Long Engagement

In honor of the wedding of Cade and Jennifer Long, whose wedding was an intimate family gathering in Asheville, NC, but whose wedding reception will be celebrated on this afternoon, Thank you!!  It has been a joy to be a part of your journey and in honor of their becoming husband and wife I wanted to post one of my favorite pictures from the engagement session at the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC.   I have the honor and priveledge of photographing their wedding reception and I am looking forward to seeing many faces that I know well and capturing the joy and relationships that have made up who Jennifer and Cade are and will continue to be.

Jennifer and Cade, Grady and I  wish you the happiest of days walking out your new journey of life together as husband and wife!!  May it be a rich journey full of laughter, tears, joy, love and growth and of course more necklaces!  May God’s blessings pour out on you both as you seek Him first and may His glory manifest itself through your relationship.

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e-Session at the Biltmore

It was a wonderful start to the weekend as my husband and I journeyed to the Biltmore Estate to enjoy the day with our friends Jennifer Canatsey and Cade Long, who happen to be engaged and wanted me to take their engagement pictures.  Okay, so would you say no??  I didn’t think so!!  🙂  It was just a perfect day as the little bit of rain fell when we went through the house, and the clouds allowed for some softer light instead of the dreaded harsh light at 4:30 when we started taking pictures.  We found all kinds of neat little nooks and crannies to take pictures in and of course the gardens provided a lot of beauty!!  I posted a few of the edited pics on my Facebook Fan page, but for those that don’t Facebook, here are some of my favorites that I have edited so far.  I still have a lot to go through still, so there will inevitably be more.

This view was from the terrace on the side of the house.

By the reflecting pools.

Loved the spontaneous moment!  So glad I had the camera at the ready!

The rose garden was a magnificent place with a million photo opportunities.  It was hard to choose just a few, but these two made every pictures so great with their smiles and enjoyment of the day!  It was so nice to photograph friends and at the same time enjoy the gardens with them.

Jennifer had made mention while we were touring the Biltmore that she had hydrandgea’s, so when we passed this on our way to change and freshen up for the garden shots, I had to take this picture!!  What a beautiful plant, and the center of each flower looked just like a little pearl, like Jenn’s engagement ring.  I don’t know that I’ve ever taken a close look at the inside of a hydrandgea plant before.  How beautiful are the details of God’s creations!!

I hope that you have enjoyed the pictures, and I do hope to have more up on the blog soon.  Now off to edit more pictures!!

Until next time…

Here are some pictures that show how we celebrated our 3 month anniversary of marriage at the Biltmore. While I was reading the historical notes about the Biltmore listed on the playing cards we had just bought, since my husband loves historical facts, my husband stopped me and asked if I wanted to take any pictures as we were passing a beautiful pond leaving the property. He knows I love to take pictures and was excited to try using my camera on manual this day, so as you can see, we mutually shared with each other, the little things that they enjoyed!!

It was a good weekend and bonus, we got our hotel room bumped up to a King bed at no additional charge! 🙂