Sometimes you meet a couple that makes you fully believe in soul mates. From the minute Karey arrived at her hair and makeup trial run and began telling me about the trials of her past that brought her to Zach, I could immediately feel that they were meant to be. When Zach came in the room and I saw the way he looked at her, that thought was driven home. Karey & Zach’s story is a touching one that I wish you all could hear, and the two of them meeting for coffee and falling in love turned out to be serendipitous for Tyler and I as well.

When we arrived in the North Carolina mountains for Karey & Zach’s wedding, something made us feel at home. Tyler was having so much fun getting to know the couple and photographing their day, he seemed more at ease than I’d ever seen him. I didn’t know if it was the beautiful scenery, or the coziness that an intimate elopement can bring about. After his day of exploring the mountains with the two of them to find the perfect spots for photos, & a quiet brunch reception with the two families had come to a close, I had to ask Tyler what was different about this wedding.

He told me that when he walked into the room to photograph Zach getting ready, he realized he had been there before in a dream. Everything about it was familiar to him and in that moment he knew that not only were the two of them meant to find each other, but he and I were right where we were suppose to be, doing exactly what we were meant to do. Thank you Karey & Zach for sharing your love with us, you may not have known it but you inspired us in so many ways. 

- Jes Gay