Jessica + Derek - Tough Love Engagement Session at South Slope CrossFit

I’ve mentioned before how much I love photographing engagement sessions. And I especially love when the couple makes it super personal and unique. Jessica and Derek met at their CrossFit gym, and they love working out together, so it became the perfect backdrop for our engagement shoot.

Jessica and Derek were rock stars. They planned the 405 pound duo dead lift, Squats with a kiss thrown in, tying the knot (literally) and then spontaneously we threw in jump rope and several funny attempts at a chalky high five.

Thank you guys for celebrating this special moment with me and letting me capture these memories for you. I can’t wait for the wedding in OCTOBER!

Please like, comment and share. Tell me about where you met your soul mate? What would have been the setting to your engagement session?

VENUE- South Slope CrossFit in Downtown Asheville, NC

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Allison + Josh- Autumn Wedding with Color and Waterfalls- Laurel Falls in Fairview, NC

The leaves were bursting with color all around us, with a breathtaking view off the porch of the main house at Laurel Falls. Allison and Josh were getting ready. Well, as we all know, the bride always gets ready while the groom is hanging out waiting, LOL. Rebecca Biggers with Lola Salon & Gallery was transforming her with old Hollywood glam, with a nod to our natural surroundings by adding a little sprig of pine. It looked so feminine and gorgeous. Flora dropped off the bouquet and boutonnieres and we were all gasping with amazement. I’ve never seen a bouquet like this before. It was massive and just filled with amazing flowers and details.

It was bright and sunny at the ceremony site, but we had a fabulous view of the mountains behind us. Later, we explored the vast property and took some intimate and sweet Bride and Groom Portraits. There was no place that wasn’t gorgeous. But I think the waterfall was my favorite. Allison just popped off the backdrop of this gorgeous falls area. And then we snuck in one last kiss on the path back back to house. A perfect day!

Let me know what spot you liked the best. Please comment below and share your thoughts.

Vendors Supreme

Venue- Laurel Falls

Flowers- Flora

Hair and Makeup- Lola Salon and Gallery

Design and Art Direction- Dana Irwin

Rebecca + Connor - St. John in the Wilderness & Black Tie Afterparty

I would have to say that no two wedding videos are ever the same. There’s no cookie cutter recipe that I use, and from beginning to end it totally depends on the couple and the events that unfold. Nothing could be more true than this one! It was a perfect duo of sentiment and classic beauty mixed with uninhibited joy and fun. So how to tackle the video and make ONE highlight? I decided it simply had to be….both!

They had a beautiful ceremony planned at St. John in the Wilderness, with an impressive bridal party: 10 on the bride side and 13 on the grooms. Each bridesmaid held a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. These flowers were everywhere, bathing the ceremony and reception in beauty and color. Every pew was packed full of elegant wedding guests, laughing and crying along with the ceremony.

Then followed by the reception at Rebecca’s parent’s home in Flat Rock, NC. She had given me a tour of the reception site (her ) many months before her wedding date. She pointed where the white tents were gonna be set up, and described a “ladder dance” of which I had never heard before. How can there be so many people on the dance floor you would need a ladder? Post reception….it became clear. This was a rockin’ party with everyone busting a groove on the dance floor and not stopping until late into the night. Rebecca and her Dad started it off with “Who’s That Lady?”, with Connor and Mom jiving to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”. Not to be outdone, Rebecca and Connor’s first dance was to “Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James. The AMAZING live band, The Black and Blue Effect, was one of the most talented and spectacular bands I’ve seen at a wedding in my career. The singers, the musicians, the amount of songs they knew, their energy! and an OUTFIT CHANGE halfway through the performance! Never seen that before! Rebecca had requested NO slow songs for the reception, and they kept up the pace keeping everyone partying along with them.

So here is my highlight video for this amazing couple. Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding videographer! Rebecca wrote me after her full wedding video and said, “We quite literally laughed and cried our way through it.” That’s the greatest compliment I could ever receive. May you laugh and cry (tears of joy of course) for many more years to come. And I hope you eel the love, joy and happiness of these moments every time you watch your videos. Many happy wishes to you both!

