Most memorable 10 weddings in 10 years of blogging

Recently, my friend Emily Decker visited from Pennsylvania and we were talking about all the amazing weddings we photographed together. She was my go-to assistant photographer for about 4-5 years while she lived in Asheville, NC (and a close friend). We also did a personal project on Strong Women together that was featured in the Citizen-Times. Anyway, our conversations got me thinking about how long I’ve been documenting weddings all over the state and inspired me to pick out and feature my top ten most memorable weddings in ten years of blogging.

I used to blog every wedding I photographed until that became too much to handle and I decided to prioritize getting photographs back to clients faster and catching up on blog posts in the off-season and only showing “highlights” of the year. Since I’ve had some extra time on my hands during Coronavirus Quarantine, I decided to put this blog post together about some of my all time favorite and most memorable weddings during my long tenure as a wedding photographer.

I started photographing weddings even while I was in school for photojournalism (graduated in 2005). I served as an assistant photographer and started photographing small weddings on my own and for friends around 2005. I started my business in 2006 when I moved to the Asheville area. At first, it was part time while I was teaching elementary art in Buncombe County but after only one year, I went full time and have been making a living off documenting people’s important moments since! In 2009, I started blogging weddings and that’s where I’ll start my best 10 of 10 list. I’ve picked weddings that were memorable to me for whatever reason and have listed them in chronological order. My first selection is from 2009, my first year of blogging: My first snowy wedding. I have photographed a lot in rain, even hurricanes and tropical storms but photographing a wedding in the snow in Downtown Asheville was super memorable.

  1. Jennifer and Anthony: Married in December 2009 at the Basilica of St. Lawrence and Coleman Place (no longer in business)


2. Zach and Haley: Married at Raffaldini Vineyards in 2011. A lot of things make this wedding memorable. First of all, it was just such a sweet and fun wedding. Zach’s band played during the reception and I became an immediate fan!


3. In 2012, I photographed my second hindu wedding and had one of the most memorable experiences as a photographer in my life. I got goosebumps all over photographing the Barat in downtown Raleigh (my hometown) taking over the streets with drums and dancing and celebration!! Hindu weddings last much more than just one day, so this was a two part blog post:

The FIRST POST Covered the pre-wedding day festivities:

And the SECOND POST Covered the wedding day

4. I have several favorites from 2014, starting with Tyler and Jonathan’s Camp Highlander wedding. This was one that came up when chatting with Emily. We had so much fun photographing camp activities that this definitely falls on the list of most memorable weddings.


5. Keven and Meghan’s Roaring 20’s themed wedding. I love a good themed wedding! This past year, I photographed a wonderful Alice in Wonderland Wedding as well as another amazing Roaring twenties wedding, but this first one sticks on in my mind mostly because of the setting at the beautiful Lake Lure Inn.


6. Michael and Karissa’s Blue Ridge Parkway Elopement.  I love a good elopement and have always loved photographing these smaller, more intimate wedding celebrations. This ones stands out because it was so sweet and so lovely, it made me want to get married the same way (although I did end up having a more traditional wedding). Just a small fee to the blue ridge parkway association was all this couple needed to gather their closest friends and family. They celebrated with dinner afterwards in west Asheville and cut pies! Such a unique and wonderful celebration!


7. Another memorable and fantastic celebration was Sara and Lisa’s Chapel Hill wedding. First of all, I met one of my best friends at this wedding! That could add to what makes it so memorable. I loved the way they had guests bring soil from all over the world and put into a wedding tree during the ceremony. They even had the cool idea to name the tables by song names and when your song was played by the DJ, it was your tables’ turn to go through the buffet. Everything about this wedding was pure love! I also have been lucky enough to keep in touch with Sara and Lisa and had the honor of photographing them with their sweet little girl while they were visiting in the mountains this past year. These are some of my favorite things about being a photographer.


