Mountaintop Moment

Jan 25, 2020

Jewel tones and gold accents paired with bohemian inspiration created the setting for this mountaintop styled shoot at The Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina

At North Carolina’s French and Spanish inspired outdoor venue, gorgeous mountain ranges and rustic elegance provided a whimsical backdrop for this styled shoot. This fairy tale chateau and lush grounds exuded European charm and set the mood for this couple’s beautiful faux elopement.

“This awesome styled shoot was full of love, freezing temperatures, gorgeous florals, and tons of cuteness including two adorable alpacas fit with floral neck garland,” said the photographer of Corey Johnson Studios. “The group of vendors was incredible and I was so thrilled to be a part.”

The cold winter wind blowing through the trees didn’t keep the bride from wearing not one but two stunning wedding looks. For her first, she wore a sleeveless, lace-covered cream gown with a form-fitting silhouette, paired with a boho-chic leather fringe jacket to combat the chill.

Her second look was a delicate, flowy lace dress with sheer flutter sleeves, ruffle details in the back and a plunging neckline. Her hair was twisted back into a half-up, half down style and she wore a bold lip for an effortlessly cool finishing touch.

The groom was fit in classic gray tuxedo pants, a crisp white button down, a burgundy bow tie and black suspenders. His long locks were pulled back into a bun and he sported an awesome floral pocket spray that tied in all the gorgeous colors.

All the florals in the spray effortlessly complemented the bride’s bouquet, full of lush greenery, feathered pampas grass, peach garden roses, ivory roses, assorted pink blooms and fluffy cotton stems, tied together with blush and peach linen ribbons.

“The flowers were the brainchild of a wonderful florist,” the photographer said. “She so delicately incorporated gorgeous roses with sprigs of greenery sprinkled with cotton and pampas grass. From the table florals and arbor sprays to the stunning bouquet, she placed her floral art all throughout the shoot.”

While the couple stood under a handmade wooden teepee arbor adorned with white pampas grass and rose-colored florals, the Blue Ridge mountains created the most picturesque, breathtaking backdrop. A cream macrame work of art hung from the arbor and beneath their feet, there was a patchwork rug in shades of rose, peach and canary yellow.

Paired with the scenic views, the natural light allowed for each shot to be airy and bright—making each moment captured appear as if it were straight out of a Disney movie. In front of the chateau’s castle-style doors, a dining table arrangement for two was set on a berry-colored velvet tablecloth. With the help of Tri-County Rentals, every detail picked to fit the color palette and theme to perfection.

For the romantic tablescape, colors of deep burgundy, burnt orange, amber, gold and ivory were woven throughout. There were hyacinth chargers, dark plates and flatware, amber chalices and gold plated candlesticks. In front of the table, there was a geometric accent table showcasing a statement floral arrangement.

On the dessert table, draped in an emerald linen and topped with geometric gold candle holders, a variety of mouthwatering treats were on display. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, an assortment of fruit and chocolate-filled pies created a colorful showcase, surrounded by single-stem blooms.

As the bride posed in a cream-colored fedora, perched on a rattan, grand peacock chair, some furry friends joined her for the shot. Two fluffy alpacas, one white and one brown, approached her wearing floral garlands intertwined with greenery. It was a memorable moment that only happens in the storybook tales.

“I don’t think many elopements have alpacas, nevertheless two of them,” said the photographer. “Rosa and Lizzy were a fun part of the shoot and I couldn’t get over their cuteness wearing their floral garlands.”

With the mountaintop inspiration came true winter weather, but the entire team, as well as the couple made the most of it and knew that the location would make for the most incredible pictures and memories.

“There were intermittent snow flurries before the shoot and I think everyone was about frozen to death, but the couple, Maddie & Alexander, were troopers!” said the photographer. “Hand-warmers were being passed around the whole time to help get everyone through the bitter temperatures, but with all that being said ,I think it was totally and completely worth every minute!”

As the shoot wrapped up, the couple bundled up and clinked glasses to a magical day with each other, a fabulous creative team and some adorable furry friends. 

Looking for a photographer to capture your special day? Check out Corey Johnson Studios HERE!

Creative Team

Corey Johnson Studios

Rentals & Decor
Tri-County Rentals

Angela Kim Couture
Mitchell's Tuxedo

Amy's Bakery

Blush Asheville

Your Special Day

Kate Furman Jewelry

Ritzy & Rey

The Ridge Asheville

Last Penny Farm Alpacas

Back to Weddings