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

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

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

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

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

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

Laurel Ridge Country Club | Anna + Ryan | Waynesville Wedding Photographer

I had such a great time in Waynesville, NC, celebrating these two.  It was an incredible day filled with lots of joy! You could just tell that these two were surrounded by many who truly loved them.  Laurel Ridge Country Club never disappoints.  The views are spectacular, the staff is always helpful and there are so many opportunities for photos.  It's definitely a win win.  My favorite spot is at the top of the mountain on the property where we take just the bride and groom for couple portraits.  Anna & Ryan, you were both a joy to work with and I absolutely loved spending the day with friends and family.  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and lots of love!!  Check out how gorgeous their day was at the beautiful Laurel Ridge Country Club!!

VENDOR LOVE

Venue/Catering - Laurel Ridge Country Club

Wedding Planner  - Leshall Conklin

Hair & Make-up - Jeanne's Hair & Make-up Studio

Flowers - Flowers by Larry

Cake - Nettie's Bakery

Photographer - Tracy Waldrop Photography

Second Shooter - Kathy Beaver

Videographer - Cinema Weddings

DJ - Eric Everett/Zowie Entertainment

Officiant - Tom Johanson

The Fields of Blackberry Cove | Sarah + Daniel | Asheville Wedding Photographer

These two were a joy to work with along with their family.  Sarah looked absolutely gorgeous in her lace short-sleeved wedding dress and I loved getting all the detail shots with her favorite perfume and those shoes, who doesn't love flat comfortable lacy shoes on their wedding day?  Daniel & Sarah walked in together right after their bridesmaids and groomsmen and they had a sweet ceremony surrounded by close family and friends.  The weather was perfect with no rain and a gorgeous view of the mountains in the background.  A special thank you to Kella Cox who was able to come and do Sarah's hair and make-up last minute!!

Thank you Sarah & Daniel for making my job so easy!!  I wish you two a life time of happiness and love!!

Also, thank you to the incredible vendors who made Sarah & Daniel's wedding day the BEST!!

Venue - The Fields of Blackberry Cove

Hair & Make-up - Kella Cox

Flowers - Chris Worley

Food - Food Experience (Tony Franco & Matthew Macon)

Wedding Dress - David's Bridal

Tux - Mens Wearhouse

Second Shooter - Julia Lindholm

Oak Hill on Love Lane | Lauren + Van | Waynesville Elopement

Lauren & Van eloped at the cutest bed and breakfast in Waynesville, NC, called Oak Hill on Love Lane.  What a darling home with the sweetest details and the most loving owners, Tony & Darlene Blankenship.  From the moment I arrived, it felt like home.  I loved every detail that went into their wedding from the old locket to the gorgeous flowers to the most elegant wedding cake.  It's truly a joy to share these special moments with couples and I'm so thankful Lauren & Van chose me to document their day.  Always a joy to serve with Destination Elopements, WNC!!

Venue - Oak Hill on Love Lane

Flowers - Colonial Florist

Cake - Nettie's Bakery

Dress - David's Bridal, dress by Galina

Officiant - Allison Lee

Trinity Baptist Church | Karlie & Adam | Asheville Wedding Photographer

So excited to share my favorites from Karlie & Adam's wedding at the Chapel of Trinity Baptist Church.  Karlie looked stunning in her David's bridal dress and the whole wedding party was so much fun to photograph.  My favorite part was seeing the look on Adam's face as Karlie walked down the aisle.  Priceless!!!  Many thanks to all who made their day so special!!

Good News Baptist Church | Kendall + Nick | Asheville Wedding Photographer

Who doesn't love a good LOVE story?  I DO!!!  These two are the kindest people you will ever meet, seriously and genuinely in love with God and each other.  The day started off with the bridal party getting ready at the Buffalo Creek Vacation Cabins in Clyde and then we all headed to the church for some photographs of the bridal party and detail shots before the wedding began.  Here is how they met in Kendall's words....

"I began writing prayers and letters to my future husband when I was 18 years old. After a while of writing them, God placed it on my heart to give these letters to my husband on our wedding day. Not knowing my husbands name, I addressed them to "My tough and tender warrior", because I felt God telling me that's the kind of man I would marry. A couple years went by, and our wedding day was quickly approaching, so Nick's dad restored a wooden box that has been passed down from generations past in his family for me to put the letters, as well as my purity/promise ring in it to give Nick on our wedding day.  His dad, his best man, presented it to him the night before our wedding.

We met at Biltmore Church through college group and school bible studies, but really connected on a missions trip to Guatemala City and began dating shortly after.  I first began a deep friendship with him during the summer of 2015, and the week we connected in Guatemala I knew I wanted to marry him. The rest is history!"

Thank you Kendall & Nick for choosing me to photograph your wedding day and thank you to all the vendors listed below for making their wedding day so special!

Venue - Good News Baptist Church

Cake - Ala Cupcakes

Hair - Krystal Arrowood

Flowers - Becky's Florist

Coordinator - Dawn Keel

Officiant - Matt Kendrick

Second Shooter - Kathy Beaver

Ceremony by the River | Brittany + Logan | Marshall Wedding Photographer

Brittany and Logan were married by the river in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony in Marshall at a privately owned venue.  The reception space was beautifully lit with twinkling lights and yummy desserts made by their families.  I love that Brittany included her dog in the ceremony with a sweet flower wreath walking her down the hill to meet her husband.  The setting was laid back and Brittany looking stunning in her beautiful wedding dress.  Thank you two so much for choosing me to document your day!!  I hope you're having an amazing time right now on your cruise!!

Hair & Make-up - Elizabeth Green/Town and Country Hair Fashions

Food - Bennett's Pit Barbecue \ Pigeon Forge

Desserts - Made by the families of the bride and groom