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Hello all!!! Matt and I are so very excited for todays post! We’ve decided to try something new (new is good right?!), called featured vendor posts or vendor of the month posts. We will be featuring wedding planners, venues, videographers, bands, florists, cake bakers, makeup artists… You name it… All fabulously talented people in the wedding industry who we have either worked with, love and think would make a fabulous addition to anyone’s wedding day… OR… Vendors in the WNC or Upstate SC area who we have met with, think are downright awesome, can’t wait to work with and think would make a fabulous addition to anyones wedding day. Don’t mind my run on sentences… I’m the queen of those… Matt and I constantly have brides coming to us looking for recommendations on florists, videographers, day of coordinators. We’ve always given out a list of names, which has worked well in the past but we’re hoping to make these feature posts just a little more personal and fun!! Enough about us…let’s move on to the real reason for this post!

Today I am so, so excited to be blogging about a Greenville SC wedding planner (or should I say fabulous team of wedding planners) who I met with on my recent trip south; I Do. These ladies, led by Allie, make up a team of incredibly talented, detail oriented, fun coordinators based in Upstate SC. So without further ado meeting the gorgeous ladies at I Do. photo of best greenville wedding plannerspintopinterest I was lucky enough to meet Allie, Courtney, Christina and Lindsay for coffee in Greenville’s gorgeous downtown. Our conversation ranged from best places to swim (on those blazing hot South Carolina day’s) to snowboarding at Wolf Laurel Resort to parenting (Allie has two adorable kiddos) to of course all things weddings!! These ladies were simply the nicest, fun people to talk to. I can only imagine how fun working with them at a wedding will be!!

I Do – Greenville’s Best Wedding Planners . Can I just say how much I love their website. It’s beautiful designed, you get such a good sense of personalities and how fun these ladies would be to work with!!

How Many Years in Business
Allie started I Do 6 years ago and it’s grown quickly to a wonderful team of detail oriented ladies who are passionate about both the planning and design aspects of weddings! I Do offers everything from full service wedding planning to day of coordination. AMWStudios-150702-0028pintopinterest

What do you love most about weddings
We really love being able to be a part of weddings and get to see brides and their family be able to relax and just enjoy the day, trusting in our ability to handle all of the details of their day.

Tell us about your ideal client
We have a wide range and variety of clients and love having the opportunity to work with all types of clients. But, if we had to choose, our ideal client would have a budget that allows for many fun details and the also the funds to ensure it all comes together nicely, and a client who also trusts us to give suggestions for various elements of their day.

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If you could offer one piece of advice to couples planning their wedding what would it be
One word of advice that we would give to couples who are preparing for marriage would be that even though your wedding day is a very important and special event, it is important to remember that the wedding is just one day out of the rest of your lives together—its not worth going into debt over! Keeping this in mind helps to keep everything else in perspective.

Dream Travel Destination
It’s so hard to narrow down all of the options and pick just one destination. However, if we have to choose, we feel that it would be absolutely amazing to do a wedding in Greece. With such a unique and strong sense of culture and having a beautiful coastal backdrop; it’s pretty hard to beat…. and that’s not even mentioning the food. Can you imagine the spread at the wedding celebration?

Black and white photo of Greenville wedding planners I Do pintopinterest If you’re looking for a planner for your Greenville wedding, definitely reach out to them, you won’t regret it!!
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  • Christopher

    Wonderful feauture, and I love the way you’ve set it up.ReplyCancel

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Matt and I met up with Ellen, Kevin and their adorable pup Odie for their Boston Harbor engagement session… What fun we had! We started their session in front of the gorgeous Moakley Courthouse which is right on the water and has a gorgeous view of the Boston city skyline! Following the courthouse we headed over the ICA which is one of my favorite buildings, not only is it right on the water but it has these gorgeous big wooden steps that are perfect for climbing, sitting, standing 🙂 Now, we knew from our first meeting that these two were going to be fun to work with… Ellen found us through one of our past brides as well as a friend of hers whose seen using action at 3 different weddings… It was meant to be!

