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engaged couple poses for engagement photo in front of Biltmore Mansion pintopinterest I’m so, so excited to share a few of my favorite images from a recent engagement session I photographed at the stunning Biltmore Estate! This beautiful estate is a photographers dream and while I grew up visiting the estate, it was my first time shooting there. I can not wait till we photograph our first Biltmore Estate wedding!

A huge congratulations to Kristen and Marc, they recently got engaged and are in the process of planning their wedding in Louisville KY this summer! We had an absolute ball wandering the Biltmore grounds, I think all three of us laughed enough to make our cheeks hurt. They were rock stars in front of the camera and I think these photo’s are evidence of that! Biltmore estate wisteria silhouette of engaged couplepintopinterest This is one of my absolute favorites from Kristen and Marc’s Biltmore engagement session 🙂 Yup, that’s Mount Pisgah in the background! Biltmore estate engagement photo of couple in front of mansionpintopinterest biltmore estate engagement photo on veranda with mountains behindpintopinterest The veranda on the side of the Biltmore house offers a spectacular view of the blue ridge mountains! biltmore mansion italian garden engagement photo silhouettepintopinterest The water lilies in the Biltmore’s Italian Garden was backlit by the setting sun and made for a gorgeous silhouette with Kristen and Marc. beautiful engaged couple underneath biltmore estate wisteria pintopinterest beautiful architecture at the biltmore estate during engagement sessionpintopinterest Love this one… The ornate wall at the front of the Biltmore House was a perfect backdrop… Can’t you tell these two are very much in love? engaged couple holding hands during biltmore engagement sessionpintopinterest biltmore estate conservatory engagement photopintopinterest The Biltmore Conservatory wasn’t open when we arrived, but it made for a great backdrop. Did you know that the Biltmore hosts weddings at the conservatory, under the stars! beautiful irises at the biltmore estate engagement sessionpintopinterest Kristen and Marc, thank you so much for having AMW Studios photograph your engagement session at the gorgeous Biltmore Estate!!

AMW Studios is currently booking Asheville weddings, engagement and family sessions for 2016 and 2017! Planning an Asheville 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!
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isla mujeres wedding bride and groom kiss on rocky coastlinepintopinterest I absolutely cannot believe that this gorgeous destination wedding on Isla Mujeres Mexico is just now hitting the blog. Silly me. Isla Mujeres… If you haven’t been there, GO… If you have been there, you’re probably just like us and want to go again… Located just 8 miles off the coast of Cancun Mexico, it’s this 4 mile long oasis of an island with fantastic food, gorgeous beaches and a lot of culture. Photographing destination weddings is a ton of fun but it is also A LOT of work… It’s a whirlwind really and 90% of the time we’re left with just a few hours in the afternoon of our last day to do some exploring. We usually use these last few hours to take some travel photos which end up in our couples gallery as well. Making the most of the few hours you do have to explore a new destination is overwhelming because let’s face it – you want to see it all. Well, Isla is only 4 miles long and MAYBE a half mile wide at it’s widest point… We rented this little lime green three wheeled car and saw the whole island – 3 times (or maybe 4). We didn’t see it all with particular detail (except the few spots we chose to get out and photograph) but that was part of the fun. Stay tuned, I promise to post a photo of Matt and I in our little three wheeled lime green speed demon. Anyways, let’s get back to the main point of this whole post which is to feature some of our favorite images from Melissa and Ray’s intimate, fun destination wedding weekend.

A huge thank you to the amazing Tiffany with Sunhorse Weddings and the awesome staff at Zama Beach Club for working hard to keep the day running smoothly!!! You guys were so awesome to work with!

