Honestly, we would’ve paid them double if they had asked for it — we were THAT thrilled with our experience. We did an engagement shoot with them first, which we highly recommend. It allowed us to all get comfortable around each other and to get a sneak peek at how things would go on the actual day. And the images were totally us. Derek and Kristi let us do our thing, and then stepped in with subtle suggestions. Although we weren’t really into the idea of an engagement shoot, it turned out to be a great experience and now we have awesome non-wedding portraits! On our actual wedding day, they found that perfect balance of documenting everything without being intrusive. I don’t remember even seeing them or being distracted by them during the ceremony and reception, but they were obviously around since they got shots of everyone and everything! Kristi even stepped out beyond her photographer role to help me breathe through my pre-ceremony jitters, and I’ll be eternally thankful! They had never shot at our venue before and took the time to go visit, take pictures, and meet with the site coordinator before our wedding. After the wedding, Derek and Kristi needed to send Martha Stewart Weddings a gallery within a week so they could review for publication. This is an extreme request, but they knocked it out of the park. The magazine was so confident in Fete Photography based on their previous work their previous work that they didn’t even send their own photographers down, but instead trusted that Derek and Kristi would capture everything they would need for the spread. This was obviously successful, as they published Derek and Kristi’s work last fall. In sum, in case I didn’t make it clear enough, Fete is everything we could’ve asked for in wedding photographers and more. There honestly isn’t a thing we would’ve changed about our experience with them!
Claire + Evan / Mountain Magnolia Inn
Jessica + Jon / Biltmore Estate
I cannot say enough good things about Fete photography. My husband and I got married at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC (we are from Chicago). We met with Derek and Kristi a couple of months before our wedding and they could not have been better listeners to exactly what we envisioned for our special day. We had them shoot both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. It is hard to describe how amazing the pictures have come out…so please take a look!
Derek and Kristi are a great team and know how to capture the moment! We loved having them with us on our wedding day in Asheville, NC. I’d definitely recommend them to any couple, especially in the Asheville area! LOVE our pics!
Shae + Doc / NC Arboretum
Bobbi Jo + Joe
Joe and I both knew that we wanted a documentary-style photographer for our wedding. After looking through dozens of online portfolios of photographers in Charlotte and Asheville, which quite frankly, bored me, I was thrilled to wander onto the Fete site. I very specifically remembered the powerful emotional reaction that I had as I went through their blog and galleries. There was so much love! And not the cookie cutter love shots, but beautiful, sneaky, quiet love shots from all corners of the wedding day. I’m naturally a happy crier, and I absolutely dropped some tears by looking at other people’s photos….so I could only imagine what they could do with my own day. I have to admit, I was happily shocked that I could even afford them. I assumed that such beautiful artwork was out of our budget. Hallelujah , that was not the case. So, wedding day – they were quiet magicians. Apparently everywhere all the time. They were sweet and provided just enough direction to make sure they got the photos they knew we wanted, but then just …..captured. The online photo gallery was ready weeks sooner than we expected. And every album was more exciting than the previous. We just sat down, let the slide show run, and cried sentimental tears as we relived our beautiful day all over again. The photos are just stunning and they managed to help every single person glow in every photo. I can’t recommend them enough :)
Our wedding photos (May 2014 in Savannah) were nothing short of excellent — we’re still getting compliments on them almost three months later, which says a lot for Fete’s gift for composition and authenticity. I work with photographers every day in my job (I have a kind of a high standard) — and I thought all of our photos were just totally awesome. That’s not to mention the fact that by the ceremony, we felt like Derek and Kristi were our friends (seriously). I mean, how many people keep in touch with their photographers after the ceremony? O.K., I’ll keep it short — can’t recommend them enough. Talented, professional, thorough, friendly — all that and more. Great work, y’all. // Blog post: Jessica + Darren’s Wedding
Emily + Brad / Biltmore Estate
Derek and Kristi are amazing photographers! They were friendly, laid-back, and easy to work with. We couldn’t be happier with our photos! Every single photo is stunning. My husband and I are very happy that we chose Fete Photography to capture our special day and would highly recommend them to anyone.
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