We kicked off wedding prep at Wink, where Karen’s long time friend and super talented stylist Abigail created the most perfect hairdo. (That word is cracking me up. Say that 3 times fast. Hairdo…hairdo..hairdo) Moving on. Karen’s hair turned out beautifully and it was such a fun afternoon.
Isn’t her dress just gorgeous?!
Then it was finally time for the First Look. I’m so glad Karen and Jason opted to do a first look. There were severe thunderstorm warnings in effect and like the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Asheville, NC! The wedding ceremony was going to be outside and I think we were all praying the rain would hold off. We didn’t have much time before the ceremony but we were able to get a few images of the excited couple!
Karen was such a beautiful bride. Absolutely radiant!
Love the expression on Jason’s face!
Two of my favorite images from the day. Karen, you are stunning!
Karen and Jason had written each other a love note, so before things got (more) hectic they took a few minutes to read their letters and just be.
Then Jason was called away for an errand and Miss Sophie, the flower girl came around the corner. When she saw aunt Karen her face just lit up and she just went running. So adorable!
Hats off to Flower Gallery of Asheville. Karen’s bouquet was amazing!
I love these images of Karen with (two of) her sisters. (I grew up with three brothers so I just love to see sister pictures. Makes me glad my girls have sisters, ya know? You were missed, Cynthia!)
Then it was time for the ceremony to get started. Classic Neal face. Cutest little ring bearer.
It was picture perfect at the North Carolina Arboretum
Karen’s sweet sister, Jessica, walked her down the aisle. Which was kind of perfect since Jason is one of her best friends and basically the reason Karen and Jason met in the first place. In fact, Karen and Jason shared their first dance at Jessica’s wedding last summer. (Did you follow all that?!)
Such a beautiful ceremony! Then Mr. and Mrs. Scheewe greeted their friends and family for the first time as husband and wife.
Then came the down pour! Karen and Jason felt the first sprinkles of rain just as they were pronounced husband and wife. It held off until the ceremony was over and then the heavens just opened up and poured out it’s blessings on this new family. So everyone squished into the pavilion. (Except for my assistant, aka husband, who stood in the pouring rain to hold an umbrella over my equipment while we did all the family pictures! Thanks, babe!)
Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Jason Scheewe
The rain let up just enough to grab a few more images before heading to the dinner. A few more of my favorites!
Off to dinner.
A beautiful toast from Jessica. And a hilarious one from Brian, Jason’s brother and Best Man.
And then this happened! Maybe one of my favorite images. Ever! Because this is why I do what I do. And why I love what I do, which is document love and relationships. This is Nana and Poppy. Jason’s grandparents. They’ve been married for 62 years! Sixty-two!! Can you imagine having an image like this of your grandparents. Nana’s hands were freezing and Poppy was warming her up. Love! (And I just found out it’s their anniversary this month so I can’t wait to surprise them with a print of this image!)
Next up: Cake! Dairy free, and gluten free, and darling, and delicious?! Tall order. Between Nancy and Kristen (Jason’s Mom and sister) it was all of those things!
Karen and Jason, it has been so amazing to watch as your incredible friendship has grown and turned into something even bigger and more beautiful! I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to witness and document your wedding as you begin your life together but I feel even more blessed to call you friends and know that I’ll continue to see your love grow. (In fifty years we’ll go back to that rocking chair!) And in 62 years? Who knows what all is possible…
I asked Karen to share one of the things that she loves most about Jason. I loved her reply!
“I love how special he makes me feel. He recreated one of our first dates by making me from scratch butternut ravioli on my Birthday. We had taken a cooking class at Dough a month prior. With little experience in the kitchen he was able to recreate one of my favorite memories with him. He was so cute, towel tucked into his belt and flour on his shirt. He had even decorated the dining and living room.”