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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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Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Oh, you guys… It’s that time of year – okay okay, I’m 23 days late, but Happy New Year!!! This is one of my favorite posts of the year! 2016 was such a fantastic year -it marked AMW Studios first full wedding season here in Asheville, NC – and boy are we thrilled to be here! We traveled to beautiful places – including some pretty fantastic wedding venues – documented amazing love stories and met a whole slew of talented wedding industry people who we are so thankful to know!!! We are immensely grateful to all our amazing couples who chose to have us tell their stories – every one of the amazing weddings, adventurous engagement sessions and more!!! Thank you… From the bottom of our hearts! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest In all the years I lived here in the Asheville area as a kid and all the days I spent adventuring in the surrounding mountains, I cannot believe I never made it to Max Patch. Wow! Well, when fellow adventurers, Megan and Will, mentioned an interest in capturing some beautiful mountain scenery in the background of their post wedding day session – Max Patch immediately came to mind! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest A trend that seems more common here in the South is bridal portrait sessions!! I shot more pre-wedding bridal portraits this year than I ever did in the northeast… Let me just say – I adore it!!! I had so much fun with Jordan at Brown Mountain Beach Resort a few weeks before her wedding! It gave me a chance to scout out this gorgeous venue – and what bride wouldn’t want to get dressed up for some pre-wedding fun! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Khristy and Andy’s beautiful wedding at Laurel Ridge Country Club was a highlight of our season! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Kelly and Mark’s wedding at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston was the wedding that kicked off our 2016 season and man… It set the bar pretty high!!! I love these two images from their beautiful wedding in the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest We got to photograph some pretty incredible, fun, adventurous engagement sessions this year! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest The cool thing about moving here to Asheville is that while it is new territory professionally, I actually grew up here… It has been so fun to revisit these amazing places where I spent time as a kid… This image from Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest is from a fall adventure session! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Getting ready is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest In July we traveled up to our old stomping grounds in the Northeast to photograph Jordan and Joe’s wedding. We made a family adventure out of the trip and visited some special places along the way! One of our favorite stops was Chincoteague Island, VA where we explored the national seashore, spotted wild ponies, played on the beach and visited the awesome Assateague Lighthouse! I think we all fell in love with the charm of this section of the Virginia Coast! We can’t wait to return. Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Janet and Bryan’s adventure engagement session was such a blast! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Alyssa and German’s Biltmore Estate engagement session was awesome (I mean really… look at these two!!!!). We cannot wait for their wedding this June at Biltmore Estate’s Lioncrest! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Abby and Tripp’s adventure engagement session started in the forest exploring the gorgeous waterfalls of Dupont Forest and ended with a gorgeous sunset on top of Jump Off Rock in Hendersonville! Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Claire and Nathan’s Lake Eden Events wedding was stunning and I adore this image Matt took of the guys at one of the Lake Eden cabins! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest With peacocks and spanish moss Kelly and Mark’s Magnolia Plantation Wedding was a highlight of our season! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Beer and photos?! Yes please! Wicked Weeds Funkatorium in Asheville was the site of Megan and Will’s day-after session! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Janet and Bryan’s Black Balsam engagement session at sunset was so fun and beautiful! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest The view from the Biltmore Estate is simply spectacular! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Matt and his guys playing some impromptu croquet before his Old Edwards Inn Wedding! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photos for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest First looks with dad are always sweet! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Who doesn’t love a little wedding day goofiness! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Allison and Graham’s wedding at The Venue – Asheville was awesome!! Check out our full wedding post from their day! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest pintopinterest Because who doesn’t love good dance moves?!! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Heidi and Andrew’s first look in Grand Central Station was amazing!!! Check out our full summary of their NYC wedding here and here! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Amy and Colin’s asheville farm wedding had it all! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest pintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest What a ball we had with Heidi and Andrew in NYC! Their wedding reception took place on a Yacht that cruised the New York harbor! This is one of my favorite images from the evening… In the background is the Brooklyn Bridge, where Andrew had proposed to Heidi! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest pintopinterest pintopinterest Megan and Will’s wedding at The Crest Center and Pavillion was quite gorgeous – the sunset for their ceremony was stunning!! pintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Sparklers are always a big hit amongst the little ones at weddings!! It’s enchanting! Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest pintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Asheville wedding photography for adventurous couplespintopinterest Well, thanks for hanging in there… Whewww, that was a long one!! We’re so excited to see what 2017 has in store. So far it’s looking pretty awesome! We hope that if you know anyone getting married in 2017 or 2018 you’ll share this post… Help spread the word about AMW Studios!!! We are based here in the Asheville area but travel often and are always seeking out our next adventure! Let us know where you’re getting married… I bet we’ll go there too! In addition to weddings, we offer lifestyle family portraiture, adventure engagement sessions and more!
