Knoxville Botanical Gardens Engagement - Cory + Matthew

Knoxville Botanical Gardens is one of our favorite places in town to shoot, so we were thrilled when Cory and Matthew chose to do their engagement photos here. What made this session even better was their decision to incorporate what we’ve dubbed a prosecco picnic, where we captured some of our favorite shots of the couple sharing a drink on a plaid blanket. These two are super playful, and we spent much of our time with them laughing and listening to them tell stories of their first encounters to their blossoming relationship and eventually their decision to  have a brunch wedding (heck yeah...marriage and mimosas) this Spring.

For a different vibe on the same day, we also traveled to downtown Knoxville where the two got cozy rooftop and incorporated some cute props and a wardrobe change. We  encourage our couples to bring multiple looks, usually one dressy and one more casual for engagements, and we often encourage a setting for the engagement that provides a different background or vibe than what they will have on their wedding day. 

We are in love with these candid moments of Cory and Matthew, and we  hope you feel the love as you scroll through this feature as well. 

The Mill and Mine Wedding in Downtown Knoxville - Kristina + Ben

The Mill and Mine is a one of a kind industrial venue located in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. With original brick walls, private spaces for getting ready, a covered patio with an adjoining lawn, and string bulb lighting in the indoor space, The Mill and Mine brings an urban vibe with all the amenities needed for a beautiful wedding. That’s why this was the perfect space for Kristina and Ben's ceremony and reception, both held in the large main event space.

Their ceremony was traditional and meaningful, as their home church worship leader served as the officiant, which was incredibly special for the two. Beautiful worship songs accompanied by guitar made their ceremony unique as all their guests joined in and sang along. They shared their vows and communion alongside a gorgeous wooden cross adorned with large florals that was built and decorated by Matthew Smith of Echelon Florist. It was the perfect backdrop for these two as they became husband and wife. 

We utilized the expansive courtyard for most of the bridal party photos as well as the indoor spaces with sliding wooden doors and the outdoor metal wall,  but we couldn’t resist taking the two on a stroll through the Gay Street area of downtown for some stunning sunset photos along the bridge.  The one thing that we have always noticed about Kristina and Ben is their fun loving spirits, and that really came out at the reception, when it was revealed that Ben has some killer dance moves, much to our surprise and joy. Their reception even included a dance off of sorts between Ben and some of his groomsmen, but Kristina, a swimmer at Southern Illinois University where the two both attended college, had her team there as well to show off their skills.

The love between Kristina and Ben is evident to anyone who encounters them, and we were honored to capture all the memories from their fall wedding.  Journey downtown with us today through these images. We are wishing a huge congratulations, again, to Mr. and Mrs. Patton. 


The Mill and Mine | Absolute Wedding Perfection | Echelon Florist | Bradford Catered Events | Sammy Scott of Ogle Entertainment | Roses and Lace Makeup Artistry | Ethan Brewer of Hairpeace | Dustin Keele | Event Rentals by Rothchild | Nate Betts

Elkmont & Spence Cabin Smoky Mountain Engagement - Stephanie + Addison

One of the perks of having our permit to shoot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is meeting people from all over the country who travel to Gatlinburg for vacation and ask us to capture some memories with them. Stephanie and Addison made the journey with their pup all the way from Dallas, and since this is still one of our favorite sessions in the Smokies, we wanted to highlight their beautiful engagement today.

This couple perfectly planned their wardrobe and fully embraced one of our tips for our sessions. We always suggest that couples bring two different looks, one that is dressy and another that is more casual. As we've posted photos of these two, everyone has raved over Stephanie's gold Badgley Mischka dress from Rent the Runway. We loved this sparkly floor length gown against the wooded backdrop of Elkmont.

As we embrace fall today, join us in the mountains with Stephanie and Addison who will be married soon in Texas. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!

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