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
Julie and Sean was our very first night wedding at Biltmore Estate. As Biltmore wedding photographers we were excited to have a new “challenge” as night weddings can be hard to capture due to low light. It keeps us growing and encourages us to sharpen our skills. It also makes us think outside the box. We were super pleased with the results!
The day started out with some rain but of course we are never afraid of a few clouds. Look at those beams of light!
Julie let me know ahead of time that she is a “detail junkie” and there would be no shortage of them to photograph. We were happy to oblige!
The sixpence was one of my favorite details.
Why not have 2 different pairs of shoes? 🙂
Even though this was a November wedding, Christmas was in full swing already at Biltmore.
The reception was held at the Champagne cellar in Biltmore’s winery. This room was so gorgeous and was dripping with sparkle.
Let’s back up to the beginning of the day! Julie’s parents were a big part of these moments and as “Moment Junkies” we loved that.
First look with Dad.
Presents to the parents.
First look with Sean!
Again… those beams of sun through the clouds were amazing!
I joked with Julie and Sean that their wedding photos would include all 4 seasons. Thank you Biltmore for providing us with so many cool locations!
We timed our photos to include sunset! We were not disappointed with this one folks!
Now Julie told me she wanted to focus on photos that showed off the Autumn color. “More fall, less Christmas.” But when we all saw this huge Christmas tree we thought we might shoot a “christmas card photo” So we did just that. This was their Christmas card photo for 2017. 🙂
The night time ceremony was held in the gardens at the Conservatory. Again… we ADORED this night time wedding!
After the ceremony we headed to Antler Hill Village. This place was aglow with loads of twinkle lights. We discovered this amazing set of trees in full autumn color with hanging Christmas lights. It was “fall meets Christmas” and it was lovely.
The reception was full of beautiful moments and loads of laughter. Julie and Sean had a super small wedding and we loved it. Such camaraderie!
The food was also super amazing. The Bistro at the Winery sure does know how to provide elegance in it’s cuisine!
Cheers to a happy future Julie and Sean! Shout out to these professionals that made this day awesome!
Venue coordinator- Andrea Feightner
Dress designer- Stella York
Where you purchased your dress- Suite Bridal in Atlanta, Georgia
Makeup artist- Kristen Davis at Blush Asheville
Hair designer- Britton at Lola Salon
Floral designer- Inn on Biltmore Estate
Caterer- Biltmore Estate
DJ or Band- Megan Johnson (cellist)
Officiant- Tim Lolley with Blue Mountain Weddings
Cake designer- Biltmore Estate
Rental company- Biltmore Estate
Now, lets hear a bit more from this awesome couple on themselves and their big day!
How did you meet?
Sean and I were next door neighbors in High School (I was a freshman, he was a senior). My older brother and Sean were friends, and ended up being roommates in college. We continued to get updates on each other from our families, but never talked to the other one on one. After college, and moving back to the area where we first met, we kept running into each other at different places around town. During one of those run-ins, we finally decided to exchange phone numbers. We went on our first date shortly after and the rest is history! I never imagined that I would one day be marrying my next-door neighbor.
Describe your first date?
For our first date, Sean took me to a restaurant in Downtown Atlanta called Einstein’s. After dinner, we went to a local dessert and coffeehouse. He was an absolute gentleman and even brought me flowers! We have been together ever since.
How long have you been together?
What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?
We love spending time with our friends and family, going to movies, and traveling. Our favorite place to visit is Asheville. We love the beauty of the mountains, exploring antique shops in downtown Asheville, and everything about The Biltmore!
Who popped the question and HOW?
Sean proposed in September 2015. We took a trip to Asheville for my fall break. When we got in town, our first stop was The Biltmore Estate. We had been on a few of the guided specialty tours that they offer, so it was no surprise when we booked the Rooftop Tour. Little did I know, Sean was planning on proposing during that tour. When we got to the end of the tour, and were looking over the mountains, Sean got down on one knee and proposed. It was such a beautiful moment and he could not have picked a better place to propose!
Why did you pick Asheville and The Biltmore Estate?
We started visiting Asheville a few years ago. We always loved our visits and always looked forward to returning. Plus, The Biltmore Estate is such a magical place! We knew when we started planning our wedding that our dream was to get married there. We decided on the Biltmore Butterfly Gardens for our ceremony and the Champagne Cellar for our reception…it was the perfect mixture of my love of gardens and flowers, and our mutual love of wine, not to mention the cellar is such a unique space. Everything was perfect and it was truly a magical wedding!
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Bride- I would describe Sean as looking handsome and dapper, but I would describe his overall demeanor as passionate.
Groom- I would describe Julie as captivating.
What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Bride- My favorite item was my grandmother’s pearl ring and matching earrings. My mom saved it for me to wear on my wedding day. It was the perfect accessory!
Groom- My wedding watch.
How many guests attended the wedding?
What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
We started with a Corn Bisque Soup and Crab Cake. Our second course was an Arugula Salad. For our main course, we had a New York Strip, Chicken Breast, and Swiss Chard. We finished off the night with a Champagne toast and wedding cake.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
We choose two different cake flavors. The top and bottom tiers were ricotta cake and a cream cheese frosting. The middle layer was a lemon cake, with a layer of blackberry preserve, that was then topped with a lemon frosting.
What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?
When I read this question aloud, Sean and I both said the same response…one word…rain! I would definitely say that this was one of the most memorable things that happened on our wedding day, and it wasn’t necessarily the funniest, but what lead to some of the best memories of that day and something we will always smile at as we look back on our wedding.
The morning of our wedding, Sean and I went to breakfast together. In the middle of breakfast, it just started down pouring and thundering. We had planned an outdoor wedding, so the rain brought our spirits down. Our morning continued and we went our separate ways to get ready. The rain continued, and would slowly stop and then start again. All of a sudden, it stopped completely! Sean immediately text me a picture of the bright blue sky with a caption that said, “the sun is out”. It was supposed to rain again as soon as our ceremony was to start later that evening, but once again the rain held out, so we were able to have our ceremony in the Biltmore gardens.
The weather that day turned out to be PERFECT! The rain that morning was definitely good luck…it allowed for stunning pictures, amazing memories of trekking through mud and wet leaves to get those beautiful pictures, a gorgeous sunset, and a warmer day considering it was a November wedding in the mountains. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason, and that our guardian angels were looking out for us on our special day!
What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?
We did not have a first dance due to space in the wine cellar, instead we picked a selection of songs that we loved to play throughout the reception. The artists ranged from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Louis Armstrong, all the way to Brett Young, Dylan Scott, and Michael Bublé.
What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?
Everything…every moment (after it stopped raining, LOL) was absolutely perfect! From the first look, to driving around taking photos together on the estate, to our ceremony, and finally our reception. Every moment continued to get better as the day passed!
What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?
We would love to continue to travel to new places around the United States and to other countries. It has always been a dream of ours to travel to Europe. First on our list would probably be Italy, with France as a close second.
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