Whitney and Sam were married at Diana, one of our favorite spots on the Biltmore Estate! The fall color was peak and the sun was out to keep us warm!

This was our first event with the fabulous planner, Kiersa Holy. We were so excited to FINALLY get to hang out with her and see her creativity come alive. We have known her for some time and met because we are both a part of StudioWed.

Whitney said she wanted her theme to be “Downton Abbey meets Gatsby.” I would say they nailed it.

One of my personal favorite details from the big day was this aisle!! Shout out to Blossoms of Biltmore Park for their fantastic floral!

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Peak week at Biltmore!
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The wedding party got ready at the Inn at Biltmore. Check out those views!
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Whitney’s dad has passed away. Whitney wanted to include him in on her wedding day so she had her bouquet wrapped in his neck tie. Her mom also surprised her by pinning a hand written note in her dress from her dad. I may have teared up when I saw that one. I love how they included him in their day.
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Sam’s gift to Whitney brought on some beautiful emotion as well.
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Kristen from Blush Asheville rocked the makeup. She and I both love it when a bride sits down and says “Put on as much makeup as you can!” She wanted a Gatsby/1920’s look and Kristen did a fabulous job!
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Sweet little wedding baby and her beautiful momma!
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Selfie moment! Shout out to Lola Salon for the fabulous hair and Blush Asheville for all 3 girl’s makeup!
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After the first look moment. LOVE the back of her dress!
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To the ceremony!
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For dad.
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Whitney’s arrival on a horse and carriage!
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To the reception!
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Shout out to Classic Event Rental for their lovely tent, chandeliers, and furniture! Their tent up at Diana is killer!
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Loved their Gatsby themed cake by the fabulous pastry chef at Biltmore.
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The Groom’s cake!
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They had their guests sign post cards of Biltmore with well wishes. What a unique detail!
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We also really loved all their Gatsby themed signs by Baggie Goose. They even had one in the lady’s “powder room!”
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The Pamela Jones band entertained us during cocktail hour and dinner.
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First Dance!
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I loved how many of the guests got into the theme of the wedding. Everyone looked fabulous!
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Toasts!
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Bright Light DJ kept that dance floor hoping!
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I snuck back out to the ceremony site to capture some night shots.
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I love it when the couple surprises their guests with a firework show! It was one of the best I have ever seen at Biltmore!
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The day after their wedding we did a “Rock the Frock” around the property. This was a chance for Whitney and Sam to get dressed back up in their wedding attire and take advantage of more photography. The Biltmore property is so massive that it is almost impossible capture all the cool locations in one day.
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Shout out to Lola Salon for Whitney’s hair and makeup on this day!
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This brilliant tree!!
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And a field of corn!
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Shout out to these wedding professionals who pulled off this awesome wedding celebration!

Venue – Diana at Biltmore Estate
Wedding coordinator – Kiersa Holy with Events by Kiersa
Venue coordinator – Melissa Jones
Dress Designer – Wedding Dress โ€“ a custom Sherri Hill Couture,
Makeup artist – Kristen with Blush Asheville
Hair designer – Liz with Lola Salon
Floral designer – Blossoms of Biltmore Park
Caterer – Biltmore
DJ – Bright Light DJ
Band – Pamela Jones Band
Minister or officiant – Brother Larry Hudson
Signage and Invitations – Baggie Goose
Cake designer – Biltmore
Limo or car service – Elite Limo
Videographer – Timm Young with Timm Young Films
Rental – Classic Event Rental

To view more of our portfolio check out our website!–> Biltmore Wedding Photographer

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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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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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