Heather+Rah // Asheville, NC

"No union is more profound than marriage for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a martial union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered."

Heather+Rah's whole day was incredible but this moment.. when Aaron stood up towards the end of their ceremony and read this opinion to the crowd-just got me and everyone else present. 

The way these two love each other. The way they have fought to not only be WHO they are as individuals but the way they have fought for their love for one another is truly what makes this one of my very favorite weddings I've photographed in some 11 years. 

Heather is an incredible musician and Rah is such a creative and dedicated photographer and their openness and honesty about life and love is something to revel in. They've helped me become more inclusive, have allowed me space to ask questions, get feedback and their trust on their wedding day was the biggest gift. 

I could go on and on.. but I'd rather show you.. Enjoy their gorgeous wedding at Yesterday Spaces in Asheville, NC 

 

Ceremony & Reception: Yesterday Spaces // Event Planner: Plain with Sprinkles // Catering : Catering by Corey //  Donuts : Duck Donuts // Band: The End of America // Bartender: Golden Girls // DJ: DJ Lady B // Rah's Suit: Bindle and Keep 

The Stockroom at 230 : Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding : Shelley+Matt

I could not have picked a better couple to kick off 2016's Wedding Season!  I walked away from Shelley and Matt's wedding with a heart bursting at the seams and feeling so incredibly fortunate to work with couples like them and do this amazing job that I love so so so much! 

The first time we met I went home going.. "I hope they want to work with me as much as I want to work with them"! They were oh so cool, laid back and took me out for beers.. that's a WIN in my book.  

Matt broke his wrist a few weeks prior to the wedding and he mentioned he was worried about telling Shelley, because he knew he'd have a cast, etc.. and her reaction was more of concern for how he was feeling.  That my friends, is what it's all about.. <3 

I made Shelley promise on Saturday that they wouldn't be strangers.. and we'd stay in touch after the wedding! :) 

I could go on and on about them.. but I'm going to let the images speak for themselves and give you a glimpse into their perfect wedding at the Stockroom at 230. 

Amazing vendors came together and pulled off the perfect day for Shelley+Matt

Assistant Photographer : Amanda Beavers of Amanda B Photography //  Venue: The Stockroom at 230, The Glassbox // Coordination: Jess MacDonald of Handstitched Events  // Floral Design: Eddie at Distinctive Designs // Hair Design: Bettie Hair // Makeup Artist: Lindsay Greenwood // Catering: Catering Works // DJ: Collin Yarborough // Beer: Home brewed Klemouth Rock Brewing // Bridal Gown: Gorgeous Gowns of Cary // Groom's Suit : Bunbury Suits // Chalkboard Artist : Austin Bagwell of AB Chalk+Designs

 

 

 

 

2015: Thank You!

2015 was incredible..

Thank you to every couple that trusted me with these moments!

I had an amazing time!! <3 

And man, aren't you guys BEAUTIFUL!!! :) 

Backyard Vintage DIY Wedding New Hill, NC : Kelsey+Travis

Kelsey+Travis

I’m gonna love you, forever I do.
I’m gonna spend all of my days with you.
I’ll carry your burdens and be the wind at your back.
I wanna spend my forever— forever like that.

When the rain comes, I’ll be your shelter.
When the storm blow, we’ll be together.
When the winds may fall, I’ll be right by your side.
— Ben Rector

Two of the most creative people I know were married this past June and I was lucky enough to be a part of their day. 

I’ve known Travis for quite a few years now, first through Crosspointe Church and then through working together at Apple. He’s joined me on quite a few occasions as an amazing second shooter and also doing his own thing in video for his own company Two Suits Films.  

I had photographed Kelsey, probably many times before I even met her!  I had been asked to cover some events for Crosspointe and she was part of the band and has an amazing voice!!  She has a kindness that just makes you feel as if you’ve known her for years. 

I love how they love each other.  <3

When they got engaged and I was asked about photographing their wedding, I was of course thrilled.. but also felt incredibly fortunate.  I knew this wasn’t going to be just an ordinary wedding.. this was going to be an ALL OUT CELEBRATION!! The Crosspointe family doesn’t do things on a small level.. HA! 

So many many hands and hearts came together to make their day absolutely perfect.  So much attention to detail and love was put into every moment of the day.  Kelsey’s Mom, Kris is one- third of the amazing Hobnob Occasions company.  Three amazing women who not only offer rentals of everything from vintage tea cups to linens to amazing handmade banquet tables and benches but they also offer wedding and event planning. So no doubt, the set up was breathtaking as you’ll see below.. 

I just want to say one more thing before I inundate you with way too many of my favorite images from their day.  

These two, they gave me SO much time for photos.  Their first look was spectacular and one of my all time favorites.  Travis being on the other side of the camera and his experience with wedding day timelines really helped give them the images they wanted.  

So many times not enough time is given or considered and it throws everything off or behind and just leaves everyone stressed.  Not saying that a first look is ALWAYS necessary but when building your timeline, there’s so much to consider and I am VERY willing to help with making sure my couples have time to get the images they truly want and will want to look back on! 

Thank you Kelsey+Travis for allowing me to be a small part of your day!! 

Thank you to the McClear Family for opening up their home for this wonderful celebration! 

Big shout out to working alongside these amazing vendors!! 

Second Photographer : Jess Short // Coordination and Rentals : Andrea Petkau-Hobnob Occasions // Videography : Back Down South Films // Lavender : Mezza Luna Lavender Farm // Kelsey's Florals : Preston Flowers // Bridesmaid and Groomsmen's Florals : Gwenn Mangine // Cake Design : Stickboy Bakery // DJ: Tj Terry // Hair Design: Traci Mullins // MUA : Megan Brown // Kelsey's' Gown : Melissa Sweet for David's Bridal // Bridesmaids Gowns : Gather and Gown | The Lake Dress in Dove Gray // Travis's Suit : Macy's, Alfani RED Mid-Grey Stepweave Slim-Fit Jacket
Levi's 511 Jeans (Dark Wash) | Calvin Klein Tie | Cole Haan Shoes // Tent Rental : Grand Rental // BEER: Lonerider Brewing Co. (Raleigh, NC) Highland Brewing Co, (Asheville, NC) // Glass/Barware Rentals: American Party Rentals // Officiant : Jonathan Bow | Crosspointe Church // Stationery : Handmade by Kelsey