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The Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend, TN

Saturday, June 21, 2008
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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Farm, Greenback, TN

Monday, June 9, 2008
Being 06/07/08, this past Saturday was probably one of the most popular wedding dates of the year so congratulations to all the newly married couples! It also turned out to be super sunny and hot, but Malinda and Del took it all in stride. Their 6:30 ceremony was held on Malinda's family farm in Greenback.

The girls wore bright aqua blue dresses and carried bouquets of pink peonies and green hydrangea. I love, love peonies, and the colors were perfect. As always, Mulberries did an amazing job with the flowers. The ceremony programs were attached to fans for the guests to use in the heat and backed with either the aqua or a green that matched the groomsmen's ties.

Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7

The ceremony was held on a hill with amazing views. As I arrived at the site, I noticed several cameras pointed to the sky and no wonder... I've seen light coming from behind a cloud, but this huge cloud was really amazing in the way it was lit from within. After hearing some thunder, I was afraid that we would end up wet before the end of the ceremony and formals, but it seemed to rain everywhere except the Burkhart farm. You may also notice part of a golf cart and classic car in the background - rides for the bridesmaids and bride respectively. We later rode the golf cart back up the hill for a few photos with the sunset.

Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7

The wedding was a beautiful blend of the rustic and the refined.

Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7
Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7

Most people are a little reserved or uncomfortable in front of a camera, but these candid shots really show Malinda and Del's joy shining through.
Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7
Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7
After the ceremony, we shot a few, quick photos in the fields on the hill overlooking the reception tent.
Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7
Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7

Finally, one of my favorite shots of the day. As she was pulled down the ceremony aisle in a red wagon, the flower girl Alaina threw handfuls of petals but wouldn't crack a smile. Whenever I pointed a camera in her direction, she would drop her head and chew on her bottom lip. That was until the reception when Malinda kicked off her shoes and left them on the side of the dance floor. When Alaina found them, she sat down and traded her own shoes for Malinda's before looking up for everyone's approval. She was so proud of herself and, even though she could barely move in them, she wore those shoes for much of the night.

Burkhart/Harris Wedding June 7

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Twin Cedar Farm, Rockford, TN

Monday, June 2, 2008
Lacey and Jonah were married in an outdoor ceremony at Twin Cedar Farm on Saturday,  a typical sunny but windy summer day. Twin Cedar is located in rural Rockford and has an air-conditioned pavilion on a hill overlooking a pond and gazebo. The wedding party was carried to/from the ceremony site in a horse-drawn wagon while the couple rode in a carriage.

Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31

Lacey and Jonah included their dog Grady in the ceremony, and the kids had fun walking him the rest of the day. The wedding colors were black and a rosey pink as shown with the flower girls' sashes.

Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31
everyone got a kick out of the groom's cake ...

Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31

Just after sunset, the guests lined up for a bubble exit. The sun had already gone down, but the light was reflecting off of the clouds above. It was a beautiful ending to a great day.

Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31

Sunday morning, Lacey and Jonah were up early so that we could do their couple photos in Knoxville before they left for their honeymoon, a cruise to the Bahamas. The morning was cool and overcast, much more comfortable than the day before. I was so glad that we did the photos early in the day as it ended up storming off and on for the rest of the day. An employee at Volunteer Landing was kind enough to let us through the gate so that we could get a few shots with the caboose of the Three Rivers Rambler.
Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31
Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31
Chamberlain/Stout Wedding May 31
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The Emporium on Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Friday, May 30, 2008
I will normally only schedule one wedding per weekend, but this past weekend I photographed Lindsey & Aaron on Saturday and then helped Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photography with another wedding on Sunday. It makes for a very long weekend, but it's fun to shoot with other photographers on occasion.  The couple, Amanda and Shayne, had their wedding at The Emporium on Gay Street.

Being the second shooter on a wedding is a different experience from being the primary shooter. While the primary shooter has the responsibility of getting "the shot", the second shooter can focus more on candid moments, details, and different angles. The downside is that the primary shooter usually has the subjects' attention and the best vantage point. For instance, during the ceremony Tara was in the aisle in front of the couple. I was at the side shooting over people's heads, but I think it gives the photos a sort of intimate feel.

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25

During the group formals, I was able to focus more on individuals like this without having to worry about getting the whole group.

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25

Both brides last weekend did something really cool. They wore veils for the ceremony and then switched to a large flower in their hair. Lindsey on Saturday had a beautiful, long veil while Amanda on Sunday wore a hip, birdcage veil.

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25
Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25
The wedding colors were pink and black with lots of pink flowers everywhere. The groomsmen had pink ties, and the bridesmaids wore black dresses.
Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25
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Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston, TN

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Lindsey and Aaron's wedding day was exceptional, and they deserved every minute of it. They're such a kind, loving couple, and I'm so happy to have been a part of their big day. The weather was perfect, and Lindsey was gorgeous. I may be biased since I was married there, but Whitestone Inn really is a wonderful wedding venue. The couple chose to have a private meeting in the chapel and then complete the group formals before the ceremony. After their ceremony, they took a private carriage ride around the grounds while guests made their way across the courtyard to the reception. All of the food is made on-site and is truly some of the best tasting (and best looking) wedding food I've ever had. The cake, done by Magpies, was also delicious.

a shot of Lindsey's gown in the chapel entrance and Lindsey walking to Aaron for their first meeting

Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24

the flowers were lovely and Lindsey & Aaron were so relaxed and happy

Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24

I love french bustles, and they always stay in much better when the seamstress uses color-coded ribbons that tie together.

Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24
Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24
Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24
Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24
Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24
Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24

and finally a very traditional but necessary photo in the gazebo... just check out the view!
Reid/Hedlund Wedding May 24
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