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Norris Dam State Park, Norris, TN

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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I love fall! The leaves are changing, and we're finally having some great jacket weather, the sort that makes you want to sit around a campfire making s'mores. The temperature on Saturday may have been a little cooler than Jill and Chris would have wished, but it was still a beautiful fall day for their outdoor wedding at Norris Dam State Park. After a few photos around the park, the couple said their vows at the ampitheater and then walked across the street for a dinner reception at the Tea Room.

Jill and Chris had their private meeting on this leaf-strewn lane outside the rustic cabin where she had gotten ready.
King/Jones Wedding October 18

There was another wedding staged at the old mill and barn in the park, but we found some more creative places to do a few pre-ceremony photographs.
King/Jones Wedding October 18

King/Jones Wedding October 18


King/Jones Wedding October 18

The ampitheater is surrounded by large trees and made for a very natural, serene ceremony site. This was their first kiss as husband and wife.
King/Jones Wedding October 18
I love the idea of having a petal toss as the couple exits the ceremony. I had a couple try this before, and none of the guests (not even the friends and family who knew about it) threw the petals. Jill did a good job putting explicit directions on the petal cones: Please shower Jill and Chris with petals at the close of the ceremony. However, guests still seemed a bit confused. While it was still a fun exit, anyone copying this idea may get even more petals in the air if they ask the officiant to give directions just before the exit.
King/Jones Wedding October 18
Jill's grandfather and his friends provided live music at the reception.
King/Jones Wedding October 18
The guests had fun using the photo booth, complete with fun props and costumes.
King/Jones Wedding October 18


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Norris Dam State Park, Norris, TN

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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I've been busy shooting and processing, but here's a quick post of some recent bridal photos I did with elegant Miss Meghan (AKA Mrs. Drake).

Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs

Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
  
                          Meghan's Bridal Session Photographs
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The Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Peggy and Aaron were married in late May at the Museum of Appalachia. Last week I met up with them again at the museum to do their couple session. It was sunny and warm just like their wedding day, but it was nice to have all the extra time to roam around the grounds and really take advantage of the setting.

By the way, the museum has their annual homecoming festival coming up the weekend of October 13. I have two weddings that weekend so I wont' be able to go, but I have been several years in the past. It's a good way to spend the day - listening to bluegrass and folk music; eating chicken-n-dumplins, cobbler, homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, and BBQ; visiting with the artisans and authors, viewing old-time life demonstrations, walking around the antique engine and tractor show, and shopping for crafts. It isn't cheap, but it's a good way to support the not-for-profit museum so take a lawn chair and make a day of it. If you act fast and purchase your tickets by September 28 then you can save some money.

Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs

Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs
Peggy and Aaron's Couple Session Photographs
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The Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN

Thursday, May 31, 2007
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Last Saturday was a perfect, happy day for Peggy Toler and Aaron Hooper as they said their vows in front of friends and family at The Museum of Appalachia in Norris. The weather was warm, but beautiful. We did have a few clouds overhead at times, and the reception area indoors was air-conditioned. I will be doing a couple session with Peggy and Aaron on a later date so that we can really take advantage of the picturesque museum grounds. Congratulations you two!

One of the cutest little ring bearers ever. He was completely enthralled with the peacocks roaming around.
Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs
Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Every wedding needs a precious little red-headed flower girl.
Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs

Toler/Hooper Wedding May 26 Photographs
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