Asheville Wedding Photography – Wedding in a park under a huge cedar tree…a family celebrating love

From the first mention of this wedding ceremony planned around a huge cedar tree in a park, I was smitten!  I LOVE trees and my mind was reeling, knowing immediately what cedar tree they were talking about.  I knew this wedding was going to be special but little did I know the awe-inspiring and timeless beauty I would get to capture that day.


Kristin and Charlie have such a lovely family.  In this family, the ladies are gorgeous and the men are handsome, and they are all such sweet, caring people!  They have A LOT of fun together.  I must share that this couple and their family are the type of people that it was hard to decipher family from friends.  All of their guests were so full of joie de vie, heartfelt hugs, tears of joy, hands being held – they were truly an awesome group to get to photograph in the some of the most gorgeous locations in Asheville.

Kristin and her daughter got ready at the Aloft hotel.  They were met there then chauffeured by her sons in Charlie’s classic Cadillac to the Grove Park (aka Charlotte Street park – not the inn).  At the park, before anyone else arrived, the couple had the sweetest first look.  Kristin, stunningly beautiful in her soft blush custom bespoke couture gown by Liz White, and Charlie looking dapper in his classic navy pinstripe suit with a pink tie and wearing some of the coolest tawny-brown leather oxfords.  After a few moments alone, we met family and captured them together before the ceremony.  The incomparable Howard Hanger performed the ceremony as a single cellist played for the entrance and exit.  Everyone encircled the couple during the ceremony, love filling the air around that grand tree.  The wedding party and guests then proceeded through the park to the groom’s father’s home for the wedding dinner catered by Corner Kitchen.

I wish I could show you every moment and place we went that day, but alas, this post will be long enough without it!  After dinner, the intimate group headed downtown to meet more friends for the downtown evening reception for more celebration.  The reception was catered by Colorful Palate.  I am still amazed how the couple’s personal touches and unique style carried throughout such a variety of locations.  The seamless coordination and planning that made it happen was through Occasions by Emily working with a team of wonderful vendors.   It was truly a pleasure to get to capture all this for such an awesome couple, and even more special to get to know this extraordinary family.  Thank you Kristin for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!!  Best wishes for you all – for everything!!

Photography: Camilla Calnan Photography

Coordinator: Occasions by Emily

Florist: Joan Cope

Officiant: Howard Hanger

Catering wedding dinner: Corner Kitchen

Catering/bartending at reception: Colorful Palate

Cake: True Confections

Cellist: Corinne with Allegro Music

DJ at reception: Spintastic

Rentals: Classic Event Rentals

Makeup: Salon Intuition

Hair: The Middy

Dress: Liz White Custom Couture 

Dance Instructor: Kathleen Hahn with I do dances

Venues: Aloft HotelGrove Park (park off Charlotte Street) – family home – private office – all in Asheville, NC

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