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The Lodge at Brother's Cove | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

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The Lodge at Brother's Cove | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

We’d probably fight someone for Sam and Robert, like no questions asked. I’m hoping they never ask, but if they do, hey, we’d do it. We’re not particularly “ready to rumble” type people (okay, Jesse excluded, he totally is) but we genuinely love these two. Sam and Robert are OUR people. 2018 has been so good to us, slinging us couples who love us and love us well left and right, but Sam and Robert, man oh man, they take the freaking cake. Right about here, I’d like to insert the multiple text messages that Sam has sent me telling me how grateful she is for us and how much she loves us, like unprovoked, just out of the blue. I’m not going to, because this isn’t about us, but the point is that I could. But heres the thing, I have this feeling that they’d do that for any one of the people they care about, and their wedding day shows proof of that. Every single person in attendance was JOYFULLY participating in their day. From their best friends to their siblings, the dads, mom, grandma (hey, they’re my mom and grandma too on wedding days, I have no shame) they were all so incredibly excited to witness the love these two share. We were too. Like- cry multiple times throughout the day excited because these people who were relative strangers to us several months prior were showing us exactly what true love looks like, and they were OUR people now.

Okay, mushy stuff aside, this wedding was tops. We both agreed that it was our favorite reception ever (you’re about to see the liveliest group of people dancing ever) and that we could totally merge our friend groups, which is always nice. The MAGICAL 3m Creative Consultants team (hey Jana heeeeey) put together the most picturesque day for Sam and Robert, complete with the gorgeousness of the Great Smoky Mountains backdrop. Also, Beauty by Blair and Hair by Christi (my squad) were the artists behind Sam and her squad’s look.

Sam and Robert were everything a Winx Photo couple should be- kind, real, joyful, trusting, and ready to have a really good time. If you’re anything like these two, hey, head our way. We want to meet you. As for the Gennos, we love you two. Thank you for allowing us in and thank you for always being so encouraging, so kind, and so fun.

xoxo,
Jesse & Quinn

Venue: The Lodge at Brother’s Cove | Planning/Florals/Catering/DJ: 3M Creative Consultants | Hair: Christi Piontkowski | MUA: Beauty by Blair | Dress: White Lace and Promises | Invites: Shutterfly

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Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

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Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

Tuesday freaking weddings.

Weekday weddings are literally the most magical thing ever. Intimate weddings are literally the most magical thing ever. Windy weddings are literally the most magical thing ever. Ok that was a lot, but this wedding had all of that and more and I’m not exaggerating at all when I say this day was exceptional.
Kelly and Anthony chose a weekday wedding surrounded by all of their closest family and friends at the always beautiful Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard- seriously, peep those views. Kelly and Anthony booked us about a month before their day, so they decided against our complimentary engagement session. I’ll be honest, I was a little worried. I like to think our engagement sessions really help us to mesh with our clients and really play a huge part in making sure a wedding day runs smoothly. Y’all, it was like we had known each other for forever.
While I’m still a huge e-sesh fan, Kelly and Anthony broke the mold on cool couples. They trusted us implicitly, right down to having us pin the bout and bustle the dress. They ran, they laughed, they spun. They did all of the crazy things we ask couples to do and they did it joyfully and without hesitation, trusting that we’d get killer results.
This was easily one of the hardest blogs I’ve ever put together because picking photos was so tough- there are SO many incredible ones! I always like to sprinkle in some favorites while leaving a few to surprise our couples when they get their full gallery but this was tough because every photo is my fave.

Kelly and Anthony, thank you so much for allowing us to document all of that joy on your beautiful and windy wedding day. We still are just smitten over how much we love these photos and you both!

Venue: Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard | Cake: Costco | Dress: David’s Bridal | HMUA: Piper at Salon Visage | Rentals: AOPR | Suit: Men’s Warehouse | DJ: DJ Ray

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Tellico Village Yacht Club | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

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Tellico Village Yacht Club | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

I don’t like being called an artist, or artists rather. I think its cheesy and pretentious. This isn’t some coy attempt at “omg! We’re not even that good!” pandering, its just me, a professional photographer, telling you that I don’t like being labeled that way. I like to call us storytellers.

When I was younger, and even now still, I loved to write. I don’t get to put pen to paper much (read; at all) anymore, but I do get to share a story. A wedding day is just that, right? A love story coming to fruition. The truth is, this is just one small part of your love story. It is not the climax, it is not the resolution. Its one teensy day that ends in you promising all of your days to the one person you hold dearest. Getting to write that story in our own way is the best kind of privilege.

