Oh, you guys… It’s that time of year – okay okay, I’m 23 days late, but Happy New Year!!! This is one of my favorite posts of the year! 2016 was such a fantastic year -it marked AMW Studios first full wedding season here in Asheville, NC – and boy are we thrilled to be here! We traveled to beautiful places – including some pretty fantastic wedding venues – documented amazing love stories and met a whole slew of talented wedding industry people who we are so thankful to know!!! We are immensely grateful to all our amazing couples who chose to have us tell their stories – every one of the amazing weddings, adventurous engagement sessions and more!!! Thank you… From the bottom of our hearts! In all the years I lived here in the Asheville area as a kid and all the days I spent adventuring in the surrounding mountains, I cannot believe I never made it to Max Patch. Wow! Well, when fellow adventurers, Megan and Will, mentioned an interest in capturing some beautiful mountain scenery in the background of their post wedding day session – Max Patch immediately came to mind! A trend that seems more common here in the South is bridal portrait sessions!! I shot more pre-wedding bridal portraits this year than I ever did in the northeast… Let me just say – I adore it!!! I had so much fun with Jordan at Brown Mountain Beach Resort a few weeks before her wedding! It gave me a chance to scout out this gorgeous venue – and what bride wouldn’t want to get dressed up for some pre-wedding fun! Khristy and Andy’s beautiful wedding at Laurel Ridge Country Club was a highlight of our season! Kelly and Mark’s wedding at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston was the wedding that kicked off our 2016 season and man… It set the bar pretty high!!! I love these two images from their beautiful wedding in the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens! We got to photograph some pretty incredible, fun, adventurous engagement sessions this year! The cool thing about moving here to Asheville is that while it is new territory professionally, I actually grew up here… It has been so fun to revisit these amazing places where I spent time as a kid… This image from Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest is from a fall adventure session! Getting ready is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! In July we traveled up to our old stomping grounds in the Northeast to photograph Jordan and Joe’s wedding. We made a family adventure out of the trip and visited some special places along the way! One of our favorite stops was Chincoteague Island, VA where we explored the national seashore, spotted wild ponies, played on the beach and visited the awesome Assateague Lighthouse! I think we all fell in love with the charm of this section of the Virginia Coast! We can’t wait to return. Janet and Bryan’s adventure engagement session was such a blast! Alyssa and German’s Biltmore Estate engagement session was awesome (I mean really… look at these two!!!!). We cannot wait for their wedding this June at Biltmore Estate’s Lioncrest! Abby and Tripp’s adventure engagement session started in the forest exploring the gorgeous waterfalls of Dupont Forest and ended with a gorgeous sunset on top of Jump Off Rock in Hendersonville! Claire and Nathan’s Lake Eden Events wedding was stunning and I adore this image Matt took of the guys at one of the Lake Eden cabins! With peacocks and spanish moss Kelly and Mark’s Magnolia Plantation Wedding was a highlight of our season! Beer and photos?! Yes please! Wicked Weeds Funkatorium in Asheville was the site of Megan and Will’s day-after session! Janet and Bryan’s Black Balsam engagement session at sunset was so fun and beautiful! The view from the Biltmore Estate is simply spectacular! Matt and his guys playing some impromptu croquet before his Old Edwards Inn Wedding! First looks with dad are always sweet! Who doesn’t love a little wedding day goofiness! Allison and Graham’s wedding at The Venue – Asheville was awesome!! Check out our full wedding post from their day! Because who doesn’t love good dance moves?!! Heidi and Andrew’s first look in Grand Central Station was amazing!!! Check out our full summary of their NYC wedding here and here! Amy and Colin’s asheville farm wedding had it all! What a ball we had with Heidi and Andrew in NYC! Their wedding reception took place on a Yacht that cruised the New York harbor! This is one of my favorite images from the evening… In the background is the Brooklyn Bridge, where Andrew had proposed to Heidi! Megan and Will’s wedding at The Crest Center and Pavillion was quite gorgeous – the sunset for their ceremony was stunning!! Sparklers are always a big hit amongst the little ones at weddings!! It’s enchanting! Well, thanks for hanging in there… Whewww, that was a long one!! We’re so excited to see what 2017 has in store. So far it’s looking pretty awesome! We hope that if you know anyone getting married in 2017 or 2018 you’ll share this post… Help spread the word about AMW Studios!!! We are based here in the Asheville area but travel often and are always seeking out our next adventure! Let us know where you’re getting married… I bet we’ll go there too! In addition to weddings, we offer lifestyle family portraiture, adventure engagement sessions and more!
Okay, grab yourself a drink (again) because here is part two of Heidi and Andrew’s NYC wedding. If you haven’t seen part one stop right here and follow this link to check it out!!! Okay, now that you’re all caught up, I’m so excited to share with you more of this amazing wedding. We left off with some bride and groom portraits in Grand Central Station and we’re continuing today with a few photos in Central Park followed by their sunset ceremony on the top deck of The Atlantica and an epic dance party while cruising the NY Harbor! As we headed (via a hot limo) from Grand Central, Andrew snagged a couple photo’s of his bride admiring the view…Those iconic city streets. Have you seen a cuter ring bearer?! Not sure if we have! Love this one of Heidi and Andrew! When we got to Chelsea Pier’s, I hurried inside to grab just a couple details before all the guests boarded the Yacht! The lower level of the yacht was set for dinner, beautiful and classic!! Noticing that the sun was starting to get low on the horizon I went to grab Heidi + Andrew for some impromptu photo’s on the top deck! I’m glad I did! Man, the light was amazing!! We had a few minutes before the ceremony to sneak a couple images of the wedding party! Isn’t this adorable?! Heidi’s two amazing kids walked her down the aisle, it was darling!!! As the ceremony progressed, the boat pulled up along side Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the guests were treated to a gorgeous view! These two are adorable and were so so excited to pronounced husband and wife!!! After the ceremony everyone headed downstairs to the middle stateroom where guests grabbed drinks and circled around to watch Heidi and Andrew celebrate their first dance!!! It was a pretty epic first dance!!! THEN… The party started!!! And boy what a party it was!! I have to say, I was impressed… Not only was their some pretty awesome dancing but it also took place on a moving boat and no one fell over!!! Occasionally we would step out to take in the ever changing scenery and snap a couple quick photos!!! Again with those awesome dance moves!!! By far one of the most memorable parts of the evening was pulling up to the Statue of Liberty at around 11 at night… The yacht get’s so close to the statue, you can see all the details on Lady Liberty’s face… it’s amazing!!! I can honestly say that, short of working on another Elite Charter’s wedding, I will probably never get the opportunity to take a photograph of the Statue of Liberty in quite the same way again! The party continued… until 1am! Those New Yorkers sure know how to party!!! I don’t normally post so many party pictures but we had so much fun with this crowd!!! The bubble exit off The Atlantica made for some cool photo’s! I’ll end with two night portraits take from the top deck of the Atlantica! The Brooklyn Bridge (which is where Andrew proposed to Heidi) is in the background!!! A huge thank you to Heidi and Andrew for asking us to travel up to NYC to document their wedding day!!! What a blast it was!!!
Oh gosh you guys… Grab a favorite beverage and pull up a seat because this is going to be a long one… Back in August Matt and I traveled to New York City to photograph Heidi and Andrew’s wedding! The day started on land at The Plaza to be exact and ended cruising the Hudson River on a gorgeous yacht chartered by Elite Private Charters! Between intimate (haha.. you’ll see…) first look in front of a crowd at the stunning and historic Grand Central Station to wedding party pictures in Central Park, this wedding couldn’t have been more “New York” if you tried! We were thrilled to go along for the ride! Despite being VERY busy, Grand Central was the backdrop for some of my favorite portraits from the day!
