Sam & Casey – Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Since I’m officially a Knoxville wedding photographer now, it’s about time to blog some Knoxville weddings!

When I think of Sam & Casey’s wedding day, I think of family. They were married in their family’s backyard, surrounded by kids and loved ones. Sam & Casey must be the proudest aunt & uncle around. Their joy-filled wedding was an honor to photograph. After every wedding, there’s always a moment that stays with me. Photographing Sam & Casey after the ceremony on the porch of their newly shared home was a beautiful experience. They overflowed with happiness from just being married! These little personalized details of this backyard wedding came together to create a very intimate day.

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Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Sam & Casey’s backyard Knoxville wedding was so classically southern. Quilts, apple butter, banana pudding, church pews, fried okra, homegrown green-beans, fried chicken, & summer humidity. All things that I think many of us who grew up in East Tennessee instantly connect with. It delighted me to see that Sam even had tiny green tomatoes in her wedding bouquet! As a Knoxville wedding photographer, I love the different types of weddings I am able to photograph!

Huge thanks to Brittany of Eden Bliss Weddings for second shooting this event with me. A few of these photos were taken by her. The incredible florals were provided by Scott Morrel. Enjoy a glimpse into this beautiful day!

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RT Lodge Wedding Photos – Autumn & Jared

Oh my, do I have sweet wedding for you today. I am so excited to share these RT Lodge wedding photos! If you’ve never been to RT Lodge, let me draw you a picture. Nestled in the foothills of the Smokies, RT Lodge is a stunner. Every piece of this property is beautiful & just oozing with Americana. From the drive to the property with the ivy-filled woods to the perfectly lit twinkle lights, you’ll be in awe. At least I am! Autumn & Jared were married on September Saturday with perfect weather. I assisted the wonderful Anna Hedges on this RT Lodge wedding. Thank you Anna for having me along!

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RT Lodge Wedding Photos

If you are having an RT Lodge wedding & are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I’ve got something special in mind for you. Despite shooting over a hundred weddings in the area, I’ve never shot as a primary photographer at RT Lodge & I am just dying for the opportunity! It’s definitely at the TOP of my wedding venue wishlist.

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The english ivy surrounding the woods at RT Lodge adds such a dreaminess to the photos!

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I am an absolute sucker for these two moments with Autumn’s parents. These moments!!

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ALWAYS a huge fan of a wedding dip. Good job, Jared!

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Autumn & Jared were so incredibly sweet together. I can’t get over these cute wedding recessional moments!

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Jared’s parents looked on adoringly at their son & new daughter-in-law!

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The classy hanging lights at RT Lodge show up in the photos so beautifully.

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I always love it when a couple has fun with the cake cutting!

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Wedding venue & catering by RT Lodge in Maryville, TN.

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Best of 2015

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2015. I can’t believe it’s come & gone. As a wedding photographer, I have a strange connection to years. How many weddings did I book this year? How many do I have next year? Should I book this wedding for 2017? I can hardly imagine the year 2017!

2015 use to be one of those far off years that I couldn’t imagine and now it’s gone and here I am reminiscing about it. Just like they say time flies when you get older, it certainly feels like it flies when you are a wedding photographer. I arrive at weddings thinking “didn’t I just sit down with this couple for coffee? Oh wait, that was 14 months ago.” Never before have I been so aware of time. Was that too weird? Oh well, new years always seem eerie to me.

Damn. What a year. I photographed more than I ever have before. I delivered a whopping 24,372 photos to clients this year & pressed the shutter button about 4x more than that. I photographed my first wedding under a live oak tree in Beaufort, South Carolina. Two incredible artists flew me to New Hampshire for their wedding. I photographed a couple with a llama. My pants split at a wedding (and I don’t think anyone noticed). I was rained on. I stopped a kid from lighting his hair on fire with a sparkler. I found myself all over the south photographing joyful days with joyful people, stuffing my face with cake when I had the chance.