Melissa and Ray, thank you so much for having us there to photograph your wonderful wedding! isla mujeres wedding portrait on oceanside cliffpintopinterest The cliffs of Isla Mujeres made for some fabulous awesome wedding portraits! isla mujeres beachside walk during destination wedding pintopinterest gorgeous beaches and boats isla mujeres photographypintopinterest Isla Mujeres is so full of charm and character, from the fishing boats and white sand beaches to the rocky coastline and cute downtown shops – We can’t wait to go back and spend more time exploring!! isla mujeres cliff walk adventure photopintopinterest beautiful beachy wedding details for isla mujeres weddingpintopinterest Melissa got ready at the beautiful Ixchel Beach Hotel before heading to Zama Beach club to get married! Zamabeachclubwedding-1125-5pintopinterest bridal makeup during destination wedding in mexico pintopinterest isla mujeres destination wedding groom  in golf cart pintopinterest How can you not love Ray’s sweet wedding day transportation… ?!?! It’s not every day you see the groom driving himself to his wedding in a golf cart, only on Isla… gorgeous isla mujeres bridal portrait pintopinterest What a beautiful bride Melissa was!! sunset portrait on zama beach club pierpintopinterest I can’t help but include this photo from their rehearsal dinner at Zama Beach club the night before… Isla Mujeres Bridal portrait on Ixchel hotel balcony pintopinterest Melissa’s gorgeous wedding dress was hand sewn by my great aunt for my mother in 1975. Isn’t that so sweet?! fruity drink and colorful flowers at zama beach club wedding pintopinterest zama beach club reception detailspintopinterest gorgeous zama beach club wedding scrollspintopinterest All of Melissa and Ray’s details were gorgeous and so perfect for Zama Beach Club and the beauty that surrounded! zama beach club wedding ceremony archwaypintopinterest gorgeous zama beach club reception tablescapepintopinterest zama beach club wedding program scrollspintopinterest gorgeous beach ceremony at Zama Beach Club pintopinterest Zama Beach Club’s ceremony spot is right on the water and if you look closely you can see Cancun off in the distance! Couple walks down dock after Zama Beach Club ceremonypintopinterest bride and groom walking down zama beach club dock pintopinterest beautiful bridesmaids walking on beach on Isla Mujerespintopinterest I love this one of Melissa and her girls walking down the beach at Zama. Zama Beach club at night pintopinterest Zama Beach club all light up at night was simply beautiful! I love this photo Matt captured – very peaceful! Zama Beach Club wedding cakepintopinterest Zama Beach club pool bride and groom portrait pintopinterest Love this wedding portrait of Melissa and Ray by the tiered pools at Zama Beach Club. Their dinner reception took place just behind them under the lanterns, how pretty it was!! zama beach club first dance pintopinterest bride dancing barefoot at her destination wedding pintopinterest Zama Beach club lit up at night pintopinterest Matt’s the night shot pro – Here is another he took of the front of Zama Beach Club light up at night! bride and groom at night on dock at zama beach club pintopinterest The next morning we woke early to catch the sunrise and how beautiful it was!! Melissa and Ray were troopers and rose with the sun for there Isla Mujeres trash the dress session. We started out at the beautiful beach home they rented, a perfect place! Sunrise on the Isla Mujeres coast pintopinterest Bride and Groom at sunrise for trash the dress session pintopinterest Just taking in the gorgeous sunrise!! bride and groom kissing at sunrise during Trash the Dress session on Isla Mujeres pintopinterest One of my absolute favorites!! rest and relaxation on the balcony of private home on Isla Mujerespintopinterest What a place to put your feet up… Love the rocky coastline of Isla Mujeres! bride and groom kissing on isla  Mujeres cliffspintopinterest bride and groom walks by the gorgeous ocean on Isla Mujerespintopinterest bride and groom hold hands and show off ringspintopinterest This gorgeous walking path along the water was a perfect location for some oceanside portraits!! bride and groom embrace on the rocky isla mujeres coastline pintopinterest bride and groom kiss in front of colorful building on Isla Mujerespintopinterest Love the colorful buildings scattered all over the island, they make for great backdrops!!

