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“I wondered if it's strange that it is not one of Colin and me, but my most cherished photo is this one of my Dad and I dancing. He is such a source of strength and support for our family. He also tends to be a more stoic man and I have never seen him more fully surrendered to his emotion. That moment alone makes this photo a precious one. When I look at his face I see how deeply proud he is of me as his daughter. A secret delight only parents understand. This photo holds all of the drama of our dance, (it is as if you can hear our Italian opera playing in the background!).” —Alicia Our favorite wedding photos have changed over the years. When we were newlyweds, I admired the portraits of us the most. As the years went on, the photos of our family + friends became more meaningful, especially the photos of those who had passed away. A few months back, I asked my past couples to share their favorite image that I captured on their wedding day. I shared a few of these stories on my stories during launch week, but I wanted to use the blog to share a few more. Link in profile. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleelopement #ashevilleelopementphotographer #michiganweddingphotographer #momentsovermountains #allyouwitness #documentaryfamilyphotography #wncweddings #ncweddingphotographer #ncweddings #scweddingphotographer

When I looked at my schedule for the week, I took a few deep breaths and knew that it was going to be a wonderful, yet exhausting seven days. I had three elopements, two sessions, one wedding, and 17 hours of driving ahead of me. What I didn’t plan for was for Kitt to come down something on Mother’s Day. Instead of fulfilling all of the lovely plans Brendan made for us, we stayed home and cuddled. What I REALLY didn’t plan for was for Kitt’s “cold” to turn into croup. And, then for him to get to a point where he could barely breathe. Life stopped and refocused. Thankfully, we narrowly missed a hospital admission. We were minutes from running to the ER at 5:00a when we decided to just drive to our doctor’s office and beg for an appointment. He reserved a room for us at the hospital but recommended we try a steroid first. The medicine helped, and we all breathed a little lighter that evening. After three nights of barely any sleep, we were beyond exhausted--physically and mentally. I felt sick to my stomach about leaving my boys behind while I drove to Raleigh for work, but Kitt was improving tremendously. All of my couples were so gracious this weekend, and it made for a good distraction from all of the stress from the previous five days. Then, Brendan texted me that our AC wasn’t really working. And, he told me some food in our freezer was melted, which probably meant that our fridge was broken for the third time. We both were in disbelief to the point of laughter that this could all fall on us at the same time. As I walked into our house today after returning from a long drive, I felt tired, sure. But, really I feel overwhelmingly grateful to have so many prayers answered this week. God was there in all of this mess. He breathed air into my baby boy’s lungs when his throat wouldn’t open enough. He kept me safe on the road when I could barely keep my eyes open. B caught the fridge in time to save our food. I could go on and on, but my point is that there are mercies in the midst of chaos. When life is hitting the fan, I know the Lord is still good, and He is in every moment along the way. #morningwild #morningwildphotography

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It never gets old watching my couples visit the Blue Ridge Mountains for the first time and admire them in their full glory. Yesterday, Cody made a comment similar to “you probably see sunsets like this all the time.” Yes, I marvel at these magnificent mountains and the majestic colors that weave throughout their peaks every day. I’m never jaded of their beauty, and I’m always grateful. #morningwild #morningwildphotography . . . . #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotography #828isgreat #placestoelope #ncweddingphotographer #denverweddingphotographer #southernweddings #ncweddings #scweddingphotographer #nashvilleweddingphotographer #adventureelopements #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #adventureweddings #cashiersweddings #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #wncweddings #photobugcommunity #junebugweddings

It’s been a rough couple of days in the Gielow household. Watching your baby suffer and struggle to breathe is just about the worst thing to ever go through as a parent. Today, I walked Kitt around our neighborhood for an hour in the stroller, hoping the humidity would help his cough. Every step I just thanked God for every small gift. For allowing his airways to open. Watching him smile a couple times today. Having a partner that will take the night shift so that you can get a couple hours of sleep. Living in a place that provides cold and warm humid air in the same 24 hours to provide relief for his cough. The support of our friends and family during weeks like this. Kitt seemed to improve a little bit today, and we are thrilled at the fact that we didn’t have to take him to hospital last night, and he seems to be breathing better. Thank you all who have been praying for our boy. Please keep praying for him and us. #morningwild #morningwildphotography . . . . . . #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ashevilleelopement #mountainelopement #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography #mountainweddings #ncweddingphotographer #blackbalsamknob #blueridgeparkway

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. To those who sacrifice sleep, change diapers, breastfeed, bottle feed, love unconditionally. To those who want to be moms. To those who have lost their mom. To those who have never known their mom or have a complicated relationship with their mom. The strength of womanhood never ceases to amaze me. Cheers to all of the incredible women in the world. Here are a few of my favorite mom moments from the past year. #morningwild #morningwildphotography . . . . . #reallifefamilyphotography #scfamilyphotographer #nclifestylephotographer #ncfamilyphotographer #ashevillefamilyphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotographer #mothersday #mothers #momlife

