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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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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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