We are so happy you are here and are considering sharing in our big day with us! As many of you know, Kevin and I have been bsy traveling the world and we’re looking forward to returning to the states to kick off an amazing party with all the people we love so dearly! This website includes all the information you need to know about our big day. While attention to detail is our strong suit, some information might be overlooked – so please let us know if something is missing! Check back for updates as we get closer to the big day!
When: Monday, October 14th 2019
Where: Asheville, NC
The Venue: Hidden River Events: 30 Hidden River Dr. Swannanoa, NC 28778
Ceremony start time: 4:30PM
RSVP: Received your Save the Date and already know you can or can’t attend? RSVP HERE!
Registry: Click Here!
As we’ve been sharing our wedding plans, the first thing everyone asks us is “Why Asheville?!”. Why not Block Island (where we got engaged) or New Hampshire (where Lindsey is from) or San Diego (where we met) or even on a resort in Mexico with all the traveling we have been doing. Well, as we looked at our list of what we want out of a wedding venue, all those options began to get knocked off the table for one reason or another. In searching for a venue that gave us what we wanted (or close to it), we spoke to one of Kevin’s cousins who suggested we look in the Asheville North Carolina area. So, we began to do our research into this magical town, and it quickly became clear that all signs pointed to Asheville! It’s an eclectic, artsy, outdoorsy, musical, environmentally conscious, diverse and fun town! This town provides something for everyone to explore, and we loved the idea of picking a location that other people might not think to travel to on their own. Kevin and I are convinced that you will all fall in love with it just like we did. On top of all that, there is a good portion of Kevin’s family that lives close by in Charlotte, including his 90-year-old Grandma, so we knew that Asheville would be a convenient location for her to attend.
It’s important to us to have a wedding experience where we have time to connect with all of YOU so with that being said, we would love for as many people to come out for the entire weekend if your schedule allows it!
Activities planned for the weekend (optional):
As the big day is getting closer we are starting to make more solid plans for the weekend, below are a list of some things we’ll be doing throughout the weekend, feel free to join us:
Saturday October 12th, 2019:
9:00am: Kevin is arranging a golf outing at the Asheville Golf Course. This is an open invite affair with a 9am tee time, but if you want to play, you need to let Kevin know ahead of time so he can let the ranger know our group size. The round will cost $38 which includes the cart and all the fees and taxes. Rentals are available at the club for $20 if you need them.
4:00pm: Sierra Nevada Brewery located about 20 minutes outside of Asheville. This brewery is kid friendly and definitely a must see spot in Asheville! We will plan on meeting up with everyone who is interested around 4pm. The brewery has a special event going on for Oktoberfest, so at about 6:30 we will be heading into the festival area (sorry 21+ here). You will need a ticket for the Oktoberfest event, which includes a concert by one of our favorite funk bands, Turkuaz. No ticket is required to visit the brewery outside of the festival. The information is below:
* Unfortunately tickets to the Oktoberfest event are sold out, so if you didnt get tickets, you can try and find some on stubhub or somewhere online. If you can’t find tickets, don’t fear, plenty of other people will be in the same boat and will just hang out at the brewery after those of us with tickets go it to the show.
Sunday October 13th, 2019:
12:00pm: Catawba Falls Hike – This is a light hike out to Catawba Falls, only 2.8 miles round trip, approx. 2 hrs with hang out time. Meet at the Catawba Falls Trailhead at noon to join us for some quality time outdoors in the Asheville wilderness. The trail head is 30 min. From downtown Asheville, east down interstate 40.
8:00pm: Catawba Brewery located in the heart of Asheville’s Brewery District, otherwise known as South Slope, Catawba Brewery has a great open space where we are inviting all our guests to come out and hang for a beer or two as we welcome everyone to our wedding weekend and gear up for the big day!
We have set up hotel blocks at two locations to provide our guests with options. There will be a shuttle to and from downtown Asheville and stopping at the Holiday Inn on the day of the wedding, more detail on that is in the shuttle section below.
