I have never considered myself much of a studio photographer, but as Mandalin and I planned for her bridal session, I felt that to achieve our vision for her session, the simplicity and control of a studio was needed. This was a bit outside of my comfort zone, but I'm so glad we pursued it. My amazing friend René of Luxe House Photographic allowed me the use of her studio, with the most beautiful light and feel I've seen in a studio space. This session has become one of my all-time favorites, and I feel like I've been opened up to a whole new world I can't wait to explore further. Let this be a lesson to us all to give in when pushed beyond our comfort levels, especially when it comes to creative endeavors, because the beauty of what we can discover in unchartered territory is so worth it.
An intimate, candlelight ceremony surrounded by family, bilingual vowels, my very favorite homemade cookies, and a handknit gold dress are just a few of the elements that made the wedding of Mariate and James so special. It was truly an honor to photograph this lovely day.
From our first telephone conversation, I was drawn into Courtney and Andy's love story. Their devotion to each other and their deep gratitude for having found one another was so profound. I felt instantly like I was witnessing something very important and special. On their wedding day, friends and family surrounded this new couple with love and encouragement. During the final dance of the evening, all the guests present gathered on the dance floor encircling the couple, a perfect symbol for how much love and care had been imbued in the entire wedding day.
Congratulations Courtney and Andy - I could not be happier for you both. xoxo
I met up with Mandalin and Hunter at Primland Resort for their engagement session recently. In spite of extreme heat, the place was absolutely beautiful and we had so much fun exploring this place that (to me) was combination mountain lodge, art museum, and observatory.
Congratulations Mandalin and Hunter! I really look forward to celebrating your wedding with you. xoxo
I am a fan of big breakfasts. Years ago my mom gave me a Fiesta-ware waffle iron and it has become a Saturday-morning staple in our house. There's nothing like a freshly-made waffle, especially one made with real buttermilk. Around here we like to start our weekends with a big breakfast, so when King Daddy's Chicken and Waffles opened in our neighborhood, I was ecstatic. King Daddy's has also opened my eyes to the delicious Southern culinary tradition of fried chicken and waffles, satisfying the need for both savory and sweet at the breakfast table.
I was so happy to shoot some photos for King Daddy's recently, capturing both the friendly atmosphere and delicious food. It's a beautiful space with lovely natural light, a welcoming staff, and some of the best breakfast you can find in our fair city. Enjoy! And be sure to stop by King Daddy's the next time you're in the mood for an amazing Southern breakfast.
When Beth contacted me for a family portrait session, she said she had a location secured for us. It turned out to be an awesome sculpture/glass garden in West Asheville. I've driven, walked, and run past this garden many times and wondered what it was like in the interior, but I never explored it further. A sign at the entrance greeted me with "yes you may" - and I was so glad I did! What a magical, unexpected place. Also joining us for the session was a tiny, adorable kitten, who added so much to our time together and provided constant entertainment for the kids.
Thanks for a lovely time and a perfect location, Beth and family. XOXO.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is an unpredictable place. Darkness can fall quickly, frigid temps can surprise you, views become clouded by sudden fog, and glorious fall color can become wintery bare branches with just a subtle increase in elevation. Scheduling a photo session on the Parkway is always a bit of a gamble. Lucky for us, Beth and Jon's sunrise engagement session at Waterrock Knob was a risk worth taking, and even though it was a bit chilly the beautiful light and perfect fall color made for a beautiful setting.
Congratulations on your engagement, Beth and Jon, and best wishes for a lifetime of risks with beautiful payoffs.
Stephanie and Bryan bravely met me in downtown Asheville for an early morning, chilly engagement session in October. We had a great time exploring some old buildings, visiting the south slope, and the Botanical Gardens. Their two dogs even joined in for a few photos. The best part was getting to know these two great people and to see their relationship unfold in front of my lens. I'm so looking forward to photographing their wedding next year. Thanks for a great morning, Stephanie and Bryan! XOXO.
