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Biltmore Estate, the majestic châteauesque style mansion that sits in the beautiful hills of Asheville, NC with world renowned gardens and the most incredible mountain views. It is something out of a fairytale and the most perfect place to propose!

Many people ask themselves, “Can I propose at Biltmore Estate?” The answer is yes! Yes you can propose at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and goodness it will be amazing! There are SO MANY amazing places at Biltmore Estate to propose- with the grand house in view, with the grand house as your entire backdrop, in the beautiful walled garden surrounded by flowers, in the gorgeous Italian garden among stone Italian statues, on the esplanade or south terrace with the Blue Ridge Mountains in view, in front of the ‘secret’ tunnel, at the base of the waterfall, among the ducks and geese at the lagoon, inside the conservatory with rare and amazing flowers and plants by your side, and so much more!

5 Things to Consider When Proposing at Biltmore Estate

1. Where to propose at Biltmore Estate
As I mentioned above, there are SO MANY amazing options for a location to ask your big question. I encourage you to think about whether you and your partner would prefer to be in a completely private setting for your proposal, or if you don’t mind some other guests being nearby. This will help narrow down the location search. Of course, I am happy to help guide you in finding the perfect proposal spot, with photo samples, descriptions, and more!

2. When to propose at Biltmore Estate
In my experience, the couples that I photograph prefer to propose at Biltmore Estate in the morning. This is for many reasons- The sun rises over the esplanade beautifully lighting the front of the house and the Blue Ridge Mountains for the most amazing long range views, the grounds are quietest just after they open in the morning, and proposing in the morning gives you all day to celebrate in this beautiful locale! I always guide my clients to the best time of day to propose for their needs and the location they choose.

3. Understand the size of Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate is huge. When I say huge, I mean 8,000 acres. It takes 20-30 minutes just to drive from the front entrance gate, park, and walk to the house. From there it takes multiple minutes to walk to any of the gardens or up to the esplanade, and about 10-15 minutes to walk down to the Bass Pond and waterfall. Other locations like the lagoon require a drive to get there. When I plan a proposal with my clients, I share all of the logistical information and help them arrange their proposal with this in mind.

4. Spend the whole day at Biltmore Estate
As I mentioned in the tip above, Biltmore Estate is huge. I recommend planning to stay the entire day to tour the house, wander the gardens, take in the views, experience the pond and waterfall, have a meal, taste wine in the winery, and more. On my first visit to the estate, we stayed all day and barely touched the surface of things to do!

5. Be sure proposing at Biltmore Estate is right for you
Of course Biltmore Estate is a beautiful option for your proposal, but it’s not for everyone. It can be busy at prime times and some couples prefer a much more intimate proposal. If you think a secluded mountain top at sunrise or private deck on a cabin sounds like a better fit for you and your partner, I would love to help you plan that and capture it, too!

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For most couples, the idea of a first look brings about a debate. Should we see each other before the wedding? Should we wait to see each other at the ceremony aisle? And for most of those couples, they don’t know which to choose. There are many things to consider, so let’s talk through them.
 

Tradition-

Traditionally the couple doesn’t see each other until they are at opposite ends of the ceremony aisle as the wedding starts, or even later after the bride’s veil has been lifted. Why is this the tradition? Well, it all goes back to when marriages were arranged. “The deal was usually made by the bride's father, who wanted his daughter to marry rich to help his own family. However, he might worry that if the groom saw the bride before the ceremony, he might not find her attractive and could call off the wedding—leading to serious shame for the bride and her family. So to avoid risking the family's reputation, the tradition that the couple didn't see each other until the ceremony was born.” More on that can be found in this BRIDES article.

A more modern take on the tradition is that couples feel it’s simply bad luck to see each other before the start of their wedding ceremony. Many couples tell me that they feel like the excitement and emotion will be lost if they see each other beforehand. I disagree, and will touch on that a bit later.
 

New Ideas and New Tradition- The First Look

Your First Moments Can Be Private
Of course you love your guests, but not all moments on a wedding day are best for every guest to view. The moment where the you see your partner in their wedding attire for the fist time is one of them. In my opinion, this moment is very special and it’s incredible to keep it between the two of you. Here you can really be yourself, let your emotions fly, and have a moment to talk about how handsome each other are and how excited you are for the day. And don’t worry, you will still feel all of those same feelings when you see each other at the end of the aisle. There is something about being surrounded by the people you love and a long walk down the aisle that keeps those feelings flowing.

Spend More Time Together
This is huge! When you opt for a first look, it means you get to spend more of the biggest day of your lives together. I know first hand that it’s hard to be apart from my partner. On our wedding day, the hardest thing was not sharing my morning and afternoon with him. All I wanted to do was run clear across our wedding venue to see him and ask him how his day was. If a first look was a thing when I got married, I definitely would have done it!

Rush Free Wedding Day
Having a first look allows for more wedding moments to be captured before the ceremony when it’s not as busy, like wedding party photos, couples photos, and maybe even family photos. It removes the rush of getting it all done between the ceremony and reception, and allows a shorter wait period for your guests.

Extra Photographs
Choosing to have a first look is like gifting yourself even more wedding photography coverage! Since your photographer will be capturing your first look moments, there will be an abundance of candid photographs of just two of you in your gallery. Plus, as a photographer, I love to take a few minutes for extra portraits at this time, too.

Attend Cocktail Hour
Whaaaaat? Yes, you can attend your own cocktail hour! By having a first look earlier in the day, capturing all of your wedding party photos, family photos, and some of your couples photos before the ceremony, you can grab a cocktail and mingle with your guests before the reception! I LOVE when couples opt for this approach. Having even more time with guests at your wedding is amazing, and that bit of time during cocktail hour when everyone is relaxed and mingling is amazing!


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Teeny tiny and oh so precious! Sweet Parker is a handful of handsome with the most loving family by his side! We had a wonderful session capturing his newness, and all the love that surrounds him.

Parker is a beautiful little guy who did an amazing job for his newborn photos in Asheville. He loved being swaddled, but was also content when unwrapped, allowing me to capture his many features, him an outfit, and in multiple newborn poses by himself. He of course loved the part of the session when he snuggled with Mommy, Daddy, and big sister! I think he could have stayed in their arms forever and been the happiest baby!

Parker is lucky enough to have a wonderful big sister and she simply adores him! While we were together she shared her toys with him, gave him kisses, and loved on him. I cannot wait to see these two grow up together! They are going to be the best of friends, I just know it!

During our session we took advantage of some beautiful light that was coming in the windows on the back of the house. It shined perfectly for snuggly photos on the bed, and family photos on the couch. This soft light is exactly what I look for when capturing newborn photos, and almost every house has it! I love it!

Newborn sessions like this one make my heart happy. I LOVE capturing families completely smitten with their new baby. The emotion and connection are so very strong and a newborn photography session is such an incredible way to document this special time.

Congratulations again, Queen family!

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In the past few years I have determined that the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July is by capturing a couple vowing their love for one another in front of their favorite people! Photographing weddings on this holiday weekend couldn’t be more exciting! With the patriotic celebrations already started, beautiful weather, and fireworks to end the night, it’s truly perfect!

Kristine and Scott chose to host their Fourth of July wedding celebration at Omni Grove Park Inn, and I cannot think of a better venue to host a wedding on this holiday weekend! Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is wonderfully historic, was built over 100 years ago by hard working local laborers, has hosted many presidents and guests who helped shape our country, and is absolutely beautiful!

When I arrived at Omni Grove Park Inn I made my way to their ceremony and reception site, Seely Pavilion. It is a beautiful stand alone building on the property that boasts large floor to ceiling windows, a huge fireplace to match those in the main lobby of the hotel, and has gorgeous long range mountain views right from the dance floor. Even though Omni Grove Park Inn is a large hotel with many guest rooms, restaurants, shops, and more, Seely Pavilion is tucked away. It is wonderfully private and quiet, and is perfect for a private wedding celebration.

As I began my day capturing photos of Kristine and her girls getting ready, and Scott’s first look with his daughters, I could feel the excitement in both of them. Each was keeping busy and enjoying the time with their favorite people, but I could tell they were both very excited and very ready to see each other at the altar.

When the time came for the ceremony to start, the sun was shining bright, the sky donned puffy white clouds, the air was warm, and the breeze was cool. It was a beautiful summer day! Soon Scott and his daughters walked down the aisle and waited for Kristine. All three of them had huge smiles on their faces and a tear or two in their eyes as she approached. It was a beautiful moment as they all adore one another and are so very excited for their happy future together! As the ceremony progressed Kristine and Scott shared their vows and lots of sweet looks. It was a very personal ceremony and I loved every minute of it!

At the reception Kristine and Scott took time to greet guests, dance with family members, share cake, and have a fabulous time! We ended the evening with sunset wedding photos just off the terrace of Seely Pavilion and I cannot think of a better ending to a beautiful wedding day!
Congratulations again, Kristine and Scott!

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Venue: Omni Grove Park Inn
Planner: Events by Kiersa
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
DJ: Split Second Sound
Flowers: Studio Flora Diva
Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Naty

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It’s photo time! I am so very excited to capture you and your partner sharing incredible moments in front of my lens. Once piece of feedback I get from all of my couples is that they have a ton of fun at their photo shoot, so get ready to laugh and lot and have a fabulous time!

In order to have a ton of fun, you have to wear something you love! Take a moment and read through my tips for what to wear to your photo session. If you want more advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to help!

 

Style Tips: For Her 

Because you always want to remember this.

Don’t Be Afraid to Dress It Up 
Have you thought about rocking a romantic gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your photo session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new permanent piece to your collection, check out Rent the Runway, which is an affordable way to feel like a million bucks. Other clients love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent piece (or two!) into their closet!

Say Yes to the Dress 
Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two instead.
Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature like at the park, in the forest, or on top of a mountain! Consider softer fabrics like chiffon or tulle which allow for beautiful movement in the images. 
If you’re an expecting mother, I always recommend floor-length gowns or maxi dresses. These dresses create the best silhouettes to flatter your figure and really highlight your bump. A lot of my expecting mothers love to incorporate flower crowns or headpieces as well.

One or Two? It’s Up to You! 
You can bring one outfit set or two! Most of my clients who choose two outfits will bring one “wow” dress, and then another slightly more casual dress that has a “date night” feel. But if you want to bring two “wow” dresses and forgo the more casual dress altogether, give yourself permission to do it! The camera loves runway-esque apparel and so do I! 
Remember though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too complicated to coordinate or if you’d rather just stick to one fabulous look. One outfit that you love will be so much better than one outfit you love and another you’re not very excited about! Also, if you stick with one outfit set, you won’t have to spend any of your time changing half way through, so I’ll be able to sneak in a few more photographs! So, one or two? It’s really up to you!

Choosing Colors 
When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink, muted greens, and pastel muted blues when mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, ivory, and leather browns. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially compliments the nature here in Asheville!

Flattering Your Features 
In my experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos! Remember too, that form fitting clothing looks better on camera than loose clothing. A loose-fitting shirt typically makes a person look wider than their body actually is in a still photograph.
Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so I recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.
Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toe heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference! 
Quick Tip: Bring a pair of easy-to-kick-off flats to wear when moving from place to place in between photos. Your feet will thank you later! 

Make a Statement 
Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images, and be a nice tie-in when you’re coordinating with a group. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photos, while the smaller, delicate ones are not as noticeable on camera. 
Belts, bracelets and earrings bring great visual interest, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention. Fresh florals in a crown can be a really romantic touch for you as well. 

