The Knot Dream Wedding

Last week I had an amazing experience working with Holly Chapple and The Chapel Designers on a special wedding for an incredible couple, Rebekah & Pete. Rebekah & Pete were both severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. After they were engaged in October,  The Knot, a popular wedding magazine and online wedding resource, decided to throw them a Dream Wedding at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

I know you keep hearing me talk about Holly Chapple and the Chapel Designers but these people are beyond gifted when it comes to floral design. Not only that but they are kind, generous, and as I saw this week, quick to sacrifice their time, energy, and sleep to help others. I felt like a walking zombie after the wedding was over but now that I’ve had some sleep, I am stunned at what was accomplished and the beauty of what we created. I’ve been looking at the pictures all morning and reading more about the Bride & Groom and tears keep streaming down my cheeks. They were so sweet and even more beautiful in real life. Watch their story here. Warning: you will need tissues. I didn’t get to meet them but I was allowed to stand off to the side behind the camera crew and watch the wedding. It was emotional and beautiful.

If you’re familiar with the Biltmore Estate, the ceremony was held on the lawn beside the arbor and facing “the house” with the rolling hills and mountains behind it. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and it “snowed” petals the whole time. It was so romantic and totally breathtaking. For the ceremony, we designed an arch of willow, blooming branches, and hundreds of flowers. The end result was stunning!!! Each side of the aisle was lined with flower and then we covered the entire length of the aisle in lush petal carpet. Take a wild guess how many roses were used to create the carpet! Thankfully the site was covered in a clear tent because we had nice little rain shower during the ceremony. It poured for a few minutes and then stopped just minutes after the ceremony ended.

 

The Knot Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapel Designers, Rebekah Gregory, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

The beautiful bride with her father.
Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

The Reception was spectacular! I won’t do it justice by trying to describe it but in keeping with the “Enchanted Garden” theme of the whole day, everything from the floral entrance to the elevated centerpieces, the linens, the gold couches, the ultra feminine pink linens, gold Chiavari chairs, the cake from Alchemy Cake in New York City, the gold rimmed china, to the floral chandelier was a gorgeous!!

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

Reception entrance

 

Here are a few more pictures that I took throughout the week. To see professional pictures of the wedding, check out The Knot on Instagram.

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The sun was just rising when we arrived at the Biltmore Estate for set-up and this was the view that greeted us.

 

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Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

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Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding, Blue bonnets, Toss Bouquet, Pink and blue bouquet

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

I’m sorry this one is so blurry but we were standing behind the camera crew so I was a little ways away. This was the best I could get of the ceremony. It was absolutely gorgeous!

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

They’re married!

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Floral Chandelier, The Chapel Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist, The Knot Dream Wedding, Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Couple's Dream Wedding

 

A little more behind the scenes action

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapple Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

The all american grown flowers kept coming and coming!! It was awesome!

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapple Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

Hundreds of Juliet roses.

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapple Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

Hellebores

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapple Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

Hellebores

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We were swimming in a sea of flowers.

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Julieann spray roses

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Gaia Herb Farm in Brevard, North Carolina donated this farmhouse for several of the out-of-town designers to stay out during the week.

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The view from Gaia farmhouse

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapple Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

Hunter Sherwood of Sherwood Events & Design unloading centerpieces for the reception.

The Knot Dream Wedding, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, The Chapple Designers, Urban Petals, Greenville Florist

Amy unloading centerpieces. The man in the background, Butch, donated the use of the cold storage trailer for us to use as a cooler during the week. He also transported it to the Biltmore Estate for us very early Friday morning.

 

The Chapel Designers, Hunter Sherwood, Peggy Sherwood, Amy Dunlap, Trish Van de Merkt, Janna Avery, Anna Stouffer, Kristi Turbyfill, Holly Chapple, Eatherley Schultz, and Holly Rutt

The AMAZING Knot Dream Wedding Team – The Chapel Designers (left to right): Hunter Sherwood, Peggy Sherwood, Amy Dunlap, Trish Van de Merkt, Janna Avery, Anna Stouffer, Kristi Turbyfill, Holly Chapple, Eatherley Schultz, and Holly Rutt

 

The wedding has already been featured on NBC, Inside Edition, and here is the sweetest video from The Knot that will make you cry so grab some tissues. It was honor to help Holly Chapple on this wedding. I was in awe watching her and the other designers knock out design after design. Each one of them is kind and I’m so thankful to call them my friends.

~Anna

 

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