I was telling Anne + Mark today how special it is to continue to photograph my couples and their families after the wedding day is over. Anne + Mark were one of my 2012 couples, and it was sweet to meet their adorable children and play for a few hours this afternoon. It’s an incredible gift to be invited into these moments of every day life. I cherish photos like this of my own family more and more as the years pass by. #morningwild #morningwildphotography . . . . #reallifefamily #reallifefamilyphotography #reallifefamilies #charlottefamilyphotographer #ashevillefamilyphotograoher #ncfamilyphotographer #documentaryfamilyphotography #documentaryfamilyphotogs #charlottefamilyphotography #documentyourlife #nclifestylephotographer #scfamilyphotographer

We’ve been in Michigan for the weekend, and it’s been wonderful to catch up with family. Even though my childhood home will forever hold a dear place in my heart, it makes me happy to return to the mountains and soak up our favorite views. Don’t forget we’re still giving away a free engagement session to celebrate the launch of the new site! Entries close on Friday. To enter, fill out the short form (link in profile). #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #blueridgeparkway #lonesomevalley #linvilleweddingphotographer #mountainelopement #mountainwedding #coloradoweddingphotographer #coweddings #engaged #photogiveaway #engagementsessiongiveaway #mountainwedding #freephotoshoot

I hope you all enjoyed launch week! I’m excited to start blogging again now that everything is live! Hurricane Florence was a force to be reckoned with. She threatened the coast with 35 inches of rain and left the rest of the state reeling from the fall-off. Kelsie and Pat had planned their elopement on the day she was due to make landfall. We all re-arranged our plans. Their families, friends, and officiant ultimately decided it was safer to stay hundreds of miles away instead of attempting to fly into the eye of the storm. By some miracle, we were able to still have the wedding with far less people and a few days earlier than planned. In the midst of the impending chaos, the morning of their wedding was contrastingly peaceful. The fog settled in the valleys, catching all colors of the rainbow from the rising sun. The trails were empty. The only sound was the wind carrying the light fog over the mountaintops. We all took in the most beautiful sunrise from the peak, and then we hiked down to the forest to meet their officiant to exchange vows. The ceremony felt like an exhale. To finally be pronounced “married” was a special moment to soak in after the stress from the approaching storm. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ncweddings #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopement #ashevilleweddingphotographers #blackbalsam #blackbalsamknob #photobugcommunity #bohobride

This little fellow came running up the path towards me this morning. #stoat #wild #allthingswild #morningwild

THE NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE! Link in profile! Besides the complete overhaul of the previous design, here are two HUGE new things I’m also announcing: 1. NEW BLOG! I’ve hosted my blog on “http://meganlangeblog.com” since college, and it’s finally time to officially connect it to https://morningwild.com. I know. I know. This probably should have been done 10 years ago. There are several new posts that are worth visiting. 2. NEWSLETTER I’m working on a monthly newsletter that will help me stay in better touch with you! I’ll not only be sharing photos but also exclusive content for creatives, entrepreneurs, travelers, parents, families, and those who are engaged! Social media only reaches 7% of followers, even if you WANT to see every piece of content. If you want to stay better connected sign up with the link in profile or on the new site (it’s linked at the bottom of most pages). . I’m celebrating all of these wonderful new things with the biggest giveaway of the week. We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I adore photographing weddings in Asheville. However, I equally love destination weddings and traveling to the ends of the earth. Therefore, today I’m giving away a FREE engagement session for anywhere in the world. Rules: 1. Session must be scheduled before July 2020. 2. Free collection includes up to two hours of coverage, online gallery, and high-res files. Travel is not included. 3. Free session cannot be applied to a currently contracted session. 4. Session can take place anywhere in the world. To enter: 1. Follow @megangielow. 2. Tag one person in the comments that you think would love the new website. 3. Complete the super short form that is linked in my profile. 4. You will get 1 additional entry for each person you tag in the comments. 5. You will get 10 additional entries for sharing this post in your stories. Entries close on Friday, May 10th at 6p EST. Winner will be announced in my stories + post on Monday, May 13th. #morningwild #morningwildphotography

It’s the last day of launch week!! Before I jump into today’s giveaway, I want to note that my email was down all day yesterday while the site was being transferred. If you sent me an email Friday, then I did not receive it. Pretty please resend! :) The new site will be live TOMORROW! There are two more fun giveaways to share, with each one representing one of MorningWild’s core values. #4:  the Pursuit of Adventure I’ve always had a heart for travel. It inspires me, rejuvenates me, and fulfills me. When I sketched out my core values five years ago, travel was a cornerstone in this idea. I also love the idea of taking my couples on adventures. My couples never complain about their dresses getting dirty or getting married in the rain. They climb cliffs, hike in freezing weather, and walk through fields where there are probably a million ticks + snakes. They are adventurous spirits that truly enjoy life. I strongly believe that adventure doesn’t have to be on mountaintops or in the woods. Some of the most brave humans I know pursue the adventure of parenthood. They show up in their marriage when it’s truly difficult. Adventure is bigger than an outdoor experience. It’s the pursuit of something bigger than yourself. I actually have TWO giveaways related to this idea, and the second one will be shared tomorrow (hint, it’s a BIG giveaway), so be sure to check in again tomorrow! Today, I’m giving away a free print from my new print shop, which features images from home and abroad. I’ve linked the print shop in my profile. The winner will get to choose their print and size between 4x6 and 16x20. GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congrats to @mustachelessjor ! To enter: 1. Follow @megangielow. 2. Comment with one of the places on your bucket list. 3. You will get one additional entry for each person you tag. 4. You will get 10 additional entries for sharing this post in your stories. #morningwild #morningwildphotography

