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traditional chinese wedding in asheville ncpintopinterest 2017… WHAT A YEAR. A great year! Many of you know that at the end of 2015 we took a giant leap of faith moving our busy, successful wedding photography business from the Northeast here to Asheville, North Carolina. I’m not going to lie… It hasn’t been easy. It’s been an incredibly challenging and humbling experience to have to rebuild AMW Studios essentially from the ground up… I mean not quite – we had a portfolio this time and we better understood the value in what we offer our clients… The experience, the adventure, the memories captured…but professionally we knew no one. We had no venues, planners or other photographers who would pass our name along to couples getting married here in Asheville. What has been amazing is to be greeted with open arms by the wonderful wedding community. It’s been fun to make connections, develop friendships and I’m so thankful to each and every one of you who we’ve gotten to know!

2017 was a year of growth here in Asheville. We photographed amazing weddings at beautiful venues throughout the Carolinas and worked with delightful, fun couples who are madly in love and up for adventure! We are so, so thankful to our amazing clients (many of whom by the time their weddings are over we feel fortunate enough to call friends) for helping our business flourish and trusting us to authentically tell their story.

We are over the moon excited that 2018 is looking even more epic! We have triple the number of weddings that we had booked last year at this time. This year we will be photographing weddings at some of our favorite venues here in North Carolina, including The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek, The Biltmore Estate and Brown Mountain Beach Resort. And, we are discovering new venues we can’t wait to explore, including Asheville’s new wedding venue Chestnut Ridge and Highland Brewing Company among many others… We will also be heading north to our old stomping grounds to photograph a wedding in a gorgeous castle by the sea and again for a beautiful summer wedding on the Boston Harbor Islands! We still have a few 2018 dates available and plenty of 2019. Know anyone getting married and think we might be a good fit?! We hope you’ll tell them to say hello!! We’d love to tell their story! the fields at blackberry cove weddingpintopinterest fall engagement session on the blue ridge parkwaypintopinterest C + R’s engagement session began in Asheville’s funky + colorful River Arts District and ended up on the Blue Ridge Parkway to catch some beautiful fall foliage… It was awesome and we can’t wait to capture their wedding in Charlotte in April 2019! biltmore estate wedding portraitpintopinterest biltmore estate bridal portraitpintopinterest Alyssa’s bridal portrait session at the gorgeous Biltmore Estate was a highlight of 2017 and the photo above that was taken in the beautiful Conservatory on the estate’s property is one of my favorite images of the season! 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Beginning in spring of 2018 I will be booking Equine Lifestyle Sessions here in Tryon and anywhere in WNC. More on that in a different post! the fields at blackberry cove weddingpintopinterest Oskar Blues REEB Ranch weddingpintopinterest Cathie + Tod’s Oskar Blues REEB Ranch wedding in beautiful Brevard, NC was filled with great people, lots of laughter, amazing weather and good food! fall engagement session on the blue ridge parkwaypintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek wedding partypintopinterest lioncrest at biltmore wedding portraitpintopinterest biltmore estate bridal party portraitpintopinterest