Noelle + Austin | Black Balsam Knob Elopement

Noelle & Austin eloped at the foot of Black Balsam Knob surrounded by family and close friends. I met Noelle a couple of years ago at the local Leicester post office. We were both waiting to mail packages and after chatting in line, I handed her a business card and said to her, "If you ever need any photos I'd love to be the one to take them." She contacted me at the first of the year to tell me she was engaged and was in need of a wedding photographer. She connected with Destination Elopements and plans were made for their wedding day. I photographed their engagement photos this past summer at the lovely Botanical Gardens at Asheville. With a slight time change of their wedding day, I was unable to be there to photograph their wedding, but my good friend, Paige Broome, stepped in to save the day. I'm so thankful Paige was able to photograph this sweet couples elopement and to experience this beautiful place. I'm also so impressed with the bouquet and flower crown Noelle made. She is so talented!! I am truly SO IN LOVE with these images. They are TRULY AMAZING!!

Thank you Noelle & Austin for allowing me to find a replacement for myself and still allow me to edit your wedding photos. Paige truly captured your personalities and the love you both have for each other. I wish you both a lifetime of blessings and happiness together.

A huge shout out to the following who helped to make their day special!

Venue - Black Balsam Knob

Photographer - Paige Broome

Planner - Destination Elopements WNC

Officiant - CJ Deering

Dress - Southern Fried Chicks

Suit - Saddlebred

Flowers/Flower Crown/Boutonniere - Noelle (The Bride)

Rings - Neil Lane & Enso Rings

Hair - Elizabeth Green

Taylor + Clay | Zion Hill Baptist Church | Asheville Wedding Photographer

I love church weddings and especially ones way out in the country with a lot of history. Taylor & Clay were married at Zion Hill Baptist Church located in Leicester, NC. It was a gorgeous day filled with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Their colors were navy, wine and grey with hints of white and gorgeous greenery. Stargazers did an amazing job on the florals! The ceremony was simple, but elegant. They were married by Pastor Bobby Smith surrounded by their closest family and friends. I would have to say that the director of wedding, Tracy Lee, did an outstanding job on directing and decorating the church and the reception hall. She made all of the wooden signs which were AMAZING!! So much talent!! The wedding was gorgeous, the food was so delicious and this couple along with their families were a joy to photograph. We were so thankful to find a beautiful field right across the street from the church to do couple portraits.

Thank you Taylor & Clay for choosing me to document your wedding day. It was a pleasure to serve you. A huge shout out and thank you to all of the following who gave of their time and talent to make their day a success.

Venue - Zion Hill Baptist Church, Leicester, NC

Dress - David's Bridal

Florals - Stargazers

Invitations - Etsy

Cake- Cakin It Up

Director & Designer - Tracy Lee

Food - Blowing Smoke BBQ/Scott & Julie Lunsford

Assistant Photographer - Elizabeth Myers

Cheyenne & Tyler | Trinity Baptist Church | Asheville Wedding Photographer

I'm so happy to finally be able to share this sweet couple that I love dearly!! Cheyenne, you looked stunning and Tyler, so handsome. They were married by their pastor, Ralph Sexton, Jr., and Cheyenne's uncle, Zach Cicillian, at Trinity Baptist Church in the small chapel. I loved all the details of the wedding and they also chose to do a "first look", which I absolutely love doing. Tyler might have shed a couple of tears when he saw his bride for the first time. After the beautiful ceremony and family photos we did portraits of the bride and groom and then headed to the reception in the gym for a taco bar, yes a TACO BAR, my favorite!! Anyone who knows me knows I love Mexican food. Tyler presented Cheyenne with a gift, a bible with her new last name engraved on it. What a sweet gift!! I would like to thank Cheyenne & Tyler for choosing me to document your wedding day. I am very grateful and blessed to call you my friends!! I pray God blesses your life together and gives you the desires of your heart.

Many thanks to the following who gave of their time and talent to make their day special!!