It’s day three of launch week!! The new site will be live in two days! In the meantime, I have a few fun giveaways to share, with each one representing one of MorningWild’s core values. #3:  the Importance of Memorializing a Family’s Heritage When I transitioned from photojournalism into wedding photography, quite a few things changed. I was no longer in a newsroom, so I could edit in my pajamas. Wedding days were happy, momentous events, whereas as a journalist I was often covering tragic stories. I was no longer feature hunting; instead, I was driving and hiking, trying to find the best locations for portrait sessions. However, the one constant was the pursuit of honest storytelling. Before I begin each wedding day, I try to take a minute to pray for my couple and to set an intention to serve them in the best way that I can. I put myself in their shoes and savor each relationship and moment that passes in front of my camera. I do everything in my power to make sure every person is photographed at least once because I know how important each person is on their guest list. Today’s giveaway is a little different than the rest. I’ve worked with over 225 couples over the past 12 years, and I wouldn’t be where I am without each and every one of these people. I say it every year, but my couples are the best. They truly are. It’s such a gift to be invited into their sacred moments and develop friendships with these incredible people. I want to say thank you by giving away a free anniversary or family session to one of my past couples. GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congrats @fcaldwell812! Rules: 1. You must be one of my wedding or elopement couples from 2007-2018. 2. Session is free within two hours of Asheville. Travel fees may apply outside of that radius. 3. Session must be scheduled within a year. 4. Free session cannot be applied to a currently contracted session. To enter: 1. Follow @megangielow. 2. Tag one of your favorite people in your life and tell me why they are so wonderful. 3. You will get one additional entry for each person you tag. #morningwild #morningwildphotography

It’s day two of launch week!! The new site will be live on Sunday! For the next four days, I’ll be giving away something that represents each of MorningWild’s core values. #2:  authentic, Raw, Creative Storytelling In twelve years of wedding photography, this has never been a “cut and paste” business venture. From the beginning, I’ve always strived to push myself as a photographer and make new images each season. I don’t put my couples in the same routine, the same “rectangles,” the same compositions. Of course, I have a style and aesthetic I prefer. But, my images are developed by who my couples are. I’ve stayed in this industry because of how much I enjoy this work. It is always eccentric and exciting getting to know each person and relationship that stands before my lens. Above all else, I want to make photos that are real + honest. In this small collection of images, you’ll see quiet moments and loud moments. Extroverts and introverts. Sunny days and rainy ones. Mountain weddings and urban venues. Weddings with 250 people and elopements with two people. I love them all. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congrats to @amywittphotography! Today’s giveaway is for the creative at heart. I’m giving away a few of my favorite business books (pictured on the last slide). Purple Cow is a wonderful reminder of how to stand out from the rest. Worth Every Penny is a valuable read for business owners on providing a truly one-of-a-kind experience for your clients. The War of Art is one of my highly-recommended reads for anyone (especially creatives). He teaches you how overcome the “resistance” that holds you back from greatness. If you have already read one or all of these, I will send you a gift card for your local bookstore to purchase a different, inspiring read. To enter: 1. Follow @megangielow. 2. Comment on this post with your favorite book you’ve ever read OR your favorite thing to do when you’re in a creative rut. 3. You will get one additional entry for each friend you tag. 4. You will get 10 additional entries for sharing this post in your stories. #morningwild #morningwildphotography

It’s launch week!! I’m excited to unveil my new website on Sunday (May 5th)!In the meantime, I have a few fun giveaways to share. For the next five days, I’ll be giving away something that represents each of MorningWild’s core values. My photography business has grown and changed so much over the past twelve years, but I’m proud that the foundation stands on these principles. #1:  supporting Real Marriages A wedding is bigger than a gathering. Larger than every floral centerpiece you meticulously chose. More than every person there to celebrate with you. It’s a day, the official first day, of the rest of your life together. While your wedding day is a marvelous day, it is only one day. There are many more great days to come, as well as many more terrible ones. We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs in the past seven years of our married life. On days that are difficult, I catch myself staring at the photos that line our hallway. They remind me of the commitment we made to fight when it seemed impossible to find a solution. To hug when we want to scream. To forgive when we are still angry. To remember every joyful occasion. To love through all of it. I make every effort to create a meaningful photography experience. I want to document moments that tangibly and genuinely show how much you love each other because your commitment is worth cherishing. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congrats to @amourlauren87! Today, I’m giving away a free date night! Something that has been important in our marriage is a regularly scheduled time to reconnect. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with work, chores, housework, errands, and children. I want you to have a night to yourselves! If you win, I want you to tell me where you want to eat/drink and/or what you want to do together. I will send up to $100 in gift cards to make your date happen. All you need to do is: 1. Follow @megangielow. 2. Comment on this post with your favorite thing to do as a couple. 3. You will get one additional entry for each friend you tag. 4. You will get 10 additional entries for sharing this post in your stories. #morningwild #morningwildphotography

