Jourdan’s family was told she would not live to be a teenager.

They. were. wrong.

Jourdan became a bride and married the love of her life, Matthew.

And we celebrated.

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At 12 years old Jourdan had a spinal fusion because of her scoliosis. She has 2 scars on her back from the surgery. She has a tattoo along one of the scars that says “And though she be little, she is fierce.” The quote is from Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. In her words, the quote and the scar both sum up what she has been through medically/personally. Her scars are one of her favorite things about herself because it tells so much of her story from where she started to where she is today. This is one of the best tattoos I have ever seen. She initially wavered about covering it up for her wedding and I helped sway her in the direction of NOT covering it up. I LOVE that she has embraced her scars and rejoices in life.

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I asked Jourdan to share how she and Matthew met. They were introduced by one of the bridesmaids, Emily, during their sophomore year in college. They were good friends who were drawn to each other and often had flirtatios banter between each other. After a year of being friends they started dating. Immediately their relationship took off. They traveled to Europe together, graduated college together, and are now starting an amazing new chapter in their lives.

Jourdan and Matthew’s wedding was no small event. This wedding was SPECTACULAR!! It was truly a celebration of life and love. Here are our favorite details and moments from this amazing day on the Biltmore Estate.

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The flowers were by the spectacular Blossoms of Biltmore Park. Here are the bridesmaids bouquets and gifts, bracelets and earrings, from the bride!

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Matthew’s ring had wood in it and was the most unique groom’s ring I have ever seen!

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Flower girl cuteness.

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Shout out to Christie with Blush Asheville for her amazingness.

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Bling, bling! It was definitely a theme throughout the wedding. I loved it!

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First look with dad. It was a tear jerker for sure!

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This was a first one for us! The guys got a shave at the Asheville Barber and Beard. Michael joined them to grab a few shots on site. I am in love with these journalistic shots. How fun!!

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Here is the part of the story when I HAVE to give a HUGE shout out to Becca from Asheville Event Company. She and her team worked hard to pull off some amazing details to this spectacular event.

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Why yes that is a baby grand piano and a cellist under a chandelier. They performed the ceremony music. You can also see the mother of the bride was super happy with this day.

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This was new to us too. This is a precious tribute to the grandparents that have passed away. Wow.

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Mother and Father of the groom.

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Sometimes they smile and sometimes they cry.:)

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And then we all cried.

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Especially because Matthew did this.

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These two had SO much joy. This is eye candy for photographers.

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Communion to one of my favorite songs by Matt Redman, 10,000 reasons.

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Um… yea. This reception!!! I am kind of at loss for how spectacular it was. I will just have to let the photos do the talking.

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What celebration of life and love is complete without a spectacular fireworks display?! I overheard one of the guest ask Matthew in jest… “You have been to other weddings haven’t you? Who does this?!”

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Pyrotecnico out of Columbia, SC are responsible for this amazingness.

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Shout out to Ian Riley for helping us capture these images. We needed a third hand for some of these shots and he did not disappoint!

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So after the fireworks Jourdan and Matthew did a grand exit. Photographically this is the most difficult exits we have ever shot because of all the action. Jourdan and Matthew walked through “gerbs” (NFL style) and then kissed in front of a display of smaller fireworks called mines.

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Happily ever after.

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Shout out to these professionals that helped make this day so special.

Amazing clouds and beautiful day provided by: God:)
Wedding coordination and design- Becca with Asheville Event Company
Venue- Diana at Biltmore Estate
Venue Coordinator- Shea Young
Makeup- Christie with Blush Asheville
Hair- Hannah with Lola Salon
Floral- Blossoms of Biltmore Park
DJ- Split Second Sound
Minister- Mark Ellis
Cake- Biltmore
Car- Blue Corniche
Videographer- Timm Young Films. (We loved him)

To view more of our portfolio check out our website—> Biltmore Wedding Photographers

I love it when a bride feels like a princess on her wedding day. Emily was like a little girl in a pretty twirling dress on her big day and she twirled A LOT. It reminded me of when I was a little girl and also, a bride. You are meant to feel beautiful on your wedding day. And BOY, was she beautiful!

Our day started at the Biltmore Forest Country Club. The girls and guys got ready there and Emily and Colton had their first look. Then we rode the trolley to The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village for the ceremony. It was our second time shooting there and I have to say that church is gorgeous!! After some formal photos we were back on the trolley for champagne (Wait until you see those photos!!) and then back to the Country Club for the reception!

Here is a look back on Emily and Colton’s adventurous, classy, big day.

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Shout out to these wedding professionals that made this day stand out!

Venue Corrdinator- Trish Shand
Dress Designer- Allure Couture
Makeup Artist- Wendy with Blush Asheville
Hair Design- Hughes hair design
Floral Designer- The Flower Gallery
Caterer- Biltmore Forest Country Club
Band- The Voltage Brothers Band (Booked through East Coast Entertainment)
Minister- The Very Reverend Todd Donnatelli
Cake- Biltmore Forest Country Club
Car- Colton’s Grandfather’s sweet car!
Videographer- Jon Murray

To view more of our portfolio check out our website— Asheville Wedding Photographers

For Caitlin’s birthday today, I thought I might give her a peek at some of our favorites of her wedding photos! Happy Birthday Caitlin!

We met Caitlin and Adam in Los Barriles, Mexico almost 4 years ago. They were attending Steelie and Sam’s wedding along with some of Adam’s family. We all had a blast together and we are so thankful Caitlin and Adam reached out to us to photograph their big day last month. It was like a big reunion for us. A lot of the same people from that trip were at the wedding and it was good to get some hugs from some familiar faces.

Caitlin and Adam were just dating when we met them in 2011 but we all had that feeling that they were going to end up together. Apparently Caitlin and Adam have known each other since they were kids! There was a family photo up at the reception of both Adam and Caitlin’s families when they both were very young. You can tell they share a close relationship and might I add that they are beautiful together!

This was our first wedding at the NC Arboretum. It was lovely and we were thankful the rain held off for Caitlin and Adam to have an outdoor ceremony there. Their reception was held at the Crest Pavilion with all it’s twinkle lights and candle lit ambiance.

Shout out to these wedding professionals that helped this day turn out spectacular!

Make-up and Hair: The Secret Spa
Floral: The Bloom Room
Caterer: M7 Events
DJ: Sound Extreme
Minister: Rev. Tim Lolley with Blue Mountain Weddings
Cake: Michelle Fountain, Icing on the Cake

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