Angela + Katie - Seasons on Love at Oglebay

I felt SO honored to be able to take part in this wedding between Katie and Angela.  I was privileged enough to photograph their engagement session when they were here visiting Asheville last year.  We really had a great time.  Super early shoot in Dupont State Forest where the mist was rising off the water at Hoooker Falls, making it so ethereal.  We laughed about coming up with poses and then abandoning those poses to play and have fun, showing off their love style in the setting of the fall leaves.  It’s always the best when I get to have an engagement session with a couple. #1 you get to know them which I think allows for better photographs, and #2 We learn how to communicate in “photo speak”.  Meaning I get to learn what works and what doesn’t, good sides to the camera, angles, and verbal cues that work best with our flow.  So ALL that aside, let’s just say we had a blast and I was bummed when their wedding was out of town and I wasn’t going to be their wedding photographer. HOWEVER, the stars aligned and I was able to fit them in, between my FOUR other weddings in September! And traveled out to work with them on this SUPER special day!  (Some of our amazing engagement session is here for you to peruse as well!)

The venue was really nice, and I have to say, the deer walking around was like magic. Since I was staying there I got to meet and help out a lot of the family during rehearsal, setting up the venue, and snapping some pics of the festivities. It was nice to see it all happening before the official day. The wedding day was perfect! Weather was perfect and the temperature decided to take a nice dip so we were all cool and loving it. Angela made Katie cry when she sent her a beautiful ring with a compass on it during her early morning makeup session. Katie said, “That’s three already today!” And that’s how the morning went. It was one sentimental loving moment to the next. These two ladies just couldn’t wait to get married! The love was infectious and so wonderful to witness.

Katie surprised Angela with a “Seasons of Love” serenade from the group during the ceremony. It’s one of Angela’s favorite songs, and it held a deep meaning which played in well with the ceremony. Bubbles and applause carried the newly married couple out of the ceremony, and Mrs. and Mrs. Dunn started their lives together as one forever. We partied on into the night, sharing epic dances (yes, there was Uptown Funk as Father/Daughter Dance!) and many, many loving kisses stolen between the new couple. 

Thank you again Angela and Katie for bringing me on this journey with you as your engagement photographer and THEN your wedding photographer. I was so happy to be there and see it all unfold. May these memories bring you endless joy through the years, as you share this amazing life together. I wish you a wonderful Season of Love!


Vendor Love

Venue- Oglebay Resort

Hair and Makeup- Vanessa Sogan Beuty FX

Catering - Bad Axe BBQ

Cake and Cupcakes- Mama C’s Bakery and Deli

DJ- Soundtech DJ Services

Photography- Studio Misha


Engagement Session 2017

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Wedding Day 2018

 I don’t think I’ll ever get a Bride hand feeding a deer again. It was so magical and fit with the day so well. This resort is home to A LOT of deer that are extremely friendly as you can see.

I don’t think I’ll ever get a Bride hand feeding a deer again. It was so magical and fit with the day so well. This resort is home to A LOT of deer that are extremely friendly as you can see.

 As we were taking these photos in a field by her getting ready cabin, Angela, the bride to be, drove up to drop someone off. It was unexpected and we dove for cover!! I literally almost fell on top of her while I was holding my hands out and shielding her from view and she was crouching in the grass. It was crazy and made for a laughable moment we got to talk about later on. And NO, Angela did not see her!

As we were taking these photos in a field by her getting ready cabin, Angela, the bride to be, drove up to drop someone off. It was unexpected and we dove for cover!! I literally almost fell on top of her while I was holding my hands out and shielding her from view and she was crouching in the grass. It was crazy and made for a laughable moment we got to talk about later on. And NO, Angela did not see her!

 My first wedding in the round! This was really cool and made a very intimate and special circle around these two special people tying the knot.

My first wedding in the round! This was really cool and made a very intimate and special circle around these two special people tying the knot.

 They walked in together on either side of the circle. They couldn’t take their eyes off of each other.

