Kaitlin + Jesse’s Wedding at The Ridge with Asheville wedding photographers

As Asheville wedding photographers we have NEVER before have we seen the weather change so fast. The radar showed 100% rain during the ceremony on Kaitlin and Jesse’s wedding day.  Within five minutes the radar changed and the sun popped out! Which is awesome for Michael and I because we love the clouds on the mountains mixed with sunshine. Kaitlin and Jesse got the best of both worlds at their wedding at The Ridge.
Oh how we do love colorful flowers. This was the perfect display of summer color.

Kaitlin and Ian straight up made this honeycomb display for their unique gift favors.

Kaitlin’s maid of honor drew these unique “table numbers.” This is probably one of the coolest ideas we’ve seen for table numbers. All of these animals are native to Western North Carolina.
The ridge has a new Chateau! We adore it and enjoyed getting to shoot a reception there.
Onward to the food!
We have to give a HUGE shout out to Celine and Company. Not only is their food amazing but they also feed the photographers SUPER well 😉 We always appreciate a good meal and this is one of the BEST caterers in town.
Did someone mention a TACO ICE CREAM BAR? The Hop showed up to give us another dessert option alongside the cake.
We love getting the opportunity to shoot unique ring shots. Shout out to Kaitlin for giving us the sparkler idea!
Ok, let’s back up to the beginning of the day.

Moments with mom.
The fellas (and Jesse’s sister) getting ready… I mean, playing Super Smash Brothers. 😉

Super stud, Jesse.
The GORGEOUS Kaitlin!
Her hair you guys!
These are some of my favorite moments with the bridal party!
Kaitlin’s mom is absolutely crazy… She told me up front that she was NOT photogenic. I have to disagree mom!
Kaitlin was super happy to see that sun.

This bridal party was A LOT of fun.

No first look, but they did have an “around the corner” chat.
Kaitlin and her flower girl had such a great relationship. This is the stuff of life ya’ll.
Onward to the ceremony!

His reaction. Priceless.
So much laughter during this ceremony! Howard Hanger the officiant is one of our favorites because of that!
“Hugs and kisses all around”

This is where we make a HUGE shout out to Mary Bell Events and the staff at The Ridge. Oh! AND the groomsmen as well. The ceremony was going to be inside due to the rain. When the weather made that insane turn, Kaitlin and Jesse made the call to have the ceremony outside about 45 minutes before it started. As many people as could ran out to move chairs so they could have THIS view during their ceremony. And what a view it is!

We kept singing “I can see clearly now the rain is gone… It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day!”

Introduction to the reception!
First dance brought lots of laughs because Jesse kept stepping on Kaitlin’s dress!

Everyone was so so happy at this wedding. We captured lots and lots of smiling faces.

The Ridge provides some really cool lawn games.
Our favorite time to photograph those mountains is near sunset. Kaitlin and Jesse allowed us to get back out and photograph them in the “good light” 🙂

Then Jesse and his siblings did this. 😉
The toast were extra special at this wedding!
The best man teared up and so did we.
Jesse’s gratitude was evident.
You can tell Kaitlin and her daddy have a special bond.

The ABSOLUTE same with Jesse and his mom.

Anniversary dances are a great way for us to capture some great dancing moments with the parents of the bride and groom!

Let the party begin!
Congrats Kaitlin and Jesse!!! We will never forget your amazing wedding.
Shout out to these professionals that MADE IT HAPPEN!

Wedding coordinator – Mary Bell Events

Venue coordinator – Darrien with The Ridge

Makeup artist – Wendy Ballance with Blush Asheville

Hair designer – Rebecca with Lola Salon

Floral designer – Floressence

Caterer – Celine and Company

DJ or Band – Pat Lance from Spintastic Sounds

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians – Dean’s Duets

Officiant – Rev. Howard Hanger

Cake designer – Fifty/50

Rental company – PPR (Professional Party Rentals) and Classic Event Rentals

Limo or car service – Elite Limousine

Videographer – Light Cannon Films 

Ice Cream Tacos – The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

Now lets here a bit more from the bride and groom about themselves and their wedding at the Ridge!

A bit about Kaitlin:

Kaitlin is earning her master’s degree at the University of Florida. She focuses on sustainability and environmental communication and she is currently working two part-time jobs for the university.