You might remember these two from their fall engagement session in Asheville at the NC Arboretum. Needless to say, as awesome as their Asheville engagement was, their wedding was even better! Heidi planned their wedding out with precise detail and in spite of all the moving parts which left plenty to go wrong (you know NYC is not exactly known for quick travel), traffic kept moving (for the most part) and things came together perfectly!The Plaza’s rooms are big and have beautiful window light which helped me out when it came time to shoot all of Heidi’s beautiful details! I adored Heidi’s choice of flowers, her cascading bouquet made of white orchids was so classy! Manhattan’s skyline made a great backdrop for a couple detail shots! Notice the Empire State building back there?! Oh how I love photographing beautiful brides and their sparkly Jimmy Choo’s! Oh Heidi, you are such a beautiful bride! Andrew is one lucky man! How cute is she?! I absolutely love her flower girl dress! Not only is Andrew a very handsome dude but he is one of the nicest people you’ll meet… Yup, Heidi is one lucky lady! Some of the fun gifts given to the groomsmen and ring bearer! Here comes what was easily my favorite first look of the season, at Grand Central Terminal amongst a crowd of people… Heidi and Andrew’s wedding party watched from the balcony! I’m not gonna lie… I was very worried about shooting bride and groom portraits in Grand Central! When we have a limited time for couples portraits I like being able to control the background, in this case I knew we’d be dealing with hundreds of moving people. What I never in a million years would have predicted is 1. Just how much those people in the background added to the pictures (especially the first look image above!) and 2. How courteous people were about stepping out of the way when asked (politely of course). The result ended up being some of my favorite couples portraits of the season! And I’m going to stop right here and break this beautiful New York City wedding into two parts! Check back tomorrow for images from Central Park and their epic sunset wedding ceremony + dance party on a yacht!
When given the option of presents or a puppy for Christmas what do you think our kids chose?!?! You guessed it… A puppy! Now, this was no spur of the moment decision, Matt and I have talk about adding a canine kid to the mix for a couple years now… We would even visit the local humane society and cuddle the cute puppies. Our kids (particularly Aydon) has begged us for a few years now, to get a puppy and we’ve always been tempted but it was never the right time. When 2016 wedding season came to a close in November Matt and I finally decided it was time to add a 4 legged furry hiking pal to the mix. Once we decided it was a go, it didn’t take us long to make our way over to Greenville Humane Society (who is awesome by the way!) to pick out the latest addition to our family! Enter, Denali, the only brown pup amongst all her jet black brothers and sisters. Matt immediately picked her out! This is Denali 2 weeks after we got her… she is wicked smart and has very quickly mastered simple commands like sit, wait, come. She is (knock on wood) entirely house trained and is beginning to learn simply tricks like “paw”. Go Denali! We’ve had her for about 4 weeks now and she has become an irreplaceable member of our family. She is super loyal and takes daily naps with Piper (pictures of that soon!). Aydon and her are inseparable!
It will be a while yet before she can go on longer hikes but we cannot wait till the day when we can take her adventuring in the mountains on her first backpacking trip! Stayed tuned for many more adventures!
Oh man…. I had so much fun with these two and their adorable Dachshund, Frankie. I cannot wait to blog their whole session but for now I’m excited to share just one of my favorites from their beautiful fall engagement. I tend to be a natural light photographer (except during wedding receptions in which we use off camera lighting), seeking out the best possible light in any given scenario. There are sessions however, where I feel compelled to break out a flash to create a more dramatic image and I’m always excited by the end result! The image above is one of my favorite images that I’ve created recently. I think many wedding photographers would agree that it can be easy to fall into a routine; same poses, gravitating towards the same lighting… Taking the “safe” route when it comes to portraits. The photo above, for me, is a perfect reminder to keep experimenting, keep playing, push harder for an even more creative image…Most importantly HAVE FUN! You never know what might happen.
This wedding season is coming to a close and we couldn’t be more excited about how our first season as Asheville wedding photographers has gone. We’ve met some amazing wedding vendors here in the Asheville area, photographed at amazing Asheville venues (I’m going to do a special post on some of our favorites, soon) and had the opportunity to travel for a couple destination weddings (something we continue to want to do!). We are currently booking 2017 weddings both here in Asheville & beyond, if you know anyone getting married and think we’d be a good fit we hope you’ll pass our name along!
We have some more awesome weddings and engagement sessions hitting the blog over the next couple weeks so stay tuned!