They walked in together on either side of the circle. They couldn’t take their eyes off of each other.

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The Father/Daughter dance was to “Uptown Funk”. It was pretty epic.

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Anna + George - A Backyard Wedding of Blooms, Family and True Love

A backyard wedding is such a wonderful way to celebrate the sanctity of Marriage. Especially when the mother of the groom is a master gardener and flower arranger! It was so beautiful! Hydrangeas were hung in great bunches over the arch, white folding chairs were laid out with a little aisle in the middle, and a harpist play softly off the side, all awaiting the happy couple.

Purple dresses of varying shades and flower crowns made these already beautiful girls of the family look like woodland princesses. They joy of getting ready in the bridal suite was palpable. Hugs flowed warmly all around as the beautiful bride put on the final touches to her look. With nothing but close family in attendance it was really all about the family photos! When do you get everyone together dressed nicely and all photo ready? We took great advantage and had fun doing it.

George watched Anna come down the aisle with a glowing smile on his face. The ceremony was full of loving words from everyone, talking about how much they all meant to each other, and what this life held for them moving forward. For me, this is what a wedding ceremony is all about! I feel so privileged to be a witness to true honest love in this world, and not only to witness, but capture it for them to cherish forever. It just fills a special place in my heart.

After many a tear and laughing through tears (my favorite emotion!), smiles and hugs, and vows that sealed their lives together in this life, cheers and hugs abounded. Champagne was popped and of course, I had to break up the party to get more family photos LOL. The photographer has to be the buzz kill sometimes to get the photos, right?

Congrats to George and Anna, and the loving families that will be there for them on this journey. I am so happy that you asked me to be your wedding photographer. May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years.

Hunter + Luke - Cabin Ridge Mountain Top Wedding

 
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This is one of the many weddings where I paired up with my partner and friend, Myriah Wood, to shoot together as Falcon and Wolf Weddings. We team up so we can offer photo AND video packages together, and Hunter and Luke are proof that our couples out there are enjoying the benefits of this partnership. I was so happy when Hunter wanted to add a Wedding Video to her day as well as a Ceremony Video, so we had full all wedding day amazingness covered!

Here’s a little wedding day teaser video for this amazing September couple, Hunter and Luke. Their wedding, a top a beautiful mountain at The Cabin Ridge Wedding Venue was full of fun and joy despite the hurricane looming just around the corner! They handled it like a seasoned wedding couple…together and with a smile. Then after some amazing BBQ (Alle, Heather and Shelbi rocked it out!), tear-jerkingly touching dances, a cake shmoosh, and some fun games put on my DJ Seven One, there was a grande (someone sprinkly although you’d never know it) Sparkler Exit! So much fun.

Congratulations and may you always weather the storms of life together, and preferably cuddling by a warm fire :)

Vendor Love

Wedding Venue - The Cabin Ridge

Catering- Moe’s Original BBQ

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes- The Baker’s Box

Flowers- The Flower Market DJ - DJ Seven One

Makeup- Lisa Haney Hair- Julia Vargas

Wedding Dress- Fabulous Frocks (Huntersville, NC)

Groom and Groomsmen Suits- Men’s Wearhouse

Videography- Studio Misha working in partnership with Falcon and Wolf Weddings

Photographer- Myriah Wood (Assistants - Cody Brown and Eric Schmiedecke

Happy Anniversary to Noelle + Ben - Your Wedding Story Memories

A year of wedding bliss flies by quick! Only one year ago I was the Wedding Photographer sneaking photos with the girls at the salon while they got their hair done and popped champagne. The guys were drinking beer and getting ready over at the wedding venue, having fun and awaiting the days festivites. Then we were rushing off to the ceremony site at the Asheville Outdoor Center where they joined hands and professed their love in front of family and friends while Tess Darling, a local artist and painter, did a portrait of the scene on site. Quickly followed by the reception right in the same spot with a lively dance floor , two food trucks serving tacos and pizza, (You can’t go wrong with that mix!) and finally…a canoe/sparkler send off! It was a night to remember. I was so happy to be their wedding photographer and help to capture the fun, touching, and beautiful parts of their day.

