I know ya’ll loved the red rocks engagement session of Shannon and Ben I posted a few months ago. I’m so happy to finally share their gorgeous, gorgeous wedding! It’s so near and dear to me and the whole event had me head over heels! Getting to photograph and document two people that are close finds of yours and their relationship as it grows stronger and stronger is truly a gift! I remember telling Shannon early on in their engagement that I couldn’t see myself not photographing their wedding and they both agreed!
They held their ceremony and reception at the Mining Exchange hotel in downtown Colorado Springs, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. I loved travelling to Colorado and again exciting for the change of scenery in my portfolio. I loved Shannon and Ben’s elegant details (her stunning dress and bouquet and Ben’s modern take on a classic men’s tux)
Check out their awesome day!
I Am a Young Small Business and This Is Me Telling You About It
This is just something for my readers, followers and potential clients to read to get to know me better. I feel like I have a strong voice when it comes to writing and scribbling a cute caption for photos just doesn’t cut it anymore.
Sometimes I forget that I am a young small business owner. I get lost in a daze just wanting to get by, have enough money to do the things I want, buy the things I need and just live and I get to think of my job as a job and not my career. I feel like a lot of people lose their focus sometimes and have to adjust, refocus and calibrate their view. I think it’s because my career hasn’t taken over my life yet. Though there are times when I feel like I barely have time for myself because I’m driving all over the state photographing weddings but that’s very sporadic throughout the year.
When it does hit me though, when reality slaps me hard in the face and I’m left with a welt on my face, it’s like a rush of endorphins. I’m a small business owner…..I OWN MY OWN BUSINESS I PAY TAXES THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES ME AS A BUSINESS HOLY MOLY
No really that’s what goes through my mind! Most people my age are just getting a grip on what they want to do with their life, let alone a career choice.
When I returned back to North Carolina from my quick but fun trip to Vegas I had very little time to rest before gearing up for another wedding. I was definitely excited for this wedding!
Morgan and Josh held their ceremony at a beautiful church near downtown Kernersville. I loved Morgan’s bridal bouquet with a beautiful summer mix of flowers including peonies, anemones, stock and my personal favorite: the Juliette garden rose. Her and her bridesmaids were so much to photograph before the ceremony, everyone very excited! Morgan and Josh also did a first touch before the ceremony and exchanged personalized gifts for each other.
I think I had two (maybe three) favorite moments during this wedding day. One would be when Morgan and Josh’s dogs made a surprise visit during the family formals. Second would be during the ceremony when the garter ended up landing in a serving bowl of ranch when Josh flung it into the crowd of single men. (He also performed a hilarious strip tease for Morgan beforehand)
When I say that May was a busy, yet fantastic month for me I 100% meant it! With a week of rest after three back to back wedding weekends and Charleston I hopped on a plane to Las Vegas to photograph Shannon and Ben’s engagement session. Just writing about it again reminds me of the excitement and wonder I felt the whole time! I was getting an amazing opportunity to do something that I love doing and I was in awe!
Shannon and Ben are one of my closet friends which also made this session more special to me. We photographed towards the outskirts of Las Vegas in Red Rocks Canyon. A landscape completely different from anything I’ve photographed before so I was eager to add it to my portfolio. Shooting in a location such as Red Rocks Canyon I knew I had to challenge myself to incorporate the landscape into the portraits and capture the beauty of the mountains but also Shannon and Ben.
I’m going to be real real here with ya’ll. This wedding was a HUGE deal for me. When I first booked this wedding I was on cloud nine for at least a month! I could not believe I was getting the chance to photograph a wedding in Charleston, a location I had dreamed of photographing for years! I don’t know why but whenever I would look through photos of weddings in Charleston I would always be so drawn in to the sprawling oak trees draped in Spanish moss and thick golden sunlight.
I am so so so happy that I got to meet Jackie and Jesus and that they the ones I was getting to photograph in Charleston! That’s one great perk of my job: getting to meet awesome people like them! They were so awesome the whole day, including the rainy start to getting dehydrated because of the humidity, they still made their day so much fun!
Their wedding day was a very unique one and it had me on my toes practically all day! Yes it was a rainy stormy mess at first, confided to the hotel rooms as Jackie and Jesus prepared for their special day. But we all watched the weather (on the royal wedding) and I never gave up that it would magically all stop and everything would okay.
