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I, Meriah, had such a blast getting to photograph Lauren and Bill’s Biltmore engagement session this past weekend. We had about 6 inches of snow over the weekend. They were troopers about getting out in it and not to mention, the 17 degree air temterature. For the record, it was the coldest shoot I have ever done, but oh so worth it!

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Lauren has been so gracious as to “guest blog” for us and here is what she and Bill had to say about the session and a little about themselves…

WHY BILTMORE FOR THE SHOOT:
Lauren and Bill knew they wanted their engagement photos to capture the snowy mountains that they both call home.

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The first significant snow of the season ushered in temperatures in the teens for the shoot this past weekend at the Biltmore Estate. But the cold temps proved to make it even more of an adventure! The variety of snowy backdrops on the Estate grounds offered great natural elements for this shoot.

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HOW THEY MET/HOW HE PROPOSED:
Though their families were waiting for the perfect opportunity to set Lauren & Bill up, they found each other on their own at the gym, and the rest is history. Evening walks together at a local lake quickly became part of their routine, and it was during one of their Sunday strolls that Bill got down on one knee and popped the question!

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FAMILY-CENTERED:
Family is very important to both Lauren and Bill. Lauren wanted to incorporate a hand-sewn quilt made by her grandmother. It was the perfect touch to make their waterfall photos oh so special!

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KNOW LAUREN?
If you think Lauren looks familiar, she does! In fact, she helps to wake up many people here in the mountains with the morning news. She is a reporter for News 13, the television news station here in Asheville.

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  • Betty Wyatt - Those were gorgeous. I can’t imagine being out in 17 temps taking those. The snow just added that extra special magic that you don’t see very often down here.

This blog is a bit late but it since it took me 10 billion years I waited until we were a bit caught up! As Asheville wedding photographers had SUCH an amazing and full to the brim 2016. Michael and I witnessed 38 “I do’s” last year ranging from elopements to large weddings. We feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to share in so many people’s lives.

Here are our favorite 10 photos from each. (Let me tell you, it was SO tough to narrow them down to 10! All of these weddings were beautiful and packed with so many amazing moments!)

Kathryn and Brian’s Asheville wedding at The Venue was our first wedding of the year; on New Year’s Day! We have known Kathryn and her family for years and it was a joy to celebrate the New Year with them. They laughed so, so much at this wedding!

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Roberta and Jason had a small Waynesville wedding at Broyhill Baptist Home. Roberta is a great friend to the Mozingos. She called me the Saturday prior and told me she was getting hitched on Thursday. This girl is crazy but they absolutely pulled it off in 4 days!

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Carolyn and Steve had an Asheville elopement at The Bunn House near downtown Asheville. We had not been to the Bunn House before and it was lovely! Shout out to Tick Tock Concierge for her awesome services and assistance with this wedding.

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Ariel and Alex had their Asheville wedding at Homewood. This couple looks like they were “carved out of cream cheese!” SO beautiful. Their details were some of the most unique ones we have ever seen. Check out more of their wedding here… Homewood Wedding Photographer

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Jennifer and Lee had a small wedding at Pretty Place chapel. We love Pretty Place and it was such a beautiful day! Jennifer was a knock out!

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Clair and Matt eloped to Asheville and were married at the NC Arboretum. (They stayed at the Inn at Biltmore!) They used periscope on their iPhone to allow their friends and family to watch. We also enjoyed getting to shoot their summer reception near Knoxville.

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Michael’s cousin Heather was married in 2016. Her and Brian’s wedding was our first at Highland Brewing Company. We love this beautiful red head and her fella so much. Check out more from their wedding here… Highland Brewing Company Wedding

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Lisa and Brad had a super fun wedding at the Omni Grove Park Inn. They even surprised their guests by having their 3 rescue dogs make an appearance after the wedding! Check out more from their wedding here… Grove Park Weddings.

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David and his family are good friends of ours. We traveled to see him wed his Allison in Folly Beach SC.  Their sunny wedding on the beach was such a nice treat. Check out more from their amazing wedding here… Folley Beach Weddings

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Allyssa and Derek were married at Claxton Farms. Check out more from their wedding here… Claxton Farm Wedding. The moments from this wedding are some of my favorite. I mean the Llama tried to eat her bouquet!

