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Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN

Monday, September 15, 2008
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On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Rachel and Josh at Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend. Now that the wedding is over, I can finally share some of Rachel's bridal photos that we did at the lodge back in July. I'll be back in a few days to post a preview of the wedding.


Rachel's Bridal Session Photographs

Rachel's Bridal Session Photographs

Rachel's Bridal Session Photographs

Rachel's Bridal Session Photographs
Rachel's Bridal Session Photographs
Rachel's Bridal Session Photographs
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The Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend, TN

Saturday, June 21, 2008
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I need to first apologize to a couple of people who are waiting on slideshows and prints. This is my busiest month of the year, but this week I had to take it easy for a few days due to a migraine. I'll be working extra hard next week to catch up with everything, and I appreciate everyone's patience. One thing that I promised to do this week was to blog a few preview photographs from Sarah and Michael's wedding, and here they are.

Sarah and Michael had a destination wedding in Townsend last weekend. After traveling from Missouri, they spent several days relaxing with their family and friends at Valley View's Little River Lodge. Saturday's ceremony was held on the banks of the Little River. The sky looked threatening all day, but it stayed dry long enough for the two to be married. It did begin raining before the ceremony had ended, but it was only a mountain shower that passed by after a bit.

Once the rain had passed, the guests were treated to a sit down dinner catered by Miss Lily's Catering with dance music provided by the Rough Edges bluegrass band.

The weather may not have fully cooperated, but the mountains put on a show of animals including a black snake, otters, and a blue heron.

Ludwig/Risch Wedding June 14
Kids are amazingly resilient. One minute they're unhappy and the next they're off playing in a wet hammoc.
Ludwig/Risch Wedding June 14
Ludwig/Risch Wedding June 14
If it's going to rain, be sure to have an umbrella nearby!

Ludwig/Risch Wedding June 14

Ludwig/Risch Wedding June 14

Sarah and beautiful baby Luna who looked adorable in an outfit made by her grandmother.

Ludwig/Risch Wedding June 14

I am ending this post just after midnight on Friday. It is now officially the weekend, and I am finally getting off of the computer. Everyone have a great weekend, and cross your fingers for nice weather on Saturday. I have another outdoor wedding to photograph.
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Heritage Park, Townsend, TN

Friday, May 4, 2007
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On Saturday afternoon, Lisa Mynatt and Justin Stinnett had their wedding at Heritage Park in Townsend.

Lisa was a very laid back bride. She didn't want a fru-fru dress with a long train and didn't spend long hours worrying over every possible detail. She focused on what was important to her and put together a really beautiful wedding.

Her bouquet from The Flower Pot had blue & white hydrangeas. The bridesmaid wore a sapphire colored dress, and the cake from Village Bakery had matching blue ribbon and hydrangeas around each tier. Her halter dress came from Budget Bridal by Connie.

Although they had planned an afternoon ceremony on the grass with a scenic view of the mountains, the weather didn't cooperate. No worries... they just moved the ceremony into the covered pavilion. However, as is often the case with showers in the mountains, the rain didn't last long. The rest of the day was sunny and beautiful.

After the reception and a few photos with the couple, Lisa & Justin went to Gatlinburg to spend the rest of the weekend with some of their closest family and friends. The couple had rented Mountaintop Mansion in Gatlinburg Falls Resort. It is an awesome place with a theater, game room, 2 hot tubs, and 9 bedrooms. If you're ever planning a family reunion, this is the place to go.

Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Lisa & Justin did see each other before the ceremony. It didn't really help the timetable much because it started raining soon after, and most of the photos had to be done after the ceremony anyway. It did give them more time together though, and I think it's nice to share more of the wedding day together. Otherwise, Lisa would have just been sitting in a room hiding and being nervous for over an hour.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
I like to get some time alone with couples so that we can do a few romantic photos. When you have guests watching the photo session, it's difficult to relax and focus on each other. Obviously these two were having a hard time ignoring the onlookers.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
This was a great moment. In her excitement, Lisa threw the bouquet over everyone's heads and into the field.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Justin is an avid fisherman and even had a pole along on the wedding day.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
The couple had a bubble exit from the reception.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Although she has very traditional taste in photography, I did talk Lisa into doing a few not-so-ordinary photos.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28

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