I am so so sooooo ready to showcase and re live all the beauty that happened in 2018! To be honest, I’m still reeling from it all. The busiest year I’ve had EVER and it was filled with so many wonderful travels, amazing IN LOVE couples and inspiring moments! I honestly feel like Asheville and Western North Carolina as a whole is the perfect area for me and my business and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be here for another 2 years! For one the landscape is just breathtaking, I’ve been smitten with the mountains since I’ve moved here. Having my camera in hand I’ve been able to experience the gorgeous mountains and capture it all with the amazing people I’ve met.
I’ve already featured Andrea and Shawn’s wedding at the Farm in Candler so now I’m featuring Narges and Chris’ wedding at Cabin Ridge in Hendersonville. Cabin Ridge has gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains, the ceremony site directly overlooking the spectacular view. I was very happy that I was getting the chance to photograph at this venue.
Narges celebrated her Iranian culture by intertwining it along with American wedding traditions. They held a traditional American ceremony followed by “Sofreh aghd” which is a traditional wedding spread where legal marriage and ceremonial traditional is exchanged. The sofreh aghd spread is customary at Persian weddings, there are many symbolic items on the spread that represent an element of the couple’s new life together. (You’ll see the photos of the spread and Narges and Chris preforming the ceremony together with their family and friends) My favorite part of the sofreh aghd ceremony was the end when Narges and Chris exchanged hands and dipped their finger in the honey and shared it with each other which is to represent the sweetness of their marriage.
Narges made sure to have many handmade details at her weddings, to have it be intimate and personal to each guest that arrived. I loved watching her and her bridesmaids assemble their bouquets, having fun together and helping Narges prepare for a magical day.
I loved capturing different traditions at weddings, to document different types of love, marriage and union between two people.
After the ceremony, Narges and Chris celebrated the rest of their special day with friends and family and the energy never died down. Dancing as the sun settled behind the mountains, eating cake and twirling under sparklers, Narges and Chris held a beautiful and magical wedding. I’m so happy I was able to be apart of it and capture their love story (:
So happy to be posting these amazing images because I am photographing MiChaela and Major’s wedding this weekend! I can not be more excited!! I was happy to get a chance to photography beautiful downtown Asheville–especially in the fall!
It was a bit on the cold side but the three of us had a great time exploring the area, walking around and capturing magic! They had great energy the entire time so I can only imagine how wonderful their wedding is going to be!
I am oh, so happy to be showcasing this wedding! My first wedding in the mountains since moving to Asheville and I am so grateful it was with an amazing couple like Andrea and Shawn. I have visited the Farm a few times before their wedding and I’m so happy I got to photograph their beautiful event space. They offer a wonderful rustic feel to the ceremony site and reception area. Even though it isn’t too far away from the highway you still feel like you are tucked away in the mountains surrounded beautiful forests, mountain views and a quaint farm with nearby horses.
Andrea and Shawn are a wonderful couple and I loved working with them! I had photographed their engagement photos in Charlotte a few weeks prior and had so much fun I knew their wedding day was going to be magical!
Urban Farm Girl had the floral arrangements for the wedding and if you know anything about me you know that I always swoon over wedding flowers! I loved the organic feel to the table arrangements and Andrea’s bouquet (I died over the succulents and the anemones) and the pops of lavender and beautiful greens.
Andrea and Shawn shared a magical first look together, both of them excited for the ceremony soon. During their ceremony the reminisced about how they first met, their crazy first memories as a couple and how they have blossomed into the couple they are now. The rain had started towards the end and they hurriedly kissed and rushed down the aisle, followed by umbrellas. Luckily the rain didn’t last long after that and we were able to capture more magic across the street!
The rest of their special day was filled with admiration from their friends and family of their relationship, now marriage along with a Cinco-de-Mayo pinata game during the reception, dancing alone under the cafe lights and a glow stick exit! I loved documenting their special day and capturing it with lovely photos!
Here are some gorgeous images from Michelle and Chris’ engagement shoot at Hagan Stone Park. I have known Michelle since my freshmen year in high school and had the pleasure of photographing her and Chris back in 2013. It’s amazing to capture their love again, to see how much they have grown together in the last four years. ALSO! I will be photographing their wedding in Walnut Cove in June of this year!! Hope you enjoy these photos (: