Snow often means no school here in Asheville and I love these extra special lazy days together.
Bryan whisked me away to Key West for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I didn't take too many photographs but thought I'd share a few here. We stayed at The Southernmost Beach Resort and just had the BEST weekend. We sat around the pool, rented bikes and explored. Hit Mallory Square, drank a beer in Sloppy Joes, found the Buoy and toured the Hemingway house. We found a French cafe with to-die-for croissantst, a great spot by the harbor for Oyster's during happy hour and had a lovely dinner at Louie's Backyard. I loved that there were Roosters everywhere and learning more about Ernst Hemingway and his cats was really fascinating. The drive down to the Keys was pretty cool. I think it took about 3 and half hours to get to Miami. We spent our last night in Miami beach and ate an incredible dinner at José Andres's restaurant The Bazaar. In case you wanted some travel tips ;)
A lovely Engagement session in Key Biscayne, Florida this past February with Danielle + Matt.
I love photographing weddings at Biltmore estate. I've been so fortunate to spend so much time there with some amazing clients and I wanted to share some of my favorite locations and wedding venues with you here.
This magical place has such a big place in my heart. Before my photography business became full time in 2011 I was a restaurant manager there for over a decade. I met and married my husband at Biltmore and I was pregnant with all 3 of my children while working there. My kids grew up exploring the grounds, eating amazing restaurant food and have fond memories of employee Christmas parties. I worked so many hours with some of the best in the business. I learned about food and wine, co-ordinating events/weddings and spent (and still do spend) my days off running and biking on the trails. I know it like the back of my hand and it never gets old.
The gardens were designed to always have something going on, something in bloom and so no matter the season there's unlimited opportunities for photography backdrops. I challenge myself now to find new locations that are different and to take photographs for my clients that are special to them. However, there are a few spots that I show to all of my couples. They're too epic not to, and I have to remember that they will always be unique to them. Especially as for most of my clients, it's a destination wedding and this might be their once in a lifetime visit to Biltmore. Some of those spots are the Rompe Deuce, the famous South Terrace with gorgeous mountain views and the Tennis Lawn. The Walled Garden is an absolute favorite and of course we often start up at the Statue of Diana.
The best thing about Biltmore (besides the house of course) is that they have several venue options and ceremony sites, their own catering teams AND a winery. It's so convenient and there's lots of activities for everyone to do so you don't need to leave the grounds. Biltmore used to have a massive advertisement on 1-40 that simply stated 'Rest Stop' with a beautiful image of the house behind it. It's that simple. Your guests arrive, check-in and the rest takes care of itself. Anyway, I could rave for hours! Hop over to their website to learn more and here's a handful of images showcasing the different venues.
It always amazes me how the staff can quickly flip those spaces from ceremony sites to stunning receptions during cocktail hour and they always have a weather back-up plan. Their hotels provide beautifully lit locations for bridal parties to get ready in and I can always find a secluded and gorgeous spot for the "first-look" and portraits no matter how busy the estate is. I do always recommend organizing some form of transportation for everyone to travel together and especially for photographs around the grounds. Whether it's a Biltmore shuttle or Trolley it's easier to navigate that way, less stressful and way more fun.
No matter the size of the wedding it seems like Biltmore Estate can cater to it all! It has been a true gift to document so many gorgeous weddings here.
I am just going to list some of my favorite wedding vendors that I've worked with and whose work is showcased here at the bottom of this post if you're interested.
Thanks for reading along!
WEDDING PLANNERS | Mary Bell Events, Two Sweet Sparrows, Asheville Event Co., Weddings with Tara, Honey Darling Events, Belle Soire Events |
FLORAL DESIGNERS | Floressence Flowers, The Bloom Room, Blossoms at Biltmore Park, Flower Gallery of Asheville, Two Buds and a Blossom, Flora of Asheville, Biltmore Estate Floral Team |
HAIR + MUA | Lola Salon, Blush Asheville, Powder me Pretty, Pop of Color Asheville, Makeup by Ali Lawless |
VIDEOGRAPHY | Magic Hour Creative, Almond Leaf Studios, |
DJ'S + BANDS | Spintastic Sounds, DJ Dillion,
WEDDING GOWNS | Wildflower Bridal Boutique
TRANSPORTATION | Elite Limousine + Mingle Events | EVENT RENTALS | Classic Event Rental |
I know I'm forgetting someone here! If you're looking at these for your wedding be sure to look at your Venue's preferred lists as they will be the most professional, tried and tested!
Biltmore Forest country club is so charming and quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shoot at, especially in the fall. I was so excited to work with Sara and her team at Wedding Connections and Flora's beautiful floral designs are always SO captivating!
I started the day as I always do, arriving a little early to scope out the lay of the land and document some details. It's a good way to ease into the hustle bustle of everything and get acquainted with the families. After a little run in with the local turkey's I found the bride doing her brides-maids hair and makeup, pumped and ready to jump into that dress. We did a little first look which allowed us to get some of the formal portraits out of the way and meant that Jonsie and John could enjoy more of their wedding day and actually attend cocktail hour. I just immediately fell in love with this couple and I had an amazing time documenting their day. They really knew how to have fun and threw an exceptional party! Here's some highlights and vendors below ...
Venue + Catering: Biltmore Forest Country Club | Planner: Wedding Connections | Floral: Flora Asheville | Wedding Cake: Sugar Cloud Bakery| Tent + Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Ceremony Music: The Grit Lickers | Entertainment: Complete Desire on Fire | Second Photographer: Bren Dendy | Film Lab: Photovision |
So excited to see Carrie and Clement's Biltmore wedding featured in The Carolinas Magazine inaugural issue.
