Your Adventurous Wedding: 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a First Look

Your Adventurous Wedding: 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a First Look

Day-of timelines are pretty important for planning your wedding day, and that includes deciding on having a first look or a more traditional timeline. From a photographer’s perspective, and having been a bride myself, I am personally a huge fan of first looks! My husband and I decided to do a first look for our own wedding and it was the best decision. We have never regretted it! With wedding season around the corner, I thought I’d share my top 5 reasons to why you should consider having a first look on your wedding day!

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Muddy Wedding Dresses: A Guide to Dress Cleaning and Preservation for Adventurous Brides

Muddy Wedding Dresses: A Guide to Dress Cleaning and Preservation for Adventurous Brides

Having been a bride myself, I understand the importance of picking and choosing the perfect dress for your wedding day, and keeping it in pristine condition for the ceremony! With adventurous weddings, however, it's usually pretty tough to keep the dress immaculate before and during the wedding day. This recent wedding season, I've had a few muddy bottomed dresses on my brides, so I thought it would be great to chat with someone who really knows their stuff when it comes to the cleaning and preservation of bridal gowns to ease my brides about getting the dress dirty! Luckily, I was able to chat with Kristie Johnson, the owner of Annie’s Room, a leading bridal boutique in Kingsport, Tennessee!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Chelsea + Tom's Windy Mountaintop Vow Renewal at Dusk

Roan Mountain, TN: Chelsea + Tom's Windy Mountaintop Vow Renewal at Dusk

Chelsea told me that she and Tom got married on a super hot and humid day in Florida. She laughed and told me that she had said to Tom that she wanted their vow renewal to be the complete opposite of their wedding day, and we definitely were given that! When we arrived on the mountain, we were greeted with high winds and such chilly temperatures! It was downright cold! The wind was whipping as Chelsea and Tom said their vows to each other and renewed them for years to come!

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Grayson Highlands, VA: Renita + Nate's Romantic and Rocky Engagement Session

Grayson Highlands, VA: Renita + Nate's Romantic and Rocky Engagement Session

Renita and Nate are getting married at one of my favorite venues in northeast Tennessee, The Millstone, this coming June and I couldn't be more excited about it! We chose to meet up at Grayson Highlands for their engagement session, on a gray, cloudy, Sunday afternoon in April. Nate had told me that he and his family had come to Grayson a few times while he was growing up, so it's a special place to him and Renita! These two were absolute troopers and stood like champs up on the high rocks as the wind whipped around us. We didn't get to see any ponies that trip, but the views were gorgeous and these two were so sweet. 

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Upper Marlboro, MD: Bethany + Matt's Gemstone & Succulent Fall Wedding at Mount Airy Mansion

Upper Marlboro, MD: Bethany + Matt's Gemstone & Succulent Fall Wedding at Mount Airy Mansion

Matt and Bethany became husband and wife at the beautiful Mount Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro, Maryland! Bethany is a friend and fellow wedding photographer, so it was an even more special day to be a part of! I loved all of their details of the day, from the bridesmaids' gemstone colored dresses, succulent centerpieces and their Rock, Paper, Scissors game during their ceremony!

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Best of 2017: A Year of Adventures, Sunsets, Mountains and Love in Northeast Tennessee

Best of 2017: A Year of Adventures, Sunsets, Mountains and Love in Northeast Tennessee

Holy smokes, this year has flown by! I seriously cannot even believe that 2018 is just a few days away! It feels like yesterday that I was rounding up images and reminiscing about everything 2016 brought for last year's review blog! I'm almost at a loss for words here as I look back at all of the adventures, stunning summer sunsets and genuine smiles from laughter. I am incredibly blessed and fortunate to capture the love stories for all of my amazing couples in such a beautiful part of our country.

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Roan Mountain, TN: Ryan & Sara's Romantic Fall Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

Roan Mountain, TN: Ryan & Sara's Romantic Fall Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

We hiked up to the balds at Carver's Gap on a perfect Fall evening for Ryan and Sara's intimate Roan Mountain wedding. The sun was shining and the wind was just ever so slight, making for such a romantic evening. The grass had already turned to that beautiful golden color and caught the sun as Ryan and Sara said their vows on the mountainside, surrounded by their closest family. 

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Roan Mountain, TN: Joe & Caroline's Adventurous Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

Roan Mountain, TN: Joe & Caroline's Adventurous Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

Caroline and Joe had originally planned to get married on Roan on the first Wednesday in September. Mother Nature, however, had a different plan! Due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, rain lurked in the forecast. Since their wedding had been an intimate celebration, they were able to move their wedding day to avoid the rain! These two tied the knot on top of Roan Mountain despite the threat of afternoon showers and rocked their bride and groom portraits!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Zach & Daisy's Sunset Engagement Session on Round Bald

Roan Mountain, TN: Zach & Daisy's Sunset Engagement Session on Round Bald

For Daisy and Zach's engagement session, Daisy asked if we could hike up Roan and if they could bring their dog, Dixie, along. You guys already know by now that dogs and mountains are two of my favorite things and especially spending time with my couples, so it wasn't tough for me to say, "Of course!" We spent one of the last warm evenings on top of Roan with Zach, Daisy, and Dixie, and had a great time laughing all the way to sunset.

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