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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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Elinor & Shaddi met during high school in Knoxville, TN and have been together ever since. They held their wedding at the Knoxville Botanical Garden but wanted their engagement photos at home in California. We got the best of both worlds and had a major adventure in California starting at sunrise.

We started at a Palace of the Fine Arts and from there explored gardens, beautiful coast line, views of the Golden Gate Bridge, warehouses on the Bay, the Sutro Baths, a museum campus, cablecars, Chinatown and a final stop at Boba Guys for coconut green bubble tea with Oat milk, YUM. I’d kill to have one now. I can’t wait to share their wedding photos on the blog soon!

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The couple: Meet Nadine & Donatello. This very special couple live in downtown Knoxville and wanted to celebrate their marriage by hosting a vow renewal celebration at the Knoxville Museum of Art before moving to a new city. Their priority was bringing friends and family members from all over the world together. Party attendees traveled from Dubai, Toronto, Michigan, Maryland, New York, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

The details: Nadine put so much thought into every detail, working with Marvyl from Team Wedding to make everything picture perfect. Some of my favorite details of the day include: vibrant neon pink and yellow flowers mixed with a pastel wedding palette, crispy chickpea panelle with octopus, sumac, parsley and pine nuts crostini, Nadine’s art deco dress from BHLDN, the colors of the Fall leaves seen through the museum windows, chocolate and vanilla cakes from Magpies Bakery and the local bean to bar chocolate and cardamom chocolate bars from Unrefined Chocolate as favors.

The ceremony: After a first look in the sculpture garden at Market Square, Nadine & Donatello had portraits made in the historic building where they live and around downtown Knoxville. Afterwards they held a ceremony with a floral and greenery hoop from Melissa Timm Designs underneath the Richard Jolley glass installations in the museum. A live Americana Bluegrass band, Kyle Campbell and the Bearded, marched the wedding party into the ceremony space.

The food and drinks: They incorporated their Lebanese and Italian heritage in the cuisine. The Chef was Matt Gallaher from Blackberry Farm with service by Billy Johnson. Following the Italian tradition, Donatello changed into different suits between courses. They served traditional Italian cocktails including Aperol spritz.

The dance floor: Nadine & Donatello danced an Argentine tango as their first dance then invited guests from their tango class to join them with the help of DJ Nick Harris. I had a great time watching and documenting the dancing and celebrating and so enjoyed this wedding day from start to finish! Enjoy the images. Thank you so vey much for having me Nadine & Donatello!

The wedding pros: With White Table, All Occasions Party Rentals, Southern Belle Beauty and the Valet Guys.



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Taylor & Skylar wanted an intimate wedding with family in the Smokies and a hometown after party. They planned a weekend long party at a mountain cabin with an unbelievable view. This military themed wedding was one of the most emotional I’ve documented and focused on the blending of their families and Taylor becoming a Mom to Skylar’s children. Joseph, Skylar’s medic in the military did an amazing job officiating. We ended the day with portraits in the Smoky Mountains National Park and a casual celebration at the cabin. This couple and their families were so kind and welcoming. Thank you for having me Taylor & Skylar!

Hair and Makeup by Bangs and Blush 

Catering by Bennett’s BBQ


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You may remember Mollie & Maureen’s destination engagement session in Nashville. After spending time together and building a friendship, I knew their wedding day would be special and unique. The theme for the day was Queer Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can see their wedding featured in the upcoming issue of Washingtonian magazine.

Mollie & Maureen planned an incredible day at Glen Echo Park, an abandoned amusement park turned National Park in the Washington, D.C. area with Lula Mae Events. A few of the day’s highlights and fun facts:

Some of my all time favorite first look moments, RBG dissent collar cufflinks, a ceremony officiated by Shumway Marshall who worked with Maureen and the Human Rights Campaign to help bring marriage equality nationwide, the charming neon signs at Glen Echo Park, protea used in the floral arrangements as a nod to South Africa, their first travel destination, carousel rides, a reception in the old bumper car pavilion, drag queen and MC Ba’Naka at the reception (yaaaassssssss) and a walk off (Leah faints), ice cream bar and ice cream sandwich wedding cake and an epic dance party from Jacq Jill. Most of all lots of love and happiness.

I love these brides. Enjoy lots of favorite images from the day below. More incredible wedding pros who made this day possible listed at the end of this post. Congratulations Mollie & Maureen!

Hair and Makeup- Alison Harper and Co.

Videography- Toy Box Studios

Catering- Rouge Catering

Floral- Butterbee Farm

Mollie’s bridal jumpsuit- Galia Lahav

Maureen’s dress- Vera Wang



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