Meredith + Sam

Grace Event Center/Byron's South End
Tamara Lackey
For a splash of color, wedding planner Ivy Robinson added Lollistraws to each glass of Champagne.

May 2, 2009

For Asheville couple Meredith Parnell and Sam Daniels, who met and got engaged at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, choosing an officiant was a no-brainer. After all, the Rev. Dr. Talmage Boyd Skinner was a former Wofford chaplain.

On May 2, the couple locked eyes as the pastor performed a traditional Methodist ceremony at Grace Event Center, a former church, in uptown. After the "I do"’s, Meredith, twenty-five, and Sam, twenty-six, who enlisted the help of wedding planner Ivy Robinson, hosted guests at Byron’s South End for the reception. The event featured passed hors d’oeurvres, Champagne lemon granita cocktails, and a "bacon bar" boasting bacon-wrapped shrimp, BLTs, and other bacon-centric nibbles.

"After cocktail hour, the rest of the reception was desserts!" gushes the bride, an event coordinator for CHEERSPORT Corp. Guests indulged their sweet tooths with chocolate cake, made-to-order dessert stations, pecan squares, and a host of other goodies.

Lively band Complete Desire rocked the party, and a photo booth added another amusing touch. The couple made their getaway in a vintage car as Frank Sinatra music played.

Remembers Meredith, "We just melted into one another’s arms and were thankful to have such a wonderful wedding night."

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