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Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, FL

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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Sarah Isbell and Daniel Burtch are from Knoxville, but they had a destination wedding on Sanibel Island. Marcus and I flew into Ft. Myers on Friday and then drove to the island. It's a beautiful area, and Sanibel is one of the best places to hunt seashells! Around fifty of Sarah and Danny's friends and family showed up to support them and share in the festivities. Everyone stayed at the Sundial Resort where the wedding was held. Other than a small afternoon shower, the weather was gorgeous.

Sundial is a popular destination wedding location, but they have several spots to choose from for the ceremony and reception. Sarah & Danny's ceremony was held on the beach in front of the resort with a reception around the pool. The views were extraordinary.

The bridesmaids wore tea-length brown dresses with white sashes, and the flower girl coordinated with a white dress and brown sash. I love veils and am happy that Sarah decided to wear one. It was borrowed from her sister Allison who wore it when I photographed her wedding at Church Street United Methodist last year. (side note: Allison works at A Joyous Occasion bridal boutique in Knoxville - definitely worth checking out)

It was a wonderful wedding weekend.

Isbell/Burtch Wedding October 6, 2007
Isbell/Burtch Wedding October 6, 2007
Isbell/Burtch Wedding October 6, 2007
Isbell/Burtch Wedding October 6, 2007
Isbell/Burtch Wedding October 6, 2007
Isbell/Burtch Wedding October 6, 2007
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Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, FL

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
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Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day-after couple session that Marcus and I did with Sarah & Danny Burtch on Sunday. We started on the beach near the Sanibel Island lighthouse and then did a few shots around their wedding venue, Sundial Beach Resort.


Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

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Nashville, TN

Monday, October 8, 2007
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What a weekend! I've spent most of today catching up on email. The electricity in my community was out for several hours on Thursday so I wasn't able to be online. Then I left early on Friday for a trip to Florida where Marcus and I photographed Sarah & Danny's awesome beach wedding (check back later this week for pics). The wedding was Saturday, but the couple woke up early Sunday for a sunrise couple session on the beach. We all got a little wet, and I'm not sure that I'll ever get all of the sand out of my equipment. It was a lot of fun though, and I'm excited about the photos we were able to get. Special thanks to Sarah's sister Allison (one of my 2006 brides) for letting Sarah use her veil.

I had a "trash the dress" session set up with a bride for later this month, but she has a scheduling conflict and isn't going to be able to do it. I'm really disappointed, especially after the fun that I had with yesterday's session so.... I'm looking for a replacement. To qualify, you must already be married and be willing to get your dress dirty, wet, and/or possibly damaged. You must be available on October 28 for the session which will take place in the Nashville area. I prefer to have a couple (no tux required), but I will shoot a bride alone.

There will probably be a couple of other photographers involved so we may be able to shoot more than one bride. If you are interested, please send me a photo of you in your wedding dress along with a short explanation of why you want the session and any location ideas you may have. The deadline for applications is October 18 so don't delay!
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The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, Lake Keowee, SC

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
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It's fun and educational to shoot with other photographers so when Alecia (of Alecia Lauren Photography in Atlanta) contacted me about second shooting a wedding with her, I was excited to go. Alecia and I met at a photography workshop put on by Jessica Claire and Liana Lehman in NYC last year.

The wedding for Elizabeth and Chris was held at Lake Keowee, South Carolina. The weekend festivities included a welcome barbecue on Friday, a lakeside picnic Saturday morning, the ceremony at McKinney Chapel, a reception at the Watsons' lake house, and a send-off brunch Sunday morning. Everything took place within a resort community on Lake Keowee called the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards.

The setting was beautiful. McKinney Chapel is a quaint, little clapboard chapel that served as both school and church for the community when it was built in the late 1800s. Many of the guests, including the photographers, were given houses to use for the weekend. The wedding ceremony was black tie so all of the men wore tuxes and the women wore evening gowns, but the rest of the weekend was casual and fun with lots of alcohol and good times for everyone.

For the welcome barbecue, Elizabeth wore a simple sun dress and a Haku-lei (a head wreath of fresh flowers) that her brother brought from Hawaii. Her brother also presented the parents with beautiful flower leis, and Chris wore a green leaf lei. For the wedding, Elizabeth looked stunning in a simple, elegant alencon lace dress by Monique Lhuillier.

Guests arrived at the reception by boat to a dinner that included raw oysters, buffalo burgers, and lobster tail tempura. In addition to the wedding cake, there was a dessert buffet with platters of the cutest (and tastiest) little pastries and an ice cream bar. The ice cream had been frozen into half spheres of ice which, I thought, was a brilliant way to keep it from melting as the chefs scooped and served.

Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22

Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22

Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22

Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22

Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22

Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22
Kealoha/Watson Wedding September 22
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The Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Peggy and Aaron were married in late May at the Museum of Appalachia. Last week I met up with them again at the museum to do their couple session. It was sunny and warm just like their wedding day, but it was nice to have all the extra time to roam around the grounds and really take advantage of the setting.

By the way, the museum has their annual homecoming festival coming up the weekend of October 13. I have two weddings that weekend so I wont' be able to go, but I have been several years in the past. It's a good way to spend the day - listening to bluegrass and folk music; eating chicken-n-dumplins, cobbler, homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, and BBQ; visiting with the artisans and authors, viewing old-time life demonstrations, walking around the antique engine and tractor show, and shopping for crafts. It isn't cheap, but it's a good way to support the not-for-profit museum so take a lawn chair and make a day of it. If you act fast and purchase your tickets by September 28 then you can save some money.

Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs

Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs
Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs
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