Tuesday

Biltmore Estate Wedding

Brides dream of the perfect day for their wedding. A gorgeous venue, flawless weather, a dream team of vendors, and the personal details chosen that makes her wedding unique to her. 

Married at the Inn on Biltmore (Part 1)

Chelsea and Daniel chose the Inn on Biltmore as their perfect location. The Asheville area is very special to them as he proposed to her at a resort nearby in Lake Lure. But before he popped the question, he planned a trip and drove 4 hours to ask her father for his blessing. Needless to say, he got it and here I am swooning over this perfect day, a gorgeous dress, and my favorite flowers... dahlias!
Her Maggie Sottero wedding dress was stunningly perfect for this setting! Isn't she gorgeous?!?!


Bride getting ready at the Inn on Biltmore
These Jessica Simpson shoes are to die for!!!!

Wedding photos at the Biltmore House
A fairytale setting!

Beauty!

Oh the way he makes her smile...

Bridal party wedding photos at Biltmore
Now that's a good looking bridal party!

Everyone knows I like some personality to shine through. Fun is a requirement!

The groomsmen rockin' their navy tuxes!

Bridesmaids tending to bride at the Biltmore House
Can it get any more perfect than this???

Love! Sweet sweet love!

Bride and groom posing in front of the Chihuly art at Biltmore
The extraordinary Chihuly exhibit made for a perfect spot in the sunshine!


THIS WINS!  
A BIG THANK YOU TO MARY BELL EVENTS! A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING!

Wedding Bouquets to Inspire You

If you're getting married soon, one of the key components of planning a wedding are the flowers. They add so much detail and character to a wedding, and you want them to reflect your style and vision. I remember my wedding day and the many meetings I had to set up to plan each and every detail – the venue, the cake, the flowers. I never realized how much goes into it! Picking out flowers can be a fun process, but there are so many options to choose from. Selecting the style for you can be a tricky process, but so worth it in the end. Just imagine the possibilities!

Reflecting your Personal Style


Choosing flowers and greenery that are in season can definitely save you from burning a hole in your pocket. Since spring is here and summer is right around the corner, there are many gorgeous options to choose from that are super affordable!

Another thing to consider when picking out your bouquet for the wedding is the style. A lot goes into building arrangements, and each florist is different. For example, you may choose to have a traditional and simple bouquet on your big day, or maybe you want something more modern in design. Be sure to look at several different florists, instead of going with the first one you see. You may be surprised with what catches your eye and meets your vision!

Over the years, I have seen many bouquets that have caught my eye, and each and every one of them was unique and filled with character. One of the biggest differences in bouquets that I have seen is the wide array of colors. From white to orange to rainbow, they are all gorgeous and tend to fit in with the wedding and décor perfectly. What a fun way to add character to your wedding!

Oh how I love the romantic feel of this delicate bouquet!!!



And just look at all the textures in these bridal bouquets!!! Oh MY!!!!







Finding the right style for your bridesmaids bouquets is exciting too!






Hopefully these beauties have given you some inspiration to find the perfect wedding bouquets!

Wednesday

Destination Asheville | An Epic Engagement Session

So many of my couples come to the Asheville area for their wedding. It is one of the top destination locations for a wedding in the US. That's pretty cool right?!?!? I think so. Whether it is a mid way point for families on the east coast, the gorgeous mountain views, the Biltmore Estate, or because of the incredible breweries filling the area, there are numerous reasons to choose Western North Carolina for your wedding. And to send out your save the dates, wouldn't you want an engagement session to choose the perfect photos that show your personality, where you are getting married, and well... some crazy fantastic images of you and your love? Leah and Erik did just that...

Personalized Engagement Session

The weather doesn't always cooperate with the best of plans. Though I do love nature's soft box of beautiful cloudy skies, sometimes that brings rain. In this case we split the session up into two days to beat the passing storm and get some incredible images. Leah and Erik ... I am super excited for your wedding!!!

One of my favorite images was from the end of the second day. What a HOT .... day! Leah, you looked B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!!!

Ok Erik, you win for the sweetness factor!






