Posted on November 23, 2015
Amy first contacted me in July, just a few months before her wedding, to see if I was available for her very small wedding in October. Thankfully, I did have the day available! After asking for a little more information about her wedding, she told me that she and her fiancee really would have been happy to elope, but decided that they wanted to give their families a happy reason to get together. On their wedding day, Ryan looked at me and said, “We want today to be as RELAXED as possible.” Which was amazing to hear from a photographer’s standpoint. The plan for the evening was to get married, spend time with family, and take a few photos. In order to keep the relaxed atmosphere, they chose to have a “barbecue and University of Tennessee” theme. It fit their personalities perfectly. The bride’s Aunt made these darling cookies.
Amy and Ryan are both traveling nurses (which is how they met). They are busy with their lives right now and are currently living out of state, but really wanted to be married at this particular church. It is the church where two of her brothers were married and is near and dear to the hearts of her family members.
The bride’s grandmother gave her a special handkerchief to wrap her bouquet in and also brought flowers from her garden. It was such a perfect touch. I loved the simplicity of the details at this wedding.
Amy made such a beautiful bride. I loved seeing the relationship she has with her family and it was obvious to me why they wanted a small wedding.
The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s longtime friend who came all the way from Knoxville to marry them. She voluntarily wore her UT scarf to coordinate with the theme. Amy and Ryan clearly love each other so much. It was obvious by the look on his face when he saw his stunning bride for the first time. One of my favorite photos from the whole day was when the bride’s twin brother was saying SOMETHING to Ryan just before she walked down the aisle, and then glancing over at him a few minutes later.
After the ceremony, we proceeded to the basement, where everyone was able to enjoy each other’s company in an extremely relaxed environment. The toasts were given by the bride’s twin brother and the woman who has been her best friend since they were 5.
Because the wedding was so small, we decided to do couples portraits after the reception, which worked out amazingly well. They didn’t miss out on their party and we were able to take advantage of the amazing golden hour light.
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Thank you, Amy and Ryan, for letting me be a part of your day! Here’s to many years together, you two!
Posted on October 8, 2015
You may remember Lindsy and Austin from their awesome snowy engagement session (that you can see here). Now you get to see their awesome wedding at The Charles in Johnson City! When Lindsy first told me that she was having a Disney princess themed wedding, I’ve got to admit that I didn’t quite catch her vision. But then she showed me her pinterest board and I started being able to see what she did. Or so I thought. Nothing could have prepared me for the stunning detail that went into this amazing celebration. Just look at this RING!
For some reason, I can’t seem to get these photos in order. Computers aren’t really my thing. So here are some more of these awesome centerpieces. Any guess which movie these are from? Each table had a theme from a different movie.
Posted on October 1, 2015
If you have been following me for a while, you know that I used to teach Spanish at University School in Johnson City. One of the first weddings I photographed was for a former student of mine. You can see her photos here. When Leigh Ann and I first met, she told me that Marie AND Jessica (another former student) were going to be her bridesmaids! So fun. Leigh Ann was actually a student at University School, too. But she took French. I remember her bridesmaids talking about her a lot, actually. They would always start their sentences with, “Leigh Ann, she takes french, said…” As it turns out, her mom works there, too. So this wedding was extra fun for me as I already knew a lot of the people. When we met, Leigh Ann told me that they really wanted more candid shots than posed shots. I like to think I delivered on that.
The wedding day started out a little stressfully. It seemed as if a LOT was going wrong. We were planning to do groomsmen photos first, but the tuxedo company FORGOT to put PANTS in the bestman’s bag. You can see him on the phone with them here trying to get that all figured out. Personally, I thought it was rather humorous and made for a very memorable wedding moment.
Leigh Ann’s dress was absolutely stunning. It fit her perfectly and was so beautiful. It was really hard to button up, though, and her mom brought crochet hooks to make sure she could get it on quickly.
They chose to not see each other before the wedding. Instead, they spoke to each other briefly before the ceremony. It was pure agony for Mike and it took some convincing to get him away from her. Then her dad came up the stairs and got to see her for the first time, too. Amazing!
Leigh Ann’s uncle drove her to the end of the aisle. Just as she got in the car, there were several LOUD claps of thunder. Thankfully, it all ended quickly and everything was able to continue as planned. I LOVE the expressions on the groom’s face when he saw her. He was totally in awe.
The toasts were some of the most thoughtful I have ever heard. Leigh Ann had already been so emotional throughout the whole day, but I think everyone was touched by what her loved ones had to say about them.
They threw an amazing party and everyone had so much fun. It was so obvious to me how much they adore each other. So here is to wishing them a long and happy life together!
Posted on July 9, 2014
This fun couple rode their motorcycles all the way from Indiana for their wedding at Carden’s Bluff. The groom’s last name is Carden and he had stopped at this campsite with his girls when they were little. They brought two of their greatest friends with them and had one of the most simple ceremonies that I think I will ever photograph!