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Bride and Groom hold hands with the sky and mountains behind them on their Mount Washington Wedding day pintopinterest

Gorgeous bride and her groom stand in a field with the brides veil blowing in the windpintopinterest

New this year is a pre-wedding questionnaire for each of our couples to fill out which covers basic timeline, important pictures, family dynamics, what the bride and groom hope to capture in the pictures between the two of them etc… Under almost every section that pertained to important images Kim and Mike put something like “we laugh all the time and we want our pictures to capture that side” or “our wedding party is a fun crew!”… Matt and I just looked at each other and (albeit slightly jokingly) I know we were both thinking that they couldn’t possibly be that fun a crowd… OH NO.. How wrong Matt and I were… Kim and Mike along with their amazing wedding party truly laughed and joked their way through their whole wedding day. The were just radiating joy and happiness throughout their whole wedding day! Needless to say, we absolutely had a blast capturing their day, their wedding was such a fabulous reminder of how much we love our job.

These two chose the always stunning Omni Mount Washington Hotel for their summer mountain wedding! This was a destination for all and they had a little over 100 of their friends and family join them for the wedding weekend! The wedding day was absolutely perfect down to the weather cooperating 100% with our photography needs 🙂
We can’t thank you enough, Kim and Mike, for having us be a part of your wonderful wedding day!

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

pretty blue shoes and gorgeous stella york dress hanging in mountain washington hotel's windowpintopinterest

Gorgeous Stella York Wedding gown hangs in the window of the Omni Mount Washington Hotelpintopinterest

Kim’s dress was absolutely stunning, just wait till you see the back, which we made sure to get a picture of during bridal portraits after the ceremony….gorgeous bride smiling at the very sweet card her groom gave her pintopinterest

Groom smiling as he opens his wedding day present from his bride to bepintopinterest

Special key ring to the groom with coins and dates engravedpintopinterest

handsome groom during his omni mount washington wedding pops some champagne in celebrationpintopinterest

Opening champagne is always precarious business

gorgeous bride gets into her gown before her mountain wedding ceremonypintopinterest

Beautiful smiling bride and her girls putting her veil in before her luxury mountain wedding pintopinterest

Bride and her dad see each other for the first time pintopinterest

gorgeous bride and her mom smiling at each other before her omni mount washington wedding pintopinterest

White and blue wedding ceremony programs rest on the mountain vegeation pintopinterest

black and white image of gorgeous bride on the Omni Mt. Washington staircase pintopinterest

One of Kim’s must have photographs was one of her on the grand staircase in the gorgeous Mt. Washington Hotel lobby

elegant blue and white florals adorned the ceremony locationpintopinterest

smiling bride and her dad walk down the  aisle during her mountain wedding ceremony pintopinterest

a very happy groom watches his bride walk down the aisle at the start of his luxury mountain wedding pintopinterest

Look at how over the moon happy Mike looks to see his gorgeous bride

handsome groom hugs the brides dad at the start  of his mountain wedding ceremonypintopinterest

Bride smiles up at handsome groom during their Omni Mount Washington Weddingpintopinterest

adorable bride and groom laugh while exchanging rings during their beautiful mountain ceremonypintopinterest

handsome groom smiling during his summertime mountain weddingpintopinterest

the presidential mountain range in NH was the backdrop for this beautiful summertime wedding ceremony pintopinterest

bride and groom hugging the grooms parents during their gorgeous mountain ceremonypintopinterest

Black and white image of bride and groom smiling at each other just before their first kisspintopinterest

adorable bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife during their stunning mountain weddingpintopinterest

groom tosses brides veil in the air for a fun mountain bridal portraitpintopinterest

I was going to photoshop out Mike from this photograph but his expression is just to good.. Definitely one of my favorite moments of the day

handsome groom shows off his wedding band to the wedding partypintopinterest

a gorgeous bride shows off the back of her stunning Stella York wedding gown during a mountain bridal portraitpintopinterest

Oh gosh, that dress… It’s so gorgeous!!

the gorgeous bride and her beautiful bridesmaids giggle during bridal party portraitspintopinterest

beautiful bride and her bridesmaids look at the camera during their mountain bridal portraitspintopinterest

the groom and his gentlemen show off their red white and blue patriotic wedding sockspintopinterest

the groom and his best man shaking handspintopinterest

the handsome groom and his groomsmen goofing off during wedding wedding party pictures at the base of mount washingtonpintopinterest

the wedding party walking across mount washington hotels stunning golf coursepintopinterest

the bride and groom with their wedding party cheering for summer time mountain portraitspintopinterest

Mount Washington made a perfect backdrop for some mountain themed wedding party photographs!

the bride and groom driving a golf cart for some fun couples wedding day portraitspintopinterest

beautiful purple green and blue wedding centerpieces were beautiful for this mountain wedding pintopinterest

loving the white and blue color scheme of this mountain wedding receptionpintopinterest

white and purple flowers adorned the circular tables during this summertime wedding receptionpintopinterest

the traditional and very elegant white wedding cake was adorned with pretty purple green and white flowerspintopinterest

a very exuberant bride and groom cheer as they enter their wedding reception for their first dance as husband and wifepintopinterest

the most adorable bride and groom laugh together as they enjoy their first dance as husband and wifepintopinterest

bride and groom embrace during their first dance as husband and wife during their gorgeous summertime wedding receptionpintopinterest