Option A: Hilton Garden Inn – 309 College St, Asheville, NC 28801
– Location: Downtown Asheville (15-20 minutes from venue)
– Price: Sunday-Monday for $189+tax per night, Saturday for $399+tax
– Booking Contact: Direct – 828-255-0001/Online – Hilton Garden Inn Website
– Block Code: DMW
– Info: Hilton Garden Inn is in downtown Asheville and is walking distance to many cafe’s, brewery’s, bars, and restaurants for those of you interested in exploring the city with ease.
Option B: Holiday Inn – 1450 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
– Location: Swannanoa (5 minutes from venue)
– Price: Sunday-Monday for $149+tax per night, Saturday for $189+tax
– Block Code: DMW
– Booking Contact: Sam McClure – 828-298-5611 ext.4908
– Info: Holiday Inn is a cheaper option for anyone looking to save a little on lodging. It is in striking distance of the wedding venue, but still within 10-15 minutes’ drive of downtown.
*Important: For those of you arriving earlier than Sunday, hotel options are substantially more expensive as you can see above. We also only have 5 rooms blocked at each location for Saturday and none on Friday, so they are more likely to sell out. Therefore, its best that you act soon on booking your stay to ensure you have the best options. Beyond our suggested hotels, there are many Airbnb or HomeAway rentals in the greater Asheville area, so you may want to book one of those for a couple nights then move to one of the hotels, or potentially opt for the home rental for the duration of your stay, or even stay at a hotel outside of downtown for Friday and Saturday and move downtown Sunday. Life is all about options, so its up to you!
We will have one shuttle leaving from downtown Asheville on the day of the wedding that will be making one stop at the Holiday Inn on Tunnel Rd. There will also be one shuttle going from the wedding back to downtown with a stop at the Holiday Inn.
Downtown Pick-up/Drop-off Location: In front of French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
Downtown Meeting Time: 3:15pm, Bus will depart at 3:30pm
Holiday Inn Pick-up Time: 3:45pm
Hidden River Departure time: 10:30pm
If you’re a real go-getter, there are many great and unique AirBnb/Home Away options in and around the Asheville area. Click HERE to follow a link to AirBnb’s in Asheville! If you go this route, we suggest getting a spot as close to the venue or hotel as possible. We will be arranging a shuttle to the venue, but it will only be going to and from the hotels.
What to wear:
Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Cocktail, Dressy
*Ladies: The ceremony and the cocktail hour will most likely be on a lawn (weather permitting) please consider shoe options as your heels will be sinking into the grass. However, the reception and dancing will be on solid ground. The weather in October varies – the reception tent will have walls and heaters if needed but best to check the weather ahead of time and dress accordingly. Oh, and start putting the warm weather vibes out there!
We will be providing a shuttle service for hotel guests to get to and from the wedding, that information will be released as the event gets closer. However, Lyft and Uber are readily available for any of your transportation needs.
Getting to Asheville:
Asheville does have a Regional Airport and they do offer some direct flights from major hubs (Chicago, DC, Florida, Newark) but you will most likely have to connect through another airport to get into Asheville. Another option for getting to Asheville is flying into Charlotte, NC or Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. However, the ride from Charlotte to Asheville is about two hours so a rental car or other transportation would need to be arranged.
Things to do around Asheville:
Well….we dragged you all the way out here! Now what?!
Places to Eat:
Limones (Mexican Restaurant)
Biscut Head (Brunch)
Book Exchange (Book Store/Champagne Bar)
Sunny Point Cafe (Brunch/Breakfast)
Top of the Monk: (Bar/Restaurant)
Vortex Donuts (Donut Shop)
Packs Tavern: (Bar/Restaurant)
Double D’s Coffee: (Coffee/Deserts)
Asheville is full of amazing breweries! You can find them all over town, we obviously weren’t able to try them all, but here are some of our highlights!
Sierra Nevada Brewing-Off the beaten path, but a really cool spot
Follow this link to get additional information about things to do in Asheville.