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Linville Gorge Wedding: Amy + AJ

Updated: Apr 2

wiseman's view elopement ceremony

Last fall we met a couple up on the Blue Ridge Parkway for their engagement session. At the time all we knew was their names were Amy & AJ and they wanted to get some beautiful outdoor scenery for their photos while incorporating the vibrant fall colors as well. Once we finally got an opportunity to meet them we hit it off immediately! Not only were Amy & AJ as kind and genuine as they come, but they were also adventurous and very fitness minded (our people)! As we made our way around Graveyard Fields, we talked Cross Fit and these two put their love on display! It was beautiful, it was fun, and it was seemingly effortless as Amy and AJ were crazy about each other! Upon finishing up, they told us a little bit about the vision for their wedding day. It was going to be at a beautiful overlook in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area called Wiseman’s View and it was going to be an intimate ceremony accommodating just a few family and close friends. As we had hoped, they loved their engagement photos, and when the opportunity came to be a part of their special day, we simply could not wait!

When that perfect Sunday in June finally arrived, we made our way to the Linville area to meet up with Amy and AJ beforehand and set up their first look! We decided to get there early and scope it out so we could take it all in, shoot some of the scenery they loved, and figure out where we wanted to set up everything. On our hike back to the parking lot, we saw Amy walking down the covered path. Not that you need us to tell you but she was radiant! She absolutely took our breath away and at the time we could only imagine how AJ was going to react. We decided to split up so Jenny would go with Amy to do some bridals and I would wait for AJ to arrive. Once AJ pulled up, and hopped out, you could tell he was excited! With a little bit of coordination we brought AJ out to Amy and set him up for the first look (anticipation much!?). What happened next was one of the sweetest moments we can remember at any wedding. They exchanged vows right there and between the heartfelt words as well as the emotion of the first look, there was no way anyone was getting out of here without some happy tears.

Wiseman's View Sign
the view from wiseman's view in linville gorge
warning sign about high cliffs
landscape shot of table rock in the distance
wedding ceremony sign
bridal portrait of the bride looking off to her left
the bride's bouquet and shoes
traditional bridal portrait in front of the mountains
bride approaching the groom from behind
groom smiling at the bride during their first look
the groom smiling as he holds on to the bride
the bride and groom hugging during their first look
the groom laughing and smiling as he checks out the bride's dress
the groom wiping a tear away from his face during the first look
the bride reading her vows to the groom before the ceremony
the groom reading his vows to the bride before the ceremony
mother of the groom reacting to them reading their vows to each other
a little boy running to the ceremony
father of the bride looking at the flower girls hand
the groom talking to guests
young boys sitting on a park bench waiting for the wedding to start
candid capture of the ring bearer laughing
the flower girls throwing petals
the bride and her dad walking down some stairs
the bride's father walking her to the ceremony
groom smiling at the bride during the ceremony
the bride smiling as her dad walks her to the ceremony
bride and groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony
mountain elopement at Wiseman's View
the bride and groom laughing while looking at their guests
environmental portrait of the bride and groom holding hands during their ceremony
bride and groom smiling at each other during their ceremony
bride and groom sharing their first kiss
the bride smiling during their recessional
bride and groom walking back down the aisle
the bride laughing as her mom kisses the groom's cheek
group portrait of everyone at the elopement

As family and friends poured in, the good vibes and excitement were plentiful! Those gathered soon made their way to the ceremony site with AJ to take in beauty of all that surrounded them. Amy smiled with her dad as she walked her down the aisle and AJ smiled back with absolute delight. This was the movement everyone had been waiting for.

After what can only be described as a dreamy ceremony and couples photos after, we all went back to their Air b n b to further celebrate with family and friends, and if you haven’t had your daily dose of cute, just wait until you see Amy and AJ with their fur baby Lola!

the groom holding the bride close at wiseman's view
bride and groom holding hands and walking in front of the mountains
the bride and groom resting their heads on each other
traditional portrait of the bride and groom smiling
the groom kissing the bride on the temple
environmental portrait of the bride and groom in the mountains
groom nestling up on the bride's cheek
the bride and groom cuddling close as they sit together in front of the mountains
the bride and groom holding hands and looking at each other
the groom holding the bride closely near the edge of a cliff
bride and groom with their arms around each other's backs
portrait of the bride and groom with their english bulldog
english bulldog being held by the bride and groom
the bride smiling with her dog
bride and groom kissing their dog
bride and groom laughing during their first dance
the bride dancing with her dad
wedding decor and signs
wedding decorations and flowers
display of doughnuts
custom wedding sign with the couple's last name
flower girl smiling while eating pizza
bride and groom feeding each other doughnuts

Amy and AJ’s wedding was everything we love about what we do wrapped up into one. Awesome people, epic locations, and real connections!

Congrats to Amy & AJ and thank you guys for allowing us to be a part of your day!


HAMU: Rachel Howard

Videography: Nine World Films

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