Jess and Tyler were married at the upper level of the Crest Center on a gorgeous day in early November! One of the things that stood out to me about this couple is their genuine kindness.  After the wedding was over Michael and I were packing up and I was at my car.  Jess went out of her way to hunt me down found me at my car just to say thank you to Michael and I.  It was precious.  She truly is one of the kindest brides I have ever had. She and Tyler had SUCH good chemistry.

As she mentions below we had extra time to hang out together after the ceremony. We walked around the grounds of the Crest Center and had a blast hanging out and taking photos. (Always good when you have extra time to take the bride and groom photos!) It was such a beautiful evening and Jess and Tyler had time to soak it all in. And Michael and I had a minute to get a little creative! 🙂

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More from us later.  Now lets hear from Jess and Tyler!

A bit about Jess: Born and raised a North Carolina girl in Charlotte, she attended East Carolina University majoring in Health Fitness and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for her Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Her (gymnast) athletic background led her down the path she now walks, working as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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A bit about Tyler: Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, he attended East Carolina University majoring in Accounting and also received his MBA from East Carolina University. He also grew up an athlete as an avid football player and has a big place in his heart for his Philadelphia Eagles football team. He now works in Charlotte for Wells Fargo.

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How did you meet?  Fittingly, we met on a football field! It was my senior year of college, Ty’s junior year, and I played for my sorority’s intramural flag football team. Tyler and one of his best friends (also a groomsman) were our coaches.

Describe your first date?  An event we always laugh about when we reminisce about it! It was at O’Charley’s in Greenville, NC and while we did actually order dinner, we only ate a few bites each because we were so wrapped up in conversation.  What is so distinct about it is we both remember what we were each wearing vividly and the small details that otherwise wouldn’t be noticeable.

How long have you been together? 5 years!

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  We love to be active and go hiking, go to our favorite Gold’s Gym in uptown Charlotte, watch movies/shows together, watch ECU football, and of course play with and care for our rescued furry kitty family member, Coop.

Who popped the question and HOW?  Tyler popped the question on a beautiful Sunday spring afternoon April 12th, 2015 at the top of Crowder’s Mountain just outside of Charlotte!  I had a small suspicion it would come somewhat soon, but no clue when.  We were in the car a few weeks prior to this day on our way to do our normal weekend errands when Ty made the comment “we should go hiking before it gets too hot/summer time hits.”  I of course agreed and didn’t think much of it, but given that Ty isn’t normally the planner in our house I did find it somewhat odd that he was wanting to plan something.  We had loosely thrown the idea of going for a few weekends after the conversation in the car, and any suspicion I had had gone away. We chose one Sunday to go, and once we reached the top I had my phone in my hand taking pictures. Behind me, I heard Tyler rustling around in his backpack which I found to be odd since we both already had our bottles of water by our side. But before I had time to process that, he called my name and I turned around when he was down on one knee.  After the ‘YES of course’, my very next question was “wait, did you ask my dad!?”

Why did you pick Asheville and Crest?  Asheville felt like an extension of our engagement. We knew we wanted to be away from Charlotte and wanted a place that felt more isolated and removed from the hectic area we call home in Charlotte.  Asheville was the perfect distance away from Charlotte, and felt far enough removed that it would always remain a special place in our hearts.  Crest embodied this vision perfectly, and being able to see most of Asheville from the peak of a mountain surrounded by all of our closest friends and family was exactly what we wanted.

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What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?

From Tyler: Indescribable and surreal!

From Jessica: True happiness. I remember when I saw him for the first time walking down the isle I could see his eyes filled with happiness I could literally feel from what felt like a mile away.

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What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?

From Jess: I was in love with my shoes and of course my dress. I’ve never worn anything like either of those two things and for me, each of those things helped me feel like I was truly one of a kind. And I can speak for both of us when we say our wedding bands, seeing a ring on Ty’s finger was definitely an ‘ah hah’ moment; it visually helped everything happening that day sink in.

