Candace and Oscar Wedding at The Fields of Blackberry Cove in Asheville NC

Asheville, North Carolina. Gorgeous!! It all started when I picked up my friend and mentor up at the Charlotte airport. She flew in from Minnesoooota  (as they say) 😉 Shelley Paulson has a been the biggest influence in my journey of photography. Countless hours spent being mentored, taught, and critiqued. She has had patience with my growing. I’ve had the honor of shooting quite a few weddings with her the last three summers. We’ve somehow always found a way for me to visit her in MN or for her to come to the Carolina’s. She had this gorgeous wedding booked in the mountains of North Carolina and wanted me to second shoot and assist her. I jump at the chance to learn from Shelley. I’m blessed to have her in my life. (for real— <3 you Shelley!)

We had a wonderful weekend in Asheville, getting lost every time we got in the car together. The roads in and highways in Asheville are insane!

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Joanna Reyburn May- November 2008

I wanted to re-edit these photos just a bit and re-share them.  I feel like they are worth sharing all over again.

I took these election evening in 2008. Shelley Paulson took me out on our first real mentoring session to shoot portraits of our close friend, Joanna Reyburn May. It was a gorgeous November night with tall grass full of golden light (a few of my favorite things!). This session taught me so much about lighting and composition. Joanna, is such a natural model and so full of spirit. After upgrading my camera, and learning so much more since then, these photos still remain to be some of my most favorite.

Joanna porch

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Ben & Jacqui Rosenbush’s Wedding at Silverwood Park in St Anthony MN

In one of my recent blogs, I wrote about how I went to Minnesota to see my dear friend/photography mentor (read here)

Shelley and I shot this wedding together, I was her second shooter and as always I really enjoyed shooting. This wedding has to be my absolutely favorite as of yet…

Ben and Jacqui are friends of my friend Shelley, so going into the wedding I had a lot of back ground about them and it really excited me to shoot this with Shelley. (Here’s a link to her blog about their wedding) I loved how Ben and Jacqui planned and decorated their wedding. Their taste is very similar to my own, so I felt a lot of passion in shooting their details.

Jacqui’s dress was from TJMax and all her girls  purchased white cotton dresses from different stores. They then threw each dress into teal dye and dyed them all the same color.  Jacqui also has dreads, which made it all the more amazing.

Ben is a musician and music teacher,so for the ceremony he had a string orchestra come and play. (It was so incredible!) The bride and groom left the ceremony along with their bridal party playing kazoos….

Where they got married is Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. Perfect evening, beautiful light, glorious bride and groom and a lovely wedding. I loved it! Congrats Ben and Jacqui I really enjoyed getting to know you both!

Here’s some of my favorite photos from their day…

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