After two crazy weeks of travel, I had this Saturday off. You better believe we brunched and enjoyed the great outdoors. I managed to take an evening off and read on the porch with some wine. The wine probably wasn’t ideal with this cold I’ve been trying to kick, it it felt too perfect to not indulge. Tonight I had my cameras on my shoulders again, and I was able to enjoy a stunning sunset with @breeasharma + Sam. These two make great company, and I cannot wait to see them again in October! #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #nashvilleweddings #nashvilleweddingphotographer #ncweddings #ncweddingphotographer #southernweddings #junebugweddings #linvillegorge #linville #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #coweddingphotographer #adventureweddings #adventureelopement #828isgreat #indiewedding #hawksbillmountain #hawksbill

The quiet, the anticipation of the preparation time is by far one of my favorite hours of the wedding day. It is a space for those closest to you to surround you with love. It is a time to soak in what is about to be one of the biggest moments of your life. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #nashvilleweddings #nashvilleweddingphotographer #ncweddings #ncweddingphotographer #tnweddingphotographer #tnweddings #rtlodge #rtlodgeweddings #documentaryweddingphotographers #momentsovermountains #tentwedding #southernweddings #junebugweddings #veil #pronovias #weddingdresses #blackandwhitephotos

They were engaged during a wind storm, and we took their engagement photos on the cusp of a hurricane. Emily and I joked that there would probably be some sort of epic weather event for their wedding, to keep things consistent. The forecast called for rain and a drastic drop in temperature for most of the weekend, but we made magic regardless. Congrats to Emily + Matt for tying the knot today! #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddings #rtlodge #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ncweddings #tnweddings #tnweddingphotographer #ncweddingphotographer #blueridgeparkway #828isgreat #rainywedding #bohowedding #mountainwedding #mountainelopement #adventurewedding #adventureelopement #rtlodgewedding

Rachel and Justin have come from two different worlds. He grew up in the country in Georgia, and she grew up in the city in California. However, I could see that these differences bring them together. They complement the other person. It was easy to see in our time together how naturally they belong together. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #blueridgeparkway #booneweddings #roughridge #ashevilleweddingphotographers

There’s nothing like jumping on a plane, leaving 70º weather and stepping out into a blizzard three hours later. It was fun to walk through a winter wonderland for a few days. I’m thoroughly enjoying the spring in back in Asheville, however. There’s a reason we settled in the south ;) #morningwild #morningwildphotography #coloradoweddings #coloradoweddingphotographer #coweddings #coweddingphotographer #denverweddings #denverweddingphotographer #lovelandpass #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #adventureweddings #adventurelopements #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevillweddings

It’s been a whirlwind week of traveling, catching up with friends, photographing a wedding + engagement session, skiing, hiking, adjusting to jet lag, co-hosting a webinar (if you missed it, check out the replay via the link in my profile). I have a wonderful and wild weekend ahead, but I’m grateful for two days to take a breather before jumping in. Today’s self-care looked like acupuncture, taking Kitt + Poa to the park, and exploring the farmer’s market. It was a wonderful day to be outside. #morningwildphotography #morningwild . . . . #coloradoweddings #coweddingphotographer #coweddingphotographers #coloradoweddingphotographer #denverweddings #lovelandpass #denverweddingphotographer #windyday #mountainelopement #mountainwedding #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleweddings

There are moments that are vivid in my memory from our wedding, and then there are photographs that stand out from the thousands that were taken. They don’t always align; yet, some of my favorite photos were ones that I don’t completely remember. I wonder if moments like this stick out to my couples. I remember this moment vividly. We had just returned from taking portraits, and Stephanie’s mom took her aside to give her a hug. One of her best friends joined, and they slowly walked back to the party, arm in arm. It was quick and quiet. If I weren’t paying attention, it would have slipped through my fingers. Moments like this are when I’m when I’m grateful for the Mark IV. I could never push my cameras to 12800 ISO before. This moment would have been lost otherwise. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #mastfarminn #booneweddings #mastfarminnweddings #momentsovermountains #allyouwitness

