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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 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

  • 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

Back in 2009, I shot Lindsay and Alan’s beautiful wedding in Jamaica. I recently had the honor to capture their new addition in the Cayman Islands, where they live. It was so much fun to see them again and meet their baby girl. I love to follow my clients thru the years, capturing these times that seem to blow by so quickly.

I did some lifestyle shooting at their home first, and then we went to this gorgeous beach in their neighborhood. They love to spend time there, so it was important for me to document this for them. Ironically, my husband lived on this beach for four years! It couldn’t have been a more peaceful day to shoot the bond among this family. One love.

FLASHBACK to 2009 in Jamaica with me…

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Now, in 2014 plus one!

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All images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Cayman Islands Family Lifestyle Photography |

  • Alan - Love Love Love!!! Jill you always capture the moment! Thanks so much for the great photo’s, can’t wait to show them off.ReplyCancel

When I met with Mandy and Daniel, we immediately connected. Don’t know if it was the fact that Mandy is from Germany and she LOVED my last name, or all the things we had in common. This wedding was full of personal details and family traditions. One of them was the ‘placing of the night caps’ at the strike of midnight. After their wedding at Lioncrest, we came to The Inn on Biltmore to partake in this German tradition.

I always look forward to providing a custom experience for my clients. I purchased specialty umbrellas, matching their colors, because it was supposed to rain that day. As luck would have it, we never had to use them.

As with all of my clients, I look forward to delivering all of their images on a personalized PASS website just for them! Here, they can download, share, and store their images easily.

Their montage is full of great dance moves and beautiful details from their day. Enjoy!

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

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Blossoms at Biltmore Park provided amazing floral for this couple. It was exactly what they envisioned for their special day!

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I love these little details. This old bible was Hal and Helga’s when they were married year ago. I absolutely love family heirlooms like this.

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I truly loved working with this wonderful family. I just HAD to shoot this of moment before the night came to a close. (Mandy, me, Hal)

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Mandy’s family was here from Germany. They were in charge of this awesome tradition at the strike of midnight! Night cap anyone?

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What a fun way to spend my birthday! Couldn’t have been sweeter people.

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

Professional Vendors::

Venue:: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate
Florist:: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Second Photographer:: Nick Breedlove
Cake:: Biltmore
DJ:: Pat Lance with Spintastic Sounds

  • Mandy and Daniel - We truly couldn’t have asked for anyone better to shoot our wedding. Daniel and I knew when we met with you Jill that we wanted you as our photographer!!! You made the day so special for us and I just felt so comfortable with you. I didn’t even worry about the potential rain. Seeing our pictures now, we are just amazed and thankful for all you’ve done. You’re the best!!! Thank you for everything. <3ReplyCancel