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blue ridge parkway engagement session pintopinterest Last month I met up with these two for their engagement session up at Craggy Garden’s, just outside Asheville, on the Blue Ridge Parkway! We explored the Craggy Pinnacle trail and took some pictures along the way! These two were rockstars and smiled the whole time! We cannot wait to photograph their wedding next month at the gorgeous Brown Mountain Beach Resort! A huge thanks to Jordan and Fernando for spending a couple hours adventuring outdoors with me! We can’t wait to see you in a few weeks! outdoor adventure session craggy gardenspintopinterest craggy garden engagement sessionpintopinterest This is one of my favorites from their Craggy Garden’s engagement session, beautiful dappled sunlight was coming through the trees along the trail… It made for some pretty portraits! adorable couple craggy garden engagementpintopinterest outdoor craggy garden engagement photographerspintopinterest asheville engagement session at craggy gardenspintopinterest The small sections of mountain laurel tunnels make for beautiful contrasty light! Perfect for black and whites! summertime engagement session at craggy gardenspintopinterest blue ridge parkway engagement photographypintopinterest Beautiful Jordan, those eyes!!! asheville engagement photo at craggy gardenspintopinterest There is nothing quite like the scenery in the mountains of western north carolina! So happy to be an Asheville wedding photographer! outdoor asheville adventure photographerpintopinterest craggy garden engagement photography on blue ridge parkwaypintopinterest sunset craggy garden engagement photopintopinterest I’ll leave you with one of my favorites from this adventurous engagement session at Craggy Gardens!

AMW Studios is currently booking Asheville weddings, engagement and family sessions for 2016 and 2017! Planning an Asheville wedding? We’d love to hear more about your wedding plans!! In addition to being Asheville wedding photographers, we also photograph weddings in Boone, Blowing Rock, Cashiers, The Great Smoky Mountains and beyond!! Let us know where you’re getting married, we’ll be there!
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alaska adventure and wedding photographerpintopinterest Those of you who know us are aware of just how much we love traveling and adventure – pretty much anything outdoors! Alaska is a place that is so near and dear to my heart… Goodness knows there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had in this great state! Before I moved to Boston where I began studying photography professionally (this is where Matt and I met!), I spent most of my summers working and exploring in Alaska! My awesome aunt and uncle live there and my mom has an adorable cabin right near the Wrangell – St Elias Mountain Range.

These three images I’m sharing in this post are from my last summer in Alaska… My best friend Mattie and I took a couple days to camp in Denali National Park. The day we arrived in Denali was cloudy but spectacular as we traveled by bus to Wonder Lake Campground. It rained that night; there was no view of Denali and a swarm of LARGE mosquitos chased us to bed early after we managed to scarf down some food! The next morning we woke up, unsure what to expect. You guys…I will forever remember unzipping the tent to see Denali – RIGHT THERE – not a cloud covering this stunning mountain! Posting these images I took quite a few years ago makes me so excited to travel back there again!

