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Hopefully you enjoyed seeing Tiffany & Brad’s wedding blog post yesterday! If you missed it, go check it out. Perhaps you’re ready for some more behind the scenes with Caroline & Evan? It’s been 3 weeks since we got home from Asheville North Carolina and with the weather cooling here in Florida I feel like I brought that crisp mountain air home with me. When Tiffany & Brad first told us they were moving their wedding from Orlando, Florida to Asheville, North Carolina we were a mix of excited and nervous- after all, destination weddings have a different workflow and many added elements of planning- not just with travel but with how we back up our data, keep our gear safe, staying within your budget and preparing for any unexpected things that pop up (and they always do). Overall we had a wonderful trip and the experience of shooting in the Blue Ridge mountains was incredible.
We of course took some behind the scenes photos of each other during portrait and detail time, so I wanted to share those. First up, Evan pulling the car up to take us down the mountain to the filed for portraits, hime being a goof, and my amused face. You know we like to have fun while we work!
Then Evan shooting in the field, no snakes this time!
Arrived at the venue and capturing detail shots.
You will often find me straightening place settings and table details to make them look perfect.
Evan’s signature tall-guy-over-the-table-shot.
Some direction and then me laughing behind the camera. Love the final shot!
Walking among the grapevines…
Evan grabbing a classic shot as the light starts getting nice and golden.
And another one of Evan shooting and his final edited shot.
I think this is maybe one of my favorite photos ever. Evan posing Brad, me getting my light on Tiffany and our final two shots taken simultaneously. THIS is teamwork you guys!
I love this one Evan grabbed of me during dinner. I’m a ninja, stealthy in the grapevines waiting for the perfect moment….
And then I find it and shoot!
This is just me being adorable and cold. Prettiest sunset and getting to shoot in cozy clothes and boots was a treat.
We seriously had so much fun one this trip. We’ve been pretty lucky to be traveling for about 2-3 destination weddings or engagements each year. We’ll be in New York City next in December! And we’re hoping to keep it up with some trips around and outside of Florida in 2017 and 2018.
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I am so excited to share what is definitely one of my favorite weddings ever, y’all. Tiffany and Brad were originally planning a larger wedding in Orlando Florida when during a trip to the mountains they expressed how beautiful it would be to wed there. And then they thought, well why don’t we?! So they decided to move the wedding to the Blue Ridge mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. They downsized the guest list, chose Addison Farms Vineyard for the venue and made it happen, bringing us along.
Tiffany & Brad got ready in cabins on a beautiful property where we did their first look at some of their portraits- including with their dogs Luke & Seven! Then we traveled to Addison Farms Vineyard in Leicester, North Carolina. The layout was a fairytale- the intimate ceremony faced Blue Ridge mountain views and was so perfect with all the guests being able to be close to their vows. The altar was decorated with wine barrels and fall colored flowers and they did a tree planting ceremony. The king’s table was set among the grapevines within the vineyard. The total guest count was 23 and it created an intimate setting where everyone could talk, laugh and enjoy wine with dinner together while listening to a guitarist. The gold and red details were set against a garland centerpiece and the place settings included rosemary to honor Tiffany’s late Aunt. Tiffany is so creative and her details were a dream- it was better than some editorials that we’ve shot. The cake table was a sewing table which was a gift from family members when they started dating. The whole day was pretty perfect- we were gifted with dreamy weather and beautiful light- the sunset portraits from the top of the vineyard gave us breathtaking views. And Tiffany & Brad were just perfect to work with, both so dedicated to each other and happy in every moment of the day.
We seriously just fell in love with this family!
The cows were photo-bombing so we had to walk down the mountain for a close up.
Tiffany and her Dad.
Congrats again, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson! I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to thank you enough for bringing this beautiful adventure with you.
Here are the fabulous vendors that worked on this masterpiece:
Venue: Addison Farms Vineyard | Catering & Florist: Smash Events | Rentals & Decor: Classic Event Rental | Cake: Bake My Day Asheville | Bridal Dress Shop: Here & Now Bridal | Jewelry: Sarah Walsh Bridal | Guitarist: Chuck DiZinno | Invitation Suite: Minted | Officiant: Reverend Susie with Asheville Wedding Celebrations
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You all really love when we show behind the scenes of us taking a shot and then the final edit, so we were sure to get lots of photos of us working during our trip to Greenville, South Caroline and Asheville, North Carolina earlier this month. These are from our session in Falls park with Courtney & Korey. Waterfalls. Boulders. Even families of ducks and geese. Awesomeness.