Go Pro: Hair & Makeup 
Professional hair and makeup looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own! This is a good time to treat yourself! Professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and it always photographs like a dream. Need a recommendation for a hair stylist and make up artist? Just ask! 
Quick Tip: Confidence. It’s always the best accessory.

Skip the Spray Tan 
Although it might seem counter-intuitive, I recommend that you do not get a spray tan before your session, even a few days prior, because it tends to photograph orange even when it’s applied subtly and by a professional. Your actual skin tone will photograph the most beautifully and naturally!


Fashion Tips: For Him 

Because dapper and debonair never go out of style. 

The Best Fit
Long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts, sandals and jeans at home, too, as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants or fitted colored pants work best on camera. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye. I also recommend staying away from graphics and logos. 

Layered Looks 
Next time you walk by a store like J. Crew, you’ll notice the male mannequins and models are always wearing several layers at once. Layers on men look great on camera. Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos. Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look. If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!

Mix It Up 
Many guys love to mix a suit coat, blazer or sport coat with a different pant color. It adds some extra visual interest, and breaks up the color tones. I’m a big fan of this fresh take on a timeless classic.

It’s All in the Details 
Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bow ties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any outfit for men and boys alike. If you bring two outfits to the session, you can start with a traditional necktie and belt, then switch to suspenders and a bow tie for your second look. If two looks are too stressful, no problem! One will do the trick! You can still mix and match accessories to compliment both of her dresses without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, it's a win!

How to Prep Your Man 
Most men aren’t overly excited to take photos for an hour, because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. Take fifteen minutes to educate and empower your guy. Tell him why you chose me and my style of photography. Show him some of your favorite pictures of mine, explain why you love them and express to him how much it means to you. Trust me, once he knows it’s important to you, he’ll light up the camera for you! The most common thing I hear from guys before photo sessions is this: because of a bad experience in the past, they don’t like taking photos or don’t think they’ll be good at it. By the time I’m done, though, they can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had! 

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Summer here in Asheville, NC is such an amazing season. The warm days and cool nights are a perfect combination for my outdoor loving soul! I immerse myself in nature, walk barefoot through the grass, and simply LOVE being outside. Read on to learn a few more things about me-

1. I love campfires!

You already know that I love all things outdoors, and sitting around a campfire definitely falls into this! There is something about sitting around a warm campfire on a cool summer evening, listening to the crackle of the fire, and having great conversation with good friends. Plus, s’mores at our house include peanut butter! You read that right, we include chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut butter on our s’mores! It’s SO good!
Another bonus for campfires at my house- we can see LOTS of stars from our front yard. ✨

2. Swimming holes are my favorite!

There are many incredible swimming holes around Asheville, and I’m sad to say, I don’t go to them enough. When I do though, it’s truly my happy place! I love hiking in to a secluded swimming spot, dipping into the water to cool off, and hanging out on the warm rocks. This is my definition of summer!
A few of my favorite Asheville swimming holes are-
- The pools along the East Fork of the Pigeon River in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. I like to hike in as far as I desire for the day, and find a quiet pool of water in the river. There are also some fabulous camping spots along this branch of the river for overnight backpacking trips.
- The pools along Big Laurel Creek near Hot Springs. This easy hike follows Big Laurel Creek all the way to the French Broad River. Both have great swimming spots.
- A quiet piece of shoreline at Lake James. Though this is does not require a hike, it does require a paddle. For this option we love to launch your canoe at a public boat ramp and paddle across Lake James to a quiet spot. Here we wade or float in the water for as along as we like. It’s magical!
If you visit any of these spots, drop a comment and let me know what you think!
Note: Always be cognizant of water levels and local rainfall. It is not always safe to swim.
For more swimming spots in western North Carolina, check out 20 Mountain Swimming Holes near Asheville.

3. Summer road trips make my heart happy!

Y’all know I love to travel, and in the summer, road trips are my go to! The days are long, the destinations seem endless, and being able to stop and do fun things along the way is always fun! Catching a Major League Baseball game in a major city, checking out a walking tour in a small town, finding a new hike or swimming hole, or even stopping at a nice greenway for a bike ride are all good options when on a road trip. When we head out west in a of couple weeks we will be making dog friendly stops at new to us places to get out and stretch our legs. We can hardly wait!

To learn more about Jessica, an Asheville wedding photographer, Asheville family photographer, and Asheville newborn photographer, click over to 5 Things to Know About Jessica | Photographer Introduction, and 2 Fun Facts About Jessica | Asheville Photographer Introduction.

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Gosh! I am still gushing over Emily and Andrew’s maternity photos at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC! Emily’s red dress and beautiful baby bump were absolutely perfect in front of this stone mansion and I cannot get over it!

Emily and Andrew are the sweetest couple and are so very excited to welcome their first baby into the world. I am so very excited for them, too! You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed Emily and Andrew. In December, Andrew planned a surprise marriage proposal for Emily, also at Biltmore Estate. After touring the estate he dropped down on one knee at the edge of the south terrace overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I popped out of the crowd and captured the entire thing! (You can see his proposal here!) Emily was beyond excited and totally surprised. It was magical! That day we had a blast capturing their love, and now six months later we are back at it! This time, we have a new little love to capture, too.

When I met Emily and Andrew at Biltmore Estate for their maternity photos it was like we had just seen each other the week before! We all fell right back into place with conversation, laughter, and fun. I LOVE starting photo sessions out this way, it helps the couple relax and makes for an extra fun session together!

Since we were there early in the morning we took advantage of photographing in the gardens while very few guests were present. I set Emily among the rose bushes to start, with the conservatory in the background for extra dimension. She was absolutely beautiful from the very first shot! Just look at her! She is completely glowing! From here we moved farther up in the walled garden and then onto photos on front of Biltmore house. We also took a little detour out to the knoll that sits below the south terrace. It is one of my favorite spots on the estate as it’s very quiet and rare to see other guests out there. It’s such a beautiful spot to take in the natural beauty and boasts a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge mountains, too. We wrapped up our time together with an outfit change and some photos in the azalea garden, capturing a few more bits of of this gorgeous couple and their baby bump!

Emily and Andrew are always a blast to be with and it was amazing to photograph them during this special time! They are totally in love with this baby, and I loved capturing it for them!

 

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We truly had the most amazing spring day for Sarah and Alex’s wedding at Claxton Farm in Weaverville, NC! The sun was shining, puffy clouds dotted the sky, the air was warm, and the breeze was cool. It truly could not have been a more perfect day for a wedding!

When I arrived at Claxton Farm, just outside of Asheville, NC, I was blown away by its beauty. This was my first time at this Asheville wedding venue and I loved it! The view from the very large well maintained lawn where they host wedding ceremonies is gorgeous, the reception hall is rustic and beautiful with a huge fireplace, tons of windows, and even big doors that easily open to the outside letting a bit of nature in. Their entire property is gorgeous with large weeping willow trees that sit perfectly next to the pond, open green spaces, dirt lanes, fence lines, and so much more. There are countless locations for incredible photos, and I could honestly spend an entire weekend photographing there! It’s so very beautiful and unique!

On Sarah and Alex’s wedding day, family members installed a geometric arch for their ceremony. It fit perfectly among the large lawn and open spaces, and held a special meaning for the couple. Inside, the reception hall was decorated with an abundance of personal items, flowers, desserts, and more. When I walked in, I could see right away that it was a lovely mix of Sarah and Alex, and fit them wonderfully as a couple.

As the day began to take shape, Sarah and Alex got ready in separate spaces with their attendants. Sarah was in the bridal cabin with her bridesmaids and mother, and as soon as she got in her dress she was very ready to go meet Alex for their first look. In the meantime, Alex was with his groomsmen in the reception hall and quickly slipped away to the pond as soon as it was time. Both were beyond excited to see one another. As I placed Alex under the weeping willow tree by the pond, he told me that he was a little nervous and couldn’t wait to see Sarah. When Sarah came down the lane to meet him, I could see the excitement on her face. We took a moment to capture their first look, and afterwards, they both talked about how hard it was to be apart from each other on this big day of their lives. They were both so sweet and were very ready to be married!

The rest of the day was filled with love, support, hugs, tears, and pure happiness. Their wedding ceremony was beautiful and included hand written vows and lots of emotions. It was so sweet to see Sarah and Alex overjoyed for their marriage and big day. I am so very excited for them and what the future holds!

Congratulations, Sarah and Alex!

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Venue: Claxton Farm
Dress: The Savvy Bride Boutique
Baker: Sweet Notions Cakes
Flowers: Farm To Function Floral Design
Musicians: Blue Ridge Tradition
DJ : Billy James

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Let me start by saying that my wedding was fabulous! I loved all of it- the venue, the location, the guest list, the food, the music, everything! But, hindsight is always clearer, isn’t it?

After being married almost 13 years, and being a wedding photographer for 12 years of that, I have seen a lot of changes in the wedding industry and I have attended a LOT of weddings, both personally and professionally in the Asheville, NC area and across the country. After seeing hundreds of beautiful and fun weddings, there are three things I would have done differently at my wedding if I could do it over again, and I want to share those things with you so you can consider them, too!
 

3 Things I Would Have Done Differently at My Wedding

1. I wish I had a first look with my husband
When I got married I had never heard of a first look. In fact, I didn’t hear about this idea until years after I got married. It’s a fairly new idea, but goodness do I wish it was a thing when I got married! I LOVE first looks. They provide so many beautiful and intimate moments to capture, and as a couple, you get to spend more of your day together. I remember missing my husband all day on my wedding day. I hadn’t seen him since the evening before, and I wanted to share this big day of my life with him, even more than we had planned. Plus, having a first look allows you to take a lot of your wedding photos before your wedding ceremony so that you can spend less time on photos between the ceremony and reception, and maybe even attend your own cocktail hour!

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2. I would attend the cocktail hour
Cocktail hours are relaxed, fun, and a great time to greet guests! If I were able to have a redo on my wedding, I would plan for many more photos before the ceremony, and fewer photos after. This way, my husband and I could attend our own cocktail hour and start in on the fun right away!


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3. I would hire a band
If I remember correctly, we didn’t even consider hiring a band. We knew we wanted music and went straight to hiring a DJ. Don’t get me wrong, our DJ was incredible! He really knew how to read the room and keep guests on the dance floor, and he followed our ‘do play’ and ‘do not play’ requests perfectly. But, now that I’ve experienced many weddings with live bands, I would 100% choose to hire a band. The energy is amazing, the performers are a fabulous addition to the reception, and having a little spin on songs makes the reception much more unique!

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Each wedding is unique, and each couple deserves a wedding day that suits them best. I encourage my couples to consider all options when choosing vendors to create the perfect day for them, specifically!
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Let’s talk tiny weddings! Not only are they pandemic friendly and wonderfully intimate, many couples feel more relaxed and less in the spotlight. Sometimes that feeling of being relaxed gives a couple more time for fun and spontaneous shots like this one at the top, too!

Seriously, pause what you’re doing and scroll through these photos from Sarah + Dmitriy’s wedding! These two are gorgeous and I loved all of their details! From Sarah’s headpiece with feather accent and beautiful lace dress, to the rosary she carried and Dmitriy’s handsome suspenders and bow tie, it was all amazing!

We had a cool spring evening at a private estate rented through AirBnb for Sarah and Dmitriy’s tiny wedding and it was absolutely perfect! The bright green leaves were popping, the light was beautiful, and all of their out of town guests were a ton of fun to be with!

