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!
Megan and Will held their destination wedding in Asheville just a couple weeks ago and we were very excited to document the festivities. They along with their family and friends were some of the nicest people! You might recognize them from my recent post with images from their adventure photo session at Max Patch , we had a blast taking some day after the wedding portraits up in the mountains outside of Asheville. Today I’m excited to share their beautiful Asheville wedding at The Crest Center and Pavillion, it was the perfect fall day and what a beautiful venue this is! The Crest Center is managed by M7 Event Solutions and what a pleasure the team was to work with, Megan and Will’s wedding day ran smoothly, the food was amazing and everyone was so friendly! Now Megan and Will, these two are perfect for each other. We knew within just a couple hours that these two were a couple we could easily have a beer with and chat for hours about mutual interests; hiking, Colorado (they just moved there), the outdoors, good beer, pup’s (they have an adorable fur-kid) etc… The list goes on. Anyways, I’m thrilled to share just a few favorites from Megan and Will’s beautiful Asheville wedding. What a beautiful bride Megan is! Doesn’t Will look handsome… These two made our job easy! Will and his groomsman Sean had some fun flying drones, with virtual reality glasses… Matt… Well he had some fun photographing them in their goggles… So cool! Pretty lady! These bouquets by Elaine with Urban Farm Girl were beautiful! The Crest Pavillion boasts such a gorgeous ceremony location with the mountains west of Asheville the feature point. Love this one of Megan during Will’s vows. The clouds as the sun began to set were simply gorgeous! Love these two portraits of Megan and Will! Megan and Will’s reception decor was very personalized. In fact they collected growlers from their favorite local breweries as vases to hold the flowers…. How cool is that?! A couple after our own hearts! Their cake was beautiful, made by Waynette with Sweet Promises a local Asheville cake baker. The view from The Crest Pavillion is beautiful! The Crest center is set up on a mountain about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville and has a stunning view of downtown as well as all the surrounding mountains! The Pavillion has lot’s of corners for us to tuck our off camera flashes in, which makes for great reception lighting! Sandy with Sound Extreme kept the dance floor packed, if you’re looking for a fabulous DJ I highly recommend him! Matt and I had fun setting up this end of the night photo with some sparklers!! Love it!
If you know anyone who’s engaged and planning their Asheville or destination wedding… AMW Studios is currently booking Asheville weddings, engagement and family sessions for 2017 and 2018! Planning an Asheville (or Destination) wedding? We’d love to hear more about your wedding plans!! In addition to being Asheville wedding photographers, we also photograph weddings in Boone, Blowing Rock, Cashiers, The Great Smoky Mountains and beyond!! Let us know where you’re getting married, we’ll be there!