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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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Chincoteague Island wedding photographerpintopinterest Last summer we headed to the north east to photograph Jordan and Joe’s beautiful destination wedding. We had a few extra days and chose to visit a place I haven’t been since I was a kid… Chincoteague Island. Oh how I fell in love with this quaint island with beautiful beaches and wild ponies on the loose. It was so nice to take a couple days to play on the beach with our kids. I’ll make sure to share more images from our trip soon, but for now I wanted to share just this one!

The beach on Chincoteague… Oh the beach… It was so so gorgeous and the kids absolutely loved frolicking in the warm waves. We would love to head back for another family trip or maybe even a destination wedding!

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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an outdoor asheville maternity photo by AMW Studios | Asheville wedding and lifestyle photographerpintopinterest Maternity photography is something that I haven’t spent much time doing, so when my beautiful friend brought up possibly taking some pictures of her baby belly, I jumped at the chance! We headed to a pretty, foresty area on a river nearby our houses and took some pictures! Here are a few of my favorites! an outdoor asheville maternity photo by AMW Studios | Asheville wedding and lifestyle photographerpintopinterest an outdoor asheville maternity photo by AMW Studios | Asheville wedding and lifestyle photographerpintopinterest an outdoor asheville maternity photo by AMW Studios | Asheville wedding and lifestyle photographerpintopinterest asheville maternity photographypintopinterest Asheville maternity photopintopinterest an outdoor asheville maternity photo by AMW Studios | Asheville wedding and lifestyle photographerpintopinterest an outdoor asheville maternity photo by AMW Studios | Asheville wedding and lifestyle photographerpintopinterest 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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asheville adventure engagement session pintopinterest As the weather warms up and engagement sessions are in full swing I thought I would put together a post with some fun ideas for couples to consider for their Asheville (or destination) engagement shoot. Except for the question “What do I wear?”- (You can check out this post I wrote for our thoughts on that) – “Where should we go/what should we do” is probably the most frequent question we hear! First and foremost…we encourage you to pick a location or activity that is fun and meaningful to who you are as a couple. It might be a casual afternoon spent visiting a local brewery (Asheville has plenty!) and exploring the streets of Asheville or adventuring to one of Western NC’s many scenic waterfalls… This is fine and I will gladly join you and we’ll create some awesome images – no doubt!

AND… I am encouraging you guys to think out of the box… think different…think adventurous… the sky is the limit (actually if we’re being honest… no limit there either, helicopters and planes welcome!). Use your engagement session as an excuse to step away from planning your wedding, work, daily life and just be together… Have fun!!

I plan to challenge myself this year – Get out of my comfort zone and shoot things that are different – Think beyond making pretty pictures and create images that are even more reflective of who you are as a couple… I want to tell your story…your love story!

So my challenge for you is to go beyond a walk in the park…for example….

Maybe you enjoy going to the farmers market and cooking together? Come up with a dish you love, get a six pack of your favorite local brew… I will meet you guys in your neighborhood, I’ll document your adventure to the farmers market and moments cooking together… Think day in the life. Just you two… being you!!

waterrock knob sunrisepintopinterest blue ridge parkway adventure photopintopinterest Do you love climbing? Great! Me too! Let’s go climbing… We can head to the local rock gym or even better, let’s get outside. Table Rock NC and Linville Gorge area is one of my favorite places… There is no shortage of amazing climbs. Or let’s head to Pisgah and out to Looking Glass for your rock climbing engagement session and end the evening with a beer at Oskar Blues.

If you enjoy hiking there’s no shortage of great hikes in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Here are a few mountains I would love to head to – camera in hand and an adventurous couple in tow – and create some amazing photographs: Roan Mountain Engagement | I haven’t been there yet and have been eyeing this beautiful mountain as a location for some epic adventure portraits. Hawksbill Mountain Engagement | Linville Gorge has long been one of my favorite hiking locations and I would love to take a couple up to the top of Hawksbill for some sunset engagement photos. Those are just a few possibilities. Want something a little closer to Asheville for your engagement photos? Let’s adventure up to Craggy Gardens or Black Balsam!

Want to turn your adventure engagement session into an overnight backpacking or camping trip?! Let’s do it!!! I am so game! Bring your four-legged hiking companion – We love dogs! pintopinterest No matter what you decide… Make it genuine, fun and representative of who you are as a couple… After all, it’s your love story & I’m just there to capture it! pintopinterest pintopinterest 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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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures
that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru


Happy Monday!!! For today’s adventure post I thought I would share a photo from a trip to Canyonlands National Park. We didn’t stay long but this area of the country made a lasting impression on me. I cannot wait to take our kids here for some outdoor adventure exploration… The landscape is so stunningly different from the mountains of Western North Carolina. I see a trip in our future!

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 as a destination wedding photographer worldwide… We specialize in creating modern + dynamic imagery for adventurous couples. Getting married or know someone getting married? We’d love to chat!
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