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Black and white image of a bride and groom standing under an umbrella in the rain on their wedding day at night in front of their venuepintopinterest
You Can’t Run

Now that I think about it an image of a couple running through the rain would be awesome! You should probably take off the high heels though.

The key to getting great wedding images is to be open to whatever may happen on that particular day. Rain, wind, snow, hot or not…just go with it!

It’s Not Just Lucky

That’s right…”They say it’s lucky”

I don’t know who they are, or if they actually said anything…but if it rains on your wedding day, I promise you will hear a lot of people repeat those words. Something else I know is that it tends not to rain without clouds, and us photographers love clouds.

If you have to deal with a little rain to get a few clouds on your wedding day I promise it will be worth it. When you see photographers working in studios they always have big light modifiers. Softboxes, umbrellas, beauty dishes…think of clouds as the biggest softbox on the planet. The most flattering light possible! Oh yeah!

These Asheville Wedding Photographers Won’t Melt

Short of a hurricane it’s pretty difficult to keep Ariel and me inside just because of a little rain. Our gear can take it and we bring extra anyway. Last time I checked neither one of us were fond of wearing a pointy black hat, so don’t worry about getting great images in the rain if you are working with us on your wedding day.

Regardless of who is photographing your Asheville wedding, if you see rain in the forecast leading up to your wedding day, get some rain props. Umbrellas are a must and they come in any color or style you can think of. Galoshes are adorable for the girls and I personally would love to see some groomsmen in those yellow overall rain pants this year.

Did it rain on your wedding day? Do you have some advice for rainy wedding days? Share in the comments below. Don’t be shy. Tell us what you think.

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Bride and Groom pose amongst the grape vines during their Sakonnet Vineyard weddingpintopinterest Bride and groom embrace in the shade on their sunny vineyard wedding daypintopinterest

Amanda and Jon had an absolutely gorgeous vineyard wedding at the wonderful, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard!! It was our very first time photographing a wedding there and we had a blast with the variety of options there were for pictures on the grounds! As for Amanda and Jon, wow, they had some of the most gorgeous details of the season and they made almost everything themselves. From the invitations to the wine cork table numbers, everything was perfect!!

Have I ever told you how much I love our couples?! These two were no exception!!!

I’m so excited to share some of our favorite images from their day!!

beautiful DIY vineyard wedding details included the bride adorable blue shoes and hand designed wedding program pintopinterest Gorgeous sparkly Kate Spade Converses made the best wedding shoes everpintopinterest How gorgeous are her sparkly shoes.. the fanciest tennis shoes I’ve ever seen!!! The brides engagement ring and wedding band hang from grape vines pintopinterest Beautiful vineyard themed wedding invitations designed by the bride and groom themselvespintopinterest Beautiful bride gets into her dress before seeing her groom for the first time on their wedding day!pintopinterest Black and white photo of brides hands clasped behind the grooms neckpintopinterest I absolutely love this image Matt captured of Amanda’s hands behind Jon’s neck… so sweet! Bride and groom kiss in front of vintage firetruck pintopinterest Groom kisses his beautiful bride on her cheek during their vineyard weddingpintopinterest bride and groom kiss in the window of a vintage firetruckpintopinterest pretty bride and groom being goofy on their outdoor summer wedding day pintopinterest

These two were so fun and goofy together, it made for some great captures 🙂

beautiful couple kisses in the vineyard during their summer wedding pintopinterest bride and ladies pose with their sunglasses in their beautiful gray bridesmaid dressespintopinterest The bridal party walks across a field wearing matching sunglassespintopinterest Bride poses with her husband and father for a goofy image pintopinterest Brides gorgeous bouquet rests in the row of grapevines at the winerypintopinterest beautiful bride and her sister goofing off for a quick picture in the shade of some treespintopinterest most adorable flower girls sitting in the grass before the ceremonypintopinterest bride and her adorable flower girl helping to carry her dresspintopinterest bride steals a quick glance at her groom during their Ketubah signing pintopinterest adorable flower girls hold hands and prepare to walk down the aislepintopinterest

The two flower girls were the absolute cutest things ever… They did an awesome job of walking down the aisle, you never know how it’s going to go with little ones (so many kiddo’s freeze at the top of the aisle… it’s scary to have so many faces staring at you!!!) but these two absolutely rocked it!

