Posted on October 20, 2017
Travis and Ashley were married at the gorgeous Smithmore Castle in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Their families stayed the night in the castle and then had the whole morning to get ready for their 3:30 pm ceremony. Travis’s daughter and Ashley’s sisters were the bridesmaids and his childhood friends and her nephew were the groomsmen. Ashley’s mom DIY’d most of the wedding, even though she lives in Arizona. She flew in several times this past year to make sure everything was perfect for her middle daughter’s big day. She made all the jewelry and made both of the cakes. She deserved to be pampered that morning. Here’s wishing you two many years of joy and happiness together!!
Posted on December 23, 2015
Kelsey & Corbin were married for time and all eternity in the Washington DC temple. Kelsey grew up here in Kingsport and Corbin is from South Dakota. They met while at school in Idaho and knew almost right away that they were meant for each other! She just gushed about him while describing him to me. Both of their families traveled a really long way to get to the temple, which can make things a little hectic. For example, on the way to the temple, ALL the paperwork got locked in the truck of the car. Which I was actually thankful for because I thought I killed her. I had been texting her and she said she was on her way, and then I just saw those three little dots and nothing else.
For several minutes.
Had she been texting me while driving?!? Thankfully, no. Corbin came and filled me in on what had happened and I was able to breathe again. Everything was delayed for quite some time, which made the ceremony much more joyful when it was finally able to be performed. It was a beautiful ceremony (during which photography is not permitted) and I was so glad to be a part of it! Kelsey’s brothers were unable to attend, so they were able to facetime just after they came out of the temple. Yellow has been Kelsey’s favorite color for as long as I have known her. It made for such beautiful wedding colors and looked amazing on her bridesmaids. We had expected rain on their wedding day, but it ended up being beautifully sunny and we got some great portraits. They were so romantic and so easy to photograph.
We then opted to take a quick trip to downtown DC and I am SOOO glad they were up for it. Aren’t these photos amazing? There was just ONE tree left along the Potomac that still had cherry blossoms. Kelsey and Corbin were treated almost like celebrities as everyone they passed smiled, waved, and told them congratulations.
The next evening, they celebrated the first of three wedding receptions at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market. It was a HUGE space and Dandelion Wedding Company did an amazing job transforming it into a beautiful space for a reception. They had all sorts of darling quotes around and the floral arrangements were so whimsical and fun.
Congratulations Kelsey and Corbin! Your wedding was so fun! Thank you for letting me photograph it!
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 September 25, 2015
Nearly two years ago, one of my clients bought a newborn session for his sister in Knoxville. She has since become my self-proclaimed groupie and one of my greatest supporters. She has hired me to do extended family photos and has referred me to many people. This is her niece and her new husband! They were married in the LDS Nashville temple the morning of the big day (they got up at 5 am in order to do that). Guess who they saw as they were leaving the temple? David Archuleta from American Idol. He told them congratulations. Because photography is not allowed inside the building, they hired me just for a reception and ring ceremony later that day in Knoxville at Hunter Valley Farms. Exchanging rings is not part of the temple ceremony, so they were able to do that in front of their family and friends after her bishop gave some really heartwarming remarks. Finding a dress that is appropriate to wear in the temple can be a real challenge. This dress looked AMAZING on her and she actually had to build an entire top with sleeves so she would be covered. I think it turned out absolutely amazing. Her aunt did her hair and makeup and it was perfect. My favorite part of the night was when her dad surprised her with a song he wrote for her about how “I’ll always be your number two man.” It was the sweetest thing I had ever heard and I found myself tearing up…which I almost never do. The bride then surprised her groom with a lip sync to “Dear future husband” which was hilarious. What I learned from this wedding was how love really is all you need. Two of her bridesmaids had flights that were cancelled and were not able to make it and the bride ended up losing her voice. But their love shone through and it was a beautiful day!
Thank you, Maddy and Mack, for letting me photograph your wedding! Here’s to many happy years together!
Posted on November 19, 2014
Ben and Beth had a gorgeous backyard wedding in Fair acres here in Kingsport. His grandparents were gracious enough to host the wedding at their home, which was extra special because several family weddings were held in the same spot. This ceremony came together beautifully as the bride’s mother had some amazing connections. Some of her best friends just happen to be in the marriage business! The dress was from La Londe bridal, the catering was done by Beth’s best friend’s family, and the wedding planner was dandelion wedding company (another longtime friend). But it doesn’t stop there. The officiator was ALSO a long time friend. And I just happen to have been Beth’s Sunday School teacher a LONG time ago. And my husband was her sixth grade basketball coach at Sevier. Crazy, huh? Thank you for letting me be a part of your beautiful day!
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!