Biltmore 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