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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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The couple: Elinor & Shaddi met during high school in Knoxville, TN and have been together since. They love birdwatching and climbing and have made San Francisco, California their home. They wanted to get married in Knoxville and chose a Fall wedding at the Botanical Garden. I loved hanging out with them for their engagement session in San Francisco earlier in the year. Definitely take a look at those photos out on the blog, such an incredible day. I always appreciate the opportunity to spend time with my couples before their wedding and hope those experiences make photography on the wedding day effortless.

The details: The floral design by Colby West Design made a huge impression on me. I absolutely fell in love with Elinor’s bouquet which featured radishes and okra. The reception tables were lined with gourds, fruits, feathers and vegetables and the chuppah with persimmons was incredibly special. The couple worked with Marvyl from Team Wedding to bring their cool wedding vision to life. The reception tables were identified with significant numbers like 865 for the Knoxville area code. The favors for guests were lavender sachets from their CSA farm box provider Eatwell Farm. Guests signed in by pinning their home and suggested travel destinations on a map. A friend created a home brew in honor of the wedding day featuring the Knoxville Sunsphere on the label. A home grown 20lb squash on the gift table, a favorite poem displayed at the reception, Elinor’s camp counselors wearing camp head scarves for the celebration- so many cool details throughout the day!

The ceremony: Elinor & Shaddi signed a nikah and ketubah in the gardens before their ceremony and have a unique marriage license as they were born in Israel and Palestine. Guests from all over the world witnessed the ceremony uniting two different lives, families, and faith backgrounds. The ceremony took place outdoors in the garden with a view of the Smoky Mountains before a huge party with dinner, dancing and cookie cake! A huge thank you and congratulations to Shaddi & Elinor. I loved being a part of this wedding day! 

The wedding pros: Team Wedding, Ogle Entertainment/Special Notes Entertainment, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rosa’s Catering, All Occasions Party Rentals, Colby West Design, Southern Sirens , Two Arrow Cinema


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The couple: Sarah & Erik are from Baton Rouge, LA. This adventurous couple who love the outdoors and hiking planned a weekend in Tennessee and a wedding at the Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove within the Smoky Mountains National Park. Friends and family members traveled to spend the weekend in the mountains at Townsend, Tennessee wedding venue and lodge Dancing Bear. You can see their Smoky Mountain waterfall engagement photos here.

The details: The couple worked with Marvyl from Team Wedding to plan a classic wedding with a coral and green color palette. Some of my favorite details of the day: Sarah’s Bella Belle beaded bridal shoes, personalized camp coffee mug favors, a floral hoop from florist Foxglove & Heather, the incredible dance floor with the help of Kimz Entertainment  including Sarah dancing to her favorite song, “Proud Mary” and Stephanie Torregrossa the live wedding painter they hired to paint a scene from their reception.

The ceremony: Getting to the ceremony in Cades Cove gave us some interesting views and lots of traffic. The Park had scheduled a controlled burn at that time and gave us an opportunity to have some beautiful smoke, clouds and filtered light for their portraits. A family member played guitar and the church was flooded with beautiful afternoon light while the guests were seated. The historic Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove was built by hand in 1827 and is such a unique place to get married in East Tennessee. With the wedding party by their sides, Sarah & Erik said their vows and celebrated with lots of passionate kisses and super excited guests in the sunshine afterwards. We set off for portraits throughout Cades Cove after the ceremony and ended up back at Dancing Bear right before sunset.

The food and drinks: Sarah & Erik created signature drinks- an Old Fashioned for Erik and a “Prancing Bear” for Sarah made with Wheatley Vodka, strawberry and sage shrub, honey bitters and ginger beer . The food included succotash, jambalaya and a classic wedding cake from Art of Cakes Bakery.

Thank you Sarah & Erik and congratulations!


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