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United Methodist Church, Spring City, TN

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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Saturday's afternoon wedding for Andrew Sampson and Casey Cash was at the United Methodist Church in Spring City, TN. Casey described Spring City as "Mayberry", and it is definitely a cute little country town. With the green, rolling hills and white, fluffy clouds, the drive from Knoxville was scenic and relaxing.

Andrea was a very composed, adaptable bride. Unlike some weddings that can be stressful and hectic, this wedding was easy breezy with the focus on the couple and their marriage. After the ceremony, the guests moved to the church's fellowship hall for the reception.

Sampson/Cash Wedding June 9 Photographs

Sampson/Cash Wedding June 9 Photographs

Sampson/Cash Wedding June 9 Photographs

Sampson/Cash Wedding June 9 Photographs
Sampson/Cash Wedding June 9 Photographs

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Cedar Springs Presbyterian, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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In addition to attending workshops and conventions, reading books and magazines, watching instructional DVDs, and participating in online forums, I like to hone my photography skills by working with other photographers. In 2005, I had the opportunity to second shoot the Campbell wedding with the amazing Tina Wilson.

Sarah Keeton & Scott Campbell had their wedding at Cedar Springs Presbyterian in Knoxville. Then the wedding party took a trolley to the reception at The Knoxville Museum of Art.

I think the most common "mistake" for ceremonies is that the bride is so excited that she forgets to get her bouquet for the recessional. I'll admit that I forgot at my own wedding.

The second most common would probably be a problem with the ring exchange. I've seen several people drop the ring. At this wedding, the couple shared a fun moment when Sarah couldn't fit Scott's ring onto his finger.

Another memorable detail from this wedding would have to be the wedding cake. Elaine Mason of "I Do" Cake baked and served a strawberry cake, and it was delicious.

Keeton/Campbell Wedding Anniversary June 11
Keeton/Campbell Wedding Anniversary June 11
Keeton/Campbell Wedding Anniversary June 11
Keeton/Campbell Wedding Anniversary June 11

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Chattanooga, TN

Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Matthew Estes married Jenny Thomas in an afternoon ceremony last year in Hixson, TN just outside of Chattanooga. The ceremony was held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church and was the only ceremony I've photographed where they did not allow any photos at all during the ceremony. I did snap a few shots from outside the door as she walked down the aisle though.

The day was too hot for any outdoor photos, but the couple did meet before the ceremony so that we could get the group formals finished up in the church before the ceremony. After the ceremony, everyone drove to the reception at the Chester Frost Park Pavilion.

I've also included some photos from Jenny's pre-wedding bridal session. We started the session in Stone Fort Inn which is a very nice little bed and breakfast in downtown Chattanooga. We also did a few photos in Coolidge Park on the north shore of the Tennessee River. The park lies in the shadow of the old Walnut Street Bridge (one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world) and includes a beautiful, old carousel.

Thomas/Estes Wedding Anniversary June 10

Thomas/Estes Wedding Anniversary June 10

Thomas/Estes Wedding Anniversary June 10

Thomas/Estes Wedding Anniversary June 10



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First Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, TN

Monday, June 4, 2007
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In the chapel at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greeneville in 2005, Jenny Heffernan married Chris Gregory. The couple opted for a private meeting before the ceremony so that we could get some formal photos out of the way. After the couple's bubble exit from the chapel, everyone drove out of town to their beautifully scenic reception spot at a friend's house. There was a large white tent offering shade for everyone to eat, but they all spilled into the yard and around the pool. The reception was a very friendly, laid-back affair for the whole family. After a few more photos, Jenny was ready to relax so she changed into something cooler and enjoyed the rest of the evening with her family and friends.

and some photos... not necessarily the best, but I wanted to give a good overview of the event

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4

The ceremony was held in the smaller Christ Chapel next door, but we did some photos in the main church building as well.

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4

A scenic view from the reception tent and the view from the road looking up the hill to the tent as I was leaving

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4

Jenny's sister joined the Beatles cover band for a song or two.

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4

Heffernan/Gregory Wedding Anniversary June 4
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Asbury Chapel, Chattanooga, TN

Monday, June 4, 2007
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In an afternoon service at Asbury Chapel (part of Highland Park Baptist and Tennessee Temple University) in Chattanooga last year, Gabrielle Estill married Nathanial Haston. Gabrielle was calm and happy despite a slight mishap with the dress (always bring along needle and thread and have the loops reinforced if your dress laces up), and Nate was excited to finally be marrying his best friend. Gabrielle's dad performed the ceremony which was both emotional and personal. The service included a time for the couple to address each other's parents, a symbolic moment when Gabrielle gave Nate her promise ring, and a few sweet moments during the unity candle music for the couple to hold hands and share their private thoughts with each other. 

After a reception at the church, I met the couple in The Bluff View Arts District for a few couple photos.  We had done their engagement session in the same area, and they had booked a room at The Bluff View Inn for their wedding night. It was a warm day, but I hate to stop shooting when I'm getting good photos. They were great sports to put up with me.

Estill/Haston Wedding Anniversary June 3

Estill/Haston Wedding Anniversary June 3

Estill/Haston Wedding Anniversary June 3

Estill/Haston Wedding Anniversary June 3

Estill/Haston Wedding Anniversary June 3

Estill/Haston Wedding Anniversary June 3

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