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Crest Center & Pavilion Wedding : D + R


dramatic sunset portrait of a bride and groom at crest center and pavilion

    Over the years, Crest Center and Pavilion has become one of our homes away from when it comes to wedding season in Asheville!  We’ve shared in so many epic celebrations with so many amazing couples that it’s impossible not to look forward coming back to this special venue again and again!  One of our most memorable visits last year was for Dustin and Rachael’s early fall wedding.  Like many of our out of town couples we first connected with these lovelys via phone, but we soon found ourselves mountaintop hiking for their beautiful sunset engagement at Craggy Gardens.  Naturally these two crushed it!  Besides it being a perfect night in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dustin and Rachael have an undeniable chemistry on camera that is equal parts playful and romantic.  It made for a fun evening chasing sunsets and left us even more eager to document their big day!



Given the logistics on their wedding day, Dustin and Rachael decided to do their first look off site for proximity and timing.  Being a wedding photographer in the Asheville area spoils you a bit as it seems there’s always a plethora of scenic options for these special moments and they chose one of our favorites in The NC Arboretum!  Between the mountain views, fall color, multitude of paths and gardens, it’s a hard place to beat for your wedding day portraits.  Rachael and Dustin also opted to do a private vow reading which has become one of our favorite trends over the past few years.  For the introverts like me, it takes a lot of pressure off not having all of the eyes on you while speaking the words that are on your heart.  For us it was hard to pick a favorite part of their day.  The first look was sweet and the fall leaves added a nice pop of color.  They rocked their sunset portraits in front of the beautiful mountains views that The Crest Center is known for, and the reception had everyone going all night!  Looking back over it all was smile inducing to say the least, but I think the thing that stood out the most for us, was Dustin and Rachael’s sweet connection.  Between the tender hugs, laugh out loud moments, and every little kiss, it’s impossible not to fall in love with these two as a couple!  As always, we hope you all enjoy following and a special thank you to Dustin and Rachael for letting us be a small part of your story!   



groom portrait in front of fall leaves

groom's cuff links

vogue groom portrait not looking at the camera

bride smiling as she approaches the groom for her first look

bride laughing while standing behind the groom

groom smiling when he sees bride

groom smiling and holding the bride close

bride and groom sharing an intimate hug during their first look

bride and groom reading their vows in front of fall leaves

bride and groom reading their vows to one another

bride and groom hugging after reading their vows

groom kissing the bride on the temple

bridal portrait in front of the fall leaves

bride and groom laughing together

traditional portrait of the bride and groom smiling

the bride looking down at her bouquet

groom spraying the bride with bug spray

bride and groom holding hands and walking

bride and groom holding hands in a quilt garden

bride and groom kissing in a quilt garden

the bride smiling softly as she caresses the groom's face

wedding ceremony space at crest center and pavilion

reception space at the crest center in Asheville

farm table set up at the wedding reception

round table set up at the wedding reception

the wedding cake with cartoon characters

til death wedding decor sign

wedding desserts

wedding guests covering their faces from the sun

flower man walking down the aisle

guests laughing as the flower man makes his way down the aisle

groom reacting to the bride walking down the aisle

bride's father kissing her on the cheek

the wedding ceremony

mountain wedding ceremony at crest center asheville

bride and groom sharing their first kiss

bride and groom walking back down the aisle

bride and groom holding hands and looking opposite directions

bride laughing while holding the groom's hand

groom leading the bride across an open field with mountain views

the bride and groom laughing together

the bride and groom smiling at each other while standing next to one another

the bride and groom smiling at each other while holding each other close

bride and groom touching forehead to forehead underneath the veil

the bride caressing in the groom underneath her veil

vogue image of bride and groom looking opposite directions

the bride laughing while walking with the groom

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

bride and groom dip kissing at sunset in front of the mountains


bride and groom dancing with lights in the foreground

bride and groom sharing their first dance

groom picking up the bride during the middle of the first dance

bride smiling at groom during the first dance

the family dancing around the mothers

the bride and groom lifted up in chairs on the dance floor

best man giving a speech

bride and groom laughing during the speech

wedding guests dancing

wedding guests playing with glow sticks

the dj raising his arms in the air

wedding guest waiving a glow stick

wedding guests dancing during the reception

wedding guests having a good time together

light drags of color during the wedding reception

two ladies dancing

the bride and her friends dancing

dramatic night time portrait under the lights

the bride and groom exiting their wedding

bride and groom smiling during their wedding exit

First Look Venue: NC Arboretum

Ceremony Venue: Crest Center and Pavilion

Reception Venue: Crest Center and Pavilion

Catering: M7 Events

Coordination: M7 Events

Videography: Weddings by LDF

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