We absolutely love shooting at the Whitestone Country Inn, a gorgeous venue along Watts Bar Lake in Kingston, Tennessee. Even more than this beautiful location, we are always thrilled to work with amazing couples, and Whitney and Josh are no exception.
When we met Whitney at the bridal suite under the chapel at the Whitestone, she was sitting on the floor eating strawberries; we knew immediately that this was going to be a super relaxed day, and she did not disappoint. We loved how carefree and easygoing Whitney was throughout the day, and this is one of our most important lessons we want brides to embrace. Don't stress, and the day will be perfect.
Whitney and Josh did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony, but they did want to share an intimate minute alone. More and more couples are choosing to do just want they did with a hidden first touch around the chapel doors. We captured the moments as the two held hands and as Josh rubbed Whitney's belly and talked to their baby girl. (We were thrilled to take shots of the wedding but to also incorporate some perfect maternity photos for the couple as well). Josh prayed with his soon to be wife (and little one), and we were moved consistently throughout day at the respect these two showed for one another and how frequently they mentioned being blessed to have each other.
Whitney made a grand entrance to the ceremony with her father in a horse drawn carriage reminiscent of Cinderella's, and the couple actually took a ride after their nuptials together as the newly named Mr. and Mrs. The wedding was a truly sentimental one as Josh' grandfather, a long time minister, performed the ceremony and joined the two in matrimony.
The reception inside the Lion and Lamb's facility on the grounds included father/daughter and mother/son dances and lovely speeches as a tribute to the bride and groom. Josh even performed with his frat brothers and the guests looked on with delight. The couple prepared us early in the day for how delicious their cakes were (and they weren't lying), but we especially loved the groom's cake with a "hooked" topper to pay homage to Josh's favorite hobby, fishing.
We truly cannot say enough about this couple, and even though we met them on their wedding day, we felt like we had known them for a long time. We were so happy to be part of this occasion, and we hope you feel like you were there too with this glimpse of their big day.
Venue & Catering: Whitestone Country Inn | Floral: Lisa Foster Floral Design | DJ: Kalen White | Dress: Moonlight Bridal | Cake: Magpies | Grooms Cake: Deb's Special Events | Tux/Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Bridesmaids/Flowergirl: David's Bridal | Jewelry & Ring: Rone Regency Jewelers | Silk Flowers: Benita Walsh | Hair: Kim King - Sola Salon | Makeup: Amanda Farmer - MAC