2011-April 29-May 1st to the Biltmore Estate for Emily and Brian's wedding:
I didn't just get to attend their wedding, I was also their professional photographer! Over the years I've had the opportunity to photograph some really fun weddings---everything from one in the back yard of my son and daughter-in-law's house, to one on a Southern California beach, to this one here at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina---not to mention many church weddings around St. Louis! No--I don't do weddings for a living, but I've had lots of friends and family and friends of family ask me to take their pictures. Emily and Brian happen to be friends of my daughter. She went to college at K-State with Brian and she later met Emily at the Architecture firm she worked for after college. She even convinced Brian that he wanted to come work there---where she introduced him to Emily.
So why did they pick the Biltmore for their wedding? Emily was the architect for much of Antler Village at the Biltmore! Brian also did the museum there in Antler Village. They're the architects of many interesting places (like Sea Worlds and other tourist areas), so it was fitting that they had a destination wedding to one of the places they worked at. With all the time they've spent at the Biltmore, they know everyone and everything about the estate. I was definitely spoiled!!! Starting with the trip to the Biltmore in Oct. of 2010 when they were finalizing wedding stuff---like cake tasting, ordering flowers, checking out the venues. I had never been to the Biltmore before. What a way to see it for the first time---with personal guides. Emily even took care of getting permission for me to photograph their wedding.
April 29, 2011:So in late April, Ken and I drove from St. Louis to Alpharetta, Georgia, where our daughter was living and on the 29th of April, I rode up to the Biltmore with Angie and Josh.
View of the Biltmore house from the mountains nearby.
a lounge inside the Inn.
April 30, 2011:The big day had arrived, with lots of things packed into it: High Tea, wedding photos around the estate, the wedding, and the reception.
But first, I woke to this amazing view from my bedroom window.
May 1, 2011:We were on our own now. So we did some touristy things before we left---like tour the house.
to the Biltmore in 2017, it was allowed.
AFter touring the house, we wandered the grounds a bit.