When I found out that Trey was going to propose to Carley, I was beyond excited. I've literally watched these two "kids" grow up and become the awesome individuals that they are today. I also had the privilege of walking with these guys as their lifegroup leader through their high school days.
They both went off to college in Raleigh and Lynchburg, but we stayed in contact even from a distance. So, to say that I was pumped when they asked me to document their big day is a massive understatement.
They wanted to capture their engagement photos somewhere that represented their style and personality. We came up with both urban and outdoors. I immediately thought of Asheville, North Carolina. We chose two spots: downtown Asheville and Black Balsam Knob about an hour outside of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We made a whole day out of it starting at Trey's parents' house. Trey's mom had a couch that she wanted some photos taken on. The couch was actually Trey's great grandmother's couch that she left to Trey's mom in her will. The story is that the couch always sat in Trey's grandmother's front room, and it was actually the couch that Trey's great grandmother and great grandfather "courted" on. Trey's great grandmother said that she wanted Trey's mom to have the couch so that her children could "court" on it too. What a cool way to start the day with such a special family heirloom with such a cool story in the shots. We wrapped up there and started our journey to Asheville.
Have you ever been around a couple that just emits joy and positivity??? We laughed, talked theology, reminisced on the past, and pondered what the future holds. Courtney and I were literally encouraged by just being around these two.
Once we arrived in downtown Asheville, we just started walking and looking for cool spots to take photos. From sidewalks, to back alleys, to graffiti covered alleys...these guys were simply themselves and it shows in the moments we captured. They were so comfortable with each other, and their love for each other and zeal for life shined through.
We left downtown to arrive at Black Balsam Knob around sunset hour. The fog was so thick most of the way along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I think Courtney and Carley were both stomping their imaginary brake pedals as I drove along. We arrived at the trail head and it was super foggy, but it was actually super cool. It gave the forest such a magical, dreamy, fairy tale-like feel, which you'll see in the shots below.
It was a day photographers dream of for sure. The fact that we got to share it with two people that we love and adore like our own brother and sister made it all the better. I cannot wait to document these guys' wedding this October!
Please enjoy Trey & Carley's Asheville engagement session...