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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)!

Highland Brewery Wedding // Justine and Will

Sometimes I am very surprised where my journey as a wedding photographer takes me. Shooting a bride and groom in between the enormous tanks of beer at Highland Brewing, Asheville's oldest brewery, is never what I expected. But man did I love every minute of it! From the minute this couple told me they were getting married at a brewery, I knew it was going to be special!

As excited as I was, seeing as how it was only a week before Christmas, my first concern was that it would be too cold and dark to get any decent photos outside after their 5:00 ceremony. After discussing this concern with Justine and Will, they decided to do a "first look," in the afternoon, and man did it pay off! Not only were we blessed with beautiful light (a photographer's dream), but freakishly warm weather (60's in December, whaaaaattt?)! It was amazing every sense of the word. Not only did we get incredible photos outdoors, but some amazing photos behind the scenes of the brewery as well.  All surrounded by some of the best, freshest beer in town. Yes, I'll take another please :-)

Dre and Tony // Fall Music Themed Wedding at The Crest Center

This is a wedding I had been looking forward to shooting for a long time. I first met with Dre (short for Adrianne) and Tony to discuss their wedding plans back in the Spring of 2015. They wanted to get hitched in the mountains that coming Fall, but because Asheville wedding venues book up so far in advance, they had to wait an entire year and a half to make it happen in the Fall of 2016! In the meantime we had an awesome engagement session in the NODA arts district of Charlotte. I had so much fun shooting with them that day that I knew their wedding was going to be unique. Seeing as how they love live music, they had a "music themed wedding" complete with concert tickets for invitations, music artwork for table settings, and of course an amazing live band, 5 on Sundays. From the "first look" (if you don't know what this is, just google it) to the sparkler exit, it was nothing short of amazing!

Thanks to the following vendors for helping to pull this day together so seamlessly:
 

Venue: Crest Pavilion Asheville                                                                                                                                                                                        Music/Band: 5 on Sundays                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wedding Planning: Stunning & Brilliant Events- Charlotte, Coordinator: Jacquie Horne                                                                                                       Cake: Short Street Cakes, Asheville                                                                                                                                                                                            Hair & Make Up: Beauty Parade, Asheville                                                                                                                                                                            Dress: J. Major's Bridal Salon, Charlotte                                                                                                                                                                                 Favors: Poppy's Popcorn Asheville                                                                                                                                                                                         Flowers: Urban Farm Girl Asheville                                                                                                                                                                                        Officiant: Julie Adams

 

 

Amy and Logan // Castle Ladyhawke Wedding

I felt so lucky to be a part of this wedding. Not only was it the best Fall color I saw all year, but it also gave me the opportunity to shoot at one of the prettiest venues in all of WNC. Mountain views, Fall color, castles, and and an amazing couple. Need I say more?
 

Will and Aubrey // Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Will and Aubrey were so much fun to work with! After meeting for tacos and beer one evening to discuss their big day, I knew we were a match. They both work in the medical field, and met one afternoon when some coworkers invited them both to come along skeet shooting with them (how cool is that for a first date?) Just two years later, Will proposed at one of their favorite date spots which also just happens to be one of the most beautiful places around, The Biltmore Estate! Because the Biltmore has had such a special place in their relationship, it only made sense to have their engagement session there. We got lucky and got one of those "just before Fall hits" sunsets. It was nothing short of magical :-)

Family Portrait Session // Nags Head, NC

Last month I was lucky enough to go on an amazing, much needed family vacation with some old friends in beautiful Nags Head, NC. I don't normally do a lot of family portrait sessions, but the scenery, the light, and the wonderful people we were vacationing with were just too much for me to resist. So one evening we headed out to the beach with my camera and just had fun :-)  If you look closely there's a cameo appearance by my daughter Samantha - unfortunately she wasn't willing to cooperate with the camera that night. Could it be possible that she's getting tired of having her picture taken by Dad the photographer?!?

Tiffany and Dave // NC Arboretum Wedding in Asheville

This couple was so much fun to work with. After doing an engagement session in their hometown of Raleigh last Fall and a bridal session this Spring, by the time their wedding rolled around we were practically old friends. Seeing how travel is one of their favorite things to do together, it made perfect sense that they would do a destination wedding in the beautiful mountains of Asheville. If you've ever wondered what a "first look" is about, scroll down to see pictures of this lovely couple seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony!

Megan and Nick // The Lake Lure Inn Wedding

I loved everything about this wedding. There were just so many things about it that made it special. The couple had a "first look," the bride was walked down the aisle by both father and stepfather (to a Celtic bagpipe player), a live band, and Dirty Dancing. Did I mention it was held at the same place where Dirty Dancing was filmed? That's right...Dirty Dancing. The one one and only 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa.

Casey and Michael // Rockin' Wedding at The Orange Peel!

I've shot a lot of great shows at The Orange Peel over the years. In fact it's one of my favorite places to be with my camera, so when Michael and Casey contacted me about shooting their wedding day there, to say I was excited was an understatement! Most people don't even realize it's a possibility, but who wouldn't want to exchange vows on a stage that has hosted such gods as the Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, and the Beastie Boys? Sounds like a great way to start a marriage to me!

