Joanna + Will • Wedding Sneak Peek!
When I asked Joanna and Will what moments they were most looking forward to on their wedding day, they both answered, when we say "I do" and are finally married! ♥
This gorgeous couple's wish has come true- they each married their best friend in front of a beautiful waterfall in Flat Rock, NC, surrounded by family and friends. The day they chose to host their spring wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. The air was warm, the sun was shining, and friends and family had gathered from all across the country.
When I arrived at Mountain Lodge I took a quick walk around the property to familiarize myself with the area. I had been there once before, but not to photograph a wedding. The area was very nice with freshly mowed grass, a beautiful waterfall feature, a veranda lightly decorated with bright green ferns, and a perfectly set up ball room for the reception.
Next I checked in with Joanna and her bridesmaids, and captured photos of Joanna getting into her dress. With her bridesmaids watching and her Mom buttoning up her dress, Joanna donned the sweetest soft smile. She was very ready to marry Will!
Before the ceremony we captured photos of Joanna and the girls, and Will and the guys. With the harsh sunlight that time of day, we were able to utilize the veranda and back yard shade for these photos. The light was very nice and everyone in the wedding party did a wonderful job!
Soon it was time for Joanna to meet Will at the altar for the part of their day they were most looking forward to, the “I do!” Their ceremony was filled with heartfelt words and prayer, given by their officiant, Pastor Laura Canine. Before we knew it they shared their first kiss as husband and wife, and turned to greet their guests when announced!
After the ceremony we stayed in the back yard for family photos and wedding party photos. This wedding party was a lot of fun and did a wonderful job for their photos! Without knowing, Joanna picked a beautiful mint green color for the wedding party that popped beautifully with the building background and the spring flowers.
The last of the photographs we took before the reception were of Joanna and Will. Once the wedding party went inside for a break they were able to take a deep breath and get back to why they are here- to be together. We were able to take our time and capture their natural moments together. From Will looking loving at Joanna without direction, to Joanna smiling sweetly at Will, it was a perfect combination. Will and Joanna share a very strong love, and love being together. I am honored that they asked me to capture their big day of marrying their best friend!
Congratulations! Thank you for asking me to capture this special day!
Photographer: Jessica Merithew Photography
Venue: Mountain Lodge & Conference Center
Ceremony Musicians: Braidstream
DJ: Mohr Fun Events
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Andrea's Wedding Hair and Makeup
Dress shop: The Castle Prom and Bridal
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Baker: Sweet Promises Wedding Cakes
Florist: Hendersonville Flower Market