Canaan Valley Farms Styled Shoot

Asheville Wedding Guide: For starters, what drew you to this pretty venue, Canaan Valley Farms?

Taylor: Canaan Valley Farms is a gorgeous, sprawling property in Candler, North Carolina,  just outside of downtown. It has it all. A wonderful French country style mansion house that guests can rent for the weekend of their wedding, a tiny home for the bride and groom’s first night, multiple ceremony and reception site options, horses, a pond, privacy, and a full working kitchen. It’s a total gem. There are plans in the works for a glass chapel in the woods as well, which is the most rad thing I can possibly think of.

AWG: Wowza—a glass chapel sounds positively dreamy. On to the pies! What flavor selection do we see here?

Taylor: We had gluten-free pumpkin pie (for Belle Crouse with Wedding Belle’s NC) as well as double crust apple, whoopie pies, honey pecan, cherry, and a few others. Baked Pie Company is one of my faves, so the fact that they were on the roster was enough for me to show up at all. I could just take pictures of pie all day, no problem.

AWG: Drooling. Along with the pies being a genius idea, so is this floral gown. Spill.

Taylor: This gown was my instant favorite for this shoot because it’s unique and allows a bride to don something besides just classic white. I’m all about details and personalization in a wedding and what better way to build in flair than with your dress? If you look back at all of the stories surrounding “wedding traditions,” things get a bit strange and archaic. White dresses are timeless and elegant, but life is short so wear a funky dress if you want to. 

AWG: That horse is such a trooper. What is his name?

Taylor: Dusty. He is the perfect gentle giant, despite our tormenting him with a flower crown that he would have rather eaten. The theme was to capture the range of the property, so he fit right in. There was some wrestling to get it tied on, but that was unrelated to Dusty’s temperament.