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Every year this is one of my favorite blog posts to curate. As a creative, it’s enthralling to look back at the work you created over 365 days and all the adventures you took with some pretty incredible people. This year started off with a bang in Maui, celebrating Theresa + Derek’s elopement. The first eight weeks of the spring season were spent on the road, traveling all over the Southeast (Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Virginia) and the Northeast (Maryland, New York, Massachusetts). The summer months were enjoyed in three of our favorite places in the world (Asheville, Michigan, and Portland), as we hiked mountains, swam in the lake, savored incredible food, spent time with family + friends, and, of course, photographed lots of wonderful people. Fall was a slightly slower season than normal. But, that decision was intentional when we found out we were pregnant this spring. I still traveled a little bit (Charleston, New York, Wilmington), but I loved spending most of the fall months in Asheville hiking almost every week for elopements and sessions.

I’ve been offering mentor sessions and internships for the past four years, and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with some incredible artists this year as well. I loved teaching and running portfolio reviews at the Asheville Folk Photography Workshop and Fall Break alongside some wonderfully talented creatives.

This year has been phenomenal in every way.

On a personal level, I want to say how grateful I am to my 2016 couples who were so kind and always made sure I was hydrated, fed, and taken care of on their wedding day. I can’t emphasize enough how much it means to me to be a part of such a momentous day in your marriage. The honor of witnessing, listening, and telling your stories is an incredible responsibility I will never take for granted. Thank you, thank you for letting me into your lives. You all are the best.

I have to say a huge thanks to the lovely women who helped me out throughout the year. First, Emma, who was my spring intern. She’s a rockstar and lifesaver, y’all. Rivkah, Amelia, Julia, Caroline, Abbi…thanks for being the runners, climbers and bag carriers during the later phases of pregnancy. Last but not least, my husband wins the gold star for carrying my bag and all the heavy things throughout the last four months of pregnancy (including every shoot, elopement, and wedding!). I couldn’t have made it through the season without all of your love and support.

My goals and and reflections on the year are posted here, if you’re curious :)

Without further adieu, here are my favorite images from 2016.

 

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  • Emma - So much happiness and love this year. Thank you for sharing a bit of that with me. <3ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Tenney Goss - Inspiring, as always! I love how you allow your artistic eye to lead your work as well as capturing the emotion, and how you use light so skillfully. Breathtaking! Looks like you’ve had a stellar year! Thinking of you as you finish out the last few weeks of your pregnancy and begin life as a mother. Sending positive vibes for a good labor and birth experience. I can’t wait to see what photo gems you get photographing your child!ReplyCancel

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Martha and Jesse have become dear friends of ours over the past few years. Martha and I met at Syracuse University and have stayed in touch through the wedding industry and alumni mentoring groups ever since. When they asked me to photograph their wedding, I was beyond honored. Not to mention they had at least 20 other photographers in attendance at their wedding! :) A few of my favorite moments:

// Martha and Jesse got ready together at their house with their families and friends. I loved that they were able to spend as much of the day together as possible (until Martha put on her dress, of course!)

// They chartered a school bus to take their bridal party and family to Camp Brockway for photos. It was a fun way to take in the views along the way.

// Syracuse gets its reputation for being one of the snowiest cities in America. While it didn’t snow, it was quite frigid on this particular Saturday in October. However, right after they were pronounced man and wife, the sun shone through the clouds and highlighted Jesse and Martha. It was magical.

// Martha’s dad wrote a song in lieu of a traditional toast. It was incredibly sweet and sentimental to Martha + Jesse.

// Martha baked a carrot cake for the reception in memory of their first date together. On that special day they ate carrot cake cupcakes at the very same place where they hosted their ceremony.

Huge thanks to Mary for helping me out on this wedding!

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Aimee and Justin adore the wilderness. They are both talented athletes, running marathons and training for extreme biking adventures on a regular basis. The backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains was the perfect fit for their elopement.

They invited their closest family and friends to celebrate with them at Craggy Gardens. However, one elemental person was missing from the festivities: Aimee’s mom, who had passed away a few years earlier. Her presence was felt in every hug and tear shed. They allotted a special part of their ceremony to her memory, and it was a truly beautiful sentiment.

After the ceremony, we hiked to the pinnacle and took in the stunning skies that were painted over the rolling mountains. The wild mountain air danced from peak to peak, sending Aimee’s hair and dress flying without reserve. As the night approached, we climbed down the mountain, barefoot and hearts full.emotional elopement craggydocumentary elopement photographers ncasheville elopementsbest wedding photographers ashevillemorningwild photographycraggy gardens elopement ceremoniesaimee and justinmorningwildasheville elopement photographerscraggy gardens elopementfall elopements craggycraggy gardens asheville ncweddings at craggy barefoot boho brideboho weddings craggy gardenswinter weddings craggycraggy gardens elopement photographsindie wedding photographers best elopement photographers asheville nccraggy gardens sunsetmoody wedding photographers ncbarefoot bridecraggy gardens photoselopements at craggy gardens in asheville ncmountain venues elopements ashevillemountain elopements boho brides ashevilleboho elopements asheville nc

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Elly is a brilliant wedding photographer; therefore, every decision about their elopement was incredibly intentional based on her experience in the wedding industry. Elly and Aaron invited only their closest family and friends (even Skyping in her brother from Hawaii) to spend the weekend at a beautiful rental house with 300º views of the Appalachian Mountains. Together they enjoyed exchanging stories, making new memories, and sharing wonderful food and drinks. The girls spent Sunday gathering wildflowers for Elly’s bouquet and preparing for the wedding.

The forecast for Monday was rain. A lot of rain. All afternoon we studied the forecast, trying to track the thunderstorms that we could hear in the distance. Elly laughed and remarked that she had always loved the rain. They happily embraced the weather predictions and proceeded to host their ceremony outside, as originally planned.

It began to pour as Elly and her father made their way down the grassy aisle. Their friends and family snuggled under umbrellas, wiping away tears and raindrops. Everyone took in the magic of the moment and wildness of the storm.

Once the ceremony finished, their friends strummed on guitars and sang as they paraded as a group back to the house for crepes and toasts.

Thank you to Julia for helping me out and running around in the rain! A few of hers are scattered in this post.

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