elegant bride at the vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest bride silhouet in asheville hotel windowpintopinterest biltmore rose garden bridal portraitpintopinterest bride and her girls at the fields at blackberry covepintopinterest biltmore estate weddingpintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek weddingpintopinterest rough ridge adventure engagement sessionpintopinterest blue ridge adventure engagement session at rough ridgepintopinterest This adventure engagement session, on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock at a place called Rough Ridge, was simply stunning! bride in bettys cottage on her wedding daypintopinterest an adventurous engagement session at craggy gardenspintopinterest roan mountain engagement sessionpintopinterest I traveled up to Roan Mountain for the first time to photograph these two cuties! Can’t wait for their wedding this spring at Chestnut Ridge Events! the fields at black berry cove weddingpintopinterest hiking on the blue ridge parkwaypintopinterest Hiking with this cutie up at Craggy Gardens to capture some senior portraits for her… We got caught in a massive rain storm… So we hid under a rock! summertime wedding at the biltmore estatepintopinterest a beautiful sunrise session on black balsampintopinterest We woke up before sunrise to meet T + M up at Black Balsam and got there just in time to catch the sun coming up… It was epic! bride and groom in between grapevines during their vineyard weddingpintopinterest silhouette of horse and rider at a barn in Tryon NCpintopinterest Hawksbill Mountain Engagementpintopinterest Chinese wedding portrait amongst cherry treespintopinterest Our year kicked off in March with a beautiful Chinese wedding. These two amongst the cherry trees made my day! bride and groom cheering post asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest asheville barn weddingpintopinterest The Farm a Gathering place weddingpintopinterest beautiful nighttime dancing at the Vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest Lioncrest at Biltmore wedding portraitpintopinterest evening engagement session on the blue ridge parkwaypintopinterest sparkler exit during asheville weddingpintopinterest K + E’s Wedding at The Fields at Blackberry Cove was gorgeous…full blog post soon! asheville mountain wedding portraitpintopinterest the inn on biltmore estate sunset engagementpintopinterest beautiful rainbow over the blue ridge mountainspintopinterest equestrian lifestyle portraits in tryon ncpintopinterest biltmore estate engagement sessionpintopinterest biltmore rose garden bridal portraitspintopinterest biltmore house engagement sessionpintopinterest A + S rocked their late fall engagement session at The Biltmore Estate. We can’t wait for their wedding this spring at The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek. black balsam at sunrisepintopinterest brown mountain beach resortpintopinterest wedding dress hanging from a barn in ashevillepintopinterest the fields at blackberry cove weddingpintopinterest roan mountain at sunsetpintopinterest roan mountain adventure engagement sessionpintopinterest the honeymoon cabin at the vineyards at betty's creekpintopinterest beautiful bride at a farm weddingpintopinterest roan mountain engagement sessionpintopinterest equine portraits on the farm in Tryon NCpintopinterest blue ridge parkway nighttime engagement sessionpintopinterest catawba brewing company engagement sessionpintopinterest roan mountain engagementpintopinterest rumbling bald resort wedding portraitpintopinterest great smoky mountain weddingpintopinterest 2017’s a wrap, folks, but we are so, so ready for all that 2018 has in store for us! Bring it!

