Michelle and Michael’s Crest Pavilion wedding in Asheville, North Carolina

Working with couples that communicate with you, and want to get to know you on a personal level, is how you level up your wedding photography.  Your wedding day is about you, so it would make sense that you befriend your photographer.  That way you knock down the timidness walls because you subconsciously are no longer anxious/nervous around your photographer.  All the walls are down, and you let them in.  That way it becomes personal and your imagery reflects you!

Michelle and Michael have a group of friends and family that really love to have a good time and LAUGH!  From stories of Michelle’s long days after a night of fun, to the mischievous nature Michael showcased in college and to this day.  This day unfolded so well, and was so much fun.

We started the weekend off with a welcome dinner for family and wedding party at Twisted Laurel’s upstairs event space in Downtown Asheville.  One of my go to places to get food, this was the first time in the space and it’s perfect for any welcome party or small reception.

On wedding day, Michelle and Michael both found spacious Airbnb’s here in Asheville that allowed them to get ready, but relax while doing it.  Michelle’s rental had a cute little cottage in the background with mountain views of Weaverville.  It also had a picture perfect swing in the front yard that we used for portraits.  

Michael got ready at vacation rental in downtown Asheville, which had an epic mural and was great for some added backdrop, texture, and compositions.

The wedding ceremony and reception both took place at the Crest Pavilion which sits on Crest Mountain.  It has a back deck that is perfect for sunset, and then a field out front that overlooks downtown Asheville. It’s one of the venues I am a preferred vendor at, and you can read more about it here on my wedding venue guide.

This wedding was sincere as the ceremony was performed by Michelle’s brother, and the reception was non-stop dancing.  Michelle and Michael said that would happen, but as many times in weddings, I didn’t think it would pan out.  I was wrong!!!  3 hours of packed dance floor action!  

The couple ended the night with a bubble send off (aka a NEW FAV) and narrowly escaped being decimated by bubbles from Michael’s father.  He wanted to make sure the bubbles left with them too!

Pleasure working with everyone.  Please enjoy this brief look into this memorable Asheville wedding at Crest Pavilion.

Couple: Michelle + Michael

Date: June 3, 2022
Planning, Catering, Ceremony Location: Crest Pavilion
Hair & Make Up: Pop of Color Asheville
Photography: Michael Freas
Entertainment: Sound Extreme

Documentary Photographer in North Carolina

When you’re planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is who to hire as your photographer.

If you’re looking for someone who can capture the spirit of your day, then a documentary photographer (hey, that’s me!) is there to capture the entire feeling of the wedding day.

While of course there are some posed photos (because there’s no way I’m not doing some killer portraits with that view) the focus is on you and your family and all the love and emotion of the day.

Asheville Wedding Photographer: 

If you’re planning a wedding at in Asheville, North Carolina or the Western North Carolina Mountains, then let’s talk!

I’d love to hear about your day and what you are looking for in a wedding photographer.

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