Mountaintop Wedded Bliss

Photographing a wedding on a mountaintop is never without its challenges, but the day of Netty and James’ wedding proved uniquely challenging.

At lower elevations, the sky was clear, sunny and beautiful with a steady but not too strong breeze. Up at elevation, the skies had other plans.

The ceremony was scheduled for sunset on Black Balsam Knob, an iconic spot for celebrations, picnics, and enjoying the view, here in Haywood County.

As I arrived to greet the happy couple, I was surprised to find several other couples there for the same reason. Everyone was getting married! How awesome!

Following the warm, sunny day the heated air from the valleys had begun to drift upward and the mountain was engulfed in a dense wet fog. Not ideal, but the couples’ spirits were not dampened and everyone began their trek up the hill.

At the top the fog rolled by in thick, white mounds, offering the merest glimpses of the view below.

As Netty and James selected a ceremony site, I got set up to begin flying. A quick check of the wind speed revealed 30+ mph gusts. This would be a unique challenge to fly in!

Off we went though, and the ceremony went off without a hitch. From the drone’s perspective the grandeur of the location and the intimacy of their ceremony was really made evident. The drone performed heroically, gamely battling the gusts and delivering top quality images, no matter where I put it.

Proud drone mama, here 🙂

Just as the ceremony ended and the real picture taking began, the fogs rolled up like a curtain and revealed a stunning sunset, complete with spectacular rays highlighting the valley below.

With each passing minute the golden hour light just kept increasing the intense beauty of the scene. Capturing the moments that unfolded in that light was an absolute joy.

Netty and James were a delightful couple to photograph. Their joy in with each other in that moment really came through in the photos. Thanks guys for letting me share in your big day!

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