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Dara's Garden, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Saturday was my first opportunity to visit one of the newer venues in town, Dara's Garden. It's really nice and made the perfect backdrop for Leah & Robbie's outdoor wedding. The venue has several locations for outdoor ceremonies and a large, well landscaped yard with many photo opportunities. It is definitely a place worth checking out.

After getting ready in separate wings of the house, Robbie and Leah met in front of a large gazebo to exchange vows and rings. Rothchild catering provided the catered buffet on the stone patio, and the guests danced into the night under several large trees. It was a beautiful evening.

Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8

This is what you do when you can't get the flower girl to pose with the bride... trick her into being in a cute photo anyway.

Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8

The sun was setting just as they had their first dances. With the lights in the trees, it was a magical, touching scene.

Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8

Check out the cool fountain area and the happy newlyweds!
Davis-Shepherd/Mohr Wedding September 8
To put their own personal stamp on the wedding, Robbie & Leah incorporated one of their favorite activities, golf, into everything from the wording on their invitations to the groom's cake (shaped like a golfball on a field of green).

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Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
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On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Tessa Smith and Jim Wilson. The ceremony took place at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville. The couple did meet early in the day to get all of the formals out of the way. After the ceremony, there was a bubble exit, and the wedding party rode away on an antique trolley headed downtown. After a short stop at Weigels to pick up some beverages, we attempted a few group photos around the World's Fair site. It was really hot and didn't take long before we were all back on the trolley and on our way to the reception at KMA.

I've seen plenty of orange grooms' cakes and orange garters, but I think this was my first wedding where the men wore orange vests. Considering the vols had their first game of the season that day, it was very fitting and looked really nice with their dark brown suits. The girls also wore brown, and oranges were used to decorate the reception.
Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Tessa's uncle made this beautiful, wooden cross for the couple. I am doing a couple session with Tessa and Jimmy after their honeymoon to San Juan, but I couldn't resist a few bridal photos.

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Marcus was visiting his family in Sweden last week, but the awesome photographer Claire Presnall of Rebecca Claire Photography was kind enough to shoot with me. She got some great shots including these cool details.

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

Smith/Wilson Wedding September 1

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Maryville, TN

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
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Mandy and Johnathan are celebrating their first anniversary this week. Happy Anniversary, guys! I posted some album spreads from their wedding a few months ago, and I'm just going to post the rest of them here. If you want to see the actual book you can visit Butterfly Gap or set up a meeting with me. Butterfly Gap is a peaceful retreat in Maryville and one of my favorite wedding venues.

After helping with so many weddings at Butterfly Gap, Mandy knew exactly what she wanted for her own wedding. It was a beautiful day with great vendors all around.

Flowers by Mulberries, Music by Special Notes, Dj Jim Ogle from Special Notes, Cake by KatieKakes, Catering by All Occasions.

Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3
Whitley/Sitzlar Wedding Anniversary September 3

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Elkmont, The Great Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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I posted a few of Crystal & Matt's portraits after their August 11 wedding in Elkmont. This week I'm processing the wedding day photos.

Crystal had "forever your girl" engraved inside Matt's ring. He told me to get a good shot of it before the ceremony because he doesn't plan on ever taking it off his finger. Crystal's mom made the beautiful (and tasty!) cake.

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

They had a very touching ceremony alongside a mountain stream. I love outdoor ceremonies where I'm allowed to move around and get shots like this. Afterward, the couple said that they don't even remember seeing me during the ceremony

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

Crystal's daughter was the perfect little flower girl. Matt is so great with her, and she was obviously thrilled for him to be a permanent member of their family.

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos

More Rosecrance Wedding Photos
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Holston Hills Country Club, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 27, 2007
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Crystal & Mark just celebrated their one year anniversary. The wedding was held at Washington Pike United Methodist Church in Knoxville, and Crystal carried a bouquet of calla lilies. Afterward, the wedding party rode a trolley to the reception at Holston Hills Country Club. Elaine Mason of I Do Cakes served up a delicious cake with chocolate icing. The groom's cakes were cheesecake with sugared fruit on top.

The couple's engagement photos were done at the UT trial gardens on Neyland Drive.
Rosser/Parsons Wedding Anniversary August 26
Rosser/Parsons Wedding Anniversary August 26

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