Welcome to Chestnut Ridge’s Vendor Highlights. Each month we’ll share the story of one of our trusted vendors to showcase their outstanding business and help you select the right teams for your special day. Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with a number of chosen vendors who are experts in their field, all with the goal of making your day as perfect and memorable as possible.

The Wedding Planner

The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is the mimosa stain on your Maid of Honor’s dress,” jokes Candace Hightower, founder and owner of Mingle Events and Rentals, an award-winning regional wedding and event planning company based in Asheville, NC. “That’s where we come in; we’re there to sweat the small stuff.

Candace Hightower

Candace has a love for event planning that spans her lifetime, and she’s married her passion and skill to create a success story celebrated by every bride she works for. A self-professed “Type A” personality, Candace built Mingle on the foundations of attention to detail, customization, and Southern hospitality. Bringing these elements together, Candace and her team are able to execute each of the fine details you’ve always dreamed about, making those dreams a reality on the most special day of your life.

Mingle offers packages with a variety of levels of involvement from Candace and her team based on your needs. Experts in weddings from backyards to barns to Biltmore, Mingle is your go-to for budget expertise, vendor suggestions and communication, styling conceptualization and design, furniture rentals, venue selection and arrangements, and much more. During the planning process and on the big day, Candace maintains a central focus – one that ensures you get to experience the simple joys of your day:

You can take comfort in the fact that our team has done our homework,” says Candace. “All you have to do is marry your best friend.

Design & Style

Aside from knowing how to nail down the details, Candace is also an expert in design and décor, helping brides create unique ceremony and reception settings that fit any style and budget. Mingle has an extensive collection of vintage furniture and décor available for rent to capture the look you’re dreaming of. Want the perfect combination of vintage and modern? Rustic cabin meets edgy elegance? Leave it to the Mingle team to create an atmosphere you’ve only imagined.

Photo by Izzy Hudgins // Venue - Honeysuckle Hill (Asheville NC)

Photo by Theo Milo Photography // Venue - Biltmore Estate (Asheville NC)

Stay Engaged

Mingle has been in business for seven years, fine-tuning details and getting to know experts in the business all along the way. Making these connections inspired Candace’s entrepreneurial spirit to found a collaborative of creatives who have perfected their wedding-focused craft. Engaged Asheville is a group of business owners gathered around a commitment to excellence in the business. And not only that, the collaborative is housed in a gorgeous Asheville studio where brides can hold events, meet the vendors, or simply relax while planning their big day.

True to Candace’s calm nature coupled with expertise, Engaged Asheville is yet another business allowing brides to sit back and enjoy the planning process. And true to the ‘spirit of Asheville’, Engaged fosters community over competition, creating a way for you to find all of the experts in one place.

Leave the Rest to the Best

Whether you choose Mingle, Engaged, or both, you can rest assured that your wedding will be just that: yours. A day you’ve dreamed about, with every detail in place. As one bride put it:

Candace took everything off of my plate. I just sat back and enjoyed every moment. I think that is what is great about Mingle – you can be as involved or uninvolved as you want. Whatever your preference is, Mingle will cater to your style.

Mingle has been featured in numerous wedding publications, including Southern Weddings, Junebug Weddings, TrendyBride, and “I Do!”, Asheville’s own Sophie magazine’s wedding guide, and was named Borrowed and Blue’s 2014 Best Wedding Planner.

Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with Mingle as a fellow wedding expert in the region. Together working to foster a wedding planning community offering the best in the business to brides, Chestnut Ridge and Mingle Events and Rentals are committed to excellence in detail and beauty, all so that you can relax and make memories that will last a lifetime.

To set up a consultation with Candace or simply learn more, visit Mingle here. Or, follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

Photo by Catrina Earls Photography // Venue - Wingate Planation (Charleston SC)