A bit about Jesse:

Jesse has a degree in Organismal Biology with a concentration in conservation and biodiversity. He currently is a field technician, collecting biological data on flora and fauna in Florida for a research group.

How did you meet?

We met at Auburn University while earning our undergraduate degrees. Kaitlin auditioned for the university’s improv comedy troupe, which Jesse was already a part of. They became friends while members of the troupe and eventually fell in love!

Describe your first date?

Jesse asked Kaitlin out for dinner at her favorite restaurant.  He showed up right on time with a long-stemmed red rose! After dinner, he took Kaitlin for a romantic walk around the lake.

How long have you been together?

Almost five years

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?

We love to hike and do outdoorsy things. Jesse looks for and identifies wildlife and Kaitlin photographs what they find! We also love a good board game night!

Who popped the question and HOW?

Jesse asked Kaitlin to marry him at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in front of giraffes and other savannah animals!

Why did you choose The Ridge for your ceremony location?

We love the mountains and knew that we wanted to get married somewhere with an amazing view. The Ridge offered both an amazing view and a stunning indoor reception venue!

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

Happy! We enjoyed laughing together the whole day.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?)

Jesse loved the sword cufflinks Kaitlin gave him to wear (so he could “carry a sword down the aisle”!)

How many guests attended the wedding?


What did you and your guests eat at the reception?

There was a bruschetta station and passed hors d’oeuvres for cocktail hour, a plated salad, and three stations for dinner. The steakhouse station had New York strip loin, macaroni and cheese, and crispy Brussels sprouts. The small plate station had roasted chicken breast, haricot verts, and whipped potatoes. The Italian station had pesto orecchiette primavera, penne bolognese, and craft charcuterie with local cheeses. For dessert there was cake and ice cream tacos!

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?

The bottom tier, Kaitlin’s favorite, was chocolate with chocolate ganache and a fresh raspberry compote. The second tier was almond with vanilla buttercream and the top tier was marble with chocolate buttercream.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?

Kaitlin’s dad “accidentally” called Jesse his son during the ceremony, but we later found out that he did that on purpose. During his speech at the reception, Kaitlin’s dad let everyone know that he planned that just so he could say that he really does consider Jesse a son.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?

Jesse picked “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran because it came out when we first started dating and he knew then that it would end up being their first dance song.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?

It was very “us.” We laughed, we had fun, and we ate ice cream tacos!What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?

We want to travel together and see more of the world. Also, we’ve never been camping together, so that is something we hope to do soon!

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Julia + David’s Diana Biltmore Wedding

Julia and David’s wedding was one for the books! We now affectionally call Julia our “Pink Bride’ and she will forever hold that title. In fact, her instagram handle is “Pink Boot Princess” and that could also describe her wedding! The decor was in all different shades of pink, she wore cowboy boots, and she looked like a freaking princess!

The ceremony had to be under a tent due to the weather but this entrance made up for it! What gorgeousness!

One of our absolute favorite things about this wedding was this candy bar!! Oh my goodness! It was complete with a champagne glass wall and so much candy I’m sure they had left overs for weeks!

The Champagne glasses had rosè with cotton candy on top. YUM!! Julia freaked out in excitement when she saw this candy bar, as we all did.

The reception decor was an absolute dream. The BobbyMark’s Design team outdid themselves on this one.

Shout out to these wedding professionals that made this day amazing for Julia and David!
Venue: Diana at Biltmore Estate
Venue Coordination: Weddings at Biltmore
Coordination and Design: Mark with Bobbymarks Design
Floral and Candy Bar: Bobby with Bobbymarks Design
Beauty: Blush Asheville
DJ – Steve Harris with Sound Extreme
Ceremony Music- Allegro Music
Photo Booth- Smile and Style Magic Mirror Photo Booth
Video- Beautiful Life Films
Officiant- Rodney with Asheville Marriages
Limo- Elite Limo
Transportation- Youngs
1972 Truck rented from – Mingle Events

Wendy with Blush Asheville doing her thing! Wendy especially loved Julia’s colors as it is the exact shade of pink that Wendy uses for her Blush brand!