These two are getting married this fall at the gorgeous Pocasset Golf Club… We are so very excited to be documenting their wedding day!!

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Is Odie not the cutest doggie subject ever?! We thought so!! I mean really!!!

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These two chose the perfect outfits for their engagement session… The greens and blues were very complimentary without being to matchy matchy! adorable couple steals a glance at one another during their engagement session pintopinterest handsome soon to be groom gives his finance a kiss on the cheek pintopinterest recently engaged couple poses facing each other with the boston city skyline behind pintopinterest Silhouette of engaged couple under treespintopinterest engaged couple embraces by the waterfront with a harbor full of boats behind them pintopinterest silhouette of couple against the blue sky and backlit buildings during their engagement session pintopinterest Couple talks to each other under gorgeous shady trees pintopinterest recently engaged couple holds hands and walks down the yellow line of a side street pintopinterest Couple embraces in front of gorgeous glass front building during their sunset engagement sessionpintopinterest

A huge congratulations to Ellen and Kevin, we hope you love these photos! We can not wait for your wedding this fall… it’s going to be awesome!!!

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Gorgeous bride and groom pose on old wooden bridge during their wedding party outside Asheville NCpintopinterest gorgeous young couple steal a glance at each other during their wedding portraitspintopinterest

Oh how special this wedding celebration was to me!! At the beginning of July Piper and I traveled to NC to begin preparing for our move south!! We accomplished a ton of things during our week long including meeting with some pretty phenomenal wedding vendors at the top of the wedding industry both in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC… Stay tuned over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature some of those awesome wedding vendors here on our blog!! While in the Carolina’s some very good friends of mine had their backyard wedding celebration at their families home, a home that I practically grew up in (Quite literally… It’s debatable whether I spent more of my teenage years at my own home or camping out on the floor of my very best friends room). Since I couldn’t bear to attend a wedding without actually taking some photo’s and since Josh and Alivia were keeping it low key had no photographer I couldn’t help but offer to capture a few images of their event!

Backyard weddings have always been my favorite… My top reasons why:

    1. It’s always a labor of love; close friends and family gather together to help make this a special day for the bride and groom. Everyone is there laughing (sometimes crying and sweating are involved too) together as the setup takes place, yes it’s a lot of work but it truly is amazing to see the amount of love and support that surrounds the union of two people!

    2. It’s always about the couple; I know.. that sounds bad but I actually mean it in the best of ways. Weddings should be all about the couple and the marriage… It shouldn’t be about a fancy venue, the food or the decorations (don’t get me wrong I love photographing beautiful details!!!). Now this is not to say that backyard weddings don’t have details, in fact some of my favorite details come from backyard weddings… Generally the details that are present have been created by the couple and say a lot about who they are!!

    3. The food; We have had some of the absolute best food at backyard weddings. From non-traditional caterers like food trucks (if you’re looking for an awesome non tradition asheville wedding caterer, check out Farm to Fender) to going potluck style, we’ve seen it all and it’s been amazing!! One of our couples even chose to have a pigroast at their family campground wedding!

    4. It’s all about having fun; I haven’t been to a backyard wedding yet where the couple didn’t make it a priority to enjoy their wedding day!!

Josh and Alivia’s North Carolina wedding celebration was no exception… A huge congratulations to these two!! Thanks so much for letting me pick up a camera and capture some images of you guys!!

