Emily Dawn

Makeup + Hair

Caroline + Will's Black Balsam Engagement

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I would love to share with you some stunning previews from an engagement session I had the pleasure of styling a couple of weeks ago with TWO amazing photographers... one of whom happened to be the bride-to-be! I have to say, as an Asheville makeup artist, I am so thrilled about the beautiful landscape that I get to send my clients off into – Black Balsam being a favorite!

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I "met" Caroline (of 704 Photography) a few months back over Instagram when she reached out to me about her upcoming engagement photo session and fall elopement. After our conversation, I went to stalk her page to try and get a sense of her style, but what I found was such beautiful body of work, and I was hooked! What can I say? I just have a thing for insanely talented people!

When I finally met Caroline IRL on the day of her engagement session, it was like we had known each other forever! She is just so darling and adorable and down-to-earth... and of course I can't forget about her fiancé, Will, who was the best too! (Seriously going to steal them for double dates.) We chatted as I dolled her up and she told me all about their love story, which was straight out of a country song. Cute neighbor boy grows up and drives by her mama's window on his tractor one day lookin' fine. Mama alerts daughter that neighbor boy has turned into a neighbor man. Girl and boy fall in love, life challenges them, love prevails. Pure country music gold! 

Will was nervous about the southern heat on the day of their shoot since their first attempt at engagement photos was scheduled in the spring. While the temps would've been more mild, it was rained out. So all Sweet Caroline could do was pray for no rain and moderate heat on this day.

As they hiked up Black Balsam trail, the winds picked up, and the temperature cooled. Soon they found themselves swirling in 40 miles-per-hour winds, and 50 degree temps at the top of the knob. Their incredible photographer, Amanda Sutton, used the unusual weather to capture the most stunning and unique photos. I especially love the movement she captured in Caroline's dress. It all looks so moody and enchanted all at the same time. A statement piece indeed!

Browse the gallery below and scroll down for key makeup mentions. Let me know what you think, and if a mountaintop session is on your bucket list!

Makeup Notes:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
  • Soleil Tan de Chanel 
  • Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach
  • Mac "Cork" eyeshadow
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze
  • Kiss Blowout Lashes in Pageboy

Hair Notes:

  • T3 Whirl Convertible Iron 1.5-inch
  • GHD Classic Styler 1-inch straightening iron (alternate with T3 wand for texture + dimension)
  • Kenra #25 Hairspray
  • Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo

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