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Ole & Aaron’s Fairytale Wedding in Asheville

A Destination Wedding at Biltmore Estate

Chemistry from the Start

The couple first met at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. At the time, Ole was working as an international guest researcher and Aaron was a research scientist working in a neighboring office. He approached Ole and asked her out for a coffee, where they bonded over their shared interests in science and research. Keep reading to find out how ACE Weddings & Events helped the couple plan their destination wedding at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

A few years after they met, in the intimate environment of their living room, Aaron knelt down on one knee and proposed to Ole. It wasn’t quite a surprise, but, she says, it was still a day filled with heartfelt sentiment.

“I knew my boyfriend had the ring, but neither our families nor friends knew we would get engaged,” Ole says. “So, even though I knew he would ask me, when he went down on one knee, it was a very emotional moment. I started to cry because it was just genuine.” 

Planning a Traditional Wedding with ACE Weddings & Events 

Amanda Caputo of ACE Weddings & Events helped the couple plan their dream event. The main challenge that they faced was finding a venue that would allow for a large event so that all their loved ones could attend. The couple liked the idea of having mountain views, yet they still sought a traditional ballroom setting for their reception. They found their ideal venue when they toured the Biltmore Estate. They’d visited the Biltmore several times before and decided that the picturesque estate and mansion would be the ideal setting for a destination wedding in Asheville. The Biltmore remains the largest house in the nation, and offers several indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites, while castle-like architecture and extensive grounds make for stunning wedding photos.

On July 24, the couple tied the knot at the Inn at Biltmore with a small group of their loved ones during a ceremony officiated by Dan Samarov. Although the plan was to have a tented outdoor ceremony, Ole and Aaron’s wedding had to be moved inside due to rain – but not before the couple caught a glimpse of a magical double rainbow. 

Tying the Knot at Biltmore Estate 

The bride decided on a formal, traditional wedding with white – her favorite color – as the standout shade. The florals, organized by ACE Weddings & Events, were all white with little hints of greenery, which were also included in the table arrangements. ACE helped Ole execute her vision to create a romantic style with a fully white color scheme. 

“Preparing for the wedding and choosing the small details is a great pleasure,” Ole says. 

Ole visited around ten boutiques to find her perfect dress, and in the end she settled on a traditional ballgown by Willowby, with elegant lace heels from Bella Belle. She added to her bridal look with delicate diamond crawler earrings, a simple veil and a gold tiara from Twigs & Honey.

Although Ole’s family was not able to attend the wedding due to the pandemic and visa restrictions on overseas travel, they caught up with the bride and groom via video chat during the reception, and a close friend stepped in to walk her down the aisle.

“I wanted a happy wedding where everyone enjoyed and danced all night,” Ole says. 

Advice from the Bride

“Enjoy every moment as much as you can,” Ole says. “Take pictures of the whole process before the wedding, because at the end of the day when you remember that period, you’ll have those sweet moments to lighten you up.”

The couple lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they both work as scientists.

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