I’ve gotten to know Ashley & Brook pretty well in the months coming up to their Mast Farm inn Wedding in Banner Elk, NC. Having shot their engagement session and Ashley’s bridal portrait at the Reynolda Gardens, it was a real pleasure to drive go back to the Asheville, NC area and capture their gorgeous wedding. When I first arrived, I was greeted by them, their parents and relatives like I was family. I can honestly say it was the warmest welcome I have had in recent memory and just so fitting to what would be a great weekend of ceremony and celebration!
The Mast Farm Inn is a truly gorgeous bed & breakfast with a beautiful tented reception area just across the street. Being nestled in the mountains of NC, the scenery is, of course, breathtaking and the Mast Farm fits right in with their own gardens, horse, donkey, rabbits and beehives. Their wedding area is an open field, beside the Inn, with a rustic cabin and pond right behind the bride & groom. Writing about it simply can;t do it justice, so make sure to view all the photos below.
I covered every aspect of their wedding celebration, including the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, after-party, wedding ceremony, reception and even a day after session. In other words, a ton of great photo opportunities with a really great couple. After hanging out with everyone for the rehearsal and dinner (of course I was taking photos), we headed out to the The Game Keeper in Boone. This place had special significance to Ashley & Brook so it was kind of cool to hang out with them, their family and friends and get to hear their stories and see the friendships.
Saturday turned out to be GORGEOUS! You realy could not have asked for nicer weather. Sunny, 70 degrees with a light breeze. The ceremony and wedding reception were both held at the Mast Farm Inn. Brook and Ashley were getting ready in different cabins that were just across the street from each other, so getting to capture both of them was pretty easy, except for the rather large elevation difference. 🙂 The outdoor wedding ceremony had a perfect setting with mason jars candles lining the walkway to the ceremony area and the rustic feel of wood cabins all around.
After the ceremony, formal photos and wedding day portraits, we all walked across the street to the tent for the reception. Ashley had worked with Danielle, the Mast Farm Inn coordinator/chef/manager, to hang pink & white Japanese lanterns on the roof of the tent which really transformed the space nicely and was a beautiful contrast with the farm landscape. The reception really was one for the record books. We had donkey riding, a cake cutting interloper, and a group of close friends who really helped celebrate Brook & Ashley’s wedding.
The next day, we headed out to do a day after session at the Mast General Store. The store is a local tourist attraction and has everything from bolts to fishing rods to fresh honey. The creaky wooden floors and back porch music of the store really added to the ambiance of the location. With wide open fields, crumbling barns and old, rusty signs, (I know i’m saying this alot) it just really brought the charm and atmosphere of the entire wedding weekend into a last great photo shoot for the happy couple.
I’d like to my very sincere congratulations to both Ashley & Brook. Thank you so much for having me at your wedding and allowing me into you and your families lives to capture your wedding! As always, here are quite a few photos from Brook & Ashley’s Mast Farm Inn wedding weekend!