Hawkesdene House Destination Wedding – Western North Carolina Photography

I was honored to photograph Dona and Kevin’s mountain destination wedding.  For the wedding weekend the couple, with some of their family and friends, stayed at their awesome venue, the Hawkesdene House.  This beautiful venue is close to the Nantahala in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  This was the perfect place for this adventure loving couple that enjoys whitewater rafting, kayaking, and being in the mountains.  The days before the event were spent on the river sharing their favorite adventures with their loved ones just as they had hoped.

This was such a lovely wedding day – every detail was picture perfect with the help of Shay Brown Events.  The gorgeous wooded ceremony location overlooking a creek was such a sweet, spectacular spot for this lovely wedding, with floral design by Shay’s team.  The bride’s aunt officiated the ceremony impeccability, with ceremony music played by a solo guitarist.  The couple’s dog was a special attendant and made for so many adorable moments as she watched her humans get married, adorned with her own bouquet of flowers on her harness.  There were some of the cutest children in this wedding as well…between the stunningly beautiful location, this fun couple and all the cute children and the sweetest dog, it was a photographer’s dream to get to capture this lovely day.

Dona was hoping for a great wedding day sunset – and after a 4-wd gator ride straight up the mountain to the most amazing vista overlook, we crested the hill to see the most gorgeous sky waiting for us.  Tons of photos were captured while the newlyweds played on top of the world, toasting and dancing.  I am so lucky to get to experience (and photograph) those kinds of moments with my couples!!  We headed back down to the party and Sound Extreme dj kept the dance floor full, colored lights dancing as night fell – and glow stick necklaces/bracelets made it even more fun as the spirit of play continued throughout the night.

The lovely cake and dessert bar was made by Artista Cakes (now Sugar Cloud Bakery).  You can always can count on Serena for a beautiful display and even more delicious than you can imagine!!

It is always so difficult to choose just a few images to share from these epic weddings I get to capture, and this wedding was no exception!  LOVE all of these images and hope you enjoy getting to see a little of this breathtaking wedding day.


Congrats Dona and Kevin!!  Loved being your wedding photographer!


Photography by Camilla Calnan Photography

Venue:  Hawkesdene House, Andrews, NC

Planner & Floral:  Shay Brown Events

Rentals:  Tent Masters

Ceremony Music:  Allegro Music, solo guitar

Reception DJ:  Sound Extreme

Cake:  Artista Cakes – now Sugar Cloud Baking Company

Hair & Makeup:  Cotton Rouge – Melissa Aubil

Hair for bride:  Steve McCraw (friend of bride)

Officiant:  Deacon Stella Clark (bride’s aunt)

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