Elizabeth and David… aka Dr Dray and Mr Rogers had a stunningly beautiful Grand Bohemian wedding back in August. You guys! I will say more about this awesome wedding throughout but for now you HAVE to read the answers they gave to the questionnaire we sent them. Michael and I laughed so hard when we read it. Elizabeth and David are a delight to comedy!
A bit about Elizabeth:
Elizabeth is a professional urologist and amateur Game of Thrones theorist .
A bit about David:
David is a software developer who typically makes excellent decisions. Notable exceptions to this include taking up piano at a late age and signing up for Tinder.
How did you meet?
We swiped right.
Describe your first date?
Envision a freshman film appreciation class and then imagine it with drunk 35 year olds.
How long have you been together?
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
We enjoy talking and not talking. We could talk or not talk all day and still have things to not talk about.
Who popped the question and HOW?
David proposed in Central Park during a surprise trip to New York. Elizabeth caught on to this ruse after he responded to “what do you want to do today?” with “would you like to go shopping?”.
Why did you pick Asheville and The Grand Bohemian?
Asheville is Elizabeth’s hometown and David has an affinity for taxidermy.
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Riding in Elizabeth’s godfather’s 1965 Rolls-Royce.
How many guests attended the wedding?
What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
Elizabeth enjoyed a steady diet of pure anxiety-induced epinephrine, the remainder of the guests dined on steak and sea bass.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
An unforeseen flood resulting from our structurally unsound champagne fountain.
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?
The Promise, and we kind of didn’t. We were expecting Wild Horses, which led to a few moments of confusion before we ultimately busted out our meticulously choreographed dance moves (sway, sway, sway, repeat).
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
David: The way Elizabeth looked.
Elizabeth: The way I looked.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
We would like to go on safari, but as my parents are convinced that 100% of people who go on safari are trampled by rhinoceroses, we may need to settle for Busch Gardens.
This wedding was so gorgeous you guys! Shout out to Beth and her team from Studio Flora Diva on their masterpieces!
This delicious cake was done by the amazing Karen Donatelli!
Elizabeth and her 2 bridesmaids were such a joy to be around.
I love this moment with Elizabeth’s dad and David.
Elizabeth’s necklace was made from her grandmother’s broach. I love the sentiment behind this necklace.
That bouquet though… Amazing!
Hair by the awesome Jenna who was working with Blush Asheville.
I am IN LOVE with Elizabeth’s unique bridal gown.
Shout out to Wendy with Blush Asheville for this amazing-ness. I mean, Elizabeth is already gorgeous. Wendy just enhanced that with her mad skills.
Mr. Rogers killing it in front of the camera.
This is quiet possibly one of our favorite photos ever… and it was completely by accident. Meriah was just shooting photos of Elizabeth in her godfather’s 1965 Rolls-Royce. Little did I realize that her godfather’s reflection was in the window as he was helping her in.
Off to the church! The Ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Flower crowns on the flower girls. This is the best!
Elizabeth and her mother having a beautiful moment together. Elizabeth left her bouquet with St. Mary.
Game of thrones?
Grand Bohemian weddings are some of our favorites. This ballroom is GORGEOUS.
Dr. Dray and Mr. Rogers.
Toast and welcome by the Father of the Father of the Bride.
Elizabeth’s lovely, lovely mother! (A judge here in Asheville!)
This champagne fountain pouring will go down in history. He did so well… Elizabeth though… 😉
Toast by the MOH!
This was a first for us! Cigars with the bride and her people. Why not?!
Congrats Elizabeth and David! Your wedding day was so much fun. We loved getting to meet you both and celebrate with you!
Shout out to these professionals that made this day so incredible.
Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Asheville
Reception Venue: The Asheville Grand Bohemian Hotel
Wedding Corrdination and Planning by: M+J Events
Floral: Studio Flora Diva
Makeup and Hair: Wendy and Jenna with Blush Asheville
Calligraphy: Catherine Langsdorf with Long Village Studio
Cocktail Hour Music: Richard Shulman on the baby grand piano
Reception Band: Kat Williams and The RStrio
Cake by: Karen Donatelli
Rentals: Classic Event Rental and BBJ Linens
To Check out more of our work check out our Asheville Wedding galleries.
Katelyn and Kevin were married at the Crest Pavilion in August. Michael and I were thrilled to get to be a part of this amazing day. Katelyn and I (Meriah) bonded when we did her bridal session in early summer and I was so excited to see this beauty marry her Kevin.