8. Alice and Jeremiah in 2015 at Bells Cove (venue no longer in operation). What makes this wedding the most memorable is that the groom/groomsmen all grew out mustaches for the wedding! Seriously, they all looked incredible. I was so floored at the dedication to friendship this gesture symbolized. It was also just a wonderful, joy-filled celebration! This is another one that Emily and I remember shooting together fondly.


9. Anna and Ryan at Deerfields. Anna is a dear friend from college, so it was already an honor to photograph her wedding day, but it was one of the most soulful and magical weddings I’ve ever photographed. It was more like a music festival (and Deerfields hosts music festivals so the location was so perfect) than a wedding. Many guests camped on property, making it another wedding that was an entire weekend of fun celebrations. It poured down rain during the ceremony and I was inspired by the way this couple embraced the rain, danced under umbrellas and didn’t let it damper their good time one bit. The parade led by Firecracker Jazz Band down from the ceremony site to the reception, full of dancing and joy was another goosebump moment for me as a photographer: totally memorable, totally full of love and joy.


10. The last wedding I chose in my top ten is Katie and John’s Camp Pinnacle wedding from 2018. Camp Pinnacle is a magical place to host a wedding, this couple arrived to the reception on canoe!


I’m so very luck to be able to document these joy-filled moments for a living. Thank you to all my wonderful clients that have trusted me with their special memories! Here’s to 10 more years of joy and celebration to come! 

Lexie and Emily at Lake Eden Events

So excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you today! Lexie and Emily were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony this past September at Lake Eden Events just outside of Asheville, NC. These brides were STUNNING and I had so much fun photographing them and their little dog, Tank!! Big thanks to Morgan Ford for being a fantastic second photographer for this wedding. I’ll let the photos tell the story of their day:

The “First Look”

Flowers by Your Day Blooms

After the first look and photos with Lexie and Emily (and Tank!), everyone gathered and got ready for the ceremony (below)

Lexie and Emily, thank you so much for trusting us with your special memories! It was such an honor to capture this day for you both!

Caroline and Anthony’s Raleigh Wedding

Catching up on my blog during “social distancing” quarantine and I have a real gem of a wedding to share with you today! Caroline and Anthony’s wedding was stylish, romantic and so much fun! They were married this past summer at Edenton St. Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC with the reception at the Angus Barn Pavilions. Anthony and Caroline were honored with the marine sword arch outside of the church. This is one of my all-time favorite wedding traditions! So romantic! I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story:

Big thanks to Monarch and Oak Photography for second shooting with me for this wedding

Flowers by Kelly Odom, Catering by Angus Barn, DJ: Joe Bunn DJ, Cake by Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Flowers by Kelly Odom

One of the cool things about Angus Barn Pavilions is that it’s close to the RDU airport so you can often see planes taking off while you’re celebrating

Cake Toppers were the bride’s parent’s from their wedding! Cake by Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Caroline and Anthony, it was a true honor to capture this day for you two! Wishing you much happiness in the future with all your adventures!

Kinari and Dustin at Highland Brewery

I had such a wonderful time documenting Kinari and Dustin’s Highland Brewery wedding this past June 15!

Eleanor with Events for You did an amazing job making sure everything went well for the day. Scroll to see highlights:

Kinari and her bridesmaids/bridesman get ready and take a mirror selfie (above)

They rented Gray line Trolly to take them around town for photos–we went to the RAD (river arts district) and downtown Asheville for photos with the wedding party

Then, back to Highland for their rooftop ceremony

Carolina Music set the mood (above)

Much love to Kinari and Dustin and their friends and family! Thanks so much for trusting me to document this fun day!

Kelvin and Shreya at the Homewood

Kelvin and Shreya were married May 26 of this past year (I catch up on my blog in the off-season) at the beautiful Homewood, just minutes from downtown Asheville. It was such a fun day celebrating this beautiful couple, but here are some highlights from their wedding day:

Vendors: Event Planner/Floral: Carolina Love Events, DJ: Dow Oak Events, Baker: Suarez Bakery,

Caterer: Caroline Allured, Videographer: Ardsley Park Productions, Bar: Asheville Beverage

What’s a downtown Asheville wedding without a drive-by from La Zoom??!

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