Ben said, "I do believe in fate, and this was definitely it. It was just being in the right place at the right time. We met each other in very interesting times in our lives. Since the beginning we have been best friends and still are. We got engaged on Canon Beach, Oregon. We took a trip out west and visited Yosemite, Sequoia, and drove the coast line up to Oregon. On the second to last day I proposed on the beach next to Haystack Rock. It was drizzling, we were both bundled up in our rain jackets, and we almost got overtaken by a wave, but it was perfect because she said yes!"
Zoe and Ben enjoyed a picture-perfect wedding day at The Century Room in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Their decor accentuated the rustic elegance of the venue, using soft blues, browns, blush, and ivory as their color palette.
The bride wore a sweetheart neckline champagne A-line gown with ivory overlay. Bridesmaids were wearing mix-and-match long blush dresses. Mix-and-match bridesmaids styles are definitely in right now, and we love it because it takes the pressure off the bride to find one gown that all her bridesmaids will like. The groom wore a brown tweed vest, with a long sleeve button down blue-grey shirt, paired with dark brown khakis with brown leather boots. While the groomsmen wore solid navy blue ties, the groom wore a striped tie that set him apart. The boutonnière was made of ranunculus, wax flowers, and silver brunia.
They always knew that they wanted to make their wedding unique and personal. They wrote and designed their entire ceremony, which included walking down the aisle to some of their favorite songs by Lord Huron, and being married by the Groom's uncle. Zoe and Ben also wrote their own vows for each other, which was one of the most special parts of the day for both of them.
"One of the reasons we were drawn to the Century Room as a venue is that the space had such a simplistic, romantic beauty that we really didn't have to do much to make the room sparkle! The beautiful hard wood floors, exposed wood beams, brick walls, and big beautiful windows created such a romantic ambience on their own that we wanted to be careful not to overpower the natural beauty of the space. For the ceremony, we tied babies breath to chiavari chairs with twine, and lined the aisle with ivory flower petals. We were married under a Chuppah that we had constructed with wooden posts (carved by a family member) and lace fabric found at a fabric outlet. The tables were set with ivory linens, and decorated with a wood slab centerpiece, babies breath or hydrangea vases and candles to add some extra sparkle and light."
The bride had a bouquet of ivory and blush roses, ranunculus, babies breath, wax flowers, lambs ear, and silver brunia. There were also babies breath bouquets tied to the aisle chairs with twine, and a large floral display atop the bar that incorporated flowers from the brides bouquet. The table decor was simple, alternating babies breath and hydrangea vases atop rustic wood slabs.
Though it certainly wasn't a traditional Jewish wedding, Zoe and Ben did incorporate certain Jewish traditions into their wedding ceremony. They were married under a Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy representing the home you are creating together), smashed a wine glass at the end of their ceremony, and were lifted up in chairs to "Hava Nagila" on the dance floor!