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Jenn + Chaz – Asheville Elopement – Black Balsam Knob

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Jenn + Chaz’s story and love is one that might be best described visually. It’s actually very fitting for these two filmmakers. Jenn + Chaz are both incredible filmmakers, so in the same way that Jessica and I express a lot of ourselves through visual means, they do too, but only this time, they were the subject. None of that might not make any sense, but that just goes to prove that often times we are truly better at expressing ourselves visually.

Not only was their Asheville elopement a visual dream, it was so raw, passionate and downright beautiful. Everything fell into place so perfectly. In fact, they had originally wanted do their elopement two and half months later that when we did, but somethings came up and they needed to move it up to this incredible day in Sept. The light was perfect, the family and friends they wanted to witness their promise to one another were all able to make it and it was really just the perfect day.

Their vows were some of the most heart gripping, humbling and beautifully spoken words we’ve heard between two humans. Then, there is their impeccable style. So, yeah. Even it was a wildly cold day (like freezing temps), it was still one of the most warming and fulfilling elopements/weddings we shot this year.

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Caitlen + Matthew – Mountain Destination Wedding at Overlook Barn

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Beech Mountain is a super special place for Jessica and I. It’s one of the places we used to visit a lot during our first years of dating and I worked up on Beech Mountain at a ski shop. We used to go to couples night at the ski resort and every time we are up near Banner Elk, we always make a point to go up on Beech, grab lunch at Fred’s and reminisce about those days together.

It’s no wonder why we loved shooting Caitlen + Matthews mountain destination wedding at Overlook Barn up on Beech Mountain this year. Aside from the fact these two are some of the sweetest, funnest and genuine people you could ever meet, they are also incredible in front of the camera. You might remember their engagement session we shared a little while back we did up on Hawksbill Mountain.

Despite some random rain showers throughout the day, Caitlen + Matthew’s wedding was beautiful. Their emotions were not afraid to be put on display whatsoever. Their attention to detail was spot one and the way they handled the random rain showers was with this calm and peaceful demeanor. It was all around an amazing time. Here is the evidence to prove it.

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Venue: Overlook Barn | Wedding Dress: Wildflower Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Florals: Callista Designs | Shoes: Toms | Grooms Suit: Calvin Klein | Ceremony Music: Kruger Brothers | Caterer: Gadabouts | Cake: Dewey’s | Bakery: Stickboy | DJ: Bunn DJ

Leah + Joe – Foggy Black Balsam Knob Couples Session

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Leah and Joe are like some sort of fairytale love story. She’s from the states, here in North Carolina and he’s from England and met at a concert while he was in the states. The rest is history. The magnetic connection they share is something that is just amazing to witness and fortunately for us, we had the opportunity to capture it during our time with them up at a foggy Black Balsam Knob. Maybe the frigid temps up there gave more reason to cuddle up, but I believe they would of been glued to one another had it been 90 degrees. There really isn’t much better than hitting up some amazing places in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a couple who is mad for one another. And then on top of that, getting lucky enough to have that beautiful fog!? I mean, that’s like a dream right there.

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New York City Lovers

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A couple weeks ago I (Brett) went up to NYC for a couple shoots. Jess and I love traveling up there to shoot and play, but if I am being honest, it’s kind of weird not going with her, so I try to make myself super busy. That’s exactly what I did. It was sort of insane. Doing just one New York City couples session can be overwhelming in itself, so I should of known doing three would of been a real test. Thankfully, I passed. I think.

It’s rare that we ever actually shoot in the city. We usually shoot over in Brooklyn, but recently we’ve been really enjoying staying over in the LES at The Ludlow Hotel. We just love that area in general. So, for Hannah + Winston’s shoot, we shot in the city and just sorta wandered and explored around. These two cool kids made it even more fun. From shooting in the most unsuspected places in Chinatown to having an entire street/alley to ourselves in Tribeca and then to finding the most amazing and most pink Italian place in Nolita called Pietro Nolita and finally ending it all back at my hotel after grabbing a bite to egg at one of my favorite spots, Egg Shop, it was a great time.

