All right, it’s storytime, friends! Buckle up because I’m about to spill the deets on Kaitlin and Ryan’s awe-inspiringly gorgeous Asheville wedding. Just think—jewel tones, thrift-store chic with piles of personality, and a vibe that’s as eclectic as it is electric. Let’s dive in!
From the get-go, this wedding wasn’t about pomp and circumstance; it was about love, plain and simple! Forget about being the center of attention—Kaitlin and Ryan wanted to be in the mix, living it up with their favorite humans. They were both surrounded by nature and their nearest and dearest.
Bright and early, we started with a first look at sunrise on the French Broad River. Kaitlin rocked her great-grandmother’s stone and her mom’s veil, plucking those heartstrings. And their décor? Picture an explosion of dark burgundy, navy, amber, and green with the wealthiest textures you can imagine—all sourced from the thrift store finds. Talk about making sustainability look good.
We all then rallied together and headed south to Jump Off Rock. The couple, only close friends, and the family arrived at Jump Off Rock for a ceremony that was anything but conventional. There wasn’t a formal aisle in sight—instead, it was all about the intimate gathering of folks encircling them. Plus, the fog seemed to heighten the intimacy. Tears, laughter, and possibly a few beers were on the menu.
The ring-warming ritual oozed spiritual vibes rather than religious formalities. Watching Ryans’s mother and Kailtlin’s father getting the rings at the same time could only be scripted by the photo gods!
After saying their “heck yeses,” the crew made a beeline for some classy coffee and brunch action (because what’s a fantastic morning shindig without a caffeine kick and tasty noms?). Imagining that posse buzzed on espresso, high on love, and soaking in those killer views is magical.
The Century Room On The Park was where it all went down. At 6:30 PM sharp, the cocktail hour heralded the start of an all-nighter that promised nothing but bopped steps and raised glasses.
And can we talk about the tunes? That band delivered the jams that had everyone—from the awkward shufflers to the dance dynamos—tearing it up under the amber glow of thrifted candlesticks and vases. It was less about the formalities (like sparkler exits and choreographed dances) and more about grooving with the fam to classics like “My Girl” and “Lean On Me.”
When the sun dipped, and the lights got low, it all boiled down to the party. Ryan and Kaitlin wanted their bash to go off! From the open bar that kept the spirits (and shots) flowing to the infectious beat of the band, it all screamed, “Welcome to the best night of our lives.”
Sneaking in a ‘thank you’ here and a toast there, this wasn’t a run-of-the-mill reception. It was a whole mood—a once-in-a-lifetime fiesta all about vibing, imbibing, and celebrating love.
So, there you have it—Kaitlin and Ryan’s wedding. An authentic, all-heart, less-drama-more-party kind of celebration that had everyone leave thinking, “Well, that was freakin’ awesome.” Cheers to the happy couple, and here’s to love stories that remind us it’s the unscripted moments that make life oh-so-sweet!
Photography: Michael Freas Photography
Planning: The Hunt is Over
Ceremony Venue : Jump Off Rock
Reception Venue/Catering/Bar/Rentals: Century Room on the Park
Floral: All the Pretty Flowers
Makeup: Flawless Airbrush & Makeup
Hair: Hair by Kristen Olive