Sarah, Dmitriy, and their guests all traveled from many states away to Burnsville, NC, which is just north of Asheville, NC, for their wedding. Most of the guests live in the midwest, and were absolutely stunned by the beauty of the mountains that surrounded the valley in which their private estate sat. They are all right, it is a beautiful spot! We took full advantage of the open green spaces, flowering trees, and beautiful light shining through the valley’s trees.

With such an expansive private estate, Sarah and Dmitriy chose to host their wedding ceremony on one of the patios at the estate. They were surrounded by nature, with bird song and rushing water nearby as they said their vows to one another. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony followed by a lovely reception where Sarah and Dmitriy relaxed and joined in on all the fun and chatter.

Congratulations again, Sarah + Dmitriy!

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Venue: Private Estate, AirBnb
Dress: David's Bridal
Tux: Dillards
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Silk Purse Sow's Ear + Bossa Jewels
Baker: Old Europe Pastries

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We truly had the most beautiful spring days over the weekend here in western North Carolina for Casey and Ron’s wedding weekend at Hawkesdene! The sun was warm, the breeze was light, and the gorgeous pastels in the flower bouquets were a perfect match!

This couple opted for an entire weekend of wedding festivities with their close friends and family all in one place and loved every minute of it! You all know that I LOVE Hawkesdene, which is located between Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and it’s for multiple reasons. 1. I would choose it for my own wedding because of it’s beauty, open spaces, and that it can accommodate all of a couple’s guest count for an epic weekend long wedding event in the mountains. 2. The staff is absolutely amazing to work with and the food they create for every meal is so very delicious. 3. The feel I get when on property is ‘come and stay a while’ or ‘sit here by the creek and take a nap for a bit’. It has the most amazing spaces and welcoming vibe, among other things!

When I arrived on the day of the wedding everything was in place and running smoothly. Both Casey and Ron were finishing getting ready in their separate spaces and were excited to see each other soon for their first look. The ceremony and reception spaces were all decorated with beautiful florals, lanterns, place settings, and more. The bright green spring leaves on the trees and blooming rhododendron gave a pop of color everywhere I looked. It was gorgeous!

Casey and Ron’s ceremony was a perfect balance between serious and heartfelt, and light and fun. In the crowd there were a few tears, lots of laughter, and tons of support. It was a sweet ceremony that ended in lots of cheering and beautiful big kiss!

The rest of the day Casey and Ron held onto each other tightly. They were side by side through their wedding photos, loved their quiet moments together on the top of the mountain at Hawkes Nest, and even hugged and greeted guests while standing close. These two have such a strong and caring connection, and I am beyond excited for them!

Congratulations again Casey and Ron!

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Venue: Hawkesdene
Flowers: Andrews Florist
Dress: David's Bridal
Tux: Men's Wearhouse
Baker: 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert
Caterer: Hawkesdene
Hair + makeup: Make Me Up
Ceremony Music: Carolina Music Planner
DJ: Golden Gate Entertainment

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These two had the most beautiful spring wedding at the Grand Bohemian Hotel here in Asheville, NC on Saturday! From elegant florals and a sweet ceremony to delicious food and a fun dance party, it was amazing!

Truly, there was no detail left undone at Brittani and Aaron’s wedding! The getting ready suite was full of beautiful details and natural light, the fabric and florals were draped perfectly over the ceremony arch, Brittani was stunning in her dress with the most beautiful hairstyle and makeup, Aaron looked so very dapper in his tuxedo, the reception space was incredibly elegant with softly lit chandeliers and candlelight, the cake was stunning, the music was a ton of fun and kept the guests dancing all night, their sparkler exit with a luxurious getaway car was a perfect ending to the night, and so much more!

As you can tell from my excitement, the day could not have been more magical. There were so many amazing moments! One of my favorite parts of the day was Brittani and Aaron’s first look. After hours of getting ready separately, they came together for their first look in the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s ballroom. There was excitement, tears of joy, laughter, and lots of hugs. It was all so spectacular to capture!

From the moments of their first look throughout the rest of the day, Brittani and Aaron were inseparable. Everywhere I looked, I saw them together. Whether they were talking with their guests or on the dance floor, they were together holding hands and enjoying every minute of their spectacular wedding day. It was so very easy to see their love and connection is deep and they cannot wait to spend the rest of their lives together.

This was an absolute amazing wedding for both the couple and their guests and I loved being a part of it! Congratulations again, Brittani + Aaron!

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Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
Planner: Mary Bell Events
Florist: Flora Asheville
Hair + Makeup: Blush Asheville
Dress: White Lace & Promises
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Tux: Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dress: David's Bridal
Officiant: Rodney at Love and Wisdom Inc.
Baker: Gateaux Cakes & Pastries
Caterer: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
DJ: Bright Light Entertainment
Transportation: Elite Limousine
Invitations: Minted
Photo Venue: Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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For more photos from this Asheville wedding photographer, click over to Hawkesdene Fall Wedding Photography | Madison + Kody and The Foundry Hotel Fall Wedding Photography Preview | Brittany + Brian.

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Something Blue Mountain Venue Wedding Photography | Kim + Dustin Wedding Photos Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/5/something-blue-mountain-venue-wedding-photography-kim-dustin-wedding-photos-preview Something Blue Mountain Venue Wedding Photography | Kim + Dustin Wedding Photos Preview

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This wedding at Something Blue Mountain Venue was absolutely gorgeous! Kim and Dustin put their personal touches on an already stunning mountain location and it was incredible!

We had the most amazing spring day with a warm breeze and bits of sunshine at this beautiful venue that sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just east of Asheville, NC. It was my first time photographing at this Asheville wedding venue and I loved it! With the long range mountain views, gorgeous getting ready spaces, and lovely staff, it’s truly a gem of a venue!

When I arrived at Something Blue Mountain Venue I of course was blown away by the beautiful property! I took a look around and scoped out many spots for photos with Kim and Dustin. I then checked in with the two of them while they were getting ready and began capturing their big day with their incredible decor! Kim and Dustin brought the most beautiful personal touches for their wedding decor. From flowers to lanterns, and signs to sparklers, it was all so very beautiful and personal.

During the ceremony Kim and Dustin braided the cord of three strands together. This symbolizes the joining of Kim, Dustin, and God, and it sure was a beautiful few moments. With the mountain views behind them, it brought their lives together in a way that is especially unique and perfect for the two of them.

Throughout the rest of the day Kim and Dustin never left each other’s side. Greeting guests, enjoying the views, sharing sweet looks, and listening to a personal song performed by Dustin’s father was all experienced together, just as they wanted it.

I loved walking this beautiful property for stunning wedding photography with the two of them while capturing their unbreakable connection on their wedding day! Congratulations, Kim + Dustin!

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Venue: Something Blue Mountain Venue
Florist: It Can Be Arranged
Dress: David's Bridal
Hair + Makeup: AnaRie
Suit: Men's Wearhouse
Accessories: Dareth Colburn Designs
Cake: Karen Donatelli Cake Designs
Caterer: Publix
Invitations: White Lace Design
Favors: Stringybark Supplies
Officiant: Joe Bell

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For more Asheville wedding photography, click over to Hawkesdene Wedding Photography Preview | Stephanie + Guy’s Summer Wedding and Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt.

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This incredibly fun family was a blast to photograph, just as I knew they would be! I have photographed them once before, right in the same spot, their front yard here in Asheville! I always have lots of fun with them. They are full of SO MUCH joy and it’s definitely contagious, don’t you think?!

These kids have fun everywhere they go and I love their outlook on life! Playing in the dirt- fun! Smelling flowers- fun! Touching sap on a pine tree- fun! Holding a photo frame of a captured moment from last time we were together- so fun! Swinging in the hammock- extra fun! Snuggles with Mom and Dad- oh so sweet and fun! It’s always amazing to try to see life through a child’s eyes, and these two make it extra exciting!

Beyond the snuggles and fun I took a few minutes to capture their parents by themselves. During every family session I encourage parents take a moment and be in a photo together without their kids. Most say something like ‘ohhh... I don’t know’ or ‘I don’t think we need any alone.’ Yes, yes you do!

You do because the moment you turn away from your child and walk toward your partner your body language changes. It loosens up, you visually become more vulnerable, your smile becomes true, and any stress you were holding from trying to keep your kids on their best behavior dissipates. Simply, you become you. You become who you were when it was just the two of you, when life had fewer worries and less responsibilities. You become the person who cannot hold back that sweet smile when you look your partner in the eyes for one quiet moment. That quiet moment is everything, it’s the moment you connect with your partner, and you truly feel it. It’s when the magic happens and you deserve to have it documented!

This beautiful couple experienced it a few days ago, and it was so deep that even I could feel it. In a short moment when Nick turned to Heather and pulled her closer, she couldn’t hold back her smile and incredible moments happened. Moments that are beyond beautiful and say so much about the two of them and the life they have together! And now, they will forever have these moments through photographs.

Just say yes! Say yes to photos that you will absolutely love and cherish for the rest of your lives, whether they are with your kids or not, say yes!

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Biltmore Estate is a truly magical place in Asheville, NC, especially in the spring. With fresh blooms and pops of bright green leaves and grass, it’s amazing! Of course I love it there any day of the year, but proposal days are my favorite!

Just last week, early on a Saturday morning, Jon gave a gorgeous ring to Kaitlyn while standing in a beautiful historic garden and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. That’s undoubtedly magical and it was such an honor to be there to capture it!

A few weeks ago Jon contacting me and asked me to capturing his proposal photography with Kaitlyn. They had plans to travel from out of town and spend the weekend in the Asheville area. He knew they were spending one of their days at Biltmore Estate, and thought that would be the perfect spot to propose. He was right! After learning a bit more about the two of them and sending him a few location options at Biltmore, he chose the Italian Garden. It’s always a beautiful spot, but when the green grass and green leaves are just starting to arrive in the spring, the bright pop of green against the blue mountains makes it so very incredible!

As he and Kaitlyn walked along the statues and coy ponds, I pretended to take photos of the nearby architecture so that I wouldn’t be noticed. I could tell that Jon was a little nervous as he drew nearer and pulled Kaitlyn in close to him. He said a few sweet words, dropped down on one knee, and completely surprised Kaitlyn. Her reaction was priceless and it was oh so amazing! They both were filled with immense joy and Kaitlyn absolutely loved the ring that Jon picked out! It is beautiful!

As we walked around the estate capturing more engagement photos for them, I heard a few stories about the events that led up to the proposal, and how excited they both were. We wandered into the walled garden that was full of tulips and daffodils to capture even more of their love. Kaitlyn’s blue and floral dress was the perfect addition to this spring garden and her ring twinkled in the light like they were meant to be there in that moment!

It was truly one of the sweetest proposals and I loved being a part of it! Congratulations, Kaitlyn + Jon! Your proposal was beautiful!

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This couple’s wedding day may have been pushed back because of COVID, smaller than they had planned, and full of heavy rain, but goodness it was still so amazing!! Their love for one another truly prevailed, and it was incredible to see!

Throughout the day of getting ready, Sarah and Ben were both so incredibly happy and relaxed. They greeted friends and family with such sincere hugs and thanks, and were beyond excited to get married! As the ceremony started and guests rose to their feet, Sarah turned down the aisle with her father, and Ben’s smile was bigger than I had ever seen. As they stood together at the altar with their parents listening to the officiants words, they could not stop looking at one another. Their eyes welled and they quickly joined hands, soon exchanging rings and becoming husband and wife, all under the blessing of Mother Nature’s raindrops.

The rest of the evening they had huge smiles on their faces and incredible happiness filled the air! They were surrounded by their favorite people and loved every minute of it!

