Allison & Abhay's Indian Ceremony at Sri Ganesha Temple, Nashville, Tennessee

We had all been looking forward to this weekend for what felt like forever and it FINALLY arrived! Allison & Abhay are two of the kindest and most genuine people you could hope to meet, and it just felt like everyone around them knew that their marriage would make the world a better place! We got to celebrate them for a whole weekend, with an Indian ceremony on Friday and an American ceremony on Saturday! The Indian ceremony took place at Sri Ganesha Temple in Nashville. We got there early and it was misty and grey outside, but oh so colorful inside. The ceremony leaders graciously walked the families through all of the symbolic and meaningful gestures of worship and togetherness. One moment stuck out to me, when Allison’s mother in law draped a cloth around her shoulders and presented her with a gift. It was such an incredible symbol of acceptance and welcome. I wish all cultural wedding ceremonies were this rich and intentional! Once the ceremony concluded, we went outside to find a beautiful blue sky waiting on us! It was an honor to photograph the intimacy of this cultural tradition, and the joy of these two families getting to know each other!

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Caleb & Amy

The intentionality and reverence found in traditional Anglican wedding ceremonies mirrors the way Caleb and Amy interact with the world. Their ability to take seriously the responsibility and jobs they have been given is only made better by the fact that they're truly able to laugh at and with each other. They're goofy and hilarious, compassionate and virtuous. And those elements of their personalities sang throughout the day. The ceremony was not your 15 minute sweet southern ceremony - but an entire service centered around celebrating the faith they hold true, and the hope they carry into their life together. I loved the challenge of both documenting the story of their ceremony, and the encouragement to step back and participate during the certain parts that they wanted to be completely reverent. As you'll be able to tell from the photos after the ceremony, the room was filled with joy, tears, and just a whole lot of really happy friends. It was an honor to step into your lives for a day and tell this wonderful story! Can't wait to share the rest with you all! 

Nick & Laura

Laura & Nick's Sunday wedding at Green Frog Farms was filled with lavender, happy babies, the BEST pup, and a zillion delightful people. They didn't cut any corners in how they planned their day to be truly and uniquely them. Laura and Nick are thoughtful, hilarious, and confident, which made the day flow by like a sweet summer breeze. Laura's Dog, Tennessee Williams, was definitely a highlight of the evening for all of us. During the ceremony he sat in the back, wagging is tail any time Laura looked his way. We snuck off for a few minutes at sunset and literally ran through the field laughing and cheering. The tenderness was just too much at times, and I definitely shed a few (or more than a few) tears during the father daughter dance. Still, after 10 years in the business, I can't make it through a single wedding without tearing up. It was a lovely celebration and I'm so thankful to have been a part of it! Three cheers to Courtney Searcy for assisting me. Some of her lovely images are below as well! 



Andrew & Jennifer

When you take a step back and think about all of the tiny moments in life that lead us on the path to find the person we will love, it really is such an unimaginably huge deal that any of us ever find each other! And that is especially the case for Andrew and Jennifer. They grew up in missionary families in completely different cultures, and found each other in college at a little university in Tennessee. Though seemingly opposite in the surface ways, their stories and interests aligned and they've created such a beautifully deep and diverse community around them. The wedding was held at the Memphis Vietnamese church Jennifer's father pastors, and it was a sweet and intimate celebration of the different communities they grew up in. They gave their guests handmade wooden coasters from a small village in Africa, and held a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony to honor their families. As you'll be able to tell from the pictures, everyone was just BEAMING and so HAPPY. I had such a lovely time taking their portraits because they have such a great time just being with each other. Andrew and Jennifer - - thank you for choosing me to tell your story! I hope all of us can learn from your joy, contentedness, and compassion. Enjoy these and the rest to come!  

Katelyn & Jeff

Summer wedding season is in full swing! My official start to the busy season kicked off with this gorgeous wedding at White Oak Farms! The brand new venue is just a little ways away from Jackson, and I've been excitedly watching it's progress in anticipation of this last weekend! It was thoughtfully created to be the perfect space for entertaining, and it was a blast to work in. Katelyn and Jeff are super fun to be around, and the way they make each other laugh made me tear up on more than one occasion. They hired an incredible team of vendors which made their wedding even more special. I felt like I was in the presence of royalty working alongside Southern Sparkle Event Planning, because Krisy is the best of the best around here! Everyone was incredibly happy and laid back, and we just had a grand ole celebration complete with a rainbow at the end of the evening. Thank you all for welcoming me into your wedding day, and letting me tell your story! More photos to come! 


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!