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I feel like I’ve known this couple for years now. We hit it off when we met up about a year ago and after photographing their engagement session, Tana’s Boudoir session as well as a family session, I feel very close to my clients. They had a beautiful wedding at the Capital Club in downtown Asheville. I’m so happy the couple decided on a ‘first look’ so that we could go downtown to capture some really fun times before their ceremony started. We started at Pack’s Tavern area and moved our way around Asheville!

The views from the Capital Club proved a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony and reception. I wish Tana and Damien so much love and happiness! Looking forward to keeping in touch with them since they practically live in my back yard!

If you want to get a view of their day, click on the link below to view their montage on their custom website…

http://tanaanddamienwedding.realitiesphotography.com/

All imagery @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Asheville Wedding |

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I shot the ‘getting ready’ images at their gorgeous home. The girls were upstairs and boys were in the ‘man cave’ of course!

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Professional Vendors::

Venue:: The Capital Club
Hair:: Illusions Day Spa
Floral:: Flowers by Larry
Cake:: Karen Donatelli
DJ:: Blazin’ Sounds Entertainment

Documenting the traditions of a Henna Party was truly an amazing experience. I was very concerned with capturing the sacred nature of these traditions in a non-obtrusive way. I normally wear black to events to try to blend in, but I should have worn my brightest outfit instead.
I only shared some of the highlights, due to the private nature of this extraordinary party.

Things I loved about this event…

1. The women had their own party for 2 hours.
2. The dancing and colors were so vivid and beautiful.
3. Details, details, brilliant details.
4. I left with Henna on my right hand.
5. This couple and their families came together with a bond like no other.

All images copyright @2014Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Henna Photographer |

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My awesome clients had an intimate wedding at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The small size of the wedding really created such a cozy ‘feel’ to this event.

Things I loved about this wedding…

1. I was able to capture some authentic moments on the property at Grove Park.
2. Kira and Sam smiled a lot.
3. The fall colors were vivid and weather was gorgeous that day!

If you missed their special day, you can go there now…

All imagery copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Omni Grove Park Inn Wedding Photographer |

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Professionals involved::

Venue:: Omni Grove Park Inn
Floral:: Omni Grove Park Inn
Officiant:: Interfaith Ceremonies
Cake Artist:: Omni Grove Park Inn

  • Kira Zwygart - Thank you for capturing all the best moments in such perfect pictures! We had so much fun – it was a wonderful experience working with you!ReplyCancel

There are many things about this wedding that I adored. The colors, floral and overall design in the tent at Diana at Biltmore Estate were truly beautiful.

What I loved most about this wedding…

1. The natural beauty of the bride.
2. The connection between Annsley and her brother was fun to photograph.
3. The band really brought it. (We Got The Beat)
4. They had chocolate cake. (groom’s cake)
5. Sunglasses were passed out to the guests during the dance party reception.
6. The adorable flower girls chased our drone.

If you missed the wedding, you can re-live the day here. Special thanks to Aaron Morrell his assistance with the DRONE footage of Biltmore in this video…

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

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This special mirror was Annsley’s grandmothers. I love when we can make meaningful photographs from items with so much history. The way her Mom is looking at her makes tears well up in my eyes.

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The Bloom Room defined art and beauty with Annsley’s bouquet.

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Couldn’t resist a selfie with my gals from Biltmore and Asheville Event Company. What a night!

Professional Vendors::

Venue:: Diana at Biltmore Estate
Event Coordination:: Asheville Event Co
Second Photographer:: Jarrad Lister
Drone Video:: Aaron Morrell, Grae Skye Studio
Make-up:: Spa at Biltmore Estate
Officiant:: Tom Crow
Ceremony Music:: Cafe String Quartet
Floral:: Bloom Room
Cake:: Biltmore Estate
Reception Band:: We Got the Beat, EastCoast Entertainment
Exit Transportation:: Air Haven Limo

  • Tina Caldwell - What beautiful photographs of a beautiful family’s celebration. So happy for this young couple!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Miller - I was pretty amazed that I was able to hold back the tears that night, but I just now watched the video and I’m crying like a baby! I will probably watch this every day for the rest of my life!!!! Jill is a true artist!

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  • stacey brown - thanks so much for sharing jill! these photos are just beautiful! you are such a talent!

    i know this lucky bride and groom will cherish these forever!

    lovely job!!!

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  • Annsley Miller Reynolds - Thank you so much for these gorgeous pictures and montage–memories that we will treasure for the rest of our lives! It has been such a pleasure to get to know you over the last few months, Jill. From the engagement shoot to the big day, you have been a joy. I remember when I was getting my makeup done for the wedding, I was starting to get nervous, but your fun personality calmed me down. We had a blast the entire night, and I am so glad that you were able to document all of the best moments, large and small. I have been trying to relive it, but it all happened so fast that I feel like I didn’t get to pay close enough attention to everything. You captured it all, and the crazy part is that I didn’t even notice you were filming at the time. You even noticed moments that I didn’t realize had happened at all. You are a true talent!
    Thank you, Jill, Jarrad and Aaron — these memories mean the world to us!ReplyCancel

There’s just something about an intimate wedding at home. Ciarra and Doug were married on a mountain/lake property in Topton North Carolina.

Things I loved about this wedding.

1. I used 4 wheel drive to get there.
2. We had a picnic lunch on top of the mountain before I arrived.
3. Ciarra and Doug had awesome chemistry.
4. She wore cowboy boots.
5. I fought back tears on the toasts.

Aaron Morrell helped me out with his amazing DRONE footage of the venue/property. I’m truly excited to share this montage on the couple’s custom site here

http://ciarraanddoug.realitiesphotography.com

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The bride received a phone call from her grandmother, who was unable to make it to the wedding. Ciarra told her that she would be able to see the wedding thru the photographer’s imagery. So blessed to have this job. I’m truly honored by it.

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The bride and her Mom share a hug just before she goes down the isle. Loved the bond between the two of them, and it reminded me of the bond with my Mom and I.

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We were doing some pictures at the reception when Ciarra’s Dad photobombed us. Authentic moments like this are at the heart of what I deliver to my clients.

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Professional Vendors::

Planner:: Verge Events
Second Photographer:: Aaron Morrell
Floral:: Studio Flora Diva
Cake:: Cakes by Jane
DJ: Mr C’s Mobile DJ

  • Judy Osbirn - Jill, I couldn’t be happier with the photos and the video.
    You are a blessing.
    So very grateful for you.

    What an honor to have you capture these moments for us.

    God Bless you,
    JudyReplyCancel