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
Lauren and Shad are such happy people. Anyone who knows them will agree! The moments at their Lodge at Bear River wedding makes us smile… and laugh out loud too! We love this couple and as you can tell by the photos we had an absolute blast at their wedding!
Lauren and Shad rented Riverdance Cabin 3 minutes from the venue and we were able to get this amazing view for some of the photos.
This was our first wedding at the Lodge at Bear River and we loved it. It had a homey feel and accommodated their guests well!
We are detail junkies.
Lauren took the time to write each of her bridesmaids a card and included pictures of her with each of them in with the notes. Her mother was included in this as well.
Shad’s note to Lauren brought laughter and tears. He even included sketches.
Lauren’s note to Shad!
Lauren and Shad had one of their 3 dogs at the wedding as the “Best Dog.”
He watched to make sure the ring “pass off” was completed well.
This is the part of the ceremony where they realized they had nothing to light the unity candle with! They asked the guests if they had anything. This gentleman obliged.
The “Congrats” moments!
The amazing Colorful Palate and their delicious food!
Yes, that dog winked at us!
Onward to the Reception!
They have this “dip stuff” down pat!
Back up for some sunset shots at the Riverbend Cabin!
Toast time brought some huge laughs! This is Lauren’s MOH.
We expected nothing less.
Shad had us laughing this whole wedding… oh my!
Congrats Lauren and Shad! We love you guys!
Now a bit more from Lauren and Shad on themselves and their big day!
A bit about Lauren: I love theatre and have my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. I have directed some plays in the last few years. I am a Teacher Assistant at an Elementary School for 2nd grade. I love The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, and anything classic rock. My 3 dogs, Chief, Benelli, and Oakley and my cat, Blue, are my world.
A bit about Shad: Plumber. He has a passion for working out and fitness. Shad loves Game of Thrones, Panthers football, and also our 3 dogs and our cat!
How did you meet? We met in October 2010 through mutual friends. We were both out one evening in Greensboro and played a couple games of Foosball, and we just started talking.
Describe your first date? We went hiking at Hanging Rock. It was a surprise date so I wore flip flops and a dress since I didn’t know where we were going. Turns out it was a hiking date.
How long have you been together? We have been together 7 years.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love to do anything outdoors. We completed the Spartan Race Trifecta together, Sprint Super and Beast, and hope to complete some more races. We run in our neighborhood and different parks after work. We love to take our 3 amazing pups hiking all the time.
Who popped the question and HOW? Shad popped the question in New York City at Christmas. We went to the City from December 16th-20th in 2015 because I had been begging him to go with me (I love the City and he had never been) and while we were there he asked me to marry him. It was at the Southport peir in front of the huge Christmas tree. We then went to Times Square and bought some Champagne! The next 4 days we spent in NYC having a great time and touring all we could fit in. Central Park, Ice Skating, Jersey Boys on Broadway, The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, One World Trade Memorial.. we did it all!
Why did you pick Bear River Lodge? Our love for the outdoors. The mountain views, the river, the lodge.. everything fit us and our personalities perfect. It was truly the perfect venue. Also, we LOVED the Riverdance cabin we stayed in the whole weekend as well.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Romantic.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Having our dog Chief there. He means the world to us. We couldn’t have all 3 pups, but Chief took the job over for all 3 and he was so good. Our Best Dog!
How many guests attended the wedding? Approx. 100
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? The Colorful Palate.. Salad Bar, Macaroni Bar, Chicken.. the best of Southern Food
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Traditional wedding cake
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? My dad’s speech.. “Pace yourselves… You’ll be alright.” Ha ha (If you know my dad, this is the funniest speech ever.)
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Frankie Valli.. We chose this because we saw Jersey Boys on Broadway the night after we got engaged in New York. We took dance lessons all summer to have a choreographed first dance!
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? First off, Shads smile when I made it down the aisle. Also, my family, friends, and my dog Chief all being with us.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We want to take a trip every year, even if it’s small, to celebrate us.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing!
Makeup artist – Casey Morgan (College friend & Bridesmaid)
Hair designer – Emma Phipps
Floral designer – Bouquet- Shady Grove Flowers. Other Flowers were handmade.
Caterer – The Colorful Palate
DJ or Band – Spinfire Entertainment
Officiant – Reverend Jimmy Camp
Cake designer – Marlene Page
Rental company – Classic Event Rental
Videographer – Jarod. JDP Creations
Wedding hashtag- #theonlyoneisechrest
There is just something about a small wedding! Michael and I love the intimacy of a wedding with just a few guests. This wedding had around 20 total people including the amazing Jenni and Sam. We had an absolute blast getting to meet and know this awesome group of people. We fell right in with them and enjoyed getting to share in the joy for Jenni and Sam.
