Jenna + Jacob • Wedding Sneak Peek! - JessicaMerithew

Jenna + Jacob • Asheville Wedding Sneak Peek!

This beautiful couple shared their wedding day at The Crest Center, which sits high above Asheville, NC, with family and friends! Their emotion and love for one another shined through in their ceremony, photos, and at the reception! I was honored to witness and capture their summer wedding!

Hours before the ceremony I met Jenna and her bridesmaids at the hotel to capture some fun shots of them getting ready together. From hair and makeup to final lists of things to bring, they were having a great time! I am so happy that I was there to capture these relaxed moments! While there I also took time to photograph detail shots of Jenna’s accessories, as I knew that once we arrived at The Crest Center, things would be rushed.

When I arrived at The Crest Center it was partially decorated, and looked amazing already! Jenna had told me that she would be having simple decor, but she is a corporate event planner, so I knew everything would look beautiful and fully put together!

In the months leading up to the wedding I had gotten to know Jenna, but didn’t have an opportunity to meet Jacob. When I met Jacob a couple of hours before the ceremony he was extremely kind and thanked me for being there. During our short conversation I could tell right away that he was excited, and extremely happy to be marrying Jenna! It was as if he could hardly wait until the ceremony! So sweet!

Once Jenna was in her dress and everyone was ready, Jenna requested a first look with each of her parents. I LOVE first looks and the emotion that come from them! Her parents both reacted in priceless ways, seeing their little girl in her wedding dress for the first time. Their faces said it all- they were proud, emotional, and so very happy for her!

After this we headed outside to capture photos of Jenna and her bridesmaids before the ceremony. We chose a beautifully lit spot with a rock wall and greenery as the backdrop. This really let Jenna and her white dress pop off the background in the photos. The bridesmaids dusty rose dresses also looked great in this light! We had some fun with look and laugh shots, and capturing all of their beautiful accessories!

Soon it was time for the ceremony. Guests seated themselves in classic white chairs on the patio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view here is amazing and was a perfect choice for these out of town guests to really feel like they were in the mountains of western North Carolina! As the guests sat, Jacob and his best man entered from the side. Next the bridesmaids, flower girl, and ring bearer walked through the crowd. Finally, Jenna and her fathered entered, and were greeted by big smiles and small waves from family and friends who had gathered to support Jenna and Jacob. The ceremony itself was brief, but the love and emotion was abundant. Jenna, Jacob, and many family members wiped tears from their eyes in sheer joy, throughout many parts of the ceremony. It was a true exchange of hearts, love, and life. ♥

After the ceremony we took a few minutes to capture family photos and wedding party photos before heading to the reception. When Jenna and Jacob were announced at the reception, there was a roar of cheering, clapping, and overall happiness! The feeling in the room was that their guests were honored to be a part of their big day, as was I. Thank you for asking me to capture this special day!

Congratulations Jenna + Jacob! 


Venue: The Crest Center
Ceremony Music: Lorraine Lordi
Hair Stylist: Emily Anne Hair
Dress: David's Bridal
Tuxedo: Men's Warehouse
Caterer: M7 Event Solutions
Baker: Just Simply Delicious
Florist: Southern Traditions Florist
DJ: Sound Extreme Entertainment
Transportation: Young Transportation & Tours

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