This wedding. It has a special place in my heart. Catie and Zach contacted me two weeks before their wedding, and I'm so so glad I was available to be a part of it. They were in search of a storyteller because as actors, they too are storytellers, and beautiful ones at that. They got married in a cliffside chapel in their parents' new neighborhood, encouraging guests to be a part of the ceremony with readings and well wishes. Loved ones were involved in everything, from a mountaintop prayer, to the ceremony, to toasts. They celebrated with brunch at the house after, using incredible found China from the former residents and taking turns giving heartfelt toasts. Catie and Zach's hearts are so big, and so is their love for each other. They remind me of how important telling these stories are. It was an unforgettable day.Read More
I typically use this space on my blog to let you know what amazing and hard working vendors helped make the wedding day a great success. It's a little odd to be typing here to tell you that the only vendor besides me at the wedding was a caterer, and an incredible one at that! How does a perfect wedding like this one manage to flow easily without wedding professionals? An amazing and talented group of loved ones, that's how. Every detail of this wedding had a personal touch, and that's why I loved it so much.
Evelyn did her own hair and make up and wore the wedding dress her grandmother and aunt wore on their wedding days. Dan gave her his great-grandmother's antique 1940's engagement ring. Evelyn and her friends arranged flowers from the farmers market for bouquets and centerpieces the morning of wedding. They got ready together without worrying about a big unveiling. They both walked down the aisle beside their parents. They listened to bluegrass their family played beside the ceremony in Evelyn's grandfather's backyard, and stepped on her grandmothers crystal after they were pronounced husband and wife. Multiple family members made lawn games for guests to enjoy. It was such an intimate, relaxed day, honoring the people they loved. Cornhole, Croquet, delicious farm to table catering, the Horah, and your closest family and friends. What could make a wedding day any better?? So glad these two made a wedding that was truly personal.
Special thanks to Elli McGuire for being my lovely second shooter.
And thank you to Richard Perry Catering for your Appalachia meets Low Country inspired food. Those friend pickles though.
I met Leah the first weekend of college at UNC Asheville. She is an epic human being. Though I rarely get to see her, I've been itching to do a shoot with her. I was so excited to hear that her and her boyfriend Dave (who is equally epic) were up for doing a session. We planned our session to reflect their relationship: Hanging at home with Lupe (that adorable ball of fluff who steals the spotlight in this blogpost.), and a visit to the bar from their first date. I love the energy and laughter between these two.Read More
It's been quite a busy year so far! So busy, that I haven't been blogging - what else is new. Here's a little post highlighting what I've been up to this spring and summer. I promise more photos are coming soon!
Roan Mountain is a place I've always called home. It's my escape, my creativity, my peace. It's where God is for me. I've never lived there, but my family has. I spent my childhood visiting constantly and have never missed a week long summer trip there since I was born. It hit me this year that I hike this grassy bald with my dad almost regularly, yet I've never photographed a couple there. What perfect timing for Gill and Katie to be in the area looking at wedding venues while I was in the park. These two are the absolute sweetest and have such a kind love for each other. Katie's smiles and giggles paired with that flowy dress were the absolute best. I loved capturing them in both the sun and fog. The Roan Highlands were definitely showing off for us that evening.