We’ve been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time in North Carolina over the past couple of years, and I always love exploring new places in that beautiful southern state. Back in September, Reid and I photographed a wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains (blog post on that to come!) and then got to stick around for a few more days. We took the opportunity to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Prior to visiting the grand estate, most of my familiarity with the Biltmore had come from the Macaulay Culkin movie “Richie Rich” – yes, that terrible movie from the ’90s (the house is where the Rich family resides in the movie). As much as I loved that movie as a kid, I was glad to create my own real memories there with Reid as an adult. It was truly inspiring to see inside the biggest house in America and explore the gardens, greenhouse and grounds, which were equally stunning (and designed by the same man who designed Central Park – no wonder I loved it so much!). It’s amazing what humans can do when they set their minds to it. It reminded of this quote by Albert Einstein: “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Never give up. Don’t be afraid of achieving greatness.
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