“Sometimes rainy days bring the most glorious sunsets.” This is the encouragement I gave to Katelyn and Kevin’s wedding because it straight up down poured about 30 minutes before the ceremony. We were scrambling to move it inside when it stopped raining! So the awesome staff of M7 Events wiped the chairs off… again… and the ceremony began!
But lets back up to the beginning of the day! I was able to ride the trolley with Katelyn and Michael got to ride the trolley with Kevin to the Crest!
The beautiful Katelyn!
Let the ceremony begin!
A really cool fog appeared during the ceremony. Wow! We love this view!
A welcome and toast from the father of the bride!
A toast from “the brothers”
Let the party begin!
We brought our “photo fun center” and our good buddy and fellow photographer Rebekah helped us by taking these REALLY fun shots!
Congrats Katelyn and Kevin!
Here is a bit more from this awesome couple!
A bit about Katelyn: I am currently a Franchise Recruiter / Transfer Specialist for a company called Pure Barre. We have almost 500 franchises across the US and Canada, so my job provides tons of excitement! On top of that, I have been a client at the local studio for 4+ years and a teacher for 3+ years. Aside from my never-ending of Pure Barre, my dog is my number one love. I enjoy doing anything I possibly can with her like tons of walks, running, hiking, goldfish eating, and napping! You probably got the hint from my bridal portraits!
A bit about Kevin: Kevin is much more interesting – He is in his fourth season with Wofford Men’s Basketball as an assistant coach.
4 SOCON champions (2 as a player and 2 as a coach).
Four time letterman for Wofford
#9 in the nation for minutes played per game
Played in Iceland professionally from 2012-13
How did you meet? I was working at a local dry cleaner while finishing up school and he was a client. After some small talk at work we ended up running into each other… at a bar. It was pretty instant after that!
Describe your first date? Kevin was in basketball season with only a few moments to spare, so we grabbed lunch at a local French style restaurant called Mon Amie. It’s still one of my favorite places for brunch with my girlfriends! #mimosas
How long have you been together? 3.5 years
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? My family lives on Mountain Island Lake in Charlotte, NC, so our summers are spent wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Winter is all basketball!
Who popped the question and HOW? Kevin! We had planned to go away for his birthday on October 9th, but Hurricane Matthew had other plans. We ended up in Atlanta. After a long day of going to the aquarium and Sweet Water Brewery, we had some time to spare before our dinner reservations. Needless to say, I am the MOST hangry human in the entire world. We were walking through a park to pass time before our reservation and I was super ready for food and a cocktail. At this point I was in full-blown sassy mode. Kevin finely made me “sit down and shut up” on a bench so he could propose. Fast forward 10 months and we are married, and I am still hangry all the time!
Why did you pick Asheville and the Crest Center? Asheville is only an hour away from Spartanburg where we live, and we have always enjoyed our visits. August was the only month that would work for our schedules and we were praying the mountains would provide some relief from the southern heat! Also, the VIEWS!
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day? Serene – He was calm and composed, which is what everyone needs during that high-stress time!
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most? Sunset – Once the rain was over the scenery was the most breath-taking sight.
How many guests attended the wedding? 220
What did you and your guests eat at the reception? Kevin and I are very active and healthy individuals, but we let our inner “fat kid” lose that day!
Cheese dip, guacamole, and salsa bar
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? I think it was chocolate and vanilla depending on the layer. There were tons of other deserts – cookies, tarts, macaroons, cupcakes. Unfortunately, Kevin and I never tasted a bite, because we were too busy on the dance floor haha!
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? My bridesmaids and I played Farkle (a dice game) while we were getting ready. It quickly turned into the most competitive game of the century and it kept the nerves at bay!
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? All On Me by Devin Dawson – It is a more upbeat song which fits our personality. We appreciate a good sappy love song, but it just isn’t our style. In addition to that, we live very independent lives. We both have successful careers and spend more time apart than together. It works great for us. One of the lyrics says “you got my number you can call on me”, and at the end of the day both of us know that we are just a call away.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? The amount of loved ones that go out of their way to be with you. It’s an amazing feeling have all of your most important people in the same room.
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We want to see the world together! It is our goal to take one vacation with only the two of us in a new location each year.
Shout out to these wedding professionals that made this day amazing!