I LOVE it when you let loose and enjoy the session! Have fun! Play! Love on each other! Be you! They definitely were up for anything!

Ok, two more of my favorites... I just cannot resist! You two were AWESOME to photograph!!!!

Wedding Cakes Galore | Personalized Sweet Treats

Getting married is such an exciting time in your life! Saying “I do” at the altar is a huge step and commitment with your partner. Many of us look forward to that big day since we were children. However, a lot goes into planning a wedding. Let’s face the facts – when it comes to picking out a dress, a venue, a band, décor, and food, it can get super overwhelming! You want your day to be perfect, and finding the right style for you is critical in making your wedding day perfect. As a wedding photographer, I have seen countless weddings that all have their unique little twist. One of my favorite things to see, photograph, and taste are the wedding cakes! Some prefer their cake to be classic, beautiful, and traditional. While some put extra thought and personality into it. Over the years, I have seen hundreds of cakes that are super fun!

Personalizing Your Sweet Treats 

 
Adding character to personalize a cake is something that many of my amazing clients have chosen to do. One sweet couple I had the pleasure of working with had details throughout the wedding of the places they traveled and adorned their cake with little trinkets of their favorite places. Another cake was inspired by the bride’s favorite childhood book The Giving Tree. And for the Star Wars fans out there… a Death Star groom's cake! How cool was that! It was a HUGE hit! What about your groom's favorite sports team? You know you want to surprise him with his own cake! Ooooh unless it is a house divided on that front, then you each get a fan cake! My house would be Steelers and Panthers cakes.

Having a cake that is personalized is such a fun way to make your guests smile! I have enjoyed seeing the many cute little details that my clients have added to their cakes, and look forward to seeing many more!














Now that you are craving some deliciously awesome wedding cakes, lets talk details on your wedding ideas!

Tuesday

Proposal at Biltmore | He Asked and She Said "Yes!"

As a family and wedding photographer, I have had the pleasure of working with some super amazing couples. One thing that always stands out to me is the effort that my clients put in to make their significant other happy. Sometimes people go above and beyond for their love, making such beautiful and inspiring memories along the way. Rodney was one of those people, as he had a very special plan lined up for his girlfriend. He wanted to propose, but he wanted it nothing short of perfect. I love how invested Rodney was in making his proposal the best it could be for the love of his life. What a beautiful gesture.


Rodney's Perfect Proposal


Rodney contacted me to set up a proposal setting similar to the bachelor. He wanted a pedestal with a rose waiting there for when they walked up and he would get down on one knee and ask her to be his wife. That is her favorite show, and he wanted to make her proposal just as good, or better. In order to make Rodney’s vision come true, I went to Blossoms at Biltmore park and got the most beautiful biggest rose I had ever seen. It was almost bigger than my open hand! I mean HUGE!

After the proposal we spent a few hours exploring the estate for some fantastic photo locations. We found a gazebo that they stood under, and it was such a romantic moment when Rodney held his fiancé in his arms as they kissed so dearly. You can tell that they mean the world to each other! As we made our way around the estate, we stopped every so often to catch a photo of the two.

Sweet Embraces


I loved being able to capture the two of them embrace each other. They held on to each other so tightly, as if they never wanted to let go! I love the love that they share. So pure and strong. We also took time to stop at the lagoon on the back side of the estate. I love this spot with the house in the background. Then and there, with no one but the couple, it was beautiful to see them in love and in the moment!

It was supposed to rain all day (70% chance), but the rain held off until we finished our photo session. I got in my car and hadn't gone 2 miles and it started pouring the rain. Some things are just meant to be!

He asked, and she quickly said, "yes!" What a beautiful moment!
 Just look at the way he holds her tight. He'll never let her go!
 These two made my heart melt! Pure love. Pure magic.
 Just look at that smile. She's found her forever. Congrats you two!
 The gorgeous setting was the icing on the cake. These two are so natural together!
 When she closes her eyes and envisions her future, Rodney is still there. These two lovebirds made my day!
 Sweet embraces and loving looks. What more could I ask for as an proposal photographer?
A stunning setting, and even more stunning couple. Congrats you two. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you both.