May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy. May you both grow and forever cultivate a healthy and prospering love with one another. Congratulations and happy marriage!

Vendor Love

Venue- Asheville Outdoor Center

Hair and Makeup - Beauty Parade

Catering- Amazing Pizza Company and Tia B’s Mexican Comfort Food

Second Shooter- Gabe Swinney

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Paint Brush Bouquet and Sawdust Sprinkles - Jill + Colvin's Wedding Day

I’m sharing this video exactly a year after Jill and Colvin’s wedding day as a reminder of the happy memories, love and laughter that were shared on this amazingly special day.

Jill and Colvin are two people who are just crazy about each other. And that’s what they’re day was about. Everyone was pulled in, as they were, to be there and show their support. When the flower girl wanted to wear a leopard costume, Jill said, “Why Not?” And that was pretty much indicative of the day. Everything fit because it came from love. It was magical and beautiful.

I did a full wedding video for Jill, but this was a little teaser video add on to show most of the getting ready fun the girls had together, as well as ending with some of the ceremony magic. I enjoy working with couples to tailor fit wedding videos to what works for them. They’re usually always different in some way, and that’s part of what I love about it.

For more wedding videos, visit my the WEDDINGS page or CONTACT me for more information.

Vendor Love

Venue- Salvage Station

Photo below is from Bridal Portrait Session done with Studio Misha

Hair and Makeup- Vanessa Sogan Beauty FX

Videography- Studio Misha

Photography On the Wedding Day - MCW Photography, Tempus Fugit Design, and Rudy Aguilar

The Portrait of Joseph Herbst And His Alto Sax

I love shooting portraits. They’re always different. One is never the same as the next, because people are so unique! I love finding my own way to tell each person’s story, showcasing their special traits on film. It’s boundless.

When Joseph Herbst asked me to work with him to capture his musical portrait I was thrilled. I love working with musicians because they are, of course, artists themselves so it’s fun to work with a fellow kindred spirit. Plus they usually like to do crazy, fun or weird stuff; which is totally up my alley! Joseph wanted dark and moody meets artsy and creative. So we did some photography in the studio setting with lighting and some creative color work and some outside in the River Arts District using the graffiti and urban settings as a color pop with natural light. I tried some of my favorite styles that feel very “me” like the very contrasted black and white, which I love, and also some stuff that I’ve NEVER done, like a slow motion capture mixed with a portrait. He was game for all of it which makes it super fun and adventurous. Some of the photographs might make an eventual album cover for music that he’s currently working on.

So if you love adventure and want a creative boost in your photography or marketing, CONTACT ME for your next portrait session. I’d love to work with you.

Tina and Adam- A Backyard Wedding in Asheville with Unicorns, Dragons, and Love

Tina and Adam were not my typical wedding couple. When we did their engagement session, it involved a nerdy portrait session, remaking a romance cover novel, and just a slew of silly pics outside in their backyard. Which was soon to be the site of their union, also once the site of the wedding of the previous home owners in the 1960s. So it was laced with tradition and wedding history. They know what they want, and it was all about fun and each other. So of course…I was on board!

The decorations were all made by Tina and her family and friends. The flowers, put together by her mom. All the decorations and accoutrements were put together by loved ones the night before. It was so special how everyone came together to make this happen. This is what weddings are all about.

I love seeing diversity in weddings. Especially here in Asheville. Food trucks at weddings is becoming a fast growing popularity, for so many reasons. Smash Box Mobile Kitchen parked in their driveway and served up hot plates of chicken and waffles, fish tacos, and other crowd favorites. Cakes by Grey supplied amazing cupcakes, which I have to say tasted superb. I haven’t seen cupcakes with filling inside and I’ve been to many a wedding with cupcakes I tell you! I had something with pineapple inside and a whip cream frosting! There was a photo booth in the garage, and a never ending stream of friends wanting to hug and congratulate and have their picture taken with the bride and groom.