Wedding coordinator – Kaila Mashburn
Venue coordinator – Elizabeth Saenger with M7 Events
Venue Design Coordinator – Tamela Snyder
Where you purchased your dress – Poffe Girls
Makeup artist – Melissa Aubil (Cotton Rouge and Company)
Hair designer – Melissa Aubil
Floral designer – Merrimon Florist
Caterer – M7 Event Solutions
DJ or Band – Bunn DJ Company, Brandon Alley
Officiant – Matt Steelman
Cake designer – Sugar Cloud Baking Co
Limo or car service – Elite Limousine
Wedding hashtag- KGpartyof2
There has been a buzz with some local photographers about this newish style of “bohemian/film like” editing that has become super popular over the past year or so. Michael and I have talked a lot about this style of editing. If you follow any popular wedding industry Instagram posts you will be familiar with what I am talking about. The edits look a bit like film instead of digital and also has a “washed out” look to it. It can sometimes be dark, with high contrast and a bit grainy looking as well. Here is an example of a normal color edit verses the bohemian/vintage edit. Because Michael and I are opposite in a lot of ways we have different opinions on this editing style. I love it and Michael is not so much a fan.
We are not alone in our differing opinions. A lot of clients and photographers have different views on it. We have a really good photographer pal whom we love because blunt honest that is delivered in a funny way. He once posted this on social media… “Dear wedding photographers, I really think you are going to miss the color green one day” I laughed so hard at this because I know that he means well and he is right in a lot of ways. This new editing style does seem to have a prejudice to the color green.
But I kind of like this new style of editing. Michael thinks that it has the color tones you might see on the DVD cover art of a horror film. I think it has a “film-like, romantic look” and I am drawn to it like so many other people are. So this begs the question. Do we change our editing style to what is trending or do we stick to how we normally edit? Is the photography editing world changing or will this trend come and go?
Let me explain. Over the almost 10 years of doing digital photography I have dabbled in a lot of different editing styles. Often times I dabble in what is trending. Sometimes I cringe to look back on some of the edits I have used in the past! Thus why Michael and I made the decision to edit our weddings photos in a normal color edit with a few duplicate photos in black and white. Color and black and white are timeless. So in 20 or 30 years from now our couples can look back on their wedding photos and know what their wedding day colors really looked like. And honestly, we will probably continue take this route for the wedding photography we edit.
However, I never want to become irrelevant. I want Mozingo Photography to continue to grow in our craft and stay relevant to the times. I have seen other photographers that haven’t “changed with the times.” They stopped booking new clients and struggle in their business because they have refused to change what they have always done or have stopped growing in their skill sets and approach to weddings. Maybe part of this is a result of the younger generation liking new trends.
I think our focus will continue to be on capturing the moments that people cherish and doing this in creative ways. This is being true to ourselves and who we are as photographers. How we edit is important and even though we will most likely stick to our regular color editing we are happy to oblige those clients who really do love this new style of “bohemian editing.”
Below Is a “Trash the Dress” session I did with our dear pals Ivy and John about 3 weeks after their wedding. We like to call these “Rock the Frock” sessions because you don’t have to trash that dress. And you don’t have to be worried about getting it dirty since you were already married in it! 😉
Ivy loves this type of editing. Her amazing wedding photographer Beka with Bek Photography Co uses it. So since Ivy loves it I decided to play around with it. We still delivered all of her photos in regular color but she also got a few of them edited in these bohemian edits.
If you have an opinion on this matter let us know your thoughts below!
On a personal note, this couple holds a dear place in our hearts. I have known Ivy since she was a peanut in her mama’s belly. Ivy has 3 older brothers so we cheered when we found out she was a girl. Ivy was one of my “youth kids” at our church when I was a youth leader and years later she was our nanny for a while to our Ezra! I am not only distantly related to Ivy but I love her dear family so, so, so much. Michael and I love to hang out with her parents and they are dear friends.
Michael and I were thrilled when we met John. He is “our kind of people” and we love that our Ivy found such an incredible fella. (Can you guys just move back to WNC already!?!)
We got to attend Ivy and John’s wedding back in July near Raleigh. We were so excited to get to ATTEND a wedding without a camera in our hand, ha ha! We danced and laughed and even had a mini “after party” with Ivy’s parents and her uncle and aunt. It was such a joy to get to share in their day.
For their Rock the Frock, Ivy and John allowed me to drag them here there and everywhere here in Western North Carolina. We went up to the lower falls at Graveyard Fields for waterfall photos and then up to Black Balsam for sunset and mountain photos.
By the time we were finished we were starving. So naturally we grabbed some grub at Cracker Barrel at 9:30pm. Just picture Cracker Barrel and in walks Ivy and John in their wedding attire and me in my hiking clothes! We got some interesting looks that evening! 🙂
CONGRATS Ivy and John. We are so excited for this next chapter in your story.