2017 was a great year for Mozingo Photography. Our goal this year was 30 weddings and thanks to our amazing clients and the support of local venues and wedding professionals we met that goal! We are grateful for the opportunity to share in so many amazing wedding days and we made some new friends this year for sure!
As Asheville wedding photographers the majority of our couples are from other parts of the country but choose to have a destination wedding here in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Our year started off with a local couple though! Lisa and Will had a January wedding here in Asheville. Their ceremony was at Trinity Episcopal church and the reception was at Biltmore Forest Country Club. This couple was super classy. Their wedding was dripping with bling! To see more of their amazing day check out this link… Asheville Weddings.
Melanie and Bo were married in March! Their ceremony was at the chapel at Asheville School. Their reception was at The Farm (A Gathering Place) in Candler. This couple looked like models! To see more of their wedding check it out this link… Asheville Farm Wedding.
Kathleen and James were married in April at the Basilica of St Lawrence in downtown Asheville. Their gorgeous reception was at the Omni Grove Park Inn on the mountain view terrace. (That clear top tent is to die for!) Check out their whole wedding here… Grove Park Weddings.
Cassidy and Daniel booked one of our small wedding packages for their wedding at Pretty Place in April. This couple is gorgeous!
Savanah and Jimmy were married on a rainy day in May at the Farm in Candler. Their wedding was full of many super fun moments. We laughed our tails off at this wedding! Check out more of this fun on their full length blog post… The Farm Weddings
Ali and Derek were married in May at the Crest Center Pavilion. Their wedding was full of beautiful, emotional moments. Check out their awesome story on the full length blog post… Crest Pavilion Weddings
But before their wedding Ali had her bridal session in downtown Asheville. We love this beautiful lady! To see her full length blog post check it out here… Downtown Asheville Bridal Session
Ashtyn and Shawn had a gorgeous “purple” wedding at the Asheville Grand Bohemian Hotel. The flowers and details of this wedding were AMAZING. Ashtyn was our “Elsa look alike bride” To check out more of this luxury wedding see the full length blog post here… Asheville Grand Bohemian Wedding.
Shayna and Julio were married in June at Hawkesdene house in Andrews NC. This venue is gorgeous. Such a sweet and kind couple. Check out more of this wedding on their full length blog post… Hawkesdene Wedding
Leah and Graham were married at Claxton Farm in Weaverville. This couple had endless smiles and welcomed us into their wedding as if we were long time friends.
Ashlyn and Cole were married at Pretty Place in June. Their reception was at Sleepy Hollow in Asheville. The love this couple has for each other is epic. (His tears as she walked down the aisle… OH MY.) Check out more of their emotion filled day at the length blog post… Pretty Place Wedding
Sarah and William were married at Laurel Ridge Country Club in June. Sarah was jaw dropping gorgeous and William has the best smile EVER. Check out their full length blog post here. Laurel Ridge Country Club Wedding
Before their big day Sarah had her bridal session at Laurel Ridge Country Club. I mean… seriously gorgeous.
Natalie and Jason had an Asheville wedding in July. Their ceremony was at Grace Episcopal Church and their reception was at “On Broadway” in downtown Asheville. They had the best “roasting toast” we have ever heard. Check out more of their wedding here… Asheville Weddings
Katelyn and Kevin were married at the Crest Pavilion in August. This couple waited out a torrential downpour to have a super gorgeous outdoor ceremony among the clouds. They were troopers! Check out more awesomeness from this wedding here… Crest Pavilion Wedding Photography
But before her big day, Katelyn did a super fun and very cold, bridal session up at Craggy Gardens with her dog, Hampton.
