In the days leading up to Joel’s proposal, we weren’t sure what type of weather we were going to have at Biltmore Estate on this afternoon. The forecast was calling for rain, with possible snow, and definitely clouds. With a large storm brewing over the midwest, and knowing that Joel and Ava Jackie had to travel through that storm on their way to Asheville, I honestly just wished for them to arrive safely. Thankfully the temperatures stayed above freezing and the storm passed through just north of Asheville. This allowed for no winter weather on Ava Jackie and Joel’s long drive, and no rain in the immediate area here in Asheville! It did leave us with damp foggy conditions, soggy ground, and a cold breeze. Truly though, that’s perfectly okay because Biltmore Estate was quiet and perfect for a private proposal!
When Joel first contacted me about his Biltmore Estate proposal we communicated about a few things- location, arrival time, photography wants, and more. One thing Joel mentioned to me was that he is not the best at hiding things, so I recommended he propose as soon as they arrive at Biltmore. This way he could ask Ava Jackie to marry him right away and relax the rest of the day as they toured the estate. He agreed, and I’m so glad we chose this option! It was a perfect progression for them to arrive, park their car, walk straight out on to the upper esplanade to view the incredible Biltmore house, and get engaged! It took a lot of pressure off Joel and completely caught Ava Jackie by surprise! As soon as Joel turned to Ava Jackie on the esplanade and started to share his sweet words with her, she froze and her eyes filled with happy tears. He popped down on one knee in the wet grass, asked his big question, and she said “Yes!” The immense joy, long hugs, and happy tears said it all. These two share an incredible friendship, have lots of love for one another, and are very excited to spend the rest of their lives together!
After their proposal we took a few minutes to capture more of their love and excitement on the esplanade and along the balcony at Biltmore Estate with more engagement photos. Big smiles and joyous laughter were abundant, and it was an honor to capture it all! Congratulations Ava Jackie + Joel!
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