groom hugging bride and lifting her up in grassy field with mountains in background

Ryan & Leilani | Chestnut Ridge June Wedding


June 28, 2019

Ryan and Leilani first met at an Avett Brothers concert and after a night of dancing and singing the two became inseparable. Since that day they have embarked on a lifelong adventure together - backpacking through other countries, hiking with their dogs and discovering new tastes at local wineries and breweries. 

I had the privilege of capturing a glimpse into their love story last year during their engagement photo session. We spent some time hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and then wandering through the streets of Downtown Asheville with their two pups.  And this month once again shared a piece of their love story at their wedding at Chestnut Ridge in Canton, NC. A beautiful example of living in love with your best friend... 

With Leilani's family from Hawaii, family members wore gorgeous Leis during the ceremony and the reception.  Leilani's sister performed a beautiful and emotional Hawaiian dance for the couple at their reception. Also can we just talk about about the flowers at this wedding for a second!!  I have photographed many wedding at Chestnut Ridge over the last few years, but wow, the chandelier up the staircase in the ceremony - absolutely gorgeous.

Vendor Team

Venue  | Chestnut Ridge |  @chestnutridgeevents

Wedding Planner  | Mingle Events |  @mingleevents

Catering  | ​Catering by Corey | @cateringbycorey

Cake/Sweets  | 50/Fifty the Art of Desserts  | @50fiftytheartofdessert

DJ  | Lucas London  | @djlucaslondon

Flowers  | Springvine |  @springvine

Bar Service  | Cordial & Craft  | @cordialandcraft

Hair & Makeup  | Flawless | @flawlessairbrush

Videography  | Wildwood Media  | @wildwood.media

Calligraphy | Joy Unscripted  | @joyunscripted

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Meet Kathy


I’m Kathy – wedding photographer, mom of 1 daughter & 2 doodles, and avid sunset watcher. Once you’ve gotten to know a little more about me, it’ll be my turn to get to know you as too!! When I work with a couple, we usually end up feeling more like old friends by the time your wedding day arrives – which means a more relaxed, enjoyable wedding day experience for everyone. And when it comes to photo style, you’ll find your photos are vibrant and classic, in true-to-life color and timeless black and white. It’s my honor to serve joyful, authentic couples who want their wedding photos to be as timeless as their vows.

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