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Ritchie Hill is the perfect venue for this fall wedding! Taylor & Brett met at Appalachian State and started off as friends. After hanging out all the time, the rest was history! They picked Ritchie Hill for their wedding for their big family in Charlotte. “They have great accommodations for our grandparents who can’t walk upstairs,” Taylor and Brett said. The biggest goal for them was to have all their family and friends party the night away! Split Second Sound brought the kickass party and Joy’s Catering had some delicious food and drinks. All the small details were done by Becky Pierce with Hillside Florist! The day wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without her.

Angie & Adam met in college at ECU and live in Charlotte. They wanted their wedding to be a good party, and for all their guests to be happy! Their bridal party was READY to party! The two of them loved everything dark & moody just like I do. The Cadillac Service Garage caught their eye right away with the black and while tile in the front lobby. This venue is a hidden gem for Greensboro, or even all of North Carolina! The exposed brick, the loft for cocktail hour, right in downtown Greensboro, and an outdoor patio for photos.

Jennifer and David drove 13 hours to get married at Hawkesdene in the Nantahala National Forest. Hawkesdene was BEYOND beautiful for their June mountain wedding. This little venue is tucked away in the North Carolina mountains and has an amazing view that doesn’t require a hike, but a ride on the properties ATV! One of the biggest benefits to this wedding is that the majority of your friends and family can stay right on the property! No DD needed. As for Jennifer and David, their Friday nights are mainly spent at home or with friends and a good drink! The most important part of their wedding was to be surrounded by their friends and family.

Jackie and Britt got married on their Seventh Anniversary! Not only does Jackie have an obsession with all things vintage and antique, but their wedding venue, The Asheville Masonic Temple was built in 1915.

“We met one fateful Tuesday evening at a dive bar in downtown Asheville where I attempted to appear callous and uninterested while he dove into a failed magic trick and nervously name-dropped his band. He was the most ridiculous, brazen, yet hilariously resilient guy I had ever met and I suppose the rest was history, as the cliche goes! Britt and I are both huge fans of music and spend hours geeking out over our records or going to shows, and spend just as much time gushing over all our crazy animals.Their wedding day in Asheville was a wet, foggy, and cold February. Not only did this weather set the perfect mood, the color of the bridal party was grey and navy. How perfect?! The bridal dresses were custom made from Etsy specifically for the long, navy, velvet dresses!

2018 Is the year Aly Barnett Photography became a business and an LLC! My daytime job changed companies and people were getting fired left and right. I told myself, eh! That’s okay! I can always shoot weddings full time. Little did I know, that is what happend.

This was the year I started working with The Remnate Collective, joined the Anchor and Veil fam, shot as an associate for even more photographers, YET shot 10 of my own weddings. With a total of 26! I didn’t count that till yesterday. 26 GUYS! That is a lot. No wonder my hard drive has zero space. I also rebranded myself, a new website, more advertising and gear!

For 2019, my word is FOCUS. I am decided to take more time for my business than working a 9 – 5 job everyday! Well, try. Haha! I still love that job but everyday is way too much. I already have 10 weddings booked for 2019 and still getting more! 2018 had so much growth. I couldn’t have done any of this without all my photographer friends, the awesome facebook groups, and of course, Sam and Sophie.


Liz and Luke decided on Ritchie Hill after seeing the AMAZING front porch and original doors. There is no venue like this in Concord!

Okay, I might be a little late on this post… But I feel like I need to post this for me! I have grown SO MUCH this year it’s insane. I have to thank these photographers below for helping me grow! <3 

Tessa (Folk and Wayfarer) & Vera Gayazov

OH MY GOSH THE TWO OF YOU!! I probably would still be shooting bright and airy without y’all. Haha! You two have helped me create my portfolio with your amazing couples and pushing me to get the creative, and atypical shots. This was a big learning curve for me and thank you for being so down to earth with me! <3

Fox & Owl Studio

Shannon and Andrew, just your meet-ups have been amazing! Your one advice of doing styled shoots have been AMAZING! That has pushed me so far with my work it’s incredible! Please keep teaching!!

Cheers to 2017!

I cannot get over these images y’all! This styled shoot was planned by myself and believe me,  I have no idea how I pulled this all off! Of course, there were bumps along the way. But we did it!! These vendors were the absolute best and amazing to work with. Look at all the details! Check below for everyone’s website and Instagram. I cannot thank these ladies enough! My favorite part was finishing up the delicious wedding cake AND finishing that bottle of prosecco.  I mean we are there to do work, but everything is so much better with a little bit of alcohol and sweet treats! As I am still running around like a chicken with my head cut off, this entire shoot was worth the planning! I cannot wait for our next location.

If you don’t already know, Sam spent his summers going to England every summer. So much of his family is over there! When Sam invited me to go with him to Emily and Matt’s wedding, of course, I said I would go! We booked our ticket in the spring for us to go in July. We sat at the computer for 3 hours till we booked it! We booked it specifically to have a layover in Boston and Dublin to rest and explore. We arrived in Manchester and I was jet lagged as hell. When we got to Sam’s Grandad’s farm for 5 hours. Yes, a 5-hour nap! I was still jet lagged. It was wonderful seeing the farm and then heading to stay with Jodie and Dwayne in Liverpool. Next was London, then took a train down to Tunbridge Wells. I have to admit, I enjoyed the countryside a little more than the city! 

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