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Rothchild Conference Center, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Oops. It looks like I’ve been missing from the blog for a while. I definitely need to do better, and a wedding post seems like a great way to start. Claire and Adam were married this month at Trinity United Methodist Church in Knoxville. It was a beautiful day with truly wonderful people, and I was very honored to be a part of it.

Claire’s makeup was just the right mix of sophistication and drama without being overdone. I also loved the orchids in her bouquet. Beautiful!

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Possibly the most anticipated moment of the day is when the groom sees his bride coming down the aisle. Whether it’s a look of awe, shock, or just complete joy, it’s always fun to see his reaction.

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Adam’s mother performed their ceremony with a heartfelt service which included communion and a foot washing.

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

I had never seen a foot washing done before, but I found it to be very romantic. It was a powerful symbol of their commitment and love – definitely something that more couples should consider including in their own ceremonies. There was even a lighthearted moment at the end while Claire struggled a bit to slide Adam’s sock back onto his still damp foot.

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

After the service, the guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner and dancing at Rothchild Conference Center. As always with Rothchild Catering, the food was great.

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

After their honeymoon in Blowing Rock, NC, I met back up with Claire and Adam for a photography session. I was so excited that we were able to go to Dara’s Garden for the photos because it is such an incredible venue with lots of cool photo opportunities. Amazingly, her bouquet had even survived the week fairly well and could be used in the photos.

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

Brown / Peterson Wedding June 1, 2013

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Monday, October 1, 2012
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Hayden, Ben, and I all had birthdays recently so we were able to celebrate for several weeks in a row. The best part was that I only had to make one giant cupcake. Hayden loved lighting the candles and singing Happy Birthday repeatedly, but he isn't a fan of getting messy so no cake smashing for him. When it was Ben's turn, he happily sqished icing in his hands before dumping the whole thing onto the ground and diving in.

As usual, they wouldn't cooperate for photos together. Maybe next year...

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

This next photograph shows my first attempt at a tent (and was obviously taken before we mowed the yard).

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

Happy Birthday Hayden and Ben

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Powell, Knoxville, TN

Monday, July 16, 2012
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I've been thinking about this family a lot this week and thought that I would go back and share some more photographs from this very special session that I did with Harper Grace. This little miracle was born at 24 weeks gestation and weighed just 1lb 6 oz. Even though her due date was within a few days of the session, Harper was 3.5 months old already when we were able to do the photos. At about 5.5lb, she was still much smaller than most newborns.

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Celebrating a Little Miracle

Harper has wonderful parents and an amazing big sister who just adores her. If there was ever a family that deserved a miracle, it's this one, and they've come through so much together. I'm so thrilled to know that Harper Grace is a happy and healthy one-year-old now!
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Twins Hunter and Savannah turned one! Since there are two of them, I get to share twice as many favorites.

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One

Fun Fun the Twins are One
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Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Monday, June 11, 2012
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My blog is obviously a little behind, but here are some pictures with Josie back in April. She was ten months old and just starting to stand on her own. I photographed her one-year session over the weekend and can't wait to share some of the cute photos that we got. She's such a sweet little girl.

Josie

Josie

Josie

Josie

Josie

Josie

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