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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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Dara's Garden, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, September 20, 2007
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On Tuesday evening I met up with Tessa & Jimmy for their newlywed photos. Dara's Garden provided a beautiful, colorful backdrop for the session.


Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

I'm so glad that we had the chance to do these photos. It is obviously great to have the extra time for more photos, but what I really like is the fact that they were so much more relaxed. Wedding days are just very stressful events, and it is much easier to capture natural expressions when people are relaxed.
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Too many couples think that it is just a big hassle to do a session after the wedding day, but it doesn't have to be.

Most guys do not rent a tux again. They just go with a dark suit. If you want to look a little more formal, purchase a tie in the same color as the one worn on the wedding day.

Most girls do not have their hair and makeup professionally done. It's a good opportunity to even try a different look. If you normally wear your hair down but had an up-do for the wedding then it's nice to wear your hair down or half-up for the couple session.

You do not have to have a bouquet, but if you want one then you can just purchase some roses at the grocery and give them a couple of days to open up. Then use rubber bands and ribbon to bind them together.

You do not have to worry about the dress being in perfect condition. I actually prefer if it's a little dirty so that brides don't think twice about sitting on the ground or leaning against trees.
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Bleak House Confeerate Memorial Hall, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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Leah & John just celebrated their second anniversary yesterday. Their wedding was held at a really great venue, Bleak House (Confederate Memorial Hall). After an outdoor ceremony, the guests were treated to a buffet and cake indoors with dancing on the tent-covered patio overlooking the grounds. They are a great couple, and I'm really glad that I could be there to photograph such a perfect day for them.

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17
Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17
Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17
Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17
Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17

The military has had them living out of town, but I saw Leah again a few months ago. She was the wedding planner for one of my spring brides. I wanted to get the bride to do some photos by this cool window that Calhouns has upstairs. It was really hot though, and she was busy dancing with her guests. After my time was up, Leah agreed to model for a few shots.

Bledsoe/Swaggerty Wedding Anniversary September 17
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Dara's Garden, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Saturday was my first opportunity to visit one of the newer venues in town, Dara's Garden. It's really nice and made the perfect backdrop for Leah & Robbie's outdoor wedding. The venue has several locations for outdoor ceremonies and a large, well landscaped yard with many photo opportunities. It is definitely a place worth checking out.

After getting ready in separate wings of the house, Robbie and Leah met in front of a large gazebo to exchange vows and rings. Rothchild catering provided the catered buffet on the stone patio, and the guests danced into the night under several large trees. It was a beautiful evening.

Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8

This is what you do when you can't get the flower girl to pose with the bride... trick her into being in a cute photo anyway.

Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8

The sun was setting just as they had their first dances. With the lights in the trees, it was a magical, touching scene.

Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8

Check out the cool fountain area and the happy newlyweds!
Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8
To put their own personal stamp on the wedding, Robbie & Leah incorporated one of their favorite activities, golf, into everything from the wording on their invitations to the groom's cake (shaped like a golfball on a field of green).

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