It was freezing for their Florida girl, hence why I am so bundled up. I got to wear a scarf for the first time!
Evan is too cool for school.
I love this one of me because I am always smiling behind the camera.
I mean, look at this sexy guy!
We met up with Courtney & Korey at Falls Park in downtown Greenville South Carolina for a couple’s session and it was pretty epic to shoot next to a waterfall. Ever since our trip to North Carolina last summer, I’ve been wanting to check “session next to a waterfall” of the bucket list. Greenville is such a pretty city and we had absolutely delightful weather while we were there. Falls Park is in the middle of the Greenville downtown area, which is crazy because it’s basically a forest complete with waterfalls and occasional boulders. The waterfall wasn’t super flowy because of the time of year and the fact that they hadn’t had much rain recently but to us Floridians, any waterfall is an awesome waterfall and this one was still pretty high. I think hopping along the rocks was one of my favorite parts of this session. A little treacherous ground makes it much more interesting.
Aw, seriously how cute are these guys?! We are so lucky to have traveled so much this year, we’ve got to keep the ball rolling and find some unique places to shoot in 2017.
You know we love our murals downtown. I’d be perfectly happy if we were just known as “those cool photographers that know all the awesome murals”. When Emily wanted me to pick something out for them I was so excited and knew it would be something colorful. St. Pete just had it’s annual Shine Mural Festival in September and so we have a ton of new colorful murals downtown to enjoy! Emily & Steve wanted a few different outfits and looks and wanted to include their doggies so we started along the Vinoy basin and worked out way over to Central Avenue for a mural-y good time. Lots of laughs in between.
Fun facts about Emily & Steve (besides that they also think murals are awesome)
♥ Emily is a Kindergarten teacher and therefore in the category of sweetest people that exist.
♥ These guys love FSU, as you can see by outfit #2 but we still love them anyway.
♥ Their pups are Kentucky and Bentley.
♥ Their easy going, Florida style will be perfectly captured at their Don CeSar wedding next March!
So I don’t know how but we keep booking the most insanely gorgeous couples for 2017. Exhibit A: Danielle & Todd. These two are so sweet and a great example of a couple who are also each other’s best friends. We had so much fun at their Ft. DeSoto engagement session with their 3 pups. We started near the dog park and then went to a few favorite spots near the beach. And picked the perfect rocks for snuggling and ring shots! Here are a few fun facts about Danielle & Todd:
♥ They are cross-fitters! They met at their gym in South Tampa and it’s also how they know a bunch of their really close friends. I’m pretty certain they would beat Evan and I in a race.
♥ Their puppies are (from right to left) Winnie, Magnolia and Lou Pickles. When people pick awesome names for their dogs I know I am going to like them.
♥ They are really good friends with some of our other couples! Including Kathryn & Sam and Amanda & Matt!
♥ They are getting married exactly one week after Evan & I’s 10 year wedding anniversary!
Um yeah so how amazing is Danielle’s ring?! I absolutely love being able to capture the inside of a diamond during a ring shot. We had an amazing time with you guys (and of course Todd’s jokes) and can’t wait for May!
We just returned home from our destination wedding in North Carolina. We are exhausted from the amazing adventures we had and I cannot wait to show you photographs from Tiffany & Brad’s beautiful mountainside wedding at Addison Farms Vineyard. Since our family vacation to Asheville last year, it has definitely become one of our favorite cities. We may have made quite a few hipster jokes during our visit but the food, hospitality and cute coffee shops were plentiful. Here is a little recap of our travels.
We flew into Greenville, South Carolina on Thursday and were greeted by much cooler weather- yay sweaters! We had a date night in downtown Greenville and scouted Falls Park where we shot the next day. We ate at an amazing BBQ restaurant called Smoke on the Water- we are always looking for the best BBQ food wherever we go and this was it.
Falls Park on the Reedy River in the middle of downtown Greenville was gorgeous. You get completely transported to wilderness even though it’s right in the middle of the city. If you follow the river there is 15 miles of hiking to do. We didn’t do that much but explored a tiny bit after our session with Courtney & Korey and then we got coffee at a little place called Spill The Beans. The coffee was great and the barista liked my scarf.
