Today was probably my favorite day of our “engagement” yet. The photographer we hired for our Georgia wedding lives in Kentucky, but is camping in the Mount Pisgah Forest in North Carolina this weekend. She offered to meet us closer to Charlotte for some engagement photos, but we wanted to see the mountains and decided to take the drive west. We left a couple hours after lunch and lost cell signal just as we pulled up to the base of Black Balsom Knob to meet up with Aubrey and Peter in the late afternoon.
We set out on foot near through the tree line and the light was shining through the leaves like magic. Aubrey had us stop there for some warm up shots and a quick dance session in the trees, and I knew then she was the right person to capture our wedding. Peter works at a Kentucky brewery and pulled out a couple cans of a rare craft brew he had brought on the hike, and Eric was also convinced.
We continued hiking up the hills and boulders, with Aubrey randomly slipping away to take photos without us noticing. The scenery was breathtaking and looked like something from a dream or maybe Lord of the Rings.
We made it to the flat she wanted us to get to, and we sat around for a while resting our legs and waiting for the golden hour. The sun wanted to hang in the sky though, and after a few minutes of talking I looked up and asked if we should go to the very top. Aubrey said her clients weren’t usually up for it but we wanted the best view, so we climbed our way to the very top (with Eric and I wearing dressy shoes LOL).
The sight was the singular most magical moment I have experienced since moving to North Carolina and I never wanted to leave. It’s breathtaking. We felt the temperature dropping though, so we decided to head back to the cars before night fell. Hiking up the mountain was nothing compared to getting down it, but we laughed and danced as we slipped over the rocks holding hands.
It was such a perfect day. I wish I could bottle it up and keep this feeling forever!