Real NC Wedding: Sidney & Ryan | When in White Events
They were a clear match right from the start. Sidney Milholen met Ryan Kinsella the day after she moved into Elon University for her freshman year. She was a North Carolina debutant, and he was a baseball star. They hit it off right away, and their love blossomed.
Just a few years later, Ryan proposed in front of the beautiful Biltmore Estate.
Sidney & Ryan were married at the St. Josephs Chapel at Christ School in Asheville last December. The church has a stone exterior, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and stained glass that created a dramatic and romantic setting for the timeless wedding. The bride walked down the aisle in a lace and satin gown that featured full-length lace sleeves with stunning cobalt heels underneath. The bridesmaids wore custom-made floor-length gowns in deep green velvet.
Just before walking down the aisle, Sidney & Ryan passed each other a sweet love note to share an intimate moment and emphasize their connection.
Guests started the reception with a cocktail hour at the historic Biltmore Forest Country Club. Interactive food stations were available during the dinner hour so guests could watch their food being prepared right before them. A stunning cake stood right in the center of the lobby for everyone to enjoy before the traditional cutting.
Guests danced through the night to the sounds of wedding classics played by a live band. An enchanting Christmas tree towered over the dance floor, providing a warm glow with its twinkling lights. At the end of the night, Sidney and Ryan made their way through an aisle of sparklers and made their great escape in a 1950s’ Rolls Royce.
The wedding was made more special by the fact that it was completely planned and executed by the bride, who is a professional wedding planner. She brought her vision for a breathtaking wedding that took from the classic history of romance to life while also appearing as a beautiful, radiant bride and being able to enjoy the fruits of her labor. The gowns were designed just for the wedding, the food and drinks were abundant, and the guests enjoyed every unforgettable minute.
Photographer: Jill Schwarzkopf, Realities Photography
Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s Chapel at Christ School
Reception Location, Caterer, & Cake: Biltmore Forest Country Club
Bridal Gown: J Majors Bridal, Charlotte
Dresses: Custom Bridesmaid Dresses by Connie Ranes
Music: East Coast Entertainment (In The Pocket)
Transportation: Elite Limo
Wedding Planner: When In White