REASONS TO CONSIDER A BILTMORE ELOPEMENT
Last month, Matthew and I took a trip to Asheville, NC. We squeezed in a couples session at Max Patch, a Midland Concert downtown, followed by a morning at the Biltmore Estate. After discussing intimate weddings with their event coordinator, we thought we would share all of our reasons to consider a Biltmore elopement.
The location of the Biltmore Estate is tucked away in the heart of Asheville and it overlooks a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains off in the distance. Gatlinburg is also just over an hour away depending on how long you plan on visiting the area.
There are so many things you can do and see in Asheville including kayaking, canyoneering, zip lining, white water rafting, fishing and even foraging. If you love the idea of staying on the Biltmore Estate and not venturing off they have wine tasting, spa services, horseback riding, beautiful walking paths and even a Land Rover experience.
As you scroll threw a select few of my favorite images from our trip, you will see just a small glimpse of the beauty within the Biltmore’s grounds. The architecture alone is jaw dropping. Everywhere you turn there is something else beautiful to see. It’s a true fairytale place in my personal opinion. From the Estate, to the gardens and surrounding landscape there was not a single place on the grounds that wasn’t gorgeous even in the heart of winter.
If you adore art and historical architecture, then a Biltmore elopement may be perfect for you!
One thing I loved about the Biltmore was that they have multiple places for intimate weddings including Cedric’s Garden, The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Antler Hill Barn and the Walled Garden. Depending on the size of your guest count will depend on what spaces work best for you and also what will fit within your budget.
For those wanting a Biltmore elopement (guest count 12 or less) they do have an amazing collection that consists of your ceremony next to a beautiful old oak tree. This collection includes white folding chairs, sparkling brut, florals for the bride, boutonnière and a two night stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate which is conveniently located next door. You can add on a cake if you wish as well. You can email them directly for more info – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are considering an engagement session or surprise proposal at the Biltmore you can do this as well! They can also accommodate rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons. We saw fellow photographers walking the grounds with their clients taking advantage of the raw beauty this special place has to offer.
TIPS FOR YOUR TRIP
Wanting to visit the Biltmore Estate before booking your elopement? Make sure to plan ahead! Purchase your tickets in advance because they only have so many tickets per tour times (if you plan on walking through the home itself).
Take your time! Don’t rush through the tour and really soak up every detail that you can. Matthew and I chose not to take images of the inside of the home because we wanted to savor the moment and have something to look forward to when we go back.
Upon arrival, if you don’t mind walking we suggest parking in the lot farther from the house so you can grasp just how amazing the Estate is as you walk up to it. Grab your free wine tasting reservation upon arrival because they also have limited availability.
Once the tour is over, head to the little bakery style cafe next door. We shared a BLT sandwich, a cheese danish and hot apple cider that was divine! Reminder, the winery is not next to the Estate and you must drive to it so be aware of how far away you park. There are trolley’s there but they only go to certain parking areas.
We hope these tips help you when planning your next visit!
NEED A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Looking to book a Biltmore elopement and need a photographer for the occasion? Matthew and I would love to be apart of your day! Head to the inquire page HERE to reserve one of our remaining dates for the year. We can’t wait to hear from you!