Jessica Merithew Photography: Blog https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jessica Merithew Photography, LLC jessica@jessicamerithewphotography.com (Jessica Merithew Photography) Tue, 17 May 2022 16:13:00 GMT Tue, 17 May 2022 16:13:00 GMT Asheville Newborn Baby Photographer | Emma Jo Session Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2022/5/asheville-newborn-baby-photographer-emma-jo-session-preview Asheville Newborn Baby Photographer | Emma Jo Session Preview

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This sweet little babe was an absolute joy to photograph! At only 4 days old, she was snuggly, happily settled, and oh so beautiful!

I had the honor of photographing her parent’s maternity photos at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC a couple of months before she arrived, and it was wonderful to see them so very excited to meet her. From little outfits to books, they were ready for their first babe to arrive, and I loved capturing this amazing time for them!

When I arrived to meet and photograph Emma Jo, the house was quiet. Since Emma Jo was sleeping and very settled, we jumped right in and started taking her newborn photos. After a few minutes she woke up to check me out and share her big beautiful eyes with me. It was absolutely perfect! As we transitioned through different wraps and positions, she just hung out and looked out the window for a while. She is such a happy baby! Soon she fell back asleep and allowed me to maneuver her as I wished, even on her belly and in a basket, which was a lovely way to finish up the photos of her by herself.

Once we finished up her solo photos, it was time for her to snuggle with Mom and Dad. Of course they loved this idea, and were happy to spend some of their time loving on their new baby. While snuggling with her parents, Emma Jo was extremely settled and slept through Mom’s kisses on the cheek, and Dad playfully touching noses with her. These were such cute moments and I loved capturing them!

This gorgeous little family was a blast to photograph. As you can see, Emma Jo was an absolute doll and a perfect little subject!

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For more Asheville newborn photography, click over to Asheville Newborn Baby Photographer | Baby Boy Beckett
 and Asheville Newborn Photography In Home | Baby Girl Lily.

To find tips and tricks about how to prepare for your newborn photo shoot, click over to 5 Tips for How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photography Session.

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Y’all, this proposal at Biltmore Estate’s Spring Garden brick tunnel in Asheville, NC was absolutely beautiful, and such fun to capture! The planning, the reaction, and the big “YES!” were all so amazing!

Andrew contacted me only a few days before his and Leslie's trip to Asheville, and I am so grateful that I was available to help with this big surprise! While talking to Andrew, we quickly set a time and location to meet. While we were talking, I could tell in his voice that he was very excited about asking Leslie to spend the rest of her life with him. It was the sweetest!

As Leslie and Andrew made their way to the Spring Garden brick tunnel at Biltmore Estate for their proposal, I saw them coming. Andrew was taking his time meandering along the pathway with Leslie, casually pulling her in my direction with his body language. Once they passed me on the pathway and got near the tunnel, Andrew quickly stopped, kissed Leslie and spoke lovingly to her, then dropped down on one knee. As you can see in the photos, Leslie was shocked! Her reaction to Andrew's proposal was absolutely amazing! She was completely surprised and utterly stunned by it all! She even turned to me right after Andrew asked his big question and exclaimed "Are you here for us?!"

After the proposal, we took some time to walk through the gardens and capture engagement photos, and these two were a hoot to hang out with and photograph. They have SO much fun together and it shines through in their photos! My cheeks seriously hurt from smiling and laughing only 10 minutes into our session!

I LOVED this couple's pure joy and excitement during our time together. They were a blast to be with!

Happy engagement and congratulations again, you two!

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This beautiful couple gets to meet their little one soon! Their family will grow by two more perfect little paws, and I am beyond excited for them.

When Nicole and Mark contacted me about scheduling their maternity photos here in Asheville, NC, I was excited as always, but when they told me they were going to bring their two dogs, I was thrilled! I always encourage my clients to include their pets, because honestly, they are part of the family, too! Plus, for many couples without kids, their pets are their children, through and through. This is the case for Nicole and Mark. They trained their dogs for hunting expeditions and the dog’s skills are incredible!

Even though we photographed this session in the winter, the day was warm and calm. It made for a perfect afternoon at the NC Arboretum. The grounds were quiet, and the winter views were amazing. Nicole and Mark did a fabulous job snuggling right in on one another for their couples photos, and of course the dogs were on their best behavior. We wandered the grounds to find our favorite little nooks, mountain views, and open green spaces. I mentioned earlier that it was quiet at the NC Arboretum that day, and it was so quiet that we often felt like we had the place to ourselves! We loved it!

Some of my favorite photos of the day were Mark snuggling in on Nicole. Their connection is so sweet and strong, and it photographed beautifully! Of course I loved the photos we captured that included the dogs, too. Honestly, dogs and babies (even baby bumps) are seriously the cutest combination! These two dogs were amazing during the photo shoot and they are beyond excited to meet their new baby sibling! It shows, and they told me themselves!

Congratulations, Nicole and Mark! I am beyond excited for y’all to meet your new babe!

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For more Asheville maternity photography, click over to Craggy Pinnacle Maternity Photography | Kelsey + Greg and Summer Biltmore Maternity Photography | Amanda + Tyler.

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A few months ago I wrote a blog post about my favorite things to do in Asheville, NC, but I have to tell you, it was missing one thing. The reason it was missing one thing is because there simply wasn’t enough room in the article to include what I’m about to share with you. Yes, it’s that big, and it’s that much information, because it’s a full day activity!

You know that I love being out on the trails either hiking or biking, but sometimes, a nice day of driving to see the sights and views that our gorgeous mountains offer is just as fun! For an epic driving day, which is perfect for a cool or windy day while you’re visiting the Asheville, NC area, I recommend a day that includes some of these things…

1) Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway west from Asheville.

Take your time and stop along the way at a few of the many overlooks. They are picturesque and some are large enough to sit for a while and take it all in. If you’re feeling more active, you could even stop for a quick hike to the top of Mt. Pisgah or Frying Pan Fire Tower

2) Stop at the Pisgah Inn Country Store for a snack.

From cold drinks and ice cream bars, to sunscreen and souvenirs, this little country store is a perfect stopping point to pick up a little something you didn’t know you needed.

3) Drive route 276 into Brevard.

Brevard, the land of waterfalls. When people use this phrase, they’re not kidding! There are so many waterfalls in the Brevard, NC area that you don’t even have to walk more than 20 yards from your car to see a handful of them. Roadside waterfalls, there isn’t a better addition to a day of driving!

4) Stop and take in some waterfall views.

From the often raging Looking Glass Falls to the gentle flow of Moore Cove Falls, there is quite an array of waterfalls along and near this route. In addition to the two I just mentioned, I recommend stopping in to see Tom’s Spring Falls, Slick Rock Falls, and a few falls along the Davidson River Trail.

5) Have a delicious lunch in Brevard.

Brevard, NC boasts many delicious lunch options, including The Square Root, Mayberry’s, and Smoke on BBQ. It's also a perfect town to have lunch and walk the streets to check out all the fun shops.

6) Explore a couple of breweries on your drive back to Asheville.

Asheville may have been voted Beer City, but let’s be honest, breweries are popping up all around the area, and we love it! I recommend stopping at Burning Blush Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cidery, and Sierra Nevada Brewing, which are all just off your route in the Mills River area.

For more ideas of things to do in Asheville, click over to Asheville Photographer | Things To Do in Asheville, NC and Where to Eat. Whatever you choose, have fun!

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Let’s talk about the JOY that these two share! Even though I only spent a short time with Alisa + Justin during their marriage proposal and engagement photos, their big laughter, big love, and big connection shined during every moment! They truly are each other’s person, and I especially loved capturing their spontaneous snuggles and excitement!

We had a chilly morning for Alisa + Justin’s proposal in Asheville, NC, but with the sun shining and the fact that they got engaged, it was a beautiful one! They braved the cold temperatures and strong winds to profess their love for one another on Biltmore Estate’s esplanade, and it could not have been more perfect!

Biltmore Estate was quiet, private, and oh so pretty on this chilly morning. Since we scheduled their proposal for the early morning, not many guests had arrived at the estate yet. We had the entire esplanade to ourselves, and Justin was able to take all the time he wanted to ask Alisa to marry him. He spoke his sweet words, and Alisa, of course, said, “Yes!”

As we walked through the grounds near the house and gardens, these two were the cutest. Alisa had lots of questions for Justin- how he planned the proposal, who knew about the proposal, and more. Listening to these stories is one of my favorite things about capturing proposals. I love to hear how someone convinced their partner to dress in nice clothes, go to a specific spot at a specific time, and more. Plus, it’s always fun to learn who in their tight circle of family and friends knew about the proposal before it happened. It’s like looking into their friends’ and family dynamic, and so fun!

Throughout our time together, these two could not let go of one another. They were constantly holding hands, snuggling, and sharing beautiful moments. They are such a sweet couple who love being together, and I wish them nothing but the best as they start their journey as a married couple! Congratulations again, you two!

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We had the most gorgeous private property in Brevard, NC for this extended family photo shoot! With creeks, little waterfalls, trails, old fences, and more, it was an amazing location with a beautiful and fun family!

This gorgeous family gathered from across the country to spend a week together in our beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. They rented this expansive property that boasts multiple homes and plenty of space for the kids to run. It really was a perfect setting for this family, and we had a ton of fun capturing their photos there!

When I arrived, everyone was almost ready for me. As they finished gathering, I wandered around the property and loved what I saw. There were open green spaces, little nooks, and lots of character! We started our session part way down the long dirt driveway. I loved how the rustic fence and tree line framed this family for their extended family portraits. It was beautiful!

As we continued through their family photos we found additional areas near the creek, waterfalls, and bridge. It was a damp day, and I loved how the moisture made nature’s colors richer, and helped the tree branches hang low.

I also loved this family’s dynamic. They were all so excited to get photos with one another- the cousins, the sisters, and more. During extended family photo sessions I often ask the adults kids to form a group hug around their parents. It sounds silly because they are adults, but what happens is practically magic! Everyone smiles, the Moms usually tear up, and it makes for a fabulous photo, just like the one you see below.

