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Jenna Dawson + Richard Baldwin | Highlands, North Carolina Wedding | The Old Edwards House | Alyssa Alig Photography

Jenna and Richard got married at the beautiful Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina. They had a elegant wedding that included a stone fireplace and a candle lit ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful.

Jenna was beautiful in a strapless lace dress that fit her perfectly. Richard was a complete gentleman in a tux and smile. You could Jenna and Richard were completely in love by the way they interacted and looked at one another.

They had an intimate ceremony and reception which was perfect for them. They enjoyed celebrating with their friends and family. I loved their grand exit through sparklers, it was gorgeous. Jenna and Richard, y’all are wonderful and I wish you all the best in the future!

Special thank to Logan Potterf for being the main shooter on contract for this one!!  Love it.

Wedding Rings
Wedding Gown
Groom Portrait
Jenna + Richard in the Highlands
Mountain Wedding
White with Flowers
Wedding Activities
Sweet Moments
Sparkers in the Night
Running through Lights

Ceremony and Reception: The Old Edwards Inn

Wedding Cake: Creative Pastries

Music: Ashby Stokes

Florist: Wild Flower Florist

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50+ Anniversary Session

This morning I drove to Madison with my camera in hand and set out to meet a couple who had been married since their twenties.  I was intrigued to meet anyone who could make it more than half a century along side one another!

It was a wonderful and encouraging afternoon.  I sat with my pen and paper and asked them all about their lives, how they met, when they were married, their children, and what brought them to where they are.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and a bit of their story!

Hunter met Sue during the Korean war.  He had traveled with his father to Emory, when he went out for dinner and saw Sue from afar ironing uniforms.  He was in the army and she was at the hospital.  He had dated quite a few women.  ”The field,” as he put it.

Nearly a year after he saw her, Sue’s roommate set them up on a date.

Pictured here are some photographs from their wedding in the 1940′s.  Oh, how photography has changed!!

(We visited their garden while they were telling me some of their story!  I carried home some of the pretty tomatoes pictured below!)

I asked how he had decided to marry Sue.  He said that he “just had to have her.”  That she was striking.  And that ”I’d do anything to have her.  She swept me off my feet.”

After that first date, they courted for about nine months and then were wed in September in South Carolina.  Her dress was a slate blue, crushed velvet suit and he was in uniform.

My favorite photograph was the THEN and NOW.  I asked Sue to hold their original photograph of their wedding instead of a bouquet.

I often ask couples to be affectionate and show off how much they care for one another.  Hunter didn’t hesitate and leaned right in for a kiss from Sue.  The adoration hadn’t changed one bit.
They now live in Madison and are soon to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary!  I hope you both continue in good times and good health!


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Wedding Photography for the Grooms

“I came. I saw. I conquered.”  Julius Caesar

“There’s only one thing I hate more than lying.  Skim milk.  Which is water.  That’s lying about being milk.”  Ron Swanson

“I will love you, and you and no other for ever.”  William Wallace, Braveheart


My clients are so savvy.  The more couples I meet with, the more I realize that men are also involved in planning weddings.  Hence the dilemma   Do I market to him or market to her?

I want to solve both their dilemnas.  You can have you soft, elegant photographs and also have your classic, masculine photographs.  I won’t be changing my entire branding scheme (I am forever tempted to change my logo), but I do want to include more photographs for the dudes.  It is your wedding, too.  Right?


Also, the brides-to-be adore the men who proposed to them!  Otherwise, you can be sure, that they would not have said yes.


My goal is to get to know you.  You and your fiance… to  showcase your personalities, and your lives, and your joy.  So that you can look back at these photographs and let these memories soak in with each passing year.


I hope this post is helpful and serves as an outlet for those guys who just don’t feel like peonies and channel marketing is appealing to them.   Also, you can be a man who enjoys linen.  Vice versa, you can be a woman who likes cars and cigars.  Haters gonna hate, but if it’s part of your personality, show it off.  Our interests and quirks make us that much more endearing.



And it definitely doesn’t mean that you have to be involved.  Your lady will be much better suited to pick out linens and flowers, in most cases…  However, my hope is that you both feel involved, as much as you’d like to be, and appreciated!


We hear you men.  You’re getting married, as well.  Get your “Braveheart” on.


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