Many people transition out of the arts for one reason or another, especially when it becomes a career. I think some find other avenues more lucrative, or they simply lose their creative spark. I’ve had plenty of moments of feeling stuck or uninspired, which is just a natural phase in the circle of creativity. One thing that has saved me in ruts is to shoot in an atypical way. For example, I used to wrap up sessions immediately after the sun buried below the horizon. The golden light was gone, and I felt like it made sense to call it a day. I started pushing myself to photograph in twilight or even sunrise, just to see how the imagery would shift. Twilight images bring mood, grain, motion blur. Sunrise in the mountains brings fog, quiet, colder light. I still adore this career so much 12 years in because I always get to play with light. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography  #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleelopeemnts #ashevilleelopementphotographers #documentaryweddingphotographers #wncweddingphotographers #silverlakesanddunes #silverlake#michiganweddingphotographer #michiganweddings #puremichigan #westmichigan #miwedding #lakeengagement

This career takes me all over the world, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I get to spend this week in Colorado photographing old and new friends. I’m giddy to explore the Rockies again, attempt downhill skiing after a 12 year hiatus, and eat my way through all of the GF options that Denver offers. The Appalachian Mountains are home, but the West Coast is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #blueridgeparkway #lonesomevalley #linvilleweddingphotographer #mountainelopement #mountainwedding #coloradoweddingphotographer #coweddings #coloradoweddings #denverweddingphotographer #happilyeverwild #mountainwedding

The subtleties make up a marriage. A partnership. A life together. The way he makes sure that you get an extra 15 mins of sleep in the morning. Or, if she washes all of the dishes after you cook dinner. If he volunteers to do the grocery shopping. Or make a Target run (I always volunteer to go to Target, not going to lie). The way he looks at you first thing in the morning. The little things add up to a beautiful existence. Don’t miss them. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #dukemansion #dukemansionweddings #charlotteweddingphotographer #charlotteweddings #nashvilleweddings #nashvilleweddingphotographer #ncweddings #ncweddingphotographer #moodygrams #wncwedding #realtalk #subtleties

#morningwild #leoanton #hotpapa and Atti in battle mode

Life is best lived with a constant fascination. I find this wonderment in light. I will never get old of watching the way it evaporates when it collides with the fog. Or, seeing the light shine through the fresh spring leaves, dancing as they shake in the wind. Light affects our mood. It breathes life not only into us but also the earth it consumes as it crawls along the ground. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #blueridgeparkway #roanmountain #coloradoweddingphotographer #westcoastbestcoast #foglight #moodygrams #moodyportraits #moody_moments

My family is visiting this weekend, and it’s my brother’s first time visiting Asheville for more than two hours. I can’t wait to show him everything we love about this city. I’m also seriously considering taking them all to the axe throwing bar for a true Asheville experience. Has anyone been? #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #moodyweddingphotography

I had the chance to catch up with several friends over the past 24 hours, and it filled my heart to the brim. My morning started out rough, but so many wonderful people helped turn my day into a truly better one. In this digital age it’s easy to feel up-to-date with people + friendships over social media and not always want to take the effort to meet up in person. However, my days feel more connected when I can engage with friends face to face. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements #blueridgeparkway #blackbalsamknob #mountainelopement #mountainwedding

Falling in love is like being swept off your feet. Your heart races; your mouth is always smiling; your mind is continuously concentrated on the other person. Growing in love is a different sensation. There is still smiling but also a level of comfort that is indescribable. It becomes a partnership. There is a never ending discovery of who you both are as individuals and as one. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos  #junebugweddings #silverlakesanddunes #silverlake #michiganweddingphotographer #michiganweddings #westmichiganweddings #puremichigan #bohobride #hippiebride

I happily get to spend most of my weekend with not one but TWO of my previous wedding couples celebrating their pregnancies (no, not Danielle + Adam pictured above!). It brings me so much joy to continue relationships with such special people past their wedding day. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ncelopements #momentsonmountains #mountainweddings #mountainweddingphotographer #placestoelope #mountainelopements #destinationelopements #adventureweddings #adventureelopements #adventureweddingphotos #828isgreat #southernweddings

Flashing back to Fabian + Angela’s wedding in Mexico! The day was filled with so much emotion, not to mention TWO rainbows! We had just left the ceremony and walked down to the beach for a few photos. The rainbows appeared for no more than five minutes before evaporating back into the clouds. One of their guests emailed me after the fact, thinking that I photoshopped the rainbows in! I swear, I did not! Sometimes nature reveals the most beautiful landscapes to a point that it doesn’t even seem real. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #mexicoweddingphotographer #mexicoweddings #tulumweddingphotographer #tulumweddings #destinationweddings #placestoelope #vivamexico #weddingsinmexico #adventureweddings #adventureelopements #tropicalweddings #mauiweddings #mauielopements #mauiweddingphotographer #hawaiiweddingphotographer #peruweddingphotographer #limaweddingphotographer #argentinaweddings #argentinaweddingphotographer #lookslikefilm #junebugweddings #photobugcommunity #caribbeanwedding #caribbeanweddingphotographer #stluciaweddings #stluciaweddingphotographer

