I'm a coffee loving, travel-obsessed, twenty-something based out of Central Illinois. I'm lucky enough to make a living doing what I love - photographing people! I specialize in weddings (destination + local), senior portraits, + boudoir.
Biltmore Estate & Winery Engagement Session, Asheville, NC
This engagement session is so kick ass you’re not going to want to skip over any of it, but it’s LONG, so grab some coffee and STRAP IN.
When Allison and I were chatting about plans for their engagement session, she mentioned meeting me at one of their favorite date day places – the well known Biltmore Estate and I was DOWN. I had heard of the estate before, but honestly didn’t know much about America’s Largest Home besides what photos I had seen of weddings hosted there.
With the two of them living three hours away in South Carolina, and obviously me coming from Illinois, we decided to make it a weekend, stay in an Airbnb, and Friday I hopped on a plane to fly into Asheville. We went to dinner, and afterwards decided to hike up to the Craggy Pinnacle to check out where they plan to tie the knot in just a few DAYS now! It’s going to be EPIC.
We woke up Saturday and headed in early to check out the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, and I was in awe. It’s SO. BIG. Tucked right in next to the Blue Ridge Mountains, not only are the home and gardens an awe to see, but the landscape looks right out to those mountains! After taking a drive and touring the house inside, we took a few photos around the Antler Hill Village and in the winery! Then mid afternoon we explored the Biltmore Blooms which held SO many tulips that were at the peak of bloom!
After an amazing lunch at Cedric’s Tavern we drove around to grab a few photos off into some of the trails before it was about time to change into their evening look for the Biltmore Estate house photos! We knew we wanted to save Allison’s emerald green dress for the photos with the house and I’m SO GLAD we did because her dress and his black shirt against the limestone exterior looked SO good.
I was SHOCKED when we waited around most the day for sunset light and the grounds cleared out! It makes sense with the tours shutting down about 4:30 or so, but I was SURE on a Saturday we would be fighting with other photographers to get that light, but we didn’t! It was amazing and allowed for some spectacular shots with the Biltmore Estate home in the background.
Tyler + Allison were SUCH troopers hanging around with me all day as I completely geeked out as we ventured from place to place. I am so so grateful for these two laid back lovers for allowing me the experience of a lifetime. I will cherish these photos for the rest of time and hope they will too!