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From Ty: It was all about her details for me; her dress was by far my favorite part because it was breathtaking and beautiful, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of her!

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How many guests attended the wedding? 180 were invited, I believe we had about 150 attend.

What did you and your guests eat at the reception? We had a few passed appetizers: Feta cheese stuffed mushrooms, pigs in a blanket (our favorite), fried green tomato biscuits. For dinner we had shrimp and grits, roast beef, italian chicken skewers, and roasted root vegetables. It was all so delicious!

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We had 3 flavors in 3 tiers: The bottom tier was a marble cake, the middle tier was an almond pound cake, and the top tier was a strawberry cake, all covered in a vanilla buttercream.

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What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? During our sorority ritual when we all took sips out of our huge silver “loving cup” with Ty sitting in the middle, at the end we made him finish what was left of the champagne in the cup and it spilled all over his shirt! Good thing it dried pretty clear!!

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What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? ‘Whatever It Is’ by Zac Brown Band. The first concert we ever went to together was a ZBB concert in Raleigh a few years ago, and since then their lyrics have always resonated with us. When this song first came out, we both thought of each other.

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What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? Other than how we felt, it was the atmosphere: the happiness, love, sunshine, and mountains we were blessed with and surrounded by that day. It’s not every day you get to walk barefoot in a wedding dress on a fall day in Asheville with your new husband and two wonderful photographers, to capture our love in a place we so dearly love and that is so incredibly beautiful.

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What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? Travel, travel, travel! We have a list of places we want to venture to that we started back when we first started dating five years ago.

Now lets back up to the beginning of the day! Here are a few more of our favorite moments from Jess and Tyler’s wedding. Shout out to Dollobox Productions for the amazing hair and makeup!

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Special moments with “the moms”
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I love this moment when Jessica gave her bridesmaids their presents. It was personalized wraps and earrings!
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Due to a late fall here in the mountains the color was still fantastic even in to November!
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The ceremony was on the upper level deck of the Crest Center.  This was our first time shooting a ceremony up there. The view was spectacular!

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Because if I looked that cute I would be looking at my self in the reflection of the windows too!
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From the inside out.

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Family and friends and beautiful moments. These are our favorite things to capture.
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Shout out to Shady Grove Floral for the beautiful flowers!
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Reception time!
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The sunsets at Crest never disappoint.
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Introducing the Mr and Mrs!
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This photo tells how much Tyler loves his mamma. And you know what they say… “A man who loves his mamma and treats her well makes a good husband”
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The toast were full of great laughs!
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The bouquet and garter toss were super fun and a bit on the competitive side!
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Congrats Jess and Tyler! It was a pleasure to share in your special day.
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Wedding coordinator – M7 Events (with the Crest Center)

Venue coordinator – M7 Events (with the Crest Center)

Dress Designer – Maggie Sottero

Where you purchased your dress – Poffie Girls in Gastonia, NC

Makeup artist – Doll Box Productions

Hair designer – Doll Box Productions

Floral designer – Shady Grove Flowers

Caterer – M7 Events (with the Crest Center)

DJ – Sound Extreme Entertainment

Officiant – Randall Boggs of Mills River Presbyterian Church

Cake designer – Short Street Cakes

Limo or car service – Carolina Limousine

To view more of our Crest weddings click on this link!— Crest Wedding Photographers

Caroline and Jake had an absolute stunning and SUPER FUN Grove Park  wedding. We chatted with Caroline via Skype but did not officially meet her and Jake until their wedding day.  Michael and I instantly liked them.  Caroline was super laid back and so full of joy. She laughed so much on her wedding day and capturing that joy in our photos was so special. Jake was as nice as they come and Michael had a blast getting hanging with him and the fellas.

The reception though… as you will discover in the photos below, had us talking about it for several days following!  Michael and I are still laughing about the wildness that occured.

More of that to come but for now here is a bit from the bride and groom!

A bit about Caroline:  30 yrs old. I train and compete hunters/jumpers horses professionally so I travel a lot for my job. I have been competing since I was 9 and turned pro about 6 yrs ago. I also work alongside my parents.

