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True adventure is seeing the possibilities in any situation. There is always something interesting right around the corner. I’m pretty sure that’s how Shannon & Derek see life. They seize the moment and live in it to the fullest. We spent a spectacular afternoon seeking out the adventure Asheville has at any given moment. I’m a little obsessed with their dreamy mountain top engagement at craggy gardens and Biltmore village!

The Grand Bohemian

We met at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village. This hotel is full of eclectic furniture with a luxurious vibe. The ornate pillars and interesting textures made for a fantastic photographic backdrop. They’re also a dog friendly hotel! So it was the perfect spot to bring Shannon & Derek’s baby, Bonita Applebum. A fantastic name for the coolest frenchie pup ever! She was all smiles when Mom & Dad came back to the room just to snuggle her up!

Cloudy Craggy Gardens

After a quick costume change, we drove up winding mountain roads to reach the Craggy Garden trail. At first we thought we’d get the epic mountain views we were hoping for, but it didn’t take long for the clouds to sprint over the pinnacle. Soon our blue ridge mountain range was snatched away from view. But that didn’t stop Shannon  & Derek from their excitement and love. Who gets to shoot in a cloud after all? So we kept up the trail until we reached the tip top of Craggy. Not a mountain could be seen, but the dreamy foggy feel made for some extra cool photographs!

We are totally smitten with Shannon, Derek, & Bonita! Their Charleston wedding is going to be such an amazing celebration. We can’t wait to show you that story too!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Dreamy Mountain Top Engagement at Craggy Gardens | Shannon & Derek

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How many photos can we take in sixty seconds? Apparently way more than I thought! I was so excited to finally get to visit Craggy Gardens in Asheville, NC. Due to the weather in NC, our photo shoot with Jenny & Bryan of had gotten rescheduled twice already! The weather report said there was a chance this time and we took it!
 
Jenny & Bryan are the amazing videographers behind HeartIsTree Studios! We made sure we had plenty of time to shoot and got to Asheville early, met for dinner, and started to drive up the mountin. As we drove things started to look sketch. Up until that point it had been sunny with short passing rain storms that lasted 5 minutes at most. I was confident that was all we would get at Craggy. However, the further we went up the mountain, the darker the clouds got, and my heart started to sink. We arrived at the Craggy Gardens visitor center minutes before the storm engulfed us. Even then, we risked the rain and started to shoot. As you can guess, it didn’t take long for the sprinkles to turn into a water fall of rain and we ran back to our cars.
 
A light rain we actually welcome. We love shooting in it and creating some epic photographs! But, when it down pours and lightening strikes, we know it’s not safe for us and our gear! So back down the mountain we drove, discouraged but not broken!
 
We’ve already made plans for another attempt in just a few weeks! I’m now more excited to make it to the pinnacle of Craggy Gardens. Jenny & Bryan’s range of emotion in sixty seconds is spectacular. I especially love the series where you can see Jenny & Bryan’s reaction to the pouring rain! Priceless!
 
I’m so happy we tried to get this session done. Not only did we get some serious quality time with two new friends, but we have a hilarious story to share with everyone! One day we will conquer Craggy! I promise!

 

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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A Quick Craggy Gardens Rainy Photo Shoot – Jenny & Bryan