Sarah & Gerry | Fine Art Film Destination Wedding in the NC Smokies

Sarah & Gerry’s wedding was the sweetest <3

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The Yurts, getting ready and an amazing view…

Tucked away deep into the Smokies, Sarah & Gerry hosted their family and closest friends for an intimate North Carolina destination wedding at Sky Ridge Yurts in Stecoah, NC, which is located just outside of Asheville. Yes, there were actual Yurts! With stunning views of the mountains and a casual setting, Sky Ridge Yurts was the perfect location for this small DIY wedding. Sarah & Gerry got engaged in the Smokies during the 2017 total solar eclipse and stayed at these Yurts at that time. Thus, hosting their wedding here seemed apropo and a fantastic way to get out of the Florida heat!

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The day began with Sarah getting ready in the main house and Gerry and the guys prepping in the yurts. Sarah went with a natural updo adorned with flowers and ferns from property itself. Gerry, his friends and his father all opted for bow ties, which are always debonair and so much fun! You might notice that I LOVED their decor. The railing of the porch was lined with photos of Sarah & Gerry and the table was set with colorful arrangements and accents of gold.

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Initmate and personal…

The entire day was very laid back with family and friends hanging out and getting ready together. Sarah & Gerry both wrote out their vows just before the ceremony. I loved watching the two of them working on the same task at the same time in different locations <3

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Hybrid wedding photography (Film + Digital)…

Sarah & Gerry’s wedding was shot hybrid style utilizing both digital and film throughout the day. Gerry is a photographer himself and had several of his film cameras on hand for the weekend (I was totally jealous of his 35mm cameras!). When I initially received Sarah’s email requesting fine art film wedding photography, I could hardly contain my excitement. It’s not everyday that you get to share the same love of analog and the beauty of film photography with your clients! The images you see here are a mix of film and digital shots (hybrid wedding photography).

For those film and photography nerds out there… I shot this wedding using medium format film. I used both a 6×6 Mamiya C330 and a 6×4.5 Pentax 645N with Portra 160, 400 and 800 all pushed +1 stop. They were developed and scanned by the wonderful film lab Photovision, who did such an amazing job that the majority of these film photographs are straight out of camera! Thanks, Photovision, for making my job easy and allowing me to focus on creating.

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First look and photos at dusk…

Sarah & Gerry planned a first look, which took place just before their sunset ceremony. We all teared an up and as I often find with first looks, there was so much relief when they finally got to see each other and be together.

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The sun was beginning to dip just as the ceremony began. Officiated by one of Sarah’s long-time friends, everyone took a seat on the back porch and around the fire pit. It was all very intimate and casual with friends and family acting as witnesses to their union.

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We descended from the house down to a small clearing for bride and groom portraits. I made sure to capture as many moments on film as I could!

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Reception…

Dinner was provided by both sides of the family with a variety of lasagnas to choose from. Thus, laughter, merriment and toasting ensued as the twilight turned to dusk. I was also honored to join them for dinner. The lasagna was AH-MAZING!

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I’m so grateful to have been a part of Sarah & Gerry’s special day! Wishing them all the best on their next adventure. CONGRATS Sarah & Gerry!

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Vendors:

Venue: Sky Ridge Yurts
Tables & Chairs: WNC Tents
Florals: Sweet Stems Flower Bar
Hair & Makeup: Heather Lee
Cake: Michelle Mathis

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