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Alyssa and Trent were some of the coolest people to be around. Their wedding at the Century Room at Packs Tavern was amaze-sauce. We loved their first dance a little TOO much! Check it and other glorious moments out here… Century Room Weddings

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Heather and Baryn were our first wedding of the year at the Crest Center and Pavillion. (We shot there a lot in 2016!) This couple had some amazing flowers and details. The weather was simply perfect. (THOSE CLOUDS!) Baryn was a complete goofball and we love that… Heather handled him well! 😉 Check out more from their wedding here… Crest Weddings

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Sam and Doug had a small, family only wedding at Hidden River in Swannanoa. We loved the intimacy of this small wedding and how awesome their crazy kids are. (The kiss shot reaction is for real ya’ll. Check out more from their wedding here… Hidden River Weddings

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Holly and Ryan had a small wedding at the Vanderbilt Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Their intimate wedding was so full of beautiful moments. You could really tell those two are in love. The way they looked at each other was precious. Check out more of their wedding here… Grove Park Inn Weddings

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Lindsey and Andrew had SUCH a cool military wedding at the Crest Center. Having both been in the Navy we loved the military elements they brought to the wedding. We really connected with this couple. Their smiles are SO genuine and they were so kind to us. Check out more from their wedding here… Crest Wedding Photographer.

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Nikki and Bradley are a gorgeous couple… GORGEOUS. We SO enjoyed their wedding at the Grove Park Inn. Check out more from their beautiful wedding here… Grove Park Inn Wedding Photographer The moments with Nikki having her first look with her dad are to die for, you may want to grab a box of tissues!

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Shelby and Ron were married at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain. This was our first wedding we have photographed there. Shelby made a stunning bride… I mean that hair is awesome! Shelby and Ron were super sweet people and we enjoyed getting to share in their day so much.

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Kathy and Dave had an awesome July wedding at Burntshirt Vineyard in Hendersonville. This was our first wedding at this vineyard and we loved it. (We don’t often get to shoot in vineyards.) Kathy and Dave had such a great time on their wedding day. We were sad to hear that only 6 weeks after this wedding Dave lost his mother. The moments of her with Dave at this wedding mean so much more now and are absolutely precious. Check out more from their beautiful wedding here… Burntshirt Vineyard Wedding.

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While on vacation to Panama City Beach we were out one evening shooting photos with our friends (whom we vacation with). We noticed a wedding about to start down further on the beach when a guy came up to us. He told us that the photographer didn’t show up for the wedding and asked us to photograph it. We hesitated, I mean, we were on vacation! However, we decided to a “do unto others…” move and captured their short ceremony. It started 10 minutes after we were asked! Shew! God blessed this day with a GLORIOUS sunset, one of the best beach sunsets I have ever seen. Congrats Anita and Mike!

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Kelly and Jason were married at The Farm in Candler. This couple laughed A LOT, especially Kelly. She was simply radiant with joy. And we loved Jason’s reaction to her coming down the aisle! Check out more from their fun wedding here… The Farm Wedding Photographer

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Angie and Charles eloped to the Inn on Biltmore Estate in August. Ya’ll, I have never seen it downpour at a wedding like it did while we were trying to photograph this couple after their ceremony. Oh my! However, Angie and Charles were such good sports about it. We had an absolute blast hanging out with them and while we “waited it out” Angie decided she wanted “rain shots” anyway. And may I just say her hair and makeup held up fabulously?! So beautiful.

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Elina and Sam get the “most colorful wedding of the year” award! Their wedding at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester was complete awesomeness. I am a HUGE fan of colorful details so the floral on this one made my day. Elina and Sam were killer to be around as they really wanted their wedding to be focused on fun. Check out more of their wedding here… Yesterday Spaces Wedding

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Jamie and Sam were married on Labor Day weekend. They asked us Mozingos to focus on capturing them having fun and they didn’t fall short in provided the moments! Their wedding at the Inn at Biltmore Estate was a blast and was on SUCH a gorgeous day. Check out more from their wedding here… Biltmore Wedding Photography

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Chrissy and Charlie were married at Pretty Place Chapel and had their reception at the Mountain Lodge in Hendersonville. I got to ride up the mountain to the ceremony with Chrissy and SO enjoyed getting to know her. Their wedding was on a beautiful September day and we love, love, love the sunny shots in the woods!

