Last Year for Whitmeyer Photography

Oh, what a career I’ve been fortunate enough to have! I first moved up to the Asheville area in 2006 and started my little photography business. I’ve documented so many joyous moments for families and couples over my 16 year career and been so very blessed. However, I am announcing that this will be the last year for Whitmeyer Photography. This was not an easy decision as I very much love photographing weddings and families and have been so honored to do this professionally for so long. I do plan to continue to photograph weddings as an associate photographer and as a second photographer for other local photographers in both the Asheville and Raleigh areas. Thus, I’m not leaving wedding photography entirely just giving up being a small business owner.

I have many wonderful weddings scheduled to photograph this last year (2022) and truly am excited to put all I have into my last year as a full-time wedding photographer and small business owner.

Moving forward, I plan to focus my time and energy on caring for my 1.5 year old daughter, Annie. This past year and a half, I’ve found it really difficult to put in the time it takes to run a business successfully and also be the best mama I can be. I’m sure many of you parents out there can understand the challenges of working from home and taking care of littles! Thankfully, my husband is working extra hard so that I can slow down and spend these next few years focused on taking care of little Annie.

I am truly grateful for these 16 years of running my business and for all my fantastic clients. I hope to be able to continue to serve both my community and my own family with a whole heart moving forward, just in a slightly different capacity.

Feel free to request me as a second photographer for your wedding with the following local photographers, all of whom I have experience working with: Jenny Tenney, Heather Hambor, Carrie Turner, Morgan Ford, Ryan Bumgardner, Kathy Beaver, Eliza Bell, Aaron ImagingNick Breedlove, Terri Clark, Vanessa RayJeremy Russell, Rachel McIntosh

I’m also more than happy to meet and work with other photographers!

Rachel and Wynton at South Wind Ranch

I really meant to blog more of 2020 but life definitely got in the way. First of all, I had a baby! Baby Annie was born 11-17, so the winter time (when I generally catch up on my blog) was full of baby snuggles and sleepless nights.

Despite the chaos of 2020, I really didn’t want to start the 2021 wedding season without getting this gorgeous summer wedding up here. 2020 was a rough year for weddings with many couples having to reschedule multiple times, just to settle on weddings that were smaller than couples wished. Grandparents weren’t at many 2020 celebrations either, unfortunately. Rachel and Wynton were scheduled to get married in April, right at the beginning of the pandemic. They rescheduled to August and thankfully, because the venue was outdoors , they were able to move along as planned. Many guests wore masks and hand sanitizer was at the ready.

Rachel and Wynton are such a sweet couple! These two met working at the YMCA, a place that is near and dear to my own heart as I spent every day after school at our local YMCA in Raleigh and most summers too. They were married outside at South Wind Ranch in Travelers Rest, SC in a truly joyous celebration! Here are some highlights from their wedding day:

Best wishes to Rachel and Wynton! Thanks so much for trusting me with your special memories!

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!

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