You've gone and done it.
Now, tell everyone.
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I also offer custom postcards as an add-on option for your elopement photography package. It's the perfect way to send out a sweet note to family and friends showing a moment from your special day.
I knew Asheville was special. A collective of special people.
Asheville Folk simply found a (modern) way to bring us all together.
Getting to know this group through social media, family style dinners & inspiring chats offered me a new haven for creativity. This is not always easy to find, but it is worth the hunt or the wait.
A sense of belonging should not be taken for granted.
Asheville, it's so good to be home.
Weddings are emotional. And not just for the two getting married.
Your mom wants to help plan. Your little cousin wants to be ring bearer. Your girlfriends want to throw a bachelorette party.
Yet, you're ready to drive up the Parkway and elope. Or, perhaps, you already have!
How do you break the news?
Next, focus on 2 things: explaining your reasoning and being respectful of the audience's feelings.
Explaining your reasoning: Here is where the confidence in your decision shines through. If you're still unsure about eloping (which is ok!) then this portion will fall flat.
If you're sure about eloping then pick your 3 top reasons for doing it and remember them well. Practice saying them in the mirror. This will come in handy with someone catches you off guard with their questioning.
Avoid getting defensive but be ready to explain what you led you two to this choice. Often, your feelings will resonate with the person you're speaking with. You'll run into curiosity, support and understanding in unlikely places!
Being respectful of feelings: Your loved ones are entitled to have their own opinions and feelings about your big day. It's up to you to weed out the unimportant junk and listen to those you trust.
Listen to those who care about you and let them know that you are listening.
Your family needs to feel wanted and included. This conversation could open some doors into how you could incorporate your loved ones.
Be confident in your decision.
So you want to get married in the mountains.
Driving from Asheville into the mountains, even just 30 minutes up, you will see the weather change. The temperatures drop and the wind picks up.
How do you plan around this?
One solution is simply surrendering. Getting married outside with nature surrounding you can be a risk. A risk worth taking. The views around here are unmatched, the cool air in mid-summer is gracious and the beauty of the greenery enveloping you is magical.
A few sprinkles never hurt anyone and wind can add to the magic.
Know that your wedding day is an ADVENTURE!
It’s about loosing sleep the night before because you’re so excited. It’s about jumping in the car before the sun rises to beat traffic on the Parkway. This is the magic of eloping, only worrying about the two of you.
I truly believe what I’m saying here, BUT(!) there are weather conditions my little camera won’t thrive in, so I get it.
I get it so much that I build in a back-up plan with you. If you’re planning your ceremony for 8am sunrise overlooking Mt. Craig, we will do everything we can to make this happen. Waterproof camera cases, sexy ponchos, adorable umbrellas, rain boots, you name it.
BUT(!) if the rain is fierce, the snow is deep or the lightning is striking, I’m likely to suggest our back-up plan. The back-up plan could simply be for later that day. It could be for the next day. It could be for the following week. No matter, we’ll find a solid plan because I understand how important the setting is. I get it.
There is a rumor floating around that only traditional ceremonies can be planned.
The secret is out though, elopements can be just as well thought out… in advance!
This day is yours. Yours to make big or small, casual or fancy, simple or elaborate. So, do it!
A few ideas:
Plan for any of your favorite traditions. Cut your own cake! Wear a veil! Hold a bouquet!
Include your favorite details you've always wanted. Something sentimental you'd like to include and get memorable photos of? Bring it along.
On the opposite end, cut traditions and just create your perfect day. Nix the gown! Wear hiking boots!
Elopements are generally just you 2. A small wedding maybe be around 20 guests. Perhaps somewhere in between would suit you best? An intimate affair for you 2 + 4 of your closest loved ones.
Or stick with a private elopement then plan a reception with family & friends for another date. A sweet way to celebrate without the cost or pressure.
Location. Picking the perfect setting really adds so much to an elopement. Climb that mountain.
Or… are they?
Black bears, snakes and other wildlife are here in Western North Carolina. That’s part of the reason we love nature, right?
Most of us just want to leave them alone and be left alone.
If we're hiking together, here's the plan...
If a bear doesn’t see us or seem to care, let him or her meander on their merry way. Stay calm, avoid eye contact and simply back away so we are not perceived as a threat.
Do not run, climb a tree or play dead.
If a bear approaches us aggressively, we use the Bear Pepper Spray. Easier said than done but this isn’t too likely so let’s just keep this tip in our back pocket.
Resources: NPS & Center for Wildlife Information
When this question pops up, people generally think of the best season to visit.
Autumn is easily the busiest time of year for leaf-lookers. The Blue Ridge Parkway will be crowded.
Spring is cool and, often, wet. The greenery starts to pop like you’ve never seen around mid-May.
The higher you go on your adventure during the winter, the more snow you may see. And ice.
And summer here can be hot and humid but generally the heat waves tend to break.
That being said, I’m here to chat about when during the day you’d like to elope!
The early morning dusk tends to be my favorite. If you’re looking for a cool, grayish blue day, then you’ll agree that mornings rock. You also tend to beat crowds.
Midday is usually the harshest. The crowds are out and so is the sun. The sun reaching out overheard can produce a rough day for a photographer. But, we make it work.
The evenings just before sunset are a crowd favorite. It is very romantic and the warm golden glow sets the scene.
What kind of mood are you hoping to set during your elopement?
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