Michael here… Shua (short for Joshua), our close friend of many years, got married last month. A few of his attributes include being a gifted musician (he even played and sang at our wedding 8 years ago), a book reader who is always eager to have great discussions and tell stories of his own, an out of control collector of many various items ranging from guitars to belt buckles, a die hard Vespa rider, and a friend of Jesus. A couple of years ago we were hanging out at his parents house for the weekend and he told us about meeting a girl named Michelle. That evening, after everyone went to bed, he stayed up into the wee morning hours messaging her and laying the foundation for a future together. That part is history but I will say that she is awesome and so was the wedding! Take a peek into their big day…

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Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs!

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This is Shua’s baby bonnet. Shua’s mom gave it to Michelle just before the wedding. We love that Michelle carried it with her bouquet. SO unique.
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Shua’s mom also allowed Michelle to wear one of her pearl necklaces. I love all the family love in this wedding.
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A very personalized cake…rock star and cheesecake! Shua doesn’t like regular cake so they had cheesecake instead. The mother of the best man made them and they were so delicious!

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Meriah here… Michelle has two kids. We love how they were a part of the big day. Here is her daughter assisting Michelle with the dress. She is so lovely!

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No, we did not stage this and yes those girls are adorable. They wanted to help the bride get everywhere. It was precious.
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Our friend Shua. A little on the goofy side at times.

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Michelle’s son getting suited up!

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BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!

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Meriah here… I mean, COME ON! Michelle is beautiful both inside and out. I have enjoyed getting to know her over this year. She is precious.
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HANDSOME GROOM!

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Praying together.
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You would think this was Shua’s son, but this is indeed his nephew Charlie. We love Charlie and his stoic nature when a camera is pointed at him. GQ watch out.
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Let the ceremony begin! I love, love, love that Katherine is winking at her son, Shua.
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So let me tell you a little story. Charlie was less than thrilled about walking down the aisle. Uncle Joshua even had a sucker bribe…
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Alas, Shua had to come down the aisle and get Charlie. It was one of my favorite moments of the day. I think Shua even got a little emotional as he walked Charlie down the aisle.
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Here comes that beautiful bride.
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Shua’s reaction made us all cry.
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He may kill us for putting so many crying shots in this blog post but we can’t help it. The moments at this wedding were simply beautiful.
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This sweet little flower girl wanted to pick her rose petals back up during the ceremony.
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Modern Technology moments! A mutual friend was able to watch the ceremony all the way from Moldova. We love you Field and Courtney!

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Some of our favorite moments always include candids of family and friends. While Meriah is taking the group photos Michael captures some of these moments with the bride and groom’s closest friends and family.

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With the kids.
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So we just want to say it was Shua and Michelle’s idea to do photos in the graveyard. Boy are we glad they did! We love how unique these shots are.
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Shout out to Dwight Schrute III!!! (See series finale of “The Office” a personal favorite show of both Meriah and Shua)

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We just want to say this was all Shua. ALL Shua.
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Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Allen!
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The kids looking on.
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Two fresh new babies made their appearance at their first wedding.
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How did this photo get in here?!

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There was some serious heart in these toasts!

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Congratulations to our old pal Shua and our new pal Michelle. We are so very excited for you guys and for this new chapter in your story.

Here is a list of people who helped make this day awesome for Michelle and Shua.

Wedding coordinator- Alivia Utter
Makeup- Salem Bombace
Flowers- Katie Gibson
Decor- Melissa Thomas
DJ or Band- Conner Awald on Piano, Hannah Lancaster on Vocals, Sawyer Farmer on Guitar
Minister- Rev. Mike Hurst
Cake designer- Cheesecakes by Cindy Gibson
Videographer- Jonathan Matthews

To view more of our portfolio check out our website—> Asheville Wedding Photography

It’s hard for me to explain to people why they should do a “Lifestyle Family Session.” So I have decided it is time to SHOW you why.

A lifestyle session is simply having your REAL life photographed as it happens. In your home, your children are comfortable and in their element. The focus on our end is to capture the family’s routine and the favorite activities around the house. Children grow up SO fast so the photos really help tell the stories years later. We already know this to be true with our boys.

Here are some of our favorite shots from the many lifestyle sessions we did this fall!

