Shea & Natalie {March 16, 2019}

Wow - this one hit me straight in the heart. At every wedding I usually have a moment where I’m practically in tears because of how much I LOVE all of the tenderness and joy that surrounds people on their wedding day. I just can’t help it! But this wedding in particular sunk me to the floor. Mostly because Natalie and I have been friends since she was in middle school, when I joined the new tiny church her family was starting. And Shea and I are kindred feelers who became fast friends right from the start. I think we all knew they were meant for each other long before they did, which has made it really fun to watch them grow together and make plans for forever. Not to mention my love for the whole entire wedding party - some of my best pals, sweetest sister, and new friends! We had a true Downtown Jackson party with the ceremony at our church, City Fellowship, and the reception around the corner at the Aneas Building. They created a beautiful charcuterie table with handmade boards by Shea’s grandfather (much of which had been greatly enjoyed by the time we got in there) along with chocolate milk and donuts, cake, coffee, and LaCroix - - what more could a human need?? No one danced harder than the kids, who showed us our age real quick by never tiring of the tunes.

I just really love every one of you all and count it such an honor and a privilege to have this job. Enjoy this little feelings fest! More to come!

Janelle & Cory

When Janelle, Cory and I met to talk about wedding details, they hardly got the word “waterfall” out of their mouth before I had already agreed that it was the best idea ever. Fast forward a few months and the time had finally arrived to wake up before light to drive through the misty mountains toward Looking Glass Falls. Watching the sun peak up over the foggy hills was a life-giving experience. We arrived at the falls, had to scurry off a few iPhone tourists with tripods (tripods for their iPhones…), so we could give Janelle and Cory a moment to see each other. It was unbelievably chilly and wet, but the wedding party fought off the cold and climbed out on the rocks and over logs - it was so much fun. I screamed OH MY GOODNESS to them at least a hundred times as Janelle’s gorgeous dress floated in the breeze in front of the falls. It was an experience to remember. After the falls we had a couple hours of downtime and Rob and I got lunch at a delicious little place in Greenville. He’s been my faithful right hand this whole wedding season and I seriously couldn’t do it without him. We arrived at the Lodge to get things rolling with details and getting ready photos, and had time to hang out with the bridal party, pick wildflowers, lay in the sun like a house cat, and hike on the trail that overlooks Table Rock. It was seriously an ideal wedding day in every way. If you have the time and space in your wedding day, make room to RELAX and hang out with the people you love. Janelle and Cory did such a great job at making the day everything they wanted it to be - they even ordered pizza for their reception because WHY NOT?? Also, let me just take a moment to appreciate whoever’s idea it was to have tiny bluebell ice creams…praises to you. Here’s a tiny glimpse into their lovely day. Thanks for having me along to climb rocks with you!

Jesse & Andrea

I always talk about how much I love photographing weddings for friends, and this wedding was no exception! Jesse and I worked together at ComeUnity Cafe, where I used to manage the community garden plot and Jesse (and Austin) make the best food in town. Both Jesse and Andrea have a direct connection to the heartbeat of Jackson, and they use their gifts so well to serve the community. Their downtown wedding was another reminder of why I love this city so much. Andrea got ready in the top floor of ComeUnity Cafe, and we walked right down the street for the ceremony and reception at the Suites of Larue. I loved how they included their son Jonah into every aspect of the wedding day. So thankful for you three and the people around you! More to come!

Brittany & Brandon

Deep in the heart of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, we woke up to a beautifully foggy and crisp morning - perfect for a day of celebrating! Brittany & Brandon are two of the warmest souls you could ever dream of working with. They chose to get married at the Inn at White Oak, a gorgeous bed and breakfast owned by Brittany’s mother! This allowed them the freedom to take their dreams to the next level with decorating and design. Brittany said she had all these big plans and ideas, and was wondering if they were going to translate well on the day of. And boy, did they!! Every single detail came together, with the help of so many friends and family members, to create a remarkably beautiful space. Brittany and her mother hand made her stunning wedding gown AND every one of the bridesmaids dresses!! Yes, you read that right. OH and also all of the flowers, table decorations, and a million other things. They really did it all, and didn’t skimp a bit on the fine details. The colors and intricate flowers had me swooning all day! I wish you all could have been there to hear Brittany’s sister’s Maid of Honor speech. As Lou, the videographer, remarked - I would seriously pay money for that kind of comedy! It was genius. Following the first dance, Brittany and her mother gave an honorable tribute to her late father, leaving us all in tears with full hearts.

Brittany and Brandon were brimming over with joy, and it showed through their excitement and generous spirits. I could go on and on, but hopefully these images will speak for themselves. I’m proud of you two, and honored to have been by your side on this wonderful day!! Now come visit me in Tennessee!

Thanks to Rachel Bond for assisting me!

Zanthia + Caleb

Sweet September wedding season is in full swing, and this weekend I was in Blount Springs, Alabama for a pretty, intimate wedding at the beautiful Blount Springs Chapel. Zanthia & Caleb had a lovely ceremony and spent the day with the people closest to them who traveled from near and far. Surrounded by hills, lakes, and streams, the venue had a vintage elegance, almost as if time has skipped right over it. Zanthia and Caleb both share a love of nature, and felt like they were able to fulfill all their hopes and dreams for their day with this perfect spot. They reached out with just a few weeks to spare, and I’m so glad they did! More to come!

Maggie & Chris

I’ll just go ahead and let you know that I won’t make it through editing their wedding without tearing up all over again. Chris and Maggie are two of our dear Nashville pals. Chris and his siblings grew up with Rob in grade school. Their families are very close, and have the sweetest friendship. Maggie was a Nashville transplant from Colorado, who I quickly loved because of her warm smile and hospitable soul. I don’t know if the world is quite ready for the love (and delicious treats) that will pour out from the Hare home.

They wanted a purely documentary wedding experience, which was a joy for me. I got to watch the beauty unfold in front of me, and felt none of the Southern pressures for posing and poise. The day started with a tender breakfast with the ladies, then we moved to a park right down the street where Maggie and Chris go on walks together. Every aspect of their ceremony and reception was centered around their values of honesty, depth, hospitality, and community. It was an honor and a joy to tell your wedding day story, my friends. I can’t wait to share the whole day with you!

Venue: Woodland Hollow at Annie Acres Farm // Planning: Cassie Boggs (love you)

Catering: Actual Food Catering // Coffee: Crema // Sound: Austin Gray // Piano: Jay Griffith

LeAnn & Jeremy

Last weekend we celebrated LeAnn and Jeremy with a proper Kentucky stable wedding at the beautiful Highland Stables, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The southern sun and humidity were out in full force, but this crew rolled with the heat and had a party. LeAnn entered and exited the ceremony in a beautiful horse drawn carriage and we took their portraits on a hill side right at sunset - does it get any dreamier than that?? They also included so many sweet and hilarious kiddos in their wedding. Take note of how the boys felt about all of the tenderness during the ceremony. I've been cracking up all day while editing.