Sandy & Scott {Dancing Bear Lodge Wedding | Townsend, TN}

Last Friday afternoon I headed northeast to one of the most scenic little towns in our region, Townsend, TN. The weather channel was calling for thunderstorms throughout the day & I drove through a terrible downpour on the way up. When I arrived at Dancing Bear Lodge I could hear thunder in the distance yet on the side of that mountain, their was no rain in sight. And I was glad. And so were they. A girl from Maryland, Sandy, & a guy from Virginia, Scott, had ventured down to Tennessee to become husband & wife.

It was a beautiful & simple wedding, just what they wanted.

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedI visited the Smokemont cabin as Sandy was almost ready.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedAt 3pm sharp we walked down the drive toward the Lodge where her groom was waiting.
undefinedThe Dancing Bears… love this piece!
undefinedundefinedI loved the simplicity of the ceremony.
undefinedundefinedundefinedThe Dancing Bear does such a wonderful job for their guests. Here is the cake they made for the wedding.
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undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedCongratulations Sandy & Scott! You were such a pleasure to be around; thanks for letting me share this occasion with you!
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Rachel and Ryan {Mountain Harbor Inn Wedding | Dandridge, TN}

One of the things that I love about being a husband and wife team is that there are always two sets of eyes (and cameras) covering every wedding that we do. However, this past weekend was a little different.  Jennifer was in the wedding that we were shooting.  Since toting a camera around is not considered stylish for a bridesmaid, I was on my own; talk about pressure!  Not to worry though, everything went smoothly!  Jennifer even managed to sneak in some shots after the ceremony; what a bridesmaid!  Since Jennifer and Rachel were such close friends in college, I’m going to defer to her for the blog intro.  Take it away Jenn.

Rachel and I met our freshman year of college.  Although I don’t remember it, I’m sure our first meeting was in Anderson Hall (the location for all of our education classes).  Rachel, like myself, is a teacher!  Throughout our four years at college, Rachel and I developed a special friendship that still is just as strong today.  Our long nights at Maryville consisted of spending hours together writing “teacher reflections”, creating unit plans, designing daily lessons, and surviving our first experiences as student teachers.  No worries, we did save a few nights for “girls night” at CEJ (Cotton-Eyed-Joe)!  We have walked with each other through boyfriend troubles and breakups, losing our dads and grandfathers, and multiple surgeries.  Our friendship isn’t based on quantity, but rather quality.  It doesn’t matter if we only get together a few times a year, we pick up right where we left off and look forward to each precious minute that we spend together.

Imagine my delight a few years ago when Rachel told me that she had found “the one”.  Well, she kinda found him (only after he chased her and she turned him down – then she chased him and he turned her down – then a little more chasing from both parties before deciding to declare a “truce”).  They really played the game quiet well, so well that they ended up putting their “cat and mouse” games aside and decided to walk down the aisle!  All kidding aside, Ryan really is Rachel’s prince charming.  Rachel always looked for a man that would treat her like her granddaddy treated her mamaw…and she was starting to give up on finding someone that special – until Ryan.  Ryan has just recently graduated with his medical degree from Marshall University, and will begin his residency at UT this fall.  He loves spending time on the family farm and has introduced Rachel to the simple ways of country living.  We are so happy that these two found each other and pray that God will continue to bless their lives in amazing ways!

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Rachel bought individual gifts for each of her bridesmaids.  Very thoughtful!

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I love the vibrant colors that she picked out to decorate her wedding!

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Seeing each other before the ceremony; these are always some of my favorite moments.

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My instructions were, “Give me Charlie’s Angels for a fun one.”  I think the girls did an awesome job!

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McKenzie is a very special dog.  Rachel is a cancer survivor, and McKenzie was given to her through the Dream Connection (an AMAZING charity).  Miss M was in the wedding as a bridesmaid and was well behaved throughout.

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Marshall was in the wedding as a groomsman as well.  He started out well, but began to fade as the ceremony continued.

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Reception details

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Ryan’s family lives on a farm; this is quite possibly the most intricate groom’s cake that I have ever seen!

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As cake cutting time came around, things began innocently enough…

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…and then something happened!  From the pictures below, you can see that no one is quite sure who started it…

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…but it ended with big smiles.  All is well that ends well!

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As the sun went down, it was time to dance!

