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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, September 13, 2007
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I realize that I haven't posted in a week, but I've been very busy. Last Friday, I did some photos at Thompson Cancer Survival Center for an upcoming trade magazine article. The article features a local nurse named Victoria, and here's one of her photos.

My week

On Saturday I photographed a nice outdoor wedding, and on Sunday I celebrated my 31st birthday! Marcus gave me a cool necklace that he purchased in Sweden a few weeks ago. He's really good at finding unique jewelry pieces. We also went to eat at The Melting Pot. Of course I like to be behind the camera rather than in front of it so I don't have any birthday photos to share.
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Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
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On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Tessa Smith and Jim Wilson. The ceremony took place at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville. The couple did meet early in the day to get all of the formals out of the way. After the ceremony, there was a bubble exit, and the wedding party rode away on an antique trolley headed downtown. After a short stop at Weigels to pick up some beverages, we attempted a few group photos around the World's Fair site. It was really hot and didn't take long before we were all back on the trolley and on our way to the reception at KMA.

I've seen plenty of orange grooms' cakes and orange garters, but I think this was my first wedding where the men wore orange vests. Considering the vols had their first game of the season that day, it was very fitting and looked really nice with their dark brown suits. The girls also wore brown, and oranges were used to decorate the reception.
Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Tessa's uncle made this beautiful, wooden cross for the couple. I am doing a couple session with Tessa and Jimmy after their honeymoon to San Juan, but I couldn't resist a few bridal photos.

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Marcus was visiting his family in Sweden last week, but the awesome photographer Claire Presnall of Rebecca Claire Photography was kind enough to shoot with me. She got some great shots including these cool details.

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

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Maryville, TN

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
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Mandy and Johnathan are celebrating their first anniversary this week. Happy Anniversary, guys! I posted some album spreads from their wedding a few months ago, and I'm just going to post the rest of them here. If you want to see the actual book you can visit Butterfly Gap or set up a meeting with me. Butterfly Gap is a peaceful retreat in Maryville and one of my favorite wedding venues.

After helping with so many weddings at Butterfly Gap, Mandy knew exactly what she wanted for her own wedding. It was a beautiful day with great vendors all around.

Flowers by Mulberries, Music by Special Notes, Dj Jim Ogle from Special Notes, Cake by KatieKakes, Catering by All Occasions.

Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3

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Home, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, September 2, 2007
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Anyone in the world of wedding photography will recognize the name Gary Fong. While he no longer photographs weddings, he is still a big part of our industry, and he just had his own wedding last week. Of course his wedding party and guests were the who's who of wedding photography, and he will probably have the most amazing array of wedding photographs on the planet. His wedding was beautiful all around and worth checking out. There are pics and a video clip on his blog. After attending so many weddings in his career, it is especially touching to see how he reacts when he sees Melissa walking up the aisle, and the setup for the ceremony is really cool.

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Elkmont, The Great Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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I posted a few of Crystal & Matt's portraits after their August 11 wedding in Elkmont. This week I'm processing the wedding day photos.

Crystal had "forever your girl" engraved inside Matt's ring. He told me to get a good shot of it before the ceremony because he doesn't plan on ever taking it off his finger. Crystal's mom made the beautiful (and tasty!) cake.

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

They had a very touching ceremony alongside a mountain stream. I love outdoor ceremonies where I'm allowed to move around and get shots like this. Afterward, the couple said that they don't even remember seeing me during the ceremony

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

Crystal's daughter was the perfect little flower girl. Matt is so great with her, and she was obviously thrilled for him to be a permanent member of their family.

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos
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