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Laura & Josh

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The entire week before Laura & Josh’s wedding I prayed for no rain. I crossed my fingers that the weather forecast would change. I pretty much told everyone I knew to do the same. Because, you see, Laura had these visions of getting married in her grandmother’s gardens that she and her family had fully restored. And Allison Gaddis of Live, Laugh, Love Weddings had seen her entire vision through down to every last detail. The team of vendors that was assembled, well - we were all so excited about this day. And if I could’ve picked one day out of the year for it to not rain, I would’ve picked this one. But, rain it did. We were all pretty bummed that the ceremony and reception were moved out of the gardens and under a tent. But it was perfect. It was more then perfect - it was exactly the way it was supposed to be. The rain stopped long enough for us to do photos in the gardens and the sun even poked out. And then it rained for about 5 minutes during the reception - long enough for us to get some really cool nighttime photos! Because of all the days I was determined to get amazing photos for these two because of the rain, not despite the rain. Oh man did I love photographing this couple! From Josh’s tears to the surprise of puppy dog Sully being a part of the day. They are sweet and gorgeous and downright hilarious.

Here are some of the people who made this past Saturday so amazing:

Wedding Designer: Live, Laugh, Love Weddings

Florist: Samuel Franklin

DJ: Sequoyah Entertainment

Catering: Bradford Catering

Rentals: All Occassions

Videography: Milestone Pictures

Hair & Makeup: Southern Sirens

Lighting: Bright Events

Invitations & Programs: The Happy Envelope

Katherine & Will

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When I say that Katherine has been planning her wedding day since she was a little girl I really mean it! She had her dress picked out so many years ago - a dress from the 1890’s worn by 20 other women including her mom. The pearls she wore were gifts from her grandmother - she collected just a few of them every year for many years and then never wore them all together until her wedding day. And all of this history incorporated into this day makes perfect sense knowing that these two met while working in the Senate in Washington, D.C. and that played such an important role in their relationship that it became a big part of their celebration too - hello presidential masks, red, white and blue lights, and even an end of the evening motorcade. Katherine new she wanted to get married in her hometown church and she always dreamed of the roses at her home being in bloom for photos (guess what, they were!). But she still got to pick out a fun party dress for the day too when she decided she was too nervous something would happen to the dress at the reception. There was so much sentimental beauty in this day. Katherine even cried looking at her flowers for the first time! I loved this historic day with such a gorgeous couple!

Katherine & Matt

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Tucked away in the Great Smokey Mountains is a little gem called Parkside Resort - a sweet little wedding venue that is right between two cabins where guests can stay. It’s the perfect set up for getting cozy and staying a while. And it was the sweetest destination wedding for Katherine & Matt. And speaking of cozy, did I mention it was just a little bit hot that day too? But that didn’t stop this wild crew from dancing all night. I loved photographing this day and this couple.

Lindsay & Chris

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Most of the time when I get the pleasure of seeing sweet Lindsay we are both wearing gym shorts and t-shirts, fish line bracelets and flip flops. That’s because we both volunteer for a camp called Camp Sunshine, a camp for kids with cancer. So we are out there sweating day in and day out for a week with these amazing kids. And while the sweat was still there (hello hot day in May) look at how gorgeous this bride is! Definitely not the way I am used to seeing her but I love a girl who can rock both looks. And I certainly love a couple who make photos with their dogs such a huge priority on their wedding day. Lindsay and Chris had a quiet, cozy, relaxed afternoon at home before heading to the ceremony and reception site to get hitched. It had called for rain all week but not a drop of rain was to be found. And the best advice I can give to my other brides is to fully prepare for rain. Buy the umbrellas and the rain boots and wrap your head around the idea. Because time and time I’ve seen it happen - the most prepared brides have sunshine.

Special thanks to A Dream Woven Events for making this day run so smooth!