I had a wonderful time with this family and am truly honored that they asked me to capture this amazing time for them!

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This handsome little nugget was an absolute gentleman for his at home newborn photos here in Asheville. He slept, yawned, and slept some more, even next to his four legged sibling.

When I arrived, Beckett was very settled with a full belly and was sleeping the day away, which is a perfect start to any newborn session! Since he was so content, I started right away with photos of Beckett by himself. At only 6 days old he was still very curled up and absolutely precious. He easily took my adjusting him, swaddling him, and even pulling his feet out of the blanket. He truly was content and I loved every minute of it!

All the while I was capturing photos of Beckett, the family dog was lying nearby, taking in the moment. She kept an eye on us, but stayed out of the way, patiently awaiting her turn to be in the photos. When it was her turn to shine, she did a beautiful job! She was sweet, kind, and gentle, the perfect match for a newborn baby. Plus, I adore when families want to include their pets in photos. Our pets are another member of our family, and I always encourage their inclusion!

For photos with Mom and Dad, we moved into the master bedroom where there was beautiful light and a big open space. Beckett showed off his snuggling skills with Mom and Dad, and welcomed his big furry sister to the photo session.

This sweet little family was a joy to work with and I adored every minute of it. It’s always an honor to be welcomed into a family’s home to capture their big life moments!

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During a weekend of wedding festivities there will be A LOT of photographs taken, either by a professional wedding photographer, or by family and friends. In as soon as a few weeks or months after a wedding, most couples don’t know exactly where each of their favorite photographs are. Yes, even their favorites from their wedding photographer. I find that’s because digital photos are easily lost, including those given on a USB drive from the photographer. They may be on our phones, social media, hard drives, in the cloud, or even on that laptop that crashed last month. 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 and spending time with our families, those wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 beautiful 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 wedding 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 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 your names, wedding date, and more. These custom printed albums make wonderful gifts for parents or 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 parents, 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 wedding photographer specializing in providing a unique and fun 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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These two cuties got engaged in such a unique way… on a train! Kyle thought outside the box for his big ask, and I loved every minute of this fun and beautiful proposal! Let’s just say Kimberly loved it, too!

Kyle pulled off this amazing proposal on Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, NC without a hitch! I have to say, when he first contacted me about his proposal photos, I was worried about keeping it a secret for over an hour in such a small space. But then I realized that if I could get a seat right behind them on the train, we could easily make this happen. So, that’s exactly what we did. Kyle called the railroad touring company and got me a seat right behind them on the train. I pretended to be in my own world as a solo rider for over an hour, and then as soon as Kyle dropped down on one knee in the aisle, I popped up and captured the entire thing! It was a blast, and I even surprised the other guests sitting around us when I quickly moved all around the train car to document their proposal.

After the train stopped at it’s first destination in Dillsboro, NC, and the other guests deboarded, we took advantage of the empty train car for some engagement style photos. It’s not every day (or any day until now) that I have a chance to photograph a couple on a train, so we took our time to capture their love in this unique spot. We also took a walk around the village of Dillsboro to capture more photos of Kimberly and Kyle together. The train’s exterior, the creek running through town, and the old buildings were a perfect backdrop for their engagement photos. We had a ton of fun exploring together and capturing their sweet looks, love, and connection.

Congratulations again, you two!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Kimberly + Kyle on Google- "If you are looking for the perfect photographer to capture your special moment, you’re on the right page. Jessica is phenomenal and very talented. My proposal was a huge surprise. My fiancé contacted Jessica to do a unique proposal on a train, and she was on board with the plans that he had in mind to make it a memorable experience. Jessica played the role of a solo passenger sitting directly behind us on the train enjoying the dinner train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains. When it was time to shine Jessica was spot on like lights, camera, action! She was very fun to work with especially meeting for the first time that day. Our photo shoot felt like we were taking pictures with a friend. I felt comfortable throughout the whole shoot and there was never an awkward moment like everyone dreads will happen during a photo shoot. Jessica was very attentive to details, request of her clients, and making sure her clients got all perfect photos of their special day. Our sneak peak photos were phenomenal and I look forward to seeing all of the picture perfect moments Jessica captured during our engagement photoshoot."

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Kimberly and Kyle’s Review- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “If you are looking for the perfect photographer to capture your special moment, you’re on the right page. Jessica is phenomenal and very talented. My proposal was a huge surprise. My fiancé contacted Jessica to do a unique proposal on a train, and she was on board with the plans that he had in mind to make it a memorable experience. Jessica played the role of a solo passenger sitting directly behind us on the train enjoying the dinner train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains. When it was time to shine Jessica was spot on like lights, camera, action! She was very fun to work with especially meeting for the first time that day. Our photo shoot felt like we were taking pictures with a friend. I felt comfortable throughout the whole shoot and there was never an awkward moment like everyone dreads will happen during a photo shoot. Jessica was very attentive to details, request of her clients, and making sure her clients got all perfect photos of their special day. Our sneak peak photos were phenomenal and I look forward to seeing all of the picture perfect moments Jessica captured during our engagement photoshoot."

For more Asheville proposal photography, click over to Botanical Gardens at Asheville Proposal Photography | Harrison + Lauren and Biltmore Estate Engagement Photographer | Morgan + Lars Proposal Preview.

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This beautiful proposal at one of my favorite spots at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC was absolutely perfect! Victor surprised Katie in the best of ways, and she was stunned! It was a cloudy winter day that was suddenly full of warmth, love, and excitement!

During a lovely walk by the lagoon, Victor surprised Katie by asking her to marry him, and she was so excited that she began screaming “Yes!”, while jumping up and down! It was such a fun reaction to capture, and I absolutely love that Katie was so surprised!

These two love birds are the cutest, and their joy was written all over their faces. As we took engagement photos of the two of them after their proposal, I loved seeing their sweet looks at one another, and their genuine laughter. They were even quick to snuggle in with one another, and could not stop smiling! Katie even commented that her cheeks hurt from smiling so big!

Another thing I loved about this proposal is the ring!! Victor did such a good job choosing a ring that Katie loves. Not that it matters nearly as much, but I love it, too! The simple gold band with silver prongs is so very elegant and beautiful. It is such a perfect classic piece of jewelry for Katie to wear for the rest of her life!

It was an honor to capture Katie + Victor’s sweet proposal on the shore of the lagoon at Biltmore Estate. It was truly beautiful in every way, and so much fun!

Congratulations again, you two!

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This drizzly morning proposal at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC was absolutely picture perfect! I loved capturing Henry and Danielle’s surprise on the estate’s gorgeous esplanade while overlooking the mountains!

When Henry contacted me a couple of months ago, he was eager to plan his proposal. He knew he wanted to propose at one of the most picturesque places at Biltmore Estate, and goodness did he choose well! I absolutely love this spot on the esplanade! Henry also knew that he wanted to set himself up for the proposal by telling Danielle that he had booked a photographer for a couples session, so that part way through the session he could completely change gears and propose right then and there. He did just that, and I loved the outcome! Right in the middle of me giving them instructions, he turned to Danielle, spoke his sweet words, and dropped down to one knee. I simply backed up a bit and captured the entire thing! Danielle was so very surprised in that moment and had a beautiful reaction while saying “Yes!” I loved every minute of it!

Throughout the rest of the photo shoot at Biltmore Estate, I loved capturing their laughter, smiles, and cute looks at one another while we walked around the estate. We were lucky enough to have a few typically busy spots to ourselves, like the library terrace. It was absolutely gorgeous with its overhanging vines and mountain views. It was such a treat!

I had a blast with these two love birds and am grateful to have been a part of their announcement to the world! Congratulations again you two!

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Asheville, NC is an adventure town with tons to do, which is why I love living here! There are so many things to do in Asheville that it’s hard to know where to start looking, and even harder to know what you should do on your short visit to this gorgeous area. From great hikes and beautiful art to amazing restaurants and delicious craft beer, check out my personal favorites for things to do and where to eat.

 

Where to Eat in Asheville-

My 5 favorite family friendly restaurants-

1. Early Girl Eatery, West and South locations - From breakfast all day to other southern favorites like buttermilk fried chicken, this is a must visit. My favorite meal is their Poutine starter and King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles. It may not be healthy, but it’s worth the splurge! They also have a kids menu and lots of gluten free options.

2. Farm Burger - With multiple locations in Asheville, fast service, and the most delicious gourmet burgers and fries, this is a great stop for a hungry crew. What I order varies, but I sure do love the Sunny-Side burger with FB fries. Plus, their gluten free bun is the best in town, and they have a kids menu.

3. White Duck Taco Shop - Can you say YUM?! In addition to standard style tacos, this eclectic taco shop has fun taco options like Thai Peanut Chicken, Crispy Chicken BLT, Banh Mi Tofu, and more. My favorites are Korean Beef Bulgogi and Bangkok Shrimp. For kids they offer quesadillas, chips and salsa, and more. Plus, each of their locations has tons of outdoor seating and lots of room for the kiddos to run around.

4. Creekside Taphouse - Kids paradise! This local neighborhood spot not only has delicious sandwiches, burgers, sides, and a great kids menu, but they also sit along a creek with a huge play area. I love to go sit on their back patio, order smoked chicken wings, and watch families play together in the sunshine.

5. The Hop - The best ice cream in town, local and hand made! Enough said.

My 4 favorite date night restaurants-

1. Zambra - Tapas, delicious cocktails, and easy breezy dining are all what I think of when I dream of Zambra for dinner! Their great service and extensive menu are also amazing! My husband and I love to go have a long meal, let the tapas arrive one by one, and enjoy each other’s company in the relaxing atmosphere.

2. Salsas - Hecka yum! This Mexican-Caribbean restaurant has the most amazing flavors in every dish. You seriously cannot go wrong with anything you order here. Their salsas and guacamoles are absolutely amazing, and every dish I have ever eaten has been top notch. Is it too late in my life to marry the chef? Or at least marry one of their fabulous margaritas?

