All it takes is a bit of chemistry. Though Andrew is a chemist & pharmacy technician, there is a different kind of chemistry here that is much more important… the chemistry of love. It’s hard to explain why people are in love. Is it shared interests? Is it simply attraction? Is it shared values? I suppose it could never be perfectly calculated; love is not math. Yet it is evident. It is visible & tangible. Love is something you can hold on to. Whenever you see it, it is real. And of course it isn’t what is typically portrayed in movies. Love is much more, it is a commitment… a commitment to the good of your spouse regardless of your own benefit. True love is not self-seeking; it doesn’t keep score; it endures.
Meet Andrew & Chesney. You may recall their engagement session (click here). When I think of these two, I think about the commitment to love one another. I felt so honored to photograph their beautiful classic church wedding a few weeks ago & have since prayed for them. They simply love one another & it is beautiful. As I do with all the couples I have the privilege of photographing their wedding, I prayed that God would get great glory from their marriage. This is a recap of their beautiful Fall Wedding at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens, TN.
Lovely details at Mars Hills Presbyterian Church…
As guests arrived, they were asked to sign this colorful tree artwork canvas… great idea!
Chesney’s mother, Tanya, transformed the church’s family life center into a beautiful reception site.
As Chesney finished up her preparations.
And Andrew prepared for their first look.
As you can tell by the look in his eyes, Andrew was gleaming over his bride as they took a moment to see one another before the wedding.
Chesney, you looked lovely my friend!
After a few photos at the church we headed to a nearby golden soybean field… it was perfect. Here’s the whole wedding party.
Chesney with her ladies.
I love these of Chesney… simply beautiful.
Andrew & his fellas.
The dapper groom.
A few photos of the reception moments before the ceremony was to begin.
As the ceremony began.
The couple as they cut the cake…
And then it turned into this craziness!
I’ll never forget a trip we took back in 2010 when I was hired to photograph a wedding in Key Largo, FL. It was one of our first true destination weddings & I was eager to have a sidekick come along & help me photograph. Without a second thought, my dear friend, Lillian Prince, came to mind. She & her stud of a man husband, Ryan, accompanied Joy & I down to Florida & we had a blast photographing Ansel & Lisa’s Key Largo wedding (click here).
My have things changed since then! Meet the Prince family. First up, Ryan Prince. Ryan is the mastermind behind Prince Technologies. From the moment Joy & I began attending Cornerstone Church of Knoxville, he quickly became one of my good friends. His better half & lovely wife, Lillian (as Ryan calls her, “baby momma”), is the beauty behind all that brawn. Lillian is a photographer with rock n’ roll kind of talent & the heart behind Lillian Prince Photography.
Lillian & I have helped one another out on weddings throughout the years & her work is wonderful. She contacted me a few months ago to see if I’d be up for doing a photo shoot swap. I was thrilled. So last Sunday I first photographed Lillian’s family as they came to town & then did a quick wardrobe change & she photographed our crew. I can’t wait to see her work. It’s super fun & always a joy to help one another out. Here are a few of my favorites when photographing the Prince Family’s Fall Lifestyle Session.
Ryan & Lillian have a beautiful family. Photographed with their kiddos (pictured L to R): Dean, Olivia & Ella.
The beautiful Ella.
And lovely Olivia, aka ‘Livie’.
One of my favorites.
And a moment with these two alone.
We then went a few miles down the road to one of my favorite locations, Tsali Notch Vineyards.
Fall in East Tennessee is a sight to behold. As a slight cool crisp graces the air, locals begin talking about campfires, the changing color of leaves, & of course, their favorite football team. If you’ve spent much time here, it’s a nostalgia in the land as if to say, “these are good days.” And they are. There’s little reason why folks drive from all over to experience Fall in TN.
From the moment I met Megan I quickly knew she would be a perfect fit for our work. She described her wedding… outdoor ceremony on her family’s land, saying’I do’ beneath the arm of a huge tree, & a barn reception with late night dancing beneath the open sky. It really doesn’t get any better to me.
Samuel & Megan’s wedding day lived up to all the hype I had in my mind. The October weather was warm & pleasant. As I watched the day unfold I imagined the days when my children marry the spouses of their dreams & I hoped it would look a lot like this. Congrats Samuel & Megan.
A few scenes from the reception site before the day’s activities were in full swing. Beautiful wood & burlap photos, ordered from PhotoBarn, displayed Samuel & Megan’s engagement session. It was the perfect fit for their rustic barn reception.
And I love the simple touches that helped tell the couple’s story.
Samuel, the groom, as he preps for the big day.
Samuel’s groomsmen were a class act… I was fortunate to spend a bit more time with them than usual & had a blast with these fellas.
With his fellas.
The dapper groom.
My goodness, what a ring!
Blair’s Bokay Florist & Gifts provided the classy floral arrangements.
As Megan prepped, her mother stepped in to give her a gift… a beautiful moment.
There is always such excitement in the air as a bride slips into her dress for the first time.
My time spent photographing Megan was fantastic… she makes it look so effortless.
With her lovely ladies.
Could Megan be any more gorgeous? One of my favorite pics in quite a while.
The reception details were amazing.
The cake was made by the talented Cheryl Knight. I’ve known Cheryl for a long time & she has yet to disappoint.
The couple taking a moment to exchange letters… you could tell they were so eager to see one another!
As the ceremony began.
What an entrance!
One couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location.
A few family shots.
And the entire wedding party.
I know I say this all the time but this is my favorite part of the day… a few moments alone with the bride & groom.
Two of my favorites.
As the sun set below the tree line, the reception kicked into full-gear. It was a blast!
I saw posts all over Instagram & everyone was raving about the sunset that night… gorgeous!
The cake cutting.
With every wedding I never know what’s going to happen when they feed cake to one another… after a bit of teasing, they kept it clean!
The first dance.
Love this photo.
And the father-daughter dance. Yep, I tear up EVERY SINGLE time. Sigh.
And then it happened… you know what I’m talking about!
A brief pause for the garter & bouquet toss.
My favorite dancing photo from the evening.
How low can you go? Can you go down low? All the way to the floor? Ha!
A reenactment of Samuel & his pharmacy school roommates photo inspired by Step Brothers.
And the sparkler exit. I love the mood that sparklers give resulting in beautiful images. Congrats Samuel & Megan! Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your wedding; it was simply perfect!