Kim and Mike had one my favorite first dances of the season… it was a perfect combination of practiced (choreographed) but also very candid, fun and relaxed

beautiful bride and her two maids of honor pose for a quick portraitpintopinterest

beautiful bride and a groomsmen laughing during the gorgeous ballroom wedding receptionpintopinterest

the adorable bride and groom laughing during one of the speeches at their fabulous wedding receptionpintopinterest

the brides mom dancing up a storm during the wedding receptionpintopinterest

the groom dancing with the brides grandmother during a very fun wedding receptionpintopinterest

two weddings guests being goofy for the camera on the dance floor of an omni mount washington weddingpintopinterest

the bride covers her face as her groom attempts to cut the wedding cake during their mount washington hotel wedding receptionpintopinterest

the bride and groom share a post wedding cake cutting kiss during their fun mountain wedding receptionpintopinterest

a gorgeous bride and groom hold hands and pose for an outdoor mountain wedding portraitpintopinterest

the bride and groom laugh hysterically after the bride grabs grooms tie during couples wedding portraitspintopinterest

This may be hands down by favorite image from their wedding day, I just love how much laughter their is!

bride and groom holding hands for a wedding portrait on the mountain terrace of the mount washington hotelpintopinterest

the brides beautiful blue wedding shoes in the foreground while the bride stands in the background with her handsome groompintopinterest

the bride and groom kiss during their mountain wedding portraitspintopinterest

the beautiful bride dances during her fun wedding reception pintopinterest

the bride was terrified during the Hora a traditional jewish chair dancepintopinterest

bride and groom laughing at each other during the always fun Hora during their summertime wedding receptionpintopinterest

the bride and groom have a blast during a crowd favorite during any reception, the horapintopinterest

a very happy groom dancing with wedding guests during his fun wedding receptionpintopinterest

the beautiful bride and her dad danced up a storm during the wedding receptionpintopinterest

bride and groom with the brides two maid of honors being goofy during the wedding receptionpintopinterest

bride and groom showing off their dance moves on the terrance of the stunning mount washington hotelpintopinterest

gorgeous bride and groom pose in the great hall inside the beautiful Omni Mount Washington Hotel during their wedding receptionpintopinterest

bride and groom pose for an end of the night image in front of the gorgeous mount washington hotel pintopinterest

Kim and Mike, thank you so much for having us be a part of your stunning Mount Washington Hotel 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 Kim and Mike’s amazing mountain wedding! We absolutely loved working with everyone involved!!

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Toddler girl smiles during her portrait photography session at Carl Sandburg homepintopinterest

So as most of you know, we have lots of exciting things in the works right now!! Matt and I have been busy busy busy photographing amazing weddings and engagement sessions!! We’re currently booking weddings for 2015 (just a couple dates left!!) and 2016 both in New England and down in the Carolina’s where our new home will be as of this September!! Piper and I had the opportunity to fly to NC to visit family & friends and to continue laying the groundwork for our move south. While in North Carolina (and South Carolina) I was able to meet with some amazing, talented wedding vendors… I left very very confident that our move south means nothing but good things for our business in the coming years!!!

Piper was long over due for some portraits so I took her to the gorgeous Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, NC (10 minutes south of Hendersonville NC). If you haven’t been there it is an absolutely gorgeous estate located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western NC. Not only is it a perfect spot for your engagement session or family portrait session, they also host weddings!!!

I foresee lots of time being spent at the Carl Sandburg home in the future for engagement sessions and lifestyle family portraiture, it’s super convenient to downtown Hendersonville as well!!

Adorable baby girl sit on gorgeous brick wall during her photography sessionpintopinterest

This is one of my favorites from Piper’s portrait session!!!

little blonde toddler sits on a park bench during her nc portrait sessionpintopinterest

photograph of carl sandburg home goat barn during a family portrait sessionpintopinterest

Carl Sandburg was a very famous American poet and writer whose home is now owned by the Nation Park Service and open to public at no charge. Children especially absolutely love the barn with the baby goats where Carl Sandburg’s wife used to raise her champion dairy goats. You can visit the herd which have access to the area in front of the barn as well as all the pasture land surround.

little girl visits with a goat during her baby portrait session pintopinterest

Those of you that know Piper know just how obsessed she is with animals! She was completely in love with the goats at Carl Sandburg home!!

little girl waits for the goats to come visit during her portrait photography session pintopinterest

little girl with a goat walking away from the camera during her portrait sessionpintopinterest

Piper and the goat were walking up and down the fence line together, it was so stinkin cute!!

little girl looks into a field during her portrait session at the Carl Sandburg homepintopinterest

little girl stares down the camera during her baby portrait session pintopinterest

black and white image of little girl smiling at the camera during her portrait session in blue ridge mountains pintopinterest

little girl laughs at camera during her woodsy portrait session pintopinterest

little blonde girl runs down wooded path pintopinterest

picture of the gorgeous fields at the Carl Sandburg home which is a perfect spot for wedding or family portraitspintopinterest

The grounds at the Carl Sandburg Home are absolutely gorgeous. There are walking and hiking trails throughout as well as a pond, the goat barn, orchards, farmland as well as the house and gardens that are all available to the public to enjoy!!

Photography of the beautiful Carl Sandburg home which is a beautiful location for family portrait sessionpintopinterest

As mentioned above Matt and I are currently booking weddings, engagement and lifestyle family portrait sessions for the rest of 2015 and 2016. We’re currently offering some amazing promotions for wedding photography in North Carolina and South Carolina as a welcome to the area. Know anyone planning a wedding and think we might be a good fit, we’d love for you to pass our name along!! Are you currently planning an asheville wedding and looking for a photographer? We’d love to tell your story!!

Matt + Ariel

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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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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.

A wedding dessert table covered in assorted cookie options for guestspintopinterest

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!

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