, 2013 with a reception that followed at Homewood in neighboring historic Montford neighborhood.  Both of these venues reflect Asheville's rich architectural  and cultural heritage and were the perfect setting for Jessica and Xavier's wedding,  especially given the fact that they met as undergraduates at UNCA that sits just a mile away from Homewood.    According to Jessica Homewood "felt  very intimate and welcoming, and was the perfect size since we did not want an overly large wedding."  It's proximity to the iconic Basilica was perfect and afforded an opportunity for the wedding party to take a trolley from the church to the reception site. This wedding had a little bit of everything:  a ceremony held in one of Asheville's most iconic and beautiful churches, a Vera Wang Dress, a trolley ride, Ecuadorian wedding cakes made by the groom's mom that took 4 months to prepare, a hamburger bar at the reception catered by Dining Innovations, a photo booth whose props migrated onto the dance floor (check my next blog post for those amazing images), cigars and cocktails, and a sparkling departure.  A great time was definitely had by all!

I want to thank Shay Brown Events (Amy Wood served as their coordinator) and the staff of both the Basilica and the Homewood for their collaborative efforts in pulling off such a memorable wedding for Jessica and Xavier.  I also want to thank John Fletcher for second shooting with me during the ceremony and part of the rocked!  You will find a complete listing of all the wedding vendors that contributed to their wedding day following the images.




Venue: Homewood

Wedding Coordinator: Amy Wood – Shay Brown Events

Officiant: Fr. Frank Cancro, Queen of the Apostles

Florist:Shay Brown Events

Hair/Makeup: Dollbox

Transportation: Asheville Trolley

Musicians: Sound Extreme

Bride and Groom’s Fashion stuff:

Wedding dress designer: White by Vera Wang

Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bouquet:  Shay Brown Events

Groom’s tux designer: Ralph Lauren

Rings designer: Groom – Handcrafted in Ecuador / Bride – Visions of Creation


Table settings: Homewood

Cake maker: Groom’s mother

Who did the other design elements? Shay Brown Events/ Homewood

DJ and/or Band?: DJSound Extreme

Caterer:  Dining Innovations