Venue - Trinity Baptist Church

Officiants - Ralph Sexton, Jr. & Zach Cicillian

Wedding Dress - David's Bridal

Bridesmaids Skirts - Neesee's Dresses

Suit Jacket/Vest- Men's Wearhouse

Rings - Helzberg

Cake - Beverly Hughes

Food - Michael & Carrie Cooper

Invitations - Shutterfly

Flowers - Gudger's Flowers

Hair - Megan Ray/Just Wing It Artistry

Make-up - Kaitlin Gonzalez

Yesterday's Spaces | Britt + Tate | Asheville Wedding Photographer

I’m so excited to finally share Britt & Tate’s gorgeous wedding at Yesterday’s Spaces in Leicester. So much love for this couple who were married at this beautiful wedding venue. This was my first time shooting at this gorgeous location and I hope to be back there again real soon. Britt & Tate's wedding day was absolutely the BEST!! Britt did all the florals for her own wedding. She has such a talent!! I loved all the details and no detail was left untouched. Her dress was STUNNING unlike anything I've ever seen before. The beading on the back of the dress was fabulous!! The colors of navy and marsala with gold were used throughout the wedding details. A lot of preparation went into their wedding day and below are the ones who gave of their time and talent to make their day special and memorable!! Thank you Britt & Tate for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day. I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!!

Venue - Yesterday's Spaces

Rings - Facets of Foscoe/Foscoe, NC

Florals - Britt (The Bride)

Invitations - Shutterfly

Coordinator - Georgina Johnston

Caterer - Okie Dokie Smokehouse

Cocktail Entertainment - The Bus Booth Photobooth

DJ - Jenn White

Baker - Georgina Johnston

Officiant - Cody Bullman

Wedding Dress - Bridals by Lori/Brand, Watters

Bridesmaids Dresses - David's Bridal

Groomsmen Suits - Men's Wearhouse/Brand, Calvin Klein

Kathleen + Will | Jeter Mountain Farm Wedding

Kathleen & Will were married at Jeter Mountain Farm, an amazing venue in Hendersonville, NC with mountain views, a tree farm and a huge reception area perfect for large weddings. I can’t say enough about the vendors who made their day so special. Can we take a moment to appreciate how GORGEOUS Kathleen looking in her wedding gown, absolutely STUNNING. The flowers were designed and made by Cailtyn Whitworth who was her maid of honor, truly the most gorgeous florals I’ve ever seen at a wedding. The couple chose to do a “first look” before the wedding and it was sweet with the groom shedding a few tears. There were so many special moments I remember from their wedding. One would be the details. Kathleen’s wedding band was her grandmother’s, who passed away a few months prior to their wedding. Engraved inside was her nickname, Kat. Each centerpiece on every table was amazing. The food was fantastic!! The speech her dad gave at the reception was so sweet and the wedding party was so much fun. It was great to catch up with a few of my friends from Canton and I’m especially grateful to Kathleen & Will for choosing me to document your wedding day. Thank you to all the fabulous vendors who made their day truly AMAZING!

Venue - Jeter Mountain Farm
Dress - David's Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses - Show Me Your Mumu
Suits - Men's Wearhouse
Engagement Ring - Bailey's
Ministers - Jan Brittain & Luke Christy
Flowers - Caitlyn McKinney Whitworth
Catering - Twisted Laurel
Cake - Kandi's Cakes & Bake Shop
Hair - Haley Brank
Makeup - Terran Ward (Della Terra Beauty)
Music - Megan Leigh Johnson (Carolina Music Planner, LLC)
DJ - Will Jackson

Videographer - Will Brank
Second Shooter - Paige Broome

Savannah + Mike | Trinity Baptist Church | Asheville Wedding Photographer

Savannah and Mike were married on May 23rd in the beautiful chapel at Trinity Baptist Church by Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr., her Pastor and Granddaddy.  This wedding was special to me as I have so many connections to these people and this place.  I have known Savannah most of her life and was so very honored that she asked me to photograph one of the most special days in a couples life.

After some morning showers, we were blessed with a beautiful afternoon which allowed for outdoor photographs by the huge willow tree.  This day would not have been possible without the incredible vendors that put together a flawless day from start to finish.  Thank you all for making their day amazing!!

