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Joanna and Nick really know how to have fun.
Some of my favorite things about their wedding…

1. I could feel their connection as I shot.
2. Joanna wasn’t afraid to take some risks with her headpiece/headband and it worked for her, big time. It always makes me happy when I feel like a bride can truly be herself on her wedding day.
3. They had “hangover kits” for their guests. Thoughtful.
4. The personalized details of this event were impressive.
5. They trusted the vision I had for their wedding photographs.

Vendor love::

Venue:: Crest Pavilion
Make-up:: Blush by Wendy Ballance
Planner:: Verge Events
Caterer:: Crest Center
Florist:: Studio Flora Diva
Ceremony Musicians:: Braidstream
DJ:: Blazin’ Sounds Entertainment
Cake:: Tiffany’s Baking Company
Photo Booth:: Shutter Booth
Transportation:: Blue Ridge Limo

All images copyright @2015 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Crest Center and Pavilion Wedding Photographer |

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Joanna got ready at Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. Her make-up was done by the talented Wendy Ballance with Blush! I always love when my brides use professional hair and make up. It makes such a difference.

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First sight bliss!

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The views at Crest were breathtaking on this gorgeous but chilly day in November.

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The details for this wedding were very meaningful to the couple. Verge Events did a beautiful job with these custom touches.

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Studio Flora Diva provided the floral decor for the wedding. The bouquets added the perfect ‘pop’ to this fall event.

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Loved photographing real moments like this one, even during the ‘family formals’ portion of the day. Her Dad cracked a joke, and my shutter button moved quickly on this moment in time.

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DJ Dylan Skidmore with Blazin’ Sounds Entertainment really rocked this celebration.

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Tiffany’s Baking Company always does an amazing job. So much fun to photograph!

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  • Joanna Cross - Jill-

    I cannot say enough wonderful things about you or the caliber of your work. You and Ian did such an incredible job, but I’ve gotta be honest- I was most looking forward to just seeing you and working with you again! You’ve now done 3 different shoots (well, more, if you count each part of the wedding day) and you have given us memories to last a lifetime. I only wish we lived closer so you could have done maternity shots for me! Anyway, thank you for capturing such a fun, love-filled, emotional day for us. We love you.

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  • Tiffany's Baking Co. - It is always an honor to work with such professional vendors. Thank you to the bride and groom for giving us the grace and joy in being able to bake and create on your VERY special day. xxooReplyCancel

When I think of what is at the the heart of my photography business, it’s the real moments captured. This is why I love to go to my client’s home and photograph a day in their real life. When they look back on their images from a lifestyle baby session, it’s not about a posed ‘look at the camera,’ but rather an emotion they felt or special thing that they shared. For the Styles family, Emory playing with her hands & toes, the cat and her food were on tap for our session…

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All images copyright 2015 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf |

Brides, I tell you not to worry about if it rains on your wedding day. There are magical things that happen in the rain.
The world seemed to wash away as we moved into their first sight at Diana at Biltmore. Both sets of parents wanted to be there for the special moment and it couldn’t have been a more emotional time.

There were many things I loved about this wedding, but these stand out to me…

1. The reply to every question I asked the groom was, “whatever Jessica wants.”
2. The couple’s parents were very close to them and this was obvious every moment throughout their day.
3. The toasts involved verses about God’s love and work in their marriage.
4. Jessica and Dennis were troopers. While it poured, they didn’t let it bother them.
5. The dance between the groom and his mother was the most emotional one that I have ever photographed.

All images copyright @2015 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Biltmore Wedding Photographer |

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Vendor Info…

Venue:: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate
Floral:: New Creations Flower Company
Event Planner:: Belle Soiree
DJ:: Spintastic Sounds

  • Via Redwine - Jill is a truly special and talented photographer ! We were privileged to have her do our daughters wedding. I can not say enough about how wonderful she was.
    She truly cares about who she is photographing and it comes through in all her work. The result is a timeless and precious gift to all involved . I highly recommend her .ReplyCancel

It was overcast and cold for Lauren and Tyler’s e-session, but I couldn’t keep from thinking how much I wanted it to snow. Loved having fun with them in some new locations at Biltmore. Always looking to change it up and keep it fresh. HELLO 2015!!!

I’m really looking forward to photographing them again for their summer wedding at Diana at Biltmore.

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Photographing real moments with authentic expressions is my primary goal on a session like this one. Lots of cuddling to keep warm!

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  • Lauren - OMG Jill absolutely obsessed with these!! It was such a pleasure shooting with you, I am so excited for what you’ll have in store for us in August!!! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

I felt like I was on top of the world throughout Christa and Kenneth’s engagement session in Cashiers. Her parent’s mountain property at Lonesome Valley provided so many options for us to shoot! I loved incorporating their style and personality into the shoot with their dogs and four-wheelers. At the end of the day, the golden light with the views proved to be my favorite spot. This is also where the couple will marry in the spring. Asheville Event Company is sure to design something fabulous for this couple and I can’t wait to photograph it!

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Christa’s parents are building a new home on the property. I really loved the views and lines and went with it.

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All images copyright Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Cashiers Engagement Photographer |