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2021 Year in Review : All of the weddings...and then some!

Updated: Feb 3


mountain wedding ceremony

The end of every year brings holidays, new year’s celebration, bowl games, and of course, our year in review blog! A few years back we started doing a year end blog to review all of the fun and it’s become something that has really stuck throughout the years! 2021 was a welcome breath of fresh from 2020. Weddings were back to normal, and our schedules have never been busier! 2021 saw a bunch of couples that had to reschedule from 2020, couples that simply put their wedding plans off by 1 year, and the normal amount of couples who intended to get married in 2021. It was a year that saw us and our amazing team the busiest we’ve ever been. We usually peak in the spring and fall but this year was non stop from beginning to end with no slow down in the action. It was definitely a wild ride and one we hope you’ll enjoy following along on below! We’ve included our 2021 by the numbers as well as one image from every wedding and elopement below!


 

2021 By the numbers


  • 106 Weddings & Elopements - (78 JCM; 28 BALSAM MOUNTAIN)

  • 1 wedding every 3.4 days

  • 57 Different venues

  • 8 Private property/air bnb weddings/scenic locations

  • 67% of our weddings were outside of Asheville

  • 25% of our weddings were outside of WNC

  • 6 States - (NC, SC, VA, FL, WY and CA)

  • 481,500 - Approximate number of wedding photos taken

  • 48% - Of our couples also had an engagement session


*******464 weddings/elopements in 6 years*******


 

3 things that stood out to us this year:


The increase in the number of engagement sessions. Increased from 31% the year before to 48% this past year. Even way before 2020, we generally only saw numbers in the high 30s.


With all of the couples that had to reschedule from 2020 on top of normal yearly bookings, we had our busiest year ever! Prior to 2021, our busiest year was 2019 with 93 weddings. Given the number of weddings we usually have booked by the end of the year vs this coming year, 2022 is poised to be one of the, if not he busiest wedding seasons as well!


Weddings are back to normal. I can’t speak for every wedding that our teammates shot as we weren’t personally there, but with the 79 that were were a part of weddings were back to normal! Normal sized weddings, no masks, people dancing, mingling, no weird rules, etc.


 

Loving what we do, and being big people pleasers, we didn’t hesitate one bit when it came to taking on everything we had to this year to accommodate all of our couples, especially those who had to reschedule to to everything that happened last year. Where it became a challenge for us was processing all of the images afterwards. One of the things our couples have raved about the past few years was our impossibly fast turnaround time for their sneak peeks and full galleries. With the amount of the weddings this year, it admittedly became a struggle and for a lot of our couples we did have to push the sneak peeks off a bit in order to make sure we had all of our their galleries completed on time. We did make some adjustments towards the end of the year that should hopefully prevent that from happening again, but I guess what I’m trying to say is. Thank you all for your patience as we worked non-stop this year to get you your images. If we could’ve slept less, we totally would have and trust me when I say, we definitely tried lol. To sum it all up though, 2021 was a year of celebration and abundance for us. One that will undoubtedly re-shape the way we do things for the better, and one that has revved us up for the future. We’ve never pushed ourselves so hard and knowing what we are physically and mentally capable of now has us excited to accomplish more, and serve more couples. We thank you all again for your continued love and support, we thank our friends and family for putting up with us not being there as much as we wish we could, all of our vendor friends who make this journey even more fun, and we also thank our talented team for continuing to help us serve the amazing couples we do, and inspiring us with their creativity on a regular basis. Cheers to that run on sentence and here’s to another amazing year in the books!



night time wedding ceremony at alexander homestead

brides holding each other and laughing in a wildflower garden

bride and groom celebrating during their recessional at highland brewing

groom kissing bride's hand in front of the mountains

night time portrait of bride and groom kissing under the stars

bride and groom holding hands and walking through the park

bride and groom holding each other in front of barn wedding venue

bride and groom kissing at sunset

bride and groom holding hands during their ceremony

bride and groom holding each other in a grassy field

bride and groom enjoying their confetti recessional

bride and groom resting foreheads on each other under the bride's veil

vogue wedding portrait of bride and groom in front of a window

bride and groom cheering as they enter their reception

groom twirling bride during their first dance at old edwards inn

bride and groom holding hands and running down the road

candid of bride and groom laughing

bride and groom smiling at each other in front of the pavilion at the parker mill

