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University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Monday, March 24, 2008
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Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Here are some pics from a fun engagement session with Tessa and Bruce last week. They're getting married this June at Dara's Garden and are so cute together.

Summitt/Jones Engagement

Summitt/Jones Engagement

Summitt/Jones Engagement
Summitt/Jones Engagement
Summitt/Jones Engagement

Summitt/Jones Engagement

Summitt/Jones Engagement
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Chattanooga, TN

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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I don't know if it's more a reflection of the actual wedding or of my particular mood on the day, but for some reason some weddings just stand out. Saturday's wedding was one of those weddings where the love and happiness are contagious, and you leave feeling that everything is good in the world.

Saturday wasn't the driest day for a wedding, but Jessica and Chris didn't let it dampen their spirits. Imagine the exact opposite of a demanding, stressed-out bridezilla, and you would have Jessica. She was so relaxed and sweet the entire day. She was truly a radiant, glowing bride, and I am so excited for her and Chris to have found each other and be starting their life together.

The afternoon ceremony was held at Patten Chapel, a charming old chapel with wooden pews, stained glass, and high ceilings on the University of Tennessee campus in Chattanooga. The people involved were all extremely nice and helpful, and I think it's a great ceremony venue. During the ceremony, the clouds let loose, and you could hear how hard the rain was coming down on the roof. However, just when the ceremony ended, the rain cleared up enough for a fun petal exit outside.

Chris and Jessica did meet before the ceremony and do all of the formal photos. The ceremony featured a sand ceremony and music from the couple's family and friends, some of the best music I've ever heard at a wedding. They really have some talented friends!

The reception was held at Niko's Southside Grill. We didn't try the food, but everything looked wonderful. Afterward, Marcus and I coincidentally stopped for dinner at a Greek restaurant (the Acropolis) outside of town and were told by our server that the two restaurants are run by the same family.        

Jessica's mother helped attach her veil
Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15
some candid moments in the "getting ready" room

Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15

these are hard to really appreciate at this size, but the church was beautiful inside

Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15

the happy couple... just before being pelted by huge rain drops!
Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15
Jessica & Chris had their private meeting in this covered breezeway

Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15

a traditional portrait to show off her gorgeous gown and a fun shot of the exit

Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15

Jessica and some of her school friends... they came prepared for anything

Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15


Woods/Moerman Wedding March 15
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Friday, March 7, 2008
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Marcus and I have had a busy week. In a trip that took less than 24 hours, we drove to Memphis and back for a citizenship test/interview with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS). His application was approved so now we just have to wait for the next swearing-in ceremony. He was already a permanent resident, but becoming a citizen will allow him to vote and never have to renew anything so that's exciting.

Today I'm mailing out some print orders and an engagement/guest book for my 6/7/8 couple Malinda & Del. Here's a quick photo of the cover and the layouts.

Have a great weekend and stay warm. They're saying we might finally see some snow!

Harris Engagement Book

Harris Engagement Book

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Chattanooga, TN

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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It's FREEZING outside today (perfect weather to snuggle with your Valentine)! I'm glad that it was warmer last week when I went to Chattanooga for Jessica and Chris's engagement session. We shot around the Bluff View Arts District before heading over to UTC campus to check out their ceremony venue, Patten Chapel. It's a lovely little church with wood, tile, and stained glass. I'm really looking forward to shooting there, and it won't be long before I'm posting photos. Their wedding is just a month away!

Chris met Jessica while here in the US working at her church. He's from Australia so the two of them know a bit about long distance relationships. It's so obvious that she is thrilled to finally have him here to stay. You can just see it in the way she looks at him with so much love and happiness.

Woods/Moerman Engagement Session

Woods/Moerman Engagement Session

Woods/Moerman Engagement Session

Woods/Moerman Engagement Session

Woods/Moerman Engagement Session
Woods/Moerman Engagement Session
Woods/Moerman Engagement Session
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Springbrook Country Club, Niota, TN

Thursday, January 17, 2008
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Cayci and Carlos really lucked out having their wedding last weekend instead of this weekend. Whereas this Saturday is supposed to be bitterly cold, last Saturday was fairly mild. As far as winter days go, it was beautiful.

The ceremony and reception were held at Springbrook Country Club in Niota.

Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12
Cayci had pink shoes and a pink cake (a very tasty strawberry cake). She wore a beautiful long veil for the ceremony and then traded it for a shorter, lace-trimmed veil previously worn by her mother.
Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12

Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12

The couple decided to have a "private" meeting and get some photos out of the way before the ceremony. This was the moment just before Carlos turned around to see her for the first time.

Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12
There weren't any photography restrictions during the ceremony so I hid out behind the groomsmen and get some great angles including this emotional photograph of Cayci's parents.
Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12

Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12
Newman/Carvajal Wedding January 12
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