Kingsport, TN: Lakyn + Neal's Backyard Summer Engagement Session

Kingsport, TN: Lakyn + Neal's Backyard Summer Engagement Session

I met Lakyn through a local photography group and asked her to second shoot a wedding with me out of town. We spent the weekend chatting about all of our favorite things and have since become close friends! I was incredibly honored (and ecstatic) when she asked me to be her wedding photographer!

I met up with Lakyn and Neal for their engagement session at Lakyn's father's land in Kingsport that happens to be at the base of Bay's Mountain. Needless to say, it was right up my alley! We hiked through the fields and chased the sun, touched some questionable weeds and laughed the entire evening. We ended the session at her dad’s private pond and sat around a campfire as the stars came out.

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Roan Mountain, TN: Melanie + Dave's Nature Inspired Intimate Mountaintop Wedding

Roan Mountain, TN: Melanie + Dave's Nature Inspired Intimate Mountaintop Wedding

Melanie and Dave are both arborists, so it was only fitting that their vows were read on a mountaintop surrounded by their closest family. We met up on a warm, hazy, Saturday at the end of May, and big puffy clouds were rolling across a clear blue sky. After becoming husband and wife, someone spotted a rainbow in the distance! We ran over and snagged a few photos with it in the background before the rainbow disappeared— definitely a first for me on Roan! After enjoying the rainbow, we hiked the trail around the balds taking photos and watched the sun set behind Roan High Knob.

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Your Adventurous Wedding: Why Day-Of Timelines Help Your Wedding Day Run Smoothly

Your Adventurous Wedding: Why Day-Of Timelines Help Your Wedding Day Run Smoothly

Today on the blog, we’re moving away from recent sessions and weddings and chatting about a super important wedding topic- DAY OF TIMELINES!

One thing that I love to include in all of my wedding packages — no matter if it’s a shorter elopement or a full-day celebration— is offering to assist in creating a day-of timeline for each couple. I know that usually this is the first time a couple has planned a wedding and understand that it can be tricky to put together a schedule for everyone to know where to be and when, coordinate where the photographer should be, and just how the day is going to go in general! When I help my couples create a timeline, I try to make things easy for everyone and try to keep their ideas and wishes in mind.

It all can be overwhelming, but it’s a super important part of the day, and here’s why!

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Blue Ridge Parkway: Ashley + Logan's Breathtaking Windy Mountain Engagement Session

Blue Ridge Parkway: Ashley + Logan's Breathtaking Windy Mountain Engagement Session

I kicked off the year with Ashley and Logan’s engagement session, and let me say- we started with a bang! I’ve wanted to shoot on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few years now, and when I first pitched a list of locations to Ashley, I was silently hoping they’d pick the parkway. Needless to say, they made my parkway dreams come true! We had a blast laughing and hiking up to the view! I just love how these two make each other smile and laugh constantly. They are absolutely perfect for each other and it’s so easy to see just how much they care one another.

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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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Homestead on the Holston: Canoe Free Spirit Bohemian Styled Elopement

Homestead on the Holston: Canoe Free Spirit Bohemian Styled Elopement

I’m a part of a wonderful local networking group full of creative entrepreneurs called TuesdaysTogether! Thanks to our community, I was lucky to meet Tricia Mosier of Elizabeth Dean Styled Events, who invited me to take part in a one-of-a-kind styled shoot that she was putting together! We all gathered at the beautiful Homestead on the Holston, a historic cabin venue with lots of land next to the north fork of the Holston River, and photographed the set ups that Tricia had designed— a “Notebook” canoe, a picnic blanket dinner, a bridal chair, and a bohemian tee pee complete with hanging cake display! Definitely a shoot for the record books and one you won’t want to miss!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Sarah + Justin's Mountaintop Sunset Engagement Session

Roan Mountain, TN: Sarah + Justin's Mountaintop Sunset Engagement Session

Sarah and Justin are engaged! These two moved to northeast Tennessee all of the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Sarah