Anthony and Kristen planned a destination wedding from Missouri to Knoxville, TN at Tellico Village Yacht Club for the beginning of October and y’all, it was incredible. We genuinely love all of our couples and how intricately different their stories are, and Anthony and Kristen are no exception to that. We shot their “engagement” session the day prior to their wedding day since they live out of town, and when I asked Anthony if he thought he’d be emotional seeing Kristen as a bride the next day, his response was simple, “HELL YES.” He said that the two things that could bring him to his knees were their 2 dogs and Kristen. He wasn’t kidding. Anthony’s love for his new wife was so evident, so tangible. Every few minutes I’d see him glance over at her and tell her how beautiful she was and just how lucky he felt to marry her. I know all love is different, but hear me out. Your wedding day is NOT the day to skimp on emotions just because there are people around. This is your wedding day! Its completely acceptable, and really freaking cute, if you are absolutely punch yourself in the face happy. Its totally cool if you break down in tears every few minutes, and friends, its super kickass if you express your love for your partner for all of the world to see. Don’t worry about who is watching, whether it’ll be on camera, or what it’ll look like. Just GO for it. Soak it in. Live in the moment. And if you need some pointers on how to do that, check out this JOYFUL Knoxville, Tennessee wedding down below.

Venue: Tellico Village Yacht Club | Planning: Team Wedding | Florals: LB Floral | HMUA: Southern Belle Beauty | Band: The Coveralls | Cake: Publix | Rentals: AOPR | Officiant: Ken Link

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Kincaid House Inspiration | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

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Kincaid House Inspiration | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

My entire life, my mom has instilled a love for the scenic route. That only intensified when she married my step dad and we moved out to the country- to Clinton. Clinton is a sleepy little town just north of Knoxville. Its quaint but vast, the kind of town you find in Hallmark movies. Far and away, my favorite street in Clinton has always been Eagle Bend. When I was younger, I would beg to drive "the pretty way" home, just to gawk at the houses and play the "which would you pick" game. One of my favorite houses, though, would oneday become the most inviting wedding venue. The Kincaid House, or as I used to refer to it, the lighthouse house, was built in the 1930s. The gardens are something out of a traditional English storybook, with lush greenery and stone walls. The inside of the house is classic, with real hardwoods and warm afternoon light spilling over, room after room. Its a home, not a house, somewhere you want to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, or maybe even get snowed in. Its exactly as I imagined it would be all those years ago. 

When I heard that the Kincaid House offered weddings, my heart started racing, because that meant that I could plan something special, something complimentary to the home. Styled shoots offer us a chance to flex our creativity, to work with our friends both new and old, and to craft a scene we've always wanted to set. There's a part of me that maybe in another life was an event stylist. Not a coordinator, no, I'm nowhere near as incredible as the coordinators I know, like Marvyl with Team Wedding (more about her and everyone else involved below.) Just a stylist, someone who picks out the whos and whats and whys of a scene and makes it lovely. I knew that I wanted to incorporate peaches, because nothing says summery gardeny wedding like a peach to me. That was my base point, and from there it took off. Our overall vision for this shoot was a modern southern wedding, with touches of whimsy sprinkled in. Check it out!

Venue: The Kincaid House | Planning: Team Wedding | Florals: Melissa Timm Designs | Dress: Lillian Ruth Bride, Hayley Paige | Hair: Hair by Christi Piontkowski | MUA: Beauty by Blair | Rentals: AOPR | Cake: Cakery Bakery | Calligraphy: Tristar Scribe

 

Truth be told, I've had a vision for this shoot in my head for a long time. It wasn't until I started meeting up for lunch with Marvyl and Christi that I started to put pen to paper and get the wheels turning. Marvyl just kinda brings that out of you. She's the busiest human I know, but also possibly the most thoughtful. She goes 110mph in life, but her joy, even for simple things like southwest eggrolls from Chilis, is tangible. You can't help but love her. She is also a hell of a planner/coordinator. She shows up ready to work with a smile on her face. Her problem solving skills and creativity make her the perfect person to plan your day with, I sorta wish she'd plan all of my days for me.

Christi has become another one of my favorite people. Christi is the hair stylist for all of my boudoir clients (see her work here and here) but she has also become a good friend. She is far more talented than I think she knows, the evidence is in this shoot as well as in every client project I've ever worked on with her. She also has the most incredibly calming presence, something I think must really be awesome for her brides on their wedding days. Also, shes really funny and laughs with me about life and The Office regularly, so she's an ace.