Sixpence and white cowboy boots. This may be a first for us. 🙂

This is one of the happiest brides we have ever had. She was confident and felt pretty. Just as a bride should feel on her wedding day. I loved it when she said “I was made to wear this dress ya’ll! I feel BEAUTIFUL!”

And indeed she was and IS beautiful!

Pink socks for the groom. Heck yes!

First look. David cried. We love that.

We are obsessed with these pink accents!

It rained on and off throughout the day. These bridesmaids were ON IT with helping with that dress.

Our princess bride.

We love these candid moments with the attendants and guests.

Julia and David wanted photos with this gorgeous reception set up, and why not?!?!

This moment with the mother of the bride when she saw her daughter.

In Julia’s words… “Cheers wedding winches!” 🙂

Julia absolutely loves her some Bobby and Mark. And they, her. They made her wedding dreams a true reality.

We had a little “good luck rain” on the big day. But this in NO way dampened Julia’s spirits. She just rolled with it and Mark was there to keep her dry.

Julia’s son Tyler walked her down the aisle.

David’s daughter, son, and mom are such beautiful people.

Cocktail hour fun!

A wall full of champagne.

We were so thankful the rain cleared up so we could get out for some gorgeous photos in front of the Biltmore house and the statue Diana.

Diana’s view.

And suddenly, the clouds begin to move to show us that gorgeous view!

Now introducing the Mr. and Mrs.!!

First dance.

Let the party begin!

Mother/son dance.

Oh my. This.
Julia’s beloved father passed away a few months ago. We ALL were really wanting and expecting him to get to be here with her on her big day. In lieu of the father/daughter dance, Julia and David danced to the song “Your Daddy’s Boots” by Dustin Lynch. In the background, a slideshow played with photos of her daddy. I cried ya’ll. Straight up cried.

These two can line dance!! In fact they met while country line dancing!

Our twirling bride. She had a separate dress for her reception and it was altered so she could dance her tail off!

Love her.  And her love for having her photo taken!

These two had a stand off dance to “Rednecker” by Hardy. It was hilarious!

And this is when the groom’s son got a little crazy!


Congrats to these two amazing people!!

As we were leaving, we took a few night shots in front of the house in their 1972 pickup rented from Mingle events.

Here is a bit more about Julia and David…

About Julia: Born and raised in Florida. Stay at home mom. Loves pink and sparkles but also getting dirty and wearing cowboy boots.

About David: Born and raised in Florida. Area sales manager for a railings company. Loves Jeeps and mudding.

How did you meet? We met while out country line dancing.

Describe your first date? I think dinner and a movie. We can’t really remember! It’s been so long!

How long have you been together? Almost 10 years

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? Line dancing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating, cook out with friends.

Who popped the question and HOW? David asked on the beach, at sunset, in the Cayman Islands

Why did you pick Asheville and The Biltmore Estate? We live in Brevard, NC in the summer. We love it up here. NC is part of who we are and what we like to do. The Biltmore is such a beautiful place. The Diana was a mix of what Julia loves with all the glitz and glamor of the estate but tucked away enough for a little bit of a rustic country feel. Plus, I am a princess and needed to get married at a castle! 😉

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? David was emotional! Julia was beyond excited.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? There were so many! My dress. I love that dress more than anything. My boots. They were so perfect for who I am, a princess in a poofy dress but ready for a little fun. The picture of my dad attached to my bouquet. He passed away 3 months before the wedding and it was so hard to be there without him. It was special to be able to hold him in my hand. The candy bar! It exceeded every bit of my dreams. That whole champagne wall turned candy bar was epic. The bracelet with my grandparents initials and wedding date. They were so important in my life so it was nice to have a little bit of them with me that day. The pink umbrellas! That umbrella is part of our story now. We used it in the trash the dress shoot. I think we are going to try and take a picture with it every year on our anniversary. Every bit of decor. Every silver sparkly table cloth, every flower, every detail was amazing. Mark and Bobby nailed every detail.

How many guests attended the wedding? 140

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Filet mignon with risotto

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Lemon

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? I can’t think of anything super funny. Everything was so perfect.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? “Diamonds or Twine” by Ryan Hurd. It fits our personalities perfectly. It doesn’t matter if it’s fancy or not, we will have fun.

