Courtney & Robert’s One-of-a-kind Backyard Wedding | Asheville, NC


Courtney & Robert know how to do a wedding! Seriously though. I can’t express strongly enough just how amazingly intimate, fun and unique their big day was. From getting ready together at their home to the dessert pies from Baked in Asheville to their ceremony on an abandoned tarmac, the day was *perfect* and absolutely representative of these two and their love for one another.

The day began with everyone getting ready at Courtney & Robert’s house. These two paid no mind to the tradition of not seeing each other and instead just reveled in being surrounded by friends and family. Courtney’s brooch bouquet was on point with a Deathly Hallows symbol, an actual brooch, and a clock set to the time when Robert texted Courtney, and thus, began their courtship (11:11 on 11/11/2011). The brooch bouquet was seriously A BEAST and had some weight to it. Amazing work! Robert’s ring was a rubber ring that provided comfort and safety.

Courtney’s wedding dress was a two piece dress whose top was taken from her mother’s wedding dress. It was tailored by a local seamstress. Courtney paired it with an emerald green skirt and a crown that really tied her look together and paid homage to the mid-80’s wedding dress. LOVED IT!


These moments where Courtney helped Robert with the details of his wedding day attire are some of my favorite and oh so sweet <3


This ceremony spot really took the cake as far as unique locations I’ve shot at. Located at the top of a luxury subdivision near Wolf Ridge Ski Resort outside of Asheville, Courtney and Robert tied the knot on an old tarmac. What an wild place! We walked about a quarter of a mile before Robert and their officiant (also Robert) decided on a spot. I’ll note that it did rain a little throughout the ceremony, but that stopped NO ONE in this wedding party. Courtney was full of smiles and all the guests just rolled with the rain.


Family photos were pretty laid back and playful.

After their brief ceremony we utilized the view from the tarmac for the bride & groom portraits.


Robert’s jeans were made by a local denim artisan. I so want a pair!


Seeing Courtney and her mother together on her wedding day was just magical. You can see where Courtney gets her energy and spirit! Thus, it was fitting that Courtney wanted to recreate these portrait poses from her mother’s wedding day. So much love between these two!


Backyard receptions are my absolute favorite. There isn’t a staff or house rules to worry about. Guests come and go as they please and the party goes on alllll night long. Courtney & Robert didn’t stress at all about being hosts as well as bride & groom. Instead they took everything in stride. They also had amazing support from their family and friends. Courtney’s father made pulled chicken barbecue and homemade sangria rounded out the meal.

When it was time for the pie cutting, they laid out a plethora of pies from Baked including s’mores, Reese’s pieces, chocolate cookie, blueberry crisp and german chocolate. OHHH MYYY! They night ended with never-ending sparklers! Since this was a smaller wedding, Courtney & Robert walked down their sparkler aisle multiple times. There was a little light painting as well.


I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to shoot this wedding. I seriously imagine my own wedding being this laid back, joyous, and FUN! It was a great party with stellar individuals and all the love <3 Congrats to Courtney & Robert!



Catering: Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Dress: ARTeries Mobile Boutique – Stina Anderson
Groom’s Denim: Twin Denim Shop
Bowties: Majik Studios
Pies: BAKED Pie Company
Rentals: Classic Event Rentals
Guest Favors: Of the Earth Body Care

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