Betsy and Josh’s Biltmore Estate Engagement Photos

I haven’t shared engagement photos here on the blog in a while so wanted to share with you Betsy and Josh’s engagement photos taken at Biltmore in the fall. Josh is my husband’s cousin and he asked me to take these engagement photos of his sweet daughter Isabel and beautiful fiancé, Betsy. Betsy and Josh actually got married in Nashville and I got to be a guest! It was awesome. It has been many years since I have been a guest at a wedding, plus it was awesome to explore Nashville. Such a cool town!

Although I was not shooting Josh and Betsy’s wedding I love engagement sessions because it is a wonderful time for me to get to know my clients and vice versa. A lot of times most people are intimated to have their photos taken. I totally get it. I feel the same way. Engagement photos allow my clients to feel comfortable in front of the camera before their big day and everyone realizes they can actually be a lot of fun. We also have an instant connection on wedding day and I can refer back to certain poses from the engagement session.

I hope you enjoy these photos and this beautiful family!

 

Featured: The Gardener’s Cottage

I’m still here! I am ready to photograph your day!

Apparently my website is not my friend right now and if I were looking from the outside it might appear that I am shutting down my website. That could not be further from the truth. I am having some technical difficulty over there and I am extremely frustrated. I am working on it, but in the meantime if you need me you can always reach me at sunday{at}sundaygrant{dot}com. I would love to hear from you and hear your story, and hopefully photograph your amazing day!

Also if anyone knows an awesome website designer, pass there name on to me!

Now on to the good stuff! My friend Libby who owns The Gardener’s Cottage in beautiful Biltmore Village is an amazing florist! Libby’s work is so uniquely hers and each arrangement is like a piece of art. They are organic with combinations and colors you would not typically think of and a little bit wild  but not unkept. If I could have her floral in my home at all times I would feel like I have died and gone to heaven! I feel so fortunate that Libby calls on me to photograph her beautiful shop and in this situation to photograph these gorgeous rehearsal dinner arrangements at The Venue in Asheville.

Here, see for yourself!

Megan and Drew’s Bearwallow Events Wedding

 

Megan might be the most beaming bride I have ever met. She smiled the whole day! It was incredible. She was just so excited to marry her Navy prince. Also watching Drew watch Megan walk down the aisle, I knew he was equally as excited to make sweet Megan his wife.

I really love Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain as a venue. A lot of times the weddings I shoot are destination weddings for my couples. In Megan and Drew’s case Megan grew up here but they now live in Florida so it was such a treat for their guests to have the stunning mountain views at Bearwallow Mountain. It also helps that they got married on one of the prettiest days of the year. I love the moment when Megan and her dad were walking down the long aisle and they just had a moment to take in the beauty of the day!

Megan and Drew also walked through a sword arch after the ceremony. This time it was conducted by the Navy (unlike last weeks wedding which was conducted by the army). I loved seeing all the white uniforms against the bright blue sky. I am sure these guys are so sick of hearing about Top Gun, but it is probably how most civilians can relate, but I really wanted to watch Top Gun again after this wedding, which my husband and I did!

Now for all the vendor love! Such another awesome crew. I really love the wedding industry folks in Asheville! These people are some serious professionals who know their job, how to have fun, and be super creative. Of course a huge shout out to the ever fabulous Michelle with Occasions by Emily. She is one of my favs who can coordinate a beautiful seamless day. She also did all the floral! Pretty incredible!

Also it should be noted how beautiful Megan and her girls hair and makeup was! So beautiful and photographs gorgeously!

Florist/Planner- Michelle with Occasions by Emily

Reception and Ceremony Venue- Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain

DJ- Premier Sound

Catering- Catering by Corey

Event Staffing- Blue Ridge Event Staffing

Rentals- Classic Event Rental

Transportation- Emma Bus Line

Hair- Emily Anne Hair

Makeup- Jen O’Leary with Blush Asheville

Wedding Cake- Megan’s dear friend made the cake and runs an event planning business Purposefully Designed Events

Photography- Sunday Grant Photography:)

 

Don and Lauren’s Grove Park Inn Wedding

 

I am back at blogging! Of course I say that and I am sure there will be another lull as life picks up again, but in the meantime I am going to ride this train!

So now onto Don and Lauren’s Grove Park Inn wedding! I had the opportunity to be with them over their entire wedding weekend. We first started with engagement photos at Biltmore and then a rehearsal dinner at the Grove Park on Friday, and then the stunning wedding on Saturday! I really had an opportunity to be a witness to their amazing love and it is truly breath taking. I am not sure I have seen a connection so deep and so immediate between a couple.

