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Lisa and Will had a lovely January Asheville wedding. They were married at Trinity Episcopal Church and had their reception at Biltmore Forest Country Club.
I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session back in the fall and found out at that time what a great couple they are; easy going and so happy together!

More from us later but here is a bit from Lisa and Will!

A bit about Lisa
I have been a cardiology ICU nurse for over 20 years. I love the outdoors, going out to dinner, travel and spending time with my three dogs. I love all animals! In my line of work I don’t get a chance to be “fancy” often so when I get the chance I LOVE to dress up and be “fancy”.

A bit about Will
Will has been a cardiologist in Asheville for 18 years. He loves all outdoor sports and also loves travel, going out to dinner and adventure. He has two grown daughters who have graduated from college and started their own careers. They were both bridesmaids in our wedding.

How did you meet?
Long story made short; we worked together and were friends for many years. When both our circumstances changed we found ourselves spending time together outside of work then we were inseparable.

Describe your first date?
We had everything we both loved from the beginning. We went for a hike with a gourmet picnic, a bottle of wine, and Lisa’s dogs.

How long have you been together?
Hmmmm….. depends on who you ask. 🙂

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
Cook together, eating “al fresco” on our back patio, going out to dinner, hiking with our dogs, skiing, and traveling.

Who popped the question and HOW?
Will popped the question. Lisa and I custom designed a ring using a beautiful solitaire diamond and diamonds from Lisa’s grandmother’s jewelry. The design process took a lot longer than anticipated and it was not clear when it would be finished. Will had planned an elaborate proposal but when the ring was finished and he saw how beautiful it was he could not wait another day and proposed that rainy night on our back patio where we had already had so many wonderful dinners and memories.

Why did you pick Trinity Episcopal Church and Biltmore Forest Country Club?
Will is a life long Episcopalian and wanted to be married in the church. He attended Trinity Episcopal and was a member at Biltmore Forest Country Club.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Will: Lisa was radiant, beautiful, and glamorous.
Lisa: Will was calm, handsome, and happy.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Will: Our wedding rings which were both engraved with “No doubt, no fear, you and me forever” inside each band.
Lisa: My grandmothers diamond watch. She was so special to me and it served as my “something borrowed” since it was borrowed from my mother.

How many guests attended the wedding?
Approximately 120.

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
Poached salmon and prime rib.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
Alternating tiers of carrot cake and vanilla cake with raspberry filing.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
Lisa: When my dress was torn while we were making photos outside and my amazing wedding photographer whipped out a sewing kit and mended the dress on the spot (with perfect results) and saved the day.
Will: When the groom and groomsmen skirted the no alcohol rule at Trinity Episcopal by walking up to the The Blackbird and relaxing with a beer prior to the ceremony.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Lisa loves that song and we feel like our love will last a thousand years.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
All of our family and friends in one place, all together at the same time. It was the first time that both of our families had met face to face and it went beautifully as if they had known each other for years.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
To stay healthy, grow our love to our golden years, travel the world and have as many adventures together as possible.

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We loved the detail in Lisa’s dress. She picked out a stunning dress for her winter wedding. I thought the sleeve looked like icicles! 🙂

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Will’s two daughters looked stunning in their black dresses and fur shrugs.

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I love this moment with both Lisa and Will’s mothers looking at Lisa in all her bridal beauty!
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You can really tell these guys had a great time together. 🙂
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Yes this is January and yes that is a rose bush in bloom! 🙂
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Sunshine never disappoints and this was a beautiful day for January. Lisa was such a beautiful bride. We loved every detail of her attire.
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These guys had a great time together. Michael had fun capturing some candid moments of them hanging out.
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This was truly a family affair. Will had drinks with his two brothers, and Lisa’s brother at The Black Bird before the ceremony.
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Let the ceremony begin!
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We had to stay in the back during the ceremony due to the church rules…. so thankful that Michael was able to capture this beautiful moment with Will wiping away a tear as he saw his bride walking down the aisle.
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We somehow always seem to capture a photo of the groom carrying the bride’s flowers. Thanks for helping out Will!
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Mr. GQ.
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Mrs. Beautiful.
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Onward to the reception at Biltmore Forest Country Club!
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Shout out to Luck with The Flower Gallery Asheville for the beautiful floral!
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Introducing Mr. and Mrs.!
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The toast brought on loads of laughter and sweet moments. Possibly my favorite photos of the day!
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Candid moments are our favorite. Everyone was having SUCH a good time!
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First dance love.
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Parent dances!
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Congrats Will and Lisa! We wish you many more years of happiness and joy.