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Grand Central Station wedding portraitspintopinterest Okay, grab yourself a drink (again) because here is part two of Heidi and Andrew’s NYC wedding. If you haven’t seen part one stop right here and follow this link to check it out!!! Okay, now that you’re all caught up, I’m so excited to share with you more of this amazing wedding. We left off with some bride and groom portraits in Grand Central Station and we’re continuing today with a few photos in Central Park followed by their sunset ceremony on the top deck of The Atlantica and an epic dance party while cruising the NY Harbor! A chic NYC weddingpintopinterest As we headed (via a hot limo) from Grand Central, Andrew snagged a couple photo’s of his bride admiring the view…Those iconic city streets. A chic NYC wedding pintopinterest Central Park wedding portraitspintopinterest Have you seen a cuter ring bearer?! Not sure if we have! Central Park wedding portraitspintopinterest Central Park wedding portraitspintopinterest Love this one of Heidi and Andrew! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest When we got to Chelsea Pier’s, I hurried inside to grab just a couple details before all the guests boarded the Yacht! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC pintopinterest The lower level of the yacht was set for dinner, beautiful and classic!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest Noticing that the sun was starting to get low on the horizon I went to grab Heidi + Andrew for some impromptu photo’s on the top deck! Wedding party pictures on The Atlantica Yacht in NYCpintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYCpintopinterest I’m glad I did! Man, the light was amazing!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYCpintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest Wedding party pictures on The Atlantica Yacht in NYCpintopinterest We had a few minutes before the ceremony to sneak a couple images of the wedding party! Wedding party pictures on The Atlantica Yacht in NYCpintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest Isn’t this adorable?! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest Heidi’s two amazing kids walked her down the aisle, it was darling!!! pintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest As the ceremony progressed, the boat pulled up along side Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the guests were treated to a gorgeous view! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest These two are adorable and were so so excited to pronounced husband and wife!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding in NYC | Sunset ceremony on The Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest After the ceremony everyone headed downstairs to the middle stateroom where guests grabbed drinks and circled around to watch Heidi and Andrew celebrate their first dance!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest It was a pretty epic first dance!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest THEN… The party started!!! And boy what a party it was!! I have to say, I was impressed… Not only was their some pretty awesome dancing but it also took place on a moving boat and no one fell over!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest Occasionally we would step out to take in the ever changing scenery and snap a couple quick photos!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest Again with those awesome dance moves!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest By far one of the most memorable parts of the evening was pulling up to the Statue of Liberty at around 11 at night… The yacht get’s so close to the statue, you can see all the details on Lady Liberty’s face… it’s amazing!!! I can honestly say that, short of working on another Elite Charter’s wedding, I will probably never get the opportunity to take a photograph of the Statue of Liberty in quite the same way again! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest The party continued… until 1am! Those New Yorkers sure know how to party!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest I don’t normally post so many party pictures but we had so much fun with this crowd!!! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest The bubble exit off The Atlantica made for some cool photo’s! A Luxury Yacht Wedding reception in NYC on the Atlanticapintopinterest I’ll end with two night portraits take from the top deck of the Atlantica! The Brooklyn Bridge (which is where Andrew proposed to Heidi) is in the background!!! Epic Bride and Groom portraits on The Atlantica during a yacht wedding in the NY Harborpintopinterest Epic Bride and Groom portraits on The Atlantica during a yacht wedding in the NY Harborpintopinterest A huge thank you to Heidi and Andrew for asking us to travel up to NYC to document their wedding day!!! What a blast it was!!!
