About the Book
On the afternoon of July 25, a hot summer afternoon, Sarah Beth Coley and Ben Plowman, were married in an open field at Hidden River, on the bank of the Swannanoa River, in Swannanoa, North Carolina. With family and friends surrounding them, they said their vows in a short ceremony, followed by photographs by the river and later by the horse pasture with mountains behind them. The happy couple was introduced with applause from the group along with a loud thunder clap from above. Festivities continued with a delicious meal and toasts from the bridal party. The couple cut the cake and danced with each other before dancing the night away with their family and friends.
I grew up in India where my parents were Presbyterian agricultural missionaries and have taught at Warren Wilson College most of my life. My photographs are of north India and Sri Lanka where I have traveled many times; of Germany, which is my wife, Kathe's, home; and of the Swannanoa Valley and Asheville, North Carolina and of students and staff at Warren Wilson College, in Swannanoa just outside Asheville. Lately I have also been photographing weddings at Hidden River Events.