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Beach, Tampa, FL

Friday, January 11, 2008
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We mainly sat in seminars all day at the convention, but I did work in some time to do a quick photography session. The plan was to have the girls trash their dresses, but the bay turned out to be too cold to really get in, and our time was limited. The girls did a great job though, and we ended up with some really nice photos.

Special thanks to my friend Alecia (Alecia Lauren Photography in Atlanta) and her mother who set up the shoot for us. It was fun working with you again!
Tampa Bridal Portrait Photographs
Tampa Bridal Portrait Photographs
Tampa Bridal Portrait Photographs

Tampa Bridal Portrait Photographs

Tampa Bridal Portrait Photographs
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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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The Tutwiler Hotel, Birmingham, AL

Monday, December 10, 2007
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One year ago, Marcus and I were in Birmingham photographing the wedding of Michelle and David. I had photographed a Montgomery wedding for Michelle's friend Mandy in spring 2005. Mandy was a bridesmaid in Michelle's wedding so it was nice to see her again. The ceremony was held at Bluff Park United Methodist with the reception at The Tutwiler Hotel downtown.

The couple's flower girl was so excited and happy the whole day, but she got a little emotional after watching her uncle get married.

George/Mowery Wedding Anniversary December 9

The reception food was really good, but the desserts were amazing. In addition to the wedding cake, they had a large grooms cake and a table covered with all sorts of chocolate goodies.

George/Mowery Wedding Anniversary December 9

In honor of his birthday, Michelle surprised her dad with his own cake.
George/Mowery Wedding Anniversary December 9

George/Mowery Wedding Anniversary December 9

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Springbrook Country Club, Niota, TN

Friday, December 7, 2007
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Before their January wedding at the Springbrook Country Club in Niota, Cayci and Carlos wanted to fit in an engagement session. Luckily they were both in the area last week, and we were able to get together downtown. The weather was a bit chilly (not too bad for December), but we were still able to find a bit of fall color and a colorful character who asked to be in a photo with the couple.


Carlos and Cayci's Engagement Session

Carlos and Cayci's Engagement Session
Carlos and Cayci's Engagement Session
Carlos and Cayci's Engagement Session
Carlos and Cayci's Engagement Session
Carlos and Cayci's Engagement Session
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