A huge thank you to Melissa and Ray for trusting us to photograph your amazing wedding on Isla Mujeres. Your family and friends were so so welcoming and we can’t think of a better group of people to spend a weekend with!

We are currently booking weddings for 2016 and 2017! AMW Studios is available for weddings here in Asheville NC + Charleston SC and beyond. If couldn’t tell from the post about, we absolutely love destination weddings and are available for travel worldwide. Planning a wedding on Isla Mujeres?! We’d love to chat!

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wedding day portrait at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston pintopinterest Last week we had the pleasure of photographing Kelly and Mark’s gorgeous spring wedding at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. WOW, I really can’t think of a better way to kick off our 2016 wedding season!! The grounds are vast, I’m convinced that you could photograph 30+ weddings here and never photograph couples portraits in the same location twice… PLUS… There are peacocks!!!! I mean how cool is that?! Kelly and Mark’s gorgeous ceremony was interrupted multiple times by a gorgeous, hilarious peacock who was trying to steal the show!!! There’s a first for everything right?! Well.. It was our first time at Magnolia Plantation and now I can’t wait to go back, not just for more weddings (although that will rock!) but I know our two kiddos would love exploring this beautiful place!!

This is just a little sneak peak of Kelly and Mark’s Magnolia Plantation wedding, check back next Tuesday for the full post!!! gorgeous magnolia plantation wedding day couples portrait pintopinterest The red bridge at Magnolia Plantation is just gorgeous for bride and groom portraits! beautiful bride portrait at Magnolia Plantationpintopinterest The carriage house at Magnolia Plantation has an adorable little bridal cottage next to it where Kelly and her ladies got ready! groom and ring bearer wedding day portrait at Magnolia Plantation carriage housepintopinterest Handsome guys! gorgeous peacock parades during a wedding ceremony at Magnolia Plantation in Charlestonpintopinterest See what I mean about the ceremony intruder?! He circled the ceremony a few times to check things out… We were all in tears (from laughing) multiple times throughout the ceremony. Not only did he enjoy hogging the camera, he also yelled (sang, squawked, hollered… whatever peacocks do), a lot. beautiful spanish moss framing a Magnolia Plantation wedding ceremony pintopinterest I don’t think you could ever get sick of photographing ceremonies under great oak trees covered in spanish moss!!! bride and groom first kiss during Magnolia Plantation wedding pintopinterest First kiss… I kid you not, Kelly and Mark went in for a kiss and our peacock friend started hollering… There are times I wish we shot video, this was one of them! bride and groom holding hands in the gardens at Magnolia plantation on their wedding daypintopinterest Wait, are those flowers you see?!? To all our northeastern followers, this is precisely why we have chosen to become Asheville (and charleston) wedding photographers!!! There should be more than dead grass and leafless tree’s by mid April!!! I do say this with great satisfaction because as I am typing this, our old home in NH is getting 5 inches of white stuff and it’s almost May!!!! I’m not hating on the northeast, summers are beautiful in the White Mountains but they are altogether too short. My opinion may change when it’s 95 degrees here in July….Stay tuned… Magnolia Plantation carriage house wedding lit up at night pintopinterest Danielle, with MI Events Charleston, created a gorgeous oasis on the carriage house patio for post dinner dancing and marshmallow roasting under the stars! bride and groom first dance during magnolia plantation wedding pintopinterest bride and groom silhouette at magnolia plantation weddingpintopinterest Love this quick end of the night photo that Matt took!!

A huge thank you to all the other amazing vendors who worked hard on Kelly and Mark’s amazing wedding at Magnolia Plantation Carriage House! We absolutely loved working with everyone involved!!

AMW Studios is currently booking weddings, engagement and lifestyle family portrait sessions for 2016 & 2017 here in Asheville + Charleston and beyond!! Planning an Asheville or Charleston wedding? We still have select 2016 wedding dates available and we’d love to chat!!

