Asheville Wedding Photographer
Planner: Melissa Porter, Asheville Event Co | Venue, Catering and Cake: Biltmore Estate | Ceremony Music: Cafe string Quartet | Floral Design: Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Photography: Rachael McIntosh (Second Photographer Abby Leighanne) | Videography: Magic Hour Creative | Makeup: Blush - Asheville Makeup Artists | Hair: A Show of Hands | Film Scanned by: Photovision |
Here's a little look back on 2015.
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.
First of all I have to say 'Raven' has to be the coolest name of all time! I just loved meeting this pair and getting to know their sweet families. Their day was perfect with some beautiful weather here in the mountains despite the 100% chance of rain forecasted. Nicole from Two Sweet Sparrows did an incredible job putting this all together and we had such a fun time. The weekend kicked off with a Rehearsal dinner at Pack's Tavern, a southern fair of BBQ and a surprise bagpipe performance. I love being invited to the rehearsal dinner and listening to the speeches. Besides the fact that they're usually hilarious I really get to know who my clients are and learn a little more about their story. You're going to be blown away by the amazing floral design by Two Buds and a blossom and well here's some highlights.
Wedding Planner : Two Sweet Sparrows | Rehearsal Dinner Catering + Venue : The century Room at Pack's Tavern | Wedding Venue : The Crest Center | Hair : Adorn | Make-up : Pop of Color Makeup | Floral Design : Two Buds and a Blossom | Officiant : Howard Hanger | Band : Back Porch Orchestra | Cake + Cup Cakes : City Bakery |
My children have been singing "A bushel and a peck" for months now, and it sort of stuck with me. This was a lovely wedding last spring. Here, some images of the first look in the Groom's family orchard.
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 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.
Hair & Makeup : Beauty Parade Salon, West Asheville
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.
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.
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.
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
I'm so excited to post this Biltmore Bridal Session and even more excited to say as of yesterday Courtney is now officially my sister-in-law. Brooke Priddy of Ship to shore designed Courtney's one of a kind dress using pieces of her Mother and Grandmothers wedding dresses. We were thrilled that Candace from Mingle Events could bring some of her props to the shoot and really had a lot of fun playing around with the vintage travel theme. The McIntosh family pretty much love everything with a wheel on it and my brother-in-law is going to just die when he sees his bride on this vintage Bicycle. We timed the shoot with Courtney's run through with her hair stylist at Suraj Spa & Salon and squeezed in 30 minutes of shooting before our session was cut short due to an absolute down pour! Big thanks also to Bella Blooms for designing this special bouquet for Courtney.
Asheville Engagement Session at Biltmore Estate.
The Champagne Cellar at the Winery on Biltmore Estate is the absolute perfect place for an intimate destination wedding. Ainslie and Adrian treated their friends and family to quite the experience! It was such an escape for their wedding guests while they joined together with them to celebrate their love and commitment to each other. The cellar was decorated beautifully by The Flower gallery of Asheville and the food and service from the Biltmore staff was impeccable as always. Ainslie and Adrian chose to do a first look at the Inn which allowed us to take advantage of the Estate and make some portraits before the festivities began. I think my favorite moment of the day has to be the epic 'cake smash' there at the end! I wasn't expecting that from these too ;)
I think that there's something terribly romantic about eloping, and Jen & Jon's wedding was exactly that! I was honored to be their only guest and thoroughly enjoyed sharing this special time with them.