A bit about Jake:  31 yrs old. Works for his dad as a industrial contractor. He played basketball in high school and college. He is the sweetest man I have ever met!

How did you meet?  Mutual friend

Describe your first date?  At the beginning of our relationship we hung out a lot with friends together and when on double dates but for our first actual date Jake took me to the beach for a week and it was there we finally had our real first date!

How long have you been together?  Going on 9 years.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  We love to travel and visit our friends as much as our schedule allows us. We all live in different areas but we try to see each other as much as possible.

Who popped the question and HOW?  Jake popped the question! He asked me at home.. I knew something was up earlier in the day because he had made dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant (Print Works) in Greensboro and I’m usually always the one who makes the reservations, LOL! But he came home with flowers and my favorite champagne and asked me to marry him! Then we decided to wait and tell family and friends until the next day so we could enjoy that moment together.

Why did you pick Asheville and The Grove Park Inn?  The Grove Park is very important to my family and we lost my Grandfather earlier this year so it just felt that much more important to us and my mom because she vacationed a lot there with my grandparents when she was younger! As soon as Jake and I arrived at the Grove Park we knew it was perfect!

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?  For Jake he said beautiful and sexy for me, LOL and for me Jake looked so happy and extremely handsome! It was an incredibly emotional day for Jake and I and all of our friends because we have been together for so long and the day was just perfect! We didn’t have one thing to complain about and nothing went wrong.. it’s hard to put into words how special this day was for us.

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?  For Jake he said it would have to be my dress .. he said it couldn’t have been more perfect! And for me, it was definitely my bouquet which had my Grandfathers dog tags pinned to it! The memory table that Jake and I had set up was very important also. It had photos of both of my grandfathers and Jake’s uncle. Also Jake really loved his groom’s cake that I had made for him.  He got it the night of our rehearsal dinner! It was a giant rainbow trout (he loves to fish) and he didn’t want to cut it, LOL.

How many guests attended the wedding?  Around 80

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?  Our salad was hand harvested greens, merlot poached pears, goat cheese, and champagne vinaigrette. Our entree was pepper crusted filet miginon with demi glacé and jumbo lump crab cake, roasted tomato risotto with asparagus and baby carrots.

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day?  For sure our reception.. especially once the music started!! A few of our groomsmen left without their shirts!!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?  “For A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett – one of our favorite’s

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?  For me it was our ceremony! It felt like it was just Jake and I up there with Tim. It was amazing!! We were also able to hold our emotions in except for a few small tears but once we walked out and around the corner of the fireplace we both just started crying and once we got back into the room we hugged and cried and laughed. And as our bridal party started to come in the room behind us they were all crying too and it was just a really special moment! Something I will cherish forever.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?  We definitely want to travel a lot but we also want to start a family at some point! We are really just excited for this new chapter in our lives and just so excited to see what the future holds for us.

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Shout out to Alex. Not only was he a groomsman but he did the bride’s hair, tied a lot of ties and bowties, and had his twin children in the wedding. He made us laugh SO much during the reception as well. (see photos below!)
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What a beauty!
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Caroline told me she did not want any “fake laughing shots” so all of this laughing is FOR REAL folks. This was a jolly group to be sure and there was a lot of jokes floating around about Dallas. 😉
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Those bridesmaids knew how to make this girl laugh.
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Mr. GQ.
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Mrs. Vogue.
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We loved the use of benches at this wedding! They were a nice touch to this beautiful setting.
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Flora and their mad flower skills.
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Hurricane Matthew brought loads of rain to our area two days prior. The rain washed away all the haze and made this view awesome. We were all glad to see the sun! Not a cloud in the sky!
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Such joy!! Congrats to Caroline and Jake!
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Cocktail hour was held out on this veranda.
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Grove park nails it with the food. This cheese, fruit, and jam spread is to die for.
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This bridal party was so much fun. There was loads of laughing and cheer to go around!
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Caroline and Jake have wonderful chemistry. As you can tell by the photos below!
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We loved how the cake matched the tables and benches at the ceremony and the decor!
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We love this “find your seat” sign!
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And now introducing….
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Caroline and Jake’s first dance was choreographed! We loved it.
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The sun was coming in just at the right angle lighting up these two as they danced together.
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The beauty of the Grove Park at twilight. My favorite time.
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Toast time!
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A word from Caroline and Jake ended in this sweet moment.
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These two and their awesome smiles.
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Jake and his mom.
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Lets get this party started!
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As Caroline said… the shirts came off!
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Thanks again Caroline and Jake! Congratulations!!!
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Shout out to these professionals that made this wedding amazing.

