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Butterfly Gap Retreat, Maryville, TN

Monday, October 15, 2007
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I was at Butterfly Gap yesterday for a wedding, and the owner reminded me that I was at the retreat for a wedding this same weekend last year. The weather was just as warm and beautiful last year for Kelley and Austin's outdoor ceremony as it was yesterday.

Austin's posse (guns included)
Sturm/Womack Wedding Anniversary October 15
Sturm/Womack Wedding Anniversary October 15

Sturm/Womack Wedding Anniversary October 15

Sturm/Womack Wedding Anniversary October 15

I know it can be uncomfortable to dance in front of everyone, but try not to talk too much during your first dances. Especially with couples turning, it can be impossible to catch a decent photo without someone having their mouth open talking. This photo of Kelley with her dad is a perfect example of the sweet moments you can have if you just relax and enjoy the dance.

Sturm/Womack Wedding Anniversary October 15

The same little girl who decided to join Kelley and Austin on the dance floor later decided that she should be the DJ.

Sturm/Womack Wedding Anniversary October 15

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Link Hills Country Club, Greeneville, TN

Monday, October 15, 2007
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Melinda and Stephen are celebrating their second anniversary today. Their evening ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church was followed by a reception at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville.

Looking back through their photos, I noticed that their wedding cake had both chocolate and white layers. Especially if you aren't having a groom's cake, I think this is a great idea. At yesterday's wedding, the chocolate layer of the cake disappeared before I even had a chance to try it, and I was so disappointed.

Here are a few photos. They had the cutest little flower girls (and ring bearer)!

Anderson/Peairs Wedding Anniversary October 15

Anderson/Peairs Wedding Anniversary October 15

Anderson/Peairs Wedding Anniversary October 15

Anderson/Peairs Wedding Anniversary October 15
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Monday, October 15, 2007
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Happy belated anniversary to Matt and Amber who celebrated their first year of marraige last week. I'm behind on blogging so I decided to speed this one up by just posting their story from the current issue of the Premier Bride magazine. The wedding was held at Holston Hills Country Club.

If your screen resolution doesn't allow you to read the text then you can head over to the premier site or pick up a copy of the magazine.

McCoig/Harrison Wedding Anniversary October 7

I'm currently trying to design a new ad for the next issue of the magazine so I thought I'd go ahead and share some of my past ads. At first, I did half page ads. The photos in the first ad are from Butterfly Gap. The bottom photo in the second ad is from Riverwood.

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This is the ad (featuring Amber and Lois) that I've been using for the past year.

McCoig/Harrison Wedding Anniversary October 7
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Nashville, TN

Thursday, October 11, 2007
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I'm still taking applications for a free bridal portrait session on October 28. I saw something on the news today about how they've drained the lake in Cumberland Mountain State Park so that they can work on the Byrd Creek Dam. The park is just south of Crossville which happens to be on the way to Nashville, and it looks like a cool location for a photo shoot. I'm not 100% sure they'd allow people to walk around in the empty lake bed, but I'll call and check if anyone from the Knoxville/Chattanooga area is interested in traveling to Crossville for the session. There will be at least two other photographers involved, and we're sure to get some really cool photos.
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, October 11, 2007
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I'm constantly trying to learn new things to keep my photography creative and fresh. Sometimes I read books or magazines or go to workshops. Today I'm experimenting with some textures. These are a couple of photos from this past weekend. I'm posting the standard photoshop version along with the textured versions for comparison. The first photo is way more obvious. I think it's a pretty picture to begin with, but I tried to add some mood by suggesting rain and the fading represents the evanescent rainbow.  I'm curious as to what others think about this style. Even if you don't particularly like it, does it evoke more emotion than the standard photos or do you think I'm just screwing up a perfectly good photograph?
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