Emily & Dale | Western North Carolina Mountain Wedding

My beautiful friend Emily and I have been friends since middle school, making her one of my very longest good friends. When I heard she was dating Dale, I was pleased for her, and when I heard she was getting married, I was thrilled, and when she asked me to be her wedding photographer, I was over the moon at such a beautiful opportunity to give my longtime friend some of the most important photographs of her life.  Well, a little terrified, actually, because I really wanted to give her the very best work I was capable of. As you can see, she made a stunning bride, and I loved being a part of her big day.

Beautiful bride, three ways….

Gotta love a bride in a hot pink shoe!

Hot Pink Bridal Shoes

The ceremony was brief, joyous, and full of smiles. I was so focused on shooting that I didn’t have time to watch the events as they unfolded, but later, once I saw them on my computer screen, I got a little teary eyed at seeing the emotion of the moment. Emily was radiant.

Wedding rings and wedding program

After the ceremony we took a quick sojourn to the top of the mountain at Emily’s parents’ house for this amazing backdrop for wedding photos. It was absolutely stunning, and I’m so happy that the weather worked out enough for us to do this. Those thick clouds rolling around were the impending Hurricane Sandy, and less than two days later this whole area received quite a lot of snow. Great timing, Emily!!!

Western North Carolina mountain views

Emily described her wedding theme as “rustic elegance,” featuring unique, eco-friendly details reflective of the surrounding mountains of western North Carolina. Her colors of sage green and brown were repeated in the bridesmaids dresses and jewelry, and the colors of the decorations at her reception. I loved the birdseed “cookies” pressed into a heart shape, and perfect for breaking apart to shower on the couple as they made their exit. What a shot!

Emily and Dale, your wedding day was a beautiful experience and I can’ t thank you enough for allowing me the pleasure of being there with you.  It’s such a joy to see my longtime friend so happy and content. 🙂

Makeup: Kyleigh Porter
Hair: The Cutter’s Edge, West Jefferson, NC
Bridal Salon: David’s Bridal
Florist: Village Florist, West Jefferson, NC
Wedding Cake and Catering: Sweet & Savory, West Jefferson, NC
Reception Decor: Leslie Greene


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