Asheville Wedding

A Winter Elopement in the Mountains

Charlie and Buck eloped to Asheville from Ohio where their love story began. They enlisted the help of Weddings by Wendy to plan the entire day and I was so honored to capture these special moments for them. 

This wedding was also featured on Mountainside Bride

Wedding Planner & Officiant : Weddings by Wendy | Hair and Makeup : Adorn Salon | Venue : The Crest Center, Asheville NC |

"You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine!"

A Southern Breakfast Wedding! A Family affair with personal touches, and tons of attention to detail. This "You are my Sunshine" themed wedding was extremely unique, fun and vibrant.  Knowing that the Mother of the bride has been responsible for decorating the Biltmore house for over 25 years, we knew this Biltmore wedding was going to exceed all expectations! 

The morning began with a gorgeous sunrise over the mountains and it was the perfect start to this special day! Emily and Cam's guests arrived at 9am, warmly greeted with coffee and donuts. A bell signaled everyone to sit and the ceremony began. Cam made a point during the ceremony to also make a promise to Ayla, Emily's daughter which was very touching and Emily surprised Cam by having the entire wedding put on sun glasses during the first kiss! Following the vows the entire party enjoyed a fabulous brunch together, followed by a group prayer and family dances. 

Emily & Cam's wedding was also featured on Borrowed and Blue here.

Venue, Catering and Cake: Deerpark, Biltmore Estate | Floral: Biltmore Floral Team | Hair & Makeup: Karen Nickel of Structure Hair Design | Favors: Sunflower Seeds from Seeds Needs and Sunglasses from Oriental Trading |

Summer + Troy | Engagement Photography Session On The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate was perfect. It was one of those rare moments when you walk onto the front lawn, take a deep breath in and realize that you have the entire place to yourself. It was magical. So myself, Paul from Four Seasons Films, Summer and Troy took a stroll, capturing their love in this magical place.

Summer and Troy asked Paul to help them create a one of a kind wedding invitation! A video to be mailed out as their save-the-date message to all of their wedding guests! Click here to see their message.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at The Grove Park Inn | Asheville NC

Wedding Planning : Two Sweet Sparrows | Venue + Catering : The Omni at Grove park Inn | Hair + Makeup : Lola Salon | Floral Design : Flora | Officiant : Howard Hanger | DJ : Spintastic Sounds | Additional Photography : Jeremy Russell |

A Look back at 2014

I realize I'm a couple of weeks behind here but Happy New Year Everyone! The thing is I haven't been spending the last few weeks reflecting, setting goals or making good business plans for the year ahead. The truth is I've been building lego forts, taking my kids to the movies, painting, planning vacations and eating far too much British chocolate. I took a little break from work and I have to say it felt great to slow down a little and not think about my to-do-list for a minute or two. I'm so excited about the year ahead but before I do anything else I wanted to look back at some of my favorite images from 2014. A massive thank you to all of my clients and talented vendors I have worked with. I am filled with gratitude for such a fantastic year filled with adventure, friendships and some amazing weddings.

 

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 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 

Emma & Dave's Intimate Wedding | The Walled Garden, Biltmore Estate

This intimate destination wedding on Biltmore Estate was simply lovely! Here's a handful of my favorite images. Click Here to see more.

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   Venue, Food & Floral:  Biltmore Estate   Rentals:  Classic Event Rental   Ceremony Music:  Braidstream   Officiant:  Howard Hanger

 

Venue, Food & Floral: Biltmore Estate

Rentals: Classic Event Rental

Ceremony Music: Braidstream

Officiant: Howard Hanger

Erin + Brian | Mountain Wedding, Asheville NC

I need to warn you, there are probably too many images in this blog post, but I really have to share this wedding in its entiretity with you. This day was more than beautiful, and fun, and Erin and Brian planned so much time for photography - it was amazing! The mountain views, the people, the floral design everything!

So there's your warning and now I'm going to let the photographs tell the story. Oh and don't forget to check out the amazing vendor line up at the end of the post.

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Event Planning : Tamara & Virginia from Belle Soiree Wedding & Event Consultants

Hair : Bella Chic Salon   Makeup : Amanda Carter

Ceremony Site : Dry Cow Hill, Biltmore Estate

Officiant: Family Friend

Ceremony Transportation : Biltmore Estate Shuttles & Land Rover

Ceremony Music : James Barr

Floral Design : The Bloom Room

Reception Venue : The Crest Center

DJ : Spintastic Sounds (You're the absolute best Pat Lance)

Catering : M7 Events

Thumb Tree : Illustrated by Mom (a sketch of the tree that they got married under - incredible)

Transportation : Asheville Historic Trolly Tours

Additional Photography : Abby Moore (Thanks so much Abby I could not have done this without you)

Ashley + James | Biltmore Estate Wedding, Asheville NC

Ashley had dreamed of getting married at the Biltmore Estate since she was a little girl, and on September 14th all of her dreams came true! Ashley and James chose to do a first look at the Inn, where we also met up with the rest of the bridal party and explored Biltmore's grounds taking photographs for a while. Their ceremony took place in the Ballroom later that afternoon, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner on the Veranda. The Biltmore's very own floral team did an amazing job with the decor and the staff at Lioncrest provided the cake and catering. Their guests danced to the fantastic Sweetwater Junction from Atlanta who really kept the party going!

To see more wedding images click here.

Natural Impressions, Asheville NC

Natural Impressions, Asheville NC

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Biltmore Estate Wedding - First Look

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Lioncrest, Chestnut Room

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First Dance, Lioncrest Veranda

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