I know Matt and I would absolutely love to explore this beautiful state soon! Know anyone getting married in Alaska? Let them know about us! We always love adventuring to new locations to photograph weddings! Also, we don’t charge travel fees!! We offer one flat-rate wedding collection to travel anywhere in the United States. This collection not only includes comprehensive wedding day coverage – it also includes a fun day-after session to really capture the awesome location where you were married! alaska outdoor adventure photographerpintopinterest Denali wedding photographerpintopinterest How beautiful is the highest peak in North America!
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Oh gosh guys, I am so excited to share this gorgeous Asheville wedding with you today! Allison and Graham were all smiles throughout their entire wedding day – let’s just say these two made our job pretty easy! Thank you both so much for having us there to document your day! We also got to work at a new (for us!) Asheville wedding venue – The Venue and it fast became one of our favorite Asheville places we’ve photographed so far! Not only was the space gorgeous, it offered a variety of options for photographing our couple and their wedding party on a very hot/humid and sometimes rainy (welcome to WNC) day… AND Stephanie and her team at The Venue were so accommodating. They were such a pleasure to work with!! We hope you enjoy some of our favorites from Allison and Graham’s wedding! The Venue Asheville wedding photo pintopinterest See what I mean about gorgeous photo opportunities? The main room where Allison and Graham’s wedding ceremony (and later, reception) was held made for some gorgeous portraits. wedding dress hanging in asheville hotel pintopinterest gorgeous bride getting ready for her asheville wedding pintopinterest asheville wedding shoespintopinterest I’m a sucker for sparkly wedding shoes! asheville wedding details downtownpintopinterest asheville bride getting dressed pintopinterest Allison… What a beautiful bride you are! note exchange and first look at Asheville wedding pintopinterest So the hotel where Allison was getting ready had this curtain that could be pulled across the room. It was slightly strange, but when it came time for their first look and note exchange, it made a great temporary wall!! bride and groom exchanging notes during asheville first lookpintopinterest first look at downtown asheville hotel pintopinterest I mean really… How cute are they?! Asheville wedding first lookpintopinterest the venue asheville wedding portraitpintopinterest I hope I get this correct… someone correct me if I’m wrong… I think Graham and his brother built this gorgeous birch Chuppah for the ceremony! ashevilleweddingphotography-0820-09pintopinterest wedding photo at The Venue in Asheville pintopinterest I know I said it above… But The Venue had so many great locations for us to take Allison and Graham for photos! bride and groom portrait at The Venue Asheville pintopinterest beautiful ceremony set up at the venue asheville pintopinterest gorgeous asheville wedding detailspintopinterest So many pretty ceremony details… the venue asheville wedding ceremony detailspintopinterest gorgeous asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest handsome asheville wedding groom pintopinterest bride and bridesmaid being goofy during asheville wedding pintopinterest Silly ladies.. I just want to note that this beautiful bridesmaid made her own dress – and how gorgeous is it?! gorgeous asheville bridal portrait at The Venuepintopinterest Gorgeous bride!! beautiful asheville bridal portraitspintopinterest the venue asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest gorgeous asheville wedding ceremony at the venuepintopinterest fun intimate asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest When I told you they smiled through the whole wedding day, I wasn’t joking…. beautiful asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest handsome groom smiling during asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest first kiss during asheville wedding ceremony at the venuepintopinterest the venue wedding in ashevillepintopinterest Just a few of the gorgeous details from this downtown Asheville wedding! the venue asheville wedding receptionpintopinterest asheville wedding detailspintopinterest gorgeous asheville wedding reception at The Venuepintopinterest Allison and Graham’s sweetheart table was placed under the beautiful Chuppah for the reception… I loved this touch – so pretty! first dance at The Venuepintopinterest gorgeous asheville wedding at The Venuepintopinterest wedding toasts during asheville wedding ceremonypintopinterest cheesecake bar for wedding dessert tablepintopinterest So most people who know me know that I am a sucker for a good cheesecake… When I saw that Allison and Graham chose to forgo a traditional wedding cake for a cheesecake bar, I fell in love with them a little bit! wedding cheesecake pintopinterest wedding reception in asheville ncpintopinterest table setting at asheville wedding receptionpintopinterest adorable asheville wedding guestpintopinterest This little dude cruised around the reception the whole evening, dancing up a storm – he was adorable! brides gown lit up on the dance floorpintopinterest The Venue sparkler exit photo in ashevillepintopinterest The rain didn’t stop Allison and Graham from ending the evening with a sparkler exit! A huge thank you to the ladies with the Venue for organizing people and getting sparklers lit promptly… We only got a little wet! The venue asheville wedding sparkler exit pintopinterest It was worth it though!!!
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AMWStudiosWeddingPortrait-30pintopinterest Just a heads up… This post might be a little selfish because admittedly the time I have with a bride and her wedding party before the ceremony (or first look!) is one of my favorite times of the day!!! Now this post isn’t here to encourage you to book the most expensive suite at a hotel, on the contrary… many of my favorite getting ready locations have included summer camp lodges, the parents’ home (or even the bride and groom’s home!), a cabin, etc… anyplace with character and light (maybe some cool furniture?!) takes the cake!