Venue - Trinity Baptist Church

Tent and Chandelier - Classic Event Rental 

Food and Cake - Missy Sumner

Flowers - Gudger's Flowers

Dress - David's Bridal

Tux - Mitchell's Tuxedo

Hair - Emily Sikorski - Parlour 232

Makeup - Flawless 

Second Shooter - Paige Broome

Savannah // North Carolina Arboretum Bridal Session

Guys, it was soooo hard not to share all of these gorgeous bridals from Savannah's session.  She is GORGEOUS inside and out and is just the sweetest!!  I met Savannah at the North Carolina Arboretum with an entourage of her closest family and friends who were there to help in any way.  Here are a few of my very favorites and a huge shout out to the following who made her feel like a princess on this day!!

Dress - David's Bridal

Bouquet - David West of Gudger's Flowers

Hair - Emily Sikorski (Parlour 232)

Make-up - Lauren Tritt (Parlour 232)

Anna + Chad | Four M Acres Events | Asheville Wedding Photographer

Anna & Chad were married by Chad's grandfather at the beautiful Four M Acres Events in Leicester on May 5th.  Anna had everything ready for us to start shooting details right when we arrived.  Her colors were a beautiful palette of blush, greens and navy blue.  There was a quick rain shower and then everyone grabbed some paper towels, dried off the seats, and we were able to proceed with the ceremony.  This was my first time photographing a wedding at this venue and I would have to say BJ & Melisa did a phenomenal job with hosting and catering.  The food was awesome!!  

What I love about Anna & Chad is that they are super sweet and genuine.  They were a joy to spend the day with and I wish the two of them a lifetime of happiness and blessings!  It was hard to narrow down the blog post because there were SO many awesome images from their day so here are a few of my favorites.  Thank you to all of the incredible vendors who made their day FABULOUS!!  You guys ROCK!!  A huge thank you to Paige Broome for assisting me!!

Venue & Food - Four M Acres Events
Hair - Michelle Hester Taylor
Make-up- Kaitlin Gonzalez
Dress - Once Upon a Time Bridal & Boutique
Rings - Reeds Jewelers
Floral - Kaylynne's Briar Patch Florist    Cake - Debra Collazo                                                                                                        
Tan by Leah - Bellasole Studio

Anna | Bridals | The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

I'm so excited to finally be able to share Anna's bridal portraits.  We met at The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill in Leicester.  If you don't know about this treasure, you need to check it out.  It's complete with a pond, a barn and beautiful landscape and trees.  Anna looked completely stunning in her wedding gown.  She is as beautiful inside as she is outside.  Her mom, best friend and mother-n-law joined us for this special occasion. After we photographed all around the property, we finished up her bridals in West Asheville where I had noticed some gorgeous pink blossoming trees earlier in the week.  Here are a few of my very favorites from her session.  Thank you to the following for making her look her very best!!

Venue - The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

Dress - Once Upon A Time Bridal

Jewelry - Reeds Jewelers

Hair - Michelle Taylor

Make-up - Kate Gonzales

Taylor + Miky | Asheville Couples Photographer | Crest Center & Pavilion

So excited this sweet couple asked me to capture a few portraits of them while they were on their honeymoon traveling through Asheville.  A few days prior to meeting them they were married in Charlotte, NC.  Thank you Taylor & Miky for choosing me to document your time here in Asheville.  Wishing you a long and blessed life together!

Omni Grove Park Inn Proposal | Janet + Bobby | Asheville Engagement Photographer

Loved photographing this sweet couples proposal at the gorgeous Omni Grove Park Inn.  Bobby asked Janet to marry him the day before Valentine's Day.  They are both senior medical students in Greenville, South Carolina, who are getting ready to graduate in just a few short months.  Bobby got down on one knee and proposed to Janet at the beautiful Vanderbilt Terrace and then I introduced myself and we continued all around the property with engagement photos.  It was so great to meet you both and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and love!!  Thank you for choosing me to document this special time in your lives!!

Chris + Chase | Winter Destination Elopement | The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

Chris & Chase were married at the gorgeous venue, The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill, on the last day of 2017.  It was a cold morning mixed with a little bit of light falling snow.  I met the couple first at the Omni Grove Park Inn where we captured some detail shots and couple shots then we all headed to the venue for the elopement.  Surrounded by close family and friends, the couple was married by Katrina Evans from Destination Elopements and then enjoyed a sweet reception with an Oreo cookie cake made by her sister-n-law.   It was great meeting you two!!  A huge thank you to all the wonderful vendors who made their day PERFECT.