AMW Studios – Asheville wedding photographers specializing in creating modern + dynamic imagery for adventurous couples. Are you getting married or know someone getting married here in North Carolina or beyond?!? We are now booking weddings, adventure engagement sessions & lifestyle portraits for 2018 and 2019! Drop us a line – info@amwstudios.com – let’s chat! We can’t wait to tell your story…
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I’m back today with the 2nd part of Abby and Tripp’s colorful Vineyards at Bettys Creek Wedding! What a fun day this was to capture. Full of laughter and love. It was my first time photographing a wedding at Betty’s Creek and I was simply blown away! The property is so peaceful, tucked up in the mountains in a way that makes you feel as though you and your guests are the only living souls. The buildings on the property each have such character… See my other post from my original visit to Vineyards at Betty’s Creek for more on the history of the buildings and property. The property offers multiple locations to have your ceremony, Abby and Tripp chose to say their vows under a beautiful large old tree next to the honeymoon cottage.

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After the ceremony guests made their way past the vineyards and up to the newly built reception lodge. Upon arrival they were greeted with stunning mountain views.

the vineyards at bettys creek reception lodge in the mountainspintopinterest the vineyards at bettys creek a beautiful mountain wedding venuepintopinterest view of mountains from reception lodgepintopinterest Could your dinner view get any better than that?! gorgeous views of the mountains at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest beautiful flowers by sweet stems flower barpintopinterest rustic colorful jewel toned wedding details pintopinterest Abby and Tripp worked together with the talented Wendy with Weddings by Wendy and Lauren at Sweet Stem’s Flower Bar to create a gorgeously designed wedding reception. Jewel tones alongside lot’s of earthy greens made up the tabletop decor. Place settings were adorned with one beautiful fern leaf atop a collection of both square and round tables. elegant and natural wedding details pintopinterest rustic vineyards at bettys creek reception lodge pintopinterest colorful flowers and ferns were details during this vineyards at bettys creek wedding pintopinterest The amazing and, most importantly delicious, food was created by Kim and her fabulous team at Celine and Company Catering based in Asheville. celine and company catering food pintopinterest beautiful summer wedding details at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest summertime wedding details pintopinterest cake by celine and company catering pintopinterest brightly colored flowers adorned the rustic wooden tables during this summertime wedding in the mountainspintopinterest guests are seated at long wooden tablespintopinterest Once guests were seated toasts began… They were a perfect mixture of funny, thoughtful and sweet. maid of honor gives toast at vineyards at bettys creek weddingpintopinterest bride and groom get emotional during toastspintopinterest father daughter dance in the lodge at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest groom and mom dance during wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom hold hands outside the dunkard barn lodge pintopinterest After the toasts and parent dances we were able to sneak Abby + Tripp out for some couples portraits by the Dunkard Barn and vineyards! bride and groom cuddle up amongst the grapevines during their vineyards at bettys creek wedding  pintopinterest Again with the shooting through things… LOVE wedding portrait at the vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest wedding day portrait in the vineyard at bettys creek pintopinterest bride and groom were all smiles during their wedding in the great smoky mountains pintopinterest These two are so in love, you can see it on their faces everytime they’re next to each other. beautiful great smoky mountains made a backdrop for this wedding portrait pintopinterest That view! I’m so excited to head back to the Vineyards at Betty’s Creek this season for a couple more weddings! bride and groom silohuette at sunset in the mountains pintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek reception pavillion at sunset pintopinterest crytal clear band kept the dance floor rockin pintopinterest Crystal Clear kept the dance floor rocking! wedding guests enjoy a summertime party in the mountains pintopinterest crystal clear band performs at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest wedding guests dancing in the new vineyards at bettys creek reception barn pintopinterest bride and grandfather dance during wedding reception in sylva nc pintopinterest bouquet toss at vineyards at bettys creek wedding pintopinterest wedding guests wearing an amazing suitpintopinterest guests goof off in photobooth pintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek wedding receptionpintopinterest When the light was just right to get that beautiful blue sky behind the great chandelier on the balcony of the reception lodge I couldn’t resist pulling A + T out for a little impromptu dance… I think it was worth it!!! dancing under large chandelier at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest bride and groom last dance during their vineyards at bettys creek wedding reception pintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek send off pintopinterest Abby and Tripp exited with rose petals falling around them! It was beautiful! vineyards at bettys creek rose petal send offpintopinterest Congratulations Abby + Tripp – Thank you so so much for trusting us to document your day! AMW Studios – an Asheville wedding photography studio run by Ariel and Matt – We are located in the mountains of Western NC and available for destination wedding photography worldwide… We specialize in creating modern + dynamic imagery for adventurous couples. Getting married or know someone getting married? We are now booking weddings, adventure engagement sessions & lifestyle portraits for 2018 and 2019! Drop us a line – info@amwstudios.com – let’s chat! We can’t wait to tell your story…
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vineyard at bettys creek wedding portrait by the honeymoon cottagepintopinterest This colorful summertime wedding at The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek was such a joy to photograph! Tucked up in the mountains west of Asheville The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek boasts lush green landscapes with beautiful vineyards, flower gardens and the most elegant mountain cabins + lodge to host your family + friends… It’s pretty much a photographers dream! Abby and Tripp along with the help of their wonderful Asheville wedding planner; Weddings by Wendy, planned this beautiful mountain wedding that was full of joy and laughter!

