An Opulent Affair

An Opulent Affair: A lavish soirée rich with color and cultural significance on the grounds of the famed Biltmore Estate
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Vishal Patel & Margi Patel 
September 2, 2023  • Biltmore Estate • Asheville

Completed in 1895, the Biltmore Estate and its sprawling grounds in Asheville have since hosted countless high-style events and fanciful soirées—the wedding of Vishal and Margi Patel was no exception. 

After a short courtship, and a proposal near one of the best views in North Cascades National Park in Seattle, WA, the couple and their families began planning this show-stopping event filled with the rich colors, textures, and traditions of India, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.  

“We were looking for something outdoors and full of nature and mountainous views. We couldn’t be happier with how things have fallen into place for us and Asheville becoming the place that holds our most favorite memory,” gushes Margi.

The weekend was filled with the traditional wedding elements of Gujarat in Western India, like dancing Garba, a popular dance in the region, weaving a tapestry of sounds and color. “The Gujarati ceremony itself has to be the most memorable,” she explains, “because apart from connecting us, it also connected our families. We also felt the power of the positive energy of the ceremony, which we did not expect to feel so strongly!” 

“We had the absolute best wedding we could ever hope for with the most amazing friends and family around. We still cannot stop thinking about our wedding weekend!” exclaims Margi.

Wedding Planner: Christine Gire, I Do Asheville Weddings 
Photographer: Mozingo Photography 
Live Painter: Sahar Fakhoury Paintings 
Videographer: Asheville Wedding Video 
Hair & Makeup: Harpreet Singh, Pretty by Preet, Bhavna Shah, Femme Beauty 
Henna: Maitri Creations Henna
Florist & Decor: Vivian Kwabia, Vikwabs Decor
DJ: Pavan Madaan 
Transportation: Elite Limo 
Ice Sculpture: Patrick O’Brian, Ice Mill Sculptures