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2022 Year in Review : All the weddings!

Updated: Jan 31


Bride and groom kissing in the middle of a fall colored forest

It’s that time of year my friends! Families are getting together, kiddos are excited about the holidays, and we’re already missing summer time! For us, it’s also a time of reflection and over the years we started finding ourselves doing a “year in review” blog every year. We weren’t sure if our friends, fam, and followers would ever even look at them but consistently they are usually one of our most popular blogs every year. It’s cool for us getting to relive all the moments and laugh as we download and order everything, but it’s been cool to see our couples enjoy it over the years as well! For us we feel like you are all a part of the JCM Fam and we hope that’s the feeling you get as you scroll through the memories. Also, it’s pretty cool to see one image from every wedding in one spot :)


In 2022, we were blessed to again have our busiest year ever! Obviously 2020 was a little nuts for everyone, but being the positive people we are, we always keeping our eye on our goals, and what we can control! One of the positive voices in our industry during that time was that of Pye Jyrsa from the world famous SLR Lounge. In short I remember him sharing a message of hope and perseverance for all of us in the photography industry, especially for wedding photographers. He had shared some historical data and talked about how after a period of a major economic downturn (for whatever reason), businesses that survive typically had the biggest years in their history following. It’s cool when you stay true to the course and actually see things come to fruition as these last two years were our busiest ever! Again, we are beyond grateful for those of you who continue to allow us to be a part of your stories and spread the word. This was also a big year because we took a leap and started JCM Photography - Jackson Hole all the way across the country, but more on that below! Let’s hop into all the fun metrics from 2022!



2022 By the numbers


  • 108 Weddings & Elopements - (90 JCM; 18 BALSAM MOUNTAIN)

  • 83 weddings on the east coast; 25 West Coast

  • East Coast = 8% elopements

  • West Coast = 76% elopements

  • 1 wedding every 3.3 days

  • 36 Different venues

  • 4 Private property/air bnb weddings/scenic locations

  • 74% of our weddings were outside of Asheville

  • 32% of our weddings were outside of WNC

  • 5 States - (NC, SC, GA, TN, and WY)

  • 486,000 - Approximate number of wedding photos taken

  • 31% - Of our couples also had an engagement session


*******572 weddings/elopements in 7 years!!!*******



2 things that stood out to us this year:


  • It’s polar opposite on the west coast and east coast with regards to weddings vs elopements. on the east coast we’re 8% elopements for the year, and on the west coast we’re 76% elopements.


  • 30% of our weddings & elopements occurred at 3 venues.


 

I still remember when we just quit our day jobs and I had one more pay check coming in from cashing in PTO, and Jenny had just picked up a PT job that paid next to nothing. We had a vision, passion, and purpose but never did we dream we would get to this level. Triple digit weddings and elopements in one year, let alone two years of that in a row! A lot of you have probably grown numb to all the times we thank you all for the continued love & support but we we’re not done yet, so thank you all for another amazing year and letting us chase our collective and continued dream on this journey we call life. We love you all more than you know!


With the continuing ebb and flow of being a business owner, and trying to develop our vision into something meaningful, fulfilling, and sustainable, 2022 was the official start of a big jump of for us. It saw us give life to what is now, JCM Photography - Jackson Hole! A lot of you already know how that came about but for those of you who don’t know the story, here it goes. We renewed our vows there in 2020. We fell in love with the area, which is hilarious because if you would’ve asked us 3 years ago about Wyoming, we would’ve been like… “Uh, you mean desert and tumble weeds?” After sharing some of our vow renewal photos, one of our awesome couples whom we just booked was about to travel there and asked us if we would do their engagement there if he got us free plane tickets (he worked for the airline part time). Before you knew it, we went back several times over course of 6 months and continued to put in the foundation work for learning the area, networking, and getting a feel the different lifestyle. 2022 was the first year we lived out there most of the summer. We loaded the truck down, grabbed the dogs and headed towards the sunset. For 2023 we’re going to be out there from June through mid September. Don’t fret, we’ll still be in Asheville most of the year, we can’t handle the winters out west! As 2022 comes to a close, we’re excited about more growth and connecting with so many new couples over the coming months! Big thanks again to all of our couples, and a special thank you to our amazing team for all of your hard work this year!!!