I feel so lucky to have found the best life partner for me! Especially as we navigate this parent-hood adventure together. It's not always easy, but we are muddling through and having a ton of fun doing it :)
We surprised Bryan with this little Father's day montage yesterday! xoxo
I'm excited to document Amaura and Aaron's wedding in Charlotte this summer. I just recently met up with them for a quick session on their visit to Asheville Easter weekend. Here's a couple of highlights!
Film Scanned by Photovision.
I had the best Spring break. Bryan had to work and Gabe had plans, so it was just me and the twins; We hit the road for Jekyll Island and I of course took my camera.
They fight a lot but love each other so much, I hope it will be like that forever.
This was such a sweet spring wedding at Biltmore estate in the mountains of North Carolina a couple of weeks ago. Check out the little video montage and vendors involved at the bottom of the post but first, some favorite images of the day.
Jenny wore the same shoes she wore the day she first met Jake and I just loved that. We were lucky to get some fabulous spring weather in March as it had literally been snowing the weekend before and of course it's always a treat to have a couple of hours to take photographs around the property before all of the ceremonies started.
Another gorgeous wedding planned by Cortney of Asheville Event Co. and Congratulations Jenny + Jake!!!
As a mother, wife, business owner living a beautiful life in these gorgeous mountains it's really easy to ignore the horrible things happening else where in the world. I want to help, but I often don't know what to do? How to get involved? A hundred people were killed a couple of weeks ago in a chemical attack in Syria, and I just found it horrifying! I wanted to do something and so I quickly put together a 'mini mini' Portrait session and invited people to join me and raise some money together for this wonderful organization Preemptive Love Coalition. I loved spending a few minutes with the folks that signed up and I'm so grateful they took time out of their busy weekends to be apart of something bigger with me, and we raised just over $700!!!! Here are just a few of my favorite images that we created.
"A good time occurs precisely when we lose track of what time it is." ~ Robert Farrah Capon
I'm pretty pumped when I get the opportunity to combine work and travel and especially to Charleston, one of my favorite cities in the US. Megan found out about me from her Maid-of-Honor who met and became friends with one of my brides on their honeymoon last year. How awesome is that? Take that google! There is still more power in the word of mouth. Anyway enough about that; Lets get to Megan and Andrew's gorgeous wedding details. If you're interested check out the vendor list at the bottom but in the meantime here's some highlights. Megan is an amazing artist and so of course designed all of her own paper goods and invitation suite. Most of their guests were coming from a far and so they rented entire houses down town for the guys and girls to get ready in. We hit The Battery for portraits and travelled in a cool vintage bus over to the Ceremony at The Francis Marion hotel. The party continued at the infamous Edmunds Oast (where I didn't try the beer obviously but the fried chicken was the best to be had). The bag-piper was a dear friend and played during the ceremony as well as the final sparkler-lit exit! The biggest hit however at the reception aside from the DJ was the Donut wall.
Thanks for inviting us along Megan + Andrew we had such a great time!
Wedding Planner: Kat Leitner of | Hair & MUA: Design Rogers and Charlie Mack Salon | Floral Design: Branch Design Studio | Ceremony: The Francis Marion Hotel | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet| Reception, Catering and Cake: Edmunds Oast | Donut Wall: Joey Bag O'Donuts | Reception Music: Nice Entertainment | Second Photographer: Emily Baucom | Film Lab: Photovision |
I could spend days photographing the beautiful streets of Charleston South Carolina. Iron gates, cobbled stones, quaint window boxes and the doorways filled with as much character as the people that live there. Here's some of my favorite images not taken at Megan and Andrew's wedding a couple of weeks ago :)
I hadn't met Lucy and Graylyn until the day of their wedding. I don't know if it was hearing the English accents or just their warm presence but they immediately felt like long lost friends. They met and fell in love while attending St. Andrews college in the UK. They recited their vows at Graylyn's parents home infront of the fireplace and an intimate group of family from both sides of the Atlantic. The following day; A big bash at the Country Club! It was such a cold February weekend (not that anyone noticed) Lucy and Graylyn barely left each others side, grinning the entire time. After the long distances and time apart it seemed to make the celebration and commitment even more special.
Venue: Biltmore Forest Country Club | Floral Design: Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Hair: Amanda Hughes & Makeup: Wendy Balance of Blush Asheville | Cake: The Peninsula Grill, Charleston | Reception Music: The Dickens | Film Lab: Photovision |
A couple of favorite's from Kristen + Stephen's gorgeous Biltmore Country Club wedding in Asheville, North Carolina.
Wow! I am beyond honored to be awarded silver two years in a row in the Best of Borrowed and Blue awards. It means so much to be acknowledged by my peers and talented wedding vendors here in the local Asheville market. Thanks so much B&B!!!!!
This styled shoot was just featured in the Winter/Spring edition of Southern Bride and so I thought it was about time I shared some of my favorite images here as well. Group of wicked talented wedding vendors listed below ...
Wedding planner: Weddings by Wendy | Venue: The Farm | Floral Design: Flora of Asheville | Catering: Colorful Palate | Cake & Dessert: 50 Fifty the Art of Dessert | Bar Service: Cordial & Craft | Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals | Hair & MUA: Lola Salon | Invitation Suite: Cotton Blossom Press | Wedding Gown: Wildflower Bridal | Jewelry: Spicer Greene Jewlers | Models: Gage Modeling Agency | Menswear: Stargazers | Wedding Favors: Asheville Bee Charmer | Film Scans: Photovision