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Lucy + Graylyn | A wedding at The Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville, NC

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 |

An Elegant Mountain Wedding at Claxton Farm | Asheville, NC

This day was with no doubt one of my favorites of 2015. Ashlee and Wich invited their closest friends and family to spend the entire weekend with them in Asheville, North Carolina. Wich's family have spent their summers at Montreat for years thus an obvious location for their destination wedding. I'm going to let the images tell the story, but as you will see this day was perfectly filled with everything a good day should be filled with. Family, friendship and love.  

This wedding was recently featured on Borrowed and Blue

{Vendors listed at the bottom}

Venue: Claxton Farm | Event Planner, Floral & Design : Shay Brown Events | Linen : BB&J | Farm Tables & Rentals : Classic Event Company | Invitation Suite : 7 Ton Co. | Photographer: Rachael McIntosh Photography | Videographer : Four Seasons Films | Catering and Cake : M7 Events | Hair & Make-up : Cody's Wedding Creation | Music : Adrian Duke | Officiant : Fred Werhan | Transportation : Youngs Buses | Get-a-way-car : Cody's Wedding Creations |

The Graylyn Estate {A wedding inspiration shoot}

I'm finally getting around to blogging some images from 'The Lively Workshop' I attended last October with the extremely talented Perry Veil and Rebecca Rose Events. I made a commitment when I started my business to attend a workshop every year, as personal growth and education is a real priority for me. I love to learn and always walk away feeling refreshed, and inspired in ways I couldn't imagine. I've found it's a fantastic way to connect with other creatives meanwhile keeping a finger on the pulse of our industry. This workshop was really incredible, and as you can see below the inspiration shoots were gorgeous! These images taken on a rainy afternoon at The Graylyn Estate in Winston Salem, NC.

Vendor credits below.

Photography direction: Perry Veil Photography | Styling, Direction, Floral and paper goods: Rebecca Rose Events | Linen: Nuage Designs | Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | Venue: The Graylyn Estate | Models: Directions USA | Gown, Earrings and Shoes: BHLDN | Suit: H&M | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Cake: Cakes by Chloe | Rentals: Party Reflections | The Lively Workshop | Film: Porta 800 | Film Lab: Photovision |

Eleanor + Chris | A Garden Party Wedding at the NC Arboretum

This gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer inspired garden party soiree was planned by the fabulous team at Firefly Event company. I loved the cheery color scheme, pink florals and the amazing backdrop of the NC Arboretum! Their guests enjoyed local BBQ, Bluegrass music and square dancing that had everyone up on the dance floor! Other highlights included corn hole, a selfie station with props, and river rocks in place of escort cards. Eleanor and Chris are such a fun couple and I loved getting to know them and being apart of their magical day!

Wedding Planner: Firefly Event Company | Venue: NC Arboretum | Catering: Village Wayside Bar and Grille | Wedding Cake: Callie's Confections | Floral: Flowers by Larry| Hair & Makeup: Turner and Scott | Music: Bobby & the Blueridge Tradition | Transportation: Emma's Bus Line | Additonal Photography: Abby Leighanne Photography |

Katlin + Matt | Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC

Katlin and Matt booked me nearly 2 years before their wedding date and when the day finally came, I felt like I was documenting two dear friends getting hitched. After so many conversations, emails and an awesome engagement session here in Asheville Katlin some how failed to mention however that she was planning to wear the most gorgeous flower crown of all time! The Bloom Room are out of this world fantastic and of course a wedding at the Biltmore Estate never disappoints. Their intimate wedding in the gardens was bursting with special moments, sweet gestures and thoughtful gifts. They exchanged some of the most beautiful vows I have witnessed and truthfully there wasn't a dry eye in the house (including my own). I still to this day have no clue why I photographed the gang shaking yellow towels enthussiastically in the air but everyone seemed to really enjoy it :) Here are some of my favorite images of this wonderful wedding in May.

Venue, Catering & Cake: Biltmore Estate | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Hair: Lola Salon | Makeup: Blush Asheville Makeup Artists | Floral Design : The Bloom Room | DJ: The Bride's DJ | Ceremony Music: Asheville String Trio | Rentals: Classic Event Rental Company |

A family photography session for The School Sessions | Asheville, NC

On April 12th, photographers from all around the world donated their funds from a photography session to raise money to build a school in Haiti. Through The School Sessions founder Jaime Delaine and her husband hope to raise $200,000 and re-build a school that was destroyed by an earthquake 5 years ago. 

After reading about the project I immediately signed up to donate a session: Enter the Carr family! One of my favorite couples from 2013 and their sweet baby Brooks :)

The Wedding Album | NC Wedding Photographer

I have spent a big chunk of time over the past few years searching for the best wedding album to offer my clients. Trying out lots of samples and looking for the perfect balance between quality and affordability. It's so important to me that not only are my products beautiful to look at, but that they will truly stand the test of time.

Here's an album I just ordered and thought that I would share what a typical wedding album and design by me looks like.

