Bright and beautiful fall colors, personal details and touches, and endless joy were abundant for Leona + Matthew's wedding at The Asheville Masonic Temple and Celine and Company! I was honored to capture their love while surrounded by their family and friends on their big day!
When I arrived in downtown Asheville for Leona and Matthew’s wedding the sun was shining, the air was cool, and the wind was even cooler. It was a true fall day in the mountains of North Carolina and it was perfect for an indoor wedding! My first stop was Celine and Company to photograph the reception decor, and when I entered the space I was instantly blown away by the incredible centerpieces and table scapes that were around the room. Every single piece screamed Leona and Matthew and it was beautiful to see! From vintage books and geometric candle holders to Star Wars figurines and a Marauders map from Harry Potter, it was simply perfect! I could feel Leona and Matthew’s personalities shine through and I loved it! Couples often shy away from such personal touches at their wedding, so I was excited to see it all, and see it all done so well!
As I entered the ceremony space I was greeted by additional personal touches that were set out beautifully in the theater at The Asheville Masonic Temple. The room shape provided a unique and lovely space for their wedding ceremony, with guests all gathered in a semi-circle. It was intimate and cozy, just like we wanted on a cool fall day! Leona and Matthew shared their hand written vows with one another, in between their tears, laughter, and sweet smiles. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with personal stories and lots of love.
As you can see, Leona and Matthew made their entire wedding day very personal, and to me, those personal effects brought their guests even closer to them. It was beautiful to see them surrounded by their favorite people on their big day, all sharing in their favorite things!
Congratulations Leona and Matthew!
Update: Leona + Matthew's sweet review on Wedding Wire:
"Fantastic photographer! Jessica was an absolute joy. From our first meeting at a brewery we knew she was the person for us. It was important for us to not just have someone that takes incredible photos (which she does) but also someone we enjoy spending time with because you will spend the day with this person. Jessica did our engagement and wedding pictures and we had concerns with our body image in the engagement pictures. We expressed our concerns and Jessica notes them and helped us pose in our wedding photos accordingly. Also Jessica WORKED. This girl did not rest she was go go go the whole time and made sure we got all the pictures we wanted in the 5 hours we had booked with her. I can’t say enough nice things about Jessica, she is a fantastic photographer and a wonderful human being. What more could we ask for?"
Ceremony Venue: The Asheville Masonic Temple
Reception Venue: Celine and Company Catering
Bride and Groom Photography Venue: Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Coordinator: Ash Events
Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs at Elegant Bridals
Hair + Makeup: Salon Intuition
Tuxedo: Generation Tux
Bridal Shoes: CONVERSE
Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Rags
Caterer: Celine and Company Catering
Calligrapher: The Crafty Queen
Officiant: Patty Minx
DJ: Amplified Events
For more Asheville destination weddings like this, click over to see Homewood Summer Wedding Photography | Kimm + Michael and Hawkesdene Spring Wedding Photography | Emily + Nick.