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gorgeous little girl poses in woods during her lifestyle portrait session in boone ncpintopinterest handsome boy smiles for environmental portrait pintopinterest

I’m thoroughly embarrassed about how long it’s been since I shared photographs of our own kids… This is sort of like, the painters house always needs his own house painted, right?! Well thats my excuse anyways…. Gosh they grown up way too fast. Piper just turned two!!! Crazy huh? Well, my plan is to start sharing at least one picture of our kiddos on the blog each week, there I said it… I figure if I share publicly I will be more inclined to just do it. Anyways, last weekend we went on a little adventure to this beautiful stream in the woods up in the mountains near our house. It is always a challenge to photograph your own kids but I think we got some good ones!

Matt and I are preparing for another busy wedding season, now as Asheville and Boone Wedding Photographers. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be living here in Asheville, the beauty of this area is astounding! We look forward to sharing lots of images from our Asheville weddings and portrait sessions this year!

For now we hope you love these images of our kiddos! adorable toddler makes silly face during boone adventure portrait session pintopinterest adorable boy goofs off during his outdoor photo session pintopinterest adorable kiddos hold hands on wooded path pintopinterest beautiful little girl runs down wooded path pintopinterest little girl exploring by creek during her baby portrait session pintopinterest adorable kids explore by the creek during their outdoor photo session pintopinterest gorgeous toddler during her adventure photography session by a stream pintopinterest brother and sister hold hands during their family adventure session pintopinterest brother and sister throwing rocks in wooded stream pintopinterest boy stands on big rock during his outdoor lifestyle portrait session pintopinterest adorable adventurous kids smile during boone adventure portrait sessionpintopinterest brother and sister pose for an adorable picture in the woodspintopinterest

AMW Studios is currently booking weddings, engagement and lifestyle family portrait sessions for 2016 & 2017 here in Asheville, Boone and beyond! Planning an Asheville wedding? We still have select 2016 wedding dates available and we’d love to chat!!

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2015 was a huge year for us, full of many exciting changes and adventures… The biggest and scariest of which was moving our family and business from New England to the gorgeous mountains of Asheville NC. We are thrilled to be going into the 2016 wedding season as Asheville wedding photographers, if you’re planning an Asheville wedding and think we’d be a good fit, we’d love to hear from you!

Looking back at the collection of images we’ve created throughout the year is humbling to say the least. We can’t thank each and every one of our amazing couples enough…. For asking us to join in on their adventures together…For asking us to tell their story… Their love story… We got to photograph some truly amazing weddings! AMW Studios traveled over fifteen thousand miles for photography in 2015. We photographed weddings in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Florida. We photographed spectacular weddings on mountaintops, vineyards, private estates, summer camps, yacht clubs and everything in between… We even photographed one kick ass wedding in Disney World (not sure if I’m supposed to use the word ass in the same sentence as Disney but I did, uh oh…). I even got to ride my first roller coaster! Yeah Yeah, I know, 26 and first roller coaster ride…Pretty lame…

We photographed awesome couples in canoes, on trampolines, in a tree, on the grass… Matt and I hiked, climbed, crawled, laughed and cried (but mostly laughed) our way through 2015. It was a blast and we cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!!! So far we know we’ll be photographing some amazing weddings here in Asheville, we’ll also be traveling to Charleston, New York City and Massachusetts. If you’re planning a wedding here in Asheville (Who am I kidding, anywhere in the world) and think you’d like to have us join you on your adventure, we’d absolutely love to chat! We are currently booking for 2016 and 2017. We also photograph Asheville lifestyle portrait and engagement sessions!