My favorite part of the day was during the reception when all the events were completed, and everyone was relaxed, dancing, and having fun. During this time a large group of guests formed a circle around Sarah and Ben on the dance floor. As Sarah and Ben danced in the middle, the guests ran a circle around them, dancing all along the way! It showed such incredible support and love for these two! It was beautiful to witness!

After the clouds poured rain all day, there was a brief few minutes of dry air just before dark. It was perfectly long enough for Sarah and Ben to step outside for a few more photos, and I am so grateful! The bright green grass and bits of pink in the sky were beautiful, and it was a wonderful way to end their wedding day at Connestee Falls Clubhouse in Brevard, NC!

Congratulations, Sarah + Ben!

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Venue: Connestee Falls
Planner: Verge Events
Flowers: Carolina Flowers
Hair + Makeup: AnaRie
Signs + Invitations: Studio276
Dress: Justin Alexander at Madison Carolina Bridal
Shoes: CONVERSE
Tux: Jos. A. Bank
DJ: Class & Sound Entertainment
Officiant: Mike Deal
Bridesmaid Dresses: AZAZIE
Cake + Catering: Connestee Falls

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Wall art is a wonderful way to show off your photos. Seriously, who doesn’t love a large print or canvas hanging over their sofa? There are so many fabulous ways to display a few photos loud and proud in your home! For more information on that, click over to How to Choose Wall Art.

But, as much as we all love personalized wall art, we simply cannot place all of our favorite oversized prints in our home. There simply isn’t enough room! Plus, grandparents and family members certainly love you, but may not want life size photos of you around their house. This is where gift prints, gifts, and albums come in. Your family wants to show off photos of their newest nephew, or your wedding photos from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, so let them! Smaller items make incredible holiday gifts, birthday presents, and more!

Parents always want to show off photos of their children, whether they are a couple of weeks old or just got married. Custom printed heirloom albums are a wonderful way to do this since they contain dozens of photos in one handsome book, and they make incredible gifts! Many of my wedding couples gift small albums to their parents for Christmas, and they love it! And some of my families gift albums to grandparents for Mother’s Day or Grandparent’s Day and it’s always a hit!
- Albums can include as many photos as you’d like from your session or wedding in this high quality family heirloom. It comes in a choice of leather or linen cover with multiple color options, is printed on high quality photographic paper, boasts thick layflat pages, and the cover can be imprinted with the year, family or couple’s names, or more.

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If you don’t feel a full album is perfect, I bet a handful of high quality prints are! With this option, you can personalize the prints for each family member by adding a frame that fits their style and home decor when you place your order. From 4x6 prints to 16x20 prints and larger, there is a size for every space!
- The prints I offer are printed on the world's finest photographic paper and are available in both color and black and white. 10 sizes are available from wallets to 30x40 large prints. Matboard backing and custom framing is available for long lasting durability.

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Another great option in letting your family gush over your photos is an accordion book. It’s just as it sounds, a small book with images printed on the front and back and folded into an accordion style. It’s a cute little keepsake that can easily be carried in a purse, or put on a shelf to be seen. They’re small, cute, and pack very well!
-Accordion books are tiny in size with snap shut covers and are great on the go, making it easy to show your favorite portraits to family and friends. They are 3x3 in size with 2 paper options available.

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As always, remember that we have photos taken to capture our greatest moments. We want to remember and cherish those moments by looking at the photos from time to time. Sometimes that means a few photos in a wall collage for you to swoon over every day, and sometimes that means an album containing dozens of your favorite images that stays on your coffee table to be easily looked through a few times a week. Whatever it is, choose what suits you best and print those photos!

 

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Jessica is a family photographer, newborn photographer, and wedding photographer in Asheville, NC, specializing in providing a unique and fun photo session experience with her clients, and then walking them through wall art choices to enjoy their photographs in their home. All products are of premium quality and are available from her professional print lab.

 

 

 

 

 

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With so many details that go into wedding planning, sometimes comfort gets left behind. This is one item that I urge you to take your time on. Shoe shop regularly until you find the perfect pair (or pairs! You will see more on that in a minute.) Go ahead, do as you’ve always wanted and shoe shop every week!

1. Find the right fit
This seems obvious, right? Truthfully though, we have all purchased shoes that haven’t fit us perfectly because they were super cute. It’s human nature, we want things to work, even when they don’t. With your wedding shoes, be sure they aren’t too snug in any direction (this will help avoid pain points) and aren’t too loose in any direction (this will help avoid blisters). If this means putting back those super cute stilettos and looking another day, I say do it. Your feet and late night party guests will thank you!

2. Break them in
Take time to wear your wedding shoes around the house while you’re cleaning, packing wedding items, cooking, whatever. The more you wear them at home, the longer you will be comfortable in them on your wedding day. Many wedding venues here in the Asheville, NC area are expansive and require a lot of walking. All of your prep work will be well worth it!

3. Choose multiple pairs
This is my favorite tip, and is tried and true! Go ahead and splurge on multiple pairs of wedding shoes, because the best way to keep a pair of wedding shoes from being painful is to change into another pair!
Your wedding day has multiple phases, why not have a different pair of shoes for each phase? You could start with ceremony shoes, switch to party shoes at the start of the reception, and then as you head to your after party, swap to another pair for the rest of the night!

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Have you ever dreamed of your partner coming home from work one day and surprising you with a trip out of town? The kind of surprise trip where he/she tells you to pack a bag and be ready in 30 minutes without sharing any other details or the destination? This is exactly the kind of trip that Jason surprised Justin with, and it was oh so amazing!

Now imagine that when you get in the car it heads to the airport and you see your destination- the mountains of Asheville, NC. How fun! Then you arrive in Asheville, drive to your AirBnb, and when you open the door, your best friends from all over the country are already there to greet you! Jason set this up, too!

And then, the very next day when you’re touring Biltmore Estate you wander down a lesser known path looking for a tulip garden, but on the way you stop in front of a beautiful brick tunnel for just a moment. In that tiny moment your partner begins saying such beautiful things to you and drops down on one knee to propose, with your best friends nearby who had no idea this was happening, and a photographer to capture it all! Yep, that happened, too!

Jason truly set up the most amazing surprise weekend for Justin, and I was giddy with excitement just hearing about all the details! I absolutely LOVE surprises, and this one was thoughtful, beautiful, and grand! Plus, I love being a part of surprises, it’s always fun to help pull them off!

It was such an honor to be a part of Jason and Justin’s proposal. Their private Biltmore Estate proposal was beautiful and full of so much joy! Being surrounded by their favorite people made it even more special, and I am so very happy to have been a part of it!

Congratulations, Jason and Justin!

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Jessica is a Biltmore Estate engagement photographer with years of experience photographing proposals all over the estate. For more Biltmore Estate engagement photography, click over to Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Adam + Bev and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Jake + Julie Proposal.

 

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Getting everyone in your family ready (including you!) for a photo shoot can be stressful. Believe me when I tell you that I am here to help you, and that there are tips and tricks that make this process even easier than you can imagine!

You have probably already seen my Tips for What to Wear to Your Photography Session blog post, which is a huge help when it comes to coordinating outfits for the entire family. Once you have that task conquered, start thinking about preparing your family for photo shoot success. There is A LOT that goes into getting your family photo ready and my tips below have been proven to make your job easier! My favorite tip- come with full bellies! Yes, even you! Full bellies make happy families!

Plan to Arrive Early
Leaving a little extra time to get to our photo shoot location will help you arrive on time, and will ensure that you arrive with one less worry. It will give you time to get shoes on the little ones, get the kids out of the car, and time to gather any items you want to bring along. Plus, starting on time will bring ease to the entire family, knowing that we can maximize our time together for your family photos.

What to Expect
Photo sessions with me are FUN! I do everything in my power to provide a relaxed and fun atmosphere for your entire family. Having fun is part of making memories, and that’s what I am here to capture! I recommend talking to your kids about how we will walk around our chosen location while taking photos of the entire family together, but also photos of just the kids, just Mom and Dad, and each kiddo by themselves. This can help them understand what to expect.

Prepping Your Family
How to Prepare Your Spouse
Most men aren’t overly excited to take photos for an hour, because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. Take fifteen minutes to educate and empower your guy. Tell him why you chose me and my style of photography. Show him some of your favorite pictures of mine, explain why you love them and express to him how much it means to you. Trust me, once he knows it’s important, he’ll light up the camera for you! The most common thing I hear from guys before photo sessions is this: because of a bad experience in the past, they don’t like taking photos or don’t think they’ll be good at it. By the time I’m done, though, they can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had!

Prepping Your Little Ones
Before your session, pack a bag with snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help me get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. If they are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. A lot of families discuss and pick something fun in advance as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone, for example. (Bribery often brings the best success!) It also helps if their bellies are full and they’ve had some good rest beforehand. Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) grace! They’re little, and I know that some days don’t always go as planned. I’ve seen it all and will do everything I can to get you great photos, regardless of their moods. Our goal is to make this as fun and stress-free as it possibly can be for you and your family!

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Sometimes the universe and Mother Nature align so very perfectly, and that’s exactly what happened for Ben + Sarah’s engagement photos at Biltmore Estate! With a little sunshine and then some clouds, we had amazing mountain views as their backdrop with dreamy light mixed in!

When Ben originally contacted me about photos he was wanting his marriage proposal to Sarah captured, right in the Italian Garden at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Since they were traveling in from out of town and they had an unplanned late arrival, things did not end up working out on his proposal day. With this unforeseen change, he found his perfect moment to propose to Sarah at another time, and asked me to meet them the next day for engagement photos. Of course I agreed, as I was ecstatic to capture their love in one of the most beautiful places!

When we met on the front lawn at Biltmore Estate the sun was shining with light clouds in the sky. The air was cool, and we had an even cooler wind surrounding us. The estate was quiet, just as I like it for photo shoots, so it almost felt like we had the place to ourselves! As we started our session together Sarah and Ben quickly got comfortable in front of my camera and showed me all of their love and fun right from the start. Ben’s humor and silliness had Sarah laughing out loud. I absolutely loved it!

As we wandered through the estate, clouds began to roll in creating very beautiful and dreamy evening light. The crowds at Biltmore got even lighter and we found ourselves alone in the walled garden. It was quiet, peaceful, and the first pops of spring color were starting to show. It was a perfect stop along our tour of Biltmore’s gardens!

We wrapped up our session at the top of the esplanade with the most amazing long range mountain views that sat just over the roof of Biltmore house. This is one of my favorite spots on the estate. Sarah and Ben loved this spot too, and it was wonderful to be able to share it with them!

Congratulations Sarah and Ben!

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In our current digital world we take A LOT of photographs, though most of us don’t know exactly where each of our favorite photographs are. I find that’s because digital photos are easily lost. They may be on our phones, social media, hard drives, in the cloud, or even on that laptop that crashed last year. They live in these devices indefinitely, often never to be looked at again. If we do go looking for those favorite photographs, we are fortunate to find them at all, hoping that the only copy was not on that crashed laptop.

Our most cherished photographs are rarely seen or experienced, and I know (because I am one of these people) that we would like to see them more often. Some we would even love to see every day! Between working, running the kids to sports, and spending time with our families, those photographs that you invested time and money into die somewhere out there in our digital world very quickly. Happily, I am here to say that they won’t anymore! I am here to help you put your favorite photographs front and center so that you can experience them and cherish your fondest memories every day!

