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!!!
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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!
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
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
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
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!
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!
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 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)!
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 :-)
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
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 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 :-)
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?!?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Man, Charlotte's changed a lot. This is not the Queen City that quelled the boredom of my teenage years growing up in a small town near by. In fact, the NoDa arts district, where Dre and Tony live reminds me much more of my adopted hometown of Asheville than it does the Charlotte of yesteryear. Full of colorful murals, music venues, local breweries, and abandoned railroad tracks, it provided the perfect backdrop for this urban engagement shoot. Plus, I really enjoyed the thrill of shooting on a not so abandoned railroad track to get a perfect shot of the uptown skyline!