Shout out to these wedding professionals that made this day so fantastic!

Wedding coordinator – Michelle with Party Envy

Venue coordinator – Trish Shands at Biltmore Forest Country Club

Dress Designer – Haley Paige

Where you purchased your dress – Wildflower Bridal

Makeup artist – Lola Salon and Gallery

Hair designer – Rebecca at Lola Salon and Gallery

Floral designer – The Flower Gallery Asheville

Caterer – Biltmore Forest Country Club

Band – The Emporiums

Officiant – Reverend Scott White,  Trinity Episcopal Church

Cake Designer – Biltmore Forest Country Club

Limo or car service –  Carolina Limosine

Videographer – Asheville Videography

I, Meriah, had such a blast getting to photograph Lauren and Bill’s Biltmore engagement session this past weekend. We had about 6 inches of snow over the weekend. They were troopers about getting out in it and not to mention, the 17 degree air temterature. For the record, it was the coldest shoot I have ever done, but oh so worth it!

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Lauren has been so gracious as to “guest blog” for us and here is what she and Bill had to say about the session and a little about themselves…

WHY BILTMORE FOR THE SHOOT:
Lauren and Bill knew they wanted their engagement photos to capture the snowy mountains that they both call home.

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The first significant snow of the season ushered in temperatures in the teens for the shoot this past weekend at the Biltmore Estate. But the cold temps proved to make it even more of an adventure! The variety of snowy backdrops on the Estate grounds offered great natural elements for this shoot.

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HOW THEY MET/HOW HE PROPOSED:
Though their families were waiting for the perfect opportunity to set Lauren & Bill up, they found each other on their own at the gym, and the rest is history. Evening walks together at a local lake quickly became part of their routine, and it was during one of their Sunday strolls that Bill got down on one knee and popped the question!

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FAMILY-CENTERED:
Family is very important to both Lauren and Bill. Lauren wanted to incorporate a hand-sewn quilt made by her grandmother. It was the perfect touch to make their waterfall photos oh so special!

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KNOW LAUREN?
If you think Lauren looks familiar, she does! In fact, she helps to wake up many people here in the mountains with the morning news. She is a reporter for News 13, the television news station here in Asheville.

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  • Betty Wyatt - Those were gorgeous. I can’t imagine being out in 17 temps taking those. The snow just added that extra special magic that you don’t see very often down here.

Jennifer and Morgan were married at the Biltmore Estate’s Champagne Cellar and had their reception at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. As Biltmore wedding photographers we get to hang out a lot on the Biltmore Estate. One of our favorite parts of this wedding was getting to escort the couple and their friend and make up artist Jeremy around the estate for photos. We laughed so so so so much. Morgan is quiet possibly one of the funniest grooms we have ever had. It was SUCH a jolly day for everyone. We do love small intimate weddings and there is just something about that champagne cellar. It’s so romantic and warm.

More from us throughout the blog post, but first, here is a bit more about this awesome couple directly from them!

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A bit about Jennifer: My mom and I own a small linen-antique-gift shop called Belle Chambre in Tuscaloosa, AL. After going to school at the University of Alabama, I loved the idea of still having a connection to Tuscaloosa so we started a business there! When I’m not working, I love spending time with family, learning to cook new things, and taking our dog Scout on walks!

