What is a lifestyle family photo session? Well, it is a journalistic approach to capturing your family doing life as it really happens in your home! It is my favorite kind of family session.

The House family invited me to do a lifestyle session in their home when their daughter Melody was just a baby. They asked me back to capture Melody and her new baby brother, Andrew. It was so good to get to hang with the Kim and Tim House again. They are such precious people and Kim and I realized we actually had a lot in common and stayed talking for an extra half hour. I believe this is a beautiful friendship in the making!

Check out this very fun family living life.

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We did a this same shot with Melody when she was a baby. Now there are 2 children in this shot.:)

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Oh what I would give for shots of my momma braiding my hair. I. love. this.

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Sweet snuggles with brother in his room.

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Reading one of my favorite children’s books ever! Melody’s favorite is David and Goliath so Kim read it to all of us.

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Like most all little girls in America, Melody is in love with the movie Frozen. So playing dress up was in order. Kim and I got tickled at how “in to it” she was. Oh! To be a kid again!

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Daddy is dancing with Cinderella now while mom is singing the song in the background. Notice the one slipper that daddy put on her foot before they started dancing. This is obviously something they do often. These are the moments I know Melody will cherish forever.

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This fellow!! What a handsome little guy.

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Boo boos.

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After the hokie pokie! This photo makes Kim and I laugh. After seeing it she said… “yep! that’s real life! I’m sending that one to my mom.”

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Ashley and Mike had a beautiful Deerpark wedding in August on the Biltmore Estate. It was a hot day in August but they didn’t let this keep them from having a blast.

I knew Ashley would be a kindred spirit by reading the answers to our little questionnaire we send out to our clients one month prior to their big day. Her answers were full of jokes, smiley faces, and personality. I love that. Upon meeting her it was evident that she was a genuine person. We had a great time together and she welcomed Michael and I in and treated us like friends. That meant a lot.

Michael embarrassingly called the groom “Greg” while shooting some group photos with him and the groomsmen. I do not even know how he managed this considering the groom, Mike, shares the same name as him! The groomsmen were sure to give Mike and Michael a hard time about this. I will surely never let him live it down either. This is the stuff photographers are made fun of for doing and we can now say we have done it to our shame! lol.

Ashley and Mike were great fun and great people to work with. We are excited to show you these images from their big day!

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In love with Flora! Their flowers are always stunning.

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First look with dad. Sister is in the background.

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Mom was a wreck too. It was such a beautiful moment!
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Ashley gets an award for one of the best gifts we have ever seen. Since most of Mike’s friends are married she asked them all for marriage advice. She then posted their advice in a book for Mike. He was very touched and as you can see by the pictures below his groomsmen enjoyed it too.

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Shout out to Joanna with Powder me Pretty for a fabulous job on Ashley’s makeup! Ashley’s friend and hair designer Brittany Saari rocked it on Ashley’s hair!

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Stephanie, Nicole, and Sarah with Verge events did a fantastic job coordinating! Here is one of our favorite pictures of our good pal Nicole doing her thing!

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Pastor Time Lolley of Blue Mountain Weddings seems to be pretty popular! We love to see his smiles and get his hugs when we all are at the same wedding. As always he did a fantastic job!

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One of my favorite things about being a husband and wife team is that one of us can capture moments like this while the other is taking the formal group photos. All of Ashley and Mike’s close family and friends were hanging out so we are able to photograph some good candid moments of them. These always end up being some of our personal favorite moments of the day.

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Shout out to Asheville’s own Gray Line Trolleys! We loved getting to ride around with the couple and capture some of these moments.

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Introduction fun!

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The toast by the Matrons of Honor and the Best Men brought lots of tears and laughter!

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The band MVP did an excellent job of keeping the dance floor hopping!

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Congrats Ashley and Mike! Many more years of laughter and joy to you!

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To view more of our portfolio please check out our website here —> Biltmore Wedding Photographers

  • Ashley - Meriah, I cannot thank you and Michael enough, these photos are amazing! As you know, I was pretty nervous to see the pics bc of too many glasses of…. umm, “water,” but I couldn’t be more pleased!!!! These are fabulous, the attention to detail, lighting, and position goes above and beyond expectations. I truly look forward to continuing my relationship, personal and professional, with the two of y’all! Such a blessing to have the two of you part of our big day! Much love.

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As Asheville wedding photographers, Mountain Magnolia Inn is becoming one of our favorite venues in WNC. We love it’s classic southern style and the huge walnut and magnolia trees in the lawn. Rachel and Mike’s wedding was on a warm day in August. They were married under the shade of the very old black walnut tree.

Rachel and Mike are such amazing people. It was hard to not get a photo of these two smiling, especially Rachel. She kept saying, “I’m just so happy!” What a blessing it was to be part of this couple’s wedding. They showed us such appreciation and kindness.

Congratulations Rachel and Mike!

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I loved the details of Rachel’s dress. It suited her so well and fit amazingly. I am a sucker for all lace as well.
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“First looks” are some of my favorite moments. Rachel said she wanted this shot because it reminded her of one of her favorite moments in the movie “Beauty and the Beast”
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Rachel and Mike did a grand introduction with sparklers instead of a grand exit! We thought this was a unique idea and we loved it!
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Shout out to these amazing wedding professionals whom helped to pull off such a great day!

Venue: Mountain Magnolia Inn
Wedding and Venue Coordinator: Mary Helen Adamson
Dress Designer: Moonlight Bridal
Makeup Artist: Adorn Salon
Hair: Adorn Salon
Floral: Beth with Studio Flora Diva
Cater: Mountain Magnolia Inn
DJ: James Donaldson
Officiant: Peggy Goodknight (Bride’s mom)
Cake: Short Street Cakes

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