Elizabeth and David were married in August at the Asheville Grand Bohemain Hotel. Their details were some of my favorite ever. Plus she belongs in a magazine. Seriously. Check out more of this beauty here… Grand Bohemian Wedding Photographer
We actually got to attend Ivy and John’s wedding so we did not photograph it. But we were able to do a “Rock the Frock” with them about a month later! Graveyard Field’s waterfall and Black Balsam did not disappoint. To view more of this fun session check out our full length blog post here… Asheville trash the dress session
Kristen and Blake were married in September on the mountain view terrace of Grove Park Inn. So many gorgeous, fun, and beautiful, tearful moments encompassed this day! Check out more of this day here… Grove Park Inn Mountain View Terrace Wedding
Jodi and Ryan were married in September here in Asheville. Their ceremony was on the Vanderbilt terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn and their reception was at the Century Room at Packs Tavern. This couple shares a very special love for each other and for Ryan’s daughter Mariah. Check out more of these moments here… Vanderbilt Terrace Wedding
Stephanie and Austin had a super fun day at Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake Lure. The back of her dress was one of our favs. Also can we just mention this couple did not let the inconvenience of hurricane Irma get them down. (they and most of their guest live in Orlando!) Check out more of this day here… Rumbling Bald Resort Wedding
Caitlin and Paul had a incredible wedding at the Biltmore estate. Their ceremony was on the South Lawn/Tennis Court. Their tented reception was on the South Terrace. This was one top notch luxury wedding folks! Check out more of the luxury here… Biltmore South Terrace Wedding
Alaina and Chris had a September wedding at Honeysuckle Hill in Asheville. This was our first wedding at Honeysuckle Hill and we loved it. Alaina’s dress was absolutely perfect for her. Check out more of this wedding on their full length blog post… Honeysuckle Hill Wedding
Heather and Kevin were married at the country club at the Omni Grove Park Inn. This couple was stunning and super kind to Michael and I. Check out more of this day here…
Jenni and Sam may have had a “small wedding” but it was ooozing with luxury. They were married at the Cliffs at Glassy Chapel and had their reception at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville. Check out more from their day here… Cliffs of Glassy Chapel Wedding
Lauren and Shad are dear to our hearts. Their wedding was at the Lodge at Bear River. They rented Riverdance cabin and got ready there. It’s view was to die for. Check out more from their big day here… The Lodge at Bear River Wedding
Trina and Sam had a super small wedding on the Knoll at the Inn at Biltmore Estate. Trina was one goregous, classy bride. Sam was fun to hang out with as he is also a photographer! We had a great time with this couple traveling around the estate finding cool places for photos.
Mary Margaret and Daniel had a small morning wedding at Pretty Place chapel on a sunny day in October. The weather was absolutely perfect!
Jessica and Chris were married in October at The Cabin Ridge in Hendersonville NC. This was our first wedding at the Cabin Ridge and we loved that view! Jessica reminded us of a young Sandra Bullock and is gorgeous. You could tell that Chris absolutely adores her. (Full length blog post coming soon!)
Tasha and Jim were married at the Mountain Lodge in Hendersonville. Unrelenting rain forced us inside for the ceremony. However the colorful details of this wedding made for gorgeous decor! (Full length blog post coming soon!)
Julie and Sean had a beautiful Biltmore Wedding in the gardens. This was our first night wedding ever! Their November ceremony was in the conservatory and their reception was at the champagne cellar in the winery. Their wedding was “Fall meets Christmas” and was so much fun. (Full length blog post coming soon!)
Cara and Caleb were married in November at the Crest Center. Since both of them are musicians they had a “music theme” to a lot of their details. You could tell that this couple is well loved! (Full length blog post coming soon!)
Sara and Logan had unexpected snowy weather on their wedding day in December! They were married at a church near Winston Salem and their reception was at Bermuda Run Country Club. We love this couple and their Christmas wedding! Check out more of the magic here… Snowy Christmas Wedding
Our last wedding of the year was with Lauren and Robert. They had a Christmas wedding at the Champagne Cellar at Biltmore Estate. Both their ceremony and reception were in the morning and over lunch. We then got to travel all over the estate with the couple and their wedding party after the reception. It was a lot of fun! (Full length blog post coming soon!)
Michael and I want to thank all of our clients and fellow wedding professionals for their business and support in 2017! We couldn’t have done it without you all. We love you for allowing us to continue to do what we love to do!
The day before Sara and Logan’s wedding we woke up to snow pouring outside. The forecasters said we would maybe get 1 to 2 inches. It wasn’t long before we realized that forecast was wrong! Normally, we wouldn’t worry about this but we are Asheville wedding photographers and Sara and Logan’s wedding was 2 hours out of town near Winston Salem. We quickly packed, hauled our kids to mom’s, and headed out of town to avoid getting stuck in Asheville. (Yep, we got over 9 inches here!)
