Saturday, April 9, 2011

Featured Wedding ~ Emily & John

What an adorable, sweet couple Emily and John are!  I had the great pleasure of working with Emily and her mother last year.  As I said in the "Sneak Peek", the couple were both students at Wake Forest but did not meet until they studied abroad, some years later, in Sicily.
After leaving Sicily, John wrote to Emily in his journal every day for a month and later sent this journal to her.  He also sent her a journal on their wedding day, as well as a watercolor of the breathtaking Mediterranean view they had as students in Erice, Sicily.  How romantic is that?
I love Emily's dress, which was designed by Monique Lhullier.  The tulle skirt is detachable, making it appear that she wore an entirely different dress at the reception.  So gorgeous!
Rings by Tiffany & Co.
Breathtaking bouquets by The Bloom Room

John and Emily were married at the Basilica of St. Lawrence.The Catholic church has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America.  The stunning stained glass windows were made in Munich, Germany.
Wedding programs by me ~ A Fine Line Studio
Asheville Historic Trolley transported the wedding party from the Basilica to the Biltmore Forest Country Club for the reception.
With Sicily being so dear to the couple, each table was named after different regions they visited in Sicily, which I calligraphed onto each hand-painted table number I created.  I also calligraphed guests names on tiny cards, which were tied to little vases or pinned to pears. I also designed the couple's married monogram and used it at the top of each menu.
Tara Jordan, the amazing event designer with Wedding with Tara, sprinkled more touches of Sicily throughout the wedding reception with an assortment of gelato, served along with the wedding cake...
...and Limoncellos given as favors.
Emily dancing with her dad as her sweet mother watches on.  I have to say, Emily's mother is truly one of the sweetest mothers I have ever, ever worked with!  She was so appreciate and complimentary of everything I did for them. I have the kindest notes from her, which I saved and will always treasure.
I love what Emily's mother told me - she said they were "thrilled Emily and John found one another and this is coming from her parents who married later in life and told Emily she could not even date until she was 30!"
The couple honeymooned in the Turks and Caicos and now live in an old candy factory, converted to loft apartments where she is working on her Ph.D. in psychology (she is also a ballet dancer) and he is in law school.
I have no doubt, they will live happily ever after!
I hope you have enjoyed this spectacular photography by Abigail Seymour. Click on each image to better see her work.  I really had a difficult time narrowing my choices to only these!

~Have a beautiful weekend.~


  1. What a beautiful wedding post Dana! I love the atmosphere created at the reception. So soft and elegant. Your lettering looks beautiful nestled with the pears. So much attention to the soft and delicate details of the weddubg, Spectacular job!
    PS...The journal was such a special touch! Very romantic!

  2. Dana, these pictures are just lovely! You did a stunningly beautiful job on the invitations, program, table numbers... I absolutely love it!

  3. These photos really are stunning! And your calligraphy is quite spectacular, along with your commentary about the couple and their big day. The groom writing his bride a journal is one of the most romantic things I've ever heard of... what a terrific gift of love! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful event with us! I found your site via Jane Farr's, so glad I did!

  4. A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. I wish them a lifetime of happiness and golden memories. Thanks Dana for sharing! xo

  5. breathtaking...your calligraphy is so beautifully and lovingly penned over so many hours...and is simply to the exquisite couple. thank you for sharing. -k.

  6. Breathtakingly beautiful! Her dress and elegance set the bar for a blissful wedding.

  7. What a gorgeous wedding!!!!! The photos were stunning. I do like that dress idea.