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined Thanks Rachel and Ryan for allowing us to be a part of your big day.  Jenn and I wish you all the happiness (and safe cake eating!) in the world.

Deanne & Marcus {Chapel on the Hill Wedding | Oak Ridge, TN}

By God’s hand, I’m certain, that they would find themselves meeting for the first time in person on Valentine’s Day, 2009. Both had turned 30 & while most of their friends were married with children, their relationship had just begun. A teacher & an engineer who happened to give eHarmony a try would find one another & a relationship that is history in the making. It’s the love story of Deanne & Marcus.

They were first drawn to one another through conversation. She found him down to earth & fun-loving. Plus, how could she pass up him being so kind & considerate? In return, he described her as cheerful, loving & very caring. Before long, a trip to Chicago would be something they’d never forget. The destination was Chicago for a Cubs game, yet the night prior they found themselves on the top of the John Hancock building where he asked for her hand in marriage. She said ‘yes!’

Fast forward to Saturday, June 11, 2011. All the planning & preparation come to fruition & the wedding day finally arrives. The scene was set. It’s what they’d been waiting for, Marcus Young & Deanne Tomasino to become Mr. & Mrs. Young. And what a beautiful day it would be.
undefinedThe day began at Ross the Boss Salon in Knoxville.
undefinedWe then ventured to Deanne & Marcus’s house for prep time with the ladies.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedWe then headed to the church just prior to the ceremony. The wedding ceremony was held at Chapel on the Hill in Oak Ridge, TN.
undefinedDoesn’t Deanne look lovely!
undefinedundefinedundefinedBefore heading the church we met up with Marcus at his mother’s home where he was finishing up his preparation.
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undefinedundefinedFollowing a public reception at the church, the couple was ushered away in a limo toward their private reception at a friend’s home on the river. We made a few stops along the way to take advantage of a few photo opportunities.
undefinedundefinedundefinedI can’t say it enough… my favorite part of weddings is when I have the opportunity to spend some time alone with the couple. I’m always thrilled with the outcome!
undefinedundefinedThe food was incredible & ready to be served upon the couple’s arrival.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedThis beautiful little girl dropped a noodle on the ground & after a desperate search, ate it up! Love it.
undefinedDeanne’s sister just had her first baby. Here is Deanne’s mother with the baby… it was beautiful to watch them interact.
undefinedAnd here’s one proud daddy!
undefinedThe dance floor was heating up!
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedOne of my favorite moments of the wedding day was when members of the wedding party gave toasts to the new bride & groom.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined Deanne & Marcus, thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your wedding; it was such a privilege. You & your guests were wonderful & you were generous in your hospitality. Congratulations; thank you!!!

Laura and Matt {Cleveland, TN Wedding}

Sometimes, two people are just made for each other.  This is one of those times.  When we first met Matt and Laura, we knew that they were perfect for one another.  They resembled us in so many ways; Matt has a laid-back, go with the flow attitude, while Laura loves to organize and plan.  Laura also shares another commonality with Jenn; she is an elementary school teacher.  When meeting with Matt and Laura on different occasions, you would often hear “teacher talk” mixed in with “wedding talk”.  Matt and I have learned how to speak teacher lingo and accept that conversations with our wives will usually center around what happens inside a classroom.

We have watched Matt and Laura plan for their special day throughout the year.  Their hard work and dedication in planning a memorable wedding paid off.  Their love for each other was obvious when Laura met Matt at the front of the church. You could see the emotions on their faces and feel the rush of excitement.  Those feelings and excitement continued throughout the evening and made for a fun-filled, memorable day.

A combination of early morning sun and the stained glass windows bathed the church in a beautiful gold.

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Laura and Matt’s first time seeing each other on their big day.  The love they have was clearly evident!

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Matt has the ability to make Laura laugh at any time!

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We ran into a slight “wardrobe malfunction” while taking pics at Lee University.  However, Laura showed that she is a woman of many talents.  Within a minute, she had the button reattached; way to go!

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I hate to see a perfectly good Mustang messed up, but I guess I can make an exception in this case.  Congratulations Matt and Laura!

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Christie & Brandon’s Album Design

A wonderful moment occurs when an album design is complete & the story of a couple’s wedding day really comes together. You may recall Christie & Brandon’s engagement shoot & their wedding. Watch the wedding day come to life!
{music provided by the incredible Nathan Wesley Smith}