bride and groom smiling as they walk back down the aisle

bride and groom smiling at each other in front of the mountains

groom sweeping bride off of her feet at the parker mill

bride and groom dancing during the wedding reception

bride and groom showing off their wedding rings

groom putting the ring on the bride's finger

bride and groom holding hands and walking through a garden

church wedding ceremony

bride caressing groom's head as they share their first dance

bride and groom smiling during their wedding recessional

bride and groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony at the parker mill

first kiss for bride and groom at the end of their ceremony

mountain wedding ceremony at champion hills country club

bride and groom holding hands and looking at each other at highland brewing co

bride and groom kissing during their sparkler exit

night time portrait of a couple kissing as the traffic blurs by

bride and groom holding hands and smiling each other

bride and groom smiling at each other during their wedding recessional

bride and groom wearing fun sunglasses during their wedding reception

bride and groom smiling and laughing while looking at one another

indoor wedding ceremony at the farm a gathering place

bride and groom smiling and holding hands as they walk

bride and groom sharing first kiss during their wedding ceremony

bride and groom sunset kiss at the country club of asheiville

bride laughing as the groom wraps her up from behind

bride and groom holding hands and walking across an open field

dramatic sky wedding ceremony at crest center in asheville

fall wedding portrait of the bride and groom in front of the biltmore

married couple holding hands and walking at the parker mill

indoor wedding ceremony at homewood

bride and groom kissing as their dogs look at the camera

mountain wedding ceremony

llama in the foreground while bride and groom kiss

traditional portrait of bride and groom with their golden retriever

dramatic lighting portrait of bride and groom at alexander homestead

bride and groom smiling at each other and walking together at crest center

groom kissing bride on the forehead

groom wrapping up bride in dramatic lighting

funky wedding portrait of the bride and groom in front of a glowing wall

creative perspective of a bride and groom walking across a bridge

bride and groom kissing during sunset

groom holding bride while sitting on a pew

wedding ceremony at the farm a gathering place

groom picking up bride

bride and groom holding hands and walking in downtown charlotte

bride and groom kissing on a bridge at lake susan

bride and groom smiling near the camera as their bridal party stands in the back

mountain top wedding ceremony at twickenham house

traditional portrait of bride and groom smiling in front of the mountains

bride and groom looking the same directions

groom kissing bride as her veil floats

bride and groom celebrating during their wedding exit

dramatic sunset portrait of the bride and groom standing on a cliff

bride and groom wearing character masks

bold wedding portrait of bride and groom with red lights

bride and groom holding each other close in front of a bridge

bride and groom holding hands and walking towards the mountains

bride and groom dip kissing in front of chestnut ridge

bride and groom dip kissing in front of an antler arch

bride laughing as the groom whispers in her ear

bride and groom dancing on a cloud

bride and groom smiling during their sparkler exit

groom kissing bride on the temple in a the gardens

bride and groom holding each other close as the bride's veil is in the foreground

bride and groom smiling in front of the mountains

bride and groom smiling during their wedding recessional

mountain top wedding ceremony at the cabin ridge

night time portrait under the gazebo at alexander homestead

traditional portrait of bride and groom smiling in front of fireplace

bride's veil floating as her and groom kiss

bride and groom holding hands and walking across the gardens at the biltmore

bride and groom smiling during their grand exit at point lookout vineyards

cute shot of ring bearers in the aisle during the wedding ceremony

sunset portrait of bide and groom holding each other in the mountains

blue sky wedding ceremony at hidden hill venue

bride and groom dip kissing at sunset in the mountains

night time portrait of bride and groom under arch

brides smiling in front of purple smoke bomb

bride approaching groom from behind during their first look

creative framing of bride and groom holding each other

bride and groom holding hands and walking through the woods

bride and groom with their arms in the air during their first dance

mountain top elopement at the parker mill

groom kissing bride's cheek while seated on a rooftop

bride and groom holding hands in a snow storm

bride and groom taking a shot

group photo of every person at the wedding

groom leading bride across the mountain top at the parker mill

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