The reception was at the amazing Grand Bohemian Hotel here in Asheville. When I first walked in and saw this large feasting table in all it’s splendor I may have gasped.
And those chandeliers!
Jenni and Sam’s day started at the Grand Bohemian. Shout out to Zhenya for the hair and Elizabeth with Pop of Color for the makeup!
Jenni and Sam have a son together and Jenni has a teenage daughter and son. I love these moments with the fellas getting ready together.
The ceremony was at the gorgeous Cliffs at Glassy Chapel.
We love this moment with Jenni and her daughter; and Sam and the kids.
Moments before Jenni walked the aisle. Jenni was escorted by her brother.
Naturally, Jenni and Sam’s son was the ring bearer. He rocked it.
The sand ceremony with all of the kids joining in together.
Onward to the Grand Bohemian!
Dancing with her daughter.
The shoe game brought lots of laughs!
Instead of an exit this awesome couple decided to through flower petals during the last song!
Congrats Jenni and Sam!
Now enough from us, here is a bit from Jenni and Sam!
A bit about Jenni: (From Sam!) She is the most beautiful and kind-hearted person I’ve ever met. She is an amazing mother and loves fall in the mountains of North Carolina. She is a business development consultant, loves children, road trips, remodeling old homes, and trying anything new.
A bit about Sam: (From Jenni!) Sam is a chiropractic physician and runs his own business. He loves doing anything hands on, including working on his cars and remodeling homes. He’s the most handsome, caring individual and greatest friend anyone could ask for. Most importantly, he loves being a daddy to his little boy.
How did you meet? A mutual friend introduced us. She thought we might be a good fit for each other.
Describe your first date? Our friend set us up on a lunch date. It was during that lunch that we realized how much we had in common, as far as how we were raised and some of the hobbies we had. We went to the movies the following evening and stayed up talking until the sun came up. We both knew it was something special then. It felt as if we had always known each other.
How long have you been together? Six years, ever since our first lunch date actually.
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love spending our time with the kids, boating, traveling, hanging out with friends, Sam teaching me how to golf, and road trips through the mountains in fall.
Who popped the question and HOW? Sam asked in an apple orchard in the mountains of Massachusetts. Who knew Massachusetts had mountains?! It was actually the most romantic thing he could of planned. At the end of apple picking he told me he wanted to take a photo of us together. We placed a phone in an apple tree and set it to record so we could just crop the picture out afterwards. It was when we were done posing for the picture that he started his proposal. I was so surprised, never thinking he would ask while we were picking apples but because of that we actually have the whole proposal on video. Smart guy. ?
Why did you pick the Cliffs of Glassy and The Grand Bohemian? We picked Glassy Chapel because we both knew we wanted to get married in the mountains. The Chapel encompassed both the amazing views and peacefulness of the mountains along with the charm of a traditional but cozy European chapel. We chose The Grand Bohemian because we both have an appreciation for ornate detail and craftsmanship. The rustic elegance of the Grand Bohemian allowed us to have the small intimate wedding we wanted while still enjoying all the elements of our dream wedding.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Jenni-Radiant, beautiful, doe-eyed.
Sam- Stunningly delicious!
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Sam- Her dress.
Jenni- All of it….the dress, flowers, venues, and the food were all amazing and blew away my expectations. It was perfection.
How many guests attended the wedding? 20
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Arugula Salad, Petit Filet and Rosemary Scented Chicken Breast Au Jus, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, & Asparagus..
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Apple Hummingbird and Chai
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? There were many but the cutest were, Jackson the 2 yr old ring bearer saying, “Be nice” at the perfect time during the bride’s brother’s speech or when we tossed rose petals in lieu of sparklers or confetti and hearing one of the guests yell out, “ Someone took my pants!”
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton because we love the blues rhythm and it describes our thoughts on love and what it can be, and how those thoughts changed and expanded when we fell in love. We taught each other how great love could be.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
Jenni- The ceremony in the chapel when we officially became one and united our family, I don’t think I’ve had a bigger smile or felt happier.
Sam- How beautiful Jenni was when I first saw her as the doors to the chapel opened and how lucky I felt.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in our restored 1965 Impala Convertible and travel to Ireland.
Shout out to these professionals that made this day amazing for Jenni and Sam!
Dress Designer – Vera Wang
Where you purchased your dress – Davids Bridal
Makeup artist – Pop of Color– Elizabeth
Hair designer – Zhenya
Floral designer – Blossom at Biltmore Park
Caterer – Red Stag Grill
DJ- Joe with Uptown Entertainment
Officiant – Michael Abraham
Cake designer – SugarCloud
Limo or car service – Carolina Classics
Videographer – Jennifer with Green Mountain photo and films