The Brackett Family
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She’s just little. 🙂
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She loves her blanket and picking the lint out from in-between her toes.
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Story and snuggle time with mom in her room among her things.
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This moment captures so much of their personalities.
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Because sometimes our kids are wild and crazy!
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I told the kids to show me their room and their favorite toys.
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Snack time!
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On the front porch.
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The Golden Family
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Hang out and wrestling time in mommy and daddy’s room. These are some of my favorite moments with my own kids.
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Playing together in their playhouse.
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What she sleeps with every single night.
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Sometimes there are moments like this. One of these days those kids will look back and remember how much they were nourished and loved when they look at moments like this. I would give anything to have photos of my parents comforting me like this as a child.
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Kids + Tents = Loads of fun.
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Wrestling in brothers crib. He loves her so much.
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He just turned one and so naturally we wanted to take photos of him digging into his “smash cake”.
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Which means a bath is needed.
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These moments don’t last long. Those babies grow up too fast. I am so glad they have this captured for blackmail purposes later. 😉
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“After bath dress up time”
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The Harley Family
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His mom thanked me recently for always coming to their home for photos. The kids are so much more at ease and can just be themselves. This little guy loves his construction vehicles and sand box.
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I love his swing!
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Snack time again. 🙂
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This moment with the twins cracks me up!
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In the yard and around the house.
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The Schwarzkopf family. Jill is actually our family photographer! We all share the same love for lifestyle photography. She is simply fantastic at capturing our family in our home. Michael and I were happy to capture her family in her home recently.
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The Moses Family.
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I shot their wedding 5 years ago. It was such an honor to get to photograph this next chapter in their story.
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Dad’s turn to get him dressed.
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In the front yard.
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With dad’s truck!
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Bath time with mom.
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The Melson Family.
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Her room will change A LOT over the course of her life. Now they will have photos to remember her room and all the decor.
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Dad getting baby ready. Mom getting bath ready.
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Towel shots was mom’s idea. She said looking in the mirror and cutting up was one of her favorite things to do after bath!
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When I asked, “What are some special things baby likes to do with dad?” mom replied, “Probably dig in the fridge and get a snack. They love to eat pickles together!”
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Daddy asked for a kiss… and um… well…
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The Tomforde Family.
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With 3 girls there are LOTS of tea parties I’m sure.
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She is growing up and will not be playing with dolls much longer. Lets freeze this moment in a photo because we can’t stop time.
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Sisters playing together.
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Riding bikes in their amazing neighborhood is something they love to do.
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One of the things I hear A LOT from moms is “My home is nothing fancy and isn’t decorated very much.” My response is “It’s about capturing the moments more than anything. When your kids look back on these photos years from now, they won’t look at the photos and think “Man! Mom was a horrible decorator!” Instead they will think, “Mom really took good care of me” or “I forgot about that toy and how much I really loved it” or “I had forgotten that my room looked like that” and “I remember that being our favorite thing to do together as a family!”

Now do you see why we love lifestyle sessions?? Book yours today and consider freezing these moments in time. They really do grow up so fast.

To view more of our portfolio check out our website—> Asheville Family Photography

  • Kirsten Fuchs - Your photos are phenomenal, always. Beautiful families, special moments and you captured it all so well. What gifts you both have!

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As Asheville wedding photographers we love that we have 4 seasons here in the mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina. Here is why.

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Lauren and Josh were married at Pretty Place Chapel on a cloudy but beautiful Autumn day. Hands down this was the best color of the year for us. It was simply stunning.

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Now, lets back up a bit to the beginning of this gorgeous wedding! Here are a few of our favorite getting ready moments.

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Lauren’s sweet puppy loved being in the middle of everything as you can see!
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Lots of tears to be shared! This is the moment when Lauren’s mom gave her the handkerchief with her own handwriting embroidered onto it.
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Josh’s mother Janet gave Lauren this sapphire ring to wear for the day. Josh remembers his mom wearing it a lot while growing up. I love that.
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First look with dad brought out even MORE tears all around!
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We LOVED Josh’s bowtie! It was a handcrafted feather bowtie made by a charleston company called Brackish.
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The fellas just hanging out.
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The gals loved the color surrounding the not so busy road. So naturally we took photos among it.
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First look at Kenmure next to the lake? YES PLEASE.
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Alongside the lake was the perfect place for group photos!
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In love with this REAL “non-staged” moment with the flower girl and the bride. #momentjunkie
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Onward to South Carolina for the Ceremony at Symmes Chapel at Pretty Place.
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I mean… This is a seriously gorgeous bride!!
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Lauren’s bouquet was wrapped in a sleeve from Lauren’s mom’s wedding dress! What an AMAZING idea.
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That. Smile.
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Waiting to be married.
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Prayer with the girls right before ceremony.
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With dad.
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The moms.
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Mr and Mrs!!
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Those moments right after you get hitched!
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Back to North Carolina for the Reception at Kenmure Country Club.
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Shout out to Melanie Murphy with By Invitation Only for her amazing wedding planning and decorating skills!
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The Bloom Room outdid themselves with this awesome floral!
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We have never seen paint used for the tree sign. Loved it.
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First Dance.
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You can tell that these 2 have a great relationship with their parents. These moments were precious.
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Jack n’ Diane’s Dueling Pianos kept the dance floor hoping and were very entertaining!
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This is what happens when you use glitter confetti for your exit!
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Congrats to this super amazing, sweet couple! We wish you all the best as you journey forward.
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Here are the awesome vendors that helped make this day stand out.

Wedding Venue- Symmes Chapel at Pretty Place
Reception Venue- Kenmure Country Club
Wedding coordinator- By Invitation Only, Melanie Murphy, Columbia, SC
Venue coordinator- BJ Kidd and Sara Merkel at Kenmure Country Club
Dress Designer- Essence of Australia
Makeup artist-Makeup by Paulia Perez, Paulina Perez, Jacksonville, FL
Hair designer- Cheri Mizell, Atlanta GA
Floral designer- The Bloom Room, Stacey Brown, Asheville, NC
Caterer- Kenmure Country Club
DJ or Band- Jack n’ Diane’s Dueling Pianos Greenville, SC
Minister or officiant- Rev. Bobby Hutto, Dublin GA
Cake designer- Lindsay Cromarti, Flat Rock, NC
Limo or car service- Elite Limousine

To view more of our portfolio check out our website here–> Asheville Wedding Photographers

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