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Kristen & Marc | 1920s Asheville Wedding

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Posted in Wedding 

Dear Kristen and Marc, there are just some weddings that I wish would never end. Your wedding was one of those. The beautiful mountains, lush gardens, 1920s theme was easy for any photographer to fall in love with, but most of all, watching two of my dear friends vow to be forever-companions was my favorite part. I can’t wait to watch you two grow old together. Thank you so much for giving me the gift of being your wedding photographer. Your wedding today was a dream. Love you both!
~Ginny
















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Justina & Jake | NC Wedding in the Woods

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Posted in Wedding 

My start to the 2014 Wedding Season has left me speechless. Justina and Jake’s ceremony was like a beautiful work of art, and it took my breath away.

Justina and Jake have already begun to build a beautiful life together. They both work at A Place for the Heart; located in the heart of North Carolina amongst rolling hills and dense woodlands. Jake is a musician and Justina is an artist, and their wedding was the perfect reflection of the creativity that is celebrated in their lives.

Their wedding theme was an Intimate Wedding in the Woods and took place in the woodlands of Sophia, NC. The fresh smell of the forest awakening from a winter of rest, the tenderly sprouting foliage overhead, and the sounds of birds proclaiming the arrival of new life filled the air. One couldn’t help but breathe deeper, trying to take it all in.

Justina is one of the most gifted artists I’ve ever met. Kind-hearted, genuine, funny. Anyone would consider her a true treasure. Jake has an affinity for wood-working which was masterfully displayed in the wall he handcrafted to be the backdrop for their ceremony. Incredibly detailed and a true expression of his love for Justina.

Molly and Luke Skaggs (friends of the couple) filled the air with flowing piano and violin as guests were being seated. As I was walking down an isolated path to the ceremony site, the music was swirling through the trees, and it sounded like the heavens were joining in on their songs. Also, during the ceremony, they performed music that Jake wrote for Justina. The whole musical experience was captivating.

My favorite moment of the day was when Jake first rested his eyes on his bride. The instrumental music from the upright piano and violin was swelling within our hearts as we anticipated Justina’s arrival. Jake kept his eyes closed, because the first thing he wanted to see was his bride. As Justina approached the aisle with her dad, everyone started singing a chorus of "Hallelujahs". When Jake opened his eyes, he was completely undone. There was so much love and joy flowing from him….there wasn’t a dry eye in those woods! Justina was laughing and crying, which was the perfect display of all the emotions that surrounded their wedding ceremony--laughter, tears, deep breaths, and sincerity. They exchanged the vows they had written for each other. And as their families and bridal party surrounded them to pray for them, Jake wrapped Justina in his arms, tightly holding each other.

As we moved on to the reception, I really didn’t think the day could get any better. The reception was held at the Farmhouse on the property. I think what made this reception so wonderful was the simplicity in everything. Nothing was competing with anything else. Just simple elements that culminated to create something breathtaking. The centerpieces were lovely arrangements set on wooden stumps and accented with black and white wedding photos of their grandparents. Each centerpiece honored the legacy of their stories, and the beautiful vows each generation has exchanged. There were gold-dipped antlers, scraps of floral fabric hung from the ceiling, and glass bottles of Cheerwine with custom wooden name tags. Also, above the head table was an amazing, handmade light fixture crafted out of Grapevines. (Justina’s art intern, Lindsay, created it as a gift.)

Justina and her dad danced first. Jake and his mom were second. For their first dance as a married couple, Justina and Jake danced wildly to a country song! Everyone clapped and cheered as they spun circles around each other.

The entire reception was a blast. As soon as the meal was over, everyone flooded the dance floor. The only way I feel like I can describe the dancing is to say that there was just so much LIFE there. Everyone seemed fully alive, fully present, and 100% about celebrating love and marriage. It was wonderful!

Justina and Jake, thank you for making me a part of the celebration of your union. May the joy and love that’s already in your hearts increase every passing day.
~Ginny






















































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  1. Sandra Brinkley Apr 24th, 2014 11:18PM

    Ginny, you captured the essence of Justina and Jake's beautiful wedding. Such a special time for us as a family, thank you.

  2. Amanda Brendle Apr 24th, 2014 5:31PM

    GOLLY, Ginny - Could this have been more of a dream wedding? Beautiful story, beautiful images, beautiful couple. Love it all!

  3. Kayla Apr 24th, 2014 2:34PM

    Love Love this wedding! You are so good at what you do, Ginny!

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Shelly | Rose Hill Bridal Portraits

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Posted in Bridal Portraits 

One of my favorite parts of my job is photographing engagement and bridal portraits. I love getting to know my clients more, and the family members they bring along. It was during Shelly's bridal portraits that I got to meet her mom, Angie, and her sister, Lindsay. Because of the strong relationship built during this shoot, the wedding was a breeze, and I was able to capture authentic smiles, real laughter, and images that truly tell the story of their family. I have fallen deeply in love with Shelly's family, and it's a privilege to share these images with you.












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