Bride and her parents walking down the aisle to get marriedpintopinterest a gorgeous outdoor ceremony with vineyards and the ocean in the backgroundpintopinterest Bride and groom about to exchange their wedding vows during their summer vineyard wedding pintopinterest Bride and groom stand together during their final blessingpintopinterest bride and groom share their first kiss during their beautiful outdoor wedding ceremonypintopinterest Bride and groom hold hands and walk towards the gorgeous grape vinespintopinterest Sakonnet vineyard is an absolutely gorgeous seaside vineyard pintopinterest

As I mentioned above, Amanda and Jon worked so hard on all of their vineyard styled wedding day details! Their hard work paid off, the reception tent looked amazing and I had so much fun photographing all the gorgeousness… Don’t get me started on the cupcake and candy barn table… it was drool worthy!!

gorgeous details abound this DIY tented vineyard wedding pintopinterest amazing cupcake and candy table at this vineyard wedding pintopinterest gorgeous colorful centerpeices adorned the tables of this tented vineyard wedding pintopinterest stunning colorful flowers decorated the tables of this tented vineyard wedding pintopinterest Bride and groom share their first dance at their summer wedding pintopinterest Grooms father enjoys being lifted in a chair during the always fun Horapintopinterest Bride mom gives a heartfelt speechpintopinterest guests at the wedding enjoy the speeches pintopinterest young guests dances during dinner at a tented wedding reception pintopinterest Guests tears up the dance floor pintopinterest Flower girl dances during the reception pintopinterest the cutest flower girl poses for a quick picture while dancing up a storm pintopinterest Guest at summer tented wedding dances pintopinterest groomsmen give a speech to the newlywedspintopinterest Bride and groom look at each other in the middle of the winery pintopinterest bride and groom shows off their new wedding bandspintopinterest bride and groom kiss in front of the grapevines during their vineyard wedding reception pintopinterest bride and groom look at the camera for this modern portrait pintopinterest bride and groom look at each other during couples portraits at sunset pintopinterest bride and groom cut the cake during their fun summer wedding pintopinterest bride dances with guests during their fun wedding reception at Sakonnet Vineyard pintopinterest grapevines silhouette in the sky just after sunset with the gorgeous tent in the backgroundpintopinterestbeautiful christmas lights illuminate the Huppah at the wedding reception later in the night pintopinterest Silhouette of bride and groom standing on stonewall at sunset pintopinterest

Amanda and Jon, thank you so much for having us be a part of your fabulous and gorgeous vineyard 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 Amanda and Jon’s amazing wedding! We absolutely loved working with everyone involved!!

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  • Goldie and Jerry Medowar

    Dear Amanda and Jon, What a beautiful couple and what a wonderful wedding. Everything worked out: the weather; the flowers; the music;the toasts and congratulatory speeches; the food (especially the wonderful apple pies. It was really a love-in! Everyone was happy to be there and be part of the celebration. We wish you all the joy and happiness for now and forever. Love, Aunt Goldie and Uncle Jerry.ReplyCancel

  • iris

    I certainly enjoyed seeing my granddaughter marrying such a wonderful, talented young, handsome man. ENJOY LIFE,ALWAYS LAUGH. Love you both. GRANDMA IRISReplyCancel

Wedding guest removing tie in front of a reflective metal sculpturepintopinterest
The Disaster

It all started with the hair and makeup. Me and all 5 of my girls each took 10 minutes longer than we expected to have our makeup done. By the time I started to get my dress on we were already an hour behind schedule…

When we finally got to the ceremony the limo driver told me I would have to pay for an extra hour now if I wanted him to take us to the reception.