Venue - The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

Officiant - Katrina Evans, Destination Elopements WNC

Hair & Make-up - Brett Parks | Bride's Best Friend

Flowers - Made by the bride

Oreo Cookie Cake - The bride's sister-n-law

Wells Beach Senior Portraits | Abigail Bell | Sanford Christian Academy |Sanford, Maine

This session is close to my heart because this is my youngest niece, Abigail (Abby) Bell.  Abby is a senior at Sanford Christian Academy in Sanford, Maine and will be graduating this year and then plans to head to Crown College in Powell, TN.  When you meet Abby instantly you are drawn to her sweet personality and her crazy personality.  She is a joy to be around and she's gorgeous inside and out!!  We started off in Sanford for some photos around Mill 67 then headed to a field down the road from their home and then we were off to Wells Beach where we finished up her senior portrait session.   So thankful I've had the opportunity to photograph all of my nieces and nephew now and I look forward to seeing my family again real soon in Maine.  Abby, I love you and I'm praying God uses you in a mighty way!!  LOVE, Aunt Tracy

Full Gospel Christian Fellowship Wedding | Kelly + Johnathan | Waynesville Wedding Photographer

I love small beautiful church weddings and this one was filled to capacity with family and friends for the wedding of Kelly & Johnathan.  The couple had written letters to each other prior to their vows and we got to witness those special moments.  I think I was most impressed with how the fellowship hall was decorated with a complete floral backdrop for the bride and groom's table.  Kelly looked absolutely stunning in her gorgeous wedding dress that fit her perfect escorted by her dad.  The look on Johnathan's face as she walked down the aisle was priceless.  After the vows we were able to find a small patch of bamboo right beside the church for some intimate couple portraits.  Then it was on the reception where Kelly & Johnathan did a choreographed first dance and one with her father following.  So much love in one room!! I would like to thank the couple for choosing me to document their day and a huge thank you to the incredible vendors who helped make their day a fairy tale wedding!!   Here are a few of my very favorite images from their wedding day!!

Venue - Full Gospel Christian Fellowship

Minister - Neal Roland

Music - Sarah Shelton

Wedding Dress - Best Bride Prom & Tux

Floral - Sweet Bouquets Florist | Alecia Godfrey 

Hair - Tiffany Burnett Payne | Iris Salon

Make-up - Just Wing It Artistry Asheville | Megan Ray

Reception Decoration and Flower Wall - Daphne Ingram Blankenship 

Wedding Cake - Marilyn Sprouse

Second Shooter - Paige Broome

Asheville Senior Portrait Photographer | Zoe | Class of 2018

Zoe ROCKED her senior portrait session in downtown Asheville.  She's a natural.  She poses before I even tell her how to pose and she did her own make-up...COME ON, that's a gift.  Zoe, thank you for choosing me to capture your senior portraits.  Here are some of my very favorites!!

The Altamont Theatre | Barbra + Wade | Asheville Wedding Destination Photographer

The day began with Barbra & Wade getting ready at a beautiful two story house located on French Broad Avenue.  The setting was super laid back with their family and closest friends enjoying the day together.  After we had taken most of the details shots, the couple along with their wedding party, got on the Gray Line Trolley for a tour around downtown Asheville.  Their wedding was held at The Altamont Theatre.  The setting was absolutely gorgeous with the glow of candles and twinkling lights, just about as romantic as you can get.  Barbra handled every detail perfectly from the wooden name place settings and menus to the perfect little "to go" dessert boxes with a personalized sticker with their name and wedding date on it. 

Thank you Barbra & Wade for choosing me to document your wedding day and for trusting us to do what we love the most, photographing couples who are madly in love!! 

Tracy

VENDOR LOVE

Venue:  The Altamont Theatre

Dress: The White Magnolia

Videographer:  Jason Vittorio/Vittorio Film & Photo

Guitar player: Evan Thomas

Hair:  Ryann Hayes

Make-up:  Marina Buzyan

Officiant: Star Button

Catering:  Chef Michael's Catering

Cake & Desserts:  Lindsey Maddox at Sweet Elegance

Second Shooter - Dominique Phillips