Sydney & Bryan

I met Sydney & Bryan when I photographed Sydney's sister Bryana's wedding in June. When Sydney emailed me about her wedding shortly after, I had to resit the urge to answer with a million exclamation points. I was SO HAPPY to get to hang out with them again. Getting to know their friends and family during both of their weddings has truly been so much fun. They're a tight knit group, rich in love, affection, and tradition. They welcomed me right in and made me feel like we were old friends.

Even though Texas had a near record breaking cold front that weekend, we made the best out of the chilly weather and everyone huddled together and stayed as warm as they could. Not a single person complained about the weather and we just laughed our way through the wind gusts and celebrated their marriage. Sydney & Bryan, thank you so much for choosing me and bringing me down to your homeland to celebrate with you. Happy first week of marriage, you two!! 

 

Allison & Aron

This year has taken me to so many beautiful places, but West Virginia and Pennsylvania may take the cake. On the drive up I realized that I don't know anything about this part of the country, and the landscapes totally took me by surprise. The leaves were already changing, the morning fog was slowly lifting, brown and cream cows were dotting these little bubble-like hills everywhere, and the roads wound through gorgeous mountains for hours and hours. We will definitely make a point to visit again with time to explore. Allison & Aron's wedding was tucked away by a river in the tiny town of Confluence, PA. The Paddler's Lane Retreat  was the perfect setting for a wedding. They stayed in the Bed and Breakfast for several days leading up to the wedding, which seemed to be such a restful and wonderful idea. The rolling river was so calming, even when a load of paddlers float by. The details everywhere were so captivating and I loved talking with the owners and learning about how they've transformed the property over the years. Allison and Aron both have such a wonderful group of friends and family that sure know how to throw a celebration. We had such a lovely time, and are SO thankful you guys chose me to drive all the way up to celebrate with you! Thanks a million to Natalie Hotaling for coming down from Pittsburgh to assist me! Three cheers for marriage! 

Allison & Nick

Let me just start this post by telling you that Allison and Nick are fabulous and incredibly multi-talented. Allison HANDMADE her gorgeous, jaw dropping wedding dress AND Nick's golden suit! All of it. By hand. While planning a wedding and working full time. Can I get a round of applause?? I mean just look at them. 

Ahem. I'm fine. 

Both of them were a sight to see, but because they're fabulous, they also booked a venue with a breathtaking view and access to See Rock City! Grandview at See Rock City has a beautiful indoor space, and the outside terrace looks over all of Chattanooga. It kinda makes you wobble a little when you walk down the hill. It's situated right on the side of the mountain immediately next to See Rock City. After the ceremony we walked over to take their portraits on the cliffside while the guests enjoyed drinks on the patio. The swinging bridge was definitely swingy, but they were bold enough to tackle it and I was shaking with excitement by the time we were finished. 

I'm so excited to show you this quick little preview and I'm thrilled to get started on the rest! 

Tori + Mason

When a couple comes to you THREE WEEKS before their wedding and asks you to be their photographer, you don't really know what to expect on their wedding day. But let me tell you, these two and their sweet family and hilariously fun wedding party blew me away. I was laughing the whole day, and so was everyone else. Lots of gold, pink, sequins, donuts, and family heirloom details...what more could you ask for?? Oh - maybe super chill bride and groom who were just really ready to be married and loving every minute of the day! Tori and Mason pulled off a classy and cool wedding in a pretty short time window because they both were finishing school, working full time jobs, and a host of other things.  

Mason's Aunt and Uncle graciously hosted the wedding on their gorgeous property in Goodlettsville. The barn, the hills, the regal piano room - - it was all wonderful. I know I always say "It was a true joy to be a part of it," But it REALLY WAS. I'm so happy. This is the best summer ever. Three cheers for Mason and Tori!!

Bryana + Scott

Things I love: Eucalyptus, rivers, fields, tacos, woodland cabins, fireflies, dancing, and more dancing.  Bryana + Scott's wedding HAD ALL OF THOSE. Heaven on earth, people. We prayed all week for the rain to hold off, and we were gifted the most beautiful skies and a wonderfully cool evening.  

If you've planned a wedding, been to a wedding, or have ever thought about a wedding you must know just how much work it takes to bring ideas from dreams to reality. Bryana is a graphic designer and Scott is a musician who knows how to throw a party, so the two combined their powers and added an army of friends and family to help them make it happen. They rented a beautiful Air BNB tucked away in the river valley of Leipers Fork, and created a space for their reception in a little wooded grove. String lights, candles, and a well situated disco ball lit up the evening and set the mood. Everyone, the wedding party, family, friends, videographers, and of course Bryana and Scott were seriously the best people to work with.

You may think that all of this is too good to be true, but hopefully the photos below show you just how whimsical, joyful, and love-drenched their day was. It was a true joy to tell their wedding story, and get to know their friends a family. Three cheers for clients turned friends! 

Andrew + Ariel

Andrew and Ariel are two of the most peaceful humans you could ever meet. Their wedding day effortlessly floated along, and even though it was a scorcher of a day, they were content to just know they'd be married by the end of it. The Cumberland House is a gorgeously revamped historic venue right next to downtown Jackson. Everywhere you look you see beautiful exposed brick and ivy, and a million little details to catch your eye. And don't even get me started on the white washed bridal suite. Incredible. Cumberland House owner Kathi Leatherwood, was such a gracious host, and made us all feel right at home! 

I adore shooting weddings for friends for a lot of reasons, but let's be real - - I'm just there for the dance party and Anna Witham's little bites of potato heaven (see picture below). This weekend reminded me yet again why I love what I do. Enjoy this preview of what is to come!!