 

reflecting the sky during the wedding ceremony

backlit bride and groom holding hands on a nature path

dramatic lighting portrait of the groom wrapping up the bride

groom picking up bride during their first dance at the parker mill

sunset mountain top photo of the groom kissing the bride's cheek

bride and groom holding each other and looking into the distance

bride and groom holding hands and walking at the parker mill

bride and groom dip kissing in front of the homewood

editorial style wedding party portrait at highland brewing co

bride and groom holding hands and walking during sunset

the bride's veil floating as the groom holds her close

wedding ceremony at champion hills country club

bride and groom kissing on the parker mill's mountain top

low light wedding ceremony at homewood in Asheville

dramatic sunset image of bride and groom looking at each other

wedding ceremony shot of bride and groom holding hands

dry ice on dance floor during bride and groom's first dance

bride and groom holding hands and walking at longleaf vineyard

wedding ceremony shot in the gardens at homewood

full wedding party shot with couple's dog at the parker mill

groom leading bride to the edge of a cliff during sunset in the mountains

bride and groom laughing during their first look

bride and groom laughing while holding hands in front of the mountains

bride and groom kissing during sunset in the blue ridge mountains

bride and groom holding hands in downtown Asheville as traffic drives by

bride and groom sharing first kiss in a barn

groom holding bride from behind as they cuddle their heads

bride and groom laughing while underneath the bride's veil

traditional portrait of bride and groom at black balsam knob

groom holding bride on the edge of a cliff

groom wrapping up bride from behind while kissing her temple

double exposure shot of bride and groom under a gazebo

bride and groom laughing during their bubble exit

two grooms laughing during their grand exit at alexander homestead

bride and groom kissing in a field of flowers

bride and groom holding hands in front of Betty's cellar

bride and groom touching noses while smiling

bride and groom smiling during their wedding recessional

bride and groom smiling at each other as they walk hand in hand

creative portrait of the bride and groom reaching for each other at the parker mill

bride and groom holding hands and walking in front of the mountains

bride and groom standing on the edge of a rock near the water

groom holding bride close as they share an intimate moment

bride and groom sharing their first dance with pink uplighting

bride wrapped around the groom's arm and resting her head

wedding party giving bride and groom a group hug

bride and groom smiling during their wedding recessional

married couple kissing underneath a rainbow

dramatic lighting portrait of bride and groom holding hands

groom dip kissing bride at nantahala weddings & events

bride laughing while holding hands with the groom and walking

reflective portrait of the bride and groom holding hands looking opposite directions

bride and groom watching fireworks

bride and groom laughing while walking on a red bridge

bride and groom sharing first dance at the parker mill with the mountains in the background

fall colored wedding ceremony near Asheville

groom leading bride across a field in front of the mountains


bride laughing as the groom rocks her back and forth

bride and groom walking together and smiling

groom caressing bride's face

groom leading the bride across an open field with fall foliage in the background

bride and groom running through a vineyard

blue hour portrait of the groom kissing the bride's cheek

bride and groom smiling at each other in front of their castle venue

bride and groom holding hands and walking by the snake river

dramatic lighting portrait of the groom holding the bride during sunset

groom holding the bride while nestling up on her cheek shot through a door

bride wrapped around the groom's arm in front of the mountains and fall foliage

Golden hour portrait of the bride smiling at the groom while he holds her

newly married couple taking a photo with their golden retriever

creative lighting portrait of the groom holding the bride in the canning room at highland brewing

bride laughing as groom nestles up on her cheek

bride and groom smiling each other while holding hands in the mountains

two brides sharing an intimate moment in a field of flowers

cathedral wedding ceremony

bride and groom kissing in front of jackson county courthouse

bride and groom resting foreheads on each other

bride and groom kissing during their sparkler exit

bride and groom running through a green field with mountains in the background

rainy day wedding portrait of bride and groom underneath an umbrella

wedding ceremony in front of a waterfall

bride and groom kissing while focusing on the mountains in the background

bride and groom holding each other close during their first dance at homewood

bride caressing the groom in during golden hour in the mountains

groom dip kissing the bride under the pavilion at the parker mill

groom wrapping up the bride from behind in front of their castle wedding venue

traditional portrait of the bride and groom surrounded by fall color

bride smiling at the groom as they hold hands and walk

bride and groom smiling with their dog

bride and groom holding hands and walking with their dog

bride and groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony

bride getting a kiss from the groom on her cheek

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

groom leading the bride down a boulder near the water

married couple kissing under the pavilion at the parker mill wedding venue

groom kissing bride on the cheek as the sunset reflects the mountains off the water

the groom looking at his bride as she looks down towards her shoulder

bride grabbing grooms lapel as they share an intimate moment in the mountains

night portrait of bride and groom kissing under a gazebo

sunburst shining through the bride's veil and her the and groom look at each other

bride and groom kissing in front of a barn and the mountains

groom carrying bride during their sparkler exit

bride approaching groom from behind during their first look at homewood

groom kissing bride on the cheek during their sunset portraits

bride and groom up in a chair during the hora

bride twirling groom on the dance floor

dramatic sunset portrait as the groom and bride nestle heads

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