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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.

Stay tuned for their montage with special drone footage, coming soon!

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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:: The Spa at Biltmore Village
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

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

Alex and Jordan truly were a joy to work with. Their wedding at the Barn at Antler Hill on Biltmore Estate was so casual and classy. The bonfire and ‘kick-back’ festivities provided hours of fun for their family and guests. I really loved seeing the friendships and bonds among this couple.
Alex started her special day off by getting ready with her Mom. She gave both of her parents the sweetest embroidered handkerchief as a special gift to remember the day. I was fighting back tears when we did the ‘first look’ with her Dad. He was so moved by seeing her on her wedding day. (looking so beautiful)

Trend-setter details that I was stoked to see at this wedding were…

1. Her cool black birdcage veil.
2. Their love of craft beers.
3. Bonfire with smores and stories.

My clients deserve a personalized experience. This is why I deliver their montage on a custom website, just for them! Couples often share the link with family and friends. It’s a great way to experience their special day all over again…

http://alexandjordanwed.realitiesphotography.com/

All images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Wedding at Antler Hill Barn on the Biltmore Estate

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Alex was so pleased with her bouquet, by Blossoms at Biltmore Park. It was exactly what she wanted.

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First sight bliss at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.

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This moment happened just after the ceremony. What happiness looks like, thru my lens.

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Alex SURPRISED her family, husband and guests with an awesome bonfire. It was a ‘WOW’ moment, to say the least. Gorgeous night for some meaningful stories under the stars.

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Professional Vendors::

Venue:: Antler Hill Barn at Biltmore Estate
Florist:: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Make-up:: Lola
Cake:: Biltmore
Second photographer:: Aaron Hogsed

  • Vonda Luke - Jill,

    These are a true representation of the happiness and joy we all experienced on this special day. Having you there to document the events made it even more special. You were considerate and kept the mood very relaxed during a rather stressful time. Alex and Jordan are so blessed to have these to remember their special day.ReplyCancel

The sacredness of a baptism never gets old for me. I knew this event would be such a beautiful and REAL event to capture because I documented Beatrice’s older sister’s baptism just a few years ago. The way the occasion is celebrated by this family is truly impressive. It is more than a celebration. It is the happiness and joy of family and friends coming together for this young life. To pray for her, love her and support her on this journey. Capturing an event like this is similar to a wedding in the fact that you are on sacred ground with only seconds to capture key elements and emotion.

After the baptism at the Basilica St. Lawrence, we headed to Biltmore Forest Country Club for a fabulous brunch. Stunning floral decor was done by the Bloom Room and super sweet design elements were done by the baby’s mother, Maura from Honey Darling Events. Talk about details! Gotta love photographing for an event planner who makes it her biz to think of everything.

I am beyond honored to shoot this family over the years thru lifestyle sessions. Documenting real life and important events for families is at the heart of why I am a photographer.

All images @2014 Copyright Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Basilica St. Lawrence Photographer | Lifestyle Photographer Asheville |

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Design:: Honey Darling Events
Floral:: Bloom Room

  • Maura Scarmack - AH-mazed, again, Jill! Thank you for documenting some of our family’s most precious memories! We will cherish these our entire lives. You are the best, thank you again and again and again! – XOXOReplyCancel

Scott planned the perfect beach vacation for our family in the Cayman Islands. He lived there for four years so he didn’t have too much trouble finding the beautiful spots for us to enjoy. It’s been non-stop weddings, babies and boudoir so I was ready for the break. I don’t have the chance to photograph our kids much, so this vacation was very special to me. I was able to shoot the adventure when I wanted to.

Time has been blowing by at warp speed for us lately. We now have a 1st and 3rd grader. Moving into new stages of life always makes me a little nuts. Words cannot express how much I appreciated the many things about this family trip.

Images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Images cannot be used without photographer’s permission |

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Our son really wanted to photograph the shells. Got to start ‘em young.

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White Sand Water Sports took us on a day trip excursion. Chris was our fabulous guide and we couldn’t have seen more beautiful things. This particular day is in the top 10 of the most memorable in my life. It was the feeling of experiencing something so raw and beautiful with the ones I love.

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Stingrays were very snuggly that day. We could feel their mouth ‘suckers’ kissing us. Weird.

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Our daughter was in love with this mermaid tail. It brought us so much joy to see her ‘morph’ into such a graceful mermaid, right before our eyes.

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We used an underwater camera for these ‘outtakes.’ (Thank you Keri and Jim!) Getting up close and personal with the sting rays just had to be captured! Chris, from White Sand Water Sports in Cayman, provided us with an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who wants adventure and fun!

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Our daughter pretty much hung out on my shoulder until she realized they weren’t going to attack her. She said they looked like shark monsters. They acted more like cats to me. The way they would glide around your legs and arms was really cool.

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Snorkeling with Scott was a highlight. Loved every minute of exploring the peaceful sea.

#thankful

  • Ellen Lusk - Hi Jill! I loved your beautiful pictures! My brother is Bob Ray, married to Fran, Scott’s aunt. Looks like a wonderful vacation:)ReplyCancel