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Destination wedding morning after session | Charlotte destination wedding

Jul 13, 2016

The wedding day can be hectic, that is no big industry secret.  Sometimes, it is hard to fit everything in AND still have a great time with family and friends.  So when Amanda and Josh were planning their beautiful Asheville destination wedding we decided to add in a destination wedding morning after session to complete their fairytale experience.  What an experience it was!

The couple and many family and friends were staying at Bear Lake Reserve not far from Castle Ladyhawke to make transportation to and from their wedding easier and less stressful.  It also helps that Bear Lake is GORGEOUS.  I’m no stranger to water, having grown up on rivers and the Chesapeake Bay and now living within a stone’s throw of Lake Wylie.  But this water?  This water was crystal clear, even when we were up to our necks!  I’m not going to lie it definitely helps…there is nothing worse that stepping on some strange “thing” in murky water.

So Amanda and Josh agreed to meet Stefanie (my side-kick for the weekend and amazing photographer friend slash canoe navigator) and I at 5:30am the morning after their wedding, back in full wedding attire.  Stefanie worked her bouquet preservation magic after a very long wedding day, while I uploaded and backed up all of the images from the wedding.  We then had to settle ourselves down in our hotel room knowing that at most we were going to get 2 hours of sleep.  Was it worth it?  You tell me:

Special Thanks:

Bear Lake Reserve

Stefanie Morris (film photography and canoe rowing/navigation/deep water wading)

Destination wedding morning after session pictures

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  1. Andrea

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Oh my gosh! I so freakin’ LOVE these photos!!! Simply gorgeous. Great work!!

  2. Dannie

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Morning after sessions?! Why have I not heard of these?! These are gorgeous, nicely done! 🙂

  3. Sandra

    July 13th, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I am such a chaser of the mystical morning light lately and what a beautiful setting for a morning session when they are in their element and no pressure!! These are gorgeous!!!

  4. Danielle Morhaus Thomas

    July 13th, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    What a beautiful session! I’d get out of bed for that too 🙂

  5. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you <3

  6. Andrea Orozco

    July 13th, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful session and image!

  7. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you!!!

  8. Danielle

    July 13th, 2016 at 10:13 am

    These are beautiful!!

  9. Andrea

    July 13th, 2016 at 10:14 am

    What an amazing idea, morning after. This session is just gorgeous! LOVE them all.

  10. Nicole McGhee Sanchez

    July 13th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    What a gorgeous location and session!

  11. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much!

  12. Emily Supiot

    July 13th, 2016 at 3:13 pm


  13. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    <3 Thanks!

  14. Laura

    July 13th, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    These are amazing and so romantic! Great job!

  15. Camille Arner

    July 13th, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    This is so beautiful! It was indeed worth getting up early!

  16. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank goodness, because I hate getting up 😉

  17. Tami Keehn

    July 13th, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Uhhh…this session is breathtaking!! What beautiful work!

  18. Tami Keehn

    July 13th, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This is so beautiful! Gorgeous work! <3

  19. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you!

  20. Olga Levien

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    that is amazing! Love!

  21. Sunshower Photography

    July 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you Olga!

  22. Rebekah Williams Stewart

    July 14th, 2016 at 1:17 am

    SO gorgeous! <3 Definitely worth it!!

  23. Shanna Aitken

    July 14th, 2016 at 3:23 am

    This is amazing! Definitely worth getting up early for!

  24. Urška Majer

    July 14th, 2016 at 5:14 am

    This is so gorgeous!

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