handpicked wildflowers adorned the tables of this beautiful backyard weddingpintopinterest The flowers were truly a team effort. Mattie and I purchased the flowers just a few hours before the party. Jeralyn, Alivia’s good friend played the rockstar florist and organized all the flowers into the beautiful arrangements you see! I think they turned out gorgeous! What do you think? picnic tables with blue table clothes and handpicked flowers were the feature of this DIY backyard wedding pintopinterest beautiful blue and orange flowers adorned the tables of this backyard weddingpintopinterest gorgeous lanterns hung from magnolia trees during this backyard asheville weddingpintopinterest I can honestly say I’ve never seen a green tarp at a wedding… Mike and Josh worked hard to string the tarp up between the barn and a very large gorgeous magnolia tree. They decorated the shelter with beautiful lights. I gotta say, I love it!! handpicked wildflowers with candles and books decorated the picnic tables during this crafty diy backyard asheville weddingpintopinterest blue and white flowers adorned the tables underneath a green tarp with lights was the setting for this backyard asheville wedding pintopinterest beautiful flowers adorned the bright blue table clothes which sat underneath hand strewn lanterns pintopinterest wedding guests pose for a quick portrait during backyard wedding celebration pintopinterest Two of my absolute favorite people on earth… recently engaged couple smiles at the camera for quick photopintopinterest These two just got engaged. I’m so very happy for them and can’t wait to be Mattie’s Maid of Honor at their wedding next year!! I think I’ll leave the camera behind 🙂 adorable bride and groom hold hands and steal glances at each other during their wedding portraitspintopinterest young bride and groom smiling at the camera in front of greenerypintopinterest bride looks up at her groom as they pose along a wooded gravel driveway pintopinterest bride and groom hold hands and walk along a beautiful green driveway pintopinterest black and white image of bride and groom holding handspintopinterest beautiful bride embraces her husband during backyard wedding portraitspintopinterest bride and groom pose for a picture on gorgeous wooden bridge in the forest during their backyard wedding pintopinterest bride and groom looking at the camera for this wedding day couples portrait pintopinterest bride and groom embrace in the middle of old wooden forest bridge pintopinterest bride rests her head on grooms shoulder during the forest wedding portraitspintopinterest bride and her sister pose for a quick sibling portraitpintopinterest bride and her two siblings smile for a quick family picturepintopinterest wedding guests smile at camera for a quick portrait pintopinterest I love this picture above of these two very special people who just celebrated their anniversary!!

Needless to say my trip south was amazing and I cannot wait to officially be NC residents and Asheville wedding photographers as of this September!!

On that note…. Matt and I are currently offering some amazing promotions for 2015/2016 wedding dates as welcome to the area!! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Asheville or anywhere through WNC and the SC Upstate.. Or if you know of anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer we’d love to hear from you!!
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  • Christopher Mandeville

    Some truly WONDERFUL photographs of some truly WONDERFUL PEOPLE – a very special family who have touched my life deeply. So good to see the joy and love so vibrantly expressed. Great job, Ariel! Great love, Carruths! Congratulations, Josh and Alivia!!!ReplyCancel

Bride and Groom hold hands with the sky and mountains behind them on their Mount Washington Wedding day pintopinterest Gorgeous bride and her groom stand in a field with the brides veil blowing in the windpintopinterest

New this year is a pre-wedding questionnaire for each of our couples to fill out which covers basic timeline, important pictures, family dynamics, what the bride and groom hope to capture in the pictures between the two of them etc… Under almost every section that pertained to important images Kim and Mike put something like “we laugh all the time and we want our pictures to capture that side” or “our wedding party is a fun crew!”… Matt and I just looked at each other and (albeit slightly jokingly) I know we were both thinking that they couldn’t possibly be that fun a crowd… OH NO.. How wrong Matt and I were… Kim and Mike along with their amazing wedding party truly laughed and joked their way through their whole wedding day. The were just radiating joy and happiness throughout their whole wedding day! Needless to say, we absolutely had a blast capturing their day, their wedding was such a fabulous reminder of how much we love our job.

