Champagne Cellar at The Biltmore Estate

Dennis and Grace's Winter Wedding at the Biltmore Estate by Michael Oppenheim

Some would consider having a wedding in the wintertime to be a risky proposition.  But Grace Soards and Dennis Stilger’s decision to have an intimate and vintage wedding at the historic Biltmore Estate in mid-January 2015 paid off in spades.  We were treated to a spectacular day on the Estate with smaller crowds that you would find any other time of the year.  And as these images attest the Biltmore Estate is gorgeous and magical anytime of the year! 

When Grace and Dennis decided they wanted an intimate wedding they knew they needed to leave their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky so they could more easily keep the guest list manageable.  The design aesthetic included winter white flowers, vintage wedding attire, a 1956 Rolls Royce, and monogrammed, classic details. 

Their wedding ceremony was held in the the Champagne Cellar at Antler Village and the reception was at the Inn on Biltmore.  Blossoms of Biltmore Park and the Biltmore catering department created a very romantic atmosphere with their floral design and table settings.  Tamara Heston of Bele Soiree Events  (as well as Stephanie Woods with Biltmore Catering) was a "huge help...keeping things moving and organized", according to Grace.

Thank you to all the super-talented wedding vendors that contributed to this wedding.   It’s always a team effort!


Venue:  Champagne Cellar at Antler Village at the Biltmore Estate

Wedding Coordinator: Tamara Heston with Belle Soiree Events

Officiant: Susie Greene

Florist: Blossoms at Biltmore Park

Hair/Makeup: Beth Manuel and Kristen Davis

Transportation: Elite Limousine (1955 Rolls Royce)

Musician: James Carr

Wedding Dress:  Maggie Sottero

Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers

Groom’s Tie: Gucci

Gromm’s Shoes: Magnanni

Rings: Aesthetics in Jewelry (Louisville, KY)

Table Settings: Biltmore and Blossoms

Cake maker: Biltmore Estate

Reception Band:  The Voltage Brothers

Biltmore Estate Wedding at the Butterfly Garden by Michael Oppenheim

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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