Oh Kate + Sayed. These two are favorites in my book. They flew all the way from San Francisco to hang out and take engagement photos in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before we met, Kate asked if we could get some rad clouds for their session. Obviously, that was not in my control, but we happened to get a thunderstorm in the middle of our time together, which brought about beautiful skies. It also poured as soon as we hit the pinnacle, which they embraced happily.

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sherrills-inn-wedding-asheville-nc-morningwild01This wedding was a special one. Carolyn + Jake are wedding photographers themselves and have become dear friends throughout the process.  They chose to host their celebration at Sherrill’s Inn, a hidden gem and a stunning backdrop for a wedding. The mountain view, the overgrown greenery, the maze of hedges can charm the pants off of anyone that visits. My favorite moments:

// Carolyn and Jake chose to do a first look and read their vows privately before the ceremony. We couldn’t hear what they promised, but from afar, their body language spoke volumes. Also, Jake’s face when he saw Carolyn…gah. Cue all the tears.

// Carolyn’s dad wrote the waltz for their father-daughter dance. I believe Jake also recorded their first dance song. I loved that sentiment. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the mother-son dance. Those two took turns crying and holding each other for the whole song. Now that I’m a mother to a baby boy, these moments just melt me.

// I remember walking into the room, and Carolyn was freaking out a little bit about the rain. She told herself she wouldn’t get upset, but it was reasonable for any bride to become panicked with a morning downpour. Even with a 100% chance of rain, I didn’t see a drop the rest of the afternoon. There were many prayers said and answered this day.

I had the opportunity to work many of my favorite “friendors” for this event.

Second photographer: More Beatty (couldn’t have made it through this day without her!)
Planning/Styling/Coordinating: Alex Fisher of Lucky Penny Creative
Hair:  Hair by Jenna Wilson- Asheville
Makeup:  Joanna Ferree of Powder Me Pretty
Dress:  Watters, from Wildflower Bridal
Flowers:  Urban Farm Girl
Wedding ring:  Fox and Beaux
Dessert bar and cake:  Allison Norman of Made With Love Bakery
Catering: Sow and Harvest Catering
Hand lettering:  Joanna Gutschenritter
Paper goods:  Catherine Guadagnolo of Cate Paper Co
MC/DJ: Michael Anthony Betts IIStephen B Wiley
Beer:  Asheville Brewing

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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.

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