Don is a highly decorated Army Lieutenant, Lauren is a District Attorney. They make an incredible match. Their wedding was also my first Military wedding complete with uniforms and sword arch at the end of the ceremony. I love the stars and bars and anything patriotic can make me cry. During the reception as the toasts were being said and people talked of Don and Lauren’s character and the many sacrifices Don has made for our country I couldn’t help but tear up.  They each beam with pride for one another!.

I hope you enjoy the photos and that you too are able to see their love through these images. I tried my hardest to narrow it down but it was hard. Each image tells the story of the day.

I do need to mention a few people a little more here. This wedding was beautifully planned, designed, and executed by the FABULOUS Stephanie and Sarah of Verge Events. I love these ladies. They do such an incredible job. They keep me on target and everything moving so smoothly! Also a big shout out to Erin who is now in Nashville TN, but was with Grove Park and the go to person for this wedding. Erin we miss you!

I can’t wait for you to see these stunning arrangements and all the floral. Flora did a beautiful job of bringing Lauren’s vision to life. The coral was such a welcome color to our mountains.

Casey and Jimmy with Casey and Kirstin did the most amazing wedding film! Here is a link to it. I dare you to get through the whole thing and not cry! So stunning!

Finally to Abby Moore who second shot for me and feels like my right arm or maybe my brain, because she too keeps me on track!

Here is the total list of ALL the INCREDIBLE vendors that made this day happen. I feel so fortunate to work with so many amazing wedding professionals!

Ceremony Venue- The Basilica of St. Lawrence

Reception Venue- The Omni Grove Park Inn

Cinematographer- Casey and Kristin

Caterer/Baker- The Omni Grove Park Inn

Floral- Flora

Band- Sonic Groove Band

Hair Artist- Lola Salon and Gallery

Makeup Artist- Blush

Event Planner- Verge Events

Rentals- Classic Event Rental

Rentals- Old South Vintage Rentals

Linens- Nuage Designs

Transportation- Blue Ridge Limo

Photo Booth- Shutter Booth

 

I love that Casey let Don fly the drone! It has to be in good hands right!

 

I love having the chance to be a Grove Park Inn Wedding Photographer! Such a special place!

Abby Moore - December 10, 2015 - 6:43 pm

This wedding was amazingggg! Loved working with you, as always!

Katy Cook - December 11, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Gorgeous work girl!

Courtney and Phil’s Sea Island Wedding

All this rain here lately as me like “Where’s the beach? Where’s the sun?”

Of course the beach is not faring any better since the Hurricane Joaquin is heading there way, but at least we can dream about sunny days and beautiful weddings like Courtney and Phil’s Sea Island Wedding.

I was ecstatic when Courtney found me and asked me to be her and Phil’s photographer. I love these North Carolina mountains, but it sure is fun for me to get to the Georgia coast and photograph gorgeous beachy weddings.  It also helps when the wedding is at Sea Island. Goodness that place is GORGEOUS!

There are so many things that I loved about this wedding but two of my favorite things were how important family are to Courtney and Phil and how the wedding party all wore white! It was just stunning.

So if you are rain soaked as you view these photos hopefully they will bring you a little warmth and sunshine!

Big shout out to one of my best friends and a fabulous photographer Jen Rodriguez for 2nd shooting.

These moments of getting ready are some of my favorite. There is so much attention to detail and the energy in the room is almost electric. There is so much excitement and also so many nerves. It really is so special and I love being there to photograph those moments. I really love this image where Phil’s mom is praying over Courtney. I am pretty sure I was tearing up.

Beautiful Stuart Weitzman Wedges that Courtney and her sisters wore.

I am pretty sure this Lela Rose dress was made for Courtney! I mean look at that back!

Ok now this where I really begin to LOVE the Georgia Coast and Sea Island. Courtney and Phil chose to do their first look at The Avenue of the Oaks and it made my heart so happy! You just can’t beat those live oaks with the spanish moss dripping down from the branches.

The wedding ceremony and reception were both at The Cloister. The ceremony was in the gardens and the reception was in the beautiful clubroom.

This golden ballroom is speaking my love language. This might be my most favorite ballroom ever.

This grooms cake was awesome and the story behind it even better!

I love seeing the kids all crowd around the cake table. Its probably the most important part of the wedding to them.