Daphne + Jason’s Biltmore Wedding!

As Biltmore wedding photographers we enjoy the uniqueness each Biltmore wedding presents. I mean, come on. We totally saw a bear at this wedding. (Scroll down for that image!) Daphne and Jason were 1st, SUPER gorgeous and also super kind to us. Their joy was evident.
Probably one of our favorite parts of the ceremony was the dove release at the end. But more on that later!
Let’s back up to the beginning of the day to when everyone was getting ready.

Daphne and Jason opened gifts from one another before the first look.

It’s all in the details.
The gorgeous Daphne! Wendy and Amanda with Blush Asheville gave her EXACTLY what she wanted when it came to her hair and makeup. Daphne was so very happy with how it turned out!
This was our first time doing a first look under the wisteria at the tennis lawn.
While we were there we snagged a few shots with the bridal party.

That veil though.

As we were taking photos at the entrance of the Biltmore house, one of the bridesmaids told us to look up at Diana. I was really concerned that those guys were having a picnic and that the bear was in for an afternoon snack. But alas the bear turned and walked up the hill toward the tent. The guys never even looked up from their phones.
The walled gardens at Biltmore are so so lovely. I am glad we had an opportunity to shoot with them before heading to the ceremony!
The ceremony was at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. There was a chance of rain but we had wonderful weather!
For Jason’s Dad.
Let the ceremony begin!

Howard Hanger does SUCH a great job officiating weddings. He puts so much meaning with a dose of laughter into each ceremony.

The kiss…
Then a release of the doves!

We have always loved this little added touch of the guest blowing bubbles as the bride and groom exit the ceremony.

A few candids of Daphne’s lovely family.
Onward to the reception inside the Inn at Biltmore.
Biltmore’s floral and pastry team did an EXCELLENT job making Daphne’s vision for her wedding day come to life.

Daphne and Jason used a lot of our engagement photos for special touches around the reception. We loved that and were so honored!

The FOOD!!  So yummy!
This sign is everything. And this DJ had quite the set up! We knew it was going to be a fun party!
Jason and Daphne had a wonderful choreographed first dance!

They nailed it!

Candids are our favorite moments to capture.
This is Daphne with some of her relatives. These moments are so so sweet.
Another beautiful moment was when Daphne’s mom sang to the couple.
This father/daughter dance was so so special.

Jason’s mom is not a dancer, so Daphne’s mom swung Jason around the dance floor.
Cake cutting time!

Let the party begin!

Congrats Daphne and Jason!

Shout out to these professionals that made this day so so amazing.

Wedding coordinator – Devyn Leigh Events
Venue coordinator – Andrea Feightner with Biltmore
Where you purchased your dress – Winnie Couture in Charlotte
Makeup artist – Wendy with Blush Asheville
Hair designer – Amanda with Hughes Hair Design
Floral designer – Elizabeth Borchers with Biltmore
Caterer – Biltmore Catering
DJ or Band – DJ Ben Felton
Officiant – Howard Hanger
Cake designer – Biltmore
Rental company – Classic Event Rental
Videographer – Alan and Ian with Crown Alley Films

Now enough from us, here is a bit more from Daphne and Jason about their big day!

A bit about Daphne:
I was born and raised in the Philippines until I was 13 years old and then my family and I moved to Fort Myers, Florida to start a new life. When I was in college, I met Jason and we started dating. A year later he moved back to North Carolina but long distance didn’t work out so we ended up breaking up. I graduated from college and started working as a Respiratory Therapist and then traveled to Syracuse, NY to work for three months. I never would have imagined that Jason and I would talk again after the break up in Florida, but we did.  Thanks to Facebook we reconnected again. I decided to move to North Carolina to be with him.

A bit about Jason:
I am 38 years old. Grew up in West Virginia in a very small town. I moved to North Carolina and lived there for a while before moving to Cape Coral, FL where I meet Daphne the love of my life. Ended up moving back to Maiden, North Carolina where I now live with Daphne, my son Kyle, and all our pets.

How did you meet?
We started talking through a dating website in Florida and after a few days we decided to meet in person. Daphne was unique from anyone I had ever meet and I wanted to learn everything about her. From the first date, I just wanted to spend time with her getting to know her more and see how things would go.

Describe your first date?
We meet at a restaurant for dinner on our first date. I remember seeing Daphne for the first time and thinking that she was even prettier than I expected from the pictures I saw. During that first date, we talked a lot and I felt so comfortable talking to her. It was like I was out with a friend that I had known for years. My original plan for our first date was to just go to dinner and see if I wanted a second date. I felt like it went so well that I didn’t want it to end. During dinner, we were talking about movies, so I decided to take a chance and ask her after dinner if she wanted to go watch a movie. So, I guess we had our second date the same night. When the night was over is when we had our first kiss, at that moment I knew I was hooked and had to see her again.

How long have you been together?
About 4 years of total

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
Hiking, fishing, traveling, movies, and chasing waterfalls.

Who popped the question and HOW?
Jason, one of our favorite hobbies was hiking to different waterfalls and taking in the scenery around so I thought it would be fitting to pop the question in front of a waterfall, I wanted to surprise her and try not to give any clues that I was going to ask her. So, I arranged a nice getaway to a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina for her birthday to try to not be obvious. I also arranged for my niece and her husband to “accidentally” run into us while we were there, so she could get pictures and videos for us. After hiking up to the waterfall I dropped to one knee and asked her to spend forever with me. I was so nervous that I was going to drop the ring into the waterfall. She said yes, and she then started planning our wedding.

Why did you pick Asheville and the Biltmore Estate?
Almost all our guests were traveling from out of the state, so we wanted to give them a great experience that they would remember a lifetime. The Biltmore offered such a beautiful setting and I know with Daphne cherishing her photos, that it would make for breathtaking pictures.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
She looked stunning. Daphne has always been gorgeous in my eyes but especially on that day.
Jason not only looked charming to me but also very neat in that tuxedo.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
The decorations were perfect and the layout of everything. The ceremony looked like it came straight from a fairy-tale. The reception also with the layout of the DJ and the white dance floor with the projection was priceless. Having white dove release at the end of the ceremony and having the string quartet play the ceremony music has made it extravagant experience overall.

How many guests attended the wedding?

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
Progressive dinner with buffet style main course. Wild mushroom gratin, bouquet of baby field greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette. For the main course, we had roasted chicken breast with wild mushroom, bacon vinaigrette and garlic herb roasted strip loin veal jus

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
Almond, Vanilla, and Chocolate.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
Daphne’s aunt taking pictures and videos of everything including the sign that said it was an unplugged ceremony.

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”  The song was so moving and relatable to us. We also worked so hard on the dance with professional lessons and a ton of practice.

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
Being able to have that wonderful experience at such a beautiful place and sharing my commitment to Daphne in front of the people that we love the most. It was like a fairy tale wedding dream came true.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
Travel more to see and experience different places and cultures.

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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’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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