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Kelly and Zane // Jeter Mountain Wedding

Kelly and Zane are my kind of couple. Calm, cool, and collected on their wedding day. In all my years of doing this, I  think I have found that to be one of the strongest indicators of a great relationship. After all, what's there really to worry about if the whole point of the day is just to bring friends and family together to witness the exchanging of your vows? That will happen no matter what the weather does, what the food tastes like, or what the place settings look like. The forecast called for rain all day, but it held off just long enough for us to have an outside ceremony followed by some beautiful, moody portraits in the cloudy weather. These two never flinched a bit the whole time and just had fun with it. In fact, they hung with me all the way until the downpour (see picture below) and not once did anyone worry about hair, makeup, or dirty shoes. It's was all about them, and that's all that mattered. 

Venue: Jeter Mountain

Hair and Makeup: AnaRie Hair and Makeup

Planning: WNC Weddings and Events

Second Photographer: Ashley Gillett

 

Mike and Morgan // The Vineyard at 37 High Holly

This was by far one of my all time favorite weddings for so many reasons. After photographing Mike and Morgan's brewery themed engagement session almost a year earlier, I knew they were the kind of couple that would uniquely weave their personalities into their special day. Mike is originally from Bermuda, so he had his groomsmen dressed in traditional island wedding attire, Bermuda shorts and all, even though it was a Fall wedding! Morgan's dress was probably the most the most fashionable I have seen to date, with a beautiful open back that would turn heads on any red carpet. The day was classy but yet fun and loose. Even though the reception decorations looked like something out of magazine, the couple rented llama's to hang out with them and their guests during the ceremony. Yes, llama's! Go ahead and add that to your "must have at my wedding" list!

And it just gets better. The groom shed tears during their first look. The band looked and sounded like they could headline a music festival. The couple crowd surfed. A sparkler exit, and then FIREWORKS! Yes, the kind of fireworks you think only weddings in movies have. It was that kind of wedding. Mike and Morgan, thanks so much for having me there to document it all. You just set the bar really high!

Liz and Kevin // High Hampton Inn Wedding

One thing I love about my job is that in addition to meeting lots of really great people and witnessing them exchange their vows every weekend, I also get to travel and see some of the prettiest parts of our state in the process. This past September Kevin and Liz got married at the beautiful High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC, a small mountain town about 65 miles southwest of Asheville. The mountains give us absolutely perfect weather that time of year, as the heat has all but vanished and it's cool enough at night to light a campfire. We were given the perfect sunny day for this mountain wedding, and Kevin and Liz couldn't have picked a more beautiful spot to celebrate their marriage. Congrats you two!!!

Lauren and Justin // Highland Brewing Wedding

When in Asheville, marry like an Ashevillian. What better place than a brewery? Lauren and Justin are huge home brewers in Raleigh and love to visit our great beer scene here in the mountains, so when it came time to choose a wedding venue, it only made sense to tie the knot at Asheville's very own Highland Brewery. Their affection for great beer was woven all throughout their day, using old growlers as vases in their place settings, giving out their own special blend of home brew as wedding favors, and even mixing barley and hops together to "become one" during their ceremony. Seeing as how their new married last name is Fox, they even had two little foxes as their cake topper. It's been a while since I've seen a couple bring in so much of their personality into their wedding, so I really enjoyed this one! Congrats you two! Next time the beer is on me! 

Francie and Hall // Wildcat Cliffs Country Club Wedding

Two words: Tear. Jerk. Er. If there was ever a wedding I shot this year that had me on the brink of tears, this was it. This day had all the ingredients of a fairy tale wedding...a princess bride, beautiful scenery, tears of joy, a first look on the brink of a cliff, and a love that was undeniable. Francie and Hall met at a friend's wedding 6 years ago, little did they know someday they would be planning their own! After shooting this couple's engagement session with their sweet dog Sam earlier this Spring, this is one I had been looking forward to all year. It certainly didn't disappoint! Congrats you two!!!