I truly believe in being a full service photographer. Sending you digital images and wishing you the best of luck doesn’t help you at all, but walking you through high quality and unique options and ideas for hanging your favorite photos on the walls of your home allows you to have one less item on your to-do list, and be able to start enjoying your photos right away!

It doesn’t have to take long to decide what to print, how big, and where to hang it in your home. I will walk you through the process, give ideas, and happily answer any questions you may have. Then when you’ve made your choices, you can either order them through your online gallery on your own, or send me a quick list of what photos you want as which products, and I will take care of the rest!

What is wall art?
Wall art is really anything that you hang on the wall, but for our purposes, we will define it as digital images from your photo session that you can print and hang on your walls.

Which wall art product should I pick?
I encourage you to take a moment and think about the style and feel of your home-
For a cozy home with traditional character, I suggest looking closer at framed prints, canvases, and collage wall spans in canvas. All are timeless and will adapt well with your growing family.
For a modern or industrial style home with clean lines and minimal decor, look toward acrylic prints, framed prints, and collage wall spans in metal or acrylic.
For a rustic or country home with earthy elements, I recommend looking at framed prints, canvases, and collage wall spans in canvas or wood.

 

Framed Prints
Classic yet refined. Frames provide a timeless solution for image display and these matboard backed prints are more durable and longer lasting than standard prints. Offered in 7 styles with non-glare glass, your prints arrive ready to hang with gallery-like quality.
Sizes include 8x10 up to to 20x30.
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Printed on premium canvas and wrapped 1.5" around a stretcher bar. With museum-like quality, you'll love your very own original masterpiece.
Sizes include 8x10 up to to 24x36.
 

Acrylics
Create a bold statement with acrylic prints which are printed directly on the acrylic surface with two finish options- dreamy flat matte or vibrant fine art gloss.
Sizes include 16x16 up to to 19.5x23.5 and mount to the wall using stainless standoffs included in the order.

 
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Vivid Metals
Printed on a thin aluminum surface and employing a modern dye-sublimation process and the latest technology for enhanced color, clarity and detail, Vivid Metals are a show-stopping contemporary decor piece with a vibrant glossy finish.
 

Collage Wall Spans
It’s easier than ever to create gorgeous wall art collections with collage wall spans. Choose from 6 layouts of one image or multiple images on either canvas or wood prints to personalize your walls to fit your style and space.
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Where should I hang it?
Think big, open spaces. Over the couch, over the fireplace, above your bed’s headboard, over your desk, on the large dining room wall, on the wall above your stairs…and many more, are all great places to hang wall art. Personally, I have a gallery wall (a group of photos/artwork) in my living room along with a canvas, a shelf holding a canvas and two framed photos in my dining room, a large wood piece above my bed, and a collage wall span of canvases over the guest bed headboard.

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What sizes are best for my home?
For single pieces of wall art in your big open spaces I recommend larger sizes like 20x30 and bigger. This will help fill the space and balance it in the rest of the room. To help visualize it even more, there is a website called WallApp where you can upload a photo of a room in your house and play around with your photos and sizes to find what you like best. Unfortunately it doesn’t list photo sizes, but it will still give you a great idea of what your home will look like when you hang your wall art piece.
For collage wall spans you may like the idea of 3 large pieces, or 9 smaller pieces. Either way, they will fill about the same amount of space.
Keep in mind that close up photos can make a statement with a medium sized piece like 11x14 or 16x20, while full body family photos are best printed as large pieces, 20x30 or bigger. This way you will be able to see the person in the photograph from across the room.
Take a look at the wall display guide below to get an idea of which size is best for your room.

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What if I love so many of the photos that there isn’t enough wall space in the world?
For this, I recommend a custom printed heirloom album that you can display on your coffee table or in your family room and easily look through from time to time. We can include as many photos as you’d like from your session in this high quality family heirloom. It comes in a choice of leather or linen cover with multiple color options, is printed on high quality photographic paper, boasts thick layflat pages, and the cover can be imprinted with the year, family name, or more. These custom printed albums make wonderful gifts for grandparents as well! Of course, I recommend picking your absolute favorite photo for a piece of wall art, too!

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Can I also get smaller prints to share with grandparents and family members?
Of course! Gift prints and accordion minis are available through me when you place your larger order, or can be ordered right through your online gallery with just a few clicks.

Prints
Printed on the world's finest photographic paper, prints are available in both color and black and white (most sizes). 
10 sizes available from wallets to 30x40 large prints. Matboard backing available for long lasting durability.

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Accordion Minis
Tiny in size with snap shut covers, accordion minis are great on the go, making it easy to show your favorite portraits to family and friends. 3x3 in size with 2 paper options available.


Jessica is an Asheville family photographer, Asheville newborn photography, and Asheville wedding photographer specializing in providing a unique and fun photo session experience with her clients, and then walking them through wall art choices to enjoy their photographs in their home. All products are of premium quality and are available from her professional print lab.

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As an Asheville family photographer, one of the most common questions I receive from families is, “Do you have a guide or any tips on what we should wear to our photo session?” Of course I do! And honestly, I would LOVE to help! Scroll down to see the best tips on what to wear to not only make you look great, but also feel comfortable! 


- Style Tips: For Her 

Say Yes to the Dress 
Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two instead.
Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature like at the park, in the forest, or on top of a mountain! Consider softer fabrics like chiffon or tulle which allow for beautiful movement in the images. 
When considering the length of your dresses or skirts, it’s also a good idea to factor in whether or not there will be little ones in your photos. If you have smaller children, I’ll likely have you sitting or crouching on the ground to interact up-close with them. Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses photograph beautifully, but if you have little ones in your photos, a floor-length dress or skirt, or perhaps a cute midi-skirt, will make moving around with your kids much easier, and look perfect on camera, too!
If you’re an expecting mother, I always recommend floor-length gowns or maxi dresses. These dresses create the best silhouettes to flatter your figure and really highlight your bump. A lot of my expecting mothers love to incorporate flower crowns or headpieces as well.

Choosing Colors 
When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink, muted greens, and muted blues when mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, and leather browns. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially compliments the nature here in Asheville!

Flattering Your Features 
In my experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos! Remember too, that form fitting clothing looks better on camera than loose clothing. A loose-fitting shirt typically makes a person look wider than their body actually is in a still photograph.
Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so I recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.
Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toe heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference! 
Quick Tip: Bring a pair of easy-to-kick-off flats to wear when moving from place to place in between photos. Your feet will thank you later! 

Make a Statement 
Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images, and be a nice tie-in when you’re coordinating with a group. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photos, while the smaller, delicate ones are not as noticeable on camera. 
Belts, bracelets and earrings bring great visual interest, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention. Fresh florals in a crown can be a really romantic touch for you or your girls as well. 

Go Pro: Hair & Makeup 
Professional hair and makeup looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own! This is a good time to treat yourself! Professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and it always photographs like a dream. Need a recommendation for a hair stylist and make up artist? Just ask! 
Quick Tip: Confidence. It’s always the best accessory.

Skip the Spray Tan 
Although it might seem counter-intuitive, I recommend that you do not get a spray tan before your session, even a few days prior, because it tends to photograph orange even when it’s applied subtly and by a professional. Your actual skin tone will photograph the most beautifully and naturally!


- Fashion Tips: For Him 

The Best Fit
Long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts, sandals and jeans at home, too, as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants or fitted colored pants work best on camera. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye. I also recommend staying away from graphics and logos. 

Layered Looks 
Next time you walk by a store like J. Crew, you’ll notice the male mannequins and models are always wearing several layers at once. Layers on men look great on camera. Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos. Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look. If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!

Mix It Up 
Many guys love to mix a suit coat, blazer or sport coat with a different pant color. It adds some extra visual interest, and breaks up the color tones. I’m a big fan of this fresh take on a timeless classic.

It’s All in the Details 
Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bow ties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any outfit for men and boys alike. If you bring two outfits to the session, you can start with a traditional necktie and belt, then switch to suspenders and a bow tie for your second look. If two looks are too stressful, no problem! One will do the trick! You can still mix and match accessories to compliment both of her dresses without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, it's a win!

 

- Bring It All Together with the Littles

Because they won't be little forever.

Coordinating the Crew 
It’s cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually match. In fact, I recommend that you avoid thinking about matching, and instead think about what fits together. This will create more visual interest, and allow each personality to shine through!

How to Mix Colors
The goal for coordinating a family is to visually break up the colors and shades so that you’re not all wearing the same color on top and bottom. The more we can mix that up, the better. I encourage you to think about planning each outfit with “dominant colors” and “accent colors” in mind. A dominant color is the color that you see the most in an outfit, while an accent has a smaller piece of visual real estate. When you’re planning each family member’s outfit, if you can aim for each person to have a different dominant color, and then tie in and vary the accent colors, it’s going to look great all together. 
For example, if you’re wearing a blush dress, soft blue earrings and nude heels (blush being your dominant color), then he could wear a navy coat with a white button-down and gray pants, paired with brown leather shoes and maybe even a blush pocket square (making navy his dominant color). Your daughter could wear a soft blue top with a creamy white tulle skirt (making a soft blue her dominant color) while your son wears light beige pants with navy suspenders and a cream button down (making cream his dominant color). Now each person has their own dominant color while still incorporating a few touches of the others that will pull all the looks together. This will break up the color visually and highlight each personality. Most of my moms choose their dress first, and then build the rest of the family’s outfits based around that.
Remember, I recommend selecting those softer, lighter tones and avoiding those ultra-bright, bold colors. The camera loves shades of soft pink, muted greens, and muted blues when mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, and leather browns. Feel free to vary the shades of the colors, too. That softer color palette fits beautifully into a natural environment, and can easily be paired in so many different ways!

Mixing Up the Pieces
If you have multiple children, don’t feel like you need to put them all in the same type of outfit. For example, one of your daughters could wear a dress and flats, while the other wears a skirt and boots. One of your sons could wear a bow tie, while the other one wears suspenders. Mixing up the wardrobe pieces will bring a great visual interest to the photos and show their personalities, too!

Your Home Plays a Role
I also recommend considering where your portraits will be displayed in your home. For larger prints and canvases that may be a focal point in your family room, or be seen from many places, consider your wall colors and the overall style in your home as you plan your wardrobe choices. Remember, color coordination and cohesiveness provides a polished look.

For additional tips on how to prepare your family for their photo session click over to Family Photography Tips, and for family photo session location ideas in Asheville, click over to Best Family Photography Session Locations Near Asheville.

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This marriage proposal at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC may have been among the fog and clouds, but it was nothing short of a glorious day for these two beauties! Ava Jackie and Joel are engaged!

In the days leading up to Joel’s proposal, we weren’t sure what type of weather we were going to have at Biltmore Estate on this afternoon. The forecast was calling for rain, with possible snow, and definitely clouds. With a large storm brewing over the midwest, and knowing that Joel and Ava Jackie had to travel through that storm on their way to Asheville, I honestly just wished for them to arrive safely. Thankfully the temperatures stayed above freezing and the storm passed through just north of Asheville. This allowed for no winter weather on Ava Jackie and Joel’s long drive, and no rain in the immediate area here in Asheville! It did leave us with damp foggy conditions, soggy ground, and a cold breeze. Truly though, that’s perfectly okay because Biltmore Estate was quiet and perfect for a private proposal!

