A North Wilkesboro wedding – Ashleigh and Josh are going to the chapel

Bride and groom gaze lovingly at each other

Ashleigh and Josh share a quiet moment after the ceremony


I’ve known Ashleigh and Josh for a long time, so I was very excited when they asked me to shoot their wedding. They chose to be married in their hometown of Wilkesboro, N.C., which is one of my favorite places for several reasons: my wife is from there; I was married there; there’s an awesome music festival called MerleFest held there annually and it’s nestled in the scenic backdrop of the Brushy Mountains.


The service was held at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, and the reception was just across the street at First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro. The unseasonably cool weather for this time of year (it was 70 degrees wedding day!!!) made it no problem to shoot family shots outdoors, and we got some beautiful portraits of the bride and groom outdoors as well. Everyone got to boogie down during the reception then sent the bride and groom off with sparklers. A beautiful day for a beautiful couple; I’m honored to have been a part of it.


The bride is waiting for the maid of honor to touch up her makeup

Ashleigh is ready for her close up


Maid of honor touches up the bride's eyes

The maid of honor applies touch ups before the dress goes on


Ashleigh's and Josh's wedding program

The wedding program


Groom gets help from father getting ready

Dad helps Josh look as dapper as he can


Mother of the bride buttons up the bride's gown

Mom checks to make sure Ashleigh is ready to go


Family members admire the bride before the wedding

The family admires Ashleigh's dress and wishes her luck before the wedding


The bride and her attendants let loose for a crazy photo

Ashleigh and the girls cut up during the portraits


The bride and groom share a moment before the service

No peeking! Ashleigh and Josh elected not to see each other but still shared this sweet moment before the service


Bride waits in the dressing room for the service to begin

Ashleigh plays the waiting game until it's time to line up for the service


Beautiful bride gets a hug from her sister before the wedding

Ashleigh gets a hug from sister, Marleina, before the service


Bride gets well wishes from her little sister before the wedding

Ashleigh and Marleina share a special moment


Bridesmaids help the bride navigate through the church

The bridesmaids help Ashleigh navigate her way to the front of the church


The bridesmaids keep the dress from dragging on the way to the front of the church

The bridesmaids navigate Ashleigh to the front of the church for the service


The bride peeks through the door before the service

Ashleigh takes a peek to see what's going on in the sanctuary


Father escorts the bride down the aisle

Here comes the bride...


The groom kisses his bride

The kiss...


Bride and groom walk back down the aisle as man and wife

The happily married couple


Bride and groom share a kiss during their portraits

I love the feel of this portrait in black and white


Beautiful formal portrait of the newly married couple

What a good looking couple


Bride and groom gaze at each other lovingly after they're married

The new Mr. and Mrs. share a sweet moment during photos after the service


Father and daughter first dance after wedding

Ashleigh and her dad, Mike, during the father-daughter dance


Stunning red and white wedding cake

A family friend did a beautiful job with the wedding cake


Groom feeds his bride the first bite of cake

Josh makes the smart move and doesn't smash the cake in Ashleigh's face


Monogrammed champagne flutes

Monogrammed champagne flutes commemorate the occasion


Bride and wedding party dance at the reception

Everyone gets down to the musical stylings of Lady Gaga


Bride and groom get sent off with sparklers

Ashleigh and Josh make their get away through a tunnel of sparklers


Bride and groom get sent off by the wedding guests

Off into the night and their new life together