These hand-crafted, flush-mount wedding albums are available in fine-art fabric or Italian leather. Each album is hand-bound using fuji crystal archival paper with lay-flat qualities. They have an awesome range of colors to choose from and I love the cameo cut-out and embossing options. Please email me directly for color swatches and pricing information.

This 10x10 album is fabric covered (Almond), features the cameo cut-out and has 32 spreads (64 pages).

Your wedding day is your families first piece of history! It needs to be documented and it deserves to be bound in a beautiful book. 

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Emily + David Engaged | Asheville, NC

Emily and Dave looked like they just stepped off of a 1940's movie set. They were amazing and their session was so much fun! They met and fell in love at culinary school and so it made sense to pay a little visit to The French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Of course, cake just like life, tastes much better when you have someone to share it with.

The Birthday Series | A Portrait Session in Asheville, NC

I met up with Melissa for a session in March at The Venue. Melissa owns 'Pop of Color' and is an excellent make-up artist here in Asheville. She is the sweetest and so fun to be around. I loved getting to know her a little more as there's not much time for chatting on a wedding day when our paths typically cross. 

The Birthday Series | A Portrait Session in NYC

I had originally scheduled a couples session with Katie and her husband in NYC this past February. At the very last minute Katie's husband had to work, but she asked me if I would mind to still go ahead and shoot with just her. It was her birthday and she thought it would be a great way to celebrate and have a little fun! I loved the idea, and as I started to take photographs it dawned on me that rarely are we given these moments as adults. An opportunity to celebrate ourself, document our life or create a portrait that tells our story! Of course Katie brought balloons (it was her birthday) and we did have fun (here are some favorites) and well ... 'The Birthday Series' was born. I'm not completely sure how to describe it, but I know that I want to do more. What would your portrait look like if you could have someone create it for you?

A New Year's Eve Proposal | Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Corey contacted me weeks before he proposed to Malory at the Biltmore Estate. Many emails later, here I was hiding behind the statue of Diana on the afternoon of new year's eve. Moments like these are amazing and I'm always so excited (albeit a little nervous) to capture these for my clients. So much emotion! I LOVE IT … and truly for someone to really think this through and hire a photographer on top of that was so thoughtful on Corey's part. He definitely caught his girl by surprise and the Estate provided the perfect backdrop. I especially love the images I think 4th down the page, after Malory said 'I DO' and Corey points me out up the hill, clueing her into our big successful scheme. 

Bridal Portraits | Old Sherrill's Inn | Fairview, NC

Spending time at The Old Sherrill's Inn is good for the soul. The history and traditions run deep, and I soak up the nostalgia every time I visit. The house was built in the late 1700's and became an Inn for travelers to stay when passing through Hickory Nut Gap. Outstanding views, and secret hide-a-ways surround the house and endless paths lead to more stories and adventures. This shoot was a little different as I teamed up with one of my favorite people in the world and extremely talented wedding photographer Jeremy Russell. Abby (the bride, also a local wedding photographer) and her husband Andrew are the sweetest couple. We had a great time making these images together. Click here to see Jeremy's awesomeness.

Bouquet by Two Buds and a Blossom.

A Family Holiday Session | Asheville Photography

A fun holiday inspired family shoot, snuggling under blankets in front of a fantastic red barn. These images were used to promote my holiday mini-sessions this past fall with Mingle Events. To see the short stop motion video we created click here

Styling and props by Candace Hightower of Mingle Events.

A Memorial Day Wedding | Rivers Ridge Lodge, Old Fort NC

Lis and Wes both serve in the US Army and their red, white and blue wedding was planned beautifully by Kiersa Holy of Events by Kiersa. The love and support from these two families was indescribable and I was beyond honored to document their wedding.

My day began following a trail of balloons to The Rivers Ridge Lodge and I continued to be inspired at ever turn after that. The property is tucked privately away in a wooded area of Old Fort and encircled by the river. The trees provided just the amount of shade on that gorgeous hot day and guests played lawn games and threw rocks in the water. My absolute favorite moment was witnessing Wes present Lis's daughter Lilli with a ring and make his promises to her also during the ceremony; there wasn't a dry eye to be found. Guests were invited to wear red, white and blue and encouraged to embrace the holiday, while the creative use of color and river rocks made for a fun tablescape. The truffles from French Broad Chocolates was a major hit along with the rest of the awesome food and of course the banging sounds of Bright Light DJ.

Congratulations Lis & Wes and thank you for everything you sacrifice every day to serve our country.

Event Planning : Kiersa Holy from Events by Kiersa

Hair & Make-up : Upper Cut Salon

Venue : Rivers Ridge Lodge, Old Fort NC

Officiant: Family Friend

Ceremony Music : Natalya Weinstein 

Flowers : Urban Farm Girl

DJ : Jacob of Bright Light DJ 

Catering : Mamma Dukes

Cake : Short Street Cakes

Truffles : French Broad Chocolates