Here are just a few favorites from Anna and Kyle’s Asheville NC wedding.
Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: The Venue Asheville
Venue: The Oaks at Salem
Caterer: Beau Bennett
Florist: Tre Bella
Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery
Cake server: Monkeys Always Look on Etsy
Invitations: A la Carte Paperie Studios on Etsy plus added DIY
DJ: Matt Schrum of Schrum Sound
Rental Company: Party Reflections
Dress: Watters Sydney Dress
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden
Bridal Headband: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge for BHLDN
Veil and Garter: made by sisters mother in law
Earrings: Nadri from Nordstrom
Groom and Groomsman tuxedos: NY Bride and Groom
From Ashley, the bride:
“We envisioned our wedding to be romantic and whimsical with a touch of Southern vintage charm. (Well, Coby just wanted me to be happy) We came across so many beautiful images, so we picked from pictures and started on our long list of DIY. From ceremony decor, the large wooden doors, and planters that my husband made, table runners, wedding signs, hand painted nesting tables, to added DIY to our invitations. We made sure to infuse the decor as well as menu with the southern charm we have loved our entire life. From ivory burlap table runners to North Carolina Shrimp and Grits, spiced sweet potato cake and sweet tea. The weather was not quite what we envisioned, but the mist created an ethereal glow making it all the more magical, and the candlelight was extraordinary. One of our fondest memories was sitting at our sweetheart table taking in the warm glow of the faces of our loved ones around us, our hearts were overfilled with joy taking it all in. The night was a whirlwind of laughs, tears of joy, and celebration. Our long list of personal touches and DIY paid off, the end product was just as beautiful and breathtaking as we hoped for and could not be more delighted with the memories we will cherish for a lifetime.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the changing seasons recently. Whether we pause to recognize it or not, with the wind of change comes many minor adjustments to our daily lives.
I now have to put slippers on to take the dog out every morning. Our fireplace burns often. Hot chocolate gets served. Soups roast in the crock pot. Scarves and coats hang on the coat rack by the door. Blankets are strung around the house, making it a little cozier. Our morning jogs require multiple layers.
Things change, and when change happens, it causes adjustments to be made accordingly – more change.
I can’t help but think about all the change that is just around the corner for us. With Winter on it’s way (or rather, feeling like it’s here today!), my mind wanders to the change that Spring will bring. Dave says I’m a planner, and maybe that’s why. I can’t help but wonder, though, if it’s my way of looking towards the end of Winter in order to better endure the cold gray days. I’m not good at Winter here. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. It’s magical and mysterious in so many ways, and it provides for cozier days full of romance and chocolate … lots of chocolate. But Spring brings sunshine and warmth, and for us, it brings some very exciting (and scary!) changes.
Spring means attempting to sell our house. It means moving back to North Carolina, to a new city. Together starting over in a new place. Building community again. It means the ability to go trail running often, climb mountains, and take our dog off leash more. It means a lot less travel for me, and when there is travel, it will be with Dave. For him, it means leaving the only job he’s known since college … and the only state he’s lived in his entire life. It means he’s giving up so much to pursue a dream with me. For me.
As I stand mesmerized by the crisp morning air, the frost on the leaves, and the way that golden light dances on the buds of tree, I wonder what our days ahead will look like.
… And as I walk inside to wrap myself in a cozy, warm blanket, I remind myself that thankfulness is the way I want to live my life.
I am SO thankful for a man that loves me well … so much that he not only supports my dreams, but joins me in them. I am thankful for a warm fireplace that will be my saving grace on cold winter days. I am thankful for a dog who can be incredibly adorable when he wants to be (I won’t mention the times he’s not!) I am thankful for the food in our fridge and pantry, the clean water we get to drink from the facet, and a roof over our heads. I am thankful for the amazing friends we have all over this country, and in our own backyard.
We live a good, beautiful life.
What change do the changing seasons bring for you?
I absolutely adore this girl. Jen Na (yes, I always include her last name, as do most people I know … why wouldn’t you with a name like that?!) and I have been friends for years. We’ve laughed, cried, and had many amazing talks. This girl made my experience of Charlotte richer, fuller, and more fun. Capturing her totally in love brings more joy to me than I can express.
