I am SOOOO EXCITED to once again share another amazing couple I had the privilege to photograph on their wedding day . . . Michelle and Greg were married in downtown Asheville, NC on a beautiful sunny, Fall day. This was really my first urban, downtown wedding that I’ve gotten to photograph and it was so fun!
When I arrived, Michelle and her bridesmaids and Mom and soon to be Mom-in-law were all finishing getting ready at the Windsor hotel in downtown Asheville. It was such a beautiful hotel with so much charm, class, and character! Michelle’s brother even came over to have a special time to see his sister before the day got started!
Meanwhile, the guys were finishing getting ready a few blocks away at the Renaissance hotel. Because they were at two different locations, my awesome second shooter, Ashley, took care of capturing the moments of the guys finishing getting ready. (This is one example where having two photographers for your wedding day is extremely helpful. 🙂
Michelle and Greg decided to do a First Look, and I’m so glad they did! When it was time for the First Look, I walked Michelle to the spot we had agreed on and Ashley walked Greg there. We had to do just a little hiding Michelle behind a car or two parked on the street, to ensure Greg didn’t see her until we had him set up facing away so she could come up behind him. I was definitely glad that my husband and I had come to Asheville back in the summer time and met with Greg and Michelle to walk around to the different locations downtown. It was so helpful to know where I was going! Plus it gave me more time to get to know them, which I always love! Greg and Michelle’s First Look was so sweet. Greg got a little teary eyed, and who can blame him? Just look at his beautiful bride, Michelle! I let them enjoy those first moments together, just the two of them.
After the initial few moments of the First Look, I then began directing Michelle and Greg into a few poses for more pictures. That is the advantage of a First Look . . . having more time for bride and groom photos before the ceremony. Plus Michelle and Greg then were able to actually BE WITH EACH OTHER and enjoy walking around downtown Asheville with their wedding party and close family members to get more photos.
They had a lot of guests traveling in from out of town, so they wanted to minimize the amount of time after the ceremony for taking pictures so they could get to visiting their guests faster. Going around Asheville to the different spots we had scoped out back in the summer worked out so well! As we walked around the city, Michelle and Greg and their wedding party got plenty of shouts and cheers from people passing by congratulating them too!
After wedding party photos, we proceeded to go ahead and do the family photos we had time for with the family members who were available before the ceremony. Here are just a few of the family photos. I know Michelle and Greg were so thankful to have their family there to share in their day with them!
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