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Zoe + Alex – Converted School Bus Home Session

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Zoe + Alex are two great friends who recently celebrated five years of marriage! To document what their love looks like after five years in, we did a super fun home session at a friends old converted school bus. They brought along their banjo and we just hung out, played some songs and had a blast laughing at how I (Brett) couldn’t fully stand up inside the bus, which in hindsight, is actually sort of humorous. Haha. Both are incredible musicians and Zoe even had a stint as a recording artist before moving to North Carolina from Oregon to plant a church with Alex, where they are worship leaders. Basically, they totally amazing humans and we are thankful to be able to call them friends.

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Samantha + Lee – Black Balsam Knob Elopement

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Samantha and Lee have been living in Asheville for a little while now, so it was only natural to have their elopement take place nearby. We went up to one of their favorite spots, not far from Asheville, in the Pisgah National Forest. Black Balsam Knob also happens to be one of our favorite places in that area as well. Luckily for us though, Samantha + Lee are avid runners and spend a lot of time running trails all throughout the mountains, so they took us to a spot we hadn’t been to out there and it was incredible.  When we left Asheville to head out for their Black Balsam Knob elopement, it was still rather sunny and bright, but as we drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway, the temperature began to drop and beautiful fog began to roll in. Although the fog didn’t allow for us to see the beautiful views from the ridge we hiked to, it still made for this amazing, romantic and moody vibe, which we all just loved.

It was truly a highlight of our year. Just Samantha + Lee and us. It was incredible. It was so intimate and so silent and so still. No distractions making a perfect environment for them to share and express their love. As we hiked back out, we could hear the red fox’s howling off in the distance. It was almost as if they were cheering and congratulating them on their marriage.

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Hawksbill Mountain Engagement | Caitlen + Matthew | Linville, NC

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It’s not everyday that couples are willing to make a hike like this one, but Caitlen + Matthew were all for it. To make their Hawksbill Mountain engagement session happen, we met up with them in Wilkesboro and carpooled out to the beautiful Linville Gorge out past Boone, NC. It’s a beautiful landscape that Jessica and I used love visiting while we were in college. The hike isn’t all that hard, but when you add in the weight of photo gear, change of clothes for the couple and of course, you also don’t want anyone to work up too much of a sweat, it’s definitely one of those a lot might pass on. To us, it’s always totally worth it. Making memories and having time to really connect with our couples is a big part of our process, which is why we often try to make our engagement sessions based on something exciting, adventurous and beautiful. So thankful that Caitlen + Matthew made this trek and as you can see, it was all totally worth it.

Can’t hardly wait for Caitlen + Matthew’s wedding at Overlook Barn next month!

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Caitlin + Andrew – Bar Harbor Maine Wedding

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Caitlin + Andrew live and work in Brooklyn, but are two very well traveled people. Travel has a lot to do with their relationship and one of their favorite places to visit is Bar Harbor, Maine. So, they invited their families and closest friends to join them to witness their marriage in a place that holds a lot of meaning to them. Their Acadia National Park wedding was held at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. It was so beautiful and having never been to Maine before, we were just blown away by it’s natural beauty and charm. The whole vibe of the area was just so laid back and that was reflected in Caitlin + Andrew’s wedding. From the night before, when we got to meet the whole family and their friends to the very end of the reception, we felt like part of the family and when photographing a wedding, there isn’t much more any photographer could ask for.

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Ashley + Charles – Black Balsam Knob Engagement

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Ashley + Charles are simply awesome people. When you are around them, life feels more free and uplifting and who doesn’t want to feel that way?! So when we set out to plan their Asheville mountain engagement session, we knew we wanted it to feel just that way. We met for beers down in Brevard and drove up to Black Balsam Knob, one of our favorite places ever. As you can see, we had the most amazing light and just best day to shoot. As we were finishing up, this beautiful fog rolled in as the sun was setting and created the most beautiful atmosphere. It was the absolute perfect way to wrap up a session!

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