Asheville Wedding Photographers- Alaina + Chris’ Wedding!

Alaina and Chris had a fun wedding back in September! As Asheville wedding photographers we enjoy getting to photograph a new venue… well a venue that is new to us! Honeysuckle Hill did not disappoint! It was charming with it’s old barn and it’s picturesque pond and gazebo.

Shout out to Joanna from Powder me Pretty for the faces!

Shout out to Love Daisy for Alaina’s hair!

Alaina designed her own bouquet! We loved how it turned out. Also the details of her dress are amazing!

We had a little rain on the big day. Conveniently, it only rained when we didn’t need to be outside AND cooled things off nicely. 😉  Sometimes rain on your wedding day really is good!

Onward to the reception!


Checking out the bride’s shoes!

Father and daughter dance.

Congrats Alaina and Chris!!

Here is a bit more from Alaina and Chris about themselves and their special day!

A bit about Alaina: She’s a small town girl from rural Illinois with big dreams. She loves her family. She’s sassy and sweet (and sometimes stubborn) and knows what she wants. She is an accomplished professional (as you can tell by the alphabet soup after her name – PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CPP), but she is a big nerd at heart and has no problem with an occasional Netflix superhero marathon.

A bit about Chris: He is from South Florida and seems to always be in a laid-back tropical state of mind when he isn’t working. He is very intellectual and analytical. He would do anything for his family and is such a good man. He is grounded and keeps me calm. He’s so kind and generous. Also a big nerd, no scratch that – a HUGE nerd! His favorite hobby is gaming. He’s always got a date with Destiny ? (Destiny 2 these days).

How did you meet? A sweet southern girl from Mississippi started working at the physician office where I was working and every month or so she would ask me if I was dating anyone. After about 6 months of her asking, I finally admitted that I was not dating anyone, so she proceeded to tell me that she knew this great guy that she and her then boyfriend (now husband) hang out with all the time. She “had a feeling about us” and thought that we would “be perfect for each other.” She insisted that we should at least meet. I was still very skeptical given how much younger than me she is. Little did I know her boyfriend was much older than her and had worked with Chris. The rest is history… and she made sure everyone at our wedding knew we were all there because of her ?. Thanks Shy! – I owe you one.

Describe your first date? We went on a ‘no pressure’ Thursday night date to a wine bar (we didn’t even have dinner; just hors d’oeuvres) and he doesn’t even drink wine. We hit it off immediately, and after 5+ hours of conversation that night, we went out again the next night to a concert to see the Eli Young Band at Coyote Joe’s.

How long have you been together? It will be 5 years in November

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Traveling and binge watching tv shows on Netflix. We’re also foodies who enjoy finding new places to eat.

Who popped the question and HOW? Chris’s family has a timeshare on Sanibel Island, FL. We’ve been going there every summer since we started dating. 2016 was a particularly rainy trip – it rained almost every evening. Chris popped the question on Captiva Island on the beach after several foiled attempts due to the weather not cooperating. It really wasn’t cooperating that night either, and it was pitch black (moon covered by clouds that night) when we finally made it out to the beach. I couldn’t understand why he wanted to walk to the beach so many times that night when it was so windy and kept raining. His whole family was in on it. They kept asking what night we were going on our date night, and seemed disappointed when we didn’t get to go night after night since it was rainy. Finally on Wednesday night we went… I thought it was kind weird they were so interested, until it happened. Then of course it all made sense. It was a complete surprise, I couldn’t believe how good of job everyone did keeping it a secret, and couldn’t believe it actually happened with so many thwarted plans due to the weather and my resistance to go outside in it – #totallyclueless ?.

Why did you pick Asheville and Honeysuckle Hill? We wanted a destination wedding location that we both loved and that would be a little closer than Charlotte for my family to travel to and would be a good time for all with plenty to see and do. And bonus, it has tons of breweries, amazing food, and beautiful scenery. Also, I did my residency in Asheville, and have always loved it there. We picked Honeysuckle Hill simply because of how rustically beautiful it is, and because it felt right and we could see ourselves getting married there when we first visited it.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Wonderful – Chris made me feel amazing the entire wedding from the moment our eyes met as I was walking down the isle. . . . and I found out later that he had instructed the wedding coordinator to do everything she could to keep me calm and stress free before the wedding. Always looking out for me. My husband is truly a wonderful, amazing, selfless man. I am the luckiest woman in the world and I love him so much!

Elated – In the few days before the wedding, Alaina was stressed out, so she wasn’t exactly herself. But once the big day arrived and things came together just like we’d envisioned them for over a year, she lit up like I’ve never seen before. She had the biggest smile on her face the entire evening and seeing her like that made me happier than I’ve ever been.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?

Alaina – I loved the flowers . . . . from my bouquet, to the table arrangements, to the rustic buckets of baby’s breath down the isle. I was so happy that my vision came true and my bridesmaids and family were able to help me execute it.

Chris – The guest table. It was full of personal, meaningful things. It had the barn (for cards) that Alaina’s father built for us from wood taken from an old family barn. It had a picture of my late mother on it to symbolize that she was there with us in spirit. And it had the guest book, where so many of our friends and family left touching notes for us.

How many guests attended the wedding? 93

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Cocktail hour was hors d’oeuvres: Bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp, chicken & waffles, and fried green tomato biscuits.  Dinner was Sirloin and Chicken with apples, country style green beans, roasted root vegetables, and a garden salad

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? No cake – we had a gelato cart (vanilla, chocolate and mint chocolate chip)

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? My amazing friends came all the way from London to attend our wedding and ended up getting a bit more spirited (pun intended) than they planned to. Let’s just say that toward the end of the night some interesting shenanigans ensued.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Are You With Me? by Easton Corbin. Easton is one of Chris’ favorite musicians. He’s got an old school country sound, like a young George Strait. The song sums up our relationship perfectly. There are so many places we want to go and things we want to do. And there’s no one else we’d rather experience these things with than each other.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? How happy we were, how much fun we had, and how much fun everyone else seemed to be having.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Buy a house together, get scuba certified, and travel the world as much as we can are on the list for now . . . .


Shout out to these professionals that helped make this day rock!

Venue: Honeysuckle Hill

Wedding coordinator –Jocelyn Huntley

Venue coordinator –Emily Lane

Makeup artist –Joanna Ferre with Powder me Pretty

Hair designer –Love Daisy

Floral designer –The Bride

Caterer –M7 Events

DJ or Band –Sound Extreme

Sugar and Snow Gelato (Instead of Cake!)

Officiant –Howard Hanger

Videographer -the guests! Using Wedit

Wedding hashtag- #HappilyEverOlenik

Special love to : Beth McKinney (The bride’s cousin in law)

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