A bit about Morgan: Morgan works for Regions bank in Birmingham, AL. He too graduated from the University of Alabama and loves Alabama football (Roll Tide!). He has a sweet little girl named Olivia who was his “best man” in our wedding! She spends every other week with us and is the walking definition of sassy! Morgan loves spending time outside, enjoys watching Indy car and F1 racing, and would love nothing more than to move off the grid into an adorable tiny house.

How did you meet? Long story: We were friends first!

Describe your first date? If I had to describe our first date for both of us in one word it would be: nervous. We had always hung out as friends and could talk to each other easily and appreciated each other’s sense of humor but when it started to become more, the pressure was on to impress each other! We both love to drive, so on our first date Morgan picked me up and drove me out to an open spot where you could see all of the stars and we just sat and talked. He was so nervous he wouldn’t even touch my hand but by the end of the night, I finally convinced him to kiss me goodnight and I swear we both fell in love that night!

How long have you been together? 2 years in January

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We LOVE to travel when we can, try new restaurants around Birmingham, and still love to take drives out to sit and look at the stars. We also love to just relax at home and catch up on our favorite tv shows!

Who popped the question and HOW? Morgan did, at our house. When we first started talking about getting engaged, I let him know I wanted it to be just us around when he did it. We had a running joke, he would tell me to look in my coat pocket for a ring and there was never anything there, I would call him mean and we’d laugh it off and move on. Well one night we were getting ready to go to dinner with my family, and Morgan said “aren’t you going to grab your coat? You should look in the pocket.” There was actually a ring in it! Before I knew it, he had our song playing and was down on one knee!

Why did you pick Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? So I told you we both love to drive. We actually came across the Biltmore Land Rover Experience and wanted to visit to do that and the more we started looking into it, we realized what a beautiful place it would be to get married! Turns out that Land Rover Experience was definitely a test of trust because it isn’t just casual off roading, you literally have multiple wheels off the ground at once while your car is casually tilted sideways! Shout out to Ben at Land Rover for navigating Morgan and getting us home safely 🙂

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Morgan (for Jennifer)- Perfect.
Jennifer (for Morgan)- James Bond handsome.
(He jokingly told me he tried to look as handsome as James Bond for me. I happen to think he pulled it off flawlessly!)

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Jennifer: definitely our rings. I love my engagement ring and matching band and also love Morgans ring that I got for him. What they symbolize is so important to me and even though they are just a tangible item, it is like a piece of my sweet husband I always have with me and will have forever.
Morgan: a picture of my grandfather who passed away a few years back that my mom gave me on our wedding day. He really brought our family together and was such an important influence in my life and having that picture reminded me of how lucky I am to have had such an amazing person in my life. I miss him and wish more than anything he could have been there to share such a special time with us but having his picture in my coat pocket was just a reminder that he was there watching over us.

How many guests attended the wedding? 40. We wanted just family and close friends for an intimate ceremony experience and it was just that! Our reception had more guests but we were able to mingle with everyone while still enjoying ourselves on our special day.

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
We started off with appetizers at cocktail hour which were shrimp cocktail, tomato bruschetta, and warm grilled flatbread with gruyere cheese and apple wood smoked bacon topped with caramelized onions. We chose to do a plated dinner (so that the bride and groom actually got to eat!) so we did a pan seared crab cake over garlic tossed spinach for the first course followed by an arugula and pear salad tossed in champagne vinaigrette. The main course consisted of a center cut filet and seared chicken breast stuffed with spinach and artichoke with herbed whipped potatoes and asparagus! Biltmore wine was served with each course and it was a truly amazing meal!

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We chose to do a three tier cake with alternating tiers consisting of chocolate and vanilla cake each with Frangelico Bavarian filling and buttercream icing. Sadly, Morgan and I only got the one bite we fed each other because we were so busy! We did bring the top home to freeze for our one year anniversary!