These two chose the always stunning Omni Mount Washington Hotel for their summer mountain wedding! This was a destination for all and they had a little over 100 of their friends and family join them for the wedding weekend! The wedding day was absolutely perfect down to the weather cooperating 100% with our photography needs 🙂
We can’t thank you enough, Kim and Mike, for having us be a part of your wonderful wedding day! I’m so excited to share some of our favorite images from their day!!

pretty blue shoes and gorgeous stella york dress hanging in mountain washington hotel's windowpintopinterest Gorgeous Stella York Wedding gown hangs in the window of the Omni Mount Washington Hotelpintopinterest

Kim’s dress was absolutely stunning, just wait till you see the back, which we made sure to get a picture of during bridal portraits after the ceremony….

gorgeous bride smiling at the very sweet card her groom gave her pintopinterest Groom smiling as he opens his wedding day present from his bride to bepintopinterest Special key ring to the groom with coins and dates engravedpintopinterest handsome groom during his omni mount washington wedding pops some champagne in celebrationpintopinterest

Opening champagne is always precarious business

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One of Kim’s must have photographs was one of her on the grand staircase in the gorgeous Mt. Washington Hotel lobby

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Look at how over the moon happy Mike looks to see his gorgeous bride

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I was going to photoshop out Mike from this photograph but his expression is just to good.. Definitely one of my favorite moments of the day

handsome groom shows off his wedding band to the wedding partypintopinterest a gorgeous bride shows off the back of her stunning Stella York wedding gown during a mountain bridal portraitpintopinterest

Oh gosh, that dress… It’s so gorgeous!!

the gorgeous bride and her beautiful bridesmaids giggle during bridal party portraitspintopinterest beautiful bride and her bridesmaids look at the camera during their mountain bridal portraitspintopinterest the groom and his gentlemen show off their red white and blue patriotic wedding sockspintopinterest the groom and his best man shaking handspintopinterest the handsome groom and his groomsmen goofing off during wedding wedding party pictures at the base of mount washingtonpintopinterest the wedding party walking across mount washington hotels stunning golf coursepintopinterest the bride and groom with their wedding party cheering for summer time mountain portraitspintopinterest

Mount Washington made a perfect backdrop for some mountain themed wedding party photographs!

the bride and groom driving a golf cart for some fun couples wedding day portraitspintopinterest beautiful purple green and blue wedding centerpieces were beautiful for this mountain wedding pintopinterest loving the white and blue color scheme of this mountain wedding receptionpintopinterest white and purple flowers adorned the circular tables during this summertime wedding receptionpintopinterest the traditional and very elegant white wedding cake was adorned with pretty purple green and white flowerspintopinterest a very exuberant bride and groom cheer as they enter their wedding reception for their first dance as husband and wifepintopinterest the most adorable bride and groom laugh together as they enjoy their first dance as husband and wifepintopinterest bride and groom embrace during their first dance as husband and wife during their gorgeous summertime wedding receptionpintopinterest

Kim and Mike had one my favorite first dances of the season… it was a perfect combination of practiced (choreographed) but also very candid, fun and relaxed

beautiful bride and her two maids of honor pose for a quick portraitpintopinterest beautiful bride and a groomsmen laughing during the gorgeous ballroom wedding receptionpintopinterest the adorable bride and groom laughing during one of the speeches at their fabulous wedding receptionpintopinterest the brides mom dancing up a storm during the wedding receptionpintopinterest the groom dancing with the brides grandmother during a very fun wedding receptionpintopinterest two weddings guests being goofy for the camera on the dance floor of an omni mount washington weddingpintopinterest the bride covers her face as her groom attempts to cut the wedding cake during their mount washington hotel wedding receptionpintopinterest the bride and groom share a post wedding cake cutting kiss during their fun mountain wedding receptionpintopinterest a gorgeous bride and groom hold hands and pose for an outdoor mountain wedding portraitpintopinterest the bride and groom laugh hysterically after the bride grabs grooms tie during couples wedding portraitspintopinterest

This may be hands down by favorite image from their wedding day, I just love how much laughter their is!