3. Asheville Proper - We LOVE the atmosphere here, and their wood fired meat and seafood is always prepared so perfectly. Not to mention, their sides are a must try! Our favorite meal is to share a bottle of red wine, each order our favorite steak, and share a side like the crispy confit potatoes.

4. Copper Crown - With their rotating seasonal menu, local fresh ingredients, and wonderful wine and cocktail options, this restaurant is such a delight! I love their New American fare, it always has my tastebuds looking for more! I never order the same thing, and I always love what I eat!

 

My 8 favorite things to do in Asheville-

1. Hike! - I listed my favorites for you below, so lace up your shoes and get outside!

2. Breweries - With over 50 craft breweries in the Asheville area, you could spend weeks visiting them all. From traditional craft beer to ginger beer and cider, there is something for everyone’s palate. My favorites are Innovation Brewing, Burial Beer, and Highland Brewing.

3. Biltmore Estate - Even though I Iive here in Asheville and have been to Biltmore Estate hundreds of times, I love visiting it! There is so much more to do than simply tour the house. If you visit the estate, plan to spend the entire day. With over 20 miles of walking and biking trails, over 75 acres of gardens, many delicious restaurants, specialty tours, a winery, two ponds, a waterfall, a river, gorgeous mountain views, quiet nooks and crannies, beautiful picnic spots, and more, I could honestly stay for 3-4 days before I fit it all in. I recommend choosing some of your favorite things to do, and make a day of it.

4. Photo shoot - Of course scheduling a photo shoot with me to document your epic Asheville adventure is a great idea! Whether you opt for photos at Biltmore Estate, in downtown Asheville, or on a mountain top, let’s get you in front of my camera! I LOVE capturing families and couples in all of their happiness. Contact me now to chat!

5. Walk around downtown and River Arts District - There are many shops, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and people watching spots downtown. I often spend an entire day walking the streets when friends are visiting. I could spend another full day in RAD between the greenway, art studios, breweries, and restaurants. Put on some comfortable shoes and explore on foot!

6. Float on the French Broad River - Though this does require renting a watercraft, I highly recommend it. In the heat of summer you will see dozens of people tubing the river. While this is a great option, I love to either canoe or kayak it. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and a great way to see the area from another avenue.

7. Whitewater Rafting - Western NC is full of rivers and river adventure. One way to experience this area is with a whitewater rafting trip! There are many rivers to choose from, but for mid level adventure, I recommend a trip with Nantahala Outdoor Center on the French Broad River. For high level adventure, I recommend a trip with Nantahala Outdoor Center on the Chattooga River.

8. The Adventure Center of Asheville - For a day of in-town adventure, visit the Adventure Center for zip lining, treetop adventure fun, and a bike park. This is a place of fun for kids and adults alike!

My 5 favorite short hikes-

1. Craggy Pinnacle - A gorgeous 15-20 minute hike to the summit with 360 degree views! A perfect add on to this hike is Craggy Flats, and the trailhead is only 1/4 mile away!

2. Snowball - This 2.75 mile round-trip hike is challenging at times, but worth it! Especially when you take a few extra steps and climb up to Hawkbill Rock. The view is incredible!

3. Sam Knob - This heart pumping hike is worth every step! It’s 2.5 miles round-trip with 360 degree views of western North Carolina. Plus the drive to the trailhead is along the Blue Ridge Parkway which has amazing views.

4. Catawba Falls - With a beautiful waterfall at the end and only a moderate incline, this is a perfect family hike. At 2.7 miles round-trip, it’s great for the whole family, and it’s fun to stop and play in the creek along the way.

5. Graveyard Fields - No graves, but there are two waterfalls! You can spend as much or as little time here as you like, wandering on the trails, viewing waterfalls, following creeks, and climbing on rocks. I recommend spending a couple of hours to really relax and take it all in.

My 3 favorite long hikes-

1. Shining Rock - With epic views and vistas along the way, this 10 mile round-trip hike is absolutely amazing! It follows a section of the Art Loeb trail, which in total is a 30 mile trail across part of Pisgah National Forest. I recommend making a day of it with lunch and a beer for the summit.

2. Pilot Cove Slate Rock Loop - With wildflowers, creeks, and beautiful views, this is a trail I frequented when I first moved to Asheville almost 10 years ago. This is a wonderfully moderate 7.2 mile hike in the heart of Pisgah National Forest.

3. Panthertown Valley - This is an area with a network of trails leading to amazing mountain views, countless waterfalls, creeks, swimming holes, backcountry camping spots, and more. It’s always beautiful when I go, regardless of the season. Be sure to take a map though, as there are many trails that weave and connect.

 

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What an evening we had capturing this cute couple’s engagement at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC! Colin set up the sweetest proposal on the upper esplanade, Sadie excitedly said “Yes!”, and we took full advantage of Biltmore Estate’s gorgeous winter sunset!

This mid-winter proposal is one I will not soon forget! The grounds at Biltmore Estate were very quiet, and it felt like we had the place to ourselves at times. We were able to venture into nooks and crannies around the house for their engagement photos that I don’t typically get to take clients since it is the off season. The winter sunset was absolutely gorgeous with its extra warm hue, and I adored how the light danced through Sadie’s hair. And of course, these two beauties were a blast to be with and shared their love in front of my camera so easily! It was such an honor to capture this amazing time for them!

One of my favorite times during this session was when I asked Sadie + Colin to hold hands and walk toward the mountains together. They fell right in stride together and looked as if they had been walking off into the sunset together for their entire lives! These two fit together like perfect puzzle pieces, and I’m excited for their future! It’s going to be full of love, connection, and a lot of fun!

Happy engagement, Sadie + Colin! Your proposal at Biltmore Estate was absolutely beautiful! I loved capturing your love and connection, and cannot wait to share more of your photos soon!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Sadie + Colin on Google- "I can't say enough great things about our experience with Jessica! She photographed our proposal at Biltmore estate, and truly captured what a special moment that was through her photos. We felt super comfortable shooting with her, and she had tons of ideas ready to go, making our experience that much more seamless. She kept us on our toes with sneak peeks of our shoot, and had our full gallery ready to view very quickly!"

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I love any excuse to go to Highlands, NC, but when I go there to photograph a wedding, it’s even more amazing! The approach into Highlands is full of beautiful winding roads, lakes, and mountain views. Then when you arrive, the downtown area is incredibly picturesque with a wide Main Street, historical buildings, and pristine landscaping. I absolutely love it, and need to spend more time there!

For this trip I was there for Libby and Ruffin’s wedding photography at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, and it was amazing! These two lovelies got engaged at Dry Falls waterfall in Highlands on 2/8/20, and have now brought their lives full circle by getting married at the historic Old Edwards Inn and Spa, and taking their wedding photos at Dry Falls on 2/8/22! We had a gorgeous winter day celebrating their wedding with their closest family and friends. It could not have been more perfect, and I loved being a part of it!

Libby and Ruffin opted for a small wedding with about 20 guests, and their Falls Cottage Fireplace wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. With a long entrance aisle, plenty of room for guest chairs, and a roaring fire behind them when they spoke their vows, it was beautiful. Their two dogs sat nearby at the front row, and could hardly contain themselves as they were so very overjoyed that their humans were getting married!

Throughout the rest of the afternoon, we captured photos around the grounds at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, at nearby Dry Falls waterfall where they got engaged, and during their cocktail hour at The Lodge at Old Edwards Inn. It was wonderful to see Libby and Ruffin constantly holding on to one another, even when their guests were vying for their attention. These two are inseparable in the best of ways!

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Venue: Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Florist: Floressence Flowers
Officiant: Happily Ever Asheville
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With our recent cold temperatures and snow accumulations, it finally feels like winter has arrived! This time of year can be tough on a lot of people though. The shorter days and colder nights make many of us want to snuggle inside by the fire and wish for warmer weather. Though I definitely do this some days, I also LOVE to get out around Asheville and western NC in the winter! It’s our off season, so attractions and hiking trails will be less crowded, the wait for your favorite restaurant is definitely shorter, and winter hiking provides such incredible views!

 

Want to know a few of my personal favorite winter activities in Asheville and western North Carolina?

1. High Elevation Winter Hikes

I’m talking Shining Rock Wilderness, Roan Highlands along the Appalachian Trail, and winter accessible trails in Great Smoky National Park. I especially love these hikes because they provide fabulous winter views for miles and miles since there are no leaves on the trees. Plus, higher elevation means colder temperatures, so you’ll see fewer hikers on the trail.

2. Restaurant Crawl

My friends and I love to pick 4 or 5 restaurants in the area and spend an afternoon stopping at one after another to sample a few small bites. It’s a fun indoor activity on the super cold winter days.

3. Small Town Exploring

With weekend tourism down, we like to pick a local small town like Weaverville or Black Mountain, and spend the day walking the streets, popping into shops, eating lunch, and grabbing a beer at one of their local breweries. It’s a great way to support small businesses in small towns through the slower months.

Bonus: A Photo Session at Biltmore Estate

Having photos taken by me at Biltmore Estate is always a good idea, however winter is especially lovely! The mountains are visible from more areas around the estate and there are far fewer guests on the grounds, giving us more photo opportunities.

 

If you’re local, or are thinking about taking a winter trip to the Asheville area, I highly recommend it! There are plenty of things to do in Asheville in the winter. I also recommend that you check out Cozy Up to Asheville for more ideas of things to do this time of year in this gorgeous place I get to call home! Between the lists of great winter hikes, Asheville’s top winter wonders, romantic getaway ideas, and family-friendly ways to enjoy winter in Asheville, you may need to extend your trip!

 

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There is truly nothing sweeter than fresh photos of a newborn baby. A baby’s soft skin, perfect nose, tiny toes, and precious snuggles with parents and siblings are all part of what makes capturing this time so special. This newborn stage is quick to fly by, so it’s important to think ahead when planning your newborn session, and I’m here to help!

