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Castle Ladyhawke Destination Wedding


July 12, 2016

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Hold on to your jaws.  This Castle Ladyhawke destination wedding has my head spinning.  Editing this wedding has got me in a fairytale Disney movie from a childhood daydream, and I’m loving every second of it!

About the Bride and Groom

Amanda knew exactly the type of wedding she wanted to plan once she met her prince. Josh and Amanda met in Baltimore MD, and their love took them all over the world.  I met Amanda in my sorority at The University of Maryland, we were sisters at Alpha Omicron Pi.  When she reached out to me about shooting her wedding, I figured it would be in Maryland where we are both from…boy was I wrong!!!  They were planning an amazing destination wedding in North Carolina in the Asheville area!!!  Trips to South America, his proposal at sunset on the California coasts and now a beautiful mountainside wedding at a real castle!  Their romance has been a fairytale with no end in sight.

About their fairytale Castle Ladyhawke Destination Wedding

They treated their guests to a full itinerary of exploration and local NC treats, to fully indulge in the culture and beautiful scenery available. A gorgeous evening at Bear Lake Reserve provided the backdrop to the welcome dinner as well as the amazing morning-after session within the crystal clear mountain lake waters as the sun rose above the mountain ridge. The wedding ceremony overlooked the Blue Ridge Mountains high above a beautiful valley as seen from Castle Ladyhawke. Stunning maids in dresses of soft pastel hues, and dashing groomsmen stood and smiled as the couple exchanged their handwritten vows before their closest family and friends. A handful of cheerful flower girls in frills and ring bearers with lego boutonnieres cheered the couple on, and even sometimes made their voices heard. The guests were treated to a local beer tasting during the cocktail hour and later watched the sun set over the mountains as the bride and groom took their first dance under the stars in the clear blue twilight.

And don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow with an EPIC morning after session that involves crystal clear lake water, canoes and full wedding attire!!!!

Amazing Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Castle Ladyhawke

Wedding Coordination: Michelle Nelson – Occasions by Emily

Photography: Sunshower Photography

Videographer: Timm Young Films

Hair & Makeup Artist: Blushing Hair & Makeup

Invitations/Signage: Amanda Reed (Bride!)

Beer Tasting: Innovation Brewing

Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LuLus

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale for BHLDN

Bridal Boutique: The White Flower

Photography – Assistance: SMM Photography

DJ : Celebration Sounds Entertainment

Cake: Just Simply Delicious

Catering: Corner Kitchen

Rentails: Classic Event Rental

Transportation: High Country Travel

Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia


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  1. Ginny Chacos says:

    THIS WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEDDING I’VE EVER BEEN TO, LET ALONE, BEEN A PART OF!! These photos are magic and Amanda & Josh will have them forever to remind them of their best day ever!

  2. Jacqueline Scout says:

    Absolutely stunning photos. Beautiful bride and her prince.

  3. Steve Otten says:

    Spectacular photos! Gorgeous venue, people, weather, etc. A very special day for two very special people! It was honor to be a part of it, and we are happy Amanda and Josh will be able to relive that moment through these fantastic pictures.

  4. Jessica says:

    Omg josh and Amanda!! You guys look amazing! how beautiful was this day and these photos capture that beauty to a tee! Such fairy tale glam in a castle surrounded by the great smoky mountains! Well done!!

  5. Alexis Lowery says:

    Absolutely amazing wedding weekend! And such incredible photos to help us all remember the magic moments. Our bride was and is more beautiful than Cinderella and got to marry her prince in the most fitting of castles.

  6. Becky Paolini says:

    These pics and words are amazing! Loved every second experiencing it, so honored to have been there. Love ya Josh and Manders!!!

  7. Oh Amy! Absolutely delightful!! I want so badly to come shoot a wedding with you someday just to watch you work your magic! Pretty please!?!?

  8. Kelly Aston says:

    These photos are both tasteful and real. They make all of us look amazing, especially the beautiful bride. Congratulations on an amazing day, I’m so happy to have been a part of it.

  9. Kathy Reed - MOB says:

    A very special day captured forever in gorgeous photos. We will treasure these images & our memories of an amazing wedding weekend! Love to Amanda & Josh. Thank you to a great photography team!

  10. Rick Hyburg says:

    Absolutely stunning photos of an amazing couple on their fairytale day! So honored to have been a part of it!

  11. […] one time Amanda spent her time finding every single one of the places she could review me online, and left […]

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