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rough ridge engagement photopintopinterest Last weekend I traveled from Asheville over to Blowing Rock area on the Blue Ridge Parkway for Cathie and Tod’s adventurous engagement session!! It’s safe to say we had a blast and absolutely cannot wait to document their wedding next month at the gorgeous Oskar Blues REEB Ranch! Being avid mountain bikers (honestly, avid is an understatement…these two are seriously bad ass) and all-around outdoor adventurers, we wanted to incorporate their love for bikes and the mountains in their images.

We started out the session near the town of Blowing Rock at Julian Price Memorial Park. They played on bikes and I took photos!!! Once we took some pictures there, we headed down the Blue Ridge Parkway to a stunning rocky outcropping called Rough Ridge!!! Oh my gosh, the views… it is so beautiful up there!! I can’t wait to return there for another session or even just for some adventuring with the family!

A huge thank you to Cathie and Tod who were game to explore some new places and create some awesome images together!!! I can not wait to see you guys again in just a few weeks for your wedding!!! blowing rock engagement photographerpintopinterest julian price memorial park engagementpintopinterest The light up in the mountains was just beautiful that evening! mountain biking engagement photo in asheville pintopinterest Playing… out of my element shooting bikes, but these two humored me and rode back and forth so I could play! biking engagement photospintopinterest biking engagement session in asheville pintopinterest Can you tell these two are fun to be around?!? rough ridge engagement at sunset pintopinterest The light up at the top of Rough Ridge was beautiful but fading quickly on the other side of Grandfather Mountain. pintopinterest rough ridge engagement session by asheville photographerpintopinterest We made the best of the remaining light we had up in the mountains! romantic adventure engagement session pintopinterest Love the image above… They warned me how hard it was to get serious/romantic images of the two of them. I love their laughter and enthusiasm for each other… rough ridge engagement photo at sunsetpintopinterest AMW Studios – an Asheville wedding 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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asheville summer camp wedding pintopinterest Since today’s post is all about maximizing your time together on your wedding day… why not hijack a canoe and go for a paddle like Case and Dan did during their summer camp wedding in the mountains!

It’s Wednesday again and guess what that means?! Yup… This Asheville wedding photographer is going to get on her soapbox and share some well-meaning wedding planning advice!!! Just in case you missed it, here is my last Wedding Tip Wednesday post about planning a fun + authentic asheville engagement session! I hope you’ll check back on Friday when I’ll share a pretty awesome recent engagement session I photographed – the couple chose an activity (biking) and a beautiful location, and we had a blast creating Meaningful + Authentic + Adventurous images and it was the bomb!!!!

Anyway… on to today’s post!!! What’s it about?!?! I know, I know you can hardly wait…. Ready. Set. Let’s Go…

Trust me when I say your wedding day is going to fly by – like “blink”, and it’s over fast….It can be pretty easy to get caught up in the little details and lose yourselves in the wedding day whirlwind. Today I’m going to share a few suggestions that will help you make the most of your big day together!!! We hope you’ll consider adding one of these intimate experiences to your wedding day timeline. Some of the ideas are becoming more common while others would break common wedding day traditions! asheville farm wedding photo of bride and groom getting readypintopinterest Get Ready Together
Now, first I’ll say we’ve had just two couples out of the 100+ weddings we’ve photographed who have chosen to get ready together. What a sweet, intimate start to the day these two couples had, though!!! I understand you would be throwing custom to the wayside, but if you have a small wedding party – or perhaps no wedding party at all – this could be a perfect fit!

dominican republic wedding photopintopinterest First Look
You should know how much we love first looks… I mean, really love first looks… You see, not only does it mean you’ll get to enjoy some extra time together on your Asheville wedding day. There are plenty of other perks, such as setting time aside to do wedding party and family pictures before your ceremony so that everyone can go to cocktail hour after you say “I Do”!!! Plus it allows you a much more intimate experience seeing each other for the first time without all of your guests looking on! Every one of our couples who choose to do a first look raves about how amazing the experience was and how thankful they are to have the extra time to enjoy each other’s company before the party starts!! Okay, so I think you get as Asheville wedding photographers just how much we love first looks. (I’m already working on a blog post that is all about this – can’t wait, huh???!!!)

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asheville wedding photographer vow exchangepintopinterest No Peak First Look
Not all of our couples are sold on the idea of a first look and that’s okay – we understand it’s not for everyone!!! Sometimes called “blind first look” or “no peek first look”… We encourage every one of our couples to take 10 minutes at some point during getting ready/before your wedding ceremony to hold hands… Share a private moment with each other. This is a good time to exchange cards or even a special gift. We usually find a door, the corner of a building or a big tree to position the bride and groom close enough to whisper to each other and hold hands but not in a position where you will see each other before your ceremony. It’s always a big hit and tends to calm any pre-wedding jitters… asheville wedding photo in the woodspintopinterest Read Your Vows in Private
Speaking your vows to each other can be a very personal experience – We’ve had many couples who choose to share their vows with each other in a more intimate setting before or after the ceremony! Sometimes couples opt to go with a more traditional vow at the altar and then write their own private vows to each other during a different moment of the day. Other times they will write a shorter version of their vows to share with friends and family during their wedding ceremony and then whisper an extended version to each other before or after they say their I dos! I think we can agree that reading your vows in private is a great way to spend a little extra time together on your big day. asheville wedding in the mountainspintopinterest Post Ceremony Getaway or in Jewish Tradition “The Yihud”
Following a Jewish ceremony many couples choose a tradition that I personally believe all couples should have!!! In a day filled with chaos, the yihud — or “seclusion” — is a ritual that lets you focus on the day’s true purpose – your new partnership. Immediately after the ceremony, the bride and groom retreat to a private room (or place… for some of our couples it’s been a mountaintop or under a giant tree) for 15 minutes of personal time. No in-laws, no seating arrangement charts, no photographer or videographer. Just you and your new spouse enjoying each other’s company… Perhaps with a drink in hand! pintopinterest And…Possibly (Possibly Selfish) Our Favorite | Sneak Away for Sunset Pictures
When we’re giving timeline advice to our couples, our one and only request is having 15 minutes (or more if possible!) with our couples around sunset for some romantic + fun portraits! Enjoy some quiet time away from the whirlwind of celebrating to just be with each other…. Enjoying each other’s company and reflecting on the amazing day you’ve been having! You get some extra time together and some amazing images… it’s a win-win!!!