Special thanks to the following vendor partners who helped to pull off this amazing day:

Wedding Planner: I Do Events Atlanta 

Venue: Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, Highlands, NC

Florist: Rooms in Bloom

Hair and Makeup: The Cotton Rouge Company 

Band: The Mo' Sol Band

Cake: The Bakery off Augusta

Second Photographer: Carrie Turner Photography

Videography: Imagine Video Productions

 

Stephanie and Jeff // Basilica of St. Lawrence Wedding

Working with Jeff and Steph was like working with old friends. I absolutely love the story of how they met. Steph attended a "dive bar meet up group" and saw Jeff and his friends at the bar and figured they were they were for the same reason, so she took upon herself to introduce herself while waiting for everyone else to show up. Turns out Jeff wasn't there for the meet up group, but they instantly connected and talked all night! The official first date followed shortly thereafter, and the rest as they say is history!

They currently call Washington D.C. home, but Steph is originally a Carolina girl. Seeing as how they both are Catholic, the Basilica of Saint Lawrence here in Asheville was the perfect location for their wedding. The cathedral is one of the best kept secrets of Asheville's amazing historic architecture, so needless to say I was ecstatic to shoot their wedding there. Some people will criticize an indoor wedding, but would you believe we actually had a massive thunderstorm that afternoon? Steph and Jeff handled it like the champs I knew they would, and I think the photos we got of them under an umbrella turned out great!

After a long ceremony, On Broadway downtown always knows how get the party started and keep everyone happy with lots of amazing local food and beverages. Flowers provided by Stargazers and wedding coordination by Foreman Event Co pulled everything together for a beautiful day. Congrats you two, and look me up next time you are in Asheville! 

Special thanks to the following vendors who helped to make this day possible:                                                     

Wedding Venue: The Basilica of Saint Lawrence                                                                                       Reception Venue and Catering: On Broadway                                                                                         Wedding Planning and Coordination: Foreman Event Co.                                                                                                                                                                                     Flowers: Stargazers                                                                                                                                     Second Photographer: Carrie Turner Photography                                                                                    DJ: Zowie Entertainment

Francie and Hall // Hometown Engagement Session

For Francie and Hall's engagement session, we did something a little different. Normally I like to take couples out into nature, or maybe somewhere unique to them such as where they might have met or had their first date. For this session, Francie wanted it to be nice and casual and to included their pup Sam (who is like their baby), so we chose to do it right in their home and backyard! The couple just bought a great house in Greenville, SC, so we had a great time just hanging out with Sam before finishing up at beautiful park just right down the street!

Cathryn and Zach // Lake Lure Engagement Session

I had so much fun working with Cathryn and Zach. They met at a friend's July 4th party two years ago, and just a short time later they were engaged! After seeing these two together all afternoon, it's easy to see why....as they could barely keep their hands off each other, and were laughing and cuddling the whole time - making my job that much easier :-) Stay tuned for more great images this lovely couple's wedding at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa!

 

Alli and Kevin // The Vanlandingham Estate Wedding

I am so excited to finally be sharing this wedding on my blog. This wedding had so many factors that just made it so much fun to shoot! Aside from working with a really awesome couple, Alli and Kevin, we had a first look, fathers that cry, a beautiful venue, and a grand exit in a pedicab! Does it really get much better than that?!? Warning: This blog post is much no longer than my usual post, there were just too many good pictures to choose from!

Mike and Morgan // Downtown Asheville and Breweries Engagement Session

Mike and Morgan are from Los Angeles, but will be getting married in WNC later this Fall. As much as I would have loved to visit LA, they stopped through Asheville over the holidays giving us the perfect opportunity to fit in an engagement shoot. It was a blistery, windy day here in Asheville (20° temperatures) and I was nervous that these two Californians were going to be too cold to enjoy themselves. But, the cold actually worked to our advantage because they were forced to stay close to stay warm! Plus, it gave us the perfect excuse to do what everyone in Asheville does on blistery Winter days, head into a brewery (or two)!