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Gorgeous wedding at Biltmore featured on Style Me Pretty

Honored to be featured on Style Me Pretty today! I love to have my client’s weddings published. Special thanks to Cristin Kenney-Andrews for her help as my second shooter that day. Check out the details of Jenny and Dave’s event here…

http://www.stylemepretty.com/north-carolina-weddings/asheville/2014/04/15/classic-garden-wedding-at-the-biltmore-
estate/

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Floral Design: Blossoms At Biltmore Park | Cake: Biltmore Catering | Ceremony Venue: Butterfly Garden At Biltmore, Conservatory At Biltmore | Reception Venue: Butterfly Garden At Biltmore, Conservatory At Biltmore | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Make-up: Blush By Wendy | Hair: Ananda Hair Studio | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Ceremony Music: James Barr | Reception Music : Sound Xtreme | Transportation: Blue Ridge Limo

The Knot Dream Wedding at the Biltmore Estate

I recently had the great honor to photograph The Knot Dream Wedding for the Biltmore Estate. It is not an every day occurrence that I would have an opportunity like this one. Yes, I was nervous, and there were many photographers, videographers, and countless other professionals working to create an experience that Rebekah and Pete would never forget.

Rebekah Gregory, 26, and Pete DiMartina, 29, were less than 10 feet away from the first bomb that went off at the Boston Marathon last April. The Knot awarded this couple with their dream wedding, relying on readers’ votes to plan out everything from the hair style to the location.

Every wedding is extremely touching to me, but in this case, the experience has left me a changed person.
I know this much is true…

There is triumph over tragedy.
I don’t need to know a couple to know what is important to them.
My job is beyond rewarding.
To say that I am inspired by the strength of Rebekah and Pete is an understatement.
Love wins.

To learn more about this couple and how this day came to be, click on this link…

http://blog.theknot.com/2014/01/16/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-our-dream-wedding-couple/

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Marcy Blum worked with the Biltmore staff to create the perfect event. Every last detail was beautifully executed.

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Rebekah’s Dad carried her across the lawn at the Biltmore, so she could have images made with her bridesmaids. This image will be ingrained in my mind forever. The bond between the two of them made me emotional.

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Ralph Lauren Romance for all!

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As everyone was making their way to the ceremony, the groom and his Mother ‘find’ each other in the crowd. This heartfelt hug was something I will never forget.

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The talented Marcy Blum keeps everything running beautifully.

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Rebekah was accompanied by her Dad and son as they make their way to the altar.

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I loved this moment.

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Anja hosted the event and kept all of the viewers at home up to speed on the day.

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There were many professionals involved in making this event a huge success. I appreciated the opportunity to work with each of them.

The Biltmore Estate
Marcy Blum Associates
Nuage Designs
Lee Brice
Boston Red Sox
Allan Zepeda
Classic Event Rental
Men’s Warehouse
Watters
Alli Webb, Drybar
Too Faced Cosmetics
Blush Asheville
Kleinfeld Bridal
Ralph Lauren Romance
Expedia
Alpine Creative Group
Michael C. Fina
Holly Chapple & The Chapel Designers
California Cut Flower Commission
American Grown
Syndicate Sales
Cake Alchemy
Braidstream
Night Trotters
East Coast Entertainment
Sol Fusion
The Knot Shop
The Tourism Authority of Thailand

All images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Biltmore Wedding Photographer | The Knot Dream Wedding |

Durham Engagement Session- Erin & Marc

Erin and Marc live in Durham but will be getting married in Asheville soon! They wanted to have their engagement session in the town where they live, in the places that they love. This works for me because I focus on creating a personalized experience for my clients, getting to know them and what they like helps me capture their photographs better.

The beautiful weather, signs of spring and change of scenery really made this shoot really special for me. My clients rock!

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Copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf |

  • Marc - These are awesome! We had a ton of fun exploring parts of Durham we never new existed. Thank you for making us feel so comfortable (and for taking such great shots). We appreciate you going so far away of your normal stomping grounds to give us great Durham memories.ReplyCancel

Biltmore Bridal Portrait Session

Tiffany’s bridal session at Biltmore Estate was filled with laughs and gorgeous light. Her Mom and sister came to help out and share in the good times. I really loved the bond among them. It made me want to call my own sister, hire a photographer and book a bridal portrait session. These precious times are captured for this family to enjoy thru the generations. I feel extremely honored and blessed to be working with such genuinely beautiful people. Her kindness and fun attitude really came thru in these images. I loved how the wind blew and Tiffany just rolled with it.

All images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf |

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Her Mom and sister were so helpful and truly added so much love to the session.
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Venue:: Biltmore Estate
Hair by:: Rebecca Biggers

  • Teresa - Jill is such an awesome photographer! Tiffany was so stressed all day because she hates getting her picture taken (like the rest of us) but she made Tiffany so relaxed. We had so much fun. She was so patient with her sister and I getting involved and talking a lot! Beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to see the rest. These are teasers.ReplyCancel

  • Mozingo Photography - Way to go Jill! She is absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

Kelley + Tom, Biltmore Estate First Anniversary Session

Today, Kelley and Tom celebrate one year of wedded bliss! I was thrilled to hear from Kelley, a few months ago, when she was planning the perfect ‘get away’ weekend to celebrate their one year anniversary. As I listened to the story of how they met, and learned more about their style, I knew this shoot was going to be authentically beautiful. They wanted to re-live the magic from their wedding day, which was held at the Biltmore Estate one year earlier. They even brought the top to their wedding cake to eat as part of the shoot. There were many moments from this gorgeous day, but here are some of my faves.

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Wendy with Blush worked with Kelley on her wedding day, as well as this session. Loved the soft colors here.

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I wish Kelley and Tom the very best in their marriage and lives together. I feel honored to have been chosen to document this event for them and look forward to working with them again. Wished I had done this type of shoot for Scott and I’s one year anniversary. Maybe we will do it for our 11th this year.

All images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Biltmore Estate Photographer |

Make-up Artist:: Blush by Wendy Balance
Cake:: Biltmore Estate