Asheville wedding photo at sunsetpintopinterest AMW Studios – an Asheville wedding 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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Max Patch Photo | Asheville wedding and adventure photographerpintopinterest The view from the top of Max Patch is unparalleled!! Head there pretty much anytime (except during a rain storm when the top of the mountain is sure to be socked in by fog and clouds) and you’re truly in for a treat! It’s about a 15 minute hike to the top of this big grassy bald mountain and you’re rewarded with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains with Mount Mitchell to the east and the Great Smokies sprawling to the south. We were lucky enough to take one of our adventurous couples up there the day after their wedding for a few sunset portraits! Being a pretty short hike for a high-reward view, it’s a perfect place to have a mountaintop wedding ceremony. We can’t wait to photograph our first elopement on top of Max Patch!

If you’re looking for an amazing mountaintop location for an adventure engagement session in the Asheville area, this is a perfect place!

Our family loves bringing a picnic lunch (or even dinner, possibly from one of Asheville’s awesome restaurant’s). While camping is not allowed on top of Max Patch, stargazing is a popular activity!! Being about an hour from civilization, there are no city lights hindering a perfect dark sky!

For any of our couples thinking about great locations for engagement pictures or even planning an elopement… We’re always up for an adventure, and Max Patch is an adventure worth taking!!!

AMW Studios is an Asheville wedding 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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chinese wedding portrait under cherry treespintopinterest I have been looking forward to Hei Man and Herbert’s wedding at MeadowView Resort in Tennessee for a long while now! You see, one of my favorite parts of traveling is getting the opportunity to experience other cultures and traditions – When Hei Man and Herbert filled me in on their plans for their wedding day I was thrilled to hear that they were planning to honor their culture and do a tradition Chinese tea ceremony.
In true Chinese tradition, the first ceremony commenced and Herbert had to do whatever the bridesmaids requested of him in order to see his bride. After donning hula skirts and lei’s Herbert (or maybe I should say Herbert’s feet) braved a bucket of ice water, wrote a poem of love (in Chinese) and then proceeded to read said poem a loud to family and friends in attendance… All before being allowed to see his beautiful bride! Herbert gladly completed every single challenge the ladies threw at him and all to see his bride. Hei Man wore a beautiful red traditional Chinese dress as they served both her and Stephen’s parents tea to honor them for everything they have done to raise them.

A special thanks to Gabrielle from Gabrielle Von Heyking Photography for shooting with me this weekend! traditional chinese wedding details by asheville wedding photographerpintopinterest chinese tea ceremony gamespintopinterest A little peak at effort Hebert made to see his beautiful bride during the Chinese Tea Ceremony games. traditional chinese tea ceremony photopintopinterest chinese tea ceremony wedding photopintopinterest Hei Man and Herbert first served tea to Hei Man’s elders before heading to Herbert’s parents house to serve tea to his. traditional chinese tea ceremony photopintopinterest chinese tea ceremony wedding photopintopinterest After the Chinese Tea Ceremony the rain had stopped and we were able to sneak Hei Man and Herbert out for some portraits under these beautiful cherry trees! chinese wedding portrait under cherry treespintopinterest The cherry trees at MeadowView Resort made a perfect backdrop against Hei Man’s traditional red Chinese dress!!! chinese wedding portraits in tennesseepintopinterest beautiful chinese bridepintopinterest I wasn’t sure anything could top Hei Man’s beautiful red dress but when she donned her wedding gown… Wow. What a stunning bride!!! chinese bridal portrait in tennesseepintopinterest chinese wedding portraits in tennesseepintopinterest meadowview resort wedding party picturepintopinterest That’s a good looking wedding crew!!! chinese wedding portraits in tennesseepintopinterest meadowview resort wedding photopintopinterest Ohhh Frankie… The pint sized ring bearer!!! How cute is this little Dachshund?!! meadowview resort wedding photopintopinterest beautiful chinese wedding in the tennessee mountainspintopinterest I mean really…. A pup wearing a tux in a red wagon… I die! beautiful chinese wedding in the tennessee mountainspintopinterest meadowview resort wedding photopintopinterest Right after the wedding ceremony a beautiful rainbow came out… I think this is only a sign of the good luck to come for this beautiful couple!

AMW Studios is an Asheville wedding 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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