Last #safari memories of our #ugandasafari. On day 15 #morningwild and #gamewalk inside the forest is our last #wildencounters in the #pearlofafrica.you will leave Early with your packed Breakfast to be enjoyed in form of a picnic breakfast inside the forest amidst wildlife. #morningforestwalk: Your walking safari will start very early in the morning led by an experienced ranger guide from Uganda wildlife Authority. Depending on the location with high concentration of the game, you will decide on a trail off the Acacia Hoki-the common plantations of the forest, you will learn more about this forest which have been challenged by its past that saw her size reduce to currently 370 Km surrounded by communities and cattle ranches on both sides. You will have #breakfastintotheforest amidst herds of grazing plain Zebras. Please note the biggest specie of the Antelopes family is found here known as the #elands, Bush backs and water backs are also permanent residents in #lakemburonationalpark, warthog and their piglets will be encountered as well, cape buffaloes will be sighted doing mud bathing on asunny day to cool down their body temperatures, impalas etc all through your eyes. Later in the day you will leave the park and proceed to Kampala on the road trip, it will be a great drive as there will be a stopover at the #equatorexperience, here you will have chance to take some photos and a polar water experiments. Another stop will be at the local place where drums are made commonly known as Mpambiire Village, after the stop,  continue  with  your  journey  arriving  #kampalacapitalcity of Uganda  in  the  late  afternoon  and  proceed  to Entebbe  international  airport  for  your  flight  back. Your  #ugandasafaritotal  memories  will  end with  your  successful  check  in  your  connecting  flight  back  home!#endingyourtour #travellingtogether #15daysoftravelling #travelersrack #bestofthewilderness #summervacation #responsiblesafaris #tailoredadventures #bookings

I truly enjoy shooting in the mountains as much as I get to. But, there is a special intimacy that is derived from photographing in someone’s bedroom. This photo was actually taken in their hotel room the morning after their wedding. There was a peaceful energy that transcended the space. No more wedding planning. No more wedding stress. Brianna + Josh could just take in the newlywed bliss. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography  #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleelopeemnts #ashevilleelopementphotographers #documentaryweddingphotographers #wncweddingphotographers #southernweddings #ncweddingphotographers #southernweddingphotographers #boudoirphotographers #tattoocouple #boudoirphotography #couplesboudoir

The blossoms are on the trees, and spring is FINALLY HERE! Usually we are graced with warmer weather much earlier in March, but winter seems to be dragging its feet this year. We’ve been scheduling in a family hike day almost every week this winter, and it’s been wonderful. I’ve found that being intentional about setting boundaries and penciling in family days are the only ways that I will make time for it. Otherwise, I will work every. single. day. Any other creative entrepreneurs feel me on this?! #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #sylva #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ashevillewedding #ashevillephotographer #adventurouswedding #ncweddingphotographer #ncweddings #adventureelopement #placestoelope #destinationelopements #destinationweddings #avlweddings #828isgreat #photobugcommunity #togetherjournal #smashevents #vineyardsatbettyscreek #bohobride #hippiebride

Flashback Friday to one of the most beautifully styled weddings I’ve ever photographed. Sarah is an incredibly talented artist, and she worked tirelessly to incorporate beautiful details into their ceremony and reception space. She designed her headpiece, hand-dyed all of the napkins, made the table runner, balloon escort cards, and their unity painting. As with most summer wedding days in the mountains, we were graced with rain in the evening, but the sky opened up to reveal two gorgeous rainbows. The team: Venue: @thevineyardsatbettyscreek Design, Florals, Catering:  @smasheventsinc Videography:  @almondleafvideo Cake:  @justsimplydelicious Folk Band:  @gallatincanyon Jewelry:  @alloydstudio #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #sylva #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ashevillewedding #ashevillephotographer #adventurouswedding #ncweddingphotographer #ncweddings #adventureelopement #placestoelope #destinationelopements #destinationweddings #avlweddings #828isgreat #photobugcommunity #togetherjournal #smashevents #vineyardsatbettyscreek #bohobride #hippiebride

One of the best parts of this job is getting to become friends with the couples in front of my camera. I truly believe that if these two lived closer, we would hang out on a weekly basis…but they live in Michigan! I love that Brianna and I still touch base every now and then, but it’s not quite the same as getting to see them every few months for wedding-related festivities. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ashevillewedding #ashevillephotographer #adventurouswedding #ncweddingphotographer #ncweddings #adventureelopement #placestoelope #destinationelopements #destinationweddings #avlweddings #828isgreat #photobugcommunity #togetherjournal #intimateweddings #silverlake #silverlakesanddunes #silverlakeengagement #silverlakeelopement #michiganweddingphotographer #michiganweddings #miweddings #miweddingphotographer #grandrapidsweddings #grandrapidsweddingphotographer

