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The couple: I am so happy I met Krystal & Jonathan. They planned an intimate wedding day all about their marriage and the things they love and wanted to share. This couple lives in Charlotte, NC and decided on a destination wedding at a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. They met when they were 18 years old and this was a celebration of their 10th year together. They love being in nature, hiking part of the Appalachian Trail together last year, so it made perfect sense for them to celebrate with mountain views. I got to spend the following morning with them for a family session and they later gave me a really good ramen shop recommendation for a recent trip to Charlotte. Loved that city and this couple.

The details: Krystal had a yoga session outside on the porch before she changed into a bridal jumpsuit and Jonathan wore a green suit, Krystal’s favorite color. They both have incredible style. We spent some time in the National Park for portraits before the ceremony where the forest was full of butterflies flying all around us, pretty magical. They read handwritten personal vows and incorporated a handfasting ceremony. The reception included doughnuts (necessary) and a game night planned by the couple and hosted by Krystal’s sister and brother-in-law. Committing to each other, celebrating and spending time with the people you love is what it’s all about. Thank you for having me Krystal & Jonathan!

With ceremony music by Laurel Strings, A&A Party Rentals and Absolutely Sensational Catering

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A Summer camp wedding: dream. As soon as I met with Tesha and heard about her and Hunter’s wedding plans at The Camp at Buffalo Mountain in Jonesborough, TN, I knew we were a great fit. I love this couple and their wedding vision. Some of my favorite details from the day were the first looks with Dad and Hunter in the rain with pretty transparent umbrellas, the rugs used to create an aisle for the ceremony, the natural surroundings of the mountains, beautiful edible flower petal accented wedding cake, signature drinks, farm to table catering, creating a sealed celebratory wine box for the future during the ceremony, a floral truck to surprise the guests with create-your-own bouquets, the hand drawn art depicting the camp used for display and save-the-dates, Tesha’s gorgeous ball gown, grandmother’s ring box and Hunter’s green suit.

The wedding party: this group was incredible and didn’t hesitate for a minute when Tesha & Hunter decided to shoot with me around the camp in the pouring rain. Some of my favorite shots from the day were created during a downpour. This bride and groom were so excited to get married and their wedding party was there to support and have a good time! I also loved shooting with them at the end of the night, playing in the creek after the reception. Perfect adventurous way to end a Summer camp wedding.

Wedding professionals: You can see how beautiful, whimsical and joyful the day was in these images, some of my favorites from Tesha & Hunter’s wedding. Positive Approach Weddings and Events did an excellent job helping the couple plan the weekend’s events and were great to work with. I love destination weddings where the guests get to spend time with each other for the entire weekend. With Catie Cakes, Stacie Randy DJ, Celebrate Rentals, Distinctive Wedding Ceremonies officiating, Faces by Ren, Blossom and Bloom Design florals, Orange Leaf Media videography, River Creek Farm catering, White Lace and Promises wedding gown and Charlotte’s Florals floral truck.

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Erann & Tony: This Knoxville couple are made for each other. They planned an intimate wedding in New Orleans and I am so grateful I got to be a part of their engagement session in the Smoky Mountains National Park and their wedding day.

New Orleans: After getting ready at the historic and super cool Hotel Monteleone where Erann’s grandparents celebrated their honeymoon we headed out for portraits around New Orleans. I am in awe of the Pontchartrain Hotel and their bar Jack Rose where we stopped for a few photos, the Audubon Park with its Spanish moss and the French Quarter.

The wedding: Held at Tableau oyster bar in the French Quarter, the ceremony took place in the courtyard and the reception upstairs in a beautiful light filled room with gorgeous ceiling, chandeliers and balcony. Tony is a beer expert, educator, writer and the Secretary & Education Chair for the Knoxville Area Brewers Association. They incorporated beer that had been under lock and key until their wedding day and Stone Brewing Enjoy by 4-20 beer for their 4-20 wedding date. After the courtyard ceremony with handfasting the couple had traditional Pimm’s Cup cocktails waiting for their guests. One of the best parts of the day (and a favorite to shoot) was the second line brass band parade after the ceremony. It was wonderful to see Erann, Tony and their friends and family dancing in the streets of the French Quarter with everyone joining in to celebrate with them. Erann & Tony planned an incredible menu for their wedding reception including French onion soup, blackened redfish bienville and a cake trio from Debbie Does Doberge with delicate wild flowers by Pistil & Stamen who operate a farm and create incredible wedding florals. This kind and loving couple, one of the most perfect Best Man speeches I have heard, exceptional food, super fun guests and countless moments made their wedding day so special. This was one of the most classically beautiful and perfectly intimate weddings I have witnessed. Thank you for having me Erann & Tony!

Wedding pros: Preaux Face makeup and hair styling, Mimi’s Bridal, Kinfolk Brass Band and officiant Vera Lester.

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Have you ever been through a divorce or bad break-up? Chances are you have. This couples session at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, TN ended up being a break-up session and I now officially offer them.

I’m a huge fan of this lady, wedding planner and owner of Team Wedding, Marvyl. We worked with Hair by Christi Piontkowski and Beauty by Blair for this session. Sometimes, especially after a break-up or divorce, you need to get dolled up and have fun.  I have lots of suggestions on places to shoot and this September fair is at the top of my list. I want you to feel great about yourself, start moving forward towards a better future and get some killer Tinder photos. Heartbreak? Call me.

 

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The couple: Jessie & Josh have been together for over a decade and were both in law school and planning a wedding when we first met. So many amazing life changes in a year! This super ambitious couple chose the outdoor family farm wedding venue Heartland Meadows in Knoxville, TN to celebrate their ceremony and reception. They enlisted Team Wedding to help plan the day.

The details: The couple chose a summer palette with rich purples, bright oranges and yellows. They held their ceremony under a giant oak tree and celebrated afterwards in the reception barn. They hired a magician to entertain guests and had card games including one of their favorites, Uno, to play during cocktail hour. Their wedding was playful and colorful on a beautiful hot summer day. I loved watching them dance with their friends and seeing their sweet martial arts skills (evidence below). I’m so excited for this newly married couple and all of the exciting things happening in their lives and am glad I got to document their day!

The wedding pros: Rosa’s Catering, Market Square Magic, Studio Motion Films, Knox Vegas DJs and Bangs and Blush.

 

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