You might remember these two from their absolutely freezing wintertime engagement session at Dupont State Forest! I think we were all relieved that it was a bit warmer on their wedding day 🙂 wedding details at Vineyards at Bettys Creek pintopinterest vintage wedding ring at vineyards at bpintopinterest All of Abby’s details were stunning including her gorgeous bouquet by the talented Lauren at Sweet Stems Flower Bar, located right in Franklin NC vineyards at bettys creek wedding photographypintopinterest Abby’s beautiful wedding dress is easily one of my favorites from the season. It was so classically elegant with a few unique touches that were stunning – like the two bead strings that crossed in the back and a wonderfully flowy skirt that Abby rocked! vineyards at bettys creek bridal portrait pintopinterest Beautiful bride in honeymoon cottage at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest Abby and her girls got ready in the Honeymoon Cottage at Betty’s Cellar which has fabulous light and oh so much character! I also have to point out how much space the cabin offer’s which makes such a difference when you have a larger wedding party! bride getting ready at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek wedding photographypintopinterest Vineyards at Bettys Creek Weddingpintopinterest Moments before first look… I think they were both simultaneously a bit excited and nervous. bridal portrait at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest The outside of the Honeymoon Cottage is just gorgeous for portraits and there is a cute staircase that leads down to a patio in front of the cottage. This is where we chose to do Abby + Tripp’s first look. first look at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest A huge thank you to my talented second shooter Mabyn Ludke who captured the two images above along with other images sprinkled in this post! first look at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest first look at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest Gentlemen take note…Tripp brought a gift for Abby to open during first look…. It was adorable. first look at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest first look at vineyards at bettys creekpintopinterest vineyards at bettys creek mountain wedding pintopinterest These two are the sweetest.. The light by the cottage is perfect… All THE TIME! From a photographers perspective this is amazing! bride and groom at vineyards at betty's creek wedding pintopinterest bridesmaids in the honeymoon cottage at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest wedding party at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest There are so many great buildings and landscapes at Betty’s Creek we always like to block in plenty of time for photo’s either before the ceremony (first look is the bomb!) or directly after! sweet stems flower bar bouquet pintopinterest The bridesmaids bouquets were so colorful and beautiful – they went perfectly with their gorgeous bridesmaid dresses! colorful vineyards at bettys creek wedding bridesmaidspintopinterest bride on the steps by vineyards at bettys creek honeymoon cabinpintopinterest I always like to take 5-10 minutes for some bridal portraits before the ceremony while hair + makeup is fresh! Abby looked absolutely stunning and made my job super easy!! Vineyards at bettys creek bridal portrait pintopinterest beautiful bride holding her colorful bouquet at vineyards at bettys creek pintopinterest Vineyards at Bettys Creek Weddingpintopinterest Once we were done with bridal portraits outside Betty’s Cellar Abby’s dad made his way into the cottage to see his daughter!! Love his beaming smile as her see’s her in her wedding dress for the first time! Vineyards at Bettys Creek Weddingpintopinterest This wedding is to good to rush through so I will be sharing their beautiful wooded ceremony, more couples portraits and their fabulous reception on our blog in the next few days! A huge thank you to the awesome team of vendors and of course to Abby + Tripp who trusted me to capture their day!!

AMW Studios – an Asheville wedding photography studio run by Ariel and Matt – We are located in the mountains of Western NC and available for destination wedding photography worldwide… We specialize in creating modern + dynamic imagery for adventurous couples. Getting married or know someone getting married? We are now booking weddings, adventure engagement sessions & lifestyle portraits for 2018 and 2019! Drop us a line – info@amwstudios.com – let’s chat! We can’t wait to tell your story…
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Cathie and Tod had a casual outdoorsy wedding at Oskar Blue’s REEB Ranch in beautiful Brevard NC! These two (along with most of the guests in attendance) are pretty serious mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts so hosting their wedding at this bike + adventure friendly wedding venue meant that everyone got to enjoy themselves a good deal even before the wedding portion of the celebration started!