When Joel first contacted me about his Biltmore Estate proposal we communicated about a few things- location, arrival time, photography wants, and more. One thing Joel mentioned to me was that he is not the best at hiding things, so I recommended he propose as soon as they arrive at Biltmore. This way he could ask Ava Jackie to marry him right away and relax the rest of the day as they toured the estate. He agreed, and I’m so glad we chose this option! It was a perfect progression for them to arrive, park their car, walk straight out on to the upper esplanade to view the incredible Biltmore house, and get engaged! It took a lot of pressure off Joel and completely caught Ava Jackie by surprise! As soon as Joel turned to Ava Jackie on the esplanade and started to share his sweet words with her, she froze and her eyes filled with happy tears. He popped down on one knee in the wet grass, asked his big question, and she said “Yes!” The immense joy, long hugs, and happy tears said it all. These two share an incredible friendship, have lots of love for one another, and are very excited to spend the rest of their lives together!

After their proposal we took a few minutes to capture more of their love and excitement on the esplanade and along the balcony at Biltmore Estate with more engagement photos. Big smiles and joyous laughter were abundant, and it was an honor to capture it all! Congratulations Ava Jackie + Joel!

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For more Biltmore proposal photography, click over to Asheville Engagement Photographer | How to Propose at Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Masuma + Hussain Proposal.

 

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This elopement has my heart! Anna + Edward are the sweetest couple and their beautiful sunrise mountain top elopement was absolutely stunning! They shared tears, laughter, and immense love, we had Jump Off Rock to ourselves, and Mother Nature blessed them with gorgeous low lying clouds allowing the nearby mountain tops to peek out. It could not have been a more perfect morning!

Like so many couples over the past year, COVID-19 forced Anna and Edward to postpone their elopement. Sure, they were heart broken and disappointed when forced to reschedule, but my goodness, they ended up with the most perfect morning to say “I do!” As I drove to their AirBnb cabin before dawn on roads wet from the cold overnight rainstorm, the moon began to peek out of the clouds. When I approached their cabin I looked up and saw the thin intermittent clouds, and knew right away that this upcoming sunrise was going to be spectacular. I anticipated that the clouds would hang out in the low valleys and I was so very excited!

When I arrived at Anna and Edward’s cabin to capture their getting ready photos and first look, they were both very excited for our morning together and were feeling a bit of their nerves. Even though their wedding day included only the two of them and no guests, they were still feeling a lot of emotions around their big day, as any couple would. I took a moment and shared the current weather with them, and told them that I thought the sunrise at Jump Off Rock was going to be incredible. They were both extremely happy to hear that since our weather here in the Asheville, NC mountains can be a little unpredictable.

After they finished getting ready we captured their first look in the garden just outside of their very cute little cabin. The moment Edward and Anna saw each other all dressed in their wedding attire, tears began to flow. These two share such an incredible connection and respect for one another and it was amazing to capture so much of it in the first moments of their day.

As we headed up to Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, NC, the skies brightened and the sun began to peek out. When we got to the top of the mountain we instantly saw the low lying clouds in the valley and the nearby mountain tops showing their peaks. It was absolutely perfect scenery to be married, and the park itself was empty!

As Reverend Jay Webb conducted their wedding ceremony the clouds softly swept through the valleys below and over the ground we stood on. The sun peeked out intermittently at the most perfect moments and helped create the most magical of feelings!

This elopement at Jump Off Rock near Hendersonville, NC is one I will not soon forget. From the sweet couple to the most incredible mountain views, it was truly amazing! Congratulations, Anna + Edward!

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Venue: Jump Off Rock
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For more elopement photography in Asheville, click over to Asheville Elopement Photography | Paul + Sandy and Tiny Chapel Wedding Photography in Asheville | Ashley + Warren.

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Congratulations! You’re engaged!! This is such a fun and special time in your relationship. I truly hope you can savor and celebrate every moment!

Now that you’re engaged, you’re probably wondering… what do we do next? There are so many things to do that it can be overwhelming, and my advice is to start with the big things- find a wedding venue, decide on wedding date, and find a photographer that you LOVE to capture it all! 

Once you find your dream photographer, schedule your engagement session! For my couples, I recommend capturing engagement photos for many reasons, and here are my top 6 reasons to take engagement photos.

 

1. It helps you be more comfortable in front of the camera 

Many of us are shy in front of a camera, or maybe are even a little self-conscious. Spending more time in front of a camera with your chosen wedding photographer at the helm, will make you feel much more comfortable on your wedding day. From learning core poses to learning how to lean into the spontaneity and have fun, it’s time well spent!

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2. It helps you build a stronger relationship with your photographer

Being comfortable with the person behind the camera is key, and there is no better way to do this than by spending more time together. Plus, the time together is perfectly curated with your wedding photography in mind. It gives you time to talk to your photographer about any concerns, what you like in photos, what you don’t like in photos, etc. It’s a time to be honest and upfront so that you can learn from each other and your photography can be customized for you specifically! Think, practice makes perfect!

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3. It creates extra photos that captures your whole love story

Taking engagement photos allows you and your fiancé to get creative and express yourselves. Since these photos will be in non-wedding clothes, you can really do anything. Do you love hiking together? Ask your photographer to hike with you to your favorite spot and capture your love there! Do you love coffee shops, or did you meet in one? Ask your photographer to capture your engagement photos at your favorite coffee shop to help tell your full love story! Then, you can use these photos for wedding details. Maybe you want to display them at the reception, create a guest book for your guests to sign, order save the date cards or thank you cards, or even use them on your wedding website. There are so many ways they can be used, not to mention, your favorite engagement photo on a canvas will look amazing on the wall in your living room!

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4. It’s a perfect time for your hair and makeup trial

Scheduling your hair and makeup trial for the same day as your engagement photos allows you to not only look perfect and feel confident in your engagement photos, but it also will give a seamless look when your engagement photos and wedding photos are side by side. You of course don’t have to wear your same wedding hairstyle for your engagement photos. Simply let your hair stylist know ahead of that time that once your wedding look is completed, you would like a few changes made so that you are ready for your engagement photos.

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5. It helps you build trust in your final photography

Spending thousands of dollars on your photography before you see any of your final photos can be scary! Capturing engagement photos and seeing the results long before your wedding day can really put your mind at ease. Plus, it’s a great time for you to talk with your the photographer about the photos. Sharing what you love about them and what you don’t care for is important information that your photographer wants to hear. As a photographer, I am here to capture you and your vision. I want to know if you don’t love seeing yourself at a specific angle, or if you want more wide shots showing the location. I want you to LOVE your wedding photos, and having this information is truly priceless!

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6. Celebrate being engaged!

No matter how long you have planned for your engagement, it will feel short! Take the time to celebrate this amazing time and capture the short time that you are engaged. You will find that you wish you had more quality time together as an engaged couple, and having engagement photos taken is the perfect time for a little unexpected bonding.

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When to take engagement photos-

I recommend having your engagement photos taken 1-2 months after you get engaged. This is a perfect little space in time before you get busy with wedding planning details, and before you will need the photos for save the date cards or your wedding website.

Where to take engagement photos-

I always suggest couples choose a location for their engagement photos that is special to them. This may mean a specific spot in your town, or may be a park setting because you love to picnic, a mountain top because you love to hike, or a coffee shop because you love your weekly coffee dates. As a local Asheville photographer I am more than happy to help guide you. I also recommend including anything that you love in your photos, whether that’s your pets, your kids, your motorcycle, anything! Including what you love will bring out more love and connection between you and your fiancé.

What to wear for engagement photos-

My top tip, be comfortable! Wear something that you’re comfortable in and makes you feel fabulous! It’s always a great idea to dress up a little, too! For more tips on what to wear to your engagement photo session, click over to Tips on What to Wear to Your Photography Session.

 

For more engagement photo ideas from this Asheville engagement photographer, click over to Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Brittany + Brian Session Preview and Craggy Pinnacle Summer Engagement Photography | Sarah + Alex

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Being a wedding photographer in Asheville, NC is truly an amazing gift in life! With our vast mountain views, array of unique mountain wedding venues, and fun couples from across the world who choose this area for their destination weddings, it’s a perfect combination! 

No two Asheville weddings are ever the same, and I love it for so many reasons! When couples get married here in western North Carolina, they bring influences from their home towns, bring family heirlooms from generations before them, and have family and friends travel in from all over the world. It truly makes every single wedding unique, and allows my creativity to never slow. With this, each couple receives incredible wedding photography that is catered to them specifically, as it was all documented with their personal vision in mind. From meaningful decor to heartfelt hand written notes in their vow books, each couple can be themselves and show their truest love while I capture their big day!

Sure, 2020 was a challenging year for us all, but I have a special place in my heart for couples who planned their wedding during this global pandemic. Some couples postponed their weddings and some eloped with plans for a big party later, but most went on with at least part of their original plans and pushed forward to be married on their planned day, at their original venue, with their closest family and friends. Yes, their wedding day looked a little different, but with a few adaptations and lots of love, they are married and so very happy to be! I cannot imagine the stress and frustration that couples feel while planning their weddings during a global pandemic, but I am so darn proud of them for persevering and proving that love is not cancelled! 

Each couple’s incredible wedding day and beautiful wedding photographs will forever help them remember this amazing time in their lives. It was such an honor to capture all of the weddings I did in 2020, and I am beyond grateful!

I invite you to browse through the wedding photographs below. They are some of my favorites from this funky year of 2020!

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For more wedding photos like these, click over to Hawkesdene Wedding Photography Preview | Stephanie + Guy’s Summer Wedding and Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt, and to see why you should host your destination wedding in Asheville, NC, click over to 5 Reasons to Host Your Destination Wedding or Elopement in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have to start by saying, these two are the absolute cutest! Their incredible connection, sweet looks, and big laughs together are simply the best! We had a blast capturing their love in one on my favorite places, Biltmore Estate

When Hussain first contacted me about being their proposal photographer at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, he told me that a private and secluded spot on the property would suit them best for his proposal. I had a perfect option for him, and when I shared it with him, he loved it. Who wouldn’t love it, though?! The brick tunnel at Biltmore is only a one minute walk from the main gardens, but seems like you’re a world away. Very few guests who visit Biltmore know that the tunnel is there, including folks who visit often! It is perfectly hidden and secluded, just off the main path. I love it!

While at Biltmore Estate, Hussain did a wonderful job keeping Masuma moving through the gardens as they wound their way to the tunnel where I was waiting. They casually walked down the path holding hands, and to the edge of the brick archway. As soon as they reached the archway, Hussain dropped down to one knee and completely caught Masuma by surprise. She smiled, gasped, and instantly held out her arms for a big hug from Hussain! Their embrace was long, heartfelt, and full of so much joy! It was beautiful!

As we walked through the gardens at Biltmore Estate and captured photos of Masuma and Hussain they both were so very happy! Their smiles showed it all, and their sweet conversations told me they were both so very excited to be engaged! Masuma even quickly called her mother with the good news and I could see that she was completely glowing!

It was such a sweet and special day for these two lovelies, and I am honored to have been a part of it! Congratulations again, Masuma and Hussain!

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For more Biltmore proposal photography, click over to Asheville Engagement Photographer | How to Propose at Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Emma + Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This past year has been full of twists and turns, scheduling plans to quickly cancel them, waiting patiently to see what happens in our world, and lots of virtual connections. Thankfully throughout all of this, the photography industry could continue to work outdoors and capture couples’ and families beautiful moments, even if it all looked a bit more unique this year. 

I am beyond grateful for the incredible year that I had with my business as I still got to see my customers and meet new couples, even if from a distance. I was able to go to many breathtaking places to capture their love and connections right here around Asheville, NC. We all know the scenery is gorgeous here, and in most cases the typical crowds were not present, which provided me with an even sweeter experience! 