Beauty by Blair did the makeup for this shoot. I often joke that Blair, Christi, and I are a package deal, but its kinda true. We've easily worked on over 100 clients together at this point, and they've become like family. Blair did the makeup for my own wedding, will probably do the makeup for any other event I ever do, and I'll more than likely force everyone I know to use her as well. Don't get me wrong, I've worked with lots of gifted MUAs, but again, we're just kinda a package deal. I love how subtle and feminine the look she created was. It perfectly tied in with all the little details, and especially with the soft curls Christi pulled off.

I'm gushing now, but hey, I LOVE my people. Melissa Timm and her team created the most jaw dropping floral arrangements. I actually threw my phone and squealed when Marvyl sent me a picture of them. Melissa stepped in at the 11th hour and saved the day with our flowers. With it being busy season, we had a really tough time finding a florist that was available but Melissa fit us in and really showed off. The favorite part about the arrangements was her creative use of rosemary! Every time I smelled them I wanted a steak, but hey, I like a good steak. The flowers completely tied everything else together and I cannot say enough about how happy they made me. 

Kim with Cakery Bakery was a new friend, but I'm so glad we met. I told her to have fun with it, but I wanted to have a subtle nod toward the royal wedding with multi-tier cakes. She delivered and man oh man, was that cake good. I won't even tell you how quickly we ate it. Kim and her daughter also stuck around and decorated the cakes for us with fresh flowers from Melissa and some peaches I picked up. They really did go above and beyond and were so kind throughout the whole process.

Brittany with the Tristar Scribe is another new friend that we're really excited to have gotten to work with! I've followed Brittany's work for a long time, so when I reached out I knew she'd come up with something great. I shot her a list of stuff we'd love to have be a part of the shoot and she quickly sent me back her idea, including an acrylic sign (praise be, I LOVE acrylic anything) and the coolest ribbon place "cards" for the head table. She hand lettered everything and stuck around to help us throughout the shoot, even though it got pretty humid outside. Brittany was an absolute treat to work with!

We picked a Hayley Paige dress from Lillian Ruth Bridal in Market Square and it could not have fit the scene any better. I have to admit, though I loved the Hayley Paige dress, any dress from Lillian Ruth would've been fantastic. Their collection is incredible and unique, and their showroom is one of the prettiest little pieces of downtown Knoxville. Even if all of that weren't true, Leslie and Liz make the experience of picking out a dress, even as a vendor, something special. 

All Occasions lent us all of our beautiful staple items, like the tables, linens, chairs, plates, glassware, flatware, etc. Basically everything you'd need to actually pull off a styled shoot ;) AOPR's team is always such a delight to work with. They had no problem with us coming into their showroom and laying everything out so that we could narrow down the style. They even helped recommend items. Knoxville really is lucky to have such a killer group of people.

Last but certainly not least, a massive thank you to our real couple, Kelsey and Saxon. We always use real couples for styled shoots because they bring an extra level of emotion, intimacy, and, our favorite thing, joy. Kelsey is photographer in Knoxville as well and we met by both being Preferred Photographers at The Hive. We instantly clicked, because I'm not sure who wouldn't click with Kelsey. Shes a precious human being and an excellent photographer. When she volunteered herself and her husband, I knew it was kismet. 


PHEW. I know. I ramble. I just feel like thanking people for their time and talent is really important, especially in this industry. If you're looking for any vendors, please check out our friends. They really are second to none and they all care massively about the time it takes to make you day spectacular. Plus, hey, we all work really well together :)

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Country Manor Acres | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

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Country Manor Acres | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

Every photographer has an ideal couple. For some, that couple is incredibly wealthy and polished, for others, that couple wants to elope. Some photographers love a detail heavy wedding, others just need two people. Us? We love a laid back couple, everything else is secondary. If you love each other and you're more excited about the marriage than the wedding, then we're probably the Knoxville photographers for you. 

Enter Chelsea and Andrew. I could gush about our connection for days, but I think its best to let their photos speak for themselves. Being a part of their wedding day felt like being a part of an old friend's wedding. We laughed together, cried together, and cheered for one another throughout the day. My favorite part of their wedding day was the inclusion of Chelsea's biological daughter, Emma, as well as Emma's adoptive parents and little brother. At one point, Chelsea had a special reveal of her full wedding look just for Emma, then they shared a special moment, one I truly felt privileged to capture, where Chelsea gave Emma a necklace she had worn while pregnant with Emma. Em was clearly excited, squealing, "I'm gonna keep it in my sock drawer so its safe!"  Andrew and Chelsea also surprised their guests with a foot washing ceremony, signifying their devotion and humility toward one another, just as Jesus did with his disciples. 

The love and joy on C & A's wedding day was tangible. It was one of those days where every bit of achey bones and sore muscles was 110% worth it. We feel so incredibly blessed to call this a job, and to call our couples friends. 