Lots of cool stuff happened this year, but I’m still finding myself back where it all begins: the moments & the joy. From the meaningful to the weird to the hilarious… those are the types of photos I’m always drawn to & the ones I work tirelessly to photograph for my clients. Weddings aren’t perfect & neither are my photos. They’re real & they are full of all sorts of ridiculous things, like a groomsman stuffing his face with barbecue or a dad embarrassing himself on the dance floor.

The best part of 2015: marriage equality. I photographed so many same sex elopements, weddings, and sessions this year, many of which where completely set into course by the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling. I photographed three ceremonies on the first say of same sex marriage in Alabama & two on the first day in Chattanooga. I photographed friends finally able to marry in their state! It was such a historic year & it was a privilege to feel so involved, even in such a small way.

To my clients, thank you for your trust and your vulnerability and your weirdness. Thank you for the cake, pies, cookies, buffets, and everything else I nommed, Thank you for your kind reviews & sweet emails. Thank you for helping me make 2015 the most productive & exhilarating year in my career.  <3

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The Barn at High Point Farms Wedding – Shannon & Alex

“She’s saying that she loves you” interpreted Alex.

They were just married & bride Shannon had her arms wrapped around Lydia, Alex’s mom. Alex did a bit of translating for Lydia & it was a moment that has remained with me since this wedding. Shannon & Alex’s wedding is a tale of cross-cultural love & the creation of a happy German-American family. It’s also the tale of the first time I was able to photograph a Barn at High Point Farms Wedding- a venue that had been on my wishlist!

Alex & Shannon are both from different places, but at the time of their wedding they had one city in common- Chattanooga. Now they have another city in common: Berlin, Germany! Right after their wedding, Shannon was packing up her worldly American possessions & heading to Europe. Talk about brave! Chattanooga was the obvious choice for their wedding. I think it’s great they were able to bring both families to the city where they met for the first time.

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The Barn at High Point Farms Wedding

This sweet couple was married right outside of Chattanooga at the Barn at High Point Farms. It’s the cutest, chicest, family-owned & operated barn venue around. Come for the view of Lookout Mountain & stay for adorable goats. This charming Barn at High Point Farm wedding included a smores bar, German-American traditions & decor, and yummy Events with Taste catering.

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Venue: The Barn at High Point Farms
Planning & Designing: Homespun Parties & Events
Florals: Sophie’s Shoppe
Catering: Events with Taste
Beauty: Salon 30 A
Rentals: Heirlooms Vintage Rentals

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Spence Cabin Wedding Photos- Leigha & Geoff

When Leigha first emailed me about her upcoming Spence Cabin wedding, there was a caveat. I’d have to fill out a ton of official Great Smoky Mountain National Park paperwork, deal with my liability insurance, and pay a fee to be allowed to photograph her Elkmont wedding. My response? HELL YEAH! Mountains are just the best. And in my humble opinion, there are no better mountains than the Smokies. I am so excited to share these Spence Cabin wedding photos with you!

Pssst… I still have that permit so I am happy & ready for all your Great Smoky Mountain National Park wedding photography needs!

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Close your eyes & imagine the sounds of the Little River crackling around you. Oh, how I wish I could transport you there so you can see just how magical it is to get married at Spence Cabin. This private little enclave is surrounded by private forest & tranquility. Honestly, if I wasn’t shooting a wedding I’d have had my feet in the Little River as soon as I arrived. It is basically heaven.

After their ceremony, we headed over to the historic Appalachian Clubhouse for Leigha & Geoff’s reception. Guests ate, drank, & danced the night away. And I can’t forget the amazing PIZZA cookie cake. It was mindblowing.

SPENCE CABIN WEDDING PHOTOS

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I hope you enjoyed these Spence Cabin wedding photos! If you are getting married in the Smokies, I’d love to hear from you. Check out the vendors that contributed to this wedding below.

Florist- LB Floral
Cake- Art of Cakes
DJ- Fuller Light N Sound
Ceremony Music- Quarter Mile Strings
Catering- Bradford Catered Events
Coordination- Courtney Kliman
Dress- Wedding Wonderland
Stationery- Ashley Elliot Designs
Alterations- Sandra G’s Alterations
Furniture Rental- Restoration Rentals

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