Here are some basic suggestions I have to ensure that your “getting ready” images set a beautiful tone for the rest of your wedding day!

newYearsEveWedding-17pintopinterest awesome wedding shoes from destination wedding in mexicopintopinterest gorgeous lace wedding gown in asheville mountain cabinpintopinterest Character…Make sure your chosen space has a little character! It could be in the form of bright, funky colors as represented in the photo above – from a fabulous destination wedding in Mexico. It could be a space with fabulous chic furniture – Doesn’t Laura look beautiful on that gorgeous red couch!! AMWStudios-4pintopinterest An uncluttered space… I know wedding days are exciting and hectic, but if you and the girls (or heck… just delegate this job to the girls!) can spend 5 minutes doing a quick clean up before I arrive… this will make a huge difference in your photos!!! If the room is not clean when I come in I will spend a few minutes cleaning up, but to maximize my time behind the camera, it’s fabulous if the room is already picture-ready! AMWStudios-88pintopinterest lace wedding gown hangs in dark wood barn next to gorgeous pink bouquetpintopinterest Allie-Beau-2pintopinterest Light … Preferably great light, in the form of big windows or skylights! Having good natural light is key to getting awesome getting-ready images! Just a note…Having good light is not just key for great images but it also helps your hair and makeup artists too!!! beautiful asheville bride puts her earrings on in the mirrorpintopinterest asheville bridal portrait during weddingpintopinterest isla mujeres bride during her destination wedding in mexicopintopinterest Space – Having enough room for you and your wedding party to hang out and relax, do hair and makeup, and for everyone to get dressed and not be too crowded for pictures… This is key to great getting-ready images! asheville wedding photographer shooting getting readypintopinterest asheville weddingpintopinterest asheville weddingpintopinterest We know that while planning your wedding you have an awful lot to think about!!! We hope these posts offer even an ounce of help when it comes to answering your wedding planning questions!
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waterrock knob sunrise pintopinterest I’ve got to brag on our kids a bit… I feel like we’re the luckiest parents in the world to have such easy-going, “up for adventuring” kiddos! These two were piled into the car pre-dawn (like 4:00 in the morning) so that we could head towards The Great Smokies for some sunrise photos at Waterrock Knob. They slept a bit, munched on clementines and breakfast bars, and rocked out to music. When we finally made it up to the trail head parking lot for Waterrock Knob… Aydon and Piper jumped out of the car happily, ready to watch the sunrise. I poorly misjudged just how cold it would be at 6000′, even in the middle of July! But the kids were troopers and huddled under towels (we brought them so we could swim… ha!) while mom went crazy with the camera. A love for outdoor, adventure and landscape photography is what originally made me pick up a camera. Being Asheville wedding photographers certainly keeps us busy, but a huge goal this year is to take the kids on more adventures and share more images of us enjoying ourselves in the outdoors! So bear with me as I share some of my favorites from our recent outdoor family adventure! waterrock knob ridge backlight by sunrise pintopinterest looking towards the great smoky mountains from waterrock knob pintopinterest If you haven’t been to Waterrock Knob, go! It has such pretty views. The photo above was taken from the parking lot (while our kids warmed up in the car right next to us :)! blue ridge parkway adventure photopintopinterest It was fun to see the light change as the sun came up over the ridge! So pretty! blue ridge parkway adventure photography pintopinterest Devils Courthouse photograph by asheville wedding and adventure photographerpintopinterest As a teenager this was one of my favorite places to go. I’d pack a lunch and head up to the top for a scenic meal. asheville lifestyle and adventure photographer pintopinterest Piper and Aydon were very excited to run outside once it was light enough! asheville lifestyle portrait photographer in the mountainspintopinterest graveyard fields outside asheville nc pintopinterest little feet hiking in graveyard fieldspintopinterest We headed to Graveyard Fields for some blueberry picking and a little walk along the river. asheville lifestyle family photographerpintopinterest asheville family and lifestyle photo in the mountainspintopinterest Getting a serious photo of Aydon is next to impossible…so silly will have to do!! graveyard fields stream adventuring pintopinterest asheville lifestyle and family pictures in the mountainspintopinterest Piper insists on being barefoot everywhere we go now… asheville portrait photographerpintopinterest Love this portrait of our beautiful girl! Did you know that AMW Studios can be hired to document your next family adventure? We specialize in creating dynamic, fun portraits of the whole family. Think you might want to have us join you in the outdoors – hiking, swimming, apple picking? Contact us about Asheville adventure portrait sessions!
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