Venue: Country Manor Acres | Dress: Lillian Ruth / Kenneth Winston | Florals: Betty Longworth at Countryside Gardens | Suit : Jos A Bank | HMUA: Audrey & Miriam at Salon Aquarius | Rentals: AOPR / Campbell's | Catering: Rosa's | Cake: Sugarbuzz Bakers

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The Barn at Buttermilk | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

The Barn at Buttermilk | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

When Michelle and I met for the first time, she described her wedding as a laid back get together where two people just happen to be getting married. She said there would be food and friends and family and music and lots of love, and I think that was an accurate description!

Heres what I've learned about weddings- they don't need to be fancy. You don't need the most expensive table linens or the 4 course meal, you don't need an extravagant display, you just need two people in love, the rest will work itself out. We've shot formal weddings and we've shot casual weddings, courthouse weddings and destination weddings, but the most consistent thing that each of these weddings has is love, laughter, and the most incredible display of joy I can think of. Our job is kind of selfish, you see, almost a little self indulgent. As much as I love our couples, love that they're sealing the deal, I LOVE the high I get from that joy. I love knowing that we got to be a very small part in the start of such an intricately beautiful journey. I love knowing that our couples will cling to their wedding photos, that their great grandchildren will pour over their albums while showing them to their own children. What I'm saying is, forget the details, the guest list, the dress, and focus on your love. That love will carry you through highs and lows, will dream with you, will care for you. That love is one of the only things that really matters. 
 

Michelle and Michael's day may have been laid back, but it wasn't running low on love. The Barn at Buttermilk made to most beautiful backdrop and even though it was hot outside, their guests were SO excited to see these two tie the knot. Thank you both so much for allowing us to be a part of such a perfect day!

Venue: The Barn at Buttermilk | Florals: Broadway Flower Shop | Cake: Publix | Hair: Carla Carter w/ Salon Luxe | MUA: Kristen Davenport
Dress: David's Bridal/ Oleg Cassini | DJ: Parker Dodson | Rentals: AOPR

Heartland Meadows | Taylor & Joe

Heartland Meadows | Taylor & Joe

Finding your ideal client takes a while.  For a long time, I wanted my ideal client to meet a certain aesthetic. I wanted them to have excellent style, be incredibly organized, skip all of the current trends, and on top of all of that, I desperately wanted them to mesh with me. 
But heres the thing- I am nothing like that ideal client. WE are nothing like that ideal client. Somewhere along the road, I changed my tune. I realized that the most important thing to me was that whole meshing part, and in order to mesh, we needed to have just a few things in common. 
1.) My ideal client is laid back. Like maybe almost to a fault. I like a chill couple, what can I say?
2.) My ideal client trusts us implicitly. They know the seemingly stupid things we're instructing them to do (whisper your fave veggie in her ear, but seductively) are intentional. 
3.) My ideal client likes the idea of a wedding, but LOVES the idea of a marriage. 
Bonus: My ideal client can laugh at stupid stuff, like thats what she said jokes.

Thats it. Thats all. 

Enter Taylor and Joe. 
Taylor and I met for the first time 5 days before her wedding, the day she booked me. We only talked for the first time about 3 days before that. When I asked her why she waited to book her photographer, she said, "Well, I needed a place to host all of these people, so I booked that. Then I knew I needed to feed them, so I did that. Then I wanted to have pictures of them, so here we are." Calmest. Bride. Ever. 
So we sat there, 5 days before her wedding, with one of her bridesmaids, Grace, and talked like old friends. We talked about how she was still deciding on a DJ, and how she didn't know what song to enter the reception with. I suggested Hey Ya by Outcast. She took my suggestion. We talked about how tons of her friends and family were coming in from Texas and how her and her friends and mom were putting together the flowers she ordered. And just like that, I had the most ideal client I could ever dream up. Calm, cool, and collected. 

On the day of their wedding, we were preparing for a storm. Jesse and I stopped at Target and I bought a new rain jacket and an extra umbrella, thinking it'd be a wet wedding and we'd need a backup plan. I figured that by the time we got to Heartland Meadows, Taylor's cool facade would have worn off considering every sign pointed to a washed out day, every bride's biggest fear. 
NOPE. This girl was still as relaxed as a human being can be. She was surrounded by her friends and family, excited to celebrate her and Joe's 6 year dating anniversary with a wedding. And Joe? Well, he was calmer than her. He and his groomsmen played arcade games and waited for the ceremony to start. Joe also knighted his groomsmen when gifting them their new pocket knives. Casual. 