I talked to Sara on our way out of town and she was thrilled! They would have a snowy wedding that she had dreamed and prayed for! Logan (whom we have known and loved for over 10 years) has always loved the snow as well. His sisters said that when he was a kid he would be the first one out playing in the snow. And how often do we get to shoot a wedding in the snow?!? Michael and I were excited and their day was perfect, even if it was a bit cold!
Our day started at a beautiful little church.
Logan’s gift to Sara.
Moments with mom.
Logan serves our Air force and was deployed for 9 months in 2017. We are so grateful for his service!
These fellas were good for a few good laughs! It was absolutely pouring the snow. They were troopers to get out in it for us!
The most beautiful Sara.
These 2 can rock the GQ and Vogue look.
That dress though. <3
So proud of these gals for getting out in the snow for a few photos! It was COLD!
The “around the door moment”
We love Christmas weddings. Twinkle lights make for an awesome background for such a lovely lady.
That moment when you grab your bride and kiss her right after you just got hitched!
Moments with the Mother of the Bride after the ceremony.
As I take the “group photos” Michael hangs around with the zoom and takes photos of family and friends hanging out waiting for photos. These are often some of our favorite candid moments of the day.
This flower girl made me laugh so much. (She has her mom’s personality for sure!)
So many fun things about this photo… mainly the cold flower girl. Sorry Darcy!
Ok, so we know it’s odd to take photos in front of a graveyard… but that graveyard looked so beautiful to us covered in snow!
Oh, Logan… the photos will last longer than your pneumonia. Sara obviously is a trooper about the cold!
“Rocking those boots girl.”
Sara and Logan’s reception was at Bermuda Run Country Club.
One of the coolest women I know. Mrs. Debbie Presnell.
Congrats Sara and Logan! Now here is a bit more from them about themselves and their wedding day!
A bit about Sara: I am a small town girl who loves being around family more than anything. I am in school to become an Elementary School Teacher. Growing up I was always a daddy’s girl for sure. My favorite hobbies are shopping (of course), crafting and decorating. I am a true southern belle through and through. My favorite music is country for sure. Give me some George Straight, Garth Brooks, or Shania Twain and I will sing your socks off.
A bit about Logan: I am a small town boy who is in the US Air Force living in Texas. I was homeschooled from Kindergarten until Senior year by my mother. I attended Western Carolina University and received my Bachelors in Criminal Justice. My favorite hobbies are snowboarding, spending time with family and friends, and binge watching Netflix. I am always motived to workout at any time and push myself in my job every single day. Whenever the Panthers are on you can bet I am sitting there watching.
How did you meet? We met through a mutual friend who went to school with Sara in middle and high school and then hung out with Logan in college.
Describe your first date? Our first date was amazing. It felt like we had known each other for forever. Sara flew down to Texas and we went to Olive Garden and a movie. Afterwards we sat around and talked for hours in the room about anything and everything. We both knew this was it for us.
How long have you been together? We have been together for 3 years.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? As a couple we like to go on adventures as we say. We like to go hiking and finding new places to explore. We also like visiting new cities. We will be moving around a bit so we like exploring new areas and finding new things to do.
Who popped the question and HOW? Logan popped the question. In June 2016 Logan flew into my hometown and went on our family beach trip. On the second day of the trip we went out to take family photos. As Logan and I were taking our photos together Logan turned to me and got down on one knee in the sand and asked me to spend my life with him. Of course I said yes with tears rolling down my face. It was more than perfect! (My family got it all on video and pictures thank goodness)
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Romantic.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Our reception. We did not know what to expect when they opened the double doors for us to walk in and we were both so overwhelmed to see all of our family and friends cheering for us and seeing the romantic and beautiful set up.
How many guests attended the wedding? About 175 guests.
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? The guests started out with appetizers which consisted of chicken filled philo cups, tomato bruschetta and a lovely cheese and crackers spread. Once dinner was ready they ate a juicy chicken breast and a saucy beef tips. There was a beautiful salad and creamy mashed potatoes and a colorful dish of mixed vegetables.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We didn’t really have a traditional wedding cake. We had cupcakes for all of the guests. We had red velvet, traditional vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and pumpkin spice.
