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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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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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I absolutely just LOVE engagement sessions. I love getting to know my clients and I love for them to get to know me. It’s a time to just chill, dance, chat, and capture love. Plus, it’s perfect practice for the big day.

I had such a fun evening getting to know these two! When two people can just laugh together, it makes my job so easy! I loved being there to witness how he looks at her and how they would just automatically hold hands and look at each other. I just can’t say enough about this adorable couple… Their love is so darn infectious, you just find yourself smiling constantly. Seriously just so sweet!!!

We decided to take advantage of the gorgeous Rhododendron Gardens in bloom on Roan Mountain- an absolutely breath-taking spot. The sunset was just magical and it was perfect for young things in love.

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Oh my goodness… If I didn’t shoot mostly weddings, this would be my go-to! I loved spending my evening with this sweet family. I taught Kaley at Weaver Elementary a few years ago and now she’s graduating?!! Like, WHAT?! I know her family is so very proud of her and I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things she will do! Her boyfriend, Westyn, was in town for a few days following some of his training to be a marine, so we were able to get him in on the session too! Aren’t they adorable?! It was my pleasure to photograph such a sweet couple at such a special time in their lives!

Happy Senior Year Kaley!!! Love you!

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I absolutely ADORE backyard weddings… Especially, if it’s at the bride’s childhood farmhouse home at the end of a driveway lined with trees. I mean, it’s heaven really. It was my pleasure to photograph Angela and Cameron’s wedding. I grew up with Angie and it was so special to me to get to spend the day with her and celebrate such a sweet love story with her friends and family. Their event was full of charm, fun, and a beautiful sunset. Their guests enjoyed an intimate front yard ceremony in the shade of the trees, dancing under string lights, tacos (the best I’ve ever had… ever… I ate for two), and a take home succulent! Angela and Cameron are awesome diy-ers. Angela created the beautiful signage found throughout their wedding and the calligraphy used on their handmade invitations, while Cameron made the ladder that was on the succulent table and ALL of the candle holders found on the reception tables from old barrels. They are truly an amazing couple and I loved every touch of this laid back summer evening.

Angela & Cameron, I am just so happy for you two, I could explode. I love you guys and pray God’s every blessing on your life together. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful day!

Vendor Love:

Florist: Wanda at Flowers by Wanda in Rogersville // Hair: Lauren Salyers // Make-up: Chelsey Johnson // Dress: David’s Bridal // Jewelry: Kay Jewelers // Invitations: Handmade by the bride // Bridesmaids attire: David’s Bridal // Cake: Billie VanCleave // Caterer: Rose and Chris Roberts, Tom McNutt // Grooms attire: Macy’s

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