Amazing Vendors

Ceremony Site- St. John in the Wilderness

Flowers- Bloom Room

Caterer- Colorful Palate

Cake- 50/fifty

Hair/Makeup- Lola salon

Band- Black and Blue Experience with East Coast Entertainment

Classic Event Rentals

Photographer- Jeremy Russell Photography

Event Coordinator/Planner- Katy Nevel

Sarah + Joey in a Misty Mountaintop Wedding at The Cabin Ridge in Hendersonville, NC

Sarah and Joseph got married at an amazing hilltop wedding venue, The Cabin Ridge, on a foggy and chilly day in October. This is my second time at this venue and it’s amazing every time. It was beautifully, magical how the mist covered the landscape and hung around like a giddy wedding guest.

The ceremony took place inside, in front of a warm and cozy fireplace decorated with flowers and lights. The bride and groom were the warmest in the room for sure, from standing right in front of the fire, and I think by their undying love for each other. Exchanging of letters and personalize wedding vows made the ceremony feel special and touched the hearts of everyone attending. After family photos, where everyone DID brave the cold and wind for one large group photo outside, it was dinner and speeches. The bride and groom greeted each table, which I always think is so wonderful, and then first dances began.

Sarah and Joey started at opposite sides of the venue, and met in the middle for a super sweet choreographed dance. Not to be outdone, the love that beamed during the Father/Daughter dance brought a tear to my eye for sure. It always gets me. I think of my dance at my wedding more than 11 years ago now. Gosh I JUST LOVE WEDDINGS!

The sparkler exit was particularly magical with all the mist and fog accumulating in the night air. This amazing couple took their first steps towards a new life of love, commitment and devotion to each other.

Thank you to Sarah and Joey for choosing me to be your wedding videographer! And for choosing me and Myriah to do both photo and video for your special day! May you smile and laugh for many years to come watching your memories unfold again and again.

Vendor Love

Wedding Venue - The Cabin Ridge
Hair and Make-up- Marie Churilla
Flowers- Choy’s Flowers & Ikebana
Bridal Dress or details- The Lily Rose Bridal Shop, dress is Heather by Watters
Groom’s Attire and/or Groomsmen-  Men’s Warehouse
Catering- Hubba Hubba Smokehouse
DJ- Pol VanRhee
Day of Coordinator- Andy Owensby
Photographer- Myriah Wood

Cake- Sweets of Lake Lure - Ennis Julian

Karyn and Kyle- A Playful and Loving Wedding at Highland Lake

Karyn and Kyle were by far my most playful and fun couple of the season. I was so excited that they chose me to be their wedding photographer. They didn’t want a big to do. So it was a day that was all about family and concentrated on the simple ceremony that started it all.

A beautiful handmade wooden arbor was center stage in front of the lake at Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock. The color had just started bursting, with orange, yellow, and a little bit of red sparkling like fireworks in the tree tops. While Karyn was getting ready with Mom and other family, flower girls were princessing around with silver crowns and practicing for their procession. And that’s how it all began. The little gents came bearing rings, and flower girls sprinkled their petals paving the way for the beautiful bride. After her dad walked her down the aisle, he imparted some special words to her, whispering in her ear, causing surprising tears to flow. It was a special moment for sure. Her brother facilitated the nuptials, vows were exchanged, and rings were given. Time for cake and champagne!

We went out in the autumn leaves for bride and groom pics, out by the lake for some tender moments, and ended it all with a bridal piggy back ride back to the venue. It wasn’t in our original plan to do more photos but when Karyn and Kyle told me they wanted some photos downtown and there was ALSO a mural that was really important to them, I felt like it was just super important to capture it. Especially once I saw the pic of their favorite mural. “Play Every Day” I mean it doesn’t get any better then that! When you’re a wedding photographer, and you are blessed with a couple that wants to do crazy, fun things….you take every advantage!

So our downtown bride and groom photo session was born! Starting at the mural, then going to some crosswalks on the way to downtown center. On the way back, I was inspired by Karyn wearing her new hubbies jacket and the secret flask that was brought out. I gave them the idea, and the Tossing Bouquet in the Air Like A Rockstar photo was born. It was so EPIC!

Thank you to Karyn and Kyle for going along with my crazy photo ideas. And for being so loving and vulnerable in your bride and groom portrait session. It was an honor to be your wedding photographer. And even though you wanted a small ceremony with no fuss, no muss, you still valued capturing these special moments with photography. I wish you many joyful and playful years ahead. Enjoy each other and remember to PLAY EVERY DAY!

Vendor Love

Venue- Highland Lake Cove

Cake- Sams Club

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There were so many family photos I had put in a slideshow.

Because it was just family at the ceremony, we took plenty of extra time capturing everyone together. YAY for family photos!

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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