I know it is July, but I’m already thinking about Autumn here in the mountains. And the Grove Park Inn is just the place to enjoy the mountains, the color of the leaves, and the cooler weather!

Laura and Ben were a super sweet couple and a lot of fun to work with. And lets just talk about “moment” photos! This wedding was full of them. So many sweet moments between them and their family members. It wasn’t hard to capture a tear running down the brides face or the laughter of pure joy!

Here are some of our favorite moments from their amazing Autumn wedding.

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Adorable welcome bags! Full of info on the city of Asheville since the majority of guest were from out of town!
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I love these moments with Laura and her sisters while they were helping with getting her ready. So precious.
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Michael hung out with the guys at The Edison while they enjoyed some drinks. I love these shots of the “fellas just chillin!
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Laura and Ben wrote notes to each other. They read them right before the first look.
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First look love!
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Bridal party fun!
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Shout out to Flora for their amazing work on the flowers! They were simply stunning.
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There were 16 kids in the wedding. It was adorable! Verge Events did an excellent job of rounding up everyone and making sure they got down the aisle in proper order. Folks, this is why a wedding coordinator is SO important.:)
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Time to enjoy the fall color around Grove Park Inn!
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Whoa. I love these colors and these flowers. Flora might need two shout outs in this blog.;)
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Grove Park does NOT disappoint when it comes to the catering. Check out these beautiful appetizers and entrees!
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Introduction!
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I love how this couple incorporated a lot of family dancing! This is the special “grandfather” dance where all the gals in the family danced with grandpa…
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…including his wife!
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Laura and Ben asked if they could have a “Flaming Spanish Coffee Bar” at their wedding and Grove Park totally pulled it off. This was super fun to take photos of and SUPER tasty too!
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Let the party begin! The Emerald Empire Band did an excellent job getting the dance floor hoppin!
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Laura and Ben took advantage of our “Photo Fun Center”. Let’s just say their guest were not shy and had a blast with it!
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One of the best things about the Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn.
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Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Buergler!

We HAVE to give credit to these amazing wedding professionals that helped pull off such an amazing wedding for these two!

Venue Coordinator: Erin with Grove Park Inn
Event Planner: Brittany with Verge Events
Florist: Flora
Ceremony and Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band
Officiant: Fred Werhan
Cake and Catering: Grove Park Inn
Hair and Makeup: Doll Box Productions
Video: Corey with Signature Wedding Films

To view more of our portfolio check out our flash site–> Grove Park Wedding Photography

He proposed 20 years ago. She said “yes” but they never made it to the altar. They went on to live separate lives. He took her ring and buried it on the mountain top where he proposed. Two years ago they reconnected and quickly knew it was meant to be and it was time. He went and dug up the ring.

Heather had previously scheduled a couples session with me at Biltmore Estate. Little did she know that Jeremy called me two weeks prior to the shoot. He wanted me to show up early and capture the proposal. We schemed and plotted the specific spot and time. It might have helped that neither one of them had ever laid eyes on me. She had NO clue I was there and thus the real, intimate, emotional moments. Just her and her guy in one of the biggest moments of their life.

I guess they had never lost that genuine love for each other. It was truly meant to be.

Here are a few of my favorite moments with this amazing couple.

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It’s time for Mozingo Photography to get raw. Lets be real. Sometimes we take “not so good photos.” Every professional does every once in a while. But whether the photo is executed correctly in the camera or not, I don’t know any professional photographer (worthy of hiring, at least) in the digital era who doesn’t perform some sort of editing before handing off their photos to a client. Because it is such a huge portion of the work we do we wanted to shed some light on what kind of effort goes into making photographs really shine.

After a session we sort though the photos to pick the very best ones and then we edit every “keeper” photo to look its best. Some photos need a fair amount of retouching and others need only a little. Post production on the part of the photographer should be considered when looking at the investment of hiring a professional. So much of our time is spent editing photos to make them really sing!

It’s gutsy for us to share our unedited photos with the world but here are a few examples.

Below is a an example of how we can take a dull uninteresting photo and make it pop. The first is the unaltered RAW file directly out of the camera and the second is a touched up photo.

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In this photo the white balance is slightly off. We were able to change it and alter the tone of their skin.

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In this photo the flowers are super bright and the couple is shaded. This is an example of how we can use an adjustment brush in Lightroom to help the photo’s exposure look more even.

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Sometimes, we love the photo in both color and black and white and will give our clients both edits.

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And sometimes I love the photo better in black and white! (But often give the client both edits in case they don’t agree!):)NOTE: The yellow bell bush is casting a yellow tint on the fella’s face. Black and white can mask any unwanted tints in skin tone.

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Over the years, we have found that Nikon cameras interpret white balance (the way colors are designated for a photo) with a little more leaning toward blues and reds. They look a more “cool.” We always lean toward editing our photos a little on the “warmer” side. In the following photo you can see the difference moving from an original “cool” image to a “warm” one.

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Now, one of our goals as professionals is to always build our skill set and get the exposure and composition correct in camera. We strive to master camera settings for different environments and situations. We also strive to learn new techniques with reflectors and extra lighting to get the exposure correct. This will significantly lessen our editing time and will always be a goal of ours. However, it is nice to know the occasional incorrectly exposed photo can be saved and made to look it’s best in the editing process.

Shout out and a huge thanks to Brittany and Bob for allowing us to share some of their engagement session! We can’t wait for their wedding in October.

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