Throw back to one of my favorite Asheville engagement sessions back in the Autumn.
Lori and Taylor were such a delight! We had planned to go up to Black Balsam and have a mountain session at sunset but it became evident that the weather was not going to cooperate with that. Rain was coming! So, they were gracious to allow me to photograph their session earlier in the day and instead of mountain backdrops we went to a gorgeous waterfall!We stopped at some of the beautiful overlooks on the way up. Good thing! The fog was coming and I had a hunch that I should get the mountain shots now!
We skipped Black Balsam knob (It was already in a thick blanket of fog!) and we headed to the laurel woods on our way to a waterfall at Graveyard Fields.
The fall color was perfect!
They loved this waterfall as much as I do. I fell in love with their chemistry too!
And just as we were wrapping up the fog rolled in!
Which made for a cool effect during our last few photos.
Thanks Lori and Taylor for being so flexible! It was great to get to hang with you guys and we wish you the very best as you start this new chapter in your story!
Krista and Chris had a fabulous wedding at the lovely and unique Hawkesdene in Andrews, NC. As Asheville wedding photographers, Andrews is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away but what a gorgeous drive it is through our mountains!
Michael and I were impressed by this couple’s ability to “go with the flow!” Weather and a foot injury (on the bride’s part) made us have to change up some things on the day of the wedding but Krista was super chill and so easy to hang with.
This couple had so much joy!! It was great to get to see their obvious happiness and love for each other. It truly shows in these photos.
Now enough from us! Here is a bit more from the couple on their story and their wedding!
Tell us your story!
Our story, the Chris and Kris Adventure, will be told by Krista since of course, I love to talk. We first met online in 2013 when we were both on Match.com. However, as irony would have it, we were NOT matched! While both of us were weary of our former and current matches, I decided to peruse the rest of the people on the website. I came across this guy named “The Georgian” and since I went to high school in Georgia, I decided to “like” his picture. What began as a bunch of coincidences (same nicknames, went to rival high schools, etc.), soon led to a whole lot of things in common. We decided to meet in person at a coffee shop after work (dinner was too much of a commitment for someone you meet online… don’t ask how we know!). Coffee turned into a 5 hour conversation about our love of all things nerdy like math, engineering, costumes, and rocks. Chris soon realized that “everything with Krista is an adventure and a bit odd.” He stuck along for the ride… so the engineer and the math teacher continued their adventures.
Well as you know, Chris is methodical and has an acute attention to detail while I am a bit spastic and impatient. So after 3 years, Chris finally decided he had the grand plan to propose… and I was thinking what is taking so long! Behind the scenes, Chris had been planning his proposal… ordered the ring, had the plan, even considered my favorite pizza from my childhood. But, things never go as planned. The day he picked up the ring, he ran home to hide it, but forgot to throw away the bag from the store. When I walked in the door after work, I saw the bag by the trash can on the counter and asked why he had a jewelry bag (because it’s hard for me to just ignore things). When his reaction was a bit of surprise and a PG-13 word, I decided to block it out and just assume he bought something for my upcoming birthday. To my surprise and his, he came downstairs and proposed! I was afraid to open the ring box because for Christmas he handed me this small blue square box… I was so excited, heart pounding, oh my gosh this is it kind of feeling… only to open it and see a Christmas ornament inside from his work that he received. Um….. not the kind of blue box I was looking for. So, he opened the box and of course I said YES!!!!!
In typical Kris and Chris fashion, after getting engaged unexpectedly, we replaced the window we originally had to replace that day and went to the dump to dispose of the old one. Hence, our official engagement photo (taken by our professional photographer, me; if you look closely you can see the “metal only” bins).
We are partners in so many ways and I am thankful everyday for that! We are opposites in the best ways possible, and look forward to our many adventures ahead through our love of each other, all things quirky, the outdoors, projects (maybe me more than him, haha), and our cat, Kitty.
Why did you pick Andrews and Hawkesdene? We love the mountains and wanted something that was relaxing, beautiful, and a place that everyone could enjoy and feel like they were on vacation. I found it before we were even engaged. I told him that if he ever wanted to get married, I already had it planned.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Chris said radiant; Krista said perfect.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Chris said the cake; Krista said her dress.
How many guests attended the wedding? 54
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Mountain Trout and Pork tenderloin
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Strawberry Champagne
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Kasen (Chris’s nephew) stealing the show with his dancing during our first dance and ALL NIGHT LONG!
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? James Taylor’s “How Sweet it is To Be Loved by You”. It’s fun, loving, and happy.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? How relaxed and just plain fun it was. It was a day of loves, laughs, and just warm fuzzies all over. The whole day was just amazing, I wouldn’t change anything.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Get a camper and travel North America!
Shout out to these professionals for their mad skillz…
Wedding coordinator – Jami at Hawkesdene
Floral designer – Andrews Florist
Caterer – Hawkesdene
DJ or Band – Dj Craig with Remix Weddings
Officiant – Rev. Sandy Tull
Cake designer – Sugarcloud Baking Company
Amanda is a killer hairstylist! She is one of the best in Asheville NC. In fact she did my hair for Mine and Michael’s 10 year vow renewal last September.
So when Amanda asked us to be her wedding photographers we felt so honored. I mean, of all the amazing photographers in Asheville that she has worked with, she picked us!
Amanda and TJ were married at the GORGEOUS Olivette wedding venue right on the French Broad River. This was our first wedding here and we loved the scenic back drop during the ceremony!
Now enough from us here is a bit more from Amanda and TJ!
A bit about Amanda: she is an Asheville native and the youngest of four children who loves her family and little dog so much. She is caring and has a heart of gold she always puts other people’s feelings first!
A bit about TJ: He’s an Asheville native he’s the oldest of 3 and a father of an amazing daughter. He’s a strong, hard working and caring man that always makes sure his girls have everything they ever need. He’s my rock. He loves his family and his dog!
How did you meet? In the parking lot of chick-fi-la
Describe your first date? It was fabulous! A perfect pizza and movie date (pizza is one of our favorites)
How long have you been together? 13 years
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We like to cook together, go to/or watch movie together , and have dinner with friends. Walking our dog and just anything together is our favorite hobby!
Who popped the question and HOW? He proposed with a Christmas ornament because I love holidays! He had it specially made with the statement, “Will you marry me?” He made sure his daughter was there and to be part of it as well!
Why did you pick Asheville and Olivette? Because we were both born and raised here and Olivette made us feel like home! Also, the views are amazing.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Caring
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Wow that’s hard! I loved everything but if I had to pick it would be my dress and flowers!
How many guests attended the wedding? 50
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Breakfast food!
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? No cake! Glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? The groom’s nephew asking the planner, Nicole, to dance!
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? Major “Why I love you”. My friend actually picked it and said this song is y’all’s song and she was right!
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Our family’s coming together was amazing.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? To travel more! To buy a house!
Shout out to these professionals that made this wedding rock!
Planning Company: Nicole with Verge Events
Makeup: Wendy with Blush Asheville
Hair: Emily with Emily Anne Hair
Floral: Beth with Studio Flora Diva
Officiant: Phillip with Asheville Marriages
Caterer: Colorful Palate