1. Schedule your photo session now

It is best to photograph a newborn baby within the first 5 days after birth, but definitely within the first 10 days. I know, that can seem really quick when you think about spending 2-3 days in the hospital, allowing time to get settled in at home, trying to make sure the entire family is rested for photos, and more. Remember though, babies change fast! Those newborn baby features and the super settled baby demeanor only lasts a few days, and we want to capture all of the beautiful newness while we can! The sooner we can capture photos after birth, the more sleepy the baby will be for those precious squishy photos!

2. Take time to prepare your family

Talk to your spouse and kids about how long your photo session will be and what your expectations are for them. You can let them know that once I arrive and get set up in your home, I will start with photographing the baby for about 30 minutes, and then will move into photos with siblings and parents. For more specific tips, click over to How to Best Prepare Your Family for a Photo Shoot.

3. Take a few minutes to prepare your home

Newborn babies are most settled when they are in a warm, draft free area, and are in a simple swaddle. I recommend turning your heat up to 80 degrees about an hour before I arrive and keeping the windows closed. Tidy up the areas we may use for photos like spots with bright natural light in the main living space, the nursery, and the master bedroom. Put any pets away that will want to be the center of attention, and pull them back out when it’s their turn to be in photos.

4 Gather special items to include in your photos

I mentioned earlier that newborn babies love to be swaddled. Gathering one or two of your favorite swaddle blankets, a hat or headband, a lovey, and a special outfit are a great way to show off some important items in your photos.

5. Feed the baby right before I arrive

The few minutes before a photographer arrives at your house may seem a bit hectic, but try to reserve this time to feed your new little one. It’s best to start our photography session together with a sleepy baby who has a full belly. This ensures we are setting ourselves up for success. Yes, the baby may need a quick feeding later during the photo session, and that’s perfectly okay.

Bonus: Remember that the new baby in the family is the one who really runs the show

While I make every effort to capture the most precious photos of a settled baby, and my tips and tricks almost always settle a fussy baby, some babies simply don’t cooperate for their photo shoot. It’s rare, but it can happen, and unfortunately it’s something that none of us can control. We can do our best, try all the tricks, and take extra lifestyle photos of every family member loving on the baby. Those snuggle photos always warm our hearts!

For more Asheville newborn photography, click over to Asheville Newborn Photography | Palmer Newborn Photos Preview and Newborn Portfolio.

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2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 

Jessica Merithew Photography Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 

14th Annual Couples’ Choice Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Nationwide and Abroad

Asheville, NC January 20, 2022. -- Jessica Merithew Photography was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace. To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews within its Vendor Directory across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month. Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. A marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.

Jessica Merithew Photography is honored to be one of the top vendors in Photography in Asheville, NC on WeddingWire.

A note from Jessica: It is an honor to receive this award for the 5th year in row. Each couple has a unique vision for their wedding day. At Jessica Merithew Photography we work with each couple to get to know them, while they get to know us as well. We create a unique approach for each wedding day, so that every couple gets the personalized documentation that truly expresses them as a couple. By your wedding day, you will be able to relax and enjoy your beautiful day as we capture the spontaneous moments that show the love that you share together. We believe that every couple deserves fantastic photography on their wedding day, and our fresh, modern, and creative look coupled with our photojournalistic style, will tell a classic story to look back upon as you cherish your photos in the years to come!

To view this Asheville wedding photographer’s work, click over to WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Biltmore Estate Engagement Proposal | Sarah + Tom Session Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2022/1/biltmore-estate-engagement-proposal-sarah-tom-session-preview Biltmore Estate Engagement Proposal | Sarah + Tom Session Preview

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This sunset proposal on the lower esplanade in front of Biltmore Estate's Christmas trees is giving me all the merry feels! Tom proposed to Sarah in this gorgeous spot and she was shocked! I loved her reaction and it was an honor to capture it all!

Christmas at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC is such a magical time. With Christmas trees on the front lawn, the cool weather, extra beautiful sunsets, and Candlelight Christmas Evening tours, it’s a perfect time to visit the estate. What’s even more perfect, is proposing on the estate this time of year! Tom contacted me a few weeks before his proposal and wanted to create a magical moment for his girlfriend Sarah. He knew exactly the spot in which he wanted to propose, the lower esplanade with the Christmas trees in the background. I LOVED that he was so prepared and knew exactly what he wanted, and what Sarah would love!

When the day came to propose, I walked out onto the esplanade, took in the beautiful view, and got my camera gear ready. As I waited for Tom and Sarah, I spotted them coming up to the esplanade balcony, and finally up on the esplanade. They slowly walked together up the grass, and then turned around to look at the magnificent view. Tom stood next to Sarah, saying what I imagine was the sweetest of words, and then turned to her and got down on one knee. She was utterly surprised and brought her hands to her face in shock. She said yes right away and they shared the most beautiful kiss in the most beautiful spot on Biltmore Estate! I absolutely loved it!

Tom and Sarah are such a sweet couple! We had a wonderful time together walking around the grounds, taking photos among the Christmas trees and on the south terrace, and finishing up in my favorite spot at Christmas time, the esplanade balcony. With the Christmas lights shining bright at dusk and a peek of mountain views next to the house, it’s such a gorgeous spot!

Congratulations again, you two!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Sarah + Tom on Google- "I wanted a surprise proposal at the Biltmore. But what is a surprise proposal if someone isn’t there to capture the moment? Flying into Asheville from Florida, I wasn’t sure where to start when searching for a photographer. Jessica was incredible! She’s knowledgeable and kind and made the whole process seamless. Her professionalism is unmatched. Thank you, Jessica, for capturing this special moment. We will never forget it. I would 10/10 recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a photographer in Asheville!!"

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For more Biltmore Estate proposal photography, click over to Biltmore Estate Engagement Photographer | Kaitlyn + Zach Proposal Preview and Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Shayna + Lauren Proposal Preview.

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Asheville NC Biltmore Estate Photographer | Amberlee + Leo Session Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2022/1/asheville-nc-biltmore-estate-photographer-amberlee-leo-session-preview Asheville NC Biltmore Estate Photographer | Amberlee + Leo Session Preview

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These two beauties were dressed to the nines for their anniversary photos on the amazing Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC! Amberlee’s elegant sparkly pink dress and Leo’s black suit were a perfect match for this gorgeous grand estate! Their attire was so elegant, that truly looked like they owned the place!

Biltmore Estate was fairly quiet on the evening that we captured their anniversary photos. There were many areas where we felt like we were the only people there and it was amazing! We were able to use more of the architecture by being close to it or within it, have clear mountain views from the terrace, and dip and kiss right on the front lawn! Plus, standing by ourselves on the esplanade balcony and admiring the Christmas trees and Biltmore House itself was a treat!

This anniversary photo shoot was part of Amberlee and Leo’s Biltmore Estate anniversary weekend. They traveled in from states away to have this lovely weekend together, and it all sounded so amazing! They stayed at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, attended the Candlelight Christmas house tour, enjoyed estate dining options, took a horse carriage ride, had a photo shoot with me, and more! They chose such a romantic and fun way to spend their anniversary together.

We had a ton of fun during our Biltmore Estate photo session and I adored capturing their love! Because they share such pure joy and love, you can’t even tell it was a freezing 25° and windy! They both are so happy when they are together, and it shines through in these photos!

Happy Anniversary, you two!

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For more Biltmore Estate photo shoots in Asheville, click over to Biltmore 10th Anniversary Photography | Jany + Roy and Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Libetty + Iran.

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Asheville Photographer | Hello 2022 https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2022/1/asheville-photographer-hello-2022 Asheville Photographer | Hello 2022

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Happy New Year! I am ready to welcome 2022 and see what this year will hold, especially after such an amazing 2021 here at JMP. From gorgeous weddings in the mountains to the most fun family sessions around Asheville, it was all so incredible and I wouldn’t change a thing!

The year started out with a stunning sunrise mountain top elopement and marriage proposals at Biltmore Estate. Through the middle of the year was newborn sessions, family sessions, beautiful weddings, more proposals, and of course, an epic work trip to Montana and Idaho where I was fortunate enough to capture some families and their love in Big Sky, MT and Yellowstone National Park. I rounded out the year with fall weddings, family sessions, holiday minis at the magical Douglas Ellington House, and lots more marriage proposals. Y’all, let me tell you, love is in the air, and it’s here to stay!

Of course, I have you to thank for this amazing year! Thank you for being my cheerleader, for being my client, and for being so kind and generous by sharing my name and work with your fiends and family. The greatest compliment I can receive is a referral, and I love when they come from clients I adore, like you!

As we step into 2022 I wish you nothing but happiness in all that you do! I hope to see you soon!

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Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new blog post. This year there will be posts about Asheville family photography previews, Asheville newborn photography previews, and Asheville wedding photography previews, plus bits about me, photography tips, my travels, and much more!

For some of my top viewed posts from last year, click over to
-  Asheville Family Photographer | Propsom Family Session Preview | Couples Photos with Your Partner
-  Asheville Newborn Photographer | Parker & Family Session Preview
Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Shayna + Lauren Proposal Preview
Biltmore Proposal Photographer | Where to Propose at Biltmore Estate
-  Asheville Wedding Photographer | 3 Things I Would Have Done Differently at My Wedding
-  Something Blue Mountain Venue Wedding Photography | Kim + Dustin Wedding Photos Preview


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Let’s talk for a moment about this bea-u-tiful Christmas baby! With her sweet little face, tiny toes, and long stocking cap, she is stealing the show on my blog today!

Palmer is the cutest little babe and was a perfect model for her newborn photos! For our entire session together, Palmer rocked hanging out by herself. We swaddled her, put her in an adorable little knitted outfit, and even laid her in a woven basket. She was very content, of course was the absolute cutest, and did a fabulous job!

When it came time for photos with Mom and Dad, she sure did love her snuggles! What tiny bit she woke up during her solo time, she settled right back in to a perfect sleep when her parents held her. And of course she loved her family photo on the bed with her four legged siblings!