Music played into the night from Westsound band and DJ Tommy See played the Bride and Grooms favorites, inspiring them to dance the night away. We ended the night with Dirty Dancing’s Time of My Life, and it was EPIC! Fog machine and laser lights topped it off.

Congratulations to Tina and Adam. Your freak flags can now fly together in this life. I wish you so many years of blissful joy and laughter.

Vendor Love

Photographer- Studio Misha Photography

Makeup and Hair-Ginger with Posh Lash Lounge and Beauty Bar

Cupcakes- Cakes by Melissa Gray- Cakesbygray.com

Catering- Smash Box Mobile Kitchen

Live Band- Westsound

Officiant- Wyman Tannehill

DJ- DJ Mad Sci

Day of Coordinator- Sarah the Extraordinary

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Candice and Charlie Maternity Session- The Hunt For Flowers & Ferns

Candice and Charlie are some of my favorite clients and people!  From head shots, to wedding photography, to maternity photo shoots, and soon....baby photography!  I've photographed their lives and watched as it's all progressed.  I feel so honored to have been there for these momentous occasions and captured it for them to relive forever.

Candice knew she wanted flowers and ferns.  Having pre-hiked Pink Beds in Pisgah and seeing field upon field of wild flowers and sunflowers, we planned to go there the following week.  Unfortunately in that time all the flowers got murdered!  Actually mowed down, you could see nothing but empty, mowed fields.  It was odd!  We continued hiking for about an hour finding some ferns and made the best of the natural forest. 

Just so happened that it's sunflower season at Biltmore!  So when I saw these amazing fields during a run I knew we had to do a whole new shoot just for fun.  I just knew she wanted flowers, especially sunflowers for her vision.  And so we got our flowers, finally.

The world is about to be + 2 amazing, caring and super loving parents and +1 lucky baby boy.  I can't wait to meet him.  Congratulations on your amazing next chapter you two! 

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 We finally found a small patch of ferns that was just perfect for this forest mother

We finally found a small patch of ferns that was just perfect for this forest mother

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The Celebration of a Family Moment

I LOVE family photo shoots.  I don't think people do them enough.  Time passes quickly, and if friends, family, or pets are at all important to you, then why wouldn't you want to document that. Especially if you have a family, and your children are young. 

Kids grow up fast!  I would say plan for a photoshoot 2x a year the first year, then once a year up until 4 or 5 years old, and then maybe every 1-3 years up until mid teens or they graduate from high school.  

Leslie and McLane shared celebrated 9 months with their precious Avery with a family photoshoot.  I brought a balloon, which Avery loved, and we went into the river and played in the water.   Was able to catch a few tender, candid moments when Avery was getting her hair brushed and having a new outfit put on.  I love being able to show those real family moments, since that's what they're going to look back on and remember with love.  And of course, she got to keep the balloon! 

When was the last time you had a family photoshoot to document your loved ones?

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Spring into Love - Kristine and James Engagement

Spring brings beautiful blooms, sunshine, and creates the perfect setting for the celebration of love!  Kristine and James joined me and Myriah Wood, now working together as Falcon and Wolf Weddings for combined Photo and Video Wedding Bookings, for a fun and intimate session amidst the greenery and flowers.

In an engagement session, I always try and capture a couples personality as well as show off the best of themselves.  So they can look back and say "Remember when...".  I always start by asking couples to show me their Cuddle Culture.  Every couple has one.  It's your basic "go to" for holding each other, snuggling, nuzzling, or even fun playful rough housing.  Whatever it is for each couple, that's what I want to see and capture, then we go from there.  If a couple is silly, then we are cute and playful, and if a couple is more serious and quiet, then I allow room for that to happen naturally.  Basically, anything that is true to them during their Engagement Photo Shoot, goes.

Kristine and James were super sweet together, and you didn't have to tell James twice to wrap his arms around her. He couldn't get enough and their love truly radiated.  I can't wait to see them on their wedding day!