A ton of gratitude to Monica and Jared for allowing me to begin my adventure shooting in harsh light at one of my favorite places in Asheville, NC by capturing their love in the mountains. We spent our time together running, laughing, hiking and exploring Black Balsam Knob, a beautiful trail tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are two lovely people with an amazing attitude and love for adventure. They are attentive to each other and give off an incredible softness. You can feel their love just being around them. There’s nothing better than spending time with two amazing people that are just as passionate as you about photography and adventure. Monica is also an extremely talented photographer that I love working with. You can see some of her work here.
Two things that inspire me most are people in love and discovering amazing locations. There is nothing better than intimacy in photos of couples in nature. I love watching them explore together, their eyes light up, the delicate touch of each others hand while they climb rocks or walk through water, the way they hold each other with incredible softness and breathe the moment in. Kari and Shawn are two beautiful people with an amazing love for each other. Being able to witness and capture all these intimate and romantic gestures between them is something that I’m grateful to have the opportunity to do always.
After driving 15 minutes outside of Valdosta, we met in the park and were greeted by the sounds of running water and birds. After a short walk we arrived at the Suwannee river. I am always impressed by the beauty and sounds of nature and the Suwannee river is definitely a majestic place to experience. Its flowing river, green stones and beautiful sounds will remain in your heart for a very long time.
I shot Olivia’s friends wedding in North Georgia a few months back and us girls had the best time together. It’s such an honor when a client hires you from a past experience at a wedding. Olivia and Austin chose a small, intimate backyard wedding on her grandfathers property. The house is everything my creative mind desires, history, character and amazing light. They started their ceremony with hand written vows. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Austin washed Olivia’s feet. It was the sweetest gesture I’ve ever seen during a ceremony and overwhelmed me with joy. After the ceremony we transitioned to the reception area where pizza and cake were waiting. I repeat, PIZZA and CAKE were waiting. I have to admit that pizza was crazy good and I devoured it in like two seconds, not joking. They finished the evening with a beautiful sunset sendoff in one of America’s classic muscle cars. It was a dream.
From the moment I spoke with Natalie during our phone consultation, I knew she was special. The way she described the moment they met and everything they went through that led to something amazing, each other. I went silent as I listened and cried because the truth is, I have been through the same situations as them. A past marriage, countless dates, disconnection, heartache but most of all pain. When Natalie met John, his love for her was nothing like she’d experienced before. On their wedding day, you could feel every bit of that emotion. Surrounded by the love of their closest family, together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they shared their hand written vows. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Family members came together to help make this day special for John and Natalie. John’s father married them. Natalie’s grandmother sang to them as they danced and John’s grandmother made all the food for the wedding. It was one of the most emotional weddings Ive had the privilege to be a part of. I feel blessed to know someone as wonderful as Natalie. She is an angel and one of my dearest friends. Natalie, I wish you all the love and happiness your heart can bare. I love you.
We had such a great time during Audrey & Jake’s adventurous engagement session. We started our night together after I left an elopement in the Blue Ridge mountains to spend the night with them because we were starting our hike at sunrise. Sweet Audrey waited on me to arrive with open arms. Her hugs are truly the very best. We all talked, laughed, shared stories of life as we drank around a warm fire. We woke to rain but decided to grab Starbucks and start our adventure. We drove over an hour into the mountains jamming out to Odesza. We danced and laughed to entire way there. We ran around Boyd Gap then hiked 3 miles to the most beautiful waterfall at Turtletown Creek. We ran around barefoot as we danced in the rain while jumping over rocks getting blasted from a raging waterfall. It was an epic adventure I will never ever forget. Cheers to their love for adventure but most of all their love for each other.
Kaley & Darrell are just incredible people. You may remember them from their engagement session I shared and if you missed it, here it is - Kaley & Darrell. Kaley is also a photographer and her work is absolutely beautiful. So, I knew when she reached out to me about shooting her wedding at Enterprise Mill, it would be insanely stunning and I had to be a part of it.
Everything about their day was meaningful and intentional. From Kaley’s sister being there every step of the way and being her maid of honor. Her father praying over Darrell before the ceremony. Darrell’s father being his best man. Having a first look with Kaley’s father and grandfather. This couple is all about family and that is exactly how they envisioned their wedding day to feel like. Surround by the love of their families as they embark on this grand journey as one.
I’m super thankful for these two and the lifelong friendship we have made. Cheers to Kaley & Darrell!
McKenzie and Taylor reached out to me about 30 days before their wedding in Big Canoe and I remember barely sleeping that night from the excitement, not just because I was eager to explore more of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but because everything they valued, I valued, and the way McKenzie described her thoughts into every part of their planning, I knew I had to be a part of it.
The biggest thing they wanted was for their wedding to be an experience, one that everyone close to them was a part of in some way and in a special place that held meaning for them. Their wedding day was so beautiful and full of meaning and emotion. From hand written letters, getting ready with their dearest people, McKenzie’s sister making all the floral arrangements, Taylor’s family catering all the amazing food, lots of laughs and even more I love yous. These are good people and I still can’t believe I was there to witness this genuine, joy-filled celebration.
Cheers to my first wedding in 2019! We celebrated hard but loved even harder. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds.
Allie & Jonathan proved that a large wedding can feel intimate and wildly romantic. Focused on family and celebration, they chose The Barn at Collins to share their vows with 200 of their closest family and friends. They began the day with little loves notes and laughs, followed by the sweetest first look I’ve ever seen. A rainy forecast may have been stressful for some couples but not Johnathan and Allie. They simply moved their ceremony inside, which was absolutely perfect. After an emotional vow exchange, they ran outside to celebrate in the rain. Regardless of the weather, they laughed, kissed and danced the night away. It was clear from the beginning how much family means to them. They ended the night surrounded by love as their family and friends prayed over them. It was beautiful.