KIRSTEN /// BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC

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It’s an honor to be asked to shoot another photographer, let alone a photographer‘s wife.  No pressure or anything. ;)

I love when I get the opportunity to do individual portraits because it’s a challenge to work with subjects one-on-one…to figure them out, to make them feel beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera.  I had a wonderful time getting to know Kirsten and exploring Montreat, a small little town just outside of Black Mountain.

She’s truly stunning, inside and out.

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KIRSTEN /// SNEAK

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There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.  To me, that is the true essence of beauty. –Steve Maraboli

JANINE + BENCE ELOPEMENT /// ASHEVILLE, NC

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Janine + Bence had one of the most unexpected elopements in Asheville.  As their day approached, stormy weather with damaging winds was on the horizon for their chosen date.  We decided to bump it to the next morning, which meant waking up before sunrise (3:00a for us!) to ensure that we were shooting in the best light.  After a long and twisty drive to Max Patch, we expected a beautiful overlook of the mountains.  Instead, we saw fog.

Lots, and lots of fog.

I should also mention that it was below freezing.
The main trail was closed.
None of us could feel our fingers or toes, especially J+B in their sandals.

Even with nothing going to plan, these two had one goal in mind:  getting married.

We ultimately decided it would be best to elope by their campsite at Campfire Lodgings.  We called the officiant and she was thankfully flexible with switching locations. We hiked a little bit in the woods, and Janine + Bence shared their vows with the sun shining through the trees.  We wrapped up their elopement with a little picnic in the woods on a blanket sentimental to time they first met.

It goes to show, being with the one that matters most and enjoying the experience is far more important than perfect plans.  I love how flexible and positive J+B were even with the craziness.  They made it a beautiful day.

J+B:  I wish you all the best in your marriage and life!  Thanks for inviting us to be a part of such an intimate celebration.  We loved sharing the day and all the adventures with you.

Special thanks to my dear friend, Alicia White, for waking up at the crack of dawn to help shoot and witness their ceremony.  I owe you coffee for life!  haha :)

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Love these two moments below after they were pronounced husband and wife!

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Congrats Janine + Bence!