It sounds a bit ridiculous but it happens all the time. One little set back early in the day can snowball quickly with so many people involved. Avoid a disaster on your Asheville wedding day by asking all you vendors one simple question.

The Question

What happens if we run late?

It’s a simple question, but the answer should have a significant impact on the timeline for your wedding day. Some vendors will be pretty relaxed about running late. Others may have multiple events the same day; leaving them unable to accommodate delays.

Asheville Wedding Solution

When you ask your vendors what happens if you run late, make a note of which vendors are the least flexible with the timeline. Most often this will be any transportation for the day, the officiant, and the caterer.

Transportation services and officiants tend to book multiple events for the same day. Caterers however have a different problem to contend with. Timing. I have trouble timing bacon and eggs to be ready at the same time. Imagine trying to time a 3-7 course meal for 200 people?

Now build buffers into your timeline to insulate the vendors that need things to run without delay. If you are working with us…use photography to fill any extra time that you build in.

For example, if you are supposed to get picked up by the limo at 2pm. Don’t schedule hair and makeup (which tends to run long) to end at 1:45pm. Instead write the timeline like this:

  • 1pm – Hair & Makeup Complete
  • 1-1:15pm – Bride gets into dress
  • 1:15-1:45pm – Bridal party Images with AMW Studios
  • 2pm – Bridal party in limo

Now if hair and makeup runs late you just cut out the bridal party images and do them with the rest of the formals after the ceremony. Don’t make the mistake of leaving a blank gap on your timeline though. Most tasks tend to take as long as the time given to them.

How These Asheville Wedding Photographers Answer

Want to know how we answer this question? Curious how to improve the timeline for your upcoming Asheville wedding? Just ask us. We are happy to answer questions any time. You can ask here in the comments or you can drop us an email with our contact form.

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I think it’s important to start out with an important admission. We love cake! More to the point, we LOVE wedding cake!

Now that we have cleared that up, we also love options! The big downside to wedding cake is that you normally only see one or maybe two options within a single cake. Some of the alternatives that we have come up with in this post however can have 10 or 15 variations for your guests. At the same price or less than a typical wedding cake…how can you go wrong?

In an effort not to insult dessert of any kind, I would like to take this opportunity to mention that the following options are in no particular order. Here we go…

Four tiers of colorful cupcakes  on a white table waiting for wedding guests to dig inpintopinterest

That’s right…mini cakes!! Are you worried about straying to far from tradition? Do you just want more variety than cake can offer? Miniaturize and multiply!!

Cupcakes today are nothing like my mom used to put on the table. {Sorry Mom} Gourmet cupcakes are amazing and the options are virtually unlimited! I want a cupcake…I may need to take a break.

Wedding dessert options including mint stick chocolate moose, pumpkin creme brulee and an assortment of tartspintopinterest
Assorted Mini Desserts

I know, I know…this one is a bit of a copout. I really tried to be more specific but I haven’t found a dessert served in a ramekin yet that I don’t love. Forget subtleties in variation with this option. Give your guests an endless range of options with mini desserts.

The biggest piece of advice I have with this option is to vary everything! That’s right, try to get different textures, sweetness levels, colors and serving temperatures!

In our experience these mini desserts have the lowest left over count by far! Variety is king.

A wedding cake alternative, this chocolate fountain with assorted fruit on a stick is amazingpintopinterest
The Always Popular Chocolate Fountain

Seriously…a four foot tall tower of chocolate flowing like a thick, delicious waterfall. Surround this tower with anything and everything that you want to try eating covered in chocolate. Strawberries, blueberries, marshmallows, maybe some bacon…I’m just saying. Mmmm…bacon

If you’re anything like me 20 more things just popped into your mind to cover in chocolate! Now…imagine…many, many towers! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, maybe some spicy chocolate or orange infused chocolate! Oh my…time to move on.

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A Cookie Bar

Cookies and milk is classic. Everybody enjoys a well baked cookie and as a dessert at a wedding it brings a sense of comfort and familiarity that you don’t get from cake.