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A wedding portrait in Grand Central Station during a NYC weddingpintopinterest Oh gosh you guys… Grab a favorite beverage and pull up a seat because this is going to be a long one… Back in August Matt and I traveled to New York City to photograph Heidi and Andrew’s wedding! The day started on land at The Plaza to be exact and ended cruising the Hudson River on a gorgeous yacht chartered by Elite Private Charters! Between intimate (haha.. you’ll see…) first look in front of a crowd at the stunning and historic Grand Central Station to wedding party pictures in Central Park, this wedding couldn’t have been more “New York” if you tried! We were thrilled to go along for the ride! A wedding portrait in Grand Central Station during a NYC weddingpintopinterest Despite being VERY busy, Grand Central was the backdrop for some of my favorite portraits from the day! A wedding portrait in Grand Central Station during a NYC weddingpintopinterest

You might remember these two from their fall engagement session in Asheville at the NC Arboretum. Needless to say, as awesome as their Asheville engagement was, their wedding was even better! Heidi planned their wedding out with precise detail and in spite of all the moving parts which left plenty to go wrong (you know NYC is not exactly known for quick travel), traffic kept moving (for the most part) and things came together perfectly!

A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza  pintopinterest A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza  pintopinterest The Plaza’s rooms are big and have beautiful window light which helped me out when it came time to shoot all of Heidi’s beautiful details! I adored Heidi’s choice of flowers, her cascading bouquet made of white orchids was so classy! A chic NYC wedding getting ready at The Plaza  pintopinterest A chic NYC wedding getting ready at The Plaza  pintopinterest Manhattan’s skyline made a great backdrop for a couple detail shots! Notice the Empire State building back there?! A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza pintopinterest Oh how I love photographing beautiful brides and their sparkly Jimmy Choo’s! A chic NYC wedding getting ready at The Plaza  pintopinterest Oh Heidi, you are such a beautiful bride! Andrew is one lucky man! A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza  pintopinterest How cute is she?! I absolutely love her flower girl dress! A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza pintopinterest A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza pintopinterest A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza pintopinterest Not only is Andrew a very handsome dude but he is one of the nicest people you’ll meet… Yup, Heidi is one lucky lady! pintopinterest A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza pintopinterest Some of the fun gifts given to the groomsmen and ring bearer! A chic NYC wedding at The Plaza pintopinterest Bridal portraits in The Plaza lobbypintopinterest Here comes what was easily my favorite first look of the season, at Grand Central Terminal amongst a crowd of people… epic first look in grand central station pintopinterest Grand Central Station wedding portraitspintopinterest Heidi and Andrew’s wedding party watched from the balcony! Grand Central Station wedding portraitspintopinterest Grand Central Station wedding portraitspintopinterest I’m not gonna lie… I was very worried about shooting bride and groom portraits in Grand Central! When we have a limited time for couples portraits I like being able to control the background, in this case I knew we’d be dealing with hundreds of moving people. What I never in a million years would have predicted is 1. Just how much those people in the background added to the pictures (especially the first look image above!) and 2. How courteous people were about stepping out of the way when asked (politely of course). The result ended up being some of my favorite couples portraits of the season! Grand Central Station wedding portraitspintopinterest Grand Central Station wedding portraitspintopinterest Grand Central Wedding Portrait pintopinterest And I’m going to stop right here and break this beautiful New York City wedding into two parts! Check back tomorrow for images from Central Park and their epic sunset wedding ceremony + dance party on a yacht!

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