Tsali Notch Vineyard Wedding Styled Shoot - Katie + Bill

One of the things we really enjoy about being photographers is having the opportunity to be part of styled shoots to network with other professionals. This shoot at Tsali Notch Vineyard took place on a warm spring evening where we met up with other local photographers to learn from each other and work on fine-tuning our art. We had the pleasure of shooting with two different (but equally awesome) couples, one for an engagement-inspired styled shoot and the other a bridal inspiration (look out for a feature of Kathryn and Hunter on an upcoming blog), and we are excited to share these images of Katie and Bill today in honor of their one year anniversary.

We enjoyed seeing some new faces and shooting alongside these talented folks, and we have to give a huge shoutout to our friend, Erin Morrison with Erin Morrison Photography for organizing this entire get-together.

Tsali Notch | Vintage Inspiration Rentals | A Blooming Collective | Hair by Christi | Beauty by Blair | Whimsy Eclectic from Alexandra Quinn Barlow and Jesse James Barlow

Ijams Nature Center Wedding - Angela + Jarryd

Angela and Jarryd's beautiful spring wedding took us all over downtown Knoxville, beginning at the always iconic and charming Oliver Hotel. We love the windows covered with white shutters in the historic hotel just around the corner from Knoxville's main square, and we decided to do an indoor first look along the stairwells lit by natural light from the large windows. Angela chose a non-traditional Grecian inspired silver gown, and we adored the pops of bright pink in her invitations, flowers, and even her lipstick.

The intimate outdoor ceremony took place at Ijams Nature Center under the floral covered arbor in a self-described "low-key" ceremony surrounded by family. Ijams always feels like a forest getaway with lush greenery and secret nooks for romantic couple's photos. The two walked down the aisle together, which we thought was super unique and the perfect way to show their commitment to each other.  These two were all smiles throughout the ceremony, despite the unseasonably warm day, and we loved how playful they were with one another as we asked them chat about their relationship during some sweet couple's shots.

The final leg of the wedding day took us to Ruth's Chris Steak House where the couple had their reception. With delicious food and a downtown vibe, Ruth's Chris also has an amazing terrace available for such events that overlooks the remainder of Volunteer Landing and the Tennessee River. Adorable popcorn favors with Tennessee shaped chocolates were gifts for guests, a perfect combo of a sweet and salty treat for favors.

These two were all about having a casual wedding that was family oriented, but their big day was uniquely Angela and Jarryd with non-traditional details and endearing interactions with one another. We are so glad that they chose us to capture these moments for them, and we wish them all the best as Mr. and Mrs.

The Oliver Hotel | Ijams Nature Center | Ruth's Chris Steak House | Ruche | Tommy Hilfiger | Echelon Florist | Brandalyn Howard with Southern Belle | Minted | Fred Patterson | Robyn James Ensembles | All Occasions Party Rentals | Elite Limos


Spence Cabin Wedding in The Great Smoky Mountains - Chelsea & Nick

The Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to escape for couples who love nature and a gorgeous mountain view. We think that is why so many choose to be married in the National Park and particularly at this quaint little pink piece of history, Spence Cabin in the Elkmont Historic District. The inside of the cabin features wooded walls for a very traditional feel, while just behind the cabin, located on the Little River, is the perfect riverside patio for a special event along the rolling waters. It's no wonder that our lovebirds, Chelsea and Nick, chose this charming cabin as the location for their intimate ceremony and the Appalachian Clubhouse just around the corner for their dinner reception, with amazing food from First Fruits Catering and an abundance of moonshine toasts.

Chelsea and Nick's first vacation together took place in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and they wanted to come full circle for their wedding day with close friends and family. Chelsea said about her love for Nick that "It's hard to describe...other than it's just the thing that has made the most sense to me ever. We are each others even keel, and it doesn't make sense that there was ever one without the other." We loved how these two looked at each other as we frolicked through the woods with them and even did a little climbing on the rocks waterside. With tons of smiles and a little bit of laughter, its undeniable seeing these two together that they are just meant to be.

This day was truly special not only because of the meaningful choice of location and because of the palpable joy you could feel throughout the day but also because Chelsea and Nick chose to keep it simple and to make their union and families the true focus. All of their loved ones contributed to the day with sentimental touches and noteworthy details. For example, Chelsea's mother made her belt for her gown and her veil and even arranged the flowers for the bouquet with the help of a few friends. The bride's earrings were her grandmother's, and the garter belonged to her mother when she was married (and her grandmother added the significant prayer knots for Chelsea). The officiant for the ceremony was Chelsea's brother, and one of the neatest touches was the wine for the reception made and bottled by the groom's mother, sister, and aunt. We loved that everyone seemed to play such an integral role in the union of these two, and this is what made the day such a memorable one.

Travel to our beautiful Smokies today for this woodsy wedding with Chelsea and Nick!

 

Spence Cabin | Appalachian Clubhouse | Madison James | Brooks Brothers | Organic Infusion