Enough rambling… Let’s look at some pictures: asheville summer camp wedding couple embraces under apple treespintopinterest gorgeous silhouette of bride and groom during castle destination wedding in the spring pintopinterest gorgeous sunset light for asheville barn wedding photo of couple at sunset pintopinterest gorgeous bride with veil blowing in wind during mountain wedding pintopinterest Matt decided, despite the fact that there was no wind to be had, he really wanted a veil blowing in the wind photo… Guess who got to toss the veil into the air and then promptly hit the ground… More than once… I think it was worth it! bridal portrait at elegant asheville barn weddingpintopinterest gorgeous mountain bridal portraitpintopinterest gorgeous wedding cake during asheville wedding pintopinterest black and white shadow photograph of bride and groom holding hands pintopinterest disney wedding details with Cinderellas castle pintopinterest This is one of my favorite detail photos of the year. From our wedding at Disney World…. It’s not everyday you get to photograph a brides shoes with Cinderella’s Castle in the background! colorful wedding cake with dinosaur cake topper pintopinterest gorgeous bride and bridesmaids photograph during seaside wedding pintopinterest emotional photo of intimate ceremony in the woodspintopinterest A favorite…Meg and Ryan’s intimate wedding ceremony at AMC Mount Cardigan in a grove of tree’s behind the lodge. bride and groom goofing off during mountain wedding portraitspintopinterest This was supposed to be a bridal portrait of Kim but the enthusiasm Mike put in to throwing the veil was just to good to remove! sunrise mountaintop adventure engagement session silhouette pintopinterest adorable couple poses in red tulips during their spring engagement session pintopinterest gorgeous bride and her mom laughing togetherpintopinterest adventurous groomsmen jump on rocks in oceanpintopinterest gorgeous bridal portrait during asheville barn wedding pintopinterest beautiful bride poses in front of castle archespintopinterest bride and groom portrait in the woods pintopinterest bride and groom canoeing during their adventure wedding pintopinterest These two adventurers took a canoe out on their wedding day! This was so much fun to photograph! same sex engagement photo of guys cuddling under a treepintopinterest I have a tendency to make couples climb things… I decided in this case the photo would be best if I climbed the tree! gorgeous sunset silhouette of couplepintopinterest silhouette of bride and ladies Seabreeze point during disney world weddingpintopinterest gorgeous cardigan mountain wedding pintopinterest photograph of emotional moment during asheville garden wedding pintopinterest Noah and Kriste’s gorgeous garden ceremony was full of emotion, I absolutely love this photograph of them wiping away happy tears… while laughing… silhouette of couple at Seabreeze point during disney world wedding pintopinterest bride and groom silhouette at sunset pintopinterest bride and groom embracing during fall wedding pintopinterest boston band sings during indoor winter weddingpintopinterest indoor asheville wedding first dancepintopinterest beautiful bride holding up wedding day present from groom pintopinterest gorgeous adventure mountain wedding details wildflowerspintopinterest adorable little boy poses for baby portraitspintopinterest brides grandpa smiles during barn wedding pintopinterest fun bride and groom jumping on trampoline during  asheville summer camp wedding pintopinterest A highlight from the season was Case and Dan’s summer camp wedding! Check out these two celebrating on the trampoline post wedding ceremony!! These two were so much fun! gorgeous vineyard was the setting for this summertime vineyard wedding pintopinterest stunning couple laughing during their asheville mountain wedding pintopinterest beautiful sunset silhouette of bride and groom during barn wedding pintopinterest couple goofing off during their adventurous mountaintop engagement sessionpintopinterest beautiful bride gives her groom a kiss on the cheek during camp ton a wandah wedding pintopinterest Megan and Andrew’s wedding at Camp Ton A Wandah in Hendersonville NC was a highlight of our season… Not only was it our very first wedding as Asheville wedding photographers but they were two of the nicest people in the world! bride and her pretty ladies in field with mountains in background pintopinterest beautiful bride during asheville adventure mountain wedding pintopinterest cool architectural engagement photopintopinterest Love this capture by Matt… He tends to hit the nail on the head when it comes to incorporating landscapes, or