I leave every year with excitement and anticipation for the new year and memories from the previous 365 days. By far, the most significant life event for me was becoming a mom. Kittredge made this one of the most wonderful years of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and cried so much, nor felt so alive. Oh, and tired ;)

I had a truly fabulous wedding season, and I celebrated with many incredible people. I enjoyed every hike, every beautiful conversation, every photograph, every sunrise + sunset, every adventure, and every ounce of honest emotion that I was honored to witness.

With the addition of our sweet baby boy + maternity leave, I was fortunate to book most of my work closer to Asheville this season. However, I thoroughly enjoyed our travels to Colorado, Michigan, South Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, and all over North Carolina for various sessions and weddings.

I have to give major props to my interns this year. Mor + Lucy helped carry me through the season with sleep deprivation and hours behind the breast pump. They were an invaluable part of my 2017 team, and I couldn’t have made it through 25 weddings without them. I also want to give endless thanks to all of my couples this year. Everyone was incredibly understanding and supportive of my maternity leave and pumping breaks.

And, of course, the biggest thanks to my husband for holding down the fort at home. For helping me through labor, long editing days, late nights, weekends away, diaper changes, chores….I could go on and on. I just adore sharing this life and being parents with you.

Sitting 40+ weeks pregnant at the beginning of 2017, I was concerned that becoming a mother would overtake my desire for this work, this art. However, it has only solidified the significance of what I do. Time is precious. Fleeting. It restructured my priorities and helped me say no to so many unfulfilling things that wasted time (read more about my 2018 goals here). I want to fill my days with my family and friends that bring an incredible amount of joy to my world. I want to spend my days pursuing this career that I love so much. Making photographs of moments that matter. Of laughter, love, honesty, creativity. Chasing sunsets, mountains, and purpose. These are thing things that set my heart ablaze.

2018, I’m ready for you.

Without further adieu, here are my favorite memories from 2017.


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I remember meeting Lindsey and Ross for coffee when I was 9+ months pregnant on a cold winter’s evening. They were like a breath of fresh air and two of the kindest people I’ve met.

I loved that their wedding vision was not wrapped up in details but in the people that were celebrating with them. Since they are the type of people that don’t like to be the center of attention, they were most looking forward to the dancing + music, where they could be with their people. Lindsey + Ross are two incredibly talented musicians, and their taste in music was beautifully integrated throughout the day. They recorded a CD for each and every one of their guests, and selected Ross’s brother’s band to serenade the newlyweds and their family for the evening. It was a lovely, laid-back wedding celebration.

I had the pleasure of working with some of my favorite vendors:

Dress: Wildflower Bridal
Flowers: Flora
Planning: Events by Kiera
Officiant: Howard Hanger
Bridesmaid dresses:  BHLDN
Catering: Black Eyed Susan Catering

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Danielle + Reece are troopers. You probably can’t tell, but it was at most 10º on this day. The wind was bitter, and the atmosphere was gearing up for two feet of snow over the next week. However, these two made it look like summer and never complained for a minute, even when I asked them to lie in the snow.

At least it should be warmer for their wedding in August. I cannot wait!

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When Teresa + Brian visited Asheville for their venue visit, they told me point-blank that this was not going to be a traditional wedding by any means. They had planned for their entire family to officiate the ceremony at Cataloochee Ranch. Teresa joked that it might be a hot mess, but at least it would be special. They wanted their weekend to be an incredible experience for all involved.

My favorite moments:

// Teresa rode into the ceremony on a horse. It took a lot of perseverance and patience to coax the horse to allow her to get on (it was scared of her veil), but it was worth it.

// Their ceremony was beautiful. I loved that their entire family + bridal party was involved with the service. Their parents helped them exchange vows, and their friends offered wisdom.

// There were moments at this wedding that I forgot I was in North Carolina. The view from Maggie Valley is incredible. While we were in the pasture taking photos, a herd of horses galloped toward us. They were incredibly curious and tried to get into our car.

// Even though they flew in from NYC, Teresa and Brian planned every last detail. They put together all of the florals and decorations. They even brought a wind chime to bring in that little extra ambience for their ceremony.

// Of all the weddings this fall, they truly had one of the most beautiful fall days. The light and temperature were absolutely perfect.

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Let me introduce Melissa + Matt by sharing that their Christmas card featured Matt’s beard with ornaments dangling from it. My favorite thing about this couple is that they aren’t afraid to be themselves.

They were married on land in rural Pennsylvania that has been in Melissa’s family for generations. I enjoyed listening to Melissa reminisce of childhood memories at the farm. It wasn’t a large wedding, but everyone that mattered to them was present, especially their dogs, Axel + Skynyrd.

We spent at least an hour exploring the property for photos with the last glimpse of the sun on the horizon. The evidence of our adventure clung to Melissa’s beautiful BHLDN gown. We returned to the pole barn, which had been transformed with M’s vision. Guests sat around the tables enjoying themselves as the night drew to an end.

With the campfire hot and drinks in hand, everyone studied the sky to watch fireworks dance with the stars.


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After a long, fun wedding day, Brianna and Josh wanted to spend the next day relaxing. I stopped by their hotel room at the Grand Bohemian for a little while to just hang and capture a few moments of the newlyweds while they were on cloud nine.

As much as I love climbing mountaintops with my couples, I also love the challenge of making a variety of images in one room with one window. It helps that these two have such natural chemistry.

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