She was truly the sweetest babe for her photos. My favorite photos are of her with each of her parents. The precious love that she shares with each of her parents is incredible. The close snuggles, little kisses, and overall comfort in their arms is amazing. I loved witnessing this love and capturing these new baby moments!

There is nothing sweeter than new baby snuggles at Christmas! This beautiful new family of three is the absolute cutest and I couldn't be happier for them! Welcome to the world, baby Palmer! And thank you Palmer and family for letting me be a part of this special time!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Palmer's parents on Google- "Jessica did an amazing job with my newborn. She was truly the baby whisperer! She had all the tips and tricks to help a newborn relax and capture the shots needed. Can’t wait for our next shoot with her, 1 year old pics!"

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For more newborn baby photography in Asheville, NC, click over to Asheville Newborn Photographer | Parker & Family Session Preview and Asheville Newborn Photography In Home | Baby Girl Lily.

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I am still loving this rainy day proposal at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC from last week! Jessica and Colin shared kisses between the raindrops after Colin's beautiful proposal among the plants and flowers in the conservatory! It may have been rainy, but it was a perfect day for these two!

When Colin first contacted me about photographing his proposal, I knew right then that he was beyond excited to spend the rest of his life with Jessica. He was on top of every planning detail, and checked in with me to be sure everything was on track. He wanted no detail to go untouched, and his proposal went off without a hitch!

Of course we were all hoping for a beautiful winter day when Colin proposed, but Mother Nature had something else in mind. She gave us cloudy skies and light rain, so at the last minute we moved Colin’s proposal into the conservatory. The conservatory is still a beautiful proposal option and Colin chose a gorgeous spot! He found a cozy fireplace mantel on this cold and wet day among all of the greenery and flowers, and led Jessica right to it. She was totally surprised by his proposal and I loved capturing all of their excitement and emotion!

Since the rain was light after their proposal, we were able to head outside with a few clear umbrellas and capture their love and excitement around the estate and gardens. We of course took photos on the terrace with the beautiful mountain views, and among the Christmas trees on the front lawn. It was wonderful to capture this special time for Jessica and Colin, even in the rain!

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For more Asheville proposal stories like this, click over to Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Adam + Bev and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Masuma + Hussain Proposal.

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Y’all! This proposal was full of SO much emotion!! It was one of the most incredible things I have seen, and I loved every minute of it! Lars surprised the heck out of Morgan by asking her to marry him in one of the most beautiful spots at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC! This proposal was beautiful, heartfelt, and full of so much emotion!

Morgan was so incredibly shocked by Lars’ proposal that she could hardly stand up! From the moment Lars got down on one knee, Morgan was beside herself. She kept backing up, barely able to stand, and then walking straight toward him for a hug! Once Lars put the ring on her finger she kept asking, “Is this really happening?” and “Wait, did I even day yes?!” For the record, Lars says she didn’t say yes in the moment, but he knew by her reaction that she meant to. How sweet is that?! Later, Morgan confirmed many times in between all of the excitement that she is definitely saying yes to his proposal.

After I gave them a few minutes to enjoy the proposal moment I walked closer to them and said hello. My being there was another surprise to Morgan, as she had no idea that I was nearby capturing the entire thing! Her pure joy was so very amazing and I loved capturing every moment of this amazing time for them!

As we walked through the front lawn and onto the south terrace, both Morgan and Lars were beaming bigger than I had ever seen. Their giddiness was incredible and their love and playfulness with one another was amazing. We had a wonderful time together, and I cannot wait to see more of their happiness shine! Congratulations again, you two!

 

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For more photos from this Asheville proposal photographer, click over to Biltmore Estate Engagement Photographer | Kaitlyn + Zach Proposal Preview and Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Shayna + Lauren Proposal Preview.

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We all know that as we grow, Christmas is less about gifts and more about being together with the people we love. Of course most of us still want to give gifts, or if you're like me, gift giving may even be your love language! When I think of gifts to give, I think much more about experiences and personalized gifts, and much less about products that come from any big store.

While you're making your gift lists this year, consider attending your local holiday markets for handmade items from local artists and small business owners. Also consider purchasing an experience for your family, like an annual zoo pass, a weekend getaway, or even a photo shoot with me. I offer gift certificates in any amount, and would love to help you share the gift of photography this year!

Another thing to remember is that parents and grandparents want nothing more than photos of their children and grandchildren to display in their home, and share with their friends. They LOVE to brag about their beautiful families, and gifting them photos will win you some serious brownie points! For photo gifting made easy, click over to my photo gift giving guide to learn how to share your photos in a modern way through framed prints ready to hang, albums, wall art, and more! Then, if we’ve had a photo shoot together in the past, simply access your photo gallery on my website to make your holiday purchases, fast and easy! 

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Mini photo books make fantastic stocking stuffers! 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! These can also be ordered right through your photo gallery on my website!

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Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Jordan + Matthew Engagement Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/11/biltmore-estate-proposal-photography-jordan-matthew-engagement-preview Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Jordan + Matthew Engagement Preview

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Just look at those mountains peeking out over Biltmore house during this sweet proposal! Matthew picked the most beautiful sunny afternoon to propose to Jordan, and of course she said “Yes!”

When Matthew first contacted me about capturing his proposal to Jordan, I knew right away that he was very ready to spend the rest of his life with her. He was confident, meticulous about each step we planned, and was so very happy in every conversation! He knew Jordan was going to love getting engaged at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and she sure did!

For the proposal, Matthew and I came up with a great story. He told Jordan that he wanted to capture a beautiful Christmas photo at the top of the esplanade right at 3PM when the view from that spot is the most magical. Now, I do know that this spot has an amazing view, however 3PM doesn’t make it the most magical, it’s always magical! Either way, she fully trusted him and they were walking up the esplanade right at 3PM. Without having planned it ahead of time, Matthew casually walked over to me and asked me to take their photo on his phone. I centered them on the esplanade with the gorgeous view behind them, and pretended to take a few photos of them, having never even unlocked Matthew’s phone. Then, a few seconds later, Matthew dropped to one knee and asked Jordan his big question. She was so very surprised and I loved her reaction!

Throughout the rest of our time together these two were the sweetest! Matthew told Jordan a few things about the planning process, and Jordan brought up a few things that had happened recently that didn’t quite make sense. Plus, they walked all over the estate with me while we took photos and kept loudly saying, “God I love you!” to one another at the most random times. It was so cute!

Congratulations again, Matthew + Jordan! Your proposal was beautiful!

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For more proposal and engagement photos at Biltmore Estate, click over to Biltmore Estate Engagement Photographer | Kaitlyn + Zach Proposal Preview and Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Shayna + Lauren Proposal Preview.

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Creston Community Wedding Photography | Brooke + Dave Wedding Photos Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/11/creston-community-wedding-photography-brooke-dave-wedding-photos-preview Creston Community Wedding Photography | Brooke + Dave Wedding Photos Preview

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The fall colors were really popping in Black Mountain, NC for Brooke and Dave’s wedding, and it was so incredibly beautiful! They picked the perfect Saturday to be married here in the mountains of western North Carolina. They had the luck of a little rain, a little sun, and lots of color!

This particular fall day was cool and wet, but it didn’t stop Brooke, Dave, and their guests from having a wonderful fall wedding day near Asheville! After on and off rain all day with clouds hanging low in the mountains, the weather cleared a bit to allow for dry skies and long range mountain views. The timing could not have been more perfect! Plus inside the gorgeous custom built community center where they held their reception, it was warm, dry, and very inviting.

Brooke and Dave chose to host their wedding ceremony in one of the beautiful outdoor spaces of the community center. While saying their hand written vows and ‘I do’s’, their guests looked out over the mountains. It was truly a beautiful spot, making this day extra special.

As we captured wedding photos of Brooke and Dave around the property, taking in as much fall color as we could, they constantly held on to one another. Between holding hands, putting their arms around each other, and sharing hugs, they never let go. After being together many years, I could see that they were more than in love, they are truly best friends. It was so sweet to capture their connection!

This rainy fall day left us with incredible color for Brooke + Dave’s wedding in Black Mountain! Their intimate wedding was beautiful, simple, and so very fun!

Congratulations again, Brooke and Dave!

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Venue: Creston Community Center
Officiant: Stacey at Love and Wisdom Inc.
Music: Irvin Music Studio
Suit: Jos. A. Bank
Dress: David's Bridal
Catering: Black Mountain Bistro and Catering
Baker: Hey Hey Cupcake
Florist: Urban Farm Girl Flowers

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For more Asheville wedding photography, click over to Claxton Farm Wedding Photography | Sarah + Alex Wedding Photos Preview and Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt.

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Asheville Newborn Photographer | Baby Willow Session Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/11/asheville-newborn-photographer-baby-willow-session-preview Asheville Newborn Photographer | Baby Willow Session Preview

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I’m going to sneak this sweet little babe in right here for your viewing pleasure. Isn’t she the most precious little thing?! Meet Willow! She is the baby sister to two beautiful older sisters and is truly photogenic! I had a blast capturing this amazingly special time with this fun family!

Typically I photograph newborn photography sessions at the family’s home, however since this family was in the middle of a move, they opted for a different location, the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. This works perfectly when the weather is really warm and it’s safe for the new baby, just like it was on this beautiful fall day.

When we arrived at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, sweet Willow was very sleepy and settled. It was the perfect start to our session. While I photographed Willow and all her cuteness by herself, her big sisters had plenty of room to run and play in and around the gardens. I truly think everyone enjoyed getting out of the house for a change of scenery on this beautiful day!

Sweet Willow gave me all the time I needed for those cute sleepy newborn baby photos. She let me swaddle her, unswaddle her, get creative with my blanket wrapping, change her outfit, and more. All the while she simply slept and stayed so very happy.

Once I completed the photos of Willow alone, we gathered the whole family together for photos. Her big sisters each held her and loved on her, and of course Mom and Dad had their turn, too! From kisses and hugs to snuggles and nose touches, Willow was a perfect baby for her photo session.

