Best of 2016

2016, you were a beast.

In 2016, I photographed Brooklyn, Asheville, the Bahamas, the Smokies, Destin, Tampa, South Carolina, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Atlanta.

In 2016, I found more of my people. The ones who want me to document their weddings wholly- to show off the quirk & the joy & the emotion & the dance moves.

In 2016, I had a photo in the New York Times.

In 2016, I photographed weddings outdoors, indoors, in barns, in churches, in warehouses, on mountains, on a beach, and in the rain. I froze my ass off. I sweated my ass off. I photographed traditional weddings; I photographed couples who bucked tradition. A few of my couples peer pressured me into 10am whiskey shots.  I ate pie. I ate cake. I ate cookies. I cried a bit. I laughed a whole lot.

This entire post is dedicated to my incredible couples. Each & every one of you! You give me the opportunity to make art. You inspire me. You trust my crazy ideas & suggestions. We come together for one day & we make magic. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Buckle up. This one is a doozy.

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Molly & Dan – Wren’s Nest Wedding Photos

Molly & Dan are makers. Molly is an incredible calligrapher & Dan is a really talented woodworker. Together they form a creative power couple that crafted a spunky, personality-filled wedding. From dancing down the aisle to cramming their faces with Local Taco, Molly & Dan made the most of their wedding day. Molly, a woman after my own heart, even had her own personal container of Daisy sour cream for her tacos. I love that the photos from this Wren’s Nest wedding move from silly to heartfelt to energetic!

I’m super pumped to share their Wren’s Nest wedding photos. Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Wren’s Nest is a secluded rustic barn venue just outside of Nashville. I adore the back-lit barn slats & the wooded property. It rained off & on all day, so the couple opted for the upstairs barn space instead of the outdoor ceremony spot. I think they made a great choice! Here are some of the other vendors who made this Wren’s Nest wedding so special: Officiant Shawn Thomas Smith, the Loving Pie Company, florals by Lauren Marie Atkinson,  hair & makeup by Leslie Ellis, Holes to Go, and the Shutter Bus. I hope you enjoy! Molly & Dan, thank you for having me document your joyful, charming wedding.

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Bluff View Art District Wedding – Shannon & Pedro

Shannon & Pedro came all the way from Huntsville, Alabama for their Bluff View Art District wedding. Their incredible Chattanooga elopement took place behind the Maclellan House & was officiated by Reverend James Ramsey. Flowers by Tami provided the beautiful florals. After their intimate ceremony, we wandered around the stunning art district for portraits. Shannon & Pedro had the perfect spring weather for their elopement. It was sunny & warm, with pops of cheerful, blooming trees.

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Every time I receive an email about elopement photography, I get so excited. Elopements are one of my absolute favorite things to photograph.  The joy, the laid-back nature, the ample portrait time! It’s perfect for my style. I hope you enjoy Shannon & Pedro’s Bluff View Art District wedding photos. And if you are eloping in Chattanooga (or anywhere!), please get in touch. 

Big shout out to Shannon & Pedro for having me along for their joyful elopement!

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Beth & Parker – Knoxville Engagement Photos

Beth & Parker are getting married next  Saturday, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share their Knoxville engagement photos! I had so much fun getting to know this couple & playing with the fantastic colored sun flares. Most of my engagement sessions are in the evening, but this early morning shoot is proof that good light happens in the AM too. It just might be harder to wake up for!

I can’t wait to see them next week at Meadhaven! Thanks for taking a look :)

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Knoxville Same Sex Friendly Wedding Vendors

It’s been a little over a year since the Supreme Court ruling made marriage equality a right for all same sex couples across the country. June 26, 2015 changed the lives of so many couples, families, and LGBTQ allies. It also changed the lives of many wedding vendors, specifically those of us that live in the Bible Belt.

I committed to happily & openly photographing same sex couples, families, and weddings many years ago.  The June 26, 2015 ruling gave me the opportunity to photograph even more same sex weddings because local couples were no longer forced to leave Tennessee to be legally wed. For many wedding vendors who had no previously worked with same sex couples, it was time to make a decision.

In a perfect world, a directory of same sex friendly wedding vendors would be pointless. Being in the wedding industry, it’s been impossible to avoid stories of bakers refusing to bake cakes or venues backing out of wedding contracts. Over & over again when I chat with my clients, they tell me about the awkward interactions or upsetting situations they find themselves in. I can’t imagine what it would be like to navigate the stresses of wedding planning while trying to figure out if a vendor might refuse you service. I sincerely can’t wait for a time when all couples feel welcome everywhere.

