Vintage Glamour in Downtown Asheville- Juliette + Keevon at Rennaissance Hotel

Downtown Asheville is a beautiful and eclectic metropolis, both with a modern edge and breathtaking scenic views from all angles. Our real life couple, Juliette and Keevon, were a perfect fit for this downtown wedding.  We picked TWO fabulous dresses for Juliette at Wedding Inspirations Bridal Boutique; a wedding dress that fit like a glove with a gorgeous, dramatic train, AND a beaded, fringe reception dress giving a nod to the roaring twenties for the after party. It was great that they had so much selection at the same store; Wedding dresses, mother of the bride, some wedding party, reception dresses, flower girl dresses, robes and so many jewelry and accessories. This is my first styled shoot I’ve done with a reception dress and I definitely plan to do it again. I loved having a whole second look to play with and Juliette and Keevon had fun pretending they were in the “kick-back party time” segment of the wedding day.

For Keevon, we fitted a classic black and white tux from Mitchell’s Tuxedos. Kathy is a genius and picked out the perfect look for him.  And he looked SO handsome in it! Some men were just born to wear tuxes. For the second look, with something this classic, we just lost the bow tie and partied on into the night.

A special touch to our couple’s photo shoot was a 1955 Bel Air classic car, bringing an old Hollywood feel. Burrell Vintage Cars parked it right outside the hotel, and we couldn’t stop clicking away. For couples who want a special touch, you can’t go wrong with a classic car! The pictures from that part of the day had such an amazing flair because of the beauty of that car paired with this gorgeous couple.

From the super chic lobby to the top floor views of the mountains and surrounding city, The Renaissance Hotel was the perfect venue for our shoot.  For couples who have lots of out of town guests, a large amount of guests who might range in age or needs , or people who just love amenities, a hotel wedding is a perfect choice. Renaissance Hotel is also a dog friendly hotel, making this a perfect destination for dog lovers. You can do everything from your bachelorette pool party or bridal shower, to rehearsal dinner, to wedding and reception, even the morning after breakfast; with a hotel wedding, it’s all in one spot. And as a wedding videographer and photographer here in Asheville, I can speak from experience that it’s nice to have that capability. And not to get rained out LOL.

We really enjoyed showing such a wide range of moments with our couple; from sweet and cuddly overlooking the sunset, to edgy and editorial in front of the RH bookshelf.   We had the best; the venue, the amazing flowers and chic cake, the FABULOUS dresses and tux, a one of a kind classic car, not to mention award winning hair and make-up, and the sweetest, cutest couple. Thank you to everyone for your passion and creativity. This wedding styled shoot will be hard to top!

Special thanks to Christine at Renaissance for taking care of us all day, and Silvio for such a beautifully decorated table!

VENDORS WE LOVE

Photography- Studio Misha Photography

Venue- Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Hair- Britton Asheville with Eclipse Salon

Beauty- Frances Martinez with Franky and Rouge 

Flowers- Asheville Wedding Florist

Cake- Parfaits and Petit Fours 

Bridal Fashion- Wedding Inspirations Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Fashion- Mitchell’s Tuxedos

Antique Car- Burrell Vintage Cars

Photo Assist- Myriah Wood 

Bride Model- Preston Juliette Owen

Groom Model- Darius Keevon Baten

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Avyanna + Phoenix - Sanctuary in the Pines at Highland Lake Cove Retreat Center

This wedding day was just a glorious collection of people, emotions and shining elements of beauty and love that came together to bless these two people, Avyanna and Phoenix, as they joined their lives together. Every piece of the day was intentional, and brought in for reasons meant to enhance and elevate. These two are true soul mates! And I am overjoyed not only that I got to be there to witness and capture it as their photographer, but also because I get to count them as special people who matter to me in my life.

Avyanna was a vision in her pink, sparkly “princess” dress! Their little one, soon to be joining their family, took a center place in the middle of the day, always there, always feeling into everything they were experiencing, and soaking up all the love. Even when we had to make a run for it during our couples pictures early in the day when a HUGE wall of water was falling from the sky and making its way toward us, there was always a smile and a happy kiss between the couple. The rain was just another beautiful element.

The ceremony was the most moving part of the day. Avyanna made her way down the aisle with a slow march, taking in every face, every detail, soaking up every second of this important journey. I got teary eyed watching it! And at the end of the ceremony, after their first kiss as a married couple, they surprised everyone with a first dance, right there in front of all family and friends, complete with bubbles. Their exit song was singing “thank you”s to everyone there, and Avyanna and Phoenix hugged and had a special moment with everyone in attendance. I am going to have to steal that idea for myself in the future LOL.

This was such a lovely and heart-felt celebration. And I’m so honored that they chose me to be their wedding photographer and videographer. We captured the ceremony to be relived forever, and with all those special moments, I’m so glad they made that decision. Blessings to you both and little “blueberry”. More joy soon to come.

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Aimee + Bryan - Lake Eden Events & Lodging, Black Mountain, NC

One of my favorite wedding couples from 2018! Aimee and Bryan, I am so glad that everything turned out so amazing for your wedding day! You had perfect weather and picturesque views during the ceremony, and the celebration lasted long into the night at the reception. AND we had time to meet up before and shoot a sweet mini-engagement session. Loved it.

You had THREE, yes three, cakes! Baked by your amazing sister if I remember correctly. Gorgeous multi colored wild flowers adorning your hair and making up your bouquet. I loved that you did a first look! It’s always such a special moment, and we got to do pictures early LOL. Your doggie was there with a felt flower necklace around her collar that you made. And duck poop on your wedding dress! You were such a trooper. The pictures we took by the lake were hopefully worth it, and I’m so glad you let me know that it successfully came out!

Happy Anniversary to you both! I wish you multitudes of joy and blissful love throughout the years. Keep laughing, keep loving, and have fun together. Crossing my fingers our photo paths will cross again; Should you ever visit Asheville again that is :) Cheers!

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

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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