Set on a beautiful late September day in Asheville, NC, Jillian and Jesse’s wedding was an intimate celebration of their commitment to one another, surrounded by family and close friends. Before the early evening ceremony, Jillian spent the day getting ready with her mother, her sister and maid-of-honor, Lindsay, and her future sister-in-law, Valerie, in a top-story room inside the iconic Grove Park Inn overlooking the town of Asheville and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.
The beauty of the day only grew as Jillian and Jesse shared their sweet first-look moment, Jillian gently tapping on Jesse’s shoulder, prompting him to turn around and see his beautiful bride in her stunning gown for the first time that day.
If you know Jillian and Jesse, you know that they care deeply for their families and share a close bond with their siblings and parents. The ceremony was a wonderful representation of this closeness. Jillian was escorted down the rose-petaled aisle by her father; her sister and Jesse’s sister made up the wedding party; and Jesse’s brother, Paul, officiated beautifully – with heart and with humor, that only a brother could accomplish so effortlessly.
After Jillian and Jesse said their own touching vows to one another and said “I Do”, it was time to move the celebration indoors at The Golden Fleece, where both the ceremony and reception were held. Upon entering, there was a sense of romance in the air, created in part by the autumn bouquets of rich reds and oranges, the antique picture frames and décor, the candlelight everywhere. The venue was warm, rustic, romantic, and well, rather perfect.
Toasts were made, steak was eaten, wine was drunk, and dancing was done. I am grateful to have known Jillian and Jesse for a few years now, and their celebration felt authentically them and the perfect way to begin married life.
To Mr. and Mrs. Michel, I hope these images bring you happiness and remembrance for many years to come. Cheers!