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)

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=69

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!

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=1467

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: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=5013

And the SECOND POST Covered the wedding day http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=5095

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.

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=11231

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.

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=11377

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!

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=11130

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.

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=11448

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.

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=13284

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.

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=15652

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!

LINK TO FULL BLOG POST: http://whitmeyerphotographyblog.com/?p=16010

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! 

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