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Technically this didn’t happen on our wedding day but on our drive from Birmingham to Asheville. With all the stress of getting everything together for our trip, I forgot to look to see what we needed to get our marriage license (you know, the whole reason we are making the trip!) We quickly realized, 4 hours away from home, that Morgan didn’t have his social security card! We had to get my brother to go to our house, find it, and bring it with him to Asheville the next day and thankfully we were able to get our marriage license before the ceremony!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? The Pretenders by Joe Purdy. We have always loved this song. It’s so sweet and when our relationship started to get serious Morgan told me he had a special song to play for me. Funny thing, from the beginning of our relationship, he would send me countless songs and I would always pick them apart trying to figure out what they meant. Come to find out, some of them had nothing to do with me and were just songs he liked. But this one. This one was different. He built up the suspense by telling me that when he played this song, I would instantly know why he picked it and that was going to be his way of telling me he would forever be mine. When he finally did play it, it brought me to tears and does still to this day. I thought it was a really sweet way to tell me he was so deeply in love with me and it’s definitely a moment I’ll never forget!

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? I would have to say just the love felt by me and Morgan on that day is what stands out the most to us. The special love between us two, the love between our families, and the love shown for us by the numerous friends and family members who traveled to support us on such a special day. So much hard work and stress went into planing the wedding and it all happened perfectly but to be honest, even if it hadn’t, I’m not sure we would have even noticed because of all the love we felt that day. We are blessed with so many special people in our lives and Morgan said it best when he said we would not be where we are today without those special people. We are thankful for each and every one of them and are happy they were able to be there to make this wonderful experience even better.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We definitely want to travel and explore the world! We have a list of places that we cannot wait to visit!

 
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The beauty that is the Inn at Biltmore Estate at Christmastime!
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First look moments.
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His reaction was priceless.
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Morgan and his sweet and sassy daughter.
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It was a bit chilly during family photos but everyone seemed to be in good spirits anyway!
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Can you believe that on December 3rd there was still some color on the trees?
We took advantage of it and did some photos with those amazing trees.
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So so so much laughter.
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The Champagne cellar at Biltmore is quiet possibly one of the most unique venues in our area. We love it!
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Prayer with their families as the ceremony began.
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Morgan’s daughter was simply stunning.
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I loved the back of that dress! Her dress was very well suited for a December wedding!
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Onward to the reception at the Inn at Biltmore Estate.
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We always eat good as vendors at Biltmore. It’s one of the perks of getting to shoot weddings there and we are grateful for our clients providing a meal for us! This time due to some last minute cancellations Michael and I got to eat what the wedding guests ate which doesn’t always get to happen. You guys!! The food was fan-flippin-tastic!
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Jennifer and Morgan expressed how nervous they were do do a first dance. They were practicing what they would do while we were hanging out doing photos. I threw out some advice… most of it being, “Just be yourselves, try to forget anyone else is in the room and take in the moment.” I think they did just that.
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Everyone really did seem to have a wonderful time… even grandma. 😉
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This father/ daughter dance and these moments are why we do what we do.
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You can really tell that Jennifer loves her daddy.
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Jennifer’s dad actually wiped her tears away. We have never seen that before. It was precious.
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Sweet moments with mom.
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But this wedding would not have been complete with out this father/daughter dance.
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Those 2 girls had the BEST time together.
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Congrats Jennifer and Morgan! We wish you years of joy and laughter.

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Shout out to these professionals that made this wedding awesome.

Venue coordinator – Melissa Hilgeman, Biltmore

Dress Designer – Heidi Elnora

Where you purchased your dress – Heidi Elnora Atelier, Birmingham, Alabama

Makeup artist – Jeremy Stephens, Birmingham, Alabama

Hair designer – Jeremy Stephens

Floral designer –Blossoms at Biltmore Park

Caterer – Biltmore

DJ- Blazin Sounds Entertainment

Officiant – Scott Akin, Birmingham, Alabama

Cake designer – Biltmore

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