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Dara's Garden, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Kristy and Kegan are currently living in on a military base in Germany, but they were able to come back to Tennessee for a wedding at Dara's Garden this past weekend. The roses are in bloom at Dara's, and we had beautiful, clear skies for their outdoor ceremony. Kristy and Kegan are so in love, and the day was very emotional for everyone.

Kristy may be surprised to see this, but her dress took a little trip outside while we waited on her and the girls to arrive.

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

Kristy and Kegan chose to have a private meeting in the gardens and spent a few moments together laughing, hugging, kissing, and crying.

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

Lisa Foster did a great job designing the flowers, and the girls wore canary yellow dresses. Everything was light and summery - perfect for a garden wedding.

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

The couple entered their tented reception through an arch of sabers where Kristy was ceremoniously spanked with a saber and welcomed into the army.

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

I've seen a lot of touching father/daughter dances, but this one was very special. The DJ (who did a fantastic job all night) used a full-length-version of Butterfly Kisses, and I know that at least some of the guests were crying through the whole song.

Part of what made this wedding so wonderful is that the couple and guests were really able to just relax,  enjoy themselves, and be "in the moment".

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

Want to guess who went home with the bouquet?

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

White / Reilly Wedding May 22, 2010

Special thanks to some of the other vendors that helped make Kristy and Kegan's wedding day so memorable:
Dara at Dara's Garden
Bob Kerr at Hightech Video
Peggy Love at Plan it with Love
Salon Visage on Market Square
Drew Holloway with Ogle Entertainment
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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The pre-crawling stage is such a great time for baby photography because the kids are expressive and active but can't quite run away from the camera yet. Photographing babies at any age can be a challenge, but it is SO worth the effort. It is truly amazing how quickly they grow and change. Now that I'm a mother, I am even more aware of just how important it is to document these early moments for yourself and your child.

Baby J is such a sweet little guy! The photo session wore him out, but he was really very cooperative and seems older than just 7 months. I'm excited to share some of my favorite photographs from our session. Isn't he just adorable?

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

It's exciting and scary to go from having a lap baby to a wiggly, little crawler who can take off in a split second. Luckily, J's mom and dad were there to lend a hand with the baby wrangling.

Almost Crawling

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Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston, TN

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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I was SO glad that it didn't rain until late on Saturday so that Melissa and Ross could have their ceremony outdoors at Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston. They exchanged vows in front of the gazebo overlooking Watts Bar Lake and then moved indoors for a sit-down dinner and dancing. As always, the wedding director Deneise was great to work with, and the food was delicious. It was a perfect beginning for a very sweet couple.

I hope to post more photos later, but they're returning from their Caribbean honeymoon soon so here's a sneak peek - one candid shot from their first dance and my favorite photo from their couple time together.


Rose / Bunker Wedding May 15

Rose / Bunker Wedding May 15

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Here are a few more photos from my session with Casey and Sarah who will be graduating next week. Congratulations, girls!

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Friday, May 7, 2010
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I always have a tough time choosing my favorite photos to share on the blog. However, this senior session was ridiculously good, and I'm going to have to split it into two posts.

It was a shared session with best friends Sarah and Casey from (my alma mater) Central High. The girls took turns assisting and being photographed, and they kept each other smiling despite the heat.

Up first are photos of Sarah in her prom dress. Prom photos are great! You get the beautiful dress like a bridal session, but the colors are so fun.

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

I have to say that it is not a good idea to leave your photography prop chair sitting around while you go off to take photos elsewhere. Marcus had joked that I could just leave it on the side of the road when we finished, but I wasn't even done yet! We were gone maybe ten minutes while we waited for the sun to get lower. Then as we were driving back to it, we saw that a couple had stopped in their truck and were about to take the chair. They tried to play it off by sitting down and waiting to see if we drove on by. When we stopped, they decided to make their get away. Good thing too because I'd hate to fight a stranger over a pink, velvet chair.

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