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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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My baby boy turned one yesterday! I baked him a giant, chocolate cupcake to celebrate, but he was more interested in the candle.

Hayden is One

Once we blew the candle out, he lost interest and actually seemed to think that the cake itself was really gross. He was very unhappy sitting next to it and even kicked it a few times to move it away.

Hayden is One

Of course we acted like fools trying to get one good, happy photo, but this is the best smile we could coax out of him.

Hayden is One

He did eventually try a bite and hated it so there weren't any cake eating photos. He got his feet covered in icing though and ended up getting his second bath for the day. Baths are his favorite thing to do so that was definitely his favorite present.
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Shallow Ford Baptist Church, Erwin, TN

Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Erwin is a little town in the middle of the Cherokee National Forest near the North Carolina border. I had never been there before, but I enjoyed the drive last weekend as we made our way to Shallow Ford Baptist Church for Afia and Paul's wedding. After the ceremony, everyone headed over to Johnson City for a reception at the Holiday Inn.

Afia and Paul have a couple session planned with me, and I am really looking forward to seeing them again. Since I will be sharing photos of them later, I decided to do something different with this post and am just focusing on one little part of the wedding day.

Weddings are about many things, from the dress and cake to the actual ceremony, but one very emotional and important aspect is the relationships. Family and friends were a very important part of this wedding day. Even though the members are scattered in different states and continents, it was obvious that these are very close, loving families. Many guests came out to support and celebrate with the couple, and they were all so very nice. As a wedding photographer, it is important to document the special little moments between people, and here are a few from Afia and Paul's wedding.

Owusu - Baafi / Evans Wedding July 17, 2010

Owusu - Baafi / Evans Wedding July 17, 2010

Owusu - Baafi / Evans Wedding July 17, 2010

Owusu - Baafi / Evans Wedding July 17, 2010

A creative (and pretty) wedding idea to copy:
Although many modern brides are skipping favors in order to save money, if you ARE going to give your guests a gift then edible options are always popular. This wedding used the tulle-wrapped favors as part of the table decorations with several different variations. The tall centerpieces had the favors tied to branches while others had them placed around the bottom of a flower arrangement or inside a fish bowl vase with a pillar candle.

Owusu - Baafi / Evans Wedding July 17, 2010

Owusu - Baafi / Evans Wedding July 17, 2010

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Magnolia Manor, Loudon, TN

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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The Magnolia Manor is only a few miles from my house, but you really feel like you are out in the countryside when you are there. It's also one of the few venues offering an outside ceremony site with abundant natural shade. This may not be on everyone's list of criteria when choosing a venue, but when you have a hot, sunny wedding day like that of Molly and Matthew, then shade is very important.

As a Southern Greek Revivial Home, Magnolia Manor has wide porches that offered a nice spot for Molly and Matt to share a moment together early in the day. I don't know how he resisted peeking, but Matt kept his eyes forward to avoid seeing her before the ceremony.

Aiken / Proudfit Wedding July 10, 2010

I enjoy garden ceremonies like this that allow the guests (and my camera) to be close and really share in the ceremony with the couple.

Aiken / Proudfit Wedding July 10, 2010

These two are so perfect together, and the love and happiness were overflowing right after the ceremony.

Aiken / Proudfit Wedding July 10, 2010

Aiken / Proudfit Wedding July 10, 2010

Instead of tossing petals, the guests tossed whole flower heads as the couple exited to Matt's convertible and shared a kiss.

Aiken / Proudfit Wedding July 10, 2010


An idea to copy:
I always love when the men in the wedding party wear lighter suits instead of black tuxes. It looks great for outdoor ceremonies, and it especially smart when the weather is warm.
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Lulea Gammelstad Church Village, Sweden

Sunday, July 11, 2010
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Marcus, Hayden, and I flew over to Sweden last month for Sara and Dan's wedding in Luleå. It's always fun to visit Marcus's family, but it was especially neat to be back in Luleå. That's where Marcus was living and going to school when I first visited him back in 1998, and I later spent a semester there as well. One of my favorite places to visit in Luleå is the little church village (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) so I was super excited when Sara told me that she would be getting married in the medieval stone church there.

Swedish weddings are a bit different from what I'm used to (mainly the reception which consists of a very long meal with lots of speeches), and it was an exciting day. Dan and Sara are so great together, and we are really happy to have him in the family now.

It's tough to do engagement photos when your photographer lives on another continent, but we did manage to fit in a few on the morning after the wedding.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

In Sweden, couples typically walk down the aisle together, and they don't have our tradition where the groom avoids seeing the bride before the ceremony. I'm glad that Sara and Dan decided to do a special "first meeting" though.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Sara fits the Swedish stereotype. She's thin, blonde, and beautiful. Her hair was gorgeous too.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Opposite from here in the states, Swedish brides get a basic engagement band and a nicer ring on the wedding day. Dan was showing off the bling in the middle of the ceremony.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Rice tosses are still popular in Sweden. There were several weddings that day, and the steps to the church were almost hazardous from all the rice that had already been thrown. It is fun and does look cool, but (before any American brides get any ideas) Sara had a lot of rice stuck in her hair and down her dress for the rest of the day.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

The weather was actually warm compared to the week before the wedding, but it did threaten to rain on us all afternoon. Besides the obvious reasons that you don't want rain on the wedding day, I was a bit worried because of the ride that we were taking to the reception - a helicopter (my first time in one). I do hate heights, but I don't mind flying so I was excited but nervous. The view along the way was really cool though.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

The guests were waiting outside the reception hall and expected the couple to arrive in the convertible car that they had left the church in. Sara and Dan's parents didn't even know about the helicopter until they saw (and heard) us circling around overhead.

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

Hellsten / Axelsson Wedding June 12, 2010

And for those brides who are afraid that something will go wrong on the wedding day, let me assure you that something almost always does, but it is never as bad as you'd imagine. At this wedding, the power went off in the reception hall. While it didn't present a big problem in terms of lighting since it stays light all night this time of year, it did prove challenging for those preparing the food. The staff lit up some grills outside and eventually served a very delicious meal.

Marcus is often my second shooter, but he was busy tending to Hayden. Special thanks to Petra Hall for helping me photograph the wedding!

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Stacy and Seth were two of my clients (back when I was first starting my business) that became friends. Unfortunately, they don't live very close now. We mostly just have to keep in touch online so I was very excited when they came to Knoxville in May for a session with their son Nathan.

He was a little shy at first (or maybe just tired from the drive), but Stacy and Seth did an excellent job of just playing with him and not paying attention to the camera. It didn't take long for him to warm up, and then he was very playful and expressive. He's one of those boys that wants to be constantly moving so there's really no chance of doing any sort of posed photographs. To him, it was just a really fun trip to the park with his parents, and he obviously enjoyed himself. I enjoyed just being there to photograph the three of them spending time together.

Nathan had just turned two, and Stacy even baked a little cake for some photos to document the occasion. At first he was a little confused because we wanted him to sit on the table, but kids always love candles and icing. I got SO many great photos that day, and it was nearly impossible to choose just a few to share.

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two
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