One thing that helped keep me going through this challenging year of 2020 was simply, LOVE. Even though our jobs, school, and plans may have been put on hold, our lives were not. Our families still needed us, our kids still grew, and our babies were born as beautiful as ever. Finding love and fun in everyday living is always important, but in 2020 it was even more important. 

It was a ton of fun to see my customers playing as a family in their front yards while I stood in the street and captured all of their amazing moments. Missing their annual photos wasn’t ideal, so we found a way to make their family photography sessions happen. Having a baby during a pandemic is something that I hope no one has to do again, but capturing moments with their newborn baby is still a priority for families. Making adjustments and finding ways to photograph a baby’s newness and snuggles with family is as important as ever.

Love was not cancelled, and is still not cancelled, especially for couples in love. With a record number of engagement proposals at Biltmore Estate happening in front of my lens this year, I was able to witness and photograph countless amazing moments that ended in “YES!” All of the sweet words and excited couples helped fill my schedule with pure JOY.

In choosing to see the love in every photo session, I saw more love in my life, too. From sharing my cabinet staples with my local friends and neighbors, to FaceTime meals with my friends and family who live a thousand miles away, there were certainly moments that made me take a step back and enjoy the little things. I truly hope those little things stick with me and stay a part of my life for a long time.

I want to express a sincere THANK YOU to all of my clients and followers. Without you I would not succeed. You make it possible for me to do what I love and you are why I do it, too! I welcome you to scroll through my favorite portraits of 2020, taken right here in Asheville, NC. 

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For more photos by this Asheville photographer, click over to Asheville Family Photographer | Best of 2019 Portraits and How to Propose at Biltmore Estate | Asheville Engagement Photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biltmore Estate, the most magnificent mansion I have ever laid eyes on here in the United States! It is huge, ornately designed, is full of history, sits atop a hill with fantastic views, and is oh so spectacular! It is truly the most beautiful and unique spot to propose marriage and I am beyond lucky to have this incredible estate and mansion right near me, here in Asheville, NC

Biltmore Estate receives almost 1.5 million visitors each year, and even with this very large number of guests, the estate still has endless spots that are perfect for a marriage proposal. From busier areas with the front of the house in view, to quiet and secluded areas that very few people see, there is a spot for every couple to get engaged, and every single one is incredible!

My top 5 picks for where to propose at Biltmore Estate-

Upper Esplanade by Diana Statue - For the most magnificent views of the Biltmore house and the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is your spot! Not only are the views an incredible backdrop for your proposal, this area is surprisingly quiet as very few guests walk all the way to the top of the esplanade. They certainly miss out on the most epic view of the house, but they also leave this spot nicely untouched and perfect for a quiet proposal!

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Wisteria Pergola - This is one of my favorite spots on the estate, especially in the late spring when the wisteria shares its purple blooms. The vines and leaves provide a natural frame for photographs here and though many guests walk through this area, few stop and linger, leaving it only moderately busy for a proposal. 

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Hill at the Inn - This hill that sits alongside the Inn at Biltmore is one of the lesser known spots on the entire estate, even for the guests who choose to stay overnight here. Sure, some people can see it out of their guest room windows, but unless they fully explore the grounds, they will never know it’s beauty. Of the times I have photographed in this area, only once have other people been nearby. It is quiet, secluded, and has beautiful views to boot! I have yet to specifically photograph a proposal here, want to be my first?!

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Spring Garden Tunnel - This is another one of my favorite spots on the estate, and here’s why… it is practically a secret spot even though it is less than a one minute walk from the popular walled garden, it’s incredibly secluded and quiet, and most guests drive right over the top of it and don’t even know it’s there! I love that it’s right in the middle of things and almost no one sees it. It’s truly like a secret spot and I LOVE taking my clients to it! It’s very quiet, beautifully unique, and surrounded by nature.

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South Terrace - Even though the South Terrace is right in the middle of a busy area on the estate, it is a beautiful spot for a proposal! The views are incredible, it’s right in the common path of wandering the estate so your partner to be will not be wondering where you’re going, and the far end of the terrace is less traveled. It is a great spot for moderately quiet proposal!

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For more ideas and tips for proposing at Biltmore, click over to How to Propose at Biltmore Estate | Asheville Engagement Photographer and check out these real proposals- Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Emma + Steve and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Jake + Julie Proposal, plus more on my blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the sheer busyness of my fall photography season I just realized that I haven’t publicly posted any of Paul and Sandy’s elopement photos! A few minutes ago I was scrolling back through my social media accounts looking for the posts I made about Paul and Sandy’s beautiful mountain elopement and to my surprise I did not find a single one! I am in disbelief because their elopement was absolutely beautiful and a ton of fun to capture! I guess this is what happens in the height of my busy season when I have more content to post than hours in a week! 

So, without further ado, I welcome you to browse through Paul and Sandy’s mountain elopement in Columbus, NC, just outside of Asheville. They chose the prettiest private property to rent for their elopement where their closest family and friends could all stay together and enjoy themselves for a long weekend. It boasted beautiful west-facing mountain views, open fields, a serene pond, and the most perfect spot for their elopement ceremony. When I arrived I was truly stunned! In our earlier conversations Paul and Sandy told me this place was beautiful, but I did not expect it to have so much to offer and be so incredibly private!

The day of Paul and Sandy’s elopement in mid November was the last truly warm day we had here in the mountains. The air temperature was around 80 degrees, a rain storm had just pushed through the area so the humidity was very high, and the sun was peeking through the remaining clouds and shining down on us. We were all pleasantly surprised with the warm temperatures and were so very happy that the rain storm passed by before the ceremony time. It gave Paul, Sandy, and their families time to set up and decorate their chosen ceremony site with their gorgeous rustic decor and personal touches. It was beautiful!

Throughout the ceremony and time we spent together taking wedding photographs after, Paul and Sandy were the kindest and sweetest couple. Their excitement to be married was sky-high, their love for one another was incredibly abundant, and their happy tears flowed and flowed. It was incredible to see the two of them so very happy and have their big day be everything they envisioned.

Congratulations, Paul and Sandy!

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Venue: Private AirBnb Residence
Officiant: Rodney at Love & Wisdom

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For more elopement photos like this, click over to West Asheville Tiny Chapel Elopement Preview | Keri + Nathan and Bryson City Elopement Photographer | Christianna + Derek

 

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Emily and Andrew are engaged, and it was all stunningly beautiful!! The most amazing mountain views, their sweet words to one another, and their once in a lifetime excitement was absolutely perfect! 

I whole heartedly love this spot at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC that Andrew chose to ask Emily to marry him! Yes, it can be busy on the south terrace where Andrew proposed, but it is so very beautiful with the most incredible view of the North Carolina mountains! This exact spot holds special meaning to the two of them from a prior visit, when Andrew fell more and more in love with Emily by the minute while standing on the same ground, so it was extra special! 

Andrew’s proposal was well thought out and beautiful, and Emily’s genuinely huge smile filled with excitement was the best reaction! She was completely surprised, and after the proposal knew exactly why Andrew chose this particular spot at Biltmore Estate. I love that they both already found this location special, and now it’s even more special to them! 

Throughout our time together these two love birds were a blast to photograph! From their funny little jokes under the wisteria vine covered pergola to sweet winter snuggles among the lighted Christmas trees, we had so much fun together walking around Biltmore Estate and capturing their love in engagement photos! These two really are the cutest and have so much to be excited about! 

Congratulations, Emily and Andrew!

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To learn more about how to proposing at Biltmore Estate, click over to Asheville Engagement Photographer | How to Propose at Biltmore Estate, and for more proposal photography and engagement photography, click over to Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Emma + Steve, and Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Adam + Bev.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Emma + Steve https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/12/biltmore-estate-proposal-photography-emma-steve Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Emma + Steve

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Emma and Steve are engaged! Steve’s sweet proposal at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC was simply perfect! He truly surprised Emma with the biggest question of their lives and she said yes! 

Steve contacted me about photographing his marriage proposal weeks ago, and I’m so glad that he did! I could tell by the tone in his emails that he was very ready to ask Emma to marry him, and that he is very ready to spend the rest of his life with her! He was confident and quick to respond, knowing exactly what he wanted! 

The day Steve chose to propose at Biltmore Estate was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining, the air was very warm for this winter season we are in, and there was a light breeze. The estate was bustling with guests who were touring the grounds and enjoying the gorgeous warm day and holiday decorations. 

As our scheduled proposal time drew nearer, I saw Steve and Emma walking my way, along the edge of the Italian Garden. They were enjoying themselves with coffee in hand and with Emma having no idea what was coming next. As they rounded the last coy pond and settled into their scheduled spot, Steve turned to Emma and said a few words. He then dropped down on one knee and Emma was shocked! She set her coffee and hat down on the ground and turned to Steve with her full attention. I was too far away to hear their sweet words, however I did hear Emma gasp with excitement just before she bent down to kiss Steve. She said yes! Their excitement and joy was through the roof! Steve and Emma took their time enjoying the moment for many minutes, which was the sweetest to capture! Then, Steve pointed toward me, telling Emma that I had been there to capture the entire thing! She gasped again and couldn’t believe it! She was over the moon and was so happy to have the entire engagement photographed! As I walked up to congratulate them, Emma could hardly believe what just happened. She was totally surprised, and I’m sure this was the best surprise of her life!

For the rest of our time together we walked around the gardens at Biltmore Estate photographing their love, joy, and excitement. Emma and Steve shared the cutest moments and it was an honor to capture them!

Congratulations again, Emma and Steve!

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For more engagement photography at Biltmore Estate, click over to Biltmore Marriage Proposal Photography | Nikki + Logan and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Jake + Julie Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stone River Winter Wedding Photography | Jessica + Jason https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/12/stone-river-winter-wedding-photography-jessica-jason Stone River Winter Wedding Photography | Jessica + Jason

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This gorgeous wedding that I photographed along the bank of the Congaree River in Columbia, SC was so very beautiful! With cool temperatures on a sunny winter day, Jessica and Jason said “I do!” overlooking the river and in front of family and friends. 

Even though it’s December and winter has arrived in Asheville, NC, the warmer South Carolina weather has the trees still hanging on to some beautiful color at Stone River wedding venue in West Columbia! It was a wonderful sight and a nice change from the brown and gray here in Asheville. I love that we get all four seasons here in the mountains of western North Carolina, but I also love heading a little south and warming up for a day or two!

When I arrived at Stone River the staff was setting the ceremony and reception sites, the flowers were arriving, and the catering team was getting started in the kitchen. All hands were working for this early afternoon Sunday wedding and it was coming together flawlessly! Jessica and her sisters were in the bridal suite finishing up hair and makeup, while Jason was setting up the electronics for their virtual guests and relaxing with his son. As I said hello to everyone they were very relaxed and ready to take on the day. 

From speaking with Jessica and Jason in our meetings leading up to their big day, I knew they would be very easy going about their wedding and truly wanted the day to be about spending time with their family and friends. By getting ready with close family, personally placing boutonnières and corsages on their parents and children, taking a moment out of their ceremony to say hello and talk with their virtual guests through a tablet, and taking many more moments during their reception to sincerely spend time with family and friends, they got exactly that! It was wonderful to capture such a sweet couple wanting nothing more than to spend their day with those closest to them. 

This beautiful out of town wedding was a perfect way for me to wrap up my weddings for the year, and it was an honor to be a part of Jessica and Jason’s big day! Congratulations, you two!