Wedding coordinator – Stephanie and Sarah with Verge Events

Venue coordinator – Sarah with Grove Park Inn

Where you purchased your dress – Divas Bridal of Greensboro

Makeup artist – Jamie Surgeon

Hair designer – Alex Stevens

Floral designer – Flora

Caterer – Grove Park Inn

DJ – Mr C’s Mobil DJ

Officiant – Tim Lolley with Blue Mountain Weddings

Cake designer – Tina from Grove Park Inn

Rental company – Classic Event Rental and 7ton

As Asheville wedding photographers we photograph at the Crest Pavilion often! We were there 4 times over the Fall season. Every wedding was SO different and every couple as well.  Jess and Nate?  What can we say.  They were SUCH a cool couple to hang out with and simply so joyful on their wedding day.  We are so thrilled we got to know them throughout their planning process and their wedding. We really do hope they get to move to the mountains one day (as is their hope). I think we Mozingos would like hanging out with this couple more.

More from us later. For now here is a bit from them!

A bit about Jess:  I grew up in North Bend, WA, about an hour east of Seattle. I went to the University of Washington for undergrad and grad school. I majored in marine biology but have always worked in data analytics/IT. I moved to Charleston in 2010 and was hired at Charleston PD in 2011. I love everything outdoors, nature, and adventure.

A bit about Nate: I am originally from Findlay, OH (in northwest Ohio).  I played football in college for Bowling Green State University, starting for 3 years.  Moved to Charleston in 2007 after accepting a job as a police officer and have been a street cop for 9+ years.  Love to get away and be outdoors hiking, biking, or camping in the mountains when I’m not working.

How did you meet? We met at work during a “train the trainer” class in which Jess was teaching a new software program to selected officers to train their fellow patrol officers. For several weeks later, Nate would periodically email and call Jess regarding questions that he received but didn’t have the answers for.  At some point, those questions turned into “non-work related” conversations.

Describe your first date?  I took Jess to the Firefly distillery plantation for some wine and liquor tasting.  We then had dinner at Red’s Icehouse on Bohicket Marina on the water.

How long have you been together?  A little over 3 years

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple?  Almost anything outdoors.  Camping, hiking, and going to concerts.

Who popped the question and HOW?  Nate popped the question.  On our two year dating anniversary, we decided to go back to Red’s Icehouse for dinner.  Nate surprised Jess by having his parents, brother, and a couple of our good friends also to come.  We walked to the end of the boardwalk before Nate stopped to propose.  Then all the friends popped out of the dark to help celebrate.

Why did you pick Asheville and the Crest Center?  Asheville has become one of our favorite places to vacation and possibly a place we could see ourselves living long term one day.  We knew that we wanted to get married in the mountains with all of the fall colors in October.  The Crest Center was an easy decision after seeing the view it offers as a backdrop.  The Pavilion as a reception area was exactly what we were looking for in a reception place.  It offered a simple rustic feel that was self decorating.

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?  Jess was beautiful.  Nate was giddy (and handsome).

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?   Our wedding gifts to each other.  Nate is a lifelong Browns’ fan and has always wanted an authentic jersey from a player he grew up watching.  And Nate’s gift to Jess was all things from her hometown in Washington that she grew up with.

