Meet Erica

I am a lover of life, people, and grand adventures! I have been told that I am down-to-earth, trustworthy, energetic, and fun. My passion for people, creating unforgettable experiences, and my strong desire to support others along their journey is what inspired me to create Rising Fern Events.

My event planning journey began almost a decade ago. Shortly after graduating in 2008 from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, I moved down to Asheville and began working as an outdoor adventure guide. I absolutely loved my job, but never lost sight of my childhood dream to become an event planner. My curiosity persisted over the next couple of years and in 2011, I became a Certified Special Event and Meeting Planner. In early 2012, I began working as an assistant with Asheville Event Company and as the bridal attendant at Claxton Farm.

Over the last 10 years, my experiences have developed a well-rounded knowledge and appreciation for all aspects of the event planning world. From being a venue consultant and catering coordinator in Colorado to working on a flower farm in Australia and landing one of my dream jobs as a wedding coordinator at The Farm, an award winning venue near Asheville. In the past 2.5 years alone, I have coordinated over 90 weddings for amazing clients. It is my goal to share my knowledge with you and support you based on your needs so that we can create an experience that brings overflowing joy, ease, and organization to your wedding day!

My Happy Places

  • paddleboarding on the lake
  • exploring a new country
  • walking in the woods
  • spontaneous dance parties
  • thrift shopping for unique finds
  • meeting friends at cozy coffee shops
  • diving into a pint of Ben & Jerry's peanut butter cup ice cream :)

Values

Supportive Relationships

Cultivating strong, supportive relationships in life is such an important aspect of any human experience. Our presence will bring ease and fun to the process so that you can feel less overwhelmed and enjoy every moment.

Trust

Through building our relationship, you will gain a planning companion who you can share all of your wild ideas with as well as someone you can trust to oversee every detail. Our goal is to cultivate & coordinate plans for a luminous wedding day and handle anything that may arise so you can be fully present with those you love on your special day!

Community Collaboration

One reason I started this company is to be able to help support the passions of the talented people in our community. Over the years, we have built solid relationships with skilled and personable vendors who we know will deliver a quality product. We will be sure to pair you with the people who best fit your style, needs, and budget so you can be steps closer to the wedding you’ve envisioned.