Faith and Zac’s Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Wedding

Seriously this could not have been a more perfect June wedding! I know when I go up to Asheville event venue Grand Highlands at Bearwallow that the clouds will be spectacular and the weather will be a little different then what it is down the mountain.

I had really been looking forward to sweet Faith and Zac’s wedding since the day I met Faith. I knew it would all be so beautiful, especially with the Occasions by Emily team planning and doing floral design!

Faith and Zac I cannot wait to see the adventures you have together! I know you will have an amazing marriage! Thank you for choosing me to photograph your wedding!

Venue: Grand Highlands at Bearwallow

Wedding Gown: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal

Reception Gown: Herve Leger

Hair and Makeup: L’eau de Vie

Event Planning: Occasions by Emily

Floral Design: Occasions by Emily

Party Rental: Classic Event Rental

Videographer: Grae Skye Studio

Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

Cake: City Bakery

Catering: Biltmore Catering

Transportation: Elite Limo


I could have taken pictures of Faith and Zac forever!!! They were so photogenic!

Love the clear tent! Especially for this venues gorgeous mountain views!

Colleen and Dave’s Camp Pinnacle Wedding

Ack! I think that I am doing so well with my blogging and then I let all this time go and all these weddings go unpublished. I hate that because you all need to see these beautiful weddings!

Colleen and Dave’s wedding was so extraordinary and unique. It was filled with love and emotion and I might have cried a little bit.  I only had the chance to meet Colleen and Dave a couple of days before their wedding and I felt an instant connection to them. They are so king and tender. They told me about all their plans for their hour long ceremony. I honestly wondered how it all would work out, but it did, so beautifully! Colleen collected flowers from all her bridesmaids as she entered the circle. Oh the circle that was a big part of the ceremony. They wanted to be in the middle of a circle and their friends and family surrounding. They found their exact vision at Camp Pinnacle in Hendersonville, NC.  They got married beside the lake in the camp’s council ring.  They also wanted Colleen’s brother who are broadway singers to sing and play their guitars. A cousin played the violin. They had a best friend sing, Home.  There was an art project while a story was being told. At another time they had their guests draw hearts on their hands and hold them up to show their support. Colleen and Dave also watered two apple trees that will be planted at her parents house here in NC. They also exited the circle dancing as guests blew bubbles and they sailed away in a canoe. It all worked! It was amazing. 

Colleen and Dave are loved so well by their friends and family. They are loved so well because they love so well. People adore them and go to the lengths of the country to be there for them and to surprise them when occasions arise. People show up for Dave and Colleen as they do for them. I feel honored to have been a part of this amazing day. I hate it has taken me so long to blog this wedding because you really deserve to see it!

Thank Colleen and Dave for choosing me. I feel blessed to know you and be a part of this day. It was glorious!

Ceremony and Reception: Camp Pinnacle

Catering: Roots Food

Cupcakes and Cake: Hey Hey Cupcake


Rebecca’s Senior Pictures at Biltmore

Oh how I adored taking Rebecca’s senior pictures back in May. Rebecca is a real beauty and so much fun to be around. She came up with all the poses on her own and all I needed to do was photograph. It was so much fun. She made her mom and and me laugh the entire time. What a blast! I know you will do amazing in college Rebecca. Soak up all the Florida sun too!

Melanie Shear Hancock - July 10, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Rebecca had a great time that day! She was so happy!! We LOVED every photo, it was so hard to choose…

Stephanie & Jonathan’s Homewood wedding, Asheville NC

I was so excited to be back at Homewood for Jonathan and Stephanie’s wedding. This is one of the first Asheville venues where I ever shot a wedding. I love being back, and the day could have not been more perfect! I was so thankful Jonathan and Stephanie hired me to photograph their wedding. They used to come to Asheville while in School in Winston-Salem to enjoy the beer and the chocolate. They loved Asheville so much they decided to make this the location of their destination wedding. We are all thankful!

Here are the spectacular wedding vendors that worked this magnificent day. What a team!

Make-up: Blush Asheville

Hair: Emily Anne Hair

Getting Ready Location: StudioWed Asheville

Wedding Venue: Homewood Event and Conference Center

Wedding Planner: Emily with Verge Events

Floral: Flora Event and Floral Design

Catering: Dining Innovations

Wedding Cake: Short Street Cakes

DJ: Mr. C’s Mobile DJ

Hair Adornment: Twigs and Honey



asheville makeup artist

Surprise visitors from LaZoom Tours!

I really do adore flora! They always have the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements!

The wedding guests held river rocks that Stephanie and Jonathan collected throughout the ceremony and then returned them back to the jar. It was a neat idea because each rock is different and unique.

I adore thoughtfulness! It was one of the wedding guests birthday, so Stephanie and Jonathan had a special little cupcake make for him. They went to his table to deliver the cake and to sing him happy birthday. How thoughtful was that?!

Such a beautiful night!


Ian - June 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

LOVE! Beautiful images!

Emily & Jeff’s Robert Mill’s House Wedding in Columbia, SC

I LOVE LOVE LOVE traveling to new towns and cities to photograph weddings. Jeff and Emily’s Columbia, SC wedding was no exception. I don’t know too much about Columbia besides it is HOT! I started checking the 10day forecast as soon as it popped up on The initial forecast was just what I expected HOT. We were just starting to enter spring and had been having mild pleasant temperatures here in the mountains. I was bracing myself for the heat. As the wedding day approached though the weather starting changing drastically! It was now going to be cold and rainy. Who knew! I was wearing a sweater and a raincoat, but as they say the show must go on! I can tell you the rain did not dampen any spirits or stifle any laughter. It was a blast. We were able to get into the beautiful gardens of the Robert Mills House. A perfect backdrop for photos of Emily and Jeff.

Here are the amazing wedding vendors that worked on this wedding!

Coordinator: Whitney Kenney Weddings 

Caterer: Southern Way Catering

Flowers: Carolina Blossoms

Band: FlashBack the Party Band

String Quartet: The Jackson Sisters

Tent Rental: Party Reflections, Inc


Another amazing party band!