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Venue: Stone River
Dress: Jo Lin's Bridal
Flowers: American Floral
Catering: Dupre Catering & Events
Cake: Parkland Cakes
Rentals: Party Reflections, Inc
Masks: Carolina Clutches

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For more wedding photos by this Asheville wedding photographer, click over to Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt and Hawkesdene Wedding Photography Preview | Stephanie + Guy’s Summer Wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Libetty + Iran https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/12/biltmore-estate-engagement-photography-libetty-iran Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Libetty + Iran 

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Wow! As I sit down to write this blog post I realize that I have recently been writing about a lot of photo sessions that I captured at Biltmore Estate! Well, we’re both seeing this trend because I have photographed there SO MUCH lately! From proposals to engagement sessions and from maternity sessions to family sessions, I have been on the estate multiple times each week capturing the sweetest couples and families! You know that I absolutely LOVE Biltmore Estate and all that it has to offer, so I’ve been in heaven photographing there so often!

This engagement session with Libetty and Iran at Biltmore Estate was a dream! These two lovelies are so kind and we had a blast together! They shared their sweet embraces and lots of love in front of my lens, and it was simply perfect! 

We met just before sunset on the front lawn at Biltmore Estate and from the start I knew we were going to have a great time together! Both Libetty and Iran were excited about their photos, the sun was setting beautifully over the horizon, and the estate was not crowded at all. We started our session right on the front lawn with the expansive Biltmore house as our backdrop. This was Libetty and Iran’s first visit to Biltmore, so we definitely wanted photos with this grand house included. As Libetty and Iran held hands and walked across the front lawn, I could see that their nerves were set at ease. Simply walking together while holding hands made them forget, for just a second, that they were in the middle of a photo session. It was so sweet and told me instantly that they were very comfortable together and were at home with one another.

As we walked our way through the gardens at Biltmore Estate I learned a bit about Libetty and Iran. As they told their story of how they’ve known each other since high school, how they recently moved to a new city together, and how they got engaged while on an international trip, it showed me that they love their adventures together and that they are all in. I could hear it in their voices and see it in their interactions. They are truly all in, and I am so excited for them! I know these two have many amazing adventures ahead!

It was an honor to capture this special time for Libetty and Iran and I’m so glad that they found me! Congratulations, you two!

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For more engagement photos by this Asheville engagement photographer, click over to Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Brittany + Brian Session Preview and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Jake + Julie Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hawkesdene Fall Wedding Photography | Madison + Kody https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/11/hawkesdene-fall-wedding-photography-madison-kody Hawkesdene Fall Wedding Photography | Madison + Kody

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Madison and Kody’s fall wedding at Hawkesdene in Andrews, NC was absolutely beautiful! The weather was amazing, their intimate mountain top ceremony was beyond gorgeous, feeding alpacas in wedding attire is always fun, and their family and friends showed them such incredible love and support! 

This venue, which sits about two hours west of Asheville, NC is my all time favorite venue! It is an expansive estate with a beautiful main house and cabins, a cute modern barn that houses alpacas, a creek and covered bridge, beautifully manicured gardens and open green space, and best of all, they own a mountain top with incredible long range mountain views! Madison and Kody chose this venue based on photos and videos, without ever setting foot on it. I assured them right from the start that they made a wonderful decision, and on their wedding day, they confirmed that! They absolutely loved the estate and all it had to offer. Honestly though, who wouldn’t love this place?! It’s gorgeous and managed by the most incredible staff!

From talking with Madison and Kody before their wedding I knew that they both were very easy going and didn’t like the spotlight on them. I assured them that they day could still be all about them without it having to feel like all eyes were looking their way. With their planning, they did a wonderful job setting up their day exactly how they envisioned it. They got to spend most of it together, exactly as they should, with only a few moments of the day where they were in the spotlight. Their mountain top ceremony included only the closest family while their dinner and reception included everyone who attended. It was a perfect mix for them!

Throughout our entire time together Madison and Kody were nothing but sweet. The excitement Madison showed for their first look told me that they couldn’t wait to see one another all dressed for their wedding, their soft smiles during the ceremony were full of love and showed me that they were very ready to step into marriage, and their big laughter, sweet moments, and soft kisses the rest of the day told me that they are so very happy to be together forever.

Congratulations, Madison and Kody!

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Venue: Hawkesdene
Dress: Vera's House of Bridals
Makeup: Salon El-Khouri and Day Spa
Suit: JCPenney
Flowers: Andrews Florist
Invitations: Shutterfly

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For more wedding photos at Hawkesdene by this Asheville wedding photographer, click over to Hawkesdene Wedding Photography Preview | Stephanie + Guy’s Summer Wedding and Hawkesdene Fall Wedding Photography Preview | Kimberly + Brian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biltmore 10th Anniversary Photography | Jany + Roy https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/11/biltmore-10th-anniversary-photography-jany-roy Biltmore 10th Anniversary Photography | Jany + Roy

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Happy 10th Anniversary to these two beauties! To help celebrate their anniversary we had the most magnificent anniversary session at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC! Their choice of attire was simply perfect for this grand place, and their kids joined them, too!

Jany knew for a long time that she wanted her 10th wedding anniversary photos taken at Biltmore Estate with her family. She has always loved the idea of this castle in the mountains and planned her entire anniversary around it! She, her husband Roy, and their two adorable children took a long weekend trip to Asheville for this celebration and I’m so glad that they did! 

For their photos Jany wanted the entire family to dress for the occasion with Jany in a long red fitted dress, her daughter in a sweet little ivory lace dress, and her husband and son in tuxedos. They all looked gorgeous!! The fresh floral bouquets with roses and greenery were perfect additions, too! 

As we walked through the gardens of the estate taking photographs, many people stopped and congratulated Jany and Roy. Everyone around us knew that this was a very special occasion and offered their well wishes! It was the sweetest!

We took our time capturing their couples photos, family photos, and photos of the kids all throughout the gardens, in front of the house, and on the south terrace. On this day the view from the south terrace was particularly amazing, and watching Roy and Jany snuggle in for their anniversary photos was even more incredible!

Congratulations Jany and Roy! Thank you for asking me to capturing these special moments for your family!

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For more special occasion photos at Biltmore Estate by Asheville photographer Jessica Merithew, click over to Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Brittany + Brian and How to Propose at Biltmore Estate | Asheville Engagement Photographer.

 

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Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Katie + Collin Proposal https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/11/biltmore-engagement-photographer-katie-collin-proposal Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Katie + Collin Proposal

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These two are ENGAGED!! Collin planned the sweetest surprise proposal at Biltmore Estate in Asheville to ask Katie to marry him, and it was so very fun to be a part of it! We saw the last bit of bright fall color on Biltmore’s esplanade and had a tiny cheering section, too!

About a month and a half ago Collin contacted me and asked me to capture his proposal to his long time girlfriend, Katie. They were planning a visit and he knew that she would love to have it photographed with Biltmore house in them, so we opted for the grand views of the upper esplanade. This location never disappoints, and on this day, it was so very beautiful with the speckled sunset and bright yellow trees! 

On the day of the proposal he and Katie leisurely wandered out on to Biltmore’s esplanade, talked a bit, took a few photos for themselves, and then Collin quickly dropped down on one knee and asked Katie to marry him! Katie’s reaction was incredible! She was in full shock and couldn’t stop looking at the beautiful ring that Collin was giving her! With the excitement, laughter, shock, and hugs she kept glancing at her beautiful ring with the biggest smiles on her face! It was the cutest!

As we walked around the estate taking more photographs for them, Collin told us all about the ring, his proposal plans, and more. He told us that only a select few family members knew he was proposing because he didn’t want anyone to spoil the surprise. This was a great idea, as the surprise was amazing and beautiful!

Collin and Katie also talked about how they’ve been together for eight years, but have known each other since childhood. They went to school together and their families know each other. They even have pictures of the two of them from elementary school! I LOVE stories like this where two people have known each other for so many years, and then finally when the timing is right they connect and fall in love. It’s so romantic!

Collin’s engagement proposal at Biltmore Estate was truly special and it was an honor to capture it!
Congratulations, Collin + Katie! 

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For more Biltmore engagement photography click over to Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Adam + Bev, and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Courtney + Andrew Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craggy Gardens Fall Photography | Molly + Amber https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/11/craggy-gardens-fall-photography-molly-amber Craggy Gardens Fall Photography | Molly + Amber

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I had such a blast hanging out with Molly and Amber again! A little over three years ago I captured their beautiful their beautiful summer wedding photography in Asheville, NC at The North Carolina Arboretum, as well as Molly's bridal portraits at Lake Junaluska, and last week I photographed them again! This time we went to Craggy Gardens for a gorgeous fall sunset session, and even though this elevation was far past peak color, it was absolutely beautiful! The fall burnt orange color is still hanging on in the tall grass and a few trees, and it made for some really dreamy photos!

As you know, I LOVE capturing love in nature, and Craggy Gardens is a perfect spot for this! With the rocky rhododendron lined trail, the grassy flat atop the mountain, and the incredible long range mountain views, I love this place! It’s perfect with a variety of backgrounds to help showcase all the love on one little hike. 

Molly and Amber brought along their two dogs for photos, and they were so good! Both dogs listened well to commands, gave me their attention for photos, and are of course the cutest! I’m so glad these four asked me to capture their family photos! I loved it, and I absolutely love their family portrait with all four smiles! 

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Connection is an important part of our daily lives and when you’re with me in front of my lens, there will be LOTS of connection! I love capturing each couple’s dynamic, true emotions, and true connections. This is what makes each couple so unique! We want all of that loveliness to come through in your photos, and it is my job to pull it out of you. I take pride in making you feel comfortable and I help you show your true personalities from the minute we meet, just like I did here with Molly and Amber. Their love and connection is strong, and it shows! 

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For more photos by Asheville photographer, Jessica Merithew, click over to Craggy Pinnacle Summer Engagement Photography | Sarah + Alex and Craggy Pinnacle Proposal Photography Preview | Lexie + John
 

 

 

 

 

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Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2020/10/highland-lake-inn-fall-wedding-photography-jessy-matt Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt

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This fall wedding at Highland Lake Inn & Resort in Flat Rock, NC was definitely one for the books! We had the most beautiful fall day with almost peak fall color on an incredibly gorgeous mountain property! I am so excited to share these photos with you!

Jessy + Matt are like many other couples in this year of 2020. Their original wedding plans completely fell through forcing them to change their wedding date and venue, along with their guest list, wedding day wants, and much more. Honestly though, had Jessy not shared that information with me, I would have never known it. Jessy + Matt’s wedding was absolutely beautiful, elegant, and detailed. It was so well put together that anyone not involved in the planning would have no idea that this gorgeous wedding was created in less than two months! Jessy’s vision coupled with the top notch vendors that she chose made for an amazing wedding day! Plus, many of the details on this day, like the ceremony and cocktail hour musicians being friends of the couple, were very personal, which made it even more special! 

One of Jessy’s wedding day dreams was for photos by the water with lots of fall color and a gorgeous fall wedding bouquet. Even though they are a couple whose big day was changed because of COVID, she got her wish! Mother Nature set this fall season of change up perfectly for Jessy + Matt’s wedding and Jessy’s dream came true! With the help of Flowers by Larry who created her incredible wedding bouquet, it was all amazing!! I am so excited and happy for these two!

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Venue: Highland Lake Inn & Resort
Dress: Vera Wang
Hair Stylist: Main Street Salon and Spa
Tux: Men's Wearhouse
Florist: Flowers by Larry
Baker: Gateaux Cakes & Pastries
Caterer: Highland Lake Inn & Resort
Officiant: Oliver Welch

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