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Kinloch Place Wedding Photography in Hendersonville NC | Micaela + Dakota https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/11/kinloch-place-wedding-photography-in-hendersonville-nc-micaela-dakota Kinloch Place Wedding Photography in Hendersonville NC | Micaela + Dakota

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Fall held on just long enough for Micaela and Dakota to be married among the most beautiful colors! Their intimate wedding at Kinloch Place was absolutely gorgeous, totally private, and so very incredible in all the amazing fall colors!

Just as Micaela and Dakota envisioned it, they hosted their perfect wedding here in the mountains of western North Carolina. They chose a private luxury rental in Hendersonville, NC and goodness did it provide! This property should honestly be called an estate. It included a huge luxury home for their guests to stay on site with them in style, a large piece of land with plenty of space to spread out, a beautiful veranda for their wedding ceremony, an original historic cabin attached to the home, a large fishing pond adjacent to an old cabin and custom fire pit area, a beautiful view to take in all of the fall colors, and so much more! It was truly beautiful and I loved every inch of this place!

Since this was an intimate wedding, Micaela and Dakota asked guests to stand on the veranda near them during the ceremony. I love that they chose to do this, as it made for a close bond with guests, and beautiful unique wedding ceremony photographs. Micaela and Dakota now have their guests included in more of their ceremony photos which is truly something special. Plus, guests were right there next to them to help them celebrate after their first kiss!

We of course took advantage of the beautiful property that Kinloch Place offers for Micaela and Dakota’s wedding photos. I still cannot believe how perfect the fall colors were on their wedding day, and how perfectly it all came together in their photos! With the pond and bridge sitting low on the property it made for gorgeous wide angle shots from above, and when we took photos on the shore of the pond, it felt so cozy and private. It was all so amazing and I felt as though I could have photographed these two beauties on this gorgeous property for days!

Congratulations again, Micaela + Dakota!

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Venue: Kinloch Place
Dress: Rosa Clará at Off White Bridal
Tux: Alfani at Macy's
Hair + Makeup: bliss
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Shoes at Nordstrom
Accessories: David's Bridal
Officiant: HeartLight Wedding Officiants

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Biltmore Estate Engagement Photographer | Kaitlyn + Zach Proposal Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/11/biltmore-estate-engagement-photographer-kaitlyn-zach-proposal-preview Biltmore Estate Engagement Photographer | Kaitlyn + Zach Proposal Preview

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This beautiful fall proposal at Biltmore Estate was absolutely magical! On the shore of the quiet lagoon with the grand house sitting on the hill, Zach led Kaitlyn to this incredible spot and asked her his big question. Of course she said “YES!”

When Zach contacted me and asked me to capture his marriage proposal to Kaitlyn, he knew exactly what he wanted. He wanted to propose at Biltmore Estate, in a private area, with a fabulous view. When he told me that, I knew exactly which spot to recommend, and Zach loved it! I loved it too, not only because it’s one of my favorite spots on the estate, but with the early fall colors and feel, it was so very beautiful!

The day of the proposal Zach led Kaitlyn right past me as I sat pretending to take in the beauty of the lagoon. As soon as they approached the proposal area, I popped up and started capturing every moment! Zach had the hugest smile on his face as he asked Kaitlyn to marry him, and Kaitlyn was beyond excited to say “YES!” It was a beautiful proposal, in one of the most beautiful spots, and I loved capturing it!

Many guests who visit Biltmore Estate don’t know about this incredible area near the lagoon. Most drive right past it on the opposite side, still not knowing. To me, that’s what is special about this spot. It’s right here in the open, and not many people know it exists. This beautiful spot will forever be special to Kaitlyn and Zach now, too.

Congratulations again, Kaitlyn + Zach!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Kaitlyn + Zach on Google- "My fiancé chose to use Jessica and I'm so glad he did! She not only made sure that she captured our engagement, but she captured us as a couple and allowed for our love and excitement to shine through. She was very professional and made us feel comfortable, as I feel I am awkward in pictures, especially candid ones. She was personable throughout the session which also helped us to enjoy our session together. We absolutely love every picture taken and cannot wait to share!"

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Omni Grove Park Inn Wedding Photographer | Dana + Danny Wedding Photography Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/10/omni-grove-park-inn-wedding-photographer-dana-danny-wedding-photography-preview Omni Grove Park Inn Wedding Photographer | Dana + Danny Wedding Photography Preview

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This gorgeous wedding at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC on Saturday was absolutely amazing! We had a lovely fall day filled with sunshine and lots of happiness! From fall colors starting to peek through, to a family dance party, it was perfect!

When I arrived at The Omni Grove Park Inn I could hardly believe the amazing fall day we were having! With a light breeze, sunshine, and temperatures in the mid 70’s, it was truly a perfect day. I was so very excited to get to see Dana and Danny, and capture their big day! I knew it was going to be beautiful!

One of my favorite parts of the day was walking around the property at The Omni Grove Park Inn with Dana and Danny for their photos. We captured their first look under a big beautiful oak tree, we stopped for photos below a gorgeous old archway, and we took advantage of the glowing warm light of the setting sun on the trees surrounding the golf course. Everywhere we went was absolutely beautiful, and I loved every minute of it!

The ceremony space they chose was a very pretty outdoor area at The Omni Grove Park Inn Country Club. It was a beautiful big patio overlooking the golf course with string lights and a gorgeous stone fireplace. Dana and Danny chose to use the fireplace as their focal point and as the sun lowered in the sky the space became even more warm and inviting. It was all so very beautiful!

As the rest of the evening went on I loved watching Dana and Danny spend time with their family and friends. Due to the pandemic, it had been a long time since they had seen some of their favorite people. Between sitting and chatting with friends, to having a family dance party, they truly took advantage of every minute they had and had a ton of fun in the process!

I loved spending the day with Dana, Danny, and their friends and family in this beautiful setting! Congratulations again, you two!

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Venue: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Flowers: Sola Wood Flowers
Planner: Foreman Event Co.
Hair + Makeup: Jeanne's Hair and Makeup Studio
Cake and Catering: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Dress: Watters Designs
Tux: Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
DJ: Get Vocal
Officiant: Please Marry Us

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For more wedding photography from this Asheville wedding photographer, click over to Brahma Ridge Event Center Fall Wedding Photography | Christine + Michael and Tiny Chapel Wedding Photography in Asheville | Ashley + Warren.

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Laughing Waters Wedding Photography | Kelsey + TJ Wedding Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/10/laughing-waters-wedding-photography-kelsey-tj-wedding-preview Laughing Waters Wedding Photography | Kelsey + TJ Wedding Preview

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This waterfall wedding at Laughing Waters event venue in Gerton, NC over the weekend was incredible! Kelsey + TJ asked their favorite people to stand with them on the shore of Hickory Creek while they said their vows to one another. It was beyond beautiful and I absolutely loved capturing their big day!

When I arrived at Laughing Waters event venue it was a true fall day. The air was cool, the sun was peeking through the trees, and the leaves were starting to change in this area of Hickory Nut Gap. It was honestly the most amazing fall day to be married while surrounded by such beautiful nature! Their choice of ceremony spots was amazing, too. They chose to be married on the rocks in Hickory Creek while their guests gathered around them on shore. It was an immersive experience and I loved it!

Throughout the entire day Kelsey and TJ could not stop smiling. They both were so very happy to share this monumental day with their favorite people! From Kelsey getting ready with her parents and mother in law to be, to TJ hanging out with his Dad before the ceremony, to both of them being intentional and spending time with everyone at their reception, it was a fabulous day!

Another one of my favorite parts of the day was when Kelsey + TJ waded across the creek hand in hand through freezing cold water to start their marriage off with a bang! Seriously, the commitment this shows to one another is incredible! It was a beautiful moment to capture!

As you can see, Kelsey and TJ had a fabulous wedding day in Gerton, NC at Laughing Waters event venue. Their day was a perfect fit for them, and it was an honor to be their wedding photographer!

Congratulations again you two!

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Venue: Laughing Waters
Flowers: Pine and Petal Weddings
Baker: Layered by Lex
Caterer: Moe's Original Bar B Que - Asheville, NC

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Kelsey + TJ "Absolutely loved Jessica! She is amazing and so professional! She perfectly captured our day! She is extremely fast too, we had all our pictures back within 2 weeks and couldn’t be happier! She even managed to get photos that I didn’t know I wanted but am so grateful to have!"

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For more photos from this Asheville wedding photographer, click over to Highland Lake Inn Fall Wedding Photography | Jessy + Matt and Hawkesdene Wedding Photography | Casey + Ron Wedding Preview.

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Douglas Ellington House Wedding Photographer | Asheville Styled Shoot Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/10/asheville-douglas-ellington-house-wedding-photographer-styled-shoot-preview Douglas Ellington House Wedding Photographer | Asheville Styled Shoot Preview

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Douglas Ellington House is a unique and historic home that sits in a tranquil landscape just outside of downtown Asheville. Its unparalleled beauty amongst the tall oak trees and trickling creek makes this house absolutely perfect for an elopement or wedding. 

When I first saw Douglas Ellington House, it took my breath away. I truly had no words to describe it, except “Wow!”, “This is amazing!”, and “How incredible!” It’s architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. The green ivy, stonework, old windows, and tiny hidden features make this 100+ year old home especially magical. The man who built it, Douglas Ellington, was a well known architect here in western North Carolina with work at Asheville High School and S&W Cafeteria, among others. With all of this beauty and history, any couple would be extremely lucky to be married here, and thankfully, that will be happening soon! The Douglas Ellington House is now open and I am beyond excited to be part of the team! 

In preparation for opening its doors, the Ellington House in Asheville hosted a styled shoot with its team of vendors. Collaboration always excites me, however this particular one had me over the moon! From florals to calligraphy, and catering to cakes, it was an incredible styled shoot! With the chosen fall theme, all of the deep hues and saturated colors were absolutely perfect with the stonework of Douglas Ellington House as the backdrop. Plus, we had a perfect late summer day with warm sunshine, a cool breeze, and lots of smiles and excitement from everyone on the team! 