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? The funniest thing that happened on our wedding day was during he reception. I was so worried about my hair and make up and dress that I forgot to put on my garter before the wedding even started. When it was time for the garter toss at the reception I realized I didn’t even put it on. We had to have a technical difficulty time for me to go put the garter on just for Logan to take it off again.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Our first dance song was “Yours” by Russell Dickerson. We picked this song because it explains what we mean to each other. We have spent most of our time apart while we were dating and engaged since he was either deployed or doing a lot with his job. So we always knew we were each others love no matter what came and comes in our way.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? What stood out to us the most was how both sides of our family and friends came together for us. Throughout the whole weekend we stood back and watched as everyone laughed, talked, told stories and cried together and danced the night away. It really made us realize how lucky we are and how special we are to everyone around us.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Our “bucket list” is quite long. We want to travel around the US, visit Canada, and desperately wanting to go to Europe. We still have not been on a honeymoon because of Logan’s job but Europe is #1 right now. We can not wait to do these things alone and with a family one day.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing.
Wedding coordinator – Stephanie Monson
Venue coordinator – Donna Ivey and Misty Hill
Where you purchased your dress – Southern Bride in Yadkinville, NC
Makeup artist – Molly Sapp
Hair designer – Southern Belle Brides – owner Jourdan Gallman
Floral designer – Taylored Blooms -owner Taylor Mills
Caterer – Bermuda Run Country Club
DJ or Band – Bad Benny Productions
Officiant – Daron Osborne
Cake designer – Mrs. Pumpkins
Videographer – Salem Productions
Wedding hashtag- #weddingbellesandpresnells
Julie and Sean was our very first night wedding at Biltmore Estate. As Biltmore wedding photographers we were excited to have a new “challenge” as night weddings can be hard to capture due to low light. It keeps us growing and encourages us to sharpen our skills. It also makes us think outside the box. We were super pleased with the results!
The day started out with some rain but of course we are never afraid of a few clouds. Look at those beams of light!
Julie let me know ahead of time that she is a “detail junkie” and there would be no shortage of them to photograph. We were happy to oblige!
The sixpence was one of my favorite details.
Why not have 2 different pairs of shoes? 🙂
Even though this was a November wedding, Christmas was in full swing already at Biltmore.
The reception was held at the Champagne cellar in Biltmore’s winery. This room was so gorgeous and was dripping with sparkle.
Let’s back up to the beginning of the day! Julie’s parents were a big part of these moments and as “Moment Junkies” we loved that.
First look with Dad.
Presents to the parents.
First look with Sean!
Again… those beams of sun through the clouds were amazing!
I joked with Julie and Sean that their wedding photos would include all 4 seasons. Thank you Biltmore for providing us with so many cool locations!
We timed our photos to include sunset! We were not disappointed with this one folks!
Now Julie told me she wanted to focus on photos that showed off the Autumn color. “More fall, less Christmas.” But when we all saw this huge Christmas tree we thought we might shoot a “christmas card photo” So we did just that. This was their Christmas card photo for 2017. 🙂
The night time ceremony was held in the gardens at the Conservatory. Again… we ADORED this night time wedding!
After the ceremony we headed to Antler Hill Village. This place was aglow with loads of twinkle lights. We discovered this amazing set of trees in full autumn color with hanging Christmas lights. It was “fall meets Christmas” and it was lovely.
The reception was full of beautiful moments and loads of laughter. Julie and Sean had a super small wedding and we loved it. Such camaraderie!
The food was also super amazing. The Bistro at the Winery sure does know how to provide elegance in it’s cuisine!
Cheers to a happy future Julie and Sean! Shout out to these professionals that made this day awesome!
Venue coordinator- Andrea Feightner
Dress designer- Stella York
Where you purchased your dress- Suite Bridal in Atlanta, Georgia
Makeup artist- Kristen Davis at Blush Asheville
Hair designer- Britton at Lola Salon
Floral designer- Inn on Biltmore Estate
Caterer- Biltmore Estate
DJ or Band- Megan Johnson (cellist)
Officiant- Tim Lolley with Blue Mountain Weddings
Cake designer- Biltmore Estate
Rental company- Biltmore Estate
Now, lets hear a bit more from this awesome couple on themselves and their big day!
How did you meet?