The rain held off, the day came together. Taylor and Joe celebrated all night with their family and friends. We were and are so overjoyed to be chosen as their wedding photographers. Getting to be a part of a day like theirs was infinitely better than whatever our weekend plans were 6 days before the wedding, before we met. 

Taylor and Joe, congratulations again. We hope you love these as much as we do!

Venue: Heartland Meadows | Dress: David's Bridal | Florals: Kukka Flowers (put together by Taylor's mom) | Hair: Abby with Studio 26 | DJ: Knox Vegas | Catering: Sweet P's BBQ | Bartending: Pour Guys

6 Tips For Better Wedding Photos | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

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6 Tips For Better Wedding Photos | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

I'd venture to say that if you've landed on our site, your wedding photos are important to you- as they should be. I won't go through the spiel, about how they're all thats left after the cake is eaten and the guests are gone, just know its true. Hiring a quality photographer is important, but there are a few things you can do to make your photos even better.

1. Keep it bright, keep it tidy.
This may seem simple, but it makes a huge difference. When you're deciding where to get ready, choose a space that has nice natural light, minimal clutter, and is spacious enough to move around in. This doesn't have to be the room everyone gets ready in, but it should be the room you put your dress on in. This room should be clear of bags, hangers, snacks, and trash. Keep it minimal. I love doritos as much as the next person, but I do not love doritos in the background of your beautiful bridal photos. I know wedding days are hectic, but assign someone to tidy up the space, or designate an area where snacks can be eaten and bags can be stored. 
If your venue doesn't have a good bridal suite, consider renting a hotel room or, my personal favorite, an Airbnb. 

Bonus Tip : Have the guys do the same.

The Standard Knoxville Wedding Venue Bridal Suite

2. Its in the Details. 
When you're planning your details, go ahead and include an extra set of your stationery (envelope included), a nice hanger for your dress, and any other things that are special about you on your wedding day, like the perfume you'll wear. Guys, do the same. Lay out your tie, cufflinks, shoes, etc. Also, if you're feeling extra extra, ask your florist for a few extra sprigs of greenery or one or two extra focal flowers. These can make beautiful additions to the styling of your details. Have all of your details gathered up and ready to photograph. 

popart wedding invitations

3. Consider The Background
When you're picking your ceremony site, keep in mind that you have 2 backgrounds to consider. One is obvious, the altar where you'll stand. The other is often overlooked, looking down the aisle, where you'll enter. The last thing you want is a whole bunch of Honda Accords littering the sweet moment your dad takes your arm and begins walking you toward your future spouse. Parking is obviously limited at some venues, but if you have the option, choose an area not visible from the ceremony site. This is where day of coordinators can help as well. They'll be able tell where the cutoff needs to be for cars to not be seen. Some venues and coordinators also offer a valet service- take them up on that. Photographers can do a lot in photoshop, but removing a sea of midsize SUVs may not be possible. 

Bonus Tip: The sun should be behind the altar, if possible.

estate of grace farm ceremony fall

4. Snag an Engagement Sesh
Y'all, there's a reason so many photographers offer their engagement sessions complimentary- its so we can all get nice and comfy with each other. We want to meet with you pre-wedding day jitters and make sure we're all on the same page. This will give you a chance to get to know your photographer a little better (and vice versa) but it will mainly get you comfortable with their shooting style. Maybe it's just me, but I've noticed that most men who get a chance to do an engagement session with the wedding photographer end up being much much much more relaxed on the wedding day. So, even though your friend who is in the wedding may be an awesome photographer, if she isn't shooting the wedding, do the engagement session with the person (or team) who is. 
Bonus tip: Some photographers also offer bridal sessions and boudoir sessions, grab one of those as well!

Knoxville free engagement session photographer

5. No Cheesin'!
Candids. Candids candids candids. Mama bear, you don't have to yell out "turn around and smile" to the kiddos. I promise you, the photographer knows what they're doing and the candids are worth it. Make sure you let your friends and family know that they don't have to freeze up and fake smile whenever they see a camera, they can relax! Don't worry, we'll get plenty of posed photos too, but part of documenting the wedding day is capturing it as its happening. Nothing can ruin a moment quicker than someone yelling "smile." 

