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Rothchild Conference Center, Knoxville, TN

Monday, July 30, 2007
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In 2005 I photographed an intimate wedding at Basswood Church in Knoxville. Dressed in her native wedding attire, Mimi was a beautiful bride as she walked up the aisle hand-in-hand with Ian. After being married by a close friend, they shared dinner and cake with friends and family at Rothchild's Conference Center.

Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30
Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30

Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30

Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30

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Madison Street United Methodist Church, Clarksville, TN

Saturday, July 28, 2007
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Oops. This week got away from me, and I missed an anniversary. I wanted to be sure I got this one blogged as it was one of my favorite weddings last year. They're such a wonderful couple. Marcus and I really enjoyed spending the day with them, and their family and friends were so much fun.

Kimberly Mathis and Tim Brooks were married at the Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville, TN. The church itself is pretty amazing. Locals may remember the severe tornado outbreak in January 1999 that devestated several states. One of the tornados hit downtown Clarksville, wiping out most of the church's main building and removing the tops of the two spires. You can view some before/after photos of the church on the Everton Oglesby Architects' site. They did a wonderful job rebuilding the church. It has the feel of an old, gothic cathedral but the modern conveniences (and natural light!) of a newer building.

Kim & Tim chose to see each other before the ceremony so that we would have plenty of time for photos of just the two of them. It also allowed for a nice petal toss as the couple left the church for their reception at Riverview Inn.

Mathis/Brooks Wedding Anniversary July 22

When we started to go outside for couple photos, we found that the grass was being mowed just outside. Kim watched as Tim took care of the situation.

Mathis/Brooks Wedding Anniversary July 22

The first photo below shows where the brick of the surviving church meets the brick of the rebuilt portion.

Mathis/Brooks Wedding Anniversary July 22

Mathis/Brooks Wedding Anniversary July 22

Mathis/Brooks Wedding Anniversary July 22
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World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, TN

Monday, July 23, 2007
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Marcus and I drove to Murfreesboro last Thursday for Rachel Robinson & Ben Strickland's Friday wedding at World Outreach Church. After some photos of the girls getting ready backstage, Rachel and Ben had a private meeting in the sanctuary before doing their formal photos. They even braved the summer heat and sun for a few couple photos outside. The reception included a full dinner buffet and a DJ.

Robinson/Strickland Wedding July 20

Robinson/Strickland Wedding July 20

Robinson/Strickland Wedding July 20

The Krispy Kreme groom's cake was a hit. Also, I thought it was a great idea to attach the personalized matches to the sparklers so that everyone could light their own.

Robinson/Strickland Wedding July 20
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Tea at the Gallery, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, July 19, 2007
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On Saturday, I joined a group of girls at Tea at the Gallery to celebrate Kate's sixth birthday. Seated together around a long table, the guests were treated to flavored teas and beautifully presented sweets. In addition to the normal birthday shots, I tried to shoot a few portraits as well. They were all such little ladies, and it is such a fun age. You have never seen so many toothless smiles! Here are some of the girls... starting with Kate as she watched out the window for her guets to arrive and ending with the twins.

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs
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Butterfly Gap Retreat, Maryville, TN

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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In an intimate ceremony at Butterfly Gap Retreat, Ashlyn Slone married Ed Mitchell in 2006. After being pronounced, they shared cake and champagne with their best friends. The event was short but meaningful with an understated elegance.

Slone/Mitchell Wedding Anniversary July 18

Slone/Mitchell Wedding Anniversary July 18

Slone/Mitchell Wedding Anniversary July 18

Slone/Mitchell Wedding Anniversary July 18
Slone/Mitchell Wedding Anniversary July 18

Slone/Mitchell Wedding Anniversary July 18
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