Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

WNC magazine captures the grandeur of the North Carolina mountains and the lifestyle of its people through stunning photography and storytelling. Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, architecture, history, and foodways of WNC.

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110 THEASHEVILLEWEDDINGGUIDE.COM o w t o P i k e a P r o Aim this way. Since anniversaries are a celebration of you as a couple (and minus the 150 guests), pull out all the stops and make that mountain weekend you've always imagined a reality. Anniversary shoots are a great option for brides who wed in a convenient location but dreamed of a destination wedding with amazing views. Planning on flying into the 828? Book six weeks in advance to get the most budget-friendly flights. Hit the spot. Seek out a local pro as master behind the lens. They know the ropes best, after all, and are oftentimes privy to those location "hidden gems" that out-of-towners may not be familiar with. Dress up or down. There is no dress code for anniversary shoots. Want to wear your wedding gown? (Heck, you own it!) Consider altering it into a "little white dress" and hit the town with your suited up sweetheart. Or opt for something altogether different, like Caroline did with her black gown. The only caveat to remember? Bring two changes of clothes (one upscale and one down-to-earth) for options. Gather your tribe. For those who want to relive their receptions, book your shoot, then have your nearest and dearest join you afterward for an anniversary party. Later, upload imagery to Shutterfly.com or PaperlessPost.com for holiday cards for years to come. Timing: Don't want to wait for an anniversary? Try a shoot the day after your Big Day, especially if weather, temps, or timing gets gummed up the day-of. Say cheese. Want to DIY your session? Grab a selfie stick and get down to it. "We're so fortunate that we have the luxury of iPhone cameras nowadays," says planner Tina Doody of Love & Honey, who suggests couples go mobile to document regular anniversaries and save hiring a pro for major ones. To create specialized shots and infuse extra personality into them, check out Snapchat for personal filters. Mark an anniversary with a portrait session in Asheville's environs Snapshot in Time F irst comes love, then comes marriage, then comes . . . anniversaries. To celebrate any multiple of the latter, consider commemorating the milestone with a photo shoot rather than the traditional prescribed paper, cotton, or leather present. And if your significant other is camera shy, tell them to take it easy, it's 2018 and this ain't your mama's portrait. The latest "sittings" actually entail doing the everyday things you normally do as couples. Sample a flight of flavorful beers at Bhramari Brewing Company? You got it. Stroll around placid Lake Lure with your four-legged friend? Sure thing. Or you might follow Caroline and Dominic's path: Share a bottle of vino at Whitewater Farm in Lake Toxaway and take an after-dinner walk to beautiful Mill Shoals Falls. Whether you're local, traded vows here and want to revisit memory lane, or if you're just hankering for a trip to the hills, whatever's snapped of the two of you in Western North Carolina is bound to rival any Hallmark moment. —Hannah Chillag Venue: Whitewater Farm Photographer: Jordan Maunder Creative Direction: Love & Honey Gown: Lulu's Beauty: Jennifer Abercrombie Beauty Paper Goods: Alchemy Calligraphy and Design Videography: Arden Film Co. Everyone looks gorgeous—promise—the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. Consider that when scheduling your photo shoot.

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