Estate of Grace Farm Knoxville Candid bridesmaids wine dress

6. Pick the Pros
Okay, I lied, I am going to do my spiel. I can't stress this enough. I believe that everyone starts somewhere, but I also believe your wedding day is not an ideal place to start. Pick vendors who KNOW what they're doing. Pick vendors who can navigate your day with grace and without hesitation. Pick vendors you genuinely like. I LOVED (and still do) my wedding photographer. I didn't feel rushed or stressed or anything other than happy. I also had a coordinator helping keep things flowing. Our florist was a seasoned pro who made exactly what I wanted, and my hair and makeup team left me feeling like a princess. My DJ kept the party lit (cringe, but I can't think of a better way to describe it) and my food was exceptional. My venue was the icing on the cake, (ha) and left me wanting to live there. Y'all, we did all of our wedding on a budget and still had everything we could have wanted. Skip the things nobody remembers, like the cocktail napkins and koozies, and spend a little more on vendors who "get" you. They're well worth it, I promise you. 

jesse and quinn winx photo

Bonus Tips
Don't get too turnt before the ceremony or photos. 
- Remind your bridal party they're being heavily documented, so no nose picking and tone down the RBF
- Tell your photographer if there is something special you want photographed
- Don't do something just because its trendy.
- Pros don't need a shot list. We know what we're doing, I promise
- Kiss a little longer than you normally would. 
- Take time for yourself and your new spouse. Those moments are fleeting and beautiful.

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Estate of Grace Farm | Haley & Gunner

Estate of Grace Farm | Haley & Gunner

I want to start this out by saying how incredibly sweet Haley and Gunner and their precious families are. All day, Jesse and I felt like we were just hanging out with old friends, partly due to the fact that Jesse and Haley ARE old friends. Way back when, before I knew his name, the color of his eyes, or his heart for people, Jesse was playing music out of Haley's mama and daddy's garage with his band. I like to think that was a part of the story of how God led him to me. You see, if kind people like Haley's mama and daddy hadn't opened up their garages and risked their neighbors filing noise complaints about those loud teenagers banging around, if kind people like Wendy and Kevin hadn't encouraged dreams, then maybe just maybe, Jesse wouldn't have been playing a show the night I met him. Maybe he'd be a different person and maybe our paths would not have crossed when they did. People like Haley's mom and dad, who are warm and inviting and encouraging, those people change the world. So it comes as no surprise that Haley would be the same type of person, marrying an incredible guy. One of the things that really stuck out to me about Haley and Gunner was their desire to spend their wedding day with their guests. If I'm being honest, that part of my own wedding day made me a little anxious, but not these two. They made sure to love on every single person there, making sure their bellies were full and that they felt appreciated. They truly were one of the most gracious couples we've seen.

Estate of Grace Farm now takes the cake for one of my favorite venues. This home turned venue is nothing short of a photographer's dream. They have a bride AND groom area, both beautifully decorated. The walls are light, allowing for the perfect natural light photos, and the rooms allow for so many options. A rainy wedding day wouldn't be an issue at this venue, because the home is immaculate and spacious. It gets even better when you walk outside, giving you an absolutely breathtaking view of House Mountain, surrounded by rolling hills and fields. The ceremony location overlooks all of this, leaving guests awestruck at the beautiful backdrop for the beautiful bride and groom.

Haley and Gunner only amplified the beauty of the venue, surrounded by their fun bridal party. These guys and gals were feeling the love and joyfully celebrating their friends. We are over the moon about this couple, their friends and family, the venue, and all of the talented vendors involved!

Venue: Estate of Grace Farm | Florals: Blooming Collective | Hair: Racheal Moyers | MUA: Alesha Varner | Dress: David's Bridal | DJ: Smokey Mountain Sounds | Cake: Renee Ailor Ricker

Knoxville Wedding Photographers | Riverdale School | Tara & Forrest

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Knoxville Wedding Photographers | Riverdale School | Tara & Forrest

This wedding. THIS FREAKING WEDDING. Y'all, no words. First of all, Tara and Forrest are two of the most genuine people we've met. They love each other, obviously, but they also love their family and friends so much. When we initially met with them and they told us they were getting married at Riverdale School in Knoxville, TN we HAD to have them. That sounds a little weird, but after our meeting I was giddy with excitement, hoping and wishing and praying they'd choose us to be their Knoxville wedding photographers. When that email came, Jesse and I both did a happy dance. We knew then that this wedding was going to be incredible. We looked forward to it all year, but in the days leading up to it, the forecast called for rain all day. Talk about a huge bummer. Riverdale School is an indoor/outdoor venue, so they had options, but man, the tree they were planning to get married under was going to be so pretty that it genuinely hurt our hearts to think that may not happen. Thankfully, in true East Tennessee fashion, the forecast changed and the outdoor ceremony was on. 