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Shay was the third and final of her siblings to be married within a 14 month time frame. We Mozingos were blessed to be a part of all 3! Having known Shay since she was 3 I was honored to get to share in her day. I kept looking at her thinking, “I can’t believe she is a bride and so beautiful.” Check out more of their wedding here… Canton Weddings

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Ashley and Joe had a huge, glorious wedding at Biltmore Estate. It was our first wedding on the Tennis Lawn and our first reception on the Italian Gardens. The wedding was stunning but not as stunning as Ashley was. Holy cow! I loved the details of the top of her dress! Check out more from their wedding here… Biltmore Wedding Photographers

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Michael’s other cousin, Haley, was married at Appalachain Farm Weddings. Haley’s sister Heather was married back in April and both weddings were so unique to each sister! Haley and Dane’s wedding was on a farm and had the cutest ring bearer of the year (we may be partial since it was our son, Ezra!) 🙂 Check out more from their wedding here… Appalachian Farm Wedding

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Ashleigh and Adrian did not let Hurricane Matthew dampen their spirits. Their wedding at The Crest was a success despite the unrelenting rain. The sweetness of emotion at this wedding produced some of my favorite “moment junkie” photos of the year. Check out more of their wedding here… Crest Wedding Photographer

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Kelly and Jared had us photograph our first ever wedding at Hawksdene! I bonded with this couple because we got to spend some time together on a “Rock the Frock” session a few days after their wedding. (See the last image of Kelly trashing her dress!) They. Are. Awesome. Check out more of their wedding here… Hawksdene Wedding and then go check out their “Rock the Frock” session here… Asheville Wedding Photography

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Caroline and Jake had a gorgeous October wedding at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Caroline made a stunning bride and I adored her dress. (Just look at the back of that dress!) Michael and I still get tickled when we think about their reception… the wildest one to date and I think they would be proud of that fact. 😉 Check out more from their fun wedding here… Grove Park Wedding Photographers

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We were fortunate to get to spend almost the whole weekend with Alex and Chris. This STUNNING couple was married at the Inn at Biltmore Estate on a gorgeous day in October. We loved all the little details of their wedding that made it so special. Alex’s dog, Henry, even made an appearance. But what stood out to me was how excited Chris was to marry his Alex. Their joy was contagious. Their wedding is a must see on our blog! Check it out here… Biltmore Inn Weddings

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Jess and Nate had a Crest Pavilion wedding in October. Even though it was a bit windy and chilly that day the color was gorgeous and we were even blessed with a rainbow! We enjoyed getting to capture the pure joy of their wedding day. Check out more of this cool wedding here… Crest Pavillion Weddings

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Jay and Dina switched things up on us for their wedding event at Biltmore in October! We actually did their first look and “Bride and Groom” photos the Tuesday before their Saturday wedding! We LOVE that they did that. We had extra time with them and even got to enjoy Jay’s renown pizza with them after the Tuesday session. Can I also add that this was probably one of the best sunsets ever!?!?! Check out more of their awesome wedding here… Lioncrest Weddings at Biltmore

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Gabby and Jake had a super gorgeous Jewish wedding at the Crest back in October. Gabby was G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. But more than that her personality reflected the beauty that she is. May I also add that those flowers on that wedding arch are kind of crazy good. To check out more of their wedding click here… Crest Wedding Photography

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We had a lot of weddings at the Crest back in the Fall. We made it our goal to photograph each Crest wedding uniquely since each of our couples were uniquely different! Jess and Tyler were married the first weekend in November at Crest. We were so happy to see there was still color on the trees! The parent dancing moments were some of my favorites from this wedding as well as the toast shots! Check out more of this gorgeous day with this sweet couple here… Crest Wedding Photographer

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Jennifer and Morgan were married at the Champagne cellar at Biltmore in December. Their small wedding was perfect for the intimacy of the champagne cellar. Morgan may win “funniest groom of the year” award as he had us in stitches while we were traveling around the estate taking photos. This also may be my favorite “father daughter dance” photo ever. Dad even wiped away her tears! See that photo and more up on this blog post… Champagne cellar wedding at Biltmore

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Bridgette and Terry had a smal Christmas wedding at the Inn at Biltmore. Biltmore at Christmas is STUNNING and they go all out. December sunsets may also be the best all year. SERIOUSLY this was one for the books. And how gorgeous is that Christmas bouquet? The crazy thing about that is that Bridgette and Terry both made it and have NEVER made a bouquet before. They said they had the best time making it together!

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Our last wedding of the year was near New Years at The Grove Park Inn. Kelly and Jeff had their ceremony at the Grove Park Country Club. Kelly being a wedding planner herself in Florida knew exactly what she wanted on her wedding day, small and intimate. What a joy to get to share in their day!

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What a year! We hope you have enjoyed looking back on our year as much as we enjoyed getting to be a part of it. We seriously have the best clients ever. Onward to 2017!