Another notable song was the father-daughter tribute dance. Daddy’s Boots by Dustin Lynch. That was so emotional and it was felt by every person in the room.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? The wedding decor itself. I seriously can’t get over how perfect every detail was. Every flower, sparkle, chandelier, everything! Best wedding planners ever!!!

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Go to a Dude Ranch. Visit more Caribbean Islands. Build our dream home on a big piece of property and live on our own farm.


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Chelsea + Matt’s Rumbling Bald Resort Wedding!

Chelsea and Matt’s Rumbling Bald Resort wedding was absolutely precious. I think the thing that stood out to us was how much that Chelsea girl is loved. Matt too, of course, but what stood out was how that even though Chelsea is an only child who has just recently lost both of her parents, she is SO loved and her friends and remaining family and godfather just stepped right up to make her feel special on her wedding day. And boy! Was she such a happy bride! To have lived through all that she and Matt have lived through (he loosing his mom as well some years back) they both had such a joy about them!

Also, can I just say that their first dance was EPIC. Shout out to Kathleen with I Do Dances and Dance Club Asheville for choreographing this awesomeness.

Another thing we loved about this wedding was how much this couple loved their pup. And I must say this dog made some funny faces!

Chelsea was a most beautiful bride. We love the fact that Chelsea’s mom helped her pick out her wedding gown before she passed away.
Flower girl details.
The “before ceremony” getting ready photos are some of our favs.

It was SUCH a bright and beautiful day!

Let the ceremony begin!
Moments like these are why we always photograph weddings as a team.  Chelsea waving to her fella and him waving back. Absolutely awesome.
Chelsea was escorted by 1st her godfather and then her grandfather.
The joy and laughter at this ceremony was amazing.
Even in the face of loss.
There still can be joy.

This was a really fun wedding party!
Sometimes we just sit back and wait for the real moments to happen on their own. This is Chelsea and Matt walking to their reception together. They had no idea we were watching these beautiful moments unfold.
Onward to that DANCE!!!
It took Michael and I both to get all the moves in this dance! I love how different the images turned out based on our different perspectives.

This Chelsea bride is dearly loved. It was such a blessing to see her people rally around her. We loved capturing these moments.
We took some time at Sunset to capture these moments with Chelsea and Matt down on the beach at Rumbling Bald.

Chelsea loved her cake!! Having being a pastry chief in the past herself it was quite the compliment.
Head table sign!
Toast time! These moments with that view were priceless.
Chelsea danced with her Godfather for the father/daughter dance. It was so sweet.
And Matt danced with his aunt! Chelsea and Matt both danced with many family members throughout the evening.
This party was a lot of fun for everyone!

We interviewed Chelsea and Matt and here are their really amazing answers! Check it out.

A bit about Chelsea: Lake Lure native, Anthropology + Literature BA from UNCA, loves reading, baking, the outdoors, swimming, adventures of any kind, & “wining & dining”, attended A-B Tech’s Baking and Pastry program and pursuing baking/pastry as line of work. Only child and lost my father in Dec. 2015 and my mother in June 2018.

A bit about Matt: from Basingstoke, England, Economics + Maths BA from UNCA, incredible tennis player (received full scholarship to UNCA for tennis) and very athletic in general, loves football esp. Manchester United, loves business/finances/numbers (started his own LED business after college which he managed for 5 years), adventures of any kind, and a real thrill-seeker — loves skydiving and anything considered extreme… Has 1 brother in NC, lost his mother in Sept. 2013, father recently moved to NC to be closer to his boys.

How did you meet? I was the first American girl Matt met when he landed in Asheville 3 days prior to our first day of class as freshmen as UNCA in the game room – we played a game of pool with friends. We were also in the same class come Monday morning. I always love saying that I met my husband and my best friend/Maid of Honor on the same day…we three were always late and often straggled into class together a few minutes later than everyone else. How lucky am I?!

Describe your first date? Hard to say, we kept it so casual the first three years and often went out together with mutual friends. The first time we showed interest in each other as more than friends happened at Scandal’s night club in downtown, but we started dated officially three years later inside Charlotte Street Pub after having dinner and again playing pool in the back; both locations’ of questionable respectability which I find funny and endearing 🙂

How long have you been together? Going on 7 years now! But have been close for 10 when we met at 18.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love going out to eat and treating ourselves to a nice meal and bottle of wine. Not hard to do in Asheville! We also love traveling and cuddling while watching tv/films.

