Happy snow day!

We finally broke the “snow dome” here in Nashville today, but we’re dreaming back to just a few days ago when it was slightly warmer outside haha. Earlier this week we traveled to Knoxville for Carly and Will’s engagement session, and had so much fun with these two! Will is an incredible photographer, and it’s always a special honor when another photographer trusts us to create for them. Carly and Will live and will be getting married in Nashville, but grew up and met in Knoxville, which made it the perfect place for their engagement session. We started out at the yacht club where Carly spent lots of time growing up, which added a sweet personal touch to the session. Here are a few of our favorites from the day!

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Congratulations, Carly and Will! We are so excited to celebrate with you this fall, and thanks for hanging out with us on Tuesday!:)

Hope everyone is staying safe and warm, and have a wonderful rest of the week! We’d love to have you join us on Facebook or Instagram, where you can keep up with all our latest adventures!

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adventure engagement photos

Last week, middle Tennessee was transformed into a winter wonderland–perfect timing for Caroline and John Michael’s winter adventure engagement session! We set the date for their session back in January, amidst days of mild weather and sunshine, never dreaming it would end up being after a week of some of the craziest weather we’ve seen in years haha.

Caroline and John Michael are so ridiculously sweet, with hearts for God, each other, teaching, and adventure. A little bit of ice wasn’t about to slow them down!  They love to laugh and explore together, and we just had the best time getting to know them a little more before their wedding in July! Another ridiculously awesome detail: the belt Caroline is wearing in these photos actually was her grandfather’s from high school! Love it.

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Caroline & John Michael-we can’t wait to celebrate with you all in July! We had such a great time with you, and are so thankful we got to kick off our first session of the season with you all! Here’s to many more adventures:)

Thank you all for stopping by the blog! We are so excited to be getting into 2015, and can’t wait to share our adventures, and the stories of the amazing people we will be working with this year. What are you excited about for 2015?

Happy Thursday!

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AirBnB Asheville

Hello, everyone, and happy New Year! It feels good to dust off the blog and share something new this morning :)  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and New Year, and are just loving 2015 so far. 2014 was a crazy year. We worked with so many amazing people, got to go on some awesome trips, and loved the time we got to spend outdoors. We made some big changes in our health (physically, mentally, financially…all of the above!). But if I’m being honest, 2014 was also an exhausting year. We started off 2014 with a lot of stress, and looking back, it set the tone for a lot of our mindset of the year. There was a lot of heartbreak on behalf of friends and family going through rough times. There was not enough time spent intentionally, and far too much wasted on social media. Optimism is not a mindset that comes easy to me. So imagine my surprise when I found myself on New Year’s Eve feeling hopeful and excited about 2015. To look back at all the worry we carried at the beginning of the year in particular, and see how we came through it…there’s nothing else to say than that God is good.

For several weeks Chris and I had been planning to getaway for a short “business retreat” in January. Just to get outside our normal routine, dream, and plan for the year. Finally, on the Friday before we planned to leave on Wednesday we found the perfect place in Asheville! We booked an adorable cottage on AirBnB (I am now addicted), gathered up a couple books for inspiration reading, and prepared to get. stuff. done. I know it’s early in the year, but I’m just going to go ahead and call it that this may be the best decision we’ve made all year  😉  The cottage was so relaxing, which I didn’t even realize how much we needed. The books we picked out (Make it Happenby Lara Casey for me, and The Happiness of Pursuitby Chris Guillebeau for him) knew what we needed before we even did. We turned our phones on airplane mode, and greatly limited social media. And while we did get stuff done, we mostly spent time reflecting, talking about our fears, talking about our hopes, reconnecting, and getting to know each other again after such a busy few months. Figuring out what it looks like to choose purpose over perfection, and letting go of the “shoulds” (Thanks, Lara Casey!). We went for walks, and ate bagel sandwiches. And it was awesome.

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Book, notebook, and french press coffee. Pretty much Chris’s happy place!

Make it Happen book

Not entirely sure why my phone was in this photo haha. I think I had just taken a picture with it.

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purple potato hashbrowns

Fun fact: Chris is an excellent cook.

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West Asheville

We had dinner one night at West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen. Food was great, and the vibe was just the perfect amount of chill! And they had a local hard cider on tap which was pretty much the selling point for me haha. But, West Asheville reminds me a bit of East Nashville–hip, but maybe a bit sketchy in areas at night. We were just having that conversation when we saw this shirt in the window of a store haha.

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So many windows and so much natural light in the cottage <3

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Farm Burger Asheville

We stopped at Farm Burger for lunch on our way out of town. SO GOOD. Highly recommend!

Asheville Farm Burger

We decided to take the “scenic route” home, and though we would drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a bit. Then we were foiled by a Road Closed sign. Tried to pick it up again a little later, and ran into the same thing. So we detoured through Cherokee, NC, and went up into the Great Smoky Mountains. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and upper 50s, so we thought it would be a good day to try to make it up Clingman’s Dome (we’ve started up the trail, which is paved and only 0.8 miles long, twice. We’ve yet to make it to the top, for various reasons haha). But as we get up into the Smokys, there’s snow on the ground and as we got ready to turn on the road up to Clingman’s Dome….Road Closed. But some day we will finish that trail! We stopped to check out some crazy ice formations before heading back down the mountain then finally home.

I highly recommend making the time to getaway–even if it’s just to your own living room! Give yourself space to be still, and recharge. Forget about the to do list for a few days (goodness knows mine is still 12 miles long), and re-focus on what really matters.

Happy 2015, friends! Can’t wait to see what adventures we all get into this year!

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  • January 20, 2015 - 12:06 pm

    Michael McGaha - So happy you two got away and charged the battery. Sometime a pause for the cause is necessary! Cheers to a invigorating 2015!
    Mike

  • February 12, 2015 - 6:47 am

    Christie O. {Mountainside Bride} - OMG! I’m so ready to move back to WNC! If I had my druthers, I’d winter in the west and summer in Asheville :-)

  • February 13, 2015 - 1:48 pm

    Jen - That would be amazing!

Hello, everyone!

So bonus blog post this week, because we ended up getting Bill and Jen’s session ready to blog sooner than expected! Yay!

Bill contacted me awhile back when he was planning on proposing to Jen on their upcoming trip to Nashville, and he wanted to surprise her with some photos! These two ended up getting engaged at the waterfront in Nashville the day before our session, then we got to document and celebrate with them the next day! Bill and Jen are so sweet together, and love to travel and have adventures. They also love to see historic places when they travel, so we started at historic Traveller’s Rest here in Nashville for their session. We seriously could not have had more beautiful light or fall colors or weather! I love it when a previously rainy forecast turns into a gorgeous day!

Here are some of our favorites from the day!

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The light was seriously unbelievable!

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So sweet!

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That town of ours…it sure knows how to show off at sunset!

Congratulations, Bill and Jen! We are so excited for you guys, and so happy we got to be a part of your Nashville adventure!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out Becky and Joe’s Cedarwood wedding post!

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