Jennifer and Morgan were married at the Biltmore Estate’s Champagne Cellar and had their reception at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. As Biltmore wedding photographers we get to hang out a lot on the Biltmore Estate. One of our favorite parts of this wedding was getting to escort the couple and their friend and make up artist Jeremy around the estate for photos. We laughed so so so so much. Morgan is quiet possibly one of the funniest grooms we have ever had. It was SUCH a jolly day for everyone. We do love small intimate weddings and there is just something about that champagne cellar. It’s so romantic and warm.

More from us throughout the blog post, but first, here is a bit more about this awesome couple directly from them!

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A bit about Jennifer: My mom and I own a small linen-antique-gift shop called Belle Chambre in Tuscaloosa, AL. After going to school at the University of Alabama, I loved the idea of still having a connection to Tuscaloosa so we started a business there! When I’m not working, I love spending time with family, learning to cook new things, and taking our dog Scout on walks!

A bit about Morgan: Morgan works for Regions bank in Birmingham, AL. He too graduated from the University of Alabama and loves Alabama football (Roll Tide!). He has a sweet little girl named Olivia who was his “best man” in our wedding! She spends every other week with us and is the walking definition of sassy! Morgan loves spending time outside, enjoys watching Indy car and F1 racing, and would love nothing more than to move off the grid into an adorable tiny house.

How did you meet? Long story: We were friends first!

Describe your first date? If I had to describe our first date for both of us in one word it would be: nervous. We had always hung out as friends and could talk to each other easily and appreciated each other’s sense of humor but when it started to become more, the pressure was on to impress each other! We both love to drive, so on our first date Morgan picked me up and drove me out to an open spot where you could see all of the stars and we just sat and talked. He was so nervous he wouldn’t even touch my hand but by the end of the night, I finally convinced him to kiss me goodnight and I swear we both fell in love that night!

How long have you been together? 2 years in January

What are your favorite hobbies and activities to do as a couple? We LOVE to travel when we can, try new restaurants around Birmingham, and still love to take drives out to sit and look at the stars. We also love to just relax at home and catch up on our favorite tv shows!

Who popped the question and HOW? Morgan did, at our house. When we first started talking about getting engaged, I let him know I wanted it to be just us around when he did it. We had a running joke, he would tell me to look in my coat pocket for a ring and there was never anything there, I would call him mean and we’d laugh it off and move on. Well one night we were getting ready to go to dinner with my family, and Morgan said “aren’t you going to grab your coat? You should look in the pocket.” There was actually a ring in it! Before I knew it, he had our song playing and was down on one knee!

Why did you pick Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? So I told you we both love to drive. We actually came across the Biltmore Land Rover Experience and wanted to visit to do that and the more we started looking into it, we realized what a beautiful place it would be to get married! Turns out that Land Rover Experience was definitely a test of trust because it isn’t just casual off roading, you literally have multiple wheels off the ground at once while your car is casually tilted sideways! Shout out to Ben at Land Rover for navigating Morgan and getting us home safely 🙂

What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Morgan (for Jennifer)- Perfect.
Jennifer (for Morgan)- James Bond handsome.
(He jokingly told me he tried to look as handsome as James Bond for me. I happen to think he pulled it off flawlessly!)

What tangible detail of your wedding day did you love the most?
Jennifer: definitely our rings. I love my engagement ring and matching band and also love Morgans ring that I got for him. What they symbolize is so important to me and even though they are just a tangible item, it is like a piece of my sweet husband I always have with me and will have forever.
Morgan: a picture of my grandfather who passed away a few years back that my mom gave me on our wedding day. He really brought our family together and was such an important influence in my life and having that picture reminded me of how lucky I am to have had such an amazing person in my life. I miss him and wish more than anything he could have been there to share such a special time with us but having his picture in my coat pocket was just a reminder that he was there watching over us.

How many guests attended the wedding? 40. We wanted just family and close friends for an intimate ceremony experience and it was just that! Our reception had more guests but we were able to mingle with everyone while still enjoying ourselves on our special day.

What did you and your guests eat at the reception?
We started off with appetizers at cocktail hour which were shrimp cocktail, tomato bruschetta, and warm grilled flatbread with gruyere cheese and apple wood smoked bacon topped with caramelized onions. We chose to do a plated dinner (so that the bride and groom actually got to eat!) so we did a pan seared crab cake over garlic tossed spinach for the first course followed by an arugula and pear salad tossed in champagne vinaigrette. The main course consisted of a center cut filet and seared chicken breast stuffed with spinach and artichoke with herbed whipped potatoes and asparagus! Biltmore wine was served with each course and it was a truly amazing meal!

