The Biltmore House, a Châteauesque-style mansion, was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II during the Gilded Age. Currently belonging to Vanderbilt’s descendants, it is the largest privately owned house in the United States.
Access to the 8,000-acre estate does require tickets, which were generously provided to us by the wedding party. Admission even included a private tour of the 250 rooms that compose the mansion.
The Mehndi, Vidhi and Sangeet (ceremonies traditional in Indian Culture) took place in Asheville’s other must-see venues, including the North Carolina Aboretum.
The wedding ceremony took place at the top of a hill, within the gardens overlooking the Biltmore House. The groom’s party arrived by dancing up the hill (typically called a baraat in Indian weddings). The bride arrived in a carriage drawn by beautiful white horses. The newly-wed couple released white doves following the ceremony.
The bridal party and groomsmen arrived to the cocktail hour in a southern-style Asheville wooden trolley.
The cocktail hour took place in a terrace at the back of the estate, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains during sunset.
For the reception, the couple created an intimate and elegant environment by choosing a grandiose tent located on the vast lawn of the Biltmore House.