There were moments yesterday when I felt like I was walking through the skies instead of on the earth.
I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know Carolyn + Jake over the past few months in preparation for their wedding day! I just wrapped up their wedding gallery, so I found it fitting to finally blog their engagement photos.
We carpooled in Jake’s truck to Hawksbill on a warm spring night. We chatted about memories throughout their relationship and laughed while sharing stories. I had never been to Linville before and was overwhelmed with the view once we reached the top. The sun was just starting to dip below the mountains, casting the most stunning orange light. It’s quite a scramble at the end, but the hike was completely worth it. We stayed until it was dark, shivering with the wind.
We were caught in a thunderstorm last night, and none of us minded one bit.
Lindsey + Takashi’s wedding was one for the books. They hosted their celebration at one of my favorite venues in town, The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek. I was also excited to work with my favorite “friendors,” Smash Events. They always host the most relaxing, beautiful weddings. Those florals?! Stunning. And, their food?! Don’t even get me started on how delicious it is. Oh, and I could go on and on about how Lindsey + Takashi are also favorites. Their love is inspiring, and they are two of the sweetest souls you’ll ever meet. The most memorable moments of the day:
// L + T’s personal vows. WOW. They were written eloquently and personally. I looked around and everyone had tears in their eyes (including me). I loved how they each mentioned some of their favorite traits in each other: Lindsey loves how Takashi always walks on the outside of the sidewalk to protect her. Takashi loves that Lindsey wakes up happy everyday. They promised big and small vows, both of which are incredibly important in a marriage.
// Their gifts. Takashi is a crazy talented filmmaker. He filmed a video for Lindsey reflecting on their journey together and playfully integrated it as an episode of Survivor. She crafted a custom vinyl of their favorite songs. Both gifts were sentimental and personal.
// Lindsey’s father recorded himself singing “You Are My Sunshine” and surprised her with it for their dance. Once she realized it was his voice, she couldn’t stop smiling and crying. The moment that transpired was so sweet.
// Lindsey + Takashi live in L.A. and hosted many out-of-town guests. All were treated to delicious southern fare (fried chicken and waffles, BBQ, etc.).
// With tears in his eyes, I watched Takashi mouth, “You are so beautiful” as Lindsey walked down the aisle. It’s an unbelievable privilege to get to witness and document such moments.
Special thanks to More for helping me out. A couple of her images are sprinkled in this set.
I’ve had this post ready for quite some time and keep forgetting to share about my wonderful spring intern! The spring season is already halfway over, but I still wanted to introduce everyone to More. She’s an incredibly fast learner and has been so supportive during this transition of merging motherhood and full time work (i.e. driving while I’m pumping on a wedding day, holding and soothing Kitt so we can get out the door, and just being an overall wonderful second shooter + help!).
Here’s a bit more about her, from More:
Hi! My name is More :) I am a wife, a mommy and a photographer. I have always been obsessed with photography. I think I have about 50,000 photographs backed up from years of documenting everything around me. They’re more than just pictures to me. They’re my memories. They’re my way of reliving special moments. I recently decided to take a leap and turn my passion into a business, and I became a wedding photographer. As a wedding photographer, I get to be the one that captures someone else’s moments and provide them with a memory that will last for generations to come. I LOVE my job!