For two people who met in the wilderness of Western North Carolina, there could not have been a more-perfect day or location for Taryn and Mike's wedding. They were married on a glorious fall day at the Pines Country Inn in Pisgah Forest, NC. Their ceremony spot was surrounded by friends, family, and the beautiful scenery of nature. From her handmade shoes to a bright and sunny bouquet to goldfish centerpieces at the reception, Taryn's creativity infused the entire day with a fun, colorful touch. Lots of joy and laughter filled the day, and it was such a pleasure to be there to document it. Best wishes for many years of adventure, nature, and love, Taryn and Mike!
Many thanks to my good friend Kendra Stanley-Mills for collaborating with me to photograph this wedding. Other talented vendors include:
DJ: Adrian Sethi
Fall in Western North Carolina this year brought with it some serious rainstorms, and Hilary and Douglas were married on our second weekend of all-day rain in October. The rain seemed to just intensify the changing colors all around us, though, and meant that during the ceremony family and friends crowded close to the couple. It was in that intimate space that these two were married by a friend, with their dogs at their feet and umbrellas all around. It was a beautiful day and the rain became just an afterthought.
Special thanks to Ashley Gillett for photographing with me.
If rain on a wedding day is truly good luck, then Caroline and Daniel will have the luckiest life ever. Hurricane Joaquin was an uninvited guest at their wedding in October, but that didn't stop Caroline and Daniel, and their family and friends, from celebrating in the most-joyful way possible. It was a beautiful day full of laughter and tears, and you'd never have known the day-long downpours weren't all part of the plan.
Thank you, Caroline and Daniel, for sharing your beautiful wedding day with me and for happily weathering the rainstorm. You two were amazing!
Special thanks to Abby Moore for second shooting with me.
When Caroline suggested we do her bridal session in the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I was worried we might be interrupted by crowds flocking to the Valley for a glimpse of the elk herd. Worse yet, I was afraid we wouldn't even be able to shoot there with the elk at their peak of activity and the Park therefore closing sections of the Valley to keep visitors safe.
When we arrived, though, it was a beautiful day, and we found the historic Palmer Chapel completely empty. Fall was just beginning to color the leaves, the afternoon sun was warm and golden, and Caroline was perfectly at home in her beautiful gown, cowboy boots, and handmade antique brooch bouquet. There were many visitors, and lots of elk, but we still found many lovely spots for photos where we could capture both the awesome natural beauty of the valley as well as this magical time in Caroline's life.
Thanks for sharing this day with me, Caroline!
There was a big rainstorm right before Samantha and Meredith's ceremony at Old Sherill's Inn. The guests were still enjoying a pre-ceremony coffee hour, which is now my very favorite wedding tradition that I hope gets repeated over and over again. Friends and family mingled with Samantha and Meredith as the rain came down. At ceremony time, the clouds parted and the sun came out, and together we all walked towards their ceremony site. Samantha and Meredith, and their dog Big, walked down the aisle together, following their parents and siblings into a space filled with love and joy. Their friend Heather served as their officiant, offering beautiful words as a starting point for their union. At one point, family members were invited to add soil from their homes to a pot holding a new tree to be planted at Samantha and Meredith's home. The soil, she said, carried with it memories of skinned knees and backyard games, each story a step in the path that led to this moment.
I don't believe there was a dry eye during this beautiful and heartfelt ceremony, myself included. To say this was a genuine, joy-filled, loving moment would be an understatement. It was an honor to photograph it, and I left feeling like I had witnessed something profound, and made some new friends along the way.
Blessings for your life together, Samantha and Meredith. You indeed create together something greater than you once were. XOXO
One year after their wedding, Gowtham and Madu invited me to photograph them in their traditional Indian wedding attire and jewelry. The result was one of my favorite photo shoots ever, filled with bold colors, beautiful textures, and intricate adornments that had all played an integral part in their wedding celebration. I love that they took the time out of their busy lives to celebrate in this way, and am honored they asked me to help document it.
Best wishes for a colorful, beautiful life together, Gowtham and Madu!