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Stacy’s Bridal Session

This evening was so. much. fun!!!  Isn’t she just lovely?!!  AND it’s in a sunflower field!!!  Whaaaat?!  It is always my pleasure to photograph Stacy.  She is a beautiful person inside and out.  I love it when brides become friends and my “job” really isn’t my “job” anymore.  These moments were so special to me!  The backdrop was provided by Cleek Farms and what a beautiful backdrop it was…  A field of sunflowers, tree lined skies, and green for miles.  I hope this session brings some sunshine to your day. 🙂

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Stacy & Jake’s Cleek Farm Wedding

I will never forget meeting Stacy and Jake for some coffee and chats.  They both have such charisma for life and for each other… You will never meet people more kind and you will also never laugh harder in your life.  I have no doubt that they will accomplish great things in their life together… I can’t wait to see what God has planned for them.  I love these two people.  This wedding was styled with a classic color palette of black and tan, but also had gorgeous pops of colors with the floral accents.  I loved all the special little touches, but my absolute favorite was the bride’s jewelry.  Stacy couldn’t have looked any more beautiful.  Her dress was just breath-taking with layers of chiffon and a lace bodice.  Stacy and her mom, Janet, have such beautiful style and I knew from the beginning that this wedding would be so beautiful, but fun at the same time.  I was right!  A casual, but elegant evening soiree… on a perfectly beautiful warm day… complete with crescent moon.

Stacy and Jake,  thank you so much for allowing me to experience these moments with you.  Love you!

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Aarika & Josiah’s Disney Done Right Wedding at Storybrook

Aarika and Josiah are so much fun… Just look at this wedding!  Complete with tables inspired by almost every Disney princess, this was every Disney-lovers dream.  Working with Storybrook Staff (AH-mazing folks, might I add), they were able to create a fairy-tale with total unique-ness.  I love it when weddings represent the couple and things that they love.  That’s what your day should be about, right?!  Take a look and see if you can name the Disney movie… I scored 100%.  My husband and I went to Disney on our honeymoon and it was amazing.  Aarika looked stunning in her beaded lace Maggie Soterro Dress from White Lace and Promises.  I loved her Elsa braid most of all!  Her blush florals were created by Laura Michels at Rainbow’s End (with a little hidden Mickey of course!).  Their ceremony was so heartfelt with tons of tears and laughs and the ceremony was performed by Josiah’s father.  I think all brides and grooms should write their own vows- It’s so romantic.  Following the ceremony, dinner was served by The Black Olive and I also really loved their delicious buttercream cake from Petite Sweets and the Star Wars Grooms Cake, which I hated for them to cut.  Their reception was full of laughs and dancing and of course had to include a light saber battle.

Aarika & Josiah, You are special people- full of love and laughter.  You were such a fun and loving couple to work with and I am so glad that you chose me to stand along side you and be in these moments with you.  I pray that God blesses your marriage… Keep laughing and loving!  Love you guys! <3

Venue:  Storybrook Bed and Breakfast // Florals:  Laura Michels at Rainbow’s End // Dress: White Lace and Promises // Hair and Makeup:  Rachel Keller, Erica Todd, and Courtney Leonard // Caterer: The Black Olive // Cake: Petite Sweets //

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Bethany & Blaine’s Intimate Summer Soiree

I have to admit… I have a warm heart for small, intimate weddings.  This couple from Knoxville planned a perfect summer evening for their closest friends and family.  Storybrook provided the perfect backdrop to a ceremony lead by the owner, John Vogt.  The ceremony was so heart felt and I loved that the bride carried a handkerchief around her bouquet to brush tears away when needed.  Their dinner held in a small patio surrounded by lush greenery, twinkling garden lights, and a gorgeous stone fountain.  It made for a perfect summer soiree with white wine and pasta dishes provided by The Black Olive.   Following dinner, the couple cut their beautiful chocolate naked cake adorned with flowers.  Following sunset, friends and family met around a fire to roast marshmallows and enjoy the evening air.

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Paige & Bryan’s Mountain Engagement Session

This session just has my heart!  I love to photograph people in love.  Love makes you radiant and beautiful (and a ton of fun to photograph)!  Paige and Bryan are beautiful people…  I had such a fun evening getting to know them and playing with that little fur-baby, Marie.  Isn’t she just adorable?!!  I wanted to take her home so bad!!  They are planning a gorgeous wedding at the Carnegie in March and I can’t wait!  Since the weather was not ideal, we plan to meet back up in a couple of months to get some sunny light filled images, but until then, I couldn’t wait to share these… just couldn’t wait!!!

I’m so excited to share this today because this was one of the most lovely sunsets I’ve ever seen on Roan Mountain paired with a beautiful couple… I mean, look at these two!  Roan Mountain is not without it’s challenges though.  We planned to meet early, but traffic was not our friend and delayed us to the point of only having around an hour to shoot, but wow, did we get some images or what?!!  Also, directly  after the sunset, fog started moving in fast and as you can probably guess film and moisture don’t really mix, so we had to end our session a little early.  I have to admit though, even with challenges such as these, this was one of my very favorite engagement sessions to date.  It’s so much fun to get to shoot in a slightly different way than normal… I shot Portra 400 film on this session and stopped down lower than usual to get the needed light.  It created such moody, romantic tones… I’m in love!

 

 

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