bride and groom holding hands for a wedding portrait on the mountain terrace of the mount washington hotelpintopinterest the brides beautiful blue wedding shoes in the foreground while the bride stands in the background with her handsome groompintopinterest the bride and groom kiss during their mountain wedding portraitspintopinterest the beautiful bride dances during her fun wedding reception pintopinterest the bride was terrified during the Hora a traditional jewish chair dancepintopinterest bride and groom laughing at each other during the always fun Hora during their summertime wedding receptionpintopinterest the bride and groom have a blast during a crowd favorite during any reception, the horapintopinterest a very happy groom dancing with wedding guests during his fun wedding receptionpintopinterest the beautiful bride and her dad danced up a storm during the wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom with the brides two maid of honors being goofy during the wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom showing off their dance moves on the terrance of the stunning mount washington hotelpintopinterest gorgeous bride and groom pose in the great hall inside the beautiful Omni Mount Washington Hotel during their wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom pose for an end of the night image in front of the gorgeous mount washington hotel pintopinterest Kim and Mike, thank you so much for having us be a part of your stunning Mount Washington Hotel wedding! We had a blast capturing your day and we hope you love your images!!

A huge thank you to all the other amazing vendors who worked hard on Kim and Mike’s amazing mountain wedding! We absolutely loved working with everyone involved!!

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Toddler girl smiles during her portrait photography session at Carl Sandburg homepintopinterest

So as most of you know, we have lots of exciting things in the works right now!! Matt and I have been busy busy busy photographing amazing weddings and engagement sessions!! We’re currently booking weddings for 2015 (just a couple dates left!!) and 2016 both in New England and down in the Carolina’s where our new home will be as of this September!! Piper and I had the opportunity to fly to NC to visit family & friends and to continue laying the groundwork for our move south. While in North Carolina (and South Carolina) I was able to meet with some amazing, talented wedding vendors… I left very very confident that our move south means nothing but good things for our business in the coming years!!!

Piper was long over due for some portraits so I took her to the gorgeous Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, NC (10 minutes south of Hendersonville NC). If you haven’t been there it is an absolutely gorgeous estate located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western NC. Not only is it a perfect spot for your engagement session or family portrait session, they also host weddings!!!

I foresee lots of time being spent at the Carl Sandburg home in the future for engagement sessions and lifestyle family portraiture, it’s super convenient to downtown Hendersonville as well!!

Adorable baby girl sit on gorgeous brick wall during her photography sessionpintopinterest This is one of my favorites from Piper’s portrait session!!! little blonde toddler sits on a park bench during her nc portrait sessionpintopinterest photograph of carl sandburg home goat barn during a family portrait sessionpintopinterest Carl Sandburg was a very famous American poet and writer whose home is now owned by the Nation Park Service and open to public at no charge. Children especially absolutely love the barn with the baby goats where Carl Sandburg’s wife used to raise her champion dairy goats. You can visit the herd which have access to the area in front of the barn as well as all the pasture land surround. little girl visits with a goat during her baby portrait session pintopinterest Those of you that know Piper know just how obsessed she is with animals! She was completely in love with the goats at Carl Sandburg home!! little girl waits for the goats to come visit during her portrait photography session pintopinterest little girl with a goat walking away from the camera during her portrait sessionpintopinterest Piper and the goat were walking up and down the fence line together, it was so stinkin cute!! little girl looks into a field during her portrait session at the Carl Sandburg homepintopinterest little girl stares down the camera during her baby portrait session pintopinterest black and white image of little girl smiling at the camera during her portrait session in blue ridge mountains pintopinterest little girl laughs at camera during her woodsy portrait session pintopinterest little blonde girl runs down wooded path pintopinterest picture of the gorgeous fields at the Carl Sandburg home which is a perfect spot for wedding or family portraitspintopinterest The grounds at the Carl Sandburg Home are absolutely gorgeous. There are walking and hiking trails throughout as well as a pond, the goat barn, orchards, farmland as well as the house and gardens that are all available to the public to enjoy!! Photography of the beautiful Carl Sandburg home which is a beautiful location for family portrait sessionpintopinterest

As mentioned above Matt and I are currently booking weddings, engagement and lifestyle family portrait sessions for the rest of 2015 and 2016. We’re currently offering some amazing promotions for wedding photography in North Carolina and South Carolina as a welcome to the area. Know anyone planning a wedding and think we might be a good fit, we’d love for you to pass our name along!! Are you currently planning an asheville wedding and looking for a photographer? We’d love to tell your story!!

Matt + Ariel

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