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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Friday, September 28, 2007
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I will be out of the loop from now until Monday so all phone messages and emails will be answered early next week. Have a great weekend!
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The Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Peggy and Aaron were married in late May at the Museum of Appalachia. Last week I met up with them again at the museum to do their couple session. It was sunny and warm just like their wedding day, but it was nice to have all the extra time to roam around the grounds and really take advantage of the setting.

By the way, the museum has their annual homecoming festival coming up the weekend of October 13. I have two weddings that weekend so I wont' be able to go, but I have been several years in the past. It's a good way to spend the day - listening to bluegrass and folk music; eating chicken-n-dumplins, cobbler, homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, and BBQ; visiting with the artisans and authors, viewing old-time life demonstrations, walking around the antique engine and tractor show, and shopping for crafts. It isn't cheap, but it's a good way to support the not-for-profit museum so take a lawn chair and make a day of it. If you act fast and purchase your tickets by September 28 then you can save some money.

Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs

Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs
Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs
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Chattanooga, TN

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Nothing stays at the top of the blog for long at this time of year! Yet another couple celebrated an anniversary yesterday. Natalie and Josh were married two years ago at Grandview atop Lookout Mountain.

Grandview truly does have beautiful views. The ceremony was held on a patio overlooking the Chattanooga Valley and the Smoky Mountains. The weather was perfect with a blue sky and fluffy, white clouds. It was an afternoon wedding, but a cool mountain breeze kept everyone comfortable. The whole day was beautiful and stress free.

I could take this second shot at almost every wedding. Guys are always playing with their rings.

Anastasia/Green Wedding Anniversary September 25

Check out the mountain "breeze" picking up Natalie's veil. (OK. It was a bit windy.)

Anastasia/Green Wedding Anniversary September 25

Anastasia/Green Wedding Anniversary September 25

Anastasia/Green Wedding Anniversary September 25
Anastasia/Green Wedding Anniversary September 25
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Springbrook Country Club, Niota, TN

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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Jennifer and Trey had a 2004 wedding at Keith United Methodist church in Athens Tennessee. It was one of the first weddings that I photographed, and they did have a more experienced, traditional photographer there as well. They're a great couple, and I'm grateful that they allowed me to be there on such an important day.

The reception was held at Springbrook Country Club in Niota. What colors do you choose when a Vol fan marries a Georgia fan? Orange and red of course - perfect for an early fall wedding. Of course one of my favorite aspects of the reception was the dessert table which was covered with cheesecakes and various toppings.

After photographing their wedding in 2004, last December I covered the wedding of Jenni's brother Ben. Ben caught the garter at Jenni's wedding, and I even snapped a photo of him dancing with his future wife Sarah at the reception. In just a few weeks, I'll be shooting the wedding of Jenni's other brother Clay as he marries Emily. It's really fun to keep up with couples after their wedding, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Jenni & Trey had one of the best petal exits ever.

Kennedy/Coggins Wedding Anniversary September 25
Kennedy/Coggins Wedding Anniversary September 25
Kennedy/Coggins Wedding Anniversary September 25
Kennedy/Coggins Wedding Anniversary September 25

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Tellico Yacht Club, Loudon, TN

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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Amelia and Steve just celebrated their first anniversary!

The wedding and reception were held at Tellico Yacht Club in Loudon. The club is situated on the water with a wonderful view, and Amelia had planned a romantic ceremony on the water. Unfortunately, the weather that afternoon didn't cooperate. Instead, the ceremony was held inside, but we did get out for a few photos after the rain stopped.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful charmeuse dresses in various fall colors. The fall theme also carried over into the flowers and table decorations. Being big vol fans, the couple also found ways to incorporate orange into the wedding.

Brian Graham Entertainment kept everyone dancing. He had also interviewed Amelia & Steve prior to the wedding and shared their story with the guests at the reception. There were tears and laughter and then a few sparklers to see the couple off.


Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23

Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23

Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23

Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23
Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23
Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23
Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23


The engagement photos were done in a location very near and dear to the couple - The University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.

Steele/Rose Wedding Anniversary September 23

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