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Hey, I'm Tessa

In case you don’t know me… Hi! Welcome. I’m Tessa and I am an elopement + intimate wedding photographer. I've been based out of Asheville, NC for about 7 years now. I have grown to love these Blue Ridge Mountains and have been raising my kids on every peak we can find (:

I love adventure and traveling around the world. I know. What a cliche thing to say. But really… I love adventures. I love finding a new town, a new mountain range and exploring with my husband. (Sometimes we bring the kids along (: )

My life goal is to own a large farm and build Airbnbs. A Frames, domes, tree houses. Anything fun for families to get away and spend some time unplugged with their kiddos. We love heading out with our kids and spending time hiking, playing UNO, and killing some S'mores!

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Margo + Reid

Tessa is the most magical creative human being ever! She truly captured my engagement photoshoot and wedding beyond what I expected. The pictures not only captured us perfectly but also incorporating the background was a huge plus for us. Tessa is a normal person who makes you feel super comfortable in your own skin. Also, I love that Folk + Wayfarer is so fucking inclusive (which was huge for myself). I'm so sad to see her move, but can't wait to see all her new adventures :)

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Ari + Dennis

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Tessa! Not only is she extremely talented at what she does, but she absolutely goes above and beyond what’s expected of her. Breath mints? She’s got you. Last minute dress changes? She’s got you. Comedic relief? She’s your gal. But above all else she captured such perfect and tender moments on our big day and made me and my husband feel so comfortable in front of the camera. I flip through our wedding album every week and I’m in such awe of the beauty, and I owe that all to Tessa! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone that I know!

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Erin + Charlie

Folk + Wayfarer did an absolutely incredible job on our adventure elopement! The photos we received couldn't be more perfect. Not only that, but Tessa also helped us find the perfect location, and then helped us find another perfect location when we needed to make a change at the last minute. She also recommended our other vendors who all did a phenomenal job. We had a first class experience from the first conversation all the way to receiving the photos, while also feeling like we had friends helping us plan our elopement and hanging out with us on a mountain top. We highly recommend Folk + Wayfarer!

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Stephanie + Chance

Tessa was absolutely incredible! I had followed Folk+Wayfarer for years and knew she would be the one to capture our special day when the time came. The communication was great from the get-go, and she helped us plan out the day to make sure nothing felt rushed. Besides being an incredible photographer, she was such a calming presence during our big day and did so much behind the scenes to make sure things ran smoothly. The details, tears, laughs, and intimate moments she captured were magical (and very quickly delivered!). Thank you Tessa for being a part of our vision and gifting us photos we will treasure forever.

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Ash + Josh

Working with Tessa was the best choice we have ever made. If you like feeling comfortable in your own skin, being hyped up, and feeling like a million bucks- this is the right photographer for you. Tessa made our whole day go by as smoothly as possible. My dad has some health issues (and let's face it, my family has some issues not being the worst towards each other) and she was more than willing to be accommodating to make our day as smooth as possible. She navigated difficult relatives with ease and helped us feel in control of our day. The pictures themselves were STUNNING. Tessa captured our day honestly and beautifully. We had an alternative(ish) wedding and the moody vibe she brought was exactly what we asked for. Her online gallery was easy to use, navigate, and share with some of our wedding party. I'm shocked how quickly our pictures were given to us as well! From prompt, professional response and clear communication, working with Tessa was a dream come true for anyone planning a wedding. This is a business I am so glad I chose to work with. Hiring Folk and Wayfarer was the easiest and best choice we ever made.
They are worth every damn penny. Book them.

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Candace + Dillion

Tessa was absolutely beyond wonderful from the moment I reached out to her up to the day of our elopement. The moment I found her page and went through her photos I knew she is who I wanted as my elopement photographer. She always responded quickly to all of my emails and questions and basically helped me find all my vendors from hair, makeup, florals AND the most awesome officiant! Tessa is so much more than a photographer. This was our first time having professional photos taken, so I was a little nervous knowing how awkward I can be, but she makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera. The day of our wedding the weather wasn’t the nicest, but she hiked up a mountain and ran around with us in the rain and managed to get some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen. Tessa gave us the greatest gift of being able to relive that special day for the rest of our lives. I promise you will not find a more passionate photographer with such a down to earth and a rad personality. Do yourself and favor and book her!!

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Emma + Drew

I can’t thank Tessa enough for being our wedding photographer. From the beginning she had a very calm, relaxed presence which made her incredibly easy to work with. She took our engagement and wedding photos. She makes you feel comfortable and confident while also being willing to accommodate any last minute and/or unexpected changes. In all honesty, on the day of the wedding she felt more like a photographer and coordinator in one. Plus, doing sneak peaks of both our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures is practically unheard of. We felt so fortunate to have such a kind, talented, and all around great person to have as our photographer. I would recommend Tessa to anyone! 10/10.

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Emery + Lauren

Tessa,
Even before we met you, we knew we loved your work-it was emotional, stunning, quiet, loud and beautiful in all of the best ways possible. What we didn't realize yet was how equally remarkable it would be to work with you as a person. you are funny, strong, thoutfll, giving, dedicated, and endlessly supportive. Every time we talked or interacted I felt secure and comforted. Working with you was a PRIVILEGE and it truly meant the world to both of us. your friends and clients <3

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V + A

You can stop looking because you have already found THE BEST elopement photographer right here. I had silently crept on her photos from other weddings and elopements and fell in love with her style. The best part was getting to talk with her and plan the event. She was overjoyed to get up crazy early and climb a mountain in the dark so we could get married at sunrise. Tessa made the experience better than we could have asked for in more ways than one. Her love of love is evident and is portrayed in how she works with her clients and the passion behind her work. She made my husband comfortable while taking the pictures and the way she made us laugh and live in the moment is easily seen in the images she took. I love how you can see pure love and joy in our faces that hang on the walls of our home now. I can honestly say that Tessa will be our forever photographer and I can't wait to cover more of my walls with more picture she captures for us. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for making our elopement more enjoyable and memorable than we ever thought possible♡

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