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Crest Center Wedding Asheville: J + M

Updated: Mar 2

groom kissing bride's cheek in front of orange flowers

What does one of our favorite Asheville wedding venues and one of our favorite couples have to do with one another? Josh and Missy’s big day at The Crest Center and Pavilion of course! Like many of the awesome couples we get to work with throughout the year, Josh and Missy were from out of town (Chicago to be exact) and we never had the opportunity to meet face to face before their wedding and it didn’t matter. I vividly remember knocking on Josh’s hotel door where he was getting ready and before I knew it, the door swung open and he was pulling in me in for a big hug! Josh has that kind of intense positive mindset and energy that you can’t help but love and he instantly made me feel like one of the crew! It didn’t take long and you could pick up on the the kind of love he had for life and those special people in his life.

Across downtown at Aloft hotel, Missy was getting ready with her ladies! Jenny remembered walking in and that same energy being present! It could be felt through Missy’s excitement and laughter (there were a lot of laughs with these ladies!). We talked about this after their wedding and found it so cool that we both had the same experience! To us it spoke volumes about their connection and how much they complimented each other. Together their chemistry was dynamite and every time we had the opportunity to put them both in front of our lenses their love shined bright!

groom helping his son get ready
groom talking to his groomsman
groom taking a photo with his buddy
groom helping his son with his tie
groom portrait in window light
traditional portrait of the groom near a brick wall
dramatic groom's party portrait
traditional groom's party portrait
bride getting her make up done
bride's dress hanging outside
bride's jewelry and shoes
keepsake of the bride's mom
bride smiling with flower crown
bridesmaid smiling at bride
groom and his dog
groom and his dog awaiting the bride for first look
groom turning around to see the bride
bride and groom hugging
groom covering his mouth after seeing the bride
traditional bridal party portrait
bridesmaids all leaning in on each other
bride and groom holding hands by a dolly parton mural
bridal portrait in front of a dolly parton mural
crest center and pavilion wedding ceremony space
wedding backdrop at crest center near asheville
mountains in the distance behind the ceremony
father of the groom picture
mother of the bride memory chair
round wedding table in crest center reception space
wedding table florals with lights in the background
simple wedding table with florals
wedding keepsakes
mountains are calling and I must go sign
wedding hashtag
wedding floral centerpiece on a table
wedding sign with couple's last name
dessert table
wedding cake
artful wedding desserts
wedding cupcakes
wedding signage
wedding sign in table
wedding unplugged sign
groom smiling as the bride comes down the aisle
bride's smiling as the bride comes down the aisle
bride walking down the aisle with her father
crest center and pavilion mountain wedding ceremony
groom looking deep into the bride's eyes
bride placing ring on the groom's hand
groom's father reading a note
bride and groom kissing during the ceremony
full wedding party portrait
groom showing off a keepsake
bridal party bouquets
bride and groom with their kids
bride and groom entering the reception at crest center
bride and groom sharing their first dance
groom smiling as he holds the bride close
bride raising her arms in the air during first dance
groom giving welcome speech
wedding guests laughing at their table
groom holding his son
two little kids dancing
bride clapping during wedding toast
best man speech
bride dancing with her father
groom's mother crying as she dances with him
bride and groom feeding each other cake
bride and groom smiling at the camera
traditional portrait of the bride and groom smiling in front of flowers
groom kissing bride on the cheek as she smiles
bridal portrait in front of flowers
bride hugging groom from behind
sunset portrait of the bride and groom holding each other
bride spinning in her dress
sunset sky at crest center and pavilion
bride and groom kissing in front of the mountains at sunset

For their reception, our good friend DJ Lucas London brought the party! In fact, both of our favorite memories from their wedding day took place during the reception on the dance floor. The energy was steadily ramping up all night and Missy stealing the show with her solo dance during Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was hard to beat! Another one of our favorite moments was at the end of the night when Lucas cleared the room so these two could share one last special dance with no one else present. As I write this, I realize not everyone knows what a last dance is, let alone will they ever be in a position to witness one. Being a wedding photographer, it’s one of those special privileges and moments we get to experience every now and then and easily one of our favorites. For us it was the point in time where their connection, chemistry, and the gravity of the moment all hit at once. For us, moments like this that put everything into perspective are hard to beat.

dance party at crest center
bride smiling on the dance floor with her arms raised
lights blurred as a wedding guest dances
groom taking a quick photo with friends
wedding guest taking command of the dance floor
bride dancing as the lights  blur behind her
groom's mother crying on the dance floor
bride and groom sharing their last dance
groom holding bride during their last dance
bride and groom smiling during their sparkler exit

This was another one of those amazing days where we showed up as relative strangers and left as friends! We simply can’t help but love these two and we couldn’t be any more stoked to see what the future has in store for Josh and Missy! Congrats you guys!

Special thanks to all of the amazing wedding vendors!

Coordination: The Crest Center and Pavilion

Florist: Petal & Fern

Make up: Pop of Color

Lodging Groomsmen: The Foundry

Lodging Bridesmaids: Aloft Asheville

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