Everything about Tara & Forrest's day was unique to them. Their invites are THE coolest invites I've ever seen, which, by the way, Forrest actually made! I squealed when I saw them. There is a hotdog on their invite and a pop art drawing of them, plus its the brightest and happiest invite ever, abolutely perfect for them. One of Tara's sweet bridesmaid's mothers grew the flowers used in the wedding, including the fresh bouquets. Again, bright and happy and wonderful. For dinner, T & F had a food truck cater the most delicious hotdogs and bratwurst. Forrest is a DJ, but ironically enough, they hired a band for the reception! The Pop Rox were excellent and by the end of the night, everyone was on the dance floor. When the party was over, Tara and Forrest and a whole host of family and friends got on a party bus and headed downtown to do a bar crawl!

Tara and Forrest, your day was as bright and happy as you two. We are still so thrilled you chose us to photograph your Knoxville wedding!

Venue: Riverdale School | Florals: DIY | Dress: The Gilded Gown | HMUA: Kahlen Hibbing | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Officiant: Celebrations by Celeste | Band: Pop Rox
Catering: Bowties Street Food

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Knoxville Wedding Photographer | Warehouse Wedding Inspiration

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Knoxville Wedding Photographer | Warehouse Wedding Inspiration

Have you ever had a space you've seen then can't get your mind off of? That may just be a "me" thing, but it happens to me a lot. So here's what happens: I see a space. I oooh and ahhh over it, I drive Jesse insane talking about what I could do with said space to the point where he probably hates the space. Most of the time, that's where it ends. I never put my ideas into action because by the time I start, I can't pinpoint what I want to do. This is really no different, except I had a team of incredibly vendors to help me narrow down my thoughts.

White Space Studio is located on the 2nd floor of the Fireproof Storage and Van Co building downtown, close to the Old City. I've been lowkey obsessed with the building for the better part of 5 years, but highkey obsessed for at least the last 12 months. Back when Jesse first started Blacksheep, they operated out of one of the upper floors for a while. So often, we'd be at his "shop" way into the wee hours of the morning, taking breaks from printing to walk around the neat old building. When I first saw the 2nd floor, I fell in love. The bright white walls combined with the big old windows and a few thousand square feet of space are enough to make even the least creative of people swoon. After seeing the sun shine into the massive space, I was hooked.

I started envisioning a minimalist approach to a classic wedding, casually classy if you will. I wanted to design a scene that wouldn't take away from the awesome backdrop, and with the help of some awesome vendors, I think we accomplished that. Originally, I wanted to go for a warmer palette, with rich copper tones and warm woods, but at the last minute I got a wild hair and decided to make the scene a nice juxtaposition. I paired some of my white eames chairs with a rustic farmhouse table from All Occasions Party Rentals. Adding in Colleen's gold flatware and crystal goblets from her collection at Unique Settings gave just enough glam to the table setting.  Lesley with Blooming Collective designed the prettiest greenery runner, which smelled heavenly, as well as the perfect full bridal bouquet. I took several of the glass bottles from my own wedding and some fabric turned napkins from hobby lobby to complete the look. Jessica with J.C Cakes contributed the GORGEOUS naked cake with a caramel drip, which we set up separately on the neatest metal cabinets.

When it came time to pick a couple, I had the perfect pair in mind. Nick and Beth are a real couple (I only use real couples for styled shoots) and their chemistry added the perfect unspoken addition to the whole shoot. Beth is wearing a Pronovias dress from Loveliest, as well as a jewel sash and veil handpicked by Anna, Loveliest's owner. Christi Piontkowski styled Beth's hair in a classic updo that framed her face beautifully. Blair with Beauty by Blair added the finishing touches, a glam makeup look topped with bright red lips, a look we both agree pulled it all together. 

I am so thankful to be surrounded by such talent. We really are a dream team, and I could not be happier with how this shoot turned out. Thank you thank you thank you to all of the lovely vendors who helped make my dream a reality!

Venue: White Space Studio | Dress: Loveliest | Rentals: All Occasions & Unique Settings | Florals: Blooming Collective | Cake: J.C. Cakes | Hair: Christi Piontkowski | Makeup: Beauty by Blair 

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Knoxville Wedding Photographers | The Emporium Center + The Standard | Rob + Bria

Knoxville Wedding Photographers | The Emporium Center + The Standard | Rob + Bria

