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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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Office Closed December 20 - January 8


Today is my last working day before the holiday, and I'm happy to say that I finally caught up with everything. By the end of the day, I will have finished proofing all of this year's sessions and mailed all print orders that were received before December 16.

Now I will be taking a much-needed break which means NO work! All emails and phone calls will be returned after I return to work January 9th.

I sometimes receive dozens of emails in just one day so it may take a few days to reply to everything in January. I will also be working on albums and print orders in the order that they are received. The sooner I get your photo lists, the sooner you will get your album.

Thank you to those who have included me on their Christmas card lists. I didn't send out Christmas cards this year, but I appreciated getting a few.

I hope you all have a happy holiday with your families!
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Maryville, TN

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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This anniversary post is a bit early, but today is my last working day before the holiday so...

Lois and Laramy had a candle-lit winter wedding service at the First Baptist Church of Maryville in 2005. The couple chose to meet alone in the sanctuary before the service so that we would have a chance to do photos outdoors before the sun went down. We were blessed with a sunny day (warm for late December) and got some great shots of the two of them at the little park across the street from the church.

Lois was teaching elementary school and had invited all of her students and their families to the wedding. The kids were obviously excited to participate in the wedding and had a blast dancing at the reception held at Butterfly Gap.

I'm hoping that things will slow down during the "off" season this winter, and I'll have time to go back and blog some of the engagement sessions for these couples. For now, here are some album pages from the wedding.

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

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Mayfield Dairy Farms, Athens, TN

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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Last year I started getting inquiries from girls at UTC, and they told me that Sarah Thompson had recommended me. The confusing part was that I didn't know a Sarah Thompson. So after booking a couple of her friends, Sarah finally got engaged and contacted me about her own wedding. It turns out that I had photographed her soon-to-be-sister-in-law Jenni's wedding back in 2004, and I had even taken a photo of Sarah with her future husband Ben after he caught the garter.

Sarah & Ben had a holiday wedding at Keith United Methodist Church in Athens. The church was decorated with candles, wreaths, and red pew bows. The bridesmaids wore red. It was very festive and beautiful. Afterward, there was a dessert reception in a renovated barn at Mayfield Dairy Farms with red velvet cake, chocolate cake, delicious cookies, and even fruit cake in honor of the holiday. On their way out, guests chose a favor from the various Christmas ornaments on the tree.


Thompson/Kennedy Wedding Anniversary December 16

Thompson/Kennedy Wedding Anniversary December 16

Thompson/Kennedy Wedding Anniversary December 16

I don't usually post posed formals, but this one is cool because it includes Gabrielle & Nate, Jenni, and Clay.
Thompson/Kennedy Wedding Anniversary December 16

Thompson/Kennedy Wedding Anniversary December 16
Thompson/Kennedy Wedding Anniversary December 16

I really enjoy my job and get to know some wonderful couples. It's tough once the wedding is over because I've spent so much time emailing and working with them only to have it all end. After working with the Kennedy family on three great weddings, it's a little sad that they don't have any more weddings to plan, but I'm grateful to have been there for the beginnings of what will hopefully be three long and wonderful marriages.

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Friday, December 14, 2007
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I am currently working on orders and sessions through November 19.

I hope to have all of this year's sessions proofed before taking off for the holidays on December 20. Remember that I do process orders in the order that they're received. If I am waiting on photo choices for your album or engagement book then the sooner you email me your list, the higher up you will be on my "to do" list in January.
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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I'm feeling the holiday spirit today so everyone wins! Zach, Cayci, Meghan, Emily, Sara, and Tiffany took the time to leave a comment so they all get a free 5x7 (just put it in the notes section of your next order).
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