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Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21

Dara's Garden, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tessa and Bruce had a fun wedding at Dara's Garden last weekend. Dara's has beautiful grounds with several different locations for an outdoor ceremony and reception. We also took advantage of the property's barn for a few photos of the couple. I've been blessed to work with some wonderful couples this year, and these two were no exception. They chose to meet and get all of the formals out of the way before the ceremony, and I had time to do photographs of the two of them together both before and after the ceremony. Of course I could never have enough time with great models at a beautiful venue, but Tessa did a really good job at staying on schedule so that we would fit in all of the photographs. It is so much easier to get great shots when you aren't rushed.

As always at Dara's, Rothchild Catering kept everyone happily fed. Ogle Entertainment provided the DJ, and Leah at Whimsical Gatherings did an amazing job with the flowers. I'm thrilled to see so many brides using peonies this year. I love, LOVE those flowers, and they look so great with English or garden roses. The maids wore brown dresses with blue sashes, and the men wore brown vests with their tuxes. Like many brides, Tessa changed into more comfortable shoes (flip-flops) for the reception, and she also changed into a little white dress later in the evening so that she could relax and dance more easily.

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21

There were supposed to be two ring bearers, but I knew that the chances of getting two down the aisle were very slim when we couldn't convince one of them to even be in the group photograph.

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21
We did see one come down the aisle... running. He hung out for a minute before turning around and running back the way he came.

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21
I love brides who aren't afraid of getting a little dirty even on the wedding day.

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21

Summitt/Jones Wedding June 21

6/28/2008 10:43:33 AM
Hey Nancy ... That last shot is especially beautiful. I love the pose and her expression is lovely. BTW I missed you at the lunch last week. Hope you are doing well! ~Julie
Julie Roberts
6/28/2008 7:43:20 PM
These pictures are beautiful! The venue is great and I love the centerpieces-how inventive. What a lovely bride.
7/2/2008 3:07:25 PM
That last shot is absolutely magical. Gorgeous work!
7/2/2008 5:14:02 PM
Oh my gosh Nancy! These pictures are great! And like everyone else, I love the last one; it is so beautiful. Also like the one of just Tess. I'm so excited and can't wait to see the rest!
Anna (mother of the bride!)
Anna Summitt
7/2/2008 9:10:12 PM
Nancy!!! Oh my goodness! The pictures are amazing and I can't wait to see the rest of them. You did such an amazing job, and you even put up with my "bridezilla" moments! Thank you so much for everything. You're the greatest!
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