I knew from our initial meeting at Charlotte’s National Whitewater Center that Cathie and Tod would be a dream to work with and their wedding would be right up our alley! From the get go we were chatting excitedly back and forth about possible outdoorsy engagement session ideas… We settled on Blowing Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway as a good place to meet in the spring for their session. Incase you missed my original blog post here is a link to their fun and adventurous blowing rock engagement session

REEB Ranch Wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest Cathy meticulously bent copper wire into these beautiful miniature bike’s as part of their table top decorations… They were awesome! bike friendly wedding at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest The day started off a bit rainy but ended with beautiful sunny skies and dancing under the stars! REEB Ranch Wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest REEB Ranch Wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest The biggest thing I noticed and loved about Cathy is that she was always smiling… Sometimes I find myself needing to remind our brides to sit back, relax and smile… Cathy had no problems remembering to be in the moment and enjoy her day! Oskar Blue's REEB Ranch bride pintopinterest Bride and Bike at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest Bride and Groom at their REEB Ranch Wedding pintopinterest bride and groom portraits at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest Bride with Umbrella at Reeb Ranch pintopinterest An outdoor wedding at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest An outdoor wedding at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest An outdoor wedding at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest Bridal Portrait at REEB Ranch wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest This is quite possibly my favorite image of Cathy from her wedding day! REEB Ranch Wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest Wedding day portraits at oskar blues reeb ranchpintopinterest REEB Ranch has this beautiful set of waterfalls tucked up a dirt road behind the reception barn. Its a few minutes walk but well worth adventuring back there!! We were excited when Cathy and Tod suggested heading up their for some portraits! bride and groom by the waterfall at REEB Ranch pintopinterest Wedding day portraits at oskar blues reeb ranchpintopinterest I love the images above of Cathy + Tod, they are very at ease together and have a tendency to laugh a lot… This makes for some cute moments! Wedding day portraits at oskar blues reeb ranchpintopinterest waterfall portraits with bride and groom at Oskar Blues REEB Ranchpintopinterest Oskar Blues REEB Ranch pintopinterest guests at REEB Ranch wedding pintopinterest REEB Ranch Wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest One of the younger wedding guests treated us to some tunes… She was adorable! REEB Ranch Wedding in Brevard NCpintopinterest Rather than having a sparkler send off… Cathy and Tod had their guests gather around them with sparklers for a special dance. This worked great and led to some pretty images! last dance with sparklers at Oskar Blues wedding pintopinterest

A huge congratulations to Cathy + Tod! We had a blast capturing your day!!!

  AMW Studios – an Asheville wedding photography studio run by Ariel and Matt – We are located in the mountains of Western NC and available for destination wedding photography worldwide… We specialize in creating modern + dynamic imagery for adventurous couples. Getting married or know someone getting married? We are now booking weddings, adventure engagement sessions & lifestyle portraits for 2018 and 2019! Drop us a line – info@amwstudios.com – let’s chat! We can’t wait to tell your story…
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equine lifestyle portrait in tryon ncpintopinterest What a fun time I had with these two cuties – the bond they’ve developed over the years is undeniable! Most who know me well know that I grew up riding horses here in Western NC. It’s been fun to combine two of my big passions – photography and horses – for some recent equine sessions! For this session I traveled up the mountain to Hendersonville where Blackberry Stables is located and there I photographed a few different girls with their adorable 4-legged partners! tryon nc equine photographpintopinterest lifestyle equine portraiture in polk countypintopinterest a girl and her horse in tryonpintopinterest Gryffin was such a good boy… I’d even go as far as saying that he enjoyed being in front of the camera! tryon lifestyle equine photographerpintopinterest horse photographer tryon ncpintopinterest nc and tryon equine photograph on the farmpintopinterest This is one of my favorites from the day! tryon equestrian portraitpintopinterest tryon equine photopintopinterest How cute are these two?! tryon equine photographerpintopinterest life at the barn in tryon ncpintopinterest AMW Studios – an Asheville wedding & lifestyle photography studio run by Ariel and Matt – We are located in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and available for destination wedding photography worldwide… We specialize in creating modern + dynamic imagery for adventurous couples. Getting married or know someone getting married? We are now booking weddings, adventure engagement sessions & lifestyle portraits for 2017 and 2018! Drop us a line – info@amwstudios.com – let’s chat! We can’t wait to tell your story…
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