Brooke + Michael | Biltmore Engagement Session | Biltmore Engagement Photographer

This sweet & lovely couple {High School SWEETHEARTS} will be tying the knot in June of 2017! I am so excited to photograph their wedding - we had such great chemistry during this shoot that I know their wedding day will be a blast. I met up with the two of them and their furry friend at the Biltmore Estates (can anyone say GOR-GEOUS?!) on a whimsical day in May. *Stay tuned for bridals of beautiful Brooke!* I can't wait to see these two again in 2017 and capture their precious moments of marrying one another. Congrats Brooke & Michael! May your wedding planning be smooth and your relationship grow sweeter every day <3!

Rebecca & Curtis | Biltmore Proposal | Asheville Engagement Photographer

I was so excited when Curtis, from Sanford, NC, contacted me about scheduling a surprise proposal on January 1, 2016, to his girlfriend of two years, Rebecca, at the Biltmore Estate.  Curtis had thought of every detail and knew where he wanted to propose, near the big oak tree behind the estate.  I texted them the day before to let them know they had won a "free" couples session along with tickets to the estate.  What she didn't know is that he had planned all this several weeks in advance, bought the tickets ahead of time and arranged for me to capture their very special moment right behind the estate.  He had even printed off the free tickets with a bar code that when scanned said, Will you marry me?  We started our session with doing some portraits around the house and then halfway through he proposed to Rebecca by the large oak tree behind the estate.  Talk about a STUNNING RING!!  I love that her mom and dad were along to see their daughter get engaged.  Even though it was freezing cold that day, the two were troopers and walked all around the gardens and the estate to finish up their session.  Thank you both for letting me have a front row seat to one of the most special moments in a person's life.  Thank you Curtis, for the opportunity to capture these memories.  Congratulations to you both!!

Shane & Erica | Proposal at Biltmore Estate | Asheville Engagement Photographer

Erica had no idea that Shane would be proposing to her on their visit to the Biltmore Estate.  Shane had found my website on the internet and had gotten in touch with me a few weeks before to plan the surprise.  Erica was very busy getting different people to take their pictures with the house in the background.  Shane finally had to stop her and said, "I need to talk to you for a minute".  The crowd around watched as Shane got down on one knee and asked Erica to marry him.  Of course, she said YES!!!  We then went all around the estate capturing their engagement photos.  Thank you both for choosing me to photograph your special moments and your engagement photos.  It was great meeting you both!! Come back and visit Asheville soon!!

Biltmore Engagement Photographer/Katie & Peter/Engaged

My first engagement session at Biltmore Estate couldn't have been any better.  I met the most wonderful couple, Katie & Peter, for a surprise engagement session.  Peter and I had emailed back and forth prior to their special day about where they would be at the time I would meet them and where he had planned to propose. Katie & Peter had been discussing the design of a ring, but she had no idea when or where the actual proposal might take place.  They had visited Biltmore Estate last summer and Katie loved it!!  Peter first read a beautiful letter he had written for Katie and then got down on one knee (so romantic) and proposed to Katie. Honestly, I think I was more nervous than Peter was.  

This is, in Peter's words, how they met..."Katie and I met online while I was in the Marine Corps stationed in Camp LeJeune, NC. She was living in Charlotte, NC at the time attending UNC Charlotte working for her Masters in Economics. When I got out, I moved up to Virginia to work on my Bachelors degree in Aeronautics at Liberty University. Katie decided to look into Masters programs at Liberty and found the Masters in Public Health. Now we both live in Lynchburg, VA attending Liberty University. We are getting married in Sacramento, CA in June of 2016!"  

The ring he proposed with is special because Katie & Peter designed this ring together several months ago and the center stone is a family heirloom on his side of the family. It's a hand cut diamond that was cut no later than the late 19th century and it is certainly stunning.  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of such an awesome moment between the two of you!!  I'll never forget it!!