Adriana + Tim’s Lioncrest at Biltmore Reception

Adriana and Tim originally planned on having a front lawn Biltmore wedding for 300 guests in April. Instead, they eloped to Monaco with just their family.  Upon their return they decided to throw a big reception for their friends and family at Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate, complete with a KILLER band, a 007 theme, and gorgeous floral. As Asheville wedding photographers we love shooting any kind of event at Biltmore.

Shout out to these professionals that made this day happen…

Venue: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate
Venue Coordinator and Design by: Stephanie Moline
Planning: Mary with Mary Bell Events
Dress bought at: Wedding Inspirations Bridal
Floral: Luck with The Flower Gallery of Asheville
Catering: The Biltmore Estate
Hair: Rebecca with Lola Salon
Makeup: Wendy with Blush Asheville
Band: Sol Fusion booked through East Coast Entertainment


Shout out to Luck with the Flower Gallery of Asheville for these gorgeous arrangements! Also, Stephanie Moline with Biltmore Estate helped with the design. We are in love with these colors!

Those place cards are so so fun!

The food at Biltmore was incredible! Adriana and Tim had several food stations and everyone ate like kings and queens.

Adriana and Tim’s friends and family were such a merry bunch and you could tell they loved each other very much!



Adriana and Tim started the evening off with a dance.


A welcome toast from Adriana’s son.



Sol Fusion
was simply amazing. We all dropped our jaw a bit when they started playing!

This was such a fun “dancing crowd”






Congrats Adriana and Tim! Thank you so much for allowing us to share in your amazing reception.

Now a bit more from Adriana about her and Tim and their reception!

A bit about Adriana: I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the States as an International Student in the summer 1992. (I am divorced with two sons: Chris & Jonathan)

A bit about Tim: Tim is originally from Pinehurst, NC (He is divorced with a daughter and son: Madison and Jake)

How did you meet? We met through work. I was a Mortgage Loan Officer for Bank of America and he was the Land Director for Ryan Homes in Charlotte.

Describe your first date? We went out for happy hour after work and talked for hours.

How long have you been together? 5 years

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We love to travel!  Also, we spend a lot time with our children since they are young adults.  There is never a dull moment!

Who popped the question and HOW?  Tim asked me to marry him at the Grand Canyon in Arizona after a helicopter ride.

Why did you pick Asheville and Biltmore for your Reception? We picked the Biltmore Estate because it is a special place for us. We love taking getaway trips to the mountains!

What tangible detail of your reception did you love the most? Dancing with family and friends.

How many guests attended the reception? We reduced the party from 300 to 80 since we got married in Monaco and took the kids with us.

What was your first dance song? “All of Me”

What stood out to you the most when you think of your reception? How fun the band was and everyone dancing and having a great time!

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Retirement

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Abby and Matt’s Zimmerwald Barn Wedding!

This was our first time photographing a wedding at this Zimmerwald Estate Barn and Grainery. As Asheville wedding photographers we do not get out of Asheville much but this was only about an hour or so away! When we arrived at the location we quickly fell in love with it’s ambiance.

Here are some details from this fabulous day.

Abby and Matt chose to get married back at home so that as many family members and friends could be part of their day as possible. Zimmerwald Estate is owned by some very close family friends of the Hamricks so it was a no-brainer to use their lovely, beautiful space for their wedding. They made everything so easy, and it was perfect!


Abby got ready in the bridal suite with her mom, her gals, and her pup.


Abby is a very goal-oriented, “plans-for-the-future” kind of girl. She likes to know what’s coming next and how to prepare for it. She also loves to laugh and tell stories.

Matt is a spontaneous adventurer who likes to live life without a solid plan. He is totally comfortable rolling with the punches. He appreciates good relationships and spending quality time with the people he loves.

Matt, along with almost everyone else, had no idea how to tie his bowtie! They finally got it on with the help of one of his groomsmen and a band member.

Abby said first look was one of her absolute favorite moments of the day.



Abby and Matt met in high school and fell in love during Matt’s senior and Abby’s junior year. Their love lasted only a few months back then but they reconnected in April of 2018 and fell in love all over again. They have been together officially for [almost] one year. They started talking last April, but Matt asked her to be his girlfriend on May 20, 2018, under the Bell Tower at UNC.

When I asked them to describe their first date this is what they said… “Matt was living in Asheville and Abby in Raleigh at the time of our very top secret first date. They are both from Shelby, NC, so they decided to go home on the same weekend and meet up. Their outing included a nice walk on the Thread Trail, a visit to Joe’s Place for dinner, and conversations in the car in Abby’s parent’s driveway until 1am. We just couldn’t get over how much new stuff there was to learn about one another and all the fun to be had reminiscing.”

Matt popped the question on August 11, 2018 at Twin Falls in Sunset, SC. They went to Georgia for a weekend trip with his parents to hike and see waterfalls. Little did Abby know, Matt had been plotting with her dad to meet them all at one of those waterfalls… but that was nearly an hour from where they were staying! Due to some minor communication issues, Matt’s dad was was whipping around curves and winding all over the road on the way to the waterfall, because Abby’s parents had already arrived. When they got to the platform to see the waterfall, Abby turned to look at Matt to find him on one knee. All he said was, “Will you marry me?” No elaborate speech… he didn’t need that. It was such a special day to have all our parents there to be part of such a huge milestone!

When we asked Matt what adjective best discribed Abby on their wedding day he said “enamoring”

She said Matt was “internally-elated!”

