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Ginny and Rick were married in Asheville at her hometown church. We went to the North Carolina Arboretum for their first sight and fun couple’s session before their ceremony.

Things I loved about this wedding…

Gorgeous light.
They said their wedding vows in English and then in Spanish.
The speech that Rick’s Mom made to them about being as ONE family now made me cry.
Happy kids were everywhere.
Smiles were a plenty.

Loved her gorgeous bouquet by Blossoms at Biltmore Park.

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All images copyright 2015 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Asheville Wedding Photographer |

  • Ginny O'Kelley - Jill – your photos are just spectacular! Tears come to my eyes as I look at the photos and remember what a wonderful and happy day it was for Rick and I. We will never forget it, thanks to your amazing photographs.ReplyCancel

I have a special bond with this family that I have known for 10 years now. I photographed both daughter’s weddings and now their growing families. I always do lifestyle sessions at the home of my clients, because it depicts a true story of the moments they want to hold on to. A moment in time.
Their cabin is nestled in the heart of the forrest in Cashiers and it was truly remarkable. We hiked a short way to get to their private waterfall. Their four dogs really enjoyed that part of the session best!

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All images 2015 copyright Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf |

  • James Donaldson - Wow, these look amazing! We had so much fun with you up in the mountains. Thanks for working with our pack of crazy dogs!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Word - As usual, you didn’t disappoint. You have a true gift for capturing the real moments. We were discussing last night how your photos bring to light how beautiful our lives really are. They will be cherished.ReplyCancel

It’s Valentines weekend and our session was perfect timing for the golden light at Biltmore Estate. It was chilly but Ginny and Rick were a lot of fun to work with. I wanted to do some different things at Biltmore for this session. Every time I go there, I find a new hidden gem.

Things I loved about this session…

1. G + R smiled a whole lot.
2. They filled me in about the details of their upcoming wedding. Love to hear all the fun things I’m in for.
3. Valentines weekend with amazing light really made my heart warm. Can’t wait to design their guestbook using these images.

All images copyright @2015 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf

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Venue:: Biltmore Estate

  • Ginny - Rick and I had a wonderful weekend at Biltmore with Jill doing our engagement photos. Jill was wonderful to work with and we found it very easy to relax and enjoy the photo session. Jill is very creative and I love that we did unique things during the shoot. When I look at the photos, I am so happy to see visually the love that both Rick and I share coming through in a timeless memory. These photos we will cherish all of our lives.ReplyCancel

I have been photographing Maybry over the past year, so I was really excited to capture her adorable first birthday party. This family is so amazing to work with and I really appreciated all of the fun details about this memorable event. From the smashing of the cake, to the ‘clean-up session’ in the bath, this was truly and honor to document.

All images copyright @2015 Realities Photography | Lifestyle baby photographer | Cashiers photographer |

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  • Caroline - You’re talent for seeing the beauty in the everyday things and tasks is absolutely something to be admired…. and to have you capture that– the memories you have provided, well let’s just say they are much prettier and more precious than when I was in the moment and not seeing them presently. I wish I could walk around every day with your eye and lens– I would probably continuously cry at all the beautifulness in the world!ReplyCancel

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