I spent the majority of today having several deep discussions with friends and neighbors in town. One of the things I love most about Asheville is how much people care about this community and land. It seems like everyone is an activist in some way. While these conversations can be difficult and complex, I’m so glad that people are engaging in discussions to make the city even better than they found it. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #blueridgeparkway #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #ashevillewedding #ashevillephotographer #adventurouswedding #ncweddingphotographer #ncweddings #adventureelopement #placestoelope #destinationelopements #destinationweddings #avlweddings #828isgreat #photobugcommunity #togetherjournal #intimateweddings #blueridgemountains #coloradoweddings #coloradoweddingphotographer #utahweddingphotographer #utahweddings #mountainelopements #mountainweddings

Flashback to one of my most memorable elopements. Derek + Theresa planned a leap year elopement in Maui, a favorite place of theirs to escape to when they need a break from the bustling city where they live. Theresa walked along the cliff with the breeze gracefully blowing her veil as she met Derek to say their vows. They exchanged leis, rings, and promises. We continued our journey the next morning on the Waihee Ridge Trail, taking in the mountains and increasing elevation as we drove. The dark clouds teased us with rain, but the sun pushed them away and peeked through to cast the most beautiful morning light. We hiked through mud, mosquitos, and rainforest. About two miles in, we came upon the most epic view of the mountains with the sun spotlighting the stunning terrain of Maui. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #mauiweddingphotographer #mauiweddings #hawaiielopements #hawaiielopementphotographer #hawaiiweddingphotographer #placestoelope #destinationelopementphotos #destinationelopements #adventureelopements #adventureweddings #islandelopements #waiheeridgetrail #kukahikoestate #kukahikoestatewedding #mauielopements #mauielopementphotographer #tropicalelopement

While I miss the community feeling of working in a newsroom, I’m incredibly grateful for the photographers and other wedding industry professionals that I have built long-lasting friendships with. When I think of the majority of my closest friends, they are all wedding photographers. I think this says a lot about our industry:  we cherish community over competition. Throwback to when I took headshots for my dear friend, @angzion_photographer. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography  #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleelopeemnts #ashevilleelopementphotographers #documentaryweddingphotographers #wncweddingphotographers #southernweddings #ncweddingphotographers #southernweddingphotographers

Sarah and Drew have an incredibly peaceful demeanor that threads through their relationship. I remember their wedding day was relaxed. Their engagement session was chill. There was no drama, no stress. I think this quietness can speak volumes of the comfort they find in one another. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements

Charleston has some of the most insane natural scenery. I can’t get over the bridge of old oak trees that drip with Spanish moss. Or, the dead trees that have dug their way out of the earth to make a statement. Then, there’s the food, the history, the colorful city buildings. I’m hoping to make it back here at some point this season. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #charlestonweddings #charlestonweddingphotographer #chs #chsweddings #chsweddingphotographer #botanybay #botanybayweddings #edistoisland #edistoislandweddings #edistoislandweddingphotographer #beachwedding #scweddingphotography #scweddingphotographer #coastalwedding #southeastweddingphotographer #indieweddings #southernweddings #junebugweddings #cypresstressplantation #cypresstreesplantationwedding

There are many different wedding traditions, but I think the first dance is one of my favorites. It’s the first moment that the couple can melt into each other while being surrounded by everyone they love. As a photographer, it always looks like an exhale. A deep breath. A collective group hug from everyone they hold dear. #morningwild #morningwildphotography . . . . . . #firstdance #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography #ncweddings #ncweddingphotographer #bridgeclub #downtownraleigh #southernweddings

Flashback to one of my all-time favorite family sessions. The Lyerlys invited me into their home to capture their last afternoon in Raleigh before they moved to the mountains. They nostalgically remembered that their first night in the house was when they brought their first daughter, Daisy, home from the hospital. It was a place filled with many more memories:  bare feet on wooden floors, chickens clucking in the yard, and a small garden that brought the family together. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevillefamilyphotographer #ashevillefamilies #828isgreat #reallifefamilies #reallifefamilyphotographer #nclifestylefamilyphotographer #ncfamilyphotographer #raleighfamilyphotographer #charlottefamilyphotographer #greenvillefamilyphotographer #documentaryfamilyphotographer #dayinthelifefamilysession #dayinthelife #michellelyerly

I tend to favor monochrome images because they simplify the process. There is more focus on the light and the moment than in the colors that surround the photo. However, color brings mood. It brings environment and feeling. You can’t feel the coolness of dusk nor hear the crickets singing without seeing the deep blue and cotton candy pink hues in the night sky. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography  #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleelopeemnts #ashevilleelopementphotographers #documentaryweddingphotographers #wncweddingphotographers #southernweddings #ncweddingphotographers #homeelopement #azweddings #azweddingphotographer #mesa #mesaweddings #mesaengagementphotos #mesaweddingphotographers #phoenixweddingphotographer #phoenixweddings

