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Weddings are always a beautiful celebration of two people commiting to a lifetime together. Family & friends come to honor & celebrate two becoming one. This mountain view wedding at Crest Center & Pavilion in Asheville, NC was even more powerful due to Mallory & Peter’s commitment and sacrifice for our country.
You see, Mallory & Peter are both are part of our U.S. Army. Their relationship started back in bootcamp and has seen all the ups and downs that most relationships incure. However, these two have had it extra hard having to spend sometimes months upon months apart due to deployment. When we last met for their Blowing Rock engagement session, they were about to spend almost a year apart! I was all together a bundle of emotions knowing that just weeks after that session they’d have to say goodbye. I think it’s still one of my favorite sessions to date. When they reunited state side they had a blissful 4 months to finish planning and get things ready for their big day. But it didn’t take long for their country to call on them again and now they’re spending several months serving apart. I tell you all of this not to create pitty for them, but rather to set the emotional scene of their wedding day. I don’t think two people have ever celebrated harder! This day was truly joy-filled and all of their waiting and sacrifice was well worth a party like this!
On the day of their wedding, Asheville was at it’s best. The sun was shining, mountains were in full view, and Crest Pavilion rocked it as they always do. Huge shout out to Tammy who lead up the coordination for that day. She was a ton of help and a joy to work with! She helped all of our fellow wedding vendors and made Mallory & Peter’s vision come to life. So when it came time for the big moment, everything ran flawlessly. We even got done early and had extra time for wedding portraits. Y’all that’s the rarest of the rare for us and we gladly took advantage of it. Fast forward to the party, Sound Extreme killed it and the dance floor was filled all night long. Mallory & Peter’s guest sure knew how to party!
At the end of the evening, while taking night portraits, I asked Mallory & Peter if their wedding was all they had dreamed it would. After almost two years of planning, months spent apart, and the stress of planning a wedding while over seas, the answer was a resounding YES! We couldn’t be more thrilled and excited for these two to be husband and wife! It was a true honor to capture every moment for you!
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You may recall a sweet little wedding nestled in the Appalachian mountains about 45 minutes from Asheville that Daniel & I shot last summer. Jenna & David are worship leaders and they contacted us to shoot their incredibly sweet & beautiful Burnsville, NC wedding. After most weddings, I send a few photos to the vendors who helped create such a wonderful event. We love lovin’ on our vendors and we appreciate all they do so the least we could do is share a few photos with them. Little did we know that this simple act would lead to quite the chain reaction!
Our images were shared from vendor to writer to magazine editor! We ended up getting a full page feature in Mountain Escapes Magazine! A completely unexpected and wonderful surprise! We also landed an invite to the 2017 Burnsville Bridal Expo. After all of that love, how could we say no?! So we packed up our photos in the car and headed to what is quickly becoming one of my favorite little towns, Burnsville!
Amelia Hoilman of White Falls Catering did an incredible job of setting the stage for all of the talented vendors to showcase their specialties. We had a great time introducing ourselves and getting to know the local community. I’m a HUGE fan of supporting local and this community sure knows how to do it right! On top of the beautiful setup in the Burnsville Town Center, they invited West Entertainment to get the party going, & had a hilarious cake smash where brides clawed through layers and layers of cake to find the ring hidden inside! It was quite possibly one of the nicest & most entertaining bridal shows I’ve ever attended!
As some of you may know, 2017 marks my 10th year as a wedding photographer. That means I’ve officially been shooting weddings for a DECADE! Okay, now if looking in the mirror didn’t make me feel old, this sure does! However, it’s a milestone I will gratefully celebrate! To work at something I love so much for so long, to have others support me, to be able to see hundreds of joyful brides and grooms as I scroll through my website look back at me, it’s a feeling of satisfaction and peace that I can’t aptly describe.
Most of the time when we attended a bridal show we give away an engagement session. This year however, I wanted to go big in celebration of 10 years! So we opted to give away a wedding collection! WHAT?! I know! We’re crazy! So it is with much joy & excitement that I get to announce that the winner of our Wedding Collection Giveaway is Margaret Casey & Jackie Sprinkle!!!!! Congrats!!!! We’ll be sending you an official “You won lets get our happy dance on” email and we can setup a time to discuss all the details! EEEE! YAY! This is so much fun!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We can’t wait to shoot more beautiful weddings in the WNC area and have an amazing 2017 season!