Black Balsam Elopement | Ashley + Joe
This was one of the most transparently joyful couples we have ever met. They clearly love each other and love life – as demonstrated by their sweet smiles and continual laughter. They were so much fun to work with, and we’re in love with how their photos turned out – so many lovely candid shots!
Ashley and Joe are from Maryland. They’ve been friends six years and officially a couple for two years. Together with their four kiddos, they enjoy golf, boating, hiking, camping, and travel – just about anything in the great outdoors. So their moutaintop elopement was quite fitting! Ashley and Joe chose the “Ultimate Package” with us since they wanted to celebrate and go all out (what better time to do that than on your wedding day?!), but it still remained a true elopement with just the two of them. It was beautiful!
We arrived atop Black Balsam at sunrise, and although the weather said it would be clear we had some light rain. They were troopers and we all decided to go for it up to the top. They wanted an adventure for their wedding day, and they certainly got it! The rain kept on, but luckily just a sprinkle. I must say the rain was SO romantic, and it was amazing to listen to these two say their personalized vows to each other and not be able to distinguish the tears from the rain. So sweet, just like on the movies!
As I always do, I asked why they chose to wed here. Ashley told us,
“We fell in love with the sweeping mountain views and diversity of the landscapes Asheville had to offer. We looked forward to sealing our love together in an intimate ceremony with breathtaking views. Metaphorically, marrying on a mountain top describes our journey to this point, there have been steep climbs, rocky points and periods filled with easy hiking but the journey has been beautiful and worth every step.”
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