The Standard Knoxville Wedding - Kimmie + Zac

"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." Franklin P.  Jones

When we capture a couple's wedding day, one of our favorite aspects of the editing process is just looking through the photos initially to see the story of the day. As we made our way through these images the first, second, and subsequent times, we've always had the same reaction; Kimmie and Zac's wedding was one of the most clear representations of love and raw emotion that we have ever seen. As we view the many tearful moments from their wedding, we are immediately brought back to the overwhelming joy of this day not only among the couple but also everyone involved in this celebration of Kimmie and Zac's love.

These lovebirds chose one of downtown Knoxville's coolest venues,  The Standard, for their ceremony and reception. With exposed brick, natural light beaming through large skylights, and details original to the building, this event site offers a unique urban vibe . The bridal suite has become somewhat iconic in Knoxville, and some of our favorite photos with Kimmie and her girls were taken here as well as beautiful details of her dress . Although the indoor venue offers a reprieve from the summer heat, we love that there are some amazing places, like the rooftop patio we utilized for golden hour photos with the couple, to grab some shots outdoors. We've come to refer to the friends and family that stood beside them on their day as "the big, beautiful bridal party," and The Standard offers a large event space that could easily accommodate their 11 groomsmen, 11 bridesmaids, 4 flower girls and ring bearer.

We adored the unique choices that this couple made from Zac's blue checkered shirt to Kimmie's flawless two piece ivory gown and even the food (a taco bar and donut bar). Large, breathtaking flowers in Kimmie's bouquet with touches of burgundy mirrored in Zac's tie added pops of color,  and we loved the incorporation of feminine floral crowns for the oh, too, adorable flower girls. The emotional first look and walk down the aisle made us melt, and we couldn't have been more honored to be part of this sweet couple's wedding. Enjoy these newly created memories as we share their joy with you today!

The Standard | Catherine Deane | BHLDN | Men's Wearhouse  | Always in Bloom Florist, LLC | All Occasions Party Rentals | Scrumps Cupcakes | Simpl Food , Arts, and Catering | Salon Biyoshi | The Pour Guys | Sword Sounds- Mobile DJ Services | Erin Morrison Photography | The Find Lab

The Carriage House Bridal - Kendall

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.

That's what we were singing the week of Kendall's bridal session, as we had to re-schedule due to rainy conditions on our original date and an additional day we chose. The forecast called for rain for days in a row following that, and Kendall's wedding was fast approaching; we decided to take our chances on a day that turned out (very luckily) to be perfectly sunny until the end of our time with Kendall when we still managed to grab some dramatic shots of our bride under the covered patio with the rain falling behind her. We were even greeted by a huge rainbow as we snapped the last few shots at The Carriage House, the venue also serving as the site for Kendall and Nathan's wedding (look out for an upcoming feature of their big day as well). 

Although the weather was not originally on our side, we believe things happen for a reason, and in this case, we were so grateful that Mother Nature held off long enough for us to capture these magazine worthy images of Kendall. Enjoy this bridal at The Carriage House

The White Room Lebanon | Jessica Hyde | The Find Lab

Heartland Meadows Wedding - Stephanie + Matthew

We feel so lucky and blessed to work with the best couples as we capture all the memories from their weddings. When it comes to being the sweetest, though, this couple takes the cake (and the donuts, too, in this case). Stephanie and Matt are truly some of the kindest, most down to earth people we have had the pleasure of getting to know along their adventure to the altar.

This couple chose Heartland Meadows for their venue, a beautiful East Tennessee location perfect for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Although the original plan was for the two to wed outside beneath the shade of a tree, the high risk for rain moved the ceremony into the barn with lovely wooden pews for seating. We know the bride, groom, and their guests appreciated that this alternative was available just in case, even though the rain miraculously held off until we finished Stephanie and Matthew's couple's photos. The most impressive aspect of this venue is the large reception barn with gorgeous wooden tables and a spacious dance floor to party the night away. The covered patio also provides additional seating as well as a place for guests to remain outdoors but also escape the summer heat, and the back patio was perfect for the oversized yard games the two brought along for their guests' entertainment. 

One of the most important decisions for a wedding day is choosing the bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand beside you, as these friends and family become part of the entire process. We can't say enough about the amazing ladies and gents Stephanie and Matt were surrounded by on their wedding day. Despite the heat, the groomsmen played along with all of our requests without a single complaint, and Stephanie's girlfriends were by her side, helping her with every request and need throughout the day. It is, after all, the people that love the couple that help make the day so special and meaningful, and we were consistently impressed with how caring and fun this bridal party turned out to be. 

These two planned the perfect day together, and we loved how involved Matt was throughout the process, even designing the invitations for guests himself. Heartfelt speeches, vintage place settings, and Duck Donuts were just a few of the detail highlights from the day, but it was the raw emotion evident from the first look to the last dance to the sparkler exit that made us fall so in love with the love in these images. We hope you enjoy these photos from Stephanie and Matt's summer wedding! 

Heartland Meadows | Wedding Wonderland | Kenneth Winston | Powell Florist | Buddy's Bar-B-Q | Sweets by Skip | Duck Donuts | Knoxvegas DJs | Rich Carnes | Southern Sirens