As I was digging through my archives, I couldn’t believe how many images I never shared on here. I’ve been through seasons in my work where I’ve been overly critical to a point that I’d just rather not post. It’s a lot of pressure to come up with the perfect caption. Or, to know that an image won’t receive a lot of likes because it is moment-driven vs. a tiny couple on a mountain. This is one such series. The light and background weren’t ideal in this room, but the moment was pure. The reality is that most weddings don’t have ideal light. They don’t have the most picturesque getting ready locations. But, these moments are still sacred and worth treasuring. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #grandrapidsweddings #grandrapidswedidngphotographer #miweddingphotographer #michiganweddingphotographer #grweddings #downtowngrweddings #cityflats #cityflatsballroomwedding #cityflatsballroom #puremichigan #rainonyourweddingday #fatherdaughterfirstlook #momentsovermountains #allyouwitness #junebugweddings #fatherdaughtermoment #emotionalweddingphotographers #documentaryweddingphotography #documentaryweddings

I had to go back through a couple hundred blog posts to update some SEO things for the new site, and I couldn’t help but reminisce as I perused old posts. I came across some old gems that had never been shared here, and I felt like they should be seen. This week, I’ll be flashing back to 2015. Erin + Chase will celebrate four years of marriage this October. I still remember Erin wearing a short teal dress during this session, and it was no more than 45º outside. These two still jet around the world, and I adore keeping up with their adventures. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #outdoorweddingasheville #ncweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #adventureelopements #ncweddingphotographer #booneweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #elopementphotos #828isgreat #junebugweddings #southernweddings #southeastweddingphotographers #scweddingphotographer #mountainweddings #mountainelopements

When I mentor other photographers (and my interns), I always include a portfolio review and gallery review as part of our time together. It’s incredible how attached and detached one can get from some images purely based on personal experience. Having a neutral second party evaluate your best work can help bring another perspective and highlight why a photo should stay or go. This photo was an early image in my portfolio for years, and I almost cut it this time around while I prepped for fresh content on my new site. After my friends looked through my images, this one consistently received a “wow” factor. I didn’t have any negative feelings about the photo, merely it had been there for 5+ years, and I was ready to see fresh work. But, 5/5 completely different photographers + opinions telling me to keep it meant something :) Even though 90% of your portfolio will circulate with new work every 2-3 years, there will always be a few gems that stick and still hold value for years and years. If you’re feeling like your website needs a refresh or you are too attached to your photos to make decisions about your portfolio, holler! I’m going to be offering portfolio reviews as a separate item in mentor sessions going forward and would love to help. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleelopements #ashevilleelopementphotographer #indiewedings #cashiersweddings #cashiersweddingphotographer #lonesomevalley #linvilleweddings #documentaryweddingphotographer #fearlessphotographers #highcountryweddings #junebugweddings #ncweddingphotographer #wncweddingphotographer #charlotteweddingphotographer #southernweddings #southenweddingphotographer #allyouwitness #momentsovermountains #photographyeducation #photoeducation

Thinking back to Danielle + Ben’s wedding in Estes Park a few years back as I prepare travel plans for Colorado TWICE this spring! I’m making an extra stop in Santa Fe, NM, in June. I might have some time for a fun session, if anyone is interested in collaborating (DM or email me!). I’d also LOVE recommendations for things to do and see, as I’ve never been to New Mexico. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #momentsonmountains #ashevilleweddingphotography  #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleelopeemnts #ashevilleelopementphotographers #documentaryweddingphotographers #coloradoweddingphotographer #coweddings #coweddingphotographer #estesparkweddings #ymcaoftherockies #ncweddingphotographers #bohobride #mountainwedding #mountainelopement #alternativeelopement #placestoelope

It’s all in the details. While table decor sets the stage for a theme, an ambiance, a tone, these types of details bring back a feeling. They remind you of how the rain felt on your skin. How the chill in the air carried everyone inside to sit around the fireplace. How a hurricane could bring everyone together to dance the night away. Both types of details are important, but a sensory memory is powerful. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotography #ashevilleweddings #ashevilleweddingphotographer #thefarmavl #thefarmasheville #thefarmweddings #ashevilleweddingvenues #fallweddingphotos #ashevillefallweddings #rainydayweddings #rainonyourweddingday #booneweddingphotographer #ncweddingphotographer #hurricaneweather #828isgreat

We snuck away, climbed through layers of briars, and hiked through deep damp grass to have a quiet moment after dinner was over. The pink haze settled on the mountains, and the crickets began to sing. They held each other as the sky undressed to the night colors, signaling the last hours of their wedding celebration. #morningwild #morningwildphotography #ashevilleweddingphotographer #ashevilleweddingphotography  #ashevilleweddingphotographers #ashevilleelopeemnts #ashevilleelopementphotographers #documentaryweddingphotographers #wncweddingphotographers #southernweddings #ncweddingphotographers #homeelopement #alternativeelopement #placestoelope #moodyweddingphotos #ncweddings #booneweddings #booneweddingphotographer #mastfarminn #mastfarminnweddings #highcountryweddings

Souvenir estivale.😍 La rivière et ses surprises #billesmaison #rivercarp #morningwild