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December 2012 Archive

StudioWed Asheville Wedding Team :: Giving Back to Our Community

When it came time for us to decide what we were going to do to join in some holiday festivities…the ideas were endless!  But when it came down to it, it was very clear what we all really wanted to do.  Give back to our local community, just as we did last year.  Through some of our vendors, we discovered the Veterans Restoration Quarters.  A place where veterans can come to when they need some assistance on getting back on their feet.  Some come home to no family, some are dealing with the emotional toll from being on the front lines, some are getting their life on track and trying to find a job.  No matter what the situation… these men {and women, who are helped at a different facility}, need our help.  These are brave individuals who have gone to war, many on the front line.  The least we can do is try and help them for what they have done for us.  The Veterans Restoration Quarters serves as housing, training, counseling, and serves 3 meals a day, 365 days a year, to 200-250 veterans each day.  Wow!  We knew we had to help.

Wemade pumpkin pies, muffins, cobblers, cookies, packed lunches, and helped prepare that days lunch. Here are a few quick pics of us in the kitchen!

And then it came time to serve the food for lunch.  The guys start coming through the line, young and old.  And they were so gracious, so nice.  They all looked at us, and said thank you.  All we wanted to was look back, and say “no, thank you.  thank you for all you have done for our country.”

So yes, we could be giving you a blog filled with holiday wedding inspirations…But this was our holiday. And it couldn’t have been more perfect.

We, as a family, encourage you to give back.  It doesn’t have to cost any money, just your time.  Find a place in your local community, give them a call, and go volunteer.  In this crazy, crazy world…sharing a little love and kindness feel amazing.  Be sure to follow #26Acts and #StudioWed26 on Twitter as we do the same.

We wish you all a very Happy Holiday, and a wonderful and safe New Year!  See you all in 2013!

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The StudioWed Way

When we {Nicole and Ian Riley} founded StudioWed in 2007, we had no idea what an incredible journey it would lead us to.  We have been thrilled with the growth and the changes over the last few years.  It has been an amazing experience to see this little dream turn into what it is today.

It has been a BUSY year at StudioWed and I know you will love some of the new and exciting things we will be launching in the next year.  We have some fab projects in the works for all of our brides + grooms that we are beyond excited to implement!

One of our biggest projects has been defining who we are and what we stand for.  We know that amongst this amazing collective of wedding professionals in 4 cities across the country, we have an incredible sense of family.  We have common goals, and common needs.  We help each other.  When we go to visit other studios – we hear the word “family”.  And so today, we are unveiling “The StudioWed Way”… The Culture and What We Stand For.  So what does this mean for you?

As a couple planning a wedding, you know that we, as a collective, stand behind each and every word listed below.  We help each other.  We commit to creating an experience. We are engaged and passionate.  We are a family.  And we have fun.  And you…can have confidence in the integrity of the team.

So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to be a part of your wedding planning.  We look forward to chatting with you all very soon!

We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season, and a happy new year!

~ Nicole and Ian Riley, Founders

Yesterday's Tree Partners with StudioWed Asheville!

We are thrilled to announce that StudioWed Asheville and Yesterday’s Tree have teamed up to create The Bridal Lounge! Yesterday’s Tree is a one-of-a-kind, full-service design company and furniture store homegrown in Asheville. They offer amazing furniture, beautiful decor items and a bridal registry coming soon.  Come see the gorgeous Bridal Lounge for yourself…and stay tuned to the blog for the announcement of when reservations for 2013 will open!

It’s that time of year for the Baggie Goose  {the GO TO paper store in Asheville!}  to do their 12 days of Christmas!  What a great time to get a gift, or one for yourself!  They are located in the super cute and historic Biltmore Village…swing on by and say hi!

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