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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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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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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If you are looking for your own Knoxville wedding photographer, I’d love to chat!

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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.

If you are looking for your very own RT Lodge wedding photos, I’d love to chat with you. Just get in touch!

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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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