Asheville Wedding

Love is in the Air: A Spring Wedding at the Biltmore Estate by Michael Oppenheim

Mary Anne Gilbert and Tish Smitherman planned their intimate and destination wedding at the Biltmore Estate in May 2015 with the help of Belle Soiree Events and the Biltmore Catering Department.  They chose the Biltmore because of its “magical” setting and chose to have their ceremony in the Walled Garden amid blooming flowers with a reception featuring a “family-style” feasting table in from the Conservatory. 

Surrounded by close friends and family Mary Anne (wearing a romatic Oleg Cassini dress) and Tish (wearing Ralph Lauren) exchanged emotional vows that brought laughter and tears to all in attendance. Susan Marlan, of BeLoved Ceremonies, officiated the ceremony.  The exchange of vows were among one of the most emotionally powerful expressions of love I have witnessed as a wedding photographer. 

According to Mary Anne and Tish they “wanted to create special moments by combining formal attire with relaxing, fun, softness, and sheer happiness and love.”   I hope the images captured throughout the day, with the help of my second shooter, Zaire Kacz, reflect those intentionsand that love.  It was honor to photograph their wedding and I hope you enjoy this collection of photos.  Congratulations Mary Anne and Tish!  A list of wedding vendors that contributed to this wedding can be found after the photos.  


Wedding Venue:  Biltmore Estate Walled Garden and Conservatory

Wedding Coordinator: Tamara Heston, Belle Soiree Events

Officiant: Susan Marlan, BeLoved Ceremony

Florist: Stacie Brown, Bloom Room

Hair/Makeup:  Blush with Wendy Balance and Amanda Hughes

Transportation: Elite Limousine

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini & Fashion Atelier Tatyana Merryman

Tish’s Suit:  Ralph Lauren

Rings Designer: Mark Schneider


Table settings:  Biltmore Catering

Cake maker: Biltmore Catering

Band: A Social Function

Kristin and Rishi's Wedding at Diana at Biltmore: Part I by Michael Oppenheim

For those of you who might be planning an Autumn wedding in Asheville I thought you might enjoy these images taken last October at the Biltmore Estate.   Kristin Dunphy and Rishi Patel were married at Diana at Biltmore which is perched on a grassy hill that overlooks the Biltmore House and Blue Ridge Mountains.  It was a pleasure working with Kristin and Rishi and their wonderful family and friends.  These are some of my favorite images of Kristin getting ready with her family and friends at the Inn on Biltmore wedding, as well as some detail shots.  I will be following up with Parts II and III over  the next couple of days.

Thanks to the following wedding vendors that contributed to the success of their wedding day!

Wedding Coordinator:  Tamara Heston at Belle Soiree.

Maura Scarmack:  Biltmore Estate Events and Catering

Florist:  Purple Iris (Liz Wright)

Hair stylist: Lelana from Lola Salon, Asheville, NC
Makeup stylist: Zac @ Make-up, Asheville, NC
Ring designer: Verriago
Dress Maker: San Patrick
Again, I'll be following up with more images from Kristin and Rishi's beautiful wedding day at the Biltmore Estate.
Michael Oppenheim