Again you gain a good amount of variety. Don’t forget that all the variety doesn’t have to come from the cookie selection. Dunking options can create a great deal of interest as well. Milk may be the classic but hot chocolate can be an excellent experiential upgrade. Now try flavoring that hot chocolate…I know, next.

Three tiers of waffle cones and an assortment of candy toppings make this ice cream bar a big hit at weddingspintopinterest
An Ice Cream Bar

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!

Ice cream bars are brilliant! I still feel like a little kid every time we go out for ice cream. Your guests will love it!

The colors that can be incorporated through the topping selections is incredible. Soft serve keeps things moving but hard local ice cream is a big crowd pleaser.

Keep the Cake

You can always keep the cake if you want to. Any of the options above can be combined in any way imaginable. We have seen weddings with almost all of the above possibilities. The important thing to remember is that you are not stuck with cake. If wedding cake isn’t your thing…don’t get one. You have options.

Did the options above inspire you to do something great with your wedding dessert? Do you think it’s wrong to have a wedding without a cake? Does it seem like I got a little to excited by the chocolate fountain?

Tell us what you think! Leave some other interesting ideas in the comments! Share this post with everyone you know!

Click here to contact us about your Asheville wedding. We would love to hear from you.

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Bride and Groom pose in front of red barn during their rustic wedding at Bishop Farm pintopinterest Black and white of Bride and groom kissing at their barn wedding reception pintopinterest

Jess and Paul got married in May at the always stunning Bishop farm B&B in the White Mountains of New Hampshire … This venue is a quintessential farm venue with a definite wow factor!! With cabins onsite along with a gorgeous farmhouse, Bishop Farm makes a perfect destination wedding location where your closest friends and family celebrate with you all week!! On the wedding day itself the ladies at Bishop farm keep things running smoothly and ensure that the details are exactly as you want them. The reception barn is simply stunning… Let me tell you… everything about the property screams outdoorsy, rustic farm wedding but once those barn doors open and your guests wander into the reception barn to be seated for dinner… you feel like you’re at the fanciest, most elegant barn wedding you’ve ever been too! I’m so excited to share some of our favorite images from their day!!

Brides gorgeous wedding details included gorgeous white wedges, elegant pearl jewelry and a lace wedding gownpintopinterest The brides lace wedding gown hangs in a barn for a pre-dressing image pintopinterest The bride poses with her gorgeous bouquet and shows off her stunning hairpiece pintopinterest Stunningly beautiful bride with blue eyes and classic pearl jewelry poses for a quick bridal portraitpintopinterest

Doesn’t Jess look absolutely stunning?! I mean seriously…

Brides sister helps to put the beautiful brides necklace on her before the ceremony pintopinterest adorable flower girl with handmade flower girls dress smiles for a picturespintopinterest elegant bride smiles over her shoulder before her ceremony at Bishop Farm pintopinterest Wedding rings rest on beautiful barn wood and delicate purple and green boutonnière about to be put on groompintopinterest handsome groom buttons collar in the mirror before his rustic barn wedding pintopinterest The groom and his groomsmen play some foosball before he gets married pintopinterest handsome groom gets ready in an old farmhouse before he gets marriedpintopinterest Beautiful handmade birch tree arbor adorns the ceremony location pintopinterest wedding pup poses in her white doggie tutu before the ceremony pintopinterest

Lulu was not such a big fan of her doggie tutu!

Handmade wooden ceremony sign directs guests where to go pintopinterest beautiful white flowers in mason jars line the aisle of this elegant outdoor ceremony pintopinterest bride and her parents smile at guests while they walk down the aisle of an outdoor ceremonypintopinterest black and white image of a rustic outdoor ceremony pintopinterest Bride and groom hold hands in from of birch arbor during their barn wedding ceremonypintopinterest old wagon wheel by the ceremony  was a perfect focus point pintopinterest bride and groom change their first kiss as husband and wife after their outdoor ceremony pintopinterest Bride and groom walk down the aisle after their barn wedding ceremony pintopinterest Bride gives her dad a quick kiss on the cheek during pictures at her farm wedding pintopinterest

Now, I’m not one to usually post to many formals but I absolutely love what Matt did with the wedding party while I photographed all the amazing details in the barn!!