To combat a little bit of the stress, I’ve created a list of Knoxville same sex friendly wedding vendors. These vendors have expressed desire to serve same sex clients openly & happily. They are ready for you to inquire with them.

This is in no way a comprehensive list. If someone isn’t on this list, it does not mean they don’t serve the LGBTQ community. I am not compiling a list of vendors who do not serve gay couples either. I prefer to share & celebrate those who do.

If you are a wedding professional in the Knoxville area who would like to be added to this list of Knoxville same sex friendly wedding vendors, please contact me. If you are on the fence on whether or not you should publicly serve same sex clients, I would love to share my experiences with you. Check out this wonderful list of ways you can become a better LGBTQ allied vendor by the incredible Kelly Prizel.

All photos provided by yours truly. Special thanks to Shaun Cox of a DIY Wedding Affair for compiling a list for Chattanooga weddings & inspiring me to create one for Knoxville.

Happy wedding planning!

KNOXVILLE SAME SEX FRIENDLY WEDDING VENDORS

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VENUES

Heartland Meadows – Knoxville – events@heartlandmeadows.com
The Knoxville Zoo – Knoxville- ahackney@zooknoxville.org
Dara’s Garden – Knoxville – sales@darasgarden.com
Club Leconte – Knoxville – patricia.johnson@clubcorp.com
The Historic Bleak House – Knoxville – historicbleakhouse@gmail.com
The Hilton – Knoxville – nthreadgill@hiltonknoxville.com
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame – Knoxville – dhart@wbhof.com
The Volunteer Princess – Knoxville – volunteercruises@bellsouth.net
Elizabeth Claire’s – Clinton – elizabethclaires@me.com
Smith Event Centers – Maryville – info@smithvenues.com
Idle Hour Farm & Retreat – Rogersville – idlehourfarmandretreat@gmail.com 
Bluff Mountain Inn – Sevierville – info@bluffmountaininn.com

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OFFICIANTS

Celebrations by Celeste – celebrationsbyceleste@gmail.com
Sevier County Weddings – thomas@seviercountyweddings.com
Universal Wedding Officiants –  universalweddingofficiant@gmail.com
Judith Douglas – shortredhair@msn.com

DJs

Patrick Michael Weddings – michael@patrickmichaelweddings.com
Good Sounds Entertainment –  hkinney@goodsoundsentertainment.com
Side-by-Side Entertainment – jeff_dj@charter.net
Brian S. Graham Entertainment –  brian@knoxvillewedding.com

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VIDEOGRAPHER

Casey & Kristin – hello@caseyandkristin.com
Ryan’s Production – ryansproduction@mac.com
Midnight Magic Studios – info@midnightmagicvideo.com
NuWave Productions – daniel@nuwaveprod.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Alex Bee Photo – alex@alexbeephoto.com 

Erin Morrison Photography – erinmorrisonphotography@gmail.com
Break the Mold Photo – breakthemoldphoto@gmail.com

MAKEUP & HAIR

Beauty by Blair – beautybyblair@yahoo.com

WEDDING PLANNING

Southern Bliss Weddings – southernblisswed@gmail.com
Absolute Wedding Perfection
– angie_froemel@yahoo.com
Premiere Events –  eventstn@att.net

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FLORALS

Melissa Timm Designs – melissa@melissatimmdesigns.com
Flower Shop, Inc. – info@flowershopinc.com
The Fleurella – esme@thefleurella.com

CATERER

Holly’s Gourmet Market  – hambright610@gmail.com

BAKERY

Sugarbuzz Bakers – connie@sugarbuzzbakers.com
Art of Cakes – artofcakesbakery@gmail.com

MISC.

Unique Setting Rentals – Mismatched China & Tabletop Rentals – uniquesettingsrentals@gmail.com
Sarah Brobst Designs – Custom Brooch Bouquets and Wedding Jewelry – lilysjb@hotmail.com
Sweven Vintage & Rustic Rentals – swevenrentals@gmail.com
Wallace Paper Company – Invitations & Other Paper Goods – hello@wallacepaperco.com
Robyn James Ensembles – Musician – robyn@robynjames.com

Memories In A Flash Photo Booth – betsy@memoriestn.com
Regal Carriages – Vintage Car Transportation – steve@regalcarriagesknox.com

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If you are a wedding professional in the Knoxville area who would like to be added to this list of Knoxville same sex friendly wedding vendors, please contact me.

All photographs by Alex Bee Photo

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