Bridal Session with Autumn at NC Arboretum, Asheville NC

When it comes to wedding photos, there's not many places around here as pretty as the NC Arboretum. When Autumn said she wanted a a bridal session that was more "elegant" then rustic (think NC mountains) I knew this would be the perfect place. Although the threat of a storm loomed all day, the rain held off just long enough for us to get some great images, not to mention the clouds really helped all the color to pop!

Starr and Nick // Lexington KY Distillery District Wedding

Earlier this Spring my camera took me to Lexington, KY, the land of great horses, great bourbon, and great weddings. Starr and Nick chose to host their wedding at the beautiful Grand Reserve venue, just on the outskirts of downtown in the Distillery District. Coming from Asheville, I thought having a Brewery District was something to be proud of, but Lexington takes it to a whole new level! The groom even had his own cake that was a replica of a bottle of Woodford Reserve (so close it belonged in a wax museum)! Now that's what I call coming ready to party!

A Look Back: My Top 10 Favorite Images of 2015

This is one of those "I can't believe how great this turned out" images for me. Marina, the beautiful bride, chose to wear a Gatsby inspired wedding dress adorned with gold and feather like lace reminiscent of the roaring 20's. The bridal suite in the magnificent Henry Hall Wilson House had this beautiful vintage couch along with a gigantic gold trimmed mirror behind it, just begging to be used in a photo. We nabbed this quick bridal portrait just seconds before she walked outside to meet her eagerly awaiting groom Eric.

 

Kelsey and David got married at the historic Church of the Little Flower in the mountains of WNC. This image was taken just after the ceremony as they walked hand in hand through a grassy area just outside the chapel. I just love the dreamy atmosphere that the back lit sun along with the bright pastel colors of Spring provide.

 

Lauren and Vanessa were courageous enough to get married in Charleston last Spring before the historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people, both young and old, slowed down to yell "Congratulations!" from their car windows as we wondered through the streets of Charleston to grab a few shots of them just being themselves on their wedding day. I just love the simplicity of this shot. Nothing like a simple background, with two people madly in love, to show "Love is All You Need."

Jen and Lateef got married last summer at the beautiful Brahma Ridge Event Center just outside of Asheville. It was a hot summer day in June and they were crazy enough to listen to me when I suggested we take a short hike up to the top of a ridge for this shot. I just love the isolation it provided along with with beautiful back lit sun and mountains in the background. Plus the purple flowers in between them brings the perfect amount of "pop"to the image.

 
 Courtney and Bobby got married at the beautiful  Cliffs at Walnut Cove  just south of Asheville. Unfortunately it rained on their wedding day and they were forced to perform the ceremony under a tent, but it cleared up just long enough for us to grab a few shots of the two of them alone in this gorgeous setting. I just love how the cloudy weather lets the color pop. And the romanticism between these two is just undeniable. For more images from this wedding check out the full blog post  here !

Courtney and Bobby got married at the beautiful Cliffs at Walnut Cove just south of Asheville. Unfortunately it rained on their wedding day and they were forced to perform the ceremony under a tent, but it cleared up just long enough for us to grab a few shots of the two of them alone in this gorgeous setting. I just love how the cloudy weather lets the color pop. And the romanticism between these two is just undeniable. For more images from this wedding check out the full blog post here!

 

Amy and Elliot were married at a newer venue to WNC, the Vineyard at 37 High Holly in Scaly Mountain. This place was just unbelievable. Does it really get any prettier than a wedding at a vineyard in the mountains? I just love how this shot captures everything in one image: the excitement of just marrying the one you love, the natural beauty of the vineyard, the reception hall lights twinkling in the background at dusk. You name it, it has it. For more images from this wedding see the full blog post here!

 

Marileigh and Drew were married at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, one of the prettiest venues around in my opinion. We were blessed with some beautiful light right at sunset which created the perfect setting for this photo. I just love the golden hues, the sun setting in the background, the expressions on their faces, and the way the ridge line in the background follows the contour of their bodies. Sometimes it just all comes together.

 

I felt like we got so many great images from Deanna and Austin's wedding that I didn't even know where to begin in choosing just one. The fairy tale like atmosphere of the woods surrounding the property made me feel like a kid in a candy store with these two. Ultimately I decided on this one image just because I felt like it captured the most emotion of them all. You can't plan for these types of shots. Sometimes they just happen. For more images from this wedding check out the full blog post here.

 

Another great image from the NC Arboretum, this area is called the "quilt garden" and the staff there is constantly changing it depending on the season. The bright colors were perfect for this springtime wedding, and I just love the symmetry of the gardens and the landscaping behind it. My wife always says that the bride and groom Monique and Robby look like cake toppers, and I can't say that I disagree!

 

Sometimes photography on your wedding day can start to feel a bit too serious, and there's nothing a like a dog to lighten the mood a little and put a smile on your face. This started out as a shot of the bride, Caroline, and her bridesmaids walking through a meadow together at the beautiful Fields of Blackberry Cove. Suddenly Caroline's dog, Buddy, who was also in the wedding, just decided to walk right in front of my camera and take a seat! I guess he wanted to make sure he didn't get left out of the wedding album!