Sean and I were next door neighbors in High School (I was a freshman, he was a senior). My older brother and Sean were friends, and ended up being roommates in college. We continued to get updates on each other from our families, but never talked to the other one on one. After college, and moving back to the area where we first met, we kept running into each other at different places around town. During one of those run-ins, we finally decided to exchange phone numbers. We went on our first date shortly after and the rest is history! I never imagined that I would one day be marrying my next-door neighbor.
Describe your first date?
For our first date, Sean took me to a restaurant in Downtown Atlanta called Einstein’s. After dinner, we went to a local dessert and coffeehouse. He was an absolute gentleman and even brought me flowers! We have been together ever since.
How long have you been together?
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
We love spending time with our friends and family, going to movies, and traveling. Our favorite place to visit is Asheville. We love the beauty of the mountains, exploring antique shops in downtown Asheville, and everything about The Biltmore!
Who popped the question and HOW?
Sean proposed in September 2015. We took a trip to Asheville for my fall break. When we got in town, our first stop was The Biltmore Estate. We had been on a few of the guided specialty tours that they offer, so it was no surprise when we booked the Rooftop Tour. Little did I know, Sean was planning on proposing during that tour. When we got to the end of the tour, and were looking over the mountains, Sean got down on one knee and proposed. It was such a beautiful moment and he could not have picked a better place to propose!
Why did you pick Asheville and The Biltmore Estate?
We started visiting Asheville a few years ago. We always loved our visits and always looked forward to returning. Plus, The Biltmore Estate is such a magical place! We knew when we started planning our wedding that our dream was to get married there. We decided on the Biltmore Butterfly Gardens for our ceremony and the Champagne Cellar for our reception…it was the perfect mixture of my love of gardens and flowers, and our mutual love of wine, not to mention the cellar is such a unique space. Everything was perfect and it was truly a magical wedding!
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Bride- I would describe Sean as looking handsome and dapper, but I would describe his overall demeanor as passionate.
Groom- I would describe Julie as captivating.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Bride- My favorite item was my grandmother’s pearl ring and matching earrings. My mom saved it for me to wear on my wedding day. It was the perfect accessory!
Groom- My wedding watch.
How many guests attended the wedding?
What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
We started with a Corn Bisque Soup and Crab Cake. Our second course was an Arugula Salad. For our main course, we had a New York Strip, Chicken Breast, and Swiss Chard. We finished off the night with a Champagne toast and wedding cake.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
We choose two different cake flavors. The top and bottom tiers were ricotta cake and a cream cheese frosting. The middle layer was a lemon cake, with a layer of blackberry preserve, that was then topped with a lemon frosting.
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
When I read this question aloud, Sean and I both said the same response…one word…rain! I would definitely say that this was one of the most memorable things that happened on our wedding day, and it wasn’t necessarily the funniest, but what lead to some of the best memories of that day and something we will always smile at as we look back on our wedding.
The morning of our wedding, Sean and I went to breakfast together. In the middle of breakfast, it just started down pouring and thundering. We had planned an outdoor wedding, so the rain brought our spirits down. Our morning continued and we went our separate ways to get ready. The rain continued, and would slowly stop and then start again. All of a sudden, it stopped completely! Sean immediately text me a picture of the bright blue sky with a caption that said, “the sun is out”. It was supposed to rain again as soon as our ceremony was to start later that evening, but once again the rain held out, so we were able to have our ceremony in the Biltmore gardens.
The weather that day turned out to be PERFECT! The rain that morning was definitely good luck…it allowed for stunning pictures, amazing memories of trekking through mud and wet leaves to get those beautiful pictures, a gorgeous sunset, and a warmer day considering it was a November wedding in the mountains. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason, and that our guardian angels were looking out for us on our special day!
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?
We did not have a first dance due to space in the wine cellar, instead we picked a selection of songs that we loved to play throughout the reception. The artists ranged from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Louis Armstrong, all the way to Brett Young, Dylan Scott, and Michael Bublé.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
Everything…every moment (after it stopped raining, LOL) was absolutely perfect! From the first look, to driving around taking photos together on the estate, to our ceremony, and finally our reception. Every moment continued to get better as the day passed!
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
We would love to continue to travel to new places around the United States and to other countries. It has always been a dream of ours to travel to Europe. First on our list would probably be Italy, with France as a close second.