in this case cool architecture, to make an awesome couples portrait! pretty bride smiles during asheville summer camp wedding pintopinterest gorgeous J Crew lace wedding gown pintopinterest silhouette of  tented winery wedding pintopinterest Camp Ton A Wandah elegant wedding cake in summer camp dining hall  pintopinterest wedding rings perched on Camp Ton A Wandah Wedding Sign pintopinterest beautiful young couple engagement session asheville nc pintopinterest adorable little girl during her first year portraitspintopinterest bride and grooms hands with moon reflecting in lake behind pintopinterest stunning flower girl with blue eyes smiling pintopinterest Is she not the most gorgeous flower girl ever…. We thought so!! bride walking down wooded path bridal portrait pintopinterest beautiful bride getting her makeup donepintopinterest bride and groom disney world wedding with fireworks pintopinterest Two dogs posing for engagement photos at park pintopinterest We absolutely love it when our couples include their fur kids in their engagement or wedding photos! Handsome groom ties bowtie during Asheville summer camp wedding pintopinterest goofy groomsmen help groom with bowtiepintopinterest beautiful bridal portrait during asheville wedding pintopinterest silhouette of bride and groom with gorgeous sunset pintopinterest handsome groomsmen goofing off during beach  wedding pintopinterest I’m not sure if this was Matt’s idea or the groomsmen’s idea but either way it just works!! What a fun picture of the groom with his guys during Katie and Craig’s Wychmere Beach Club Wedding groom and groomsmen on mountain cabin porch pintopinterest wedding guest making eyes at camera during asheville barn wedding pintopinterest wedding guests goofing off during fall barn wedding pintopinterest Haha… wedding guest dancing on barn wedding dance floor pintopinterest wedding guests goof off on dance floor of barn wedding receptionpintopinterest end of the night sparklers asheville barn wedding pintopinterest bride and groom embrace under big tree during outdoor wedding pintopinterest bride and groom walk hand in hand down dimly lit wooded path pintopinterest bride and groom jumping for joy asheville summer camp weddingpintopinterest bride and groom laughing during toastspintopinterest asheville barn wedding photo of goofy guest with cupcakepintopinterest brides grandparents dancing during asheville barn wedding pintopinterest outdoor canoeing adventure summer camp wedding pintopinterest bride and groom kiss during destination wedding by oceanpintopinterest atlantic dance hall wedding at disney world pintopinterest bride and groom portrait by big oak treepintopinterest gorgeous couple embraces during first dance at their asheville barn wedding pintopinterest This is one of my favorite first dance images of the season! couple poses in front of barn during asheville farm wedding pintopinterest adventure mountaintop wedding portraits of bride and groompintopinterest groom gives his beautiful bride kiss on cheek pintopinterest flower girl gives little sister a kiss on cheek pintopinterest Precious flower girls! Seabreeze Point bridal portrait during disney wedding pintopinterest Beautiful Lily with her ladies at Seabreeze Point during her and Mark’s stunning wedding at Disney World . beautiful bride by ocean during seaside destination wedding pintopinterest bride and groom walk on golf course pathpintopinterest silhouette of bride and groom with cinderellas castle during disney wedding pintopinterest I love this photo from Mark and Lily’s wedding at Disney World! This was taken shortly after their first look at Bay Lake Towers… Lily and Mark really wanted The Magic Kingdom in the background of a few photographs, fortunately the 15th floor of the hotel had a great view! intimate first dance during same sex wedding reception pintopinterest asheville engagement session  photo of adorable couple pintopinterest Kendra and Donovan’s Asheville engagement session was a blast… I love this red wall we discovered while wandering the streets of Asheville. sparkler send off at Hammond Castle pintopinterest A castle.. A moat.. Sparklers… Yes please! sunset silhouette of bride and groom in dune grasspintopinterest I’ll end with one of my favorite sparkler send off’s of the season… end of the night sparkler photo asheville barn wedding pintopinterest

AMW Studios is currently booking weddings, engagement and lifestyle family portrait sessions for 2016 & 2017 here in Asheville and the surrounding area! Planning an Asheville wedding? We still have select 2016 wedding dates available and we’d love to chat!!

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