Rumbling Bald Resort Wedding | Sarah + Dane

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – I AM IN LOVE with Lake Lure, North Carolina and everything surrounding it. Even though it’s only a short 30 minute drive over the mountain for us, it’s mine and my husband’s quickie “let’s get away” place, as it feels like a serene, entirely different world there.

When Sarah + Dane told me they were getting married at Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, I was ecstatic. Nestled in the valley with long range mountain views and perched on a beach of white sand, Rumbling Bald has the best overall mix of natural elegance that I’ve ever seen in an Asheville wedding. A beautiful venue paired with two gorgeous people is the perfect recipe for an amazing day.  :)

 

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Trash the Dress | Kelly

When I first met with newly engaged Kelly over dinner to chat about photography, she said, “Have you ever seen one of those Trash-the-Dress sessions before? I want to do THAT!”

Immediately, I knew we were going to be creating something fun and something completely different together. I just didn’t realize how different at the time.

Kelly and I ended up photographing part of her session at the River Arts District. It was there where we captured a lot of fun, dramatic shots of her in her dress, in poses you wouldn’t normally catch a bride in on or before her wedding day. Then, we were off to the biggest mud hole we could find in Asheville. That’s where the fun REALLY began.  :)  We managed to thoroughly soil her dress and entire body in mud from head to toe while capturing endless amounts of fun, off-the-wall images. And after it was over, Kelly put her dress in a trash bag, said goodbye to it, and dropped it off in a dumpster on the way home.  (!!!)

Now, Kelly is not your typical bride. She’s SO very lovable, but she’s also extreme and daring and wants nothing to do with anything that everybody else is doing. So please, don’t start thinking that a Trash-the-Dress session automatically equates to dropping your dress off in the dumpster or setting it on fire or something extreme like that.  ;)  Often times it simply means dressing back up in your amazing wedding attire one last time, and taking more pretty photos in places where you wouldn’t normally go when you’re otherwise concerned about getting even in the least bit dirty. A Trash-the-Dress session is about YOU and expressing yourself, and can be as crazy or as tame as YOU want it to be.

 

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Asheville Bridal Portraits | Aimee

Aimee is one of those natural beauties that truly makes a photographer’s job SO easy. It totally figures she won the award for “Best Smile” in high school – and check out those gorgeous lashes! Every time I get her in front of my camera, I always feel like I’m producing some of my best work.  =)  Love the way these bridal images turned out, such a perfect blend of classic and modern.

 

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