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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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  • jenny - these are breathtaking. every. single. image. and you are the slayer of black and white editing!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Cooley - Megan these are beautiful!! All of them make me smile! Happy 2018!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Stecco - You are so talented, beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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Amelia has become a dear friend of mine since we moved to Asheville, and it was an incredible honor to be asked to photograph her and Nick’s wedding at her family farm. Every ounce of their wedding weekend was intentionally and thoughtfully planned, which made it all the more meaningful. 

After photographing at least a hundred weddings of her own, Amelia knew that she wanted the limited stress of an elopement but the celebration of a reception. They spent Friday with just their families, exchanging vows in the field that she grew up chasing lightning bugs and farm animals. A close friend crafted the wedding dress, making sure to include pieces of Amelia’s mother’s and grandmother’s gowns. As her grandmother laced up the buttons that were once on her dress, I saw a glisten in her eye. During the ceremony she spoke of how she was the only grandparent left to witness such a marvelous day, which left everyone in tears.

After promises were made, rings exchanged, flowers thrown, we hurried to a nearby dairy farm to catch the last bit of light. The cows were attracted to the joy and wouldn’t leave our side. Their curiosity left us giggling, especially as they licked Nick’s car.

Sherril’s Inn is like a second home to Amelia, so it seemed only appropriate to have their reception at the “big house.” On Saturday, family and friends from all over the country flew in to celebrate the newlyweds. A close friend baked over a dozen pies. Another designed speciality cocktails. Amelia harvested the honey from her beehives as a gift for their guests. Nick built the triangle arch that they stood under for their ceremony. Every piece of their day was beautifully crafted by someone they loved.

Sam, the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet, never left Amelia’s side during the festivities. He even imbibed a little of his own, sipping beer out of a cup that someone had left behind.

As the sun dipped below the mountains, the music swelled, the string lights brightened, and everyone danced until the stars lit up the sky.

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Not only was this a day to celebrate their elopement and union as a married couple, but it was also one of the last days they had together before Lu was deployed. The wind whipped through the barren trees, snatching Karen’s veil and  carrying it through the mountain air (thankfully, we were able to recover the veil). They enjoyed every last minute as the sky bathed in the sunset light with a chill that early spring leaves. 

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Bridget + Avery were my first wedding of 2018, and they set the bar pretty high. They had a lovely celebration planned for their friends and family at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC, on St. Patrick’s day. Thankfully we avoided thunderstorms all day until the reception, when it just absolutely down poured. A few of my favorite moments:

// Bridget + Avery decided not to see each other until the ceremony. When she came around the corner, Avery just lost it. It was so sweet.

// The officiant said something similar to “cleaving, weaving, leaving,” during the ceremony, and Bridget started hilariously laughing. If you’ve watched Friends, you’ll know the reference.

// A significant feature at the Hawkesdene House is the mule ride up to the lookout. It is always quite an experience (i.e. you feel like you’re going to die on the way up). But, the view at the top is totally worth it.

// Avery went to pop the champagne for a photo, and the cork barely popped. He remarked, “I promise this is not a preview of what’s to come tonight,” and we all started laughing. It was hilarious.

// While we were wrapping up portraits, I told Bridget and Avery that they should take a minute alone to let everything soak in. We stepped back to give them space. She leaned into him, smiled, and they took in the view together. As we started to pack up to head back to the reception, Bridget turned to me and said “of all the vendors we worked with for our wedding, you were the only one that made sure today was more than a transaction. You cared and reminded us along the way that it was about a marriage and not just a wedding.” I tried hard not to lose it right there on the spot, but those words meant more than she could know.

Photography:  MorningWild Photography
Venue:  Hawkesdene House
Hair:  Rebekah McCann
Makeup: Bailey Upchurch
Florist:  Rambling Rose Florist
Dress: Theia // Ladies of Lineage
Second photographer: More Beatty (thanks so much, More!)

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They met at a party while attending Syracuse University. After graduation, their relationship took them to NYC, San Francisco, and all over the world. California has become a home base, and Palm Springs seemed like the perfect city to host their wedding celebration.

Their close friends and family spent the morning lounging by the pool, soaking up every ounce of that glorious Californian sun. Just before Merritt turned the corner to meet her groom, the reality of getting married hit her. Tears streamed down her face as she gleefully hugged him. We explored their rental property and the Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs, letting the soon-to-be newlyweds take in some time alone before the festivities.

Even though they had written their vows separately, they beautifully mirrored each other. Their words promised a life of adventure and companionship. Several friends teared up and later complimented the couple on their genuine vows.

Merritt and Cory share an infectious bolt of energy, and it seemed only appropriate that their decor would reflect that. The bright colors, neon signs, glow sticks, large balloon installation, and hand-painted tables entertained their guests. To celebrate Merritt’s Spanish heritage, guests enjoyed patatas braves, chorizo, churros, and other delicious delicacies. Some guests lounged on patio furniture, drinking in the warm desert air and specialty cocktails. Others crowded the dance floor, enjoying a game of limbo and the epic party.

Their wedding was also featured on 100 Layer Cake! Here is the link to the feature.

Photography: MorningWild Photography
Planning & Design: Ashley Smith Events
Venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs
Flowers: Of The Flowers
Lounge Rentals: Witty Rentals
DJ: Dart Collective
Balloons: Zim Balloons
Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera ‘Mason’ from Jin Wang in San Francisco
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Suit: Suitsupply
Shoes: Taft

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Merritt + Cory hosted one heck of a wedding weekend in Palm Springs. We decided to sneak away from a few photos on Friday, and it we had an incredible time running around in the desert. Merritt + Cory told me later that it was one of their favorite memories from the weekend, as it gave them time to take a breather and enjoy some time alone before the festivities.

I can’t wait to share more from their wedding day tomorrow, but for now, here are a few of my favorites from our time together on Friday:

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  • Emma - Amazing set of photos! You and your couples are always the best <3ReplyCancel