It was one of the hottest days of the year. Friends and family flocked to areas with shade and fans, while Jewel + MacRae took it all in stride. They gleefully danced around the camp, remembering the first day they met. It was on a dance floor at a friend’s wedding where their hands connected, and the music took over. They talked of how in sync and perfect everything felt from that first moment. They were meant to be.

Their personal vows were sentimental with inside jokes that had everyone chuckling. While their guests enjoyed the wedding feast, we snuck away to the lake for a reprieve from the heat. We climbed over the locked gate to dance on the dock before returning to the party. It was no surprise that the couple stayed on the dance floor the entire evening, enjoying every last minute of music.

The team:

Photography:  MorningWild Photography
Second Photographer:  Bailey Batten
Venue:  Kanuga Retreat Center
Planning:  Events by Kiersa
Florist:  Poppins Posies
Band:  Steel Toe Stiletto

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Erika and Matt spend their careers in nature, guiding others with outdoor skills and leadership training. I thoroughly enjoyed our hike at Hawksbill, especially since we spent most of the evening laughing and discussing the beautiful flora and fauna along the trail. I’m looking forward to their wedding next spring in Asheville!

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It was the official start of their lives together, and the day also marked the first of three weddings that they would be celebrating. Asheville is their home, so it suited them to elope in the mountains where they spend their weekends. After, they would travel to Germany and Sri Lanka to continue the festivities with their respective families.

Abhi and Peter wed beneath a beautiful intertwining of trees. They intentionally chose the spot because they weren’t sure if it was two trees or one–a beautiful symbol of marriage.

We hiked and ran around the grassy field on an early June day. The summer heat hadn’t yet reached the mountain air, and the breeze was glorious. After, they sat with their community of local friends and family enjoying a feast at Rhubarb.  The space was beautifully decorated with candles, wildflowers, and  ceramic bowls + planters that Abhi + Peter had crafted for their guests to take home.

Thanks to Bailey for helping me out with this day.

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Her morning was spent foraging botanical greenery in her neighbor’s yard for their reception space, followed by a hair and makeup appointment. Haley tied her dress herself, looking expectedly out the window as sweat lightly dripped down her face. Eric was to arrive any moment, and the summer heat wave had already made its way into the first week of June. He nonchalantly walked up the stairs to greet his bride, and she lovingly watched as he tried multiple times to tie his bowtie just right.

We wandered the property hearing thunder in the distance. The forecast called for rain, but the southern climate makes it impossible to predict scattered storms. Their families arrived and like an avalanche, the rain fell.

Their family crowded in the historic bungalow, watching the windows like a movie screen. Everyone whispered hopefully that it would pass before guest arrival. The owner hurriedly tried to dry the benches with a leaf blower with the precipitation still dripping off the leaves. As fast as it arrived, the rain halted as Haley walked down the aisle.

While they exchanged personal vows, the sun rays beamed through the forest. It was a sight that distracted the crowd, even the newlyweds. They kissed. Friends threw flowers. Everyone hugged.

Barefoot with flowers in hand, Haley took in the last bit of that magical light with her groom. They returned to the party to toast to forever. As the sky turned pink like cotton candy, the fireflies danced around the farm, waiting to be caught by the flower girls.

The team:

Photography:  MorningWild Photography
Second photographer:  Bailey Batten
Venue:  Rock Quarry Farm
Dress:  Grace Loves Lace
Coordination:  Carolyn Kineen
Catering:  Happy Cardinal Catering
Florist: Bowerbird Flowers
DJ:  DJRyan the DJ
Hair + Makeup:  Ashley Watts Beauty
Ring:  Anna Sheffield
Stationary:  Tankerville Press

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Lucy and I spent hours in the car on long drives during her internship, and our conversations would wander to many different topics. One was always about a possible upcoming engagement + wedding with her love, Patrick. Needless to say, when he finally popped the question, I was extremely excited for them! For their engagement photos, we spent our time in their beautiful historic home and walking down the street where they met in Raleigh. We also ventured to Lucy’s grandmother’s house in Smithfield to take in the sunset over the lake. We were caught up in the romance of the day, and when I finally looked at the clock, it was almost midnight! I couldn’t be happier for these two.

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