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We chose to do a three tier cake with alternating tiers consisting of chocolate and vanilla cake each with Frangelico Bavarian filling and buttercream icing. Sadly, Morgan and I only got the one bite we fed each other because we were so busy! We did bring the top home to freeze for our one year anniversary!

What is the one of the funniest things that happened on your wedding day? Technically this didn’t happen on our wedding day but on our drive from Birmingham to Asheville. With all the stress of getting everything together for our trip, I forgot to look to see what we needed to get our marriage license (you know, the whole reason we are making the trip!) We quickly realized, 4 hours away from home, that Morgan didn’t have his social security card! We had to get my brother to go to our house, find it, and bring it with him to Asheville the next day and thankfully we were able to get our marriage license before the ceremony!

What was your first dance song and why did you pick it? The Pretenders by Joe Purdy. We have always loved this song. It’s so sweet and when our relationship started to get serious Morgan told me he had a special song to play for me. Funny thing, from the beginning of our relationship, he would send me countless songs and I would always pick them apart trying to figure out what they meant. Come to find out, some of them had nothing to do with me and were just songs he liked. But this one. This one was different. He built up the suspense by telling me that when he played this song, I would instantly know why he picked it and that was going to be his way of telling me he would forever be mine. When he finally did play it, it brought me to tears and does still to this day. I thought it was a really sweet way to tell me he was so deeply in love with me and it’s definitely a moment I’ll never forget!

What stood out to you the most when you think of your wedding? I would have to say just the love felt by me and Morgan on that day is what stands out the most to us. The special love between us two, the love between our families, and the love shown for us by the numerous friends and family members who traveled to support us on such a special day. So much hard work and stress went into planing the wedding and it all happened perfectly but to be honest, even if it hadn’t, I’m not sure we would have even noticed because of all the love we felt that day. We are blessed with so many special people in our lives and Morgan said it best when he said we would not be where we are today without those special people. We are thankful for each and every one of them and are happy they were able to be there to make this wonderful experience even better.

What is on your “bucket list” to do together as a married couple? We definitely want to travel and explore the world! We have a list of places that we cannot wait to visit!

 
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The beauty that is the Inn at Biltmore Estate at Christmastime!
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First look moments.
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His reaction was priceless.
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Morgan and his sweet and sassy daughter.
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It was a bit chilly during family photos but everyone seemed to be in good spirits anyway!
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Can you believe that on December 3rd there was still some color on the trees?
We took advantage of it and did some photos with those amazing trees.
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So so so much laughter.
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The Champagne cellar at Biltmore is quiet possibly one of the most unique venues in our area. We love it!
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Prayer with their families as the ceremony began.
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Morgan’s daughter was simply stunning.
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I loved the back of that dress! Her dress was very well suited for a December wedding!
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Onward to the reception at the Inn at Biltmore Estate.
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We always eat good as vendors at Biltmore. It’s one of the perks of getting to shoot weddings there and we are grateful for our clients providing a meal for us! This time due to some last minute cancellations Michael and I got to eat what the wedding guests ate which doesn’t always get to happen. You guys!! The food was fan-flippin-tastic!
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Jennifer and Morgan expressed how nervous they were do do a first dance. They were practicing what they would do while we were hanging out doing photos. I threw out some advice… most of it being, “Just be yourselves, try to forget anyone else is in the room and take in the moment.” I think they did just that.
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Everyone really did seem to have a wonderful time… even grandma. 😉
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This father/ daughter dance and these moments are why we do what we do.
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You can really tell that Jennifer loves her daddy.
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Jennifer’s dad actually wiped her tears away. We have never seen that before. It was precious.
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Sweet moments with mom.
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But this wedding would not have been complete with out this father/daughter dance.
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Those 2 girls had the BEST time together.
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Congrats Jennifer and Morgan! We wish you years of joy and laughter.

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Shout out to these professionals that made this wedding awesome.

Venue coordinator – Melissa Hilgeman, Biltmore

Dress Designer – Heidi Elnora

Where you purchased your dress – Heidi Elnora Atelier, Birmingham, Alabama

Makeup artist – Jeremy Stephens, Birmingham, Alabama

Hair designer – Jeremy Stephens

Floral designer –Blossoms at Biltmore Park

Caterer – Biltmore

DJ- Blazin Sounds Entertainment

Officiant – Scott Akin, Birmingham, Alabama

Cake designer – Biltmore

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