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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, June 3, 2007
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Yesterday, Marcus and I spent the day at the wedding of Allison Skowronski and Rocky King. After getting ready at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Knoxville, Allison and the girls walked next door to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for the ceremony. The forecast called for scattered showers, but it stayed dry and overcast all day. After the ceremony, a KAT trolley chauffeured the guests to Calhouns on the Tennessee river while the wedding party boarded another trolley for a photo trip downtown. We did a few group shots around Krutch Park and outside the Tennessee Theater on Gay Street before continuing on to the reception.

Allison had a beautiful gown with exquisite details. At the reception, the train went up in a French bustle (my favorite bustle type).
Skowronski/King Wedding June 2

Skowronski/King Wedding June 2

Skowronski/King Wedding June 2


The wedding party had a cold, celebratory drink while riding around on the trolley.
Skowronski/King Wedding June 2
Skowronski/King Wedding June 2

The flowers were slow to arrive, but the bouquet was beautiful and smelled SO good. I LOVE peonies. At the reception, DJ Chip Fuller kept everyone dancing and having fun.

Skowronski/King Wedding June 2


Rosa's provided the cake which showed off the pink and green wedding colors. I thought the groom's cake topper was very creative.

Skowronski/King Wedding June 2
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The Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN

Thursday, May 31, 2007
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Last Saturday was a perfect, happy day for Peggy Toler and Aaron Hooper as they said their vows in front of friends and family at The Museum of Appalachia in Norris. The weather was warm, but beautiful. We did have a few clouds overhead at times, and the reception area indoors was air-conditioned. I will be doing a couple session with Peggy and Aaron on a later date so that we can really take advantage of the picturesque museum grounds. Congratulations you two!

One of the cutest little ring bearers ever. He was completely enthralled with the peacocks roaming around.
Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs
Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Every wedding needs a precious little red-headed flower girl.
Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs
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The Tennessee Riverboat, University of Tennessee Trial Gardens

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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Stephen Shook married Jessica Waldrop in a 2006 ceremony at the UT trial gardens on Neyland Drive. After getting ready at Maplehurst Inn, Jessica arrived for a sunny ceremony in the middle of the gardens. Lake Terrace Trio provided music for the ceremony, and 3 little princesses provided petals in the grassy aisle. After the short ceremony and some group photos in the shade, we were just a short drive from the reception.

The reception was held on the Tennessee Riverboat, the Star of Knoxville. Because the day was hot, most of our time was spent in the air-conditioned main level, but the kids did enjoy visiting the upper deck and bow as we made our way down the Tennessee river. They also enjoyed the butterfly wedding cake and the groom's cake that was decorated with a transformer and care bears. Jessica & Stephen did a great job including the younger guests, playing some music that they could dance to and even passing around a basket full of toys that they could choose from.

Once we arrived back at the dock, Stephen & Jessica walked down Volunteer Landing, enjoying some time alone together as husband and wife while I snapped a few more photos.

Now time for a few photos before I have to run out for a meeting...

The food provided on the riverboat was tasty and colorful - perfect for the hot and hungry guests.

Waldrop/Shook Wedding Anniversary May 29

Waldrop/Shook Wedding Anniversary May 29
Waldrop/Shook Wedding Anniversary May 29
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Crescent Bend Armstrong-Lockett House, Knoxville, TN

Monday, May 21, 2007
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Last year I shot Becca Patton & Adam Foster's wedding at Crescent Bend (The Armstrong-Lockett House) on Kingston Pike in Knoxville. It's a beautiful venue that I was very excited to photograph. After getting ready in the bridal suite, Becca posed for some bridal photos on the terraces overlooking the river. The day was sunny and warm, but the guests were given bottled water as they arrived and seated under a large tent. The wedding party circled around a large fountain for the ceremony and later moved closer to the guests for a prayer with their families.

There seems to be a trend with men wearing brown suits instead of black tuxes, and I thought it really worked well with the girls' coral colored dresses. Since the ceremony was so early in the day, the couple opted for a lavish dessert reception. I'm a sucker for anything sweet, but everything was beautiful as well as delicious. The bright, happy wedding colors were even incorporated into the food and drink.

After saying their goodbyes, the couple went to Volunteer Landing for a few more photos together. By then, they were very relaxed, and I got some great shots. While I really enjoy evening weddings, it's always worked out well when I shoot afternoon weddings and then do couple sessions right after.

Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21

Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21

Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
Patton/Foster Wedding Anniversary May 21
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Mabry Hazen House, Knoxville, TN

Monday, May 21, 2007
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In 2005, Anna Whitehead married Derek Brownlee in an outdoor ceremony at the Mabry Hazen House in Knoxville. I had attended a bridal tea on the Mabry Hazen porch before, but I didn't realize that it was such a nice place for a wedding. Unfortunately, I think it's often overlooked but worth checking out.

The house is a museum, but we were allowed to take a few photos inside. Anna wore a long, flowing veil that has been handed down in her family. Her proud father walked her down the lawn to Derek, and they said their vows in front of the gazebo.

 The whole wedding day had a fun, laid-back feel to it. From the flower print shirts and nut necklaces that the guys wore to the sand and shell candle hurricanes on the tables, Annna had incorporated a Hawaiian beach theme into the event. The reception at The University Club spilled out onto the patio overlooking the river. Guests chatted and danced until the sun went down. Then the bride changed into a cute sundress, and the guests bid a bubbly farewell as the couple left in a white limosine.

Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21

Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21
Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21
Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21

Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21

Whitehead/Brownlee Wedding Anniversary May 21
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