After that we packed up and headed up the scenic route toward Asheville. We stopped at a cute little town called Traveler’s Rest per Korey’s advice and bought some moonshine. Then we took a detour to a hiking spot where we tried to find a waterfall before realizing we were way out of our league and also I stepped on a Copperhead snake (and then stood on it confused because Evan wasn’t articulating himself well). We ended up hiking only 1.5 miles before turning back but covered 6,000 feet in elevation so I still feel like a badass.
After arriving in Asheville, we checked into our adorable hotel which was much more like a Parisian apartment and they had a fridge full of cold sodas downstairs and snacks whenever we needed. We got to head out for another date and ate which started at Grove Park Inn for sunset and then we ate at LAB- Lexington Avenue Brewery which had more amazing food and beer.
The view from out hotel in downtown Asheville. We were right across the street from this awesome bakery called Old Europe and they had lattes in the morning and wine at night. I think we visited about 3 times. Saturday morning we relaxed a bit and then headed out of town for Tiffany & Brad’s wedding. We drove up through some cool little towns, stopped and got some wedding day nutritional staples at an Ingles and had a quick hike at a highway lookout spot before arriving at the getting ready cabin. After the wedding we headed back to Asheville, backed up our data and put the copies in our hotel safe and headed across the street to a different bar for drinks and some football.
Then Sunday morning we woke up early to meet a sweet couple from Tennessee at Vortex donuts for a consult. Such perfect timing to be able to meet them in person and we get to shoot their wedding next June! We explored the city a little more, checked out murals and might have stopped back by Vortex for another donut on the way out of town and back to Greenville for our flight. On the way back down we stopped at Skytop Apple Orchard and got some amazing cider and apples with caramel sauce. Totally perfect roadside stop. It was such a beautiful trip. We even stopped at Smoke again for lunch before our flight because we could not stop talking about the mac n’ cheese and the potato skins filled with pulled pork and BBQ sauce. I’ve made a Whole30 approved version twice already this week at home. They are sooooo good.
It’s barely Fall and the weather hasn’t really cooled off much but Starbucks is offering Pumpkin Spice Lattes so that means that it’s time for holiday mini sessions! We are doing this year very similar to last year. All sessions will be on October 22nd at North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete, if there is interest we will do the evening sessions that day at one of the awesome new murals downtown along Central Avenue. We will also have a few slots open on October 23rd for past clients who aren’t available on the 22nd.
Each session will be 15 minutes and include all edited images from the session, last year couples received about 20 images and families received 30+ (because kids are wiggly). Galleries will be ready within 2 weeks so you have time to order holiday cards. The cost for a session is $180.
Mini sessions are great for:
Family photos for the holidays, cards and gifts for family.
Newly married couples who want updated photos.
Anyone who wants to show off how much their kids have grown!
A way to introduce a new baby or pregnancy without doing a full session.
Caroline & Evan clients who are addicted to photos with us ;)
To book your session, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your 2 preferred time slots between 9am and 7pm on Saturday October 22nd or 10am-12pm on October 23rd. I’ll send a contract and invoice over to secure your spot!
Melissa & Ryan are married! Their gorgeous wedding at The Tampa Bay Garden Club was picture perfect and we totally lucked out with gorgeous weather. It was hot, but no hurricanes so I call that a win! They included their dog, Mookie, in their ceremony and a few portraits which made me wish we had done that with our Bimini when we got married. I can’t wait to share the entirety of this stunning day.
I get to share photos of Mariel & Jayce’s wedding albums because they have been delivered! They are such a generous couple. The album credit that came in their packages, they decided to create an album for her parents as a ‘thank you’ and then get another smaller album for themselves. These two loved on us so much throughout their engagement and wedding day so we wanted to return the love with a special little gift locket and I’m thrilled that Mariel loved it! Here are a bunch of photos of the albums side by side and individually so you can see a few differences. The parent album is Navy linen and the couple album cover is “Sailboat” linen.
And here is Mariel & her mom looking through the album together! I had so much fun meeting up with them and talking about everything from travel to motherhood. Another one of my favorite parts in this whole, sometimes years-long, process: getting final meetings with couples and delivering products and just chatting about life.
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