Who popped the question and HOW? We have such a good engagement story!! Matt proposed on a trip to England. Most of our milestones have happened with my family here in the States, therefore it was important to Matt to get to get to share something with his family in England. He planned a “family day” at a beautiful estate near his family home called Tylney Hall. This was one of his mom’s favorite places in the world and as a boy, he’d often tell her that he would buy it for her one day. His entire extended family was there and it was in fact, our engagement party! Not a family-day outing as I anticipated. I had no idea it was coming. We went on a private walk around the gardens, champagne and sunshine (which is rare in England) in tow and he asked me to marry him down on one knee. We rejoined the party and had a beautiful day celebrating our engagement with family and friends. Magic!!

Why did you pick Rumbling Bald Resort? Originally, I didn’t want to get married in my own “back yard” so we toured different venues around Asheville, the coast of NC and even destination spots such as Aruba….but honestly, nothing compared to Lake Lure! And we are so so happy that we ended up choosing to get married at my home, it made it even more special.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Handsome and Happy!

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? (Cake, dress, special item?) I loved our cake! It was very modern and different, not the traditional white icing but gray & gold, pink, and purple. I also loved my dress! It was actually the first (though not only) dress I tried on and I fell in love…my mom helped picked out my dress but then died unfortunately before the wedding, so it was really special to me that she had gotten to see me in my dress. Our first dance was also very special.

How many guests attended the wedding? 100

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? The food Rumbling Bald provided was amazing. Buffet style with prime rib, mountain trout, and a chicken option, caprese and a green salad, cheese tortellini and more; delicious appetizers as well. Couldn’t have been more pleased here! All our guests raved about the food.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? 3-tiered cake: Strawberry (my moms favorite flavor), Lemon (my grandfathers and my own favor flavor), and Lavender (my moms favorite scent). We also had fresh-fruit tarts (my favorite thing I learned to bake at AB Tech) and chocolate tarts for the chocolate-lovers.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Well we had a choreographed dance routine (from Kathleen at Dance Club Asheville who was amazing!) but didn’t practice hardly enough, nor did we practice the dance with our “wedding day” shoes on or a strapless dress for that matter, so during the dance, Matt’s shoes were very slick (he compared it to the episode of Friends where Chandler also slips during his own first dance at his wedding with Monica) and my dress almost came down during a dip! But we laughed it off and everyone said it was great regardless.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? We choose “You Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth” by Meatloaf because of Matt’s mom. Jan was a very proper English lady (well-mannered, no cussing allowed, etc.) but she absolutely LOVED Meatloaf – who is pretty flamboyant to say the least. At her funeral and at her request, she choose Meatloaf’s song “Bat Out of Hell” to be played during her funeral procession. We also love Meatloaf and our first dance was a tribute of sorts to her.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? I think just how many of our loved ones who traveled far and near to be there and support us on our “big day” – we had family and friends come from England, Spain, Sweden, France, California, Washington, New York, Florida and of course, all over North Carolina to be there for us and it meant so much that they all spent the time and money to show us their support. Everyone was so happy and you could really feel the joy and love from everyone present. It was honestly really weird having all the people you love in one place and being able to combine all our worlds was really very special.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We want to travel a lot, try as many new things as we can, have children – maybe our own, maybe adoption, maybe both! – we want to have multiple homes (especially one near the beach!), and retire in the English countryside.

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

Wedding coordinator – Lisa McMillian, Exquisite Events & Consulting
Venue coordinator – Paula Benson, Rumbling Bald Resort
First Dance Choreographed by: Kathleen Haun with Dance Club Asheville.
Dress Designer – Winnie Chlomin Lee
Where you purchased your dress – Winnie Couture, Charlotte, NC
Hair designer – Mia at Rumbling Bald Resort Spa & Salon
Floral designer – Emily Copus, Carolina Flowers: Farm & Florist
Cake – Mandy, 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert
Officiant – David Bollt, Asheville Marriages

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