As you can tell, I am beyond excited for Asheville’s newest wedding venue. As an Asheville wedding photographer, I see many venues whether new or already established. Douglas Ellington House is bringing a unique venue experience to Asheville, and it’s going to be an amazing attribute! 

Venue: Douglas Ellington House
Planner: Douglas Ellington House
Photography: Me, Jessica Merithew Photography
Florals: Oakleaf Garden
Catering: Verbena Cakes + Catering
Cake: Verbena Cakes + Catering
Calligraphy: Freckles + Ink
Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals

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Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Shayna + Lauren Proposal Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/10/biltmore-estate-engagement-photography-shayna-lauren-proposal-preview Biltmore Estate Engagement Photography | Shayna + Lauren Proposal Preview

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You’re not seeing double, you’re seeing a double surprise proposal and it was oh so amazing!! Shayna and Lauren are the sweetest couple and I loved capturing this double-the-fun time for them! From tears to laugher, the emotions they shared with me were magical!

Y’all, I am truly still swooning over this double surprise proposal at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC last week! I know it sounds crazy, but earlier in the day before this amazing proposal I had a thought pop into my mind. I had a feeling that a double proposal could happen. Of course I shrugged it off because what are the chances? Then, it happened!!

On the day of the proposal, just as we planned, Lauren and Shayna walked down the pre-chosen paved path at Biltmore Estate and approached the brick tunnel. Lauren stopped, held Shayna’s hand, and spoke sweet words to her. Then, Lauren dropped down on one knee and asked Shayna to marry her. Shayna was shocked in the best of ways, and of course said “Yes!” They took a brief moment to celebrate, and share hugs and kisses. Then all of a sudden Shayna quickly walked to her father who was standing right behind me and asked for the item in his pocket. He took it out, handed it to Shayna, and she walked right back to Lauren. Shayna immediately dropped down on her knee asked Lauren to marry her, too! It was so unbelievable! My stomach had butterflies it was so amazing! I was beyond happy for these two! My arms were covered in goosebumps, I could not stop smiling, and I couldn’t believe that the feeling I had earlier in the day came true! I loved every second of this proposal!!

After we all took a few moments to gather ourselves and wipe the tears from our faces, we debriefed for a moment as everything happened so fast! It was amazing to hear the back story of Lauren getting ready to propose to Shayna and Shayna preparing to propose to Lauren. These two are SO in love and I am so happy to see this kind of complete happiness!

Throughout the rest of our time together we walked around Biltmore Estate’s gardens and captured engagement photos for Shayna and Lauren. They could not stop smiling and a few tears kept sneaking from their eyes. They were so very happy!!

Congratulations again, you two!

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For more Biltmore Estate engagement and proposal photography from this Asheville photographer, click over to Biltmore Estate Spring Engagement Photography | Kaitlyn + Jon Proposal and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Masuma + Hussain Proposal. For more ideas on how and where to propose at Biltmore Estate, click over to How to Propose at Biltmore Estate | Asheville Engagement Photographer

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Highland Brewing Wedding Photography | Mary + Dustin Rooftop Wedding Preview https://www.jessicamerithewphotography.com/blog/2021/9/highland-brewing-wedding-photography-mary-dustin-rooftop-wedding-preview Highland Brewing Wedding Photography | Mary + Dustin Rooftop Wedding Preview

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This couple truly had the most amazing fall day for their wedding at Highland Brewing Company, and I had a blast capturing it all! The weather was cool and sunny, the rooftop at Highland Brewing Company is absolutely gorgeous, and the love shared was incredible!

I’m sure you guessed it since they hosted their wedding at a brewery- Mary and Dustin are beer lovers! They opted to invite their guests from all over the country to one of their favorite places, Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC! This last sentence could not be more exciting- Mary and Dustin’s favorite people, all in one of their absolute favorite places! What a fantastic and fun day for this gorgeous couple! If you know what it feels like to be in one of your favorite places surrounded by your favorite people, it’s life changing, and I am so happy that Mary and Dustin had so many people join them on their wedding day!

Honestly, the weather could not have been more perfect! The sun was shining, the air temperature was a cool 70 degrees, and the light breeze made for a truly perfect day! Sitting on a rooftop in the sunshine during a wedding ceremony can sometimes feel a bit exposed to the elements, but on this wedding day, it was amazing! Plus, the views from this rooftop are beautiful! Peek of mountain tops surrounded guests as they sat and listened to Mary and Dustin’s sweet wedding ceremony. It was all so beautiful!

During their wedding day I had the honor of spending a lot of time with Mary and Dustin, as I do documenting all couples on their big day through wedding photos. These two are the cutest! They are sweet and kind to one another, make each other have BIG laughs, and every time I asked them to hold one another close, they dove right into it in the most comfortable of ways. I loved seeing these two in their element, together!

I had a blast capturing Mary and Dustin’s wedding among friends and family. This crew was a ton of fun, but also showed their love and support for these two!

Congratulations again, Mary and Dustin!

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Venue: Highland Brewing Company
Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Nine West
Accessories: olive + piper
Tux: J.Crew
Catering: Catering By Corey, LLC
DJ: DJ P-LO The Ultimate DJ and Live Music Experience


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Mary + Dustin on The Knot- "Jessica was fabulous during our wedding photos at Highland Brewing Company. We felt comfortable and right at home, and the photos have turned out beautifully! She was easy to communicate with, and so helpful in capturing our special day."
 

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Our pets are truly part of our family! They live in our homes, they sometimes even sleep in our beds, they greet us with the most amazing joy when we get home, and their love is unconditional. They always want to be with us and are a huge part of our lives. When it comes to family photos, I encourage you to bring them along! Including your pets in family photos is very fun and ensures we capture their love, too!

 

1. Tire Out High Energy Pets

If you have a high energy pet, spend some time helping get their energy out. A hike, playing ball, playing with them in their pen, etc. will help them have a calmer demeanor during the photo shoot. This will help them listen to your commands better and they will be less distracted by other things.

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2. Full Bellies Make Happy Pets

Just like humans, when pets are fed, they are happy. Be sure to schedule your photo shoot after meal time, or feed your pet its meal early to ensure he/she is happy and settled.

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3. Happy Pets Make the Best Photos

It’s common for an animal to feel anxious in a new environment. Consider holding your family photo shoot at your home or a location you visit often like your favorite park or hiking trail. This will help your pet feel more comfortable in his/her surroundings.

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4. Use Distinct Distraction

If your pet is food motivated, bring their favorite treats! If they have a favorite squeaky toy, bring that, too! Specialized distraction is a perfect way to help your pet look at the camera when needed, and listen when asked.

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5. Be Patient

Remember that we are working with animals who have very limited learned commands and are easily distracted. Being patient and adjusting your photo shoot to set your pet up for success is often the best way to capture the photos you’re looking for. Also, bringing a friend who won’t be in the photos is a great option. This allows your pet to take a break from photos while we capture some of the humans together!

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Bonus: Have fun!

Including your pet should be a fun experience! When we plan ahead and bring the needed items, it’s a blast to have them and their love in photos!

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The pure connection between a couple is incredible, and when I capture this connection in the moments after a marriage proposal, it is straight fire! For Carly and Adam it was no different. Their joy, love, and excitement shined in every way!

Adam contacted me a few weeks ago with his wishes to propose to Carly in Asheville, NC while they were visiting, and have his proposal photographed. This was their first trip to the area, so I recommended locations, timing, fibs to get her to the specific spot at The North Carolina Arboretum, and more. I LOVE helping my clients create the perfect proposal, and this was definitely a perfect proposal!

Adam had a wonderful idea to walk Carly through the gorgeous manicured gardens at The North Carolina Arboretum and ask his big question in one of the most beautiful spots on the property, Blue Ridge Court. It is an open green lawn surrounded by big beautiful trees and pathways, and boasts a mountain ridge view. It is truly a great spot to get engaged!

One unique piece about this proposal is that both of their families were present. Of course since this was a surprise proposal Carly didn’t know her family was nearby. They were hiding in the bushes trying their best to contain their excitement! They did a wonderful job, and as soon as Adam proposed, they popped out of the bushes in celebration! It is such incredible memory for all of them!

Carly and Adam’s families went one step further and set up a beautiful picnic for them all to enjoy together. It was full of delicious local food, champagne, festive balloons, and more. It was such a nice touch and a great way to help them celebrate!

I am beyond excited for Carly and Adam and I loved photographing this amazing time for them!

Congratulations Adam + Carly! You are ENGAGED!

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For more Asheville proposal photography, click over to Botanical Gardens at Asheville Proposal Photography | Harrison + Lauren and Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Masuma + Hussain Proposal.

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These two fun loving people said “I do!” at The Omni Grove Park Inn during an intimate celebration and it was amazing! From purple hair and wooden flowers to serenading each other with their favorite music, it was a magical day full of all the perfect touches!

When Dana and Scott first contacted me about photographing their wedding at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, I knew that their wedding day was going to be a perfect representation of the two of them! They told me that they loved to travel, the outdoors, concerts, and festivals. These things add up to a couple who loves a good time, who enjoys the moment they are in, and their wedding was just that- a ton of fun! The high five they shared during their wedding ceremony and the fun donut wall at the reception proves that! They were a blast and I absolutely loved capturing their late summer wedding!

Dana and Scott decided to keep their wedding small and really enjoy the time they had with those who attended. Family members and their closest friends joined them for the ceremony and intimate reception that followed. This small crowd did not mean the party was boring though. There was constant big laughter, story telling, and huge smiles throughout! By the looks that Dana and Scott carried on their faces, it was a perfect day!

Congratulations you two!

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Venue: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Dress: Ralph Lauren
Suit: Brooks Brothers
Florist: Southern Blooms Co. & WNC Florist & Event Specialists
Caterer + baker: The Omni Grove Park Inn

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Dana + Scott on WeddingWire- "Professional, knowledgeable, Asheville expert. Jessica is amazing. We picked her for our destination wedding because she lives in Asheville, and she did not disappoint. She is so talented and has a fantastic eye. She takes the time to really get to know her clients, and adds amazing commentary. It was like having a friend take pictures of your wedding. We could not be happier."