When asked what hobbies and activities they like to do together as a couple they said this… “We LOVE playing with and spoiling our puppy, Lucy. Binge watching shows, hiking and exploring Asheville, trying new restaurants, and spending time with our family. ”

When asked what tangible detail of their wedding day did they love the most? Abby said, ” I LOVED my dress. I was sad to take it off.  But everything was so perfect that it’s hard to say what my favorite part was. The flowers were amazing, the cakes were so cute, the band was incredible, the Italian ice was delicious… it’s so hard to pick just one thing, because it was the best day ever.”

Matt really enjoyed the ceremony. 275 guest attended the wedding which was held in the barn because the weather looked iffy, even though it ended up not raining hardly at all.

“One of the funniest things that happened on our wedding day was that we were supposed to have confetti falling as we had our first kiss. But they didn’t realize that they hadn’t opened the wrapping part of the cannon. Our poor MOH and BM tried so hard to get the confetti to pop but it just didn’t happen. But the first kiss was great, even without the confetti.

Onward to the reception! They wanted their food to capture a Southern theme. For appetizers: chicken and waffle bites, shrimp & grits fritters, pimiento cheese spoons, and black eyed pea salsa. For dinner: buttermilk fried chicken, roasted pork chop, mac&cheese, green beans, and a mashed potato bar. It was YUMMY!

Let there be cake! Their wedding cake was a strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. But the guests had options: Queen Anne’s cake (made by Abby’s grandfather), strawberry, carrot, coconut, and lemon pound cake.

YES to Italian Ice! Straight up from New York City. Provided by Sweet Water Ices (Durham)

Michael happened to go outside when this was happening. These kids were having the time of their lives!

The couple picked “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” They picked this song because it’s a classic and they were really going for a “classic” vibe with all their music. And they think the words are very romantic.

The best guys love their mamas. (Is that a tear we see rolling down Matt’s cheek?)

This band was amazing and had the dance floor hopping.

We love this moment with the owners of Zimmerwald Estate on the dance floor.

I asked Abby and Matt what stood out to them when they look back on their wedding day and they said, “It was such a beautiful day. The ceremony was incredible, and Jesus-filled. We could feel the love of God in the room, among our guests, through the words that were spoken over us, and from one another. We adamantly believe in the Gospel, and that marriage is God’s closest on-earth depiction of his love for us, so we really feel like the ceremony captured that important part of our lives.”

What’s on their bucket list to do as a couple? “We want to explore some far away places, and we are really excited about the adventure of starting our family (in a few years). “

Congrats Abby and Matt! We wish you all the best as you begin this new chapter in your adventure. Thanks for letting us share in your awesome day.

Shout out to these professionals who helped make this day awesome!

Wedding coordinator – Katie White with Zimmerwald Estate

Venue coordinator – Katie White with Zimmerwald Estate

Dress Designer – Lillian West

Where you purchased your dress – New York Bride and Groom in Charlotte

Makeup artist – Jordan Helms (Raleigh)

Hair designer – Mary Prevost (Salon Palazzo, Shelby)

Floral designer – The Veranda (Shelby)

Caterer – Jo Anthony (Shelby)

DJ or Band – Coming Up Brass (Belmont)

Officiant – Skip Allen of Hope Community Church (Shelby)

Cake designer – Trisha Dennis (our little cake) and Ann Thackerson is doing cake bar (both of Shelby)

Rental company – Gaston Rentals

Videographer – Molly Clay (Durham)

Wedding hashtag- #AbbysMattrimony

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Kate + Cassidy’s Asheville Wedding


Well, this wedding marks the first ever which included a conversation with the groom about designer underwear!  I’ll leave it at this…  the “Royal Highnies” brand.  And by the way, this is Michael writing, not Meriah, ha ha!  We can’t say enough great things about Kate and Cassidy.  They are such a like-able couple with their hospitality and care free humor.  Great family and strong relationships!  It was a great atmosphere for us “moment junkies.”  So onward to the photos…

The ceremony was at Grace Episcopal and the reception was at Homewood.

Kate’s dress was designed by Justin Alexander and herself! Kate worked for years in a bridal shop and knew exactly what dress and veil she wanted for her big day.Kate’s relationship with her grandmother is precious. She wanted us to take lots of photos of her and her sweet little grandmother.

Kate is also super in love with her nephew! He had a lot of fun being the ring bearer and rocked at it.

Cassidy looked mighty dapper on his wedding day. (Even if he couldn’t wait to get out of his suit!)

Onward to the ceremony!

As always, children in the wedding party adding some light hearted moments.

Cassidy… Relieved, nervous, confused?!

Boys and a bell tower, oh yeah!

Our favorites moments.  Friends and family and loads of joy.

The reception details were awesome! The memory table at the entrance was often a place of laughter as old pictures were looked at by friends and family.

Homewood is so elegant.  Love the wood and stone with candles to add warmth.

Loads of good times from this family as they all enjoyed a “family style” meal together.

The toasts were a lot of fun!

Kate and Cassidy allowed us to break away with them for a few pictures outside of “the castle”

The bus booth was a big hit!

These girls were a lot of fun to watch on the dance floor!

And now the exit!

Kate and Cassidy were staying at the Omni Grove Park Inn that evening. So we joined them there to grab a few photos with yet another one of Asheville’s gorgeous rock buildings!

Sunsets on the mountain-view terrace are the best.

Congrats Kate and Cassidy! We wish you all the best in the world. Also, we are coming to Florida to visit. 🙂

Venue coordinator – Nikki at Homewood

Dress Designer – Justin Alexander and the bride Kate Alford

Where you purchased your dress – Tiffany’s Bridal in Richmond, VA

Hair designer – Asheville Hair Design

Floral designer – Urban Farmgirl

Caterer – Caroline Allured

Cake designer – Sweet Promises

Rental company – Classic Event Rentals

Videographer – Miles Film Co.

Photo Booth – The Bus Booth

 

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