The Land of Oz – Beech Mountain Wedding Photographers

bride standing on the yellow brick road at the land of oz in beech mountain nc

Sometimes, as wedding or portrait photographers, it is difficult to get out with your camera and just shoot for yourself… for fun.  But it’s so important to do just that!  When the weather turns beautiful, we all become so super busy that we can barely find time to even have a date night once a month, much less take our cameras out once again to photograph something we love or an idea we have or just anything.  And even if we do, finding the time to edit the images or even look at them when we get home is another issue altogether.  I’ve had folders and folders of personal images backed up from 2008 that I just yesterday forced myself to sift through and send an order off to the printer.  Check and check, mark that off my to do list!

bride and groom at land of oz in beech mountain nc and megan brusca design wedding menus

I always thought it would be fun to put together a concept style wedding day shoot on the yellow brick road at The Land of Oz on the top of Beech Mountain.  The remains of the old theme park that operated in the 70s has always been so intriguing to me.  It’s in the most random of places, and the fact that the yellow brick road is still there on the very top of the mountain, hidden in the woods, just makes me smile.  The thought of a quirky wedding reception just sounded too fun!  I’m no event stylist, but I had this idea in my head and once I set up the plan to put it together, there was no turning back!  Thanks for all the vendors who put their trust in me and my idea and helped it come to life! And thank you Cindy at The Land of Oz for opening up the park for me before spring so that I could work with the bare winter trees! You’re the best!!!

beech mountain nc wedding photographers picture of bride and groom on yellow brick road

I spent many many hours brainstorming and shopping online and at thrift and antique shops to get all the perfect props.  The weather was amazing and the whole vision turned out even better than I had expected.  I am so excited about these images.  Now I can’t wait until my next idea strikes:)

bride and groom on yellow brick road in beech mountain nc

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wedding reception at the land of oz on the yellow brick road in beech mountain nc

fun colorful wedding reception tablescape at the yellow brick road at the land of oz beech mountain nc

Thanks to Megan Brusca of Megan Brusca Design for the amazing menus, invites, escort cards, etc… your work always blows me away! It couldn’t have been more perfect for the vision! Check her out right now!
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Such great models! Thanks so much for driving up for the day, you were both awesome!
bride and groom at beech mountain land of oz

Many many many thanks to the fabulous Sheri at Bless Your Heart in Blowing Rock, NC for working so hard to make sure there were flowers for the shoot and with less than an hour to pull it off because of crazy disappearing emails! And not just any flowers, but drop dead gorgeous bouquets AND a centerpiece AND boutineers. I seriously don’t know how you do it! You’re just the best I’ve ever met… truly a natural!
bride holding bouquet of purple anemones and wearing an antique skeleton key necklace on the yellow brick road at land of oz in beech mountain nc

beautiful ranuculus bouquet from bless your heart florist in blowing rock nc

Thanks to Maria at Anjolique Bridal for finding the most perfect whimsically quirky dress and loaning it for the session. It really helped tie the theme together… just perfect!
bride and groom walking down the yellow brick road in beech mountain nc

Heather Boswell, The Cake Shoppe…, made a, more amazing than words can describe, cake adorned with oversized butterflies for the shoot. I feel so lucky to know such talented wedding vendors in the state! And to top it off… Heather is a retired model so she is actually the one wearing the wedding dress!
butterfly wedding cake by heather boswell the cake shoppe... beech mountain nc charlotte nc

heather boswell the cake shoppe butterfly cake in beech mountain nc

weird trees along the yellow brick road at the land of oz in beech mountain

cool yellow shoes boots for the groom on the wedding day in beech mountain nc at the land of oz

the brides wedding ring on the grooms pinkie finger

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Stay tuned to see more images from the shoot over the next couple of months. Tanya and I are working on putting features together of each of the participating vendors for our NC Wedding Underground blog. Check it out as well!


Venue – Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, NC
Models – Heather Boswell & Gil Gatch
Dress – Anjolique Bridal, Birkdale Village
Florist – Bless Your Heart, Blowing Rock, NC
Papetier – Megan Brusca Design, Lake Norman, NC & St. Louis, MO
Cake – Heather Boswell, The Cake Shoppe…, Charlotte, NC
Set Up Assistants – Dawn Roof & Laura Manzare

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  • Heather - Crystal! These photos are absolutely amazing! Your entire vision for this shoot couldn’t have been more perfect! The cake looks gorgeous; everything is breathaking… Thanks so much for letting me create something new and for asking Gil and i to get to be a part of all of it. It was such an enchanting place to get to see and play at all day! We had fun! Not to mention coyote kitchen! :) you’re incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Roof - Crystal, you out did yourself! Everything turned out SO great! There are a bunch of images that you got that I just didn’t even think of taking. They all look phenomenal! Super great job lady! Thanks for taking me along, and I’m glad I could help you set up and make it all happen that day! Now I need to kick myself in the rear to edit the ones I snapped!!

    Dawn :)ReplyCancel

  • crystalgenes - Thanks again Heather and Dawn!ReplyCancel

  • Aften Owens - Crystal-
    These are great! I had no idea this theme park existed! I want to go visit sometime :) It looks so beautiful. You did a great job and you are SO talented!


  • Laura - WOW Crystal!! You did an amazing job, what a fun shoot!! All the details came together perfectly, simply fabulous!! :)ReplyCancel

  • brandi. - i love this! very creative. this offbeat shoot is a breath of fresh air compared to traditional wedding shoots. well done.ReplyCancel

  • Dyan B - Wow, Heather and Gil.. how awesome you both look. I mean entirely breathtaking! Girl you are probably one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Becca W. - Crystal, you have such amazing talent. You should be working for a high fashion magazine. These are amazing, whimsical and fun!ReplyCancel

  • crystalgenes - Thanks for all the comments and support guys!ReplyCancel

  • Tola - this is gorgeous!!! who would of thunk it!!!you have great framing skills and your photos get better each time!i need to get up there. lets plan a mountain trip this summer!ReplyCancel

    • crystalgenes - i’d love a mountain trip! but mostly because my favorite restaurant in the world is up there and i’m always in the mood for that!ReplyCancel

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