Pretty Place Wedding Photos: Jessica + Nathan | Jill Brisken Photography



bride and groom in Pretty Place Wedding chapel

Pretty Place Wedding

Jessica and Nathan’s Pretty Place Wedding was beautiful!  A Pretty Place Wedding has been one of my dreams since starting wedding photography.   In fact, I have photographed over 20 Pretty Place Weddings as a second photographer, but never had the opportunity to be the primary photographer.  Jessica and Nathan’s Pretty Place Wedding was definitely one for the books!  I met Jessica and Nathan back in August over email and a zoom call.  I immediately liked them and knew we could be easy friends.  Similarly, they must have felt this way too, because they booked me immediately for their November wedding at Pretty Place.
bride and groom getting ready at Pretty Place

Love, Respect, and Happiness Shone Through

It was a gorgeous Fall day for their Pretty Place Wedding.  The Fall colors had just started to peak through and made the wedding photos all the more beautiful!  I personally loved how Jessica and Nathan’s love, respect, and happiness with each other shone through in their photos.  I admired how Jess and Nathan were both so intentional with each other and each specific part of their wedding day.  They made each and every detail of their wedding day personal.  They are the type of people who make everyone around them feel valued, loved, and appreciated.  I was going to try to describe all the unique and special details myself, but Jessica can explain it much better than I ever could!  So, in Jessica’s words:

Jessica’s Wedding Dress

1.  “My wedding dress actually resembled one of my all time favorite characters wedding dress, Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper.” . . . and it really did!  It was absolutely gorgeous on Jessica!!
Wedding dress hanging at Pretty Place wedding
Bride and groom at Pretty Place Fall portrait photos

A Special Necklace

2.  “During our engagement shoot, I wore this key necklace which had a much deeper meaning.  The key actually went to Nathan’s wedding gift, which were letters to read when we hit milestones.”
groom opening gift at Pretty Place wedding

The Significance of Pretty Place

3.   “We chose pretty place not just because of the view, but because this was where Nathan gave me my promise ring. We made God our witness on both occasions and that meant everything to us!”
Bride and Groom kissing at Pretty Place wedding

Recycled Book Pages

4.   “Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet made of recycled book pages specifically from the book Twilight and Edgar Allan Poe’s works. Also each of them received a Leaf of Lorien, because we are a fellowship and they were my gifts to each of them.”
Bridesmaids at Pretty Place
Bridesmaid gift

First Dance Song Was Different than Original Chosen

5.   “Our first dance was to Light My Love by Greta Van Fleet. This was not originally the song we chose, but I fell in love with the lyrics and the song so much I knew it was meant for us.”
first dance at The Poe House

Motley Crue Father Daughter Dance

6.   “And of course my first dance with my dad was to Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue.”
First dance with dad

The Poe House Reception

7.   “We had our reception at The Poe House. We wanted a place that was local (SUPPORT LOCAL!), and captured our vibe. This place was PERFECT.”  You can see the mural of Edgar Allen Poe behind Jess and Nathan during their first dance pictures.   The Poe House was a really neat place and one that I would love to go back and visit sometime with my own husband some time!!
Bride and Groom at The Poe House in Hendersonville NC

Quotes from Book Characters in Vows

8.   “In my vows I actually use quotes at the very end taken from some of my favorite book characters. For example, this includes Gandalf, Dumbledore, Thomas Cresswell, and of course my favorite Rhysand from ACOTAR. Equally important, the quotes were rewritten to flow and show my promises to Nate.” . . . how amazing and unique is this??  Just love it!!
bride and groom saying vows at Pretty Place

In addition to all of the many unique details in this Pretty Place Wedding, Jessica and Nate thoroughly enjoyed their day!  It is special when couples make the wedding day uniquely theirs.  All of the small touches Jessica and Nathan added were incredible.  Furthermore, enjoy some more of my favorite pictures from their day below, as well. Be sure to check out their vendor team at the end of the post!

Wedding Invitation
Bride receiving gift
groom receiving gift
bride getting ready at Pretty Place
rings and invitation from wedding

detail photos at Pretty Place

detail photos at Pretty Place

bride walking down aisle at Pretty Place chapel

groom seeing bride first time at Pretty Place chapel

ceremony at Pretty Place chapel

bride and groom outside chapel at Pretty Place

group pictures at Pretty Place

Grandma and Bride at Pretty Place chapel

family picture at Pretty Place

Family picture at Pretty Place

Family picture at Pretty Place

Family Picture at Pretty Place

Family picture at Pretty Place

Wedding party at Pretty Place chapel

bride and groom portrait at Pretty Place

bride and groom pictures at Pretty Place

bride with flowing veil at Pretty Place

bride and groom walking at Pretty Place

reception at The Poe House

first dance at The Poe House

groomsman speech at The Poe House

bridesmaid speech at The Poe House

bridesmaid speech at The Poe House

cake cutting at The Poe House

As we were nearing the end of the reception, we decided to go outside to get a few more bride and groom pictures around the streets of Hendersonville, NC around The Poe House.  We found some gorgeous Fall yellow and orange leaves just down the street.  We couldn’t pass the opportunity up for some more Fall portraits for Jess and Nathan!

bride and groom with yellow leaves

Fall wedding portrait with bride and groom

Fall wedding portrait Hendersonville, NC

bride and groom portrait Hendersonville NC

bride and groom tossing leaves Hendersonville NC

bride and groom kissing with Fall leaves behind

bride and groom downtown Hendersonville NC

bride and groom downtown Hendersonville NC

bride and groom at Pretty Place wedding

Jessica and Nathan, it was such an honor serving you on your gorgeous Fall Wedding Day at Pretty Place and The Poe House.  I hope you have enjoyed this big sneak peek reliving some of the special moments from your day.  You have definitely gained a friend in me, and I hope to keep in touch!

Jessica and Nathan’s Awesome Vendors:
Ceremony Venue – Fred Symmes Chapel – Pretty Place at Camp Greenville

Reception Venue – The Poe House, Hendersonville, NC

Caterer:  Megan at The Poe House

Florist:  Etsy creator Woodlandflowerco

Coordinator:  Jessica’s Grandmother, Linda Huth

DJ/Music:  Bryan Holmes (brother)

Wedding Dress Designer:  Allure – New York Bride and Groom of Charlotte

Hair:  104 Salon Main Street

Makeup:  Robin “Angelique” Keys

Cake / Cupcakes/ Vegan Cupcakes:  Megan of The Poe House and Brooke

Special Thanks to:  The Bee Charmers of Asheville for the local honey wedding favors

Photography:  Jill Brisken Photography

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