Fall Branch, TN: A Vintage Summer Garden Styled Shoot at Cave Springs Farm

Fall Branch, TN: A Vintage Summer Garden Styled Shoot at Cave Springs Farm

With all of this amazing sunshine and blooming flowers and trees, I can’t help but get incredibly excited for this coming Summer! I just love the warmth, soft grass and abundance of sun. It’s truly my favorite season!

This past Summer, I had the honor to photograph a styled wedding shoot alongside some of my favorite photographers and vendors here in northeast Tennessee! Melissa Baskette, of Piney Rose Designs, hosted all of us on her beautiful farm, Cave Springs Farm, and styled the whole session! She designed everything around the theme, “vintage summer garden,” which I absolutely love!

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Sevierville, TN: Stacy + Jason's Intimate Mountain Cabin Wedding at Parkside Resort and The Magnolia Venue

Sevierville, TN: Stacy + Jason's Intimate Mountain Cabin Wedding at Parkside Resort and The Magnolia Venue

Stacy and Jason came all of the way from Michigan to get married in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. They rented a huge cabin at Parkside Resort for their family and friends to stay, and to hold their intimate ceremony! After a super sweet first look, we drove to the Magnolia Venue for more breathtaking views. We arrived back just in time for family portraits and their ceremony on the back porch, overlooking the Smokies.

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Limestone, TN: Renita + Nate's Intimate Rustic Country Wedding at the Millstone

Limestone, TN: Renita + Nate's Intimate Rustic Country Wedding at the Millstone

A running theme of wedding season this year has been the constant threat of rain, and it was no different for these two. You can probably see the ominous clouds in the photos, but we lucked out and had a sunny and breezy evening for their wedding day. Renita and Nate didn't want a huge wedding, so they opted for an intimate celebration with their closest family members at the Millstone. Renita and Nate walked down the aisle together and met the officiant, Renita's dad, Reub! I thought it was so special that the father of the bride was also the officiant! After vows were read and rings were exchanged, Renita and Nate kissed for the first time as husband and wife and headed to the reception for delicious barbecue, pies, and cupcakes!

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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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5 Tips on What to Wear to your Adventurous Engagement, Anniversary or Couple's Session

5 Tips on What to Wear to your Adventurous Engagement, Anniversary or Couple's Session

Spring is finally here, which means the grass is turning green, the trees are budding, birds are chirping, and of course, engagement sessions! I absolutely love shooting engagement, anniversary, and couple's sessions with my adventurous couples. It's so fun to explore, hang out, get to know each other and enjoy nature without the added pressure of a timeline on a wedding day!

Since these sessions aren't appointments that we regularly schedule, I know it can sometimes feel awkward to be in front of the lens (I still am). That's what I'm here for- to guide you and help make your session a comfortable and fun experience for both you and your fiancé/significant other! One of the best ways to feel more comfortable at the session is to plan out what you'll be wearing.

Of course, most of the photos you see below are from engagement sessions, but I wanted to note that it translates to anniversary or couple's sessions as well! Any portrait session where there are two of you to coordinate/prepare!

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Boonsboro, MD: Our Appalachian Trail Proposal at Annapolis Rocks

Boonsboro, MD: Our Appalachian Trail Proposal at Annapolis Rocks

Andrew and I's proposal-aversary is on the 26th, so I thought it would be fun to share about our own adventurous proposal! Andrew proposed to me at one of my favorite places (ever) on the Appalachian Trail- Annapolis Rocks. The outcropping overlooking Boonsboro has a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons- it was the perfect place to propose. This is our story!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Alexis & John Michael's Intimate Summer Mountain Wedding on Round Bald

Roan Mountain, TN: Alexis & John Michael's Intimate Summer Mountain Wedding on Round Bald

Lexie and John Michael chose to get married on top of Round Bald on Roan Mountain, which (as you all know) has a piece of my heart. After two super sweet first looks (one with John Michael, and one with Lexie's dad), Lexie and her dad hiked up to the balds where the two would exchange vows. After their first kiss as husband and wife, Lexie and John Michael gave each other a huge high five, followed by a hug. We then took our time exploring the mountain in our Chacos for portraits. It was truly a perfect Summer evening on Roan Mountain.

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Fort Loudon, PA: Laken's Woodsy Maternity Session at Cowan's Gap

Fort Loudon, PA: Laken's Woodsy Maternity Session at Cowan's Gap

I met up with Laken and Wayne at Cowan's Gap State Park in Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania for their maternity session. It was a perfect fit for this mountain mama-to-be and avid outdoors loving couple! Wayne loves to fish and they both love to hunt, so I knew the lake and woodsy feel would be a perfect way to celebrate and welcome their little girl! We spent the evening walking around the lake, laughing at Wayne's humor, and catching up on life. It was a perfect summer evening in the mountains of PA!

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