Jen Na and Jonathan, you guys are hilarious, adorable, gorgeous, and SO.MUCH.FUN.!!! I can’t wait to capture your wedding this Spring!
I can’t even begin to say enough about this couple … they are bursting with love that seeps out their hearts, their pores, their arms, and even their eyes. There were a lot of sweet tears on their wedding day, myself included. Ali and Woody share a beautiful love together, and they chose a handful of their closest friends and family to join them for a destination wedding in the mountains of North Carolina.
The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC is a beautiful, rustic, peaceful inn that only hosts a handful of weddings each year, and it was a perfect fit for these two. The food at The Esmeralda is incredible, the ambiance is mesmerizing, and the staff is so on top of their game they’re always one step ahead of you! It was a rainy day, but it was so peaceful and romantic that we hardly even noticed.
If you’re considering a first look, beware – the images of Ali and Woody’s first look will surely captivate you. Their raw emotion and loving embraces had me crying behind the lens of my camera … and it may take your breath away too. These two are so sweet and kind to one another, and to every one of their loved ones who were there. They are the kind of people you just want to be around, or be like, or have them in your life in any way possible, really.
Don’t be alarmed, either, if there is forecasted rain on your wedding day. Ali and Woody weren’t thrilled about the 100% chance of rain all day (neither were we), but they embraced it and just decided to go with it. After the ceremony, Ali even decided she was game to get out in the rain under an umbrella for the sake of some pictures, and I am SO thrilled she did! If you’re willing to get creative, and risk a little water on the bottom of the dress, there are endless possibilities.
Ali and Woody, thank you for being an inspiration to me and to so many others. It is so evident that your lives touch all those around you, and that your loved ones clearly consider it a privilege to know and love you. Cheers to many more beautiful years together!
… And we highly recommend you go South of the Border. Find yourself a white sand beach, bright blue water, orange sunsets and pretty pink drinks that you’d be ashamed to order anywhere else.
Isla Mujeres is the “poor man’s Carribean,” or so we were told by some the locals buying up all the land they can find. Day one began with one goal: DO NOTHING. That became our mantra for the week. Relaxation was our only agenda. As we made friends with honeymooners, early retirees, and parents retreating, we were invited daily to do activities like snorkeling, zip lining, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins, and other islandy activities. While enticing, we knew our mission. The stress of wedding planning and busy work schedules left us perfectly content laying in “our spot” each day. We soon became known as the couple who “does nothing” … which we wore as a badge of honor, and slowly became respected for.
We laughed, we cried, we slept for hours, made many new friends, and gained about 25 pounds each. Viva la Isla Mujeres.
My bags are packed and I’m headed to North Carolina to begin a week of final preparations, pull off a wedding of my very own, and then spend a week in Mexico at an all inclusive resort with this guy. I can’t wait.
It’s been a LONG time coming, and I can’t wait to share more details after we get through this week of craziness. In the meantime, please know that I will intentionally not be checking emails after Friday, October 25th. I will be reachable by phone/text until that point.
A sunrise shoot can be totally worth it, even for this “not a morning person” girl. I met these two at 7:20am to head up the Blue Ridge Parkway, just outside of Asheville, and watch the sunrise with them as they snuggled up with blankets and coffee in hand. It was about 20 minutes later that they mentioned they didn’t actually stay in Asheville the night before, but instead they got up at 4am to get ready and make the drive from Bristol, TN that morning. I was floored. Talk about commitment!
The sun peeked out over the mountain ranges and filled the sky with bits of pink, orange and blue. Moments later, we noticed the morning fog pouring over the mountain ridge behind us as if it was overflowing from being pouring into a cup too small to contain it. The morning was magical in so many ways. How could it not be at sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville?!
These two are SO in love it radiates, even at 7:30am on a few hours of sleep. I cannot wait for their November wedding at the Grand Bohemian in Asheville, just after we get back from our honeymoon!!!
Kendra and Will, you guys are ridiculously adorable in love.