About the Book
HIDDEN RIVER, JUNE 29, 2007
Nicole Swanberg and Chip Pixley were married by Rev. Jeanne Matthews Sommer late on a cloudy afternoon at Hidden River in a mown field beside the Swannanoa River with purple mountains all around. Chip Earnhardt played beautiful Bach selections on his guitar. The bride arrived in a white carriage drawn by a brown horse. Amelia Sommer spread rose petals in front of the bride. And then in the gathering dark by the glow of candles Nicole and Chip said their vows, exchanged rings, kissed and were driven away in the white wedding carriage. See the first 15 pages in PDF version here. See all of the photographs at Flickr.com (search for billybaba and look in the Hidden River Weddings collection.
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.