Photo by Michael Oppenheim
Wedding bells are ringing in Buncombe County for Operation Marry Me Military. Wanting to give back to our active duty men and women, who sacrifice so much, UpStyled Setting is partnering up with other local professionals to provide a free wedding to a young marine and his bride to be. On Sunday November 11th Zach and Ashly will say their vows surrounded by friends and family at the Lake Tomahawk Clubhouse in Black Mountain.
Our company found out about Operation Marry Me Military via a google search prompted by our desire to give a free wedding to our military. We thought perhaps someone else was doing similar community work, and that is how we discovered Alecia Geddings, the founder of this NC organization. She had set a goal to have of all 100 counties in North Carolina participate in this contest by giving a free 50 person wedding to active military couples.
Since we found out late about the contest, we quickly got on board and recruited enough donations from local businesses to put together a wedding valued at over $18,000. The generous outpouring of time, energy and resources has been overwhelming and heart warming. Most people we asked didn’t even hesitate in donating, which has made this project an inspiration. We feel people are always able to help a cause in some way, if we all just look to our own talents we can find ways to give back. We are thrilled to be able to do what we know and love and give to those who are so deserving.
A few weeks ago UpStyled Setting met with Ashly and Zach and we so look forward to working with the generous people in Buncombe County who are helping us create a memorable occasion for this lovely couple.
To see more photos and find out more about Operation Marry Me Military Buncombe County visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ommmbuncombe.
And to learn more about all the counties participating: www.operationmmm.com “Giving back, to those who give all” Alecia Geddings, Oak Island Photography & Weddings 910.538.6589 firstname.lastname@example.org
DONATIONS FROM: Event Stagers and Organizers of Operation Marry Me Military Buncombe County : Kelly Duncan and Kathy Leiner of UpStyled Setting, vintage china and elements of decor
Wedding and Reception Venue: Black Mountain Parks and Recreation, Lake Tomahawk Clubhouse www.townofblackmountain.org/rec&parks.htm
Officiant: Asheville Celebrant, Rev. Michelle Kimberly Smith www.ashevillecelebrant.com/
Asheville White Dove Releases. ashevillewhitedovereleases.com/
Lodging for Bride and Groom: Greybeard Realty Reception. www.greybeardrealty.com/
Caterer: Roots, Matt Parris. rootsfood.com/
Cocktail Appetizers: Kathy Meeker
Kitchen and wait staff support: students from ABTech Culinary Program: www1.abtech.edu/culinary Students: Kaylea, Kristina, Annette, and Zach
Wedding Cake: Black Mountain Bakery. www.blackmountainbakery.com/
Delicious fudge for the dessert table: Kilwins. www.kilwins.com/asheville
Wedding and Reception photographer: Michael Oppenheim Photography. www.oppenheimphoto.com/html and Jesse Gumucio-Kitt
Music: The Business, six piece band. www.thebusinessmusic.com/Home_DMI6.html
Music for the wedding ceremony:Tom Leiner
Floral Design: Flora, Tyler Rogero www.floraevents.com/
Claude’s Antiques ww.facebook.com/ClaudesAntiques?ref=ts&fref=ts
Marian Duncan of Bumpkins , donation of champagne and reception fair bumpkins-cashiers.com/
Classic Event Rental, white tablecloths. www.classiceventrental.com/
Asheville Masonic Temple, event chairs. masonic118.com/
Yesterday’s Tree, mercury glass votives. yesterdaystreefurniture.com/
Wedding Inspirations Boutique: donation toward wedding gown and maid of honor gown donated. weddinginsp.com/
Bridal hair and makeup: Pi Salon, Biltmore Village. pisalonspa.com/
Beer: Pisgah Brewing Co. pisgahbrewing.com/
Wine Donation : James Creek Vineyard, Scott Brown and Maisons Marques & Domaines via Grapevine Distributors. www.jamescreekvineyards.com/