Katie + Ryan

Katie and Ryan were married Saturday, June 9, at Graystone Presbyterian Church in South Knoxville with a reception at the Southern Railway Station in the Old City.  Katie and Ryan are from Johnson City, TN.  They grew up going to school together but didn't start dating until college.  It was a trip to study abroad in London that made them really take notice in one another.  I loved sitting and listening to the stories about their dating life and hearing all of their friends talk about what an incredible match the two of them are!  

Katie attended a wedding I shot several years ago and on their engagement shoot she was telling Ryan (and me) that there was a picture of her in the bouquet toss... and he was like "OH YOU CAUGHT THE BOUQUET?" and she said "no... but my hands were up in the air".  HAHA!  

I was so honored that they chose me to capture their day.  It was a special day for sure!  Such tender friend and family moments... THANK YOU GUYS FOR HAVING ME!!!  

Stephanie + Andy

Stephanie and Andy were married at the Standard in Knoxville on Saturday, June 2.  Stephanie is a Knoxville native and met Andy swing dancing in Washington, DC and let me tell you... I left their wedding and told my husband - WE HAVE TO TAKE SWING DANCE LESSONS - and guess what... we did!   Now, that shows you how inspired I was when I left their wedding!  We took our first lesson 4 days later!  AND DID WE LOOK JUST LIKE THEM???  NOPE!  It made me all the more marvel in how amazingly talented these two are!  We were HORRIBLE - haha!  

Andy's family came from Malaysia to be a part of the special day!  His dad married the two of them and honestly, it was one of the sweetest ceremonies I have ever witnessed.  I told Andy if his dad was a pastor in Knoxville, I would attend his church!!!  I was hanging on his every word and loved his honesty and his heart so much!  What a special service.  

Andy and Stephanie will have a wedding celebration in Malaysia in August.  I would love to shoot it! (hint hint - ha!).  

I was so honored to be a part of their big day and the reception - OH MY WORD - all of their swing dancing friends came and the dance floor was LIT!  

 

GABBIE + KEP

Gabbie and Kep got married this past Friday at Dara's Gardens in Alcoa.   I met Gabbie through my best friend, Charlotte, years ago.  She was in Charlotte's small group for a few years and my impression of Gabbie was that she was a tender, kind hearted, adventure seeker... When Charlotte told me that Gabbie had started dating Kep and was quite smitten with him, I wanted to know all about it!  I am a sucker for a love story!  

I asked Charlotte about the rehearsal dinner and what people said to describe Gab and Kep and she said "loyal, consistant, adventurous, good listeners".  I could tell on the day of the wedding how much they were adored and loved.  Her bridesmaids cried when they saw her.  Charlotte texted me before I got there and said "Wait til you see Gabbie, she's STUNNING".  I remember Charlotte sharing with me that Gabbie had plans for her future that involved travel, adventure, art... but they didn't include marriage.  She was one of Charlotte's girls that said "nope.. not til I'm in my 30's... maybe late 20's"  WELL GUESS WHAT?  Gabbie NOW has an adventure partner.  Kep and Gabbie are moving to Seattle for Gabbie to be a part of internship and teach art.  She's 22 and married and has a partner for all of her adventures!!  I love that she is still living her dream but with Kep by her side.  

I was BEYOND HONORED when Gabbie emailed me and asked me to capture her special day!  I loved my time shooting their engagement pictures in the Art Department at UT.  Gabbie is incredibly talented and her passion for art shows in her work.  Gabbie's best friend and maid of honor, Allie, was my intern a few years ago and has since started an incredible photography business with her husband, Taylor (happy one year anniversary soon y'all!).  

All these connections made this day WAY FUN!!!  I seriously danced my heart out at the reception!  Thanks Allie for grabbing my camera and giving me a couple songs to just HAVE A BLAST and celebrate the marriage of GABBIE AND KEP!  WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DAY!!!  

KEP AND GABBIE - have a blast in the Dominican and WATCH OUT SEATTLE, WA - HERE COME THE BARNHARTS!!!!!!

Venue: Dara's Garden Florals: Wade Floral Co. Entertainment: Ogle Entertainment Dress:The Lovliest  Second shooter: Andrea Spidell

Abigail + Tyler

Abigail and Tyler.... what an incredible wedding day!  The ceremony and reception were held at Crescent Bend.  This historical home in Knoxville, TN was the setting for their perfect Spring wedding.  The tulips were in full bloom and I was so pleasantly surprised because I didn't realize there would be so many of them.  I had just declared the tulip my favorite flower and then SURPRISE! THEY WERE EVERY WHERE and GORGEOUS!  

Abigail and Tyler met at Clancy's.  Good ole' Clancy's bringing couples together!  It was so fun hearing their love story and how they got to know each other.  They started hanging out in December of 2016 after Abigail's friends convinced her to go out with them to Clancy's and she said she knew in March (just 4 months later) that he was the one!  One year later, Tyler decided he was going to propose.  When Abigail's parents were dating, they were engaged on his dad's parents front porch... years later, when the house sold, Abigail's parents inherited that porch swing.  They moved the swing to Abigail's childhood home.  After dating a year and some months Tyler proposed to Abigail on the SAME SWING that her dad proposed to her mom.  HOW AMAZING IS THAT?  They used that image for their save the date (see the save the date below).  I love it when a picture (or drawing) has so much meaning!  

 

Venue: Crescent Bend/Wedding Dress: Loveliest/Flowers: Always In Bloom/Catering: Bradford's Catering/Entertainment: Ogle Entertainment/HMU: Bangs and Blush