 All wedding photographers have bucket list venues that they want to shoot. If they tell you they don't, they're lying. These 2 Knoxville wedding photographers are no exception to the rule, so when Bria and Rob contacted us to shoot their wedding at TWO of our bucket list venues, we were floored. I mean, when does that ever happen? 
 We met Rob and Bria earlier this year for their engagement session and took some of our favorite photos yet. Almost every client we talk to mentions how they saw the cool JFG silhouette photo and wanted to talk to us about their own wedding. We knew after their engagement session (where we exchanged recommendations for mustard, who has the best bbq, and what spots in ATL were our favorites) that their wedding would be a blast. The thing we love the most about Rob and Bria is how genuinely kind they both are. We felt like we had known them for 10 years easily, which made the entire wedding process so relaxed. 
 Rob and Bria both got ready at The Standard on Jackson Ave, then we all headed up to The Emporium Center for their ceremony. Afterward, we took the long way around, trailing along under the bridge close to Jackson Terminal for some photos, then back up to The Standard for the reception. R & B did something really cool that I only wish we would have thought of for our own wedding- they ate upstairs, away from their guests. This allowed them to have a small break and celebrate as just husband and wife, but also to be fully prepared to host their guests when they got down to the party. There's nothing worse than greeting people with a mouthful of salad (which, by the way, Rob ate for the FIRST TIME EVER on their wedding day) and not being able to enjoy your food. We'll definitely be recommending that to future couples.
 Rob and Bria, you were an absolute delight to photograph. It is evident to everyone you meet how gracious and kind you both are, and we feel honored to have been a part of your day. 

Ceremony: The Emporium Center | Reception: The Standard | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Florals: Hatler Florist | Rentals: All Occasions | Catering: Holly's Eventful Dining | Pies: Buttermilk Sky Dress: David's Bridal | HMUA: Tatyana Wilcox | Officiant: Brad Burling | Rings: Maryville Jewelers

Knoxville Wedding Photographers | Katie + Garrett

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Knoxville Wedding Photographers | Katie + Garrett

You know when you walk outside on a fall morning and you breathe in deep and even though its cold, its exactly what you need? Thats what Katie and Garrett's wedding was for us. 
.....Except it wasn't cold.
It also wasn't fall.
When we initially met Katie and Garrett, we knew they were a perfect match. We trespassed together and climbed up giant ladders just to check out the view, so obviously, we liked them from the start. Couples who commit small crimes together stay together, right? Katie and Garrett are the type of people who make you believe that true love exists and is worth it in every way. And if you already believe that, well, they make you believe it more. They're warm and exciting and personable and kind. They're the type of people who could get married in the middle of a field surrounded by horses in 90 degree weather and make it worth every second for their guests, which is exactly what they did. 
K & G's wedding party was packed full of fun people who really like to have a good time, including a 1 month old insanely cute baby (cue baby fever) and Katie's 2 sons, Kadin and Lyric. Also, Garrett's mama handmade Katie's bouquet, how cool is that? Though it was hot outside, that didn't stop people from shredding up the dance floor. I mean, even Garrett's grandma got in on the fun! We capped the night off with a sparkler exit and a sky that matched Katie's hair perfectly.

Katie, Garrett, being your Knoxville wedding photographers was a dream. We loved spending the day with you and your family, and we cannot wait for you to see your full gallery!

Venue: Benchmark Fams | HMUA: Southern Sirens | Dress: Oleg Cassini | Catering: Buddy's BBQ | Cake: Publix | Tent: Campbell's Tent

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Tsali Notch Vineyard | Knoxville Wedding Photographers | Kathryn + Hunter

Tsali Notch Vineyard | Knoxville Wedding Photographers | Kathryn + Hunter

Being a set of Knoxville wedding photographers, we're surrounded by talented individuals. We work with a lot of different vendors, who we're immensely thankful for, but occasionally we also get to work alongside a few other Knoxville photographers. When that happens, well, we make magic.
 This styled shoot was put together by one of our favorite's, Erin Morrison Photography, for the Looks Like Film East TN spring meetup! She partnered with a few of our other favorite vendors, listed below, and created a masterpiece. Our favorite part about doing group shoots is getting to see how everyone else shoots the scene. Knoxville is packed full of so many different photography styles, so representing a small portion of that really is an honor. We loved the use of a real couple, because you can absolutely feel the chemistry between them. Kathryn and Hunter knew exactly how to work a camera! The versatility of Kathryn's bouquet being in a basket really should become the next big floral trend. I mean, how cool is it that you can set the basket on the table with a few small tabletop rentals and you've got yourself a centerpiece? Kathryn's hair and makeup stayed absolutely perfect all afternoon, despite it being humid outside! Her dress by Sarah Seven was just the right amount of ethereal for running through the vineyards.
 Thank you again to everyone who played a role in making this styled shoot a success. We cannot wait to partner up in the future!


Venue- Tsali Notch Vineyard | Models- Kathryn and Hunter Patterson | Dress- The Dress Theory Nashville | Makeup- Beauty by Blair | Hair- Christi Piontkowski | Florals- Blooming Collective | Rentals- Vintage Inspiration Rentals