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For more Asheville wedding photography like this, click over to Omni Grove Park Inn Wedding Photographer | Kristine + Scott Asheville Wedding Photography Preview and Biltmore Estate Wedding Photographer | Tori + Matt Wedding Photos Preview.

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This is one perfect baby Charlotte! Isn’t she the most precious thing with her soft baby skin, button nose, gorgeous eyelashes, beautiful eyes, and sweet demeanor? She truly was the cutest thing to photograph and did a fabulous job for her first photos!

I have been lucky enough to capture this family’s photos for a couple of years now. It started when her big brother was born almost two years ago, and I have had a blast watching this little family grow! Watching families grow in front of my camera is one of the best parts of being a photographer. Staying in touch with families throughout the year and capturing their milestones is simply amazing! I love every minute of it!

For this session we opted to meet at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville for fresh air and room for big brother Jack to run around. It was a beautiful setting for such peaceful photos of a newborn. We didn’t have to walk very far into the gardens to find the perfect spot to photograph Charlotte and her precious baby features. We quickly found the perfect spot under a shade tree. From here I swaddled baby Charlotte and placed her in the basket. She settled right in, allowing me to take my time and capture her from all angles. Next I created a soft surface for her to lay on the ground and swaddled her in the most beautiful knit wrap. This was my favorite wrap of the photo session, and I’m sure you can see why. It’s beautiful and perfect for her skin tone!

We wrapped up our photo session with a few photos of big brother Jack, who only sat for a quick moment. He loves being with his new sister, and is very gentle with her!

I am beyond excited for this family to have welcomed a baby girl into their lives, and I look forward to many more photo shoots with them! Congratulations again!

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For more newborn photos in Asheville, click over to Asheville Newborn Photographer | Parker & Family Session Preview
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After much of my summer was spent on a working vacation in Montana, it felt so incredible to jump right back into working at home! Getting back into my routine with Erin and Ricky’s wedding was a complete dream! These two beauties are so very fun, were amazingly relaxed on their wedding day, and loved every minute of spending their wedding weekend with their family and closest friends at their sides!

Of course Erin and Ricky’s venue choice of Hawkesdene, in Andrews, NC was a perfect fit! This venue is two hours west of Asheville, NC and is a large estate with a beautiful main house that includes lots of common space, guest rooms, and more, all overlooking a peaceful babbling creek. Next to this sits an open air space with a covered pavilion and large fireplace, perfect for Erin and Ricky’s wedding reception. Scattered around the estate are beautiful luxury cabins of different sizes, complete with everything one would need for a stay. Among the rest of the property is an alpaca barn and alpacas, many gorgeous wedding ceremony spots, hiking trails, a waterfall, a mountain top escape that is absolutely perfect for sunset wedding photos, and much more! This venue truly was a great fit for what Erin and Ricky were wanting- a place for their family and friends to enjoy an entire weekend of fun together.

When I arrived, Erin and Ricky were getting ready separately, but had plans to see each other very soon at their first look. Once dressed, I set up their first look right away knowing they were very much looking forward to being hand in hand again. It’s hard to spend a large portion of your wedding day away from your partner, and I love when couple’s choose to have a first look and spend more time together. Erin and Ricky had the sweetest first look- it was beautiful, a few tears were shed, and it ended in the longest hug!

Throughout their entire wedding day Erin and Ricky were incredibly relaxed, and enjoyed every minute of their time together. From their private first look and wedding photos, to dancing into the night at their very fun reception, they were inseparable. They greeted guests together, made a welcome toast together, danced next to each other all night, and had an amazing time doing it all! I loved capturing their love!

Congratulations Erin and Ricky!

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Venue: Hawkesdene
Cake + Catering: Hawkesdene
DJ: Craig at Remix Weddings

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review from Erin + Ricky on The Knot- "Working with Jessica was amazing. I was planning a destination wedding in NC from Florida and didn’t know where to start. I started following photographers on Instagram that my venue tagged in posts. I immediately connected with Jessica’s style. When I talked to Jessica on the phone it was like talking to a friend. I knew she was the right photographer for us. After booking in 2019 Jessica was incredibly flexible when we needed to reschedule a whole year due to Covid. During the year delay Jessica sent thoughtful emails, messages and gifts to stay connected. On the actual wedding day, almost 2 years after booking, Jessica showed up like the friend we’d been waiting for. She made my husband and I feel so comfortable. She gave us space to enjoy every moment and captured the day perfectly through her photographs. The candid photos, family pictures, and wedding pictures are perfect. Our experience working with Jessica was as amazing as her pictures. Thank you!!"
 

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To see more Asheville wedding photography like this, click over to Hawkesdene Wedding Photography | Casey + Ron Wedding Preview and Hawkesdene Wedding Photography Preview | Stephanie + Guy’s Summer Wedding.

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Let’s talk adult family photos! Many families think they don’t need them because everyone is grown, they have lots of cell phone photos, and they recently got a quick snap at a cousin’s wedding. I say, let’s schedule a full session for some updated photos!

Documenting your grown family is just as important as documenting a young family. Sure, as adults we don’t change as quickly, but photos should still be taken every few years!

For this family below, they just had a few family photos taken a year ago when one of the girls got married, but wanted a full session to include their new son-in-law. How sweet is that?! Plus, scheduling a full session means fun photos of the sisters together, cute couples photos, and taking time for each parent to love on their adult kid. Seriously, what parent doesn’t want to hug their adult kid for some photos?!

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My own extended family of 11 recently had a photo shoot with the amazing Nicole Lockhart Photography while I was visiting them in upstate NY. It was something we hadn’t done in a few years. My niece and nephews are all teenagers and my parents and siblings told me that they’ve all been taking lots of photos on their cell phones. As you can tell, I convinced them it wasn’t enough and goodness, we are all so happy we had this photo session! Nicole was awesome and the photos are fabulous! My Mom called me right after she viewed the photo gallery and told me, “Jess, they’re very good, but I found 44 that I want to order.” She said it like it was a problem, and I assured her that this was fabulous! I of course told her to order everything she wanted, and be sure to order them right through the photographer’s gallery so that she got the best quality prints possible. I cannot wait to see what my Mom creates with all of the new photos she loves!

As you can see, I am a huge encourager of family photos throughout our entire lives. When our parents and grandparents are gone, we are going to wish we had even more photographs of them, even if we take photos every year!

Contact me today to schedule a photo session for your family, not matter their age!

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Wow! What an incredible family session at one of the most beautiful places I have photographed thus far! We are all familiar with Yellowstone National Park- many wild animals, hot springs, geysers, open land, forests, mountains, and more. For me, there is so much more in this national park than the average visitor sees. If you stop and take a moment to look around, the beauty alone is amazing, and for this family session, our spot along the river with mountain views behind it was perfect!

The Hutchings family was planning their vacation to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park when we connected about family photos. They are from Texas, so it was important to them to have their photos near mountains and rugged wild land, which they don’t have near their home. When visiting this part of Yellowstone National Park earlier in my trip, I found the perfect spot. It boasted mountain views, dry rugged land, quick and easy access to the Gardner River, and lots of character. When I pitched this spot to the Hutchings, they loved it as much as I did!

This family was a ton of fun to photograph! They were constantly laughing, playing, and having a great time, but also took a moment from time to time to share sweet hugs and snuggles. It was the perfect balance for this photo shoot!

It was amazing to capture this family all together in this truly incredible place, and I know that they will remember this photo shoot and cherish these photos for years to come!

Thank you Hutchings family for a fun photo shoot!

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For more adventure photo shoots with this Asheville photographer, click over to Big Sky Montana Photography at Gallatin River | Kashtyn’s 6 Month Session Preview and Craggy Pinnacle Engagement Photography | Susie + Tim Session Preview.

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Spending the last couple of weeks in southwest Montana has been absolutely amazing! It’s truly fed my traveling soul and filled my hiking and biking heart with amazing experiences almost daily. This working vacation could not have been a better fit for my husband and I, and I absolutely LOVE that I connected with a couple of families to capture their epic vacation photos while they are in this part of the country, too!

Over the weekend I met the Johnson family along the Gallatin River just outside of Big Sky, MT for an early morning family photo shoot. We could not have had better weather! In this part of the country the days are hot, but the nights get quite cold. The morning we met was cool, but not too cold, the sun hid perfectly behind the mountain range to the east, and the shallow river we stood beside was quiet without a fisherman in sight. I could not have planned a better morning!

Plus, this spot we chose for family photos near Big Sky was incredibly gorgeous! With the Gallatin River winding through the tall lodgepole pine trees, the rocks peeking out of the shallow riverbed, a mountain ridge in the background, and a few low hanging clouds giving extra dimension, it was beyond beautiful! I could have stayed in this single spot for weeks and have been so very happy!

During our photo session we captured sweet Kashtyn’s 6 month photos, full family photos, and fun photos of the kids playing with baby Kashtyn. We even took a few minutes to capture Mom and Dad loving on baby Kashtyn to help document this special time. Everyone did a fabulous job for the photos and I had a wonderful time with this adventurous family who were happy to get up early, stand with their toes in a cold river, and share their love in front of my camera!

Thank you, Johnson Family, for a fabulous vacation photo shoot!

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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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For more newborn photography in Asheville, click over to Asheville Newborn Photography In Home | Baby Girl Lily, Asheville Newborn Photographer | Baby Boy Calvin Session Preview, and Asheville Newborn Photographer | Joslyn Session Preview. And if you want to see the cutest puppy photography in Asheville, click over to Asheville Puppy Photographer | Newborn Puppy Stark the German Shepherd Session Preview!

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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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For more ideas for your Asheville photo shoot, click over to Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Brittany + Brian Session Preview and Craggy Pinnacle Engagement Photography | Susie + Tim Session Preview.

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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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