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Maryville, TN

Sunday, October 31, 2010
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Happy Halloween!!

I'm about to dress Hayden up for his first official trick-or-treating, but first I wanted to do a quick post to share some photos from Rachel and Brian's wedding at Butterfly Gap Retreat in Maryville last weekend. They had a beautifully sunny and warm fall day for their afternoon ceremony. Rachel incorporated the colors of Autumn into her bouquet, and even this little yellow jacket liked it. I especially loved the orange ranunculus.


Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

She also had a gorgeous long veil {I love, love those}

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Butterfly Gap's peninsula is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding in the fall.

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

I've seen plenty of outdoor ceremonies include a unity candle. However, it doesn't work very well if there is a breeze. To avoid any issues, Rachel and Brian opted for a ceremonial wine pouring instead. I thought that was a really great alternative.

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

To carry the fall theme into the reception, they decorated with pine cones, acorns, pumpkins, and granny smith apples - simple and inexpensive but perfect.

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Butterfly Gap has really cool architecture, and the walls on the studio are one example. They rotate open!

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Congratulations to you two and all the other couples celebrating their first Halloween as husband and wife!
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Maryville College, Maryville, TN

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Congratulations to all of the couples who were married on 10/10/10! The gorgeous weather that we had on Sunday was perfect for weddings and for outdoor photography sessions like the combined engagement and family portraits that I did with Olivia Williams and Chris Shubert. I know that they are super anxious to see some of the photos so here's a sneak peek!

We started out with family photos of Olivia and Chris with their little man Liam. He's just 9-months-old and was a little unsure about being on the grass, but he really enjoyed just being outside with his parents.

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

At this age, babies are just as likely to flip over and suck on the grass as they are to smile up at a stranger with a camera. Happily, Chris's dad and Elmo were on hand to coax a few smiles out of Liam, but he wasn't in the mood for kisses.

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Once Liam left with his grandpa, Olivia and Chris could focus all of their attention on each other, and things got a little more romantic.

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

For engagement and senior photos, it's nice to do an outfit change so that you get some pictures in casual clothes as well as some that are more formal. Bright, solid colors are also a good choice, and I love Olivia's dress. Chris is a car enthusiast so of course we also wanted to include his ride in a few shots.

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

Engagement Session for Olivia and Chris

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Maryville, TN

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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I didn't really plan on blogging this today, but I started looking through the photos and just wanted to go ahead and share. Although she is from Maryville, Rachel and Josh live in Florida so they had a combined wedding/honeymoon here in the Smoky Mountains at The Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend. The ceremony was held in a smaller meeting hall with the reception in the larger lodge and formal photos around the grounds. The reception tables were set up indoors and out with a dance area on the lower deck.

The lodge and cabins are all very nice and modern but retain a rustic charm with many custom touches. The carved doors on the lodge are truly amazing.

Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13

A family friend did the flowers, and I thought Rachel's bouquet was perfect for a mountain wedding. It incorporated irises (my grandmother's favorite flower and the state flower), sunflowers, and daisies.
Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13
The walkway to the ceremony site was lined with these hanging cones of Gerbera daisies. It's a little difficult to convey in a photo, but the effect was simply beautiful. Guests felt like they were walking down a forest path to a little cabin in the woods.

Rachel is an anthropologist and planned much of her wedding while working in South Africa. As favors for her guests, she brought back these creative little keychains that were handmade out of wire and beads by African artisans. VERY cool.

Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13

Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13

I love Rachel's mermaid gown, and it fit her perfectly.

Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13


Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13

Josh watched as Rachel cut the cake. Carrot Cake. My favorite!
Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13

Although it was a very hot and humid day, the guests weren't deterred from dancing into the night to live music by the Swinging Richards.
Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13
Josh's family taught everyone a Lebanese wedding dance, and the couple showed off some of their moves.
Harvey/Toney Wedding September 13

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Maryville, TN

Friday, May 9, 2008
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What is up with all the wet weekends lately? I was worried that this past Saturday was going to be rainy again, but the weather came through early enough for Melanie and Patrick to have a dry wedding. The ceremony was held at First Baptist Church of Maryville with the reception at Maryville's Life Events Center.

Details: yellow and orange tulip bouquets; black, tea-length bridesmaid dresses; unity sand ceremony; strawberry wedding cake; chocolate grooms' cake; cookie cutter favors; bubble exit

We did individual portraits at the church and couple portraits after the reception so here are a few photos from the church, the reception, and the couple session.


Jenkins/Doubleday Wedding May 3

Jenkins/Doubleday Wedding May 3

Jenkins/Doubleday Wedding May 3

Jenkins/Doubleday Wedding May 3
Jenkins/Doubleday Wedding May 3

Jenkins/Doubleday Wedding May 3

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Maryville, TN

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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This anniversary post is a bit early, but today is my last working day before the holiday so...

Lois and Laramy had a candle-lit winter wedding service at the First Baptist Church of Maryville in 2005. The couple chose to meet alone in the sanctuary before the service so that we would have a chance to do photos outdoors before the sun went down. We were blessed with a sunny day (warm for late December) and got some great shots of the two of them at the little park across the street from the church.

Lois was teaching elementary school and had invited all of her students and their families to the wedding. The kids were obviously excited to participate in the wedding and had a blast dancing at the reception held at Butterfly Gap.

I'm hoping that things will slow down during the "off" season this winter, and I'll have time to go back and blog some of the engagement sessions for these couples. For now, here are some album pages from the wedding.

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

Gray/Gregory Wedding Anniversary December 30

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