Posts Tagged 'Asheville Wedding Photographer'

January 26, 2016
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Recently, I traveled to the Asheville area for an amazing engagement session with Jen & Frayne. Our day began at the spectacular Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, and ended with the amazing sunset views at Black Balsam Knob near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Our time together was truly serene. The couple stated early in the day they didn’t take each other “too seriously” and “just enjoy laughing and spending time together.”  Those attributes were clearly apparent in their shoot. They were both completely at ease without a care in the world.
Generally, there’s some hesitation getting starting at most photo shoots, as it’s sometimes an awkward feeling knowing you are being photographed — but, to Jen & Frayne, I was just there  like part of the scenery — fortunate enough to witness the love they share and their carefree devotion to one another . The best way I could describe their love : purely effortless.

Hiking up the over 6,000 feet elevation of Black Balsam Knob, we really weren’t sure what the evening would hold.  The clouds in the distance were clearly storm clouds,  yet the sun was peering through the darkness as well. It was without question the most variety I’ve ever received from the sky in a session and the sunset….oh, the sunset. Well, just see for yourself.

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. ~ Horace
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December 17, 2015
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I recently had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with Carolina Bride for their Fall issue.  As you can imagine, I was honored beyond belief.
As I met with then Editor Cristina Wilson to discuss details and envision the article, my heart was pounding.  This was it! I was collaborating on a feature, taking notes and making mental images of a storybook Fall wedding.
As the day dawned at the historic Old Sherrill’s Inn near Asheville, NC, it was a drizzly morning and rain was in the forecast throughout the day.  Oftentimes near the Great Smoky Mountains, those rainy days will end with a gorgeous sunset, so we kept our fingers crossed while battling with the weather.
Later that evening, a car load of optimists waited near Max Patch Mountain, eyes scanning the sky for a clearing — and suddenly there it was. The wind shifted, the clouds began to part, and the sun slowly slid into view.  We immediately jumped out as the sun was racing towards the horizon.
It wasn’t until after we started off the mountain again, the shoot being declared a success, that it dawned on me one of those pictures might be the cover shot.  I guess it just goes to show that once the eye goes to the camera, all other thoughts are gone except the beauty that lies immediately in your sight.

Real life is about weathering the storms of life together — Seth Adam Smith

My special thanks to Barbara Pedwell of From This Day Forward Wedding & Event Design, who truly did an incredible job bringing this vision to life and to my amazing assistant Jessica Henry.
Full contributors list below.

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Here’s the actual magazine feature for those that weren’t able to get their hands on a hard copy!

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Full Vendor List :

Venues: Max Patch & Old Sherrill’s Inn

Wedding Design, Planning & Decor Items, Floral Design & Cake: Barbara Pedwell-Dearborn From This Day Forward

Photography: Julia Laible Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Caroline Hamlin Byrnes

Produced by: Cristina Wilson

Wardrobe: Wildflower Bridal, Winnie Couture & Meredith A. Jackson Jewelry

Hair: Hair & Makeup by Heather Ellison

Makeup: Makeup on Location, Ana Cadena

Stationary: Note+Nest Paperie

Desserts & Menu Creation: Plant

Linens: First Impressions, Charlotte

Lace Place Settings, Matching Vases: Michael Hofman Studios, Asheville

Tables, Chairs, Flatware, Gold Rimmed Glasses: Classic Event Rental, Asheville

Accommodations: Behind the Scenes: Providence Lodge & Gallery

Bride & Groom: Josh & Morgan Thompson

 

 

April 21, 2015
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In life’s travels, many of us will eventually come across an isolated place in nature that speaks to our heart.  We are the lucky ones — to be touched by nature’s glory, as we stand in awe of a vista that surrounds us in beauty and serenity.
Thank you, Savannah and Jaymin, for traveling with me along this memorable journey.  A journey in which the waterfall reminds us to be free in our lives and our love.

I want my life to be a mountain stream that rushes down wild flowered slopes through pine glades into green valleys, I do not want culverts to contain my force or cement to channel my flow, nothing to break my life’s course with roots, stones and sand.  ~ Lowell McMullin

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December 11, 2014
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Wedding Photography can have so many facets. From the Engagement through the Wedding itself, it’s a whirlwind of sessions, and many times the stress involved for a couple can be nearly overwhelming.
Typically, many couples are forced to choose a wedding venue based on the size of their guest list and the many accommodations needed for a large wedding party, thus their dreamy idea of an isolated mountaintop are cast aside for the more practical locations.

For Jennifer and Neil , they opted to fulfill their dream with a Day After Session in the wilds of Boone, North Carolina.
We had actually attempted scheduling the shoot several times, but had to delay each time because of snow in the mountains.  Finally, with the temperatures barely reaching 50 degrees, we traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of a ridge we had only ever read about.

We were dressed for hiking, and in addition to all the camera gear, we were also carrying all the required wedding attire. You can only imagine the looks we received along the trail that day. After a lengthy hike, which included crossing over downed trees, we reached a spot that could double as a dressing room of sorts. Walking several yards off the trail, Neil and I held a sheet behind which Jennifer changed into her wedding gown. The process was repeated as Neil donned his tux.

We continued with our hike, albeit much slower.  If we thought people were staring before, it was nothing like the looks this couple were now receiving from the other hikers along trail. They were sudden celebrities and hikers stopped to talk, and wish them congratulations on their wedding.  Here we were, miles from civilization on a windy mountaintop. It was just surreal.  Both the couple and myself felt the amazing peacefulness of our surroundings envelope us.  It was honestly one of the most amazing moments I’ve had as a photographer.  I could easily picture shooting an elopement from this scenic spot — it was inspiring and captivating to say the least.

Once the sun began to ebb, the shadows suddenly fell over the mountains, leaving us chilled and ready for the trek back down the trail. Using our flashlight apps, we navigated our way down the mountain and back into civilization.  But for a short while, we were at the top of creation in our own world. A world filled with dreams and inspiration. A world in which Jennifer and Neil will now travel together as husband and wife.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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Hair and Makeup by the amazing Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty.

Bouquet by Toni Brown Designs.