Blue Ridge Parkway Elopement

Samantha and Mike’s elopement was scheduled to be at Craggy Gardens at sunrise. We met at 6am downtown Asheville and I hopped in the car with the lovely couple and we headed up the mountain. The plan was to have a quick sunrise ceremony at the overlook, take a few photos and then head down to Asheville for the reception. However, as anyone who works in the wedding industry knows, things don’t always go according to plan.

The weather conditions were not ideal for a sunrise mountaintop elopement. It was misty, extremely foggy, cold, and windy when we got to the top. We hung out in the parking lot for a few minutes while Samantha and Mike wrote their vows and waited for the weather to let up. Mother nature was showing her true form on this day. We decided that due to the weather, the summit was not the best place to hold the ceremony. We drove a few miles back down the mountain where we found that the weather was much clearer. It was much warmer, dryer, and there was no fog.

We decided to hold the small ceremony with twenty of Samantha and Mikes closest friends and family at the BullCreek overlook. It ended up being a perfect spot for this couple to read their own vows in front of all their favorite people. We enjoyed views of the mountains and some forest to use as a backdrop. Samantha’s bouquet was made with Trader Joes flowers the day before by her friend. Everyone agreed that it looked fantastic! . After the ceremony we took some photos at the overlook and in the middle of the winding Blue Ridge Parkway.

Afterwards we all headed back to Asheville, took naps, and refreshed for the evening reception at Rhubarb’s event space. We were able to take some photos with a beautiful vintage couch from East West Vintage Rentals before all the guests arrived. Rhubarb provides such a lovely intimate setting for weddings. I love the exposed walls, low lighting, farm tables, and overall cozy feeling you get when you enter the space.

When photographing outdoors, nature does not always conform perfectly to the best laid plans. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan. Samantha and Mike made rolling with the changes much easier with their positive outlooks and warm personalities. With couples like these two, adversity on the big day ends up less like adversity and more like extra wedding entertainment.