Picturesque landscaping and sculpted stone walkways set the stage for Haiku I Do, a recently launched wedding service in Biltmore Village that features an expansive Zen garden and chapel.
“We thought everybody should have a beautiful wedding,” says Jennifer Zyla, head coordinator for Haiku I Do, discussing the business that she helped create this past spring.
Zyla can help couples arrange customized weddings from those that are small and intimate to larger gatherings of 100-plus people. The wedding venues include many options from the spacious chapel and garden on the property of Haiku I Do to other locations that couples may choose.
“We guide them in the direction they are looking for,” she says.
Haiku I Do offers comprehensive, one-stop wedding services that include consultation, officiants, flowers and photographers. Catering with table set-ups and musicians also can be arranged for weddings, depending on a couple’s interests.
“You show up dressed, we do the rest” is the motto of the service, Zyla says.
Its name reflects the original concept as a simple, but elegant service, she adds.
For couples seeking informal weddings that accommodate up to six guests at a local venue, pricing begins at $500 for the Petal package, which includes wedding consultation, an officiant, paperwork filing and Haiku décor.
Pricing for a wedding ceremony and reception held in the chapel or garden at Haiku I Do begins at $3,700 for two hours and includes an officiant, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, décor, chairs and tables, linens, use of the bridal suite and kitchen, bartender and staff, crystal for the toast and break down and cleaning after the event. Flowers packages, an in-house photographer and musicians are available at additional costs.
Walking around the property, Zyla points out that weddings can be held outdoors on a large porch in front of the chapel. The wooden floor of the chapel is a good space for dancing after the wedding, she notes.
In one corner of the property is an area with a fire pit that can be used for grilling foods, and in another location are koi ponds with colorful fish. The site of a former landscaping business with mature trees and plants, Haiku I Do seems a natural transition.
The former potting shed on the property has been converted into an elegant space with a reception area, bridal suite and fully equipped kitchen for food preparation. Zyla has spent time selecting furnishings, decorative décor and glassware for the facility to make it inviting and attractive to clients.
While an ideal service for weddings, Haiku I Do can assist with other events such as birthday, engagement and anniversary celebrations, as well as fundraisers, product launches and retirement parties—either on or off-site.
“We’ll bring the party to you,” Zyla says.
A native of West Virginia who was drawn to the Asheville area, Zyla brings extensive experience in the restaurant business to her position at Haiku I Do, which she manages with Liz Rice, a former New Yorker who has many years experience in event planning and customer service.
Haiku I Do is at 26 Sweeten Creek Rd. For more information, visit the website at www.haikuido.com or call 828-412-3939.
By Sandra Barnes