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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 20, 2007
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Last weekend, Marcus and I both picked up ticks while shooting in the mountains. I specifically want to mention this for anyone planning an outdoor photo session, but this advice is relevant to everyone. I picked up a tick while walking around my yard last month.

Ticks are definitely gross and can be dangerous, but the danger is much less if you find and remove them quickly. Dog ticks are the most common and are large enough to be seen if you just look for them. It helps to have someone else looking as they are often behind ears or on your back or neck. If you find one, use tweezers to grab it as close to your skin as possible and pull it off. You don't want to shock it with alcohol or a hot match or any of the other "tricks" often suggested to make it detach as it may regurgitate into the bite wound and spread more germs. Once it's off, check to be sure that it didn't leave behind any mouth parts and clean the wound with alcohol. Keep the tick in a ziploc in the freezer in case you become sick and need to identify it.

You may also want to check again for ticks the next day. Marcus and I both found ours the day after actually being outside even though we had checked once we got home. It's possible they may be in your shoes, car etc. before finding their way onto your body.

First and foremost when you get home, take a thorough shower ASAP with soap and a washcloth. Chigger larvae can take a few hours to travel around your body before they actually settle down to feed. Until then, you can wash them off easily and will never even know that they were on you. If you don't get them off, it's only a matter of time until you have a rash of blister-like bumps that are very itchy. Similarly, if you scrub poison ivy toxins off of your skin within a couple hours of exposure then you will probably not develop a rash.

Place all of your clothing directly into the washer and use hot water if possible. You don't want to spread chiggers or ticks around your house.
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Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 20, 2007
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Two years ago, Britney and Jamie were married at Fairlane Church of Christ in Shelbyville, TN. Before the wedding, Britney came to Knoxville for a bridal session. Because her dad and Jamie are such huge UT Vol fans, Britney wanted photos taken in Neyland Stadium so that she could surprise them with the prints. You can see several of the session's photos from the stadium and the World's Fair Park in the bridal section of my main site, but here are some of the wedding day photos.

Britney's little flower girl was so sweet. Unfortunately, she wasn't feeling well, but she didn't complain. I thought this was a funny moment that I caught as the girls were getting ready. Britney is on the floor in the background. The little girl in the second photo was such a HAPPY baby. Her mother was trying to get her into her dress, but she was determined to smile for the camera.

Darnell/Warren Wedding Anniversary August 20

Britney & Jamie didn't see each other before the ceremony, but they did exchange gifts/cards.

Darnell/Warren Wedding Anniversary August 20

Darnell/Warren Wedding Anniversary August 20

Rather than have the mothers wear corsages, several couples are opting to let them carry small nosegays (aka tussy mussy). Many companies sell tussy mussy holders, and several have engraveable tags attached.

Darnell/Warren Wedding Anniversary August 20
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Church Street United Methodist, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 13, 2007
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Last year Allison Isbell and Kevin Gaddis were married at Church Street United Methodist Church in downtown Knoxville. The church and weather were beautiful, and we got some great photos of the bride and couple in the courtyard and around the church. After the ceremony, the wedding party rode a trolley to the reception at Southern Graces Bistro where everyone let loose and enjoyed the evening with dancing, drinking, and laughing. The DJ was provided by Special Notes who I recommend for wedding music.

Allison's sapphire engagement ring was beautiful (sapphire is my birthstone, and I have a couple on my e-ring as well).

Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12
Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12

Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12

Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12
Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12

At many weddings, the guys are reluctant to catch the garter, but these guys were practically fighting for it. Unfortunately, the chandelier caught it before they could.

Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12
Isbell/Gaddis Wedding Anniversary August 12

I'm photographing the wedding of Allison's sister Sarah in October and can't wait to see everyone again.
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Laurel Church of Christ, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 6, 2007
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Hannah Wright and Jeremy Vest were married in 2005 at Laurel Church of Christ on Kingston Pike. The couple chose to meet before their ceremony so that they could spend some private moments together and then complete the formal photos. We also drove down Cherokee Drive to get more relaxed couple photos at Sequoyah Hills park before returning to the church for the ceremony. 

The couple met and live in Alabama, but they're from Knoxville. Hannah's father was one of my favorite teachers in High School, and I remember him talking about his little girls Hannah & Hailey. In a way, I felt like I knew them. I was honored to be there on Hannah's wedding day and to watch him proudly walk her down the aisle to Jeremy.

These two are just genuinely good people, and it's always a pleasure to see such deserving people find happiness together.

Before the wedding day, I did a bridal session with Hannah in the Knoxville Museum of Art courtyard.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

Hannah was a beautiful bride who radiated happiness.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

The ceremony was a mixture of laughter, sincerity, and love. On the way up the aisle, Hannah stopped off to give her father a kiss.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6


The bon-bons at the reception were AMAZING.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

After a reception at the church, the couple exited to their limo through a shower of rose petals.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6
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Rothchild Conference Center, Knoxville, TN

Monday, July 30, 2007
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In 2005 I photographed an intimate wedding at Basswood Church in Knoxville. Dressed in her native wedding attire, Mimi was a beautiful bride as she walked up the aisle hand-in-hand with Ian. After being married by a close friend, they shared dinner and cake with friends and family at Rothchild's Conference Center.

Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30
Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30

Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30

Jung/Watkins Wedding Anniversary July 30

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