This wedding! I have a serious soft spot for all of the couples I have worked with this year. I absolutely loved meeting Amanda & Cameron. They were so free in front of the camera and so excited to get married after a lifetime of crossing paths. They planned a speakeasy themed wedding in Jonesborough, TN at The Millstone. Their guests dressed in clothes inspired by that era and A&C used vintage furniture from family members that have passed on and couldn’t be present at their wedding. A favorite, Team Wedding helped plan the perfect day. Amanda wore a Zac Posen dress that was unreal- see matching feather veil below. She gave Cameron a pocket watch as a wedding day gift which perfectly complimented his vintage inspired groom’s attire. The rain paused just in time for their first look and photos in the country. We had some very special and extremely rare light and clouds from the weather. The wedding party and families were so kind and the ceremony included Amanda’s Mom as the Maid of Honor. They incorporated a hand binding ritual to symbolize their connection and devotion to one another. The reception under the pavilion had Amanda’s Grandmother and Grandfather’s wedding day coat and hat on display, speakeasy themed bar and vintage Jazz band, Megan and her Goody Goodies. So in love, a perfect day. With wedding pros Main Street Catering, Embree House Wedding Cakes, DJ Express AV/Band, Southern Knot Weddings and Floral Design, Grand Rental Station, Southern Belle Beauty and local honey from Rosey Apiaries and Bee Farm as favors.
Cheryl & Ben are hiking the 50 state high points and have completed 22 so far. Clingman’s Dome was number three and Black Mountain, KY was the most recent. Maddie has hiked alongside them 19 times. I got to meet her during the wedding and she was the cutest (see pooch flower crown). They got engaged on a vacation to Zion National Park while hiking the Virgin River. They decided on a small wedding at Spence Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park- one of my all time favorite venues. The details for the day were seriously great: fox napkin rings, Megan Connors flowers, custom Coca-Colas, a pretty color palette, Otis Redding, birdseed favors, fox cake topper and eclectic place settings from Unique Setting Rentals. We spent some time exploring the forest and the historic Elkmont cottages before their ceremony by the stream.
Cheryl & Ben said some beautiful personal vows. They were full of history and story. Moms and Dads, aunts and cousins contributed to the ceremony with readings and poems, blessing the rings, signing the marriage license, lighting candles and intensely watching like they know something great is happening. I love this love story and am so happy I got to witness it. Thank you Cheryl & Ben!
Danielle & Zach started their married life by honeymooning and then moving across country to California. Before that amazing change took place they had a beautiful wedding at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville, TN. I loved being a part of their day! There were so many sweet moments with the ring bearer and flower girl while getting ready. Danielle looked even more stunning than she already is with Beauty by Blair. She wore a gorgeous dress and veil with lots of delicate sparkle from Lillian Ruth Bride with her bridesmaids in a beautiful blue. Danielle & Zach saw each other for the first time at their outdoor ceremony overlooking the water with cousin Whitney officiating. The bride, groom and wedding party spent some time on property having portraits made with me before the reception in the sun filled pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm. Wedding pros Special Notes, Swank Floral, Barger’s Beer Truck and Bradford Catering made the reception very special for D&Z. Thank you for having me and congratulations!
This elopement- a perfect day. Courtney & David wanted a wedding day that was about the two of them and their marriage in a beautiful setting. We spent the day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and had a great time wandering and taking portraits. I love taking couples around for photos during an elopement or full wedding day- it gives them a chance to spend some time together and relax. We got some great shots before their simple ceremony by a stream with a gorgeous mountain background. Courtney wore a cute short dress and carried a unique wooden bouquet (with matching boutonniere) from Rose Lily Florals they can keep forever. Her Etsy find shoes said “hello love”. Their families made them a quilt as a wedding gift and we made sure to get photographs of this very thoughtful gift. They set off for their honeymoon in Mexico right away to celebrate. I am so happy for them and glad I got to spend their wedding day with them in the mountains! Enjoy some of my favorite moments-
Megan & Erica had an amazing graffiti filled engagement session in Chicago and I have been excited about shooting and sharing their wedding ever since. I loved planning their photography, hanging out with them and knew it would be a truly special day. The wedding was held at Firehouse Chicago, a great Chicago venue for intimate weddings with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. I have been shooting there for years and it’s one of my all time favorite wedding venues in the U.S. If you are interested in the venue for your wedding, I have many weddings posted on my blog that took place at Firehouse.
Firehouse Chicago has a beautiful suite with back porch where Megan & Erica got ready and relaxed before their ceremony and reception. Megan wore a gorgeous long sleeved gown from David’s Bridal and Erica wore a custom made ivory suit with amazing vest and jacket by Cathy Marsom from Richard Bennett Custom Tailors. We went out for portraits around town with their sisters and maids of honor before their outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
I loved so many moments from this wedding- their beautiful clothing, listening to Destiny’s Child driving around for lakeside and city portraits, laughter and sweet vows during the ceremony, the “Hate Has No Home Here” signs, ginger beer during cocktail hour, the eucalyptus and deep red floral hues by Pen and Petals, the handmade details, incredible food by Brix Catering, Erica entering the reception to the Ghostbusters theme on the fireman’s pole and Megan making a grand entrance to “Shoop”, DJ Blakbird from Cage + Aquarium playing Britney’s “Work Bitch” and “All Night” by Chance the Rapper, Erica dancing to “The Thong Song” and meeting their very cool friends and family. Thank you Megan & Erica for having me! Enjoy-