How many guests attended the wedding? 90-100

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?  Appetizers were bacon wrapped shrimp and fried risotto balls.  Dinner was BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, huntsman potatoes, broccoli salad, baked beans,

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  Gluten-free (!!!) red velvet with cream cheese frosting

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? 

A bridesmaid and groomsman singing 90’s rap in the shuttle bus to the venue

Mike dropping the rings

Nate & his brother Mike dancing with Grandma Fry

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it?  Whenever we would come home from date-nights out,  Nate would always play this song in the car and sing along on the way home. It just became “our song”: “Twice” by Southwood

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding?  Nate was able to get the lead singer from Southwood to perform “Twice” live as a surprise! (Jess is still at a loss for words).

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple?  Keep adventuring and exploring new things and places together. Eventually finding a “forever home” in the mountains somewhere and starting a family!

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First look with Nate on the porch of the rental home.  What a perfect spot for a perfect moment.
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You can tell by these photos that he loves her so so very much.
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A little Tom-Foolery.
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Sometimes you have a boo boo on your wedding day, right Jess?!
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Jess made a stunning bride.
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And apparently Nate knows how to work a camera.
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As you read above… this was that moment when Jess surprised Nate with obviously the best gift ever for a Browns fan!  His reaction was awesome!
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Showing it off to his brother!
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Onward to the Crest which was popping with color. Shout out to Gil with Blue Ridge Limo for the transportation!crest_wedding_photographer_0007
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The clouds were dark over those mountains when we first showed up. Then the sun popped out and the clouds began to part and became this.crest_wedding_photographer_0009

We Mozingos are never afraid of a little rain. Because just sometimes, you get a rainbow.
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This is a completely candid moment of Nate helping Jess down the stairs for photos.
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Jess’s fabulous hair and make up was done by Justine Green at Grace Salon from Charleston, SC
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And Nate loved to smile and laugh.
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Shout out to Michael for all of these shots. He hangs out while I am doing the formal family group photos and tries to capture candids of the family with the zoom lens. These are always some of my favorite shots. As you can tell, it was a bit chilly on this day!
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Nate’s family is a hoot, ya’ll. They had us laughing OFTEN throughout the day.
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Let the ceremony begin!
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Nate’s dad, Bob, officiated the wedding. With tears in his eyes and getting choked up I remember him saying something like, “I have been a judge for a long time. I have officiated a lot of weddings in my time but this is by far the most special wedding I have ever had the honor to be a part of.”
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Sweet moments with Nate’s dad after the ceremony.
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This is when I give a shout out to the Charleston Police Department. Nate and Jess both work for CPD. They naturally wanted a photo with all of the the CPD that were able to attend the wedding. It’s been a crazy couple of years in Charleston with the shooting and hurricane Matthew.  We Mozingos thank you for your service to Meriah’s second favorite city next to Asheville.
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Sunset shots are so lovely at the Crest! Clouds make them even better.
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My favorite photo of Jess and Nate. They make each other laugh so much.
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Onward to the reception!
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Shout out to Vortex donuts! The Mozingo’s favorite freshly made donuts here in Asheville!
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This shocked look on Jess’ face is that moment when Nate gave her the ultimate surprise. As Jess said above when answering the question “What stood out to you most when you think of your wedding?” Nate and Jess have a song that they have claimed as “their song” (As so many of us couples do!) This was that moment when she turned and saw the lead singer playing their first dance song LIVE!
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Nate brought in Mitchell Lee from Southwood to play the song “Twice” as they danced. Mitchell did a fantastic job!
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And Jess cried.
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Roast… I mean “Toast” time.
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This gluten free cake was done by Zoe Voulgarelis.
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Lets get this party started!
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Dancing with grandma.
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Shout out to Crest and M7 Events for the wonderful food and drinks!
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Nate and Jess allowed us to steal them away for a few shots among the twinkle lights.  Jess, your eyes are AMAZING!
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SO much laughter.
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Congrats Jess and Nate!! We wish you loads of happiness as you begin this new chapter in your story.

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