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We had a few minutes with Jess and Paul before they headed into the barn for their first dance… I think we made good use of what little time we had, what do you think?!!

Bride and groom pose smiling at the camera during their barn wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom hold hands and look at each other in front of red barn pintopinterest bride and groom embrace in front of beautiful red barn during their farm weddingpintopinterest Beautiful bride looks back over her shoulder during a couples portrait pintopinterest bride and groom hold hands in front of gorgeous old farmhouse pintopinterest

As you’ll see below, all of Jess and Paul’s wedding details were simply gorgeous! The purple, green and white flowers chose for the centerpieces really complimented the gorgeous dark wood interior of the barn.

Beautiful purple and green flower centerpieces complimented the rustic wood interior of this barn wedding  pintopinterest All the pretty details during a rustic barn wedding pintopinterest Custom glasses were placed on each table for the guests to take homepintopinterest Gorgeous purple and blue flowers decorate the rustic barn reception at Bishop Farm pintopinterest Jess and Paul happily enter the reception for their first dance pintopinterest bride smiles during first dance during her beautiful  barn wedding pintopinterest beautiful bride and groom enjoy their first dance in an elegant barn pintopinterest Bride and groom smile at each other during their first dance pintopinterest bride and groom kiss after their first dance pintopinterest Maid of honor gives funny speech during a barn wedding reception pintopinterest Bride and groom enjoy the toasts during their barn wedding reception pintopinterest groom gives bride a sweet smile during a toast pintopinterest bride and groom cheers after the toasts are complete  during their wedding reception pintopinterest

After the toasts we had a few minutes to sneak Jess and Paul out for some more couples portraits! We took them up to the meadow above the barn and even got to have a little fun with some christmas lights and a wooded path…

Bride and groom pose in front of old cattle barn during their rustic wedding reception pintopinterest bride walks in front of groom during a quick couples portrait pintopinterest bride and groom stand a meadow for a portrait pintopinterest Silhouette of bride and groom with the moon behind them at dusk pintopinterest lights and a birch arbor surround the bride and groom pintopinterest groom leads his beautiful bride down a christmas tree light wooded path pintopinterest bride and groom kiss with the farm behind them pintopinterest bride and groom hold hands and walk back to reception barn pintopinterest guitarist during the wedding reception pintopinterest two girls pose for a picture during a barn wedding reception pintopinterest guests taking pictures of people dancing during the wedding pintopinterest grooms dad being goofy during the wedding reception pintopinterest guests dancing during a wedding reception in the barn pintopinterest groom and his guys give each other low fivespintopinterest bride dances during her barn wedding receptionpintopinterest guests having fun on the barn dance floorpintopinterest bride and groom dancing with a heart behind them during their barn wedding receptionpintopinterest rain coats the windows of the barn during a wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom made custom signs out of bottle caps with their initials  pintopinterest lightning lights up the sky behind the barn during bride and grooms wedding receptionpintopinterest

I just want to point out that the sky was actually pitch black at this point… this image was taken at about 10pm… Thanks to a major storm that rolled in, the lighting was lighting up the whole sky behind the barn… it was gorgeous. I of course decided to brave the weather and run outside for a quick picture.

Bride and groom run out of the barn for their sparkler exit at the end of their wedding receptionpintopinterest bride and groom kiss with sparklers in the background during their barn wedding reception sparkler exit pintopinterest

Just as quickly as the storm came, it left and we were able to light sparklers up for the couples exit at the end of the night!

Jess and Paul, thank you so much for having us be a part of your fabulous and gorgeous barn 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 Jess and Paul’s amazing wedding! We absolutely loved working with everyone involved!!

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