I am so EXCITED to share with you this gorgeous Biltmore Estate wedding at Lioncrest! I had met Mara and Jon two days before their wedding and did their engagement photos around the estate, and then the following day photographed their rehearsal dinner at Antler Hill Barn. I know I am sharing the photos out of order, but I just wanted to share the wedding 1st! I started out the day at the Inn on Biltmore with Mara and her girls getting ready while, Abby, my second shooter hung out with Jon and the boys. I love this time because there is the pre-wedding jitters and excitement as the bride and groom are surrounded by their most beloved’s. I always feel so honored to be let in to such intimate moments between friends.
Mara and Jon opted for a first look. I can’t tell you how much I love a first look. It is such a sweet time between bride and groom and it really allows them to face the day together. Also we are able to take all the group photos before the ceremony and after the ceremony Mara and Jon were able to go straight to cocktail hour in the Lioncrest Ballroom. We did their 1st look on the knoll by the Inn. It is one of my favorite places at Biltmore. We are usually the only people there and the view is outstanding! After the 1st look we went around the estate to take photos and then headed to Lioncrest for the ceremony. We were so fortunate because the weather was perfect for the 1st look and when it was time for the ceremony a storm rolled through and a torrential downpour! Perfect timing! The Lioncrest Veranda provided the perfect shelter and scenery. It felt like we were in the forest but were perfectly warm and dry! I really fell in love with this venue!
After the ceremony Biltmore and Stacey with The Bloom Room and her crew flipped the ceremony site for the reception during the cocktail hour. It was amazing and gorgeous! After everyone had a delicious plated dinner it was time to party and dance. I loved all the salsa dancing. I wish I could move like that! Some of the guests tried to teach me but I proved to be a hopeless dancer. I left the salsa dancing to the experts and continued on documenting this amazing dance party!
Mozel tov to Mara and Jon! I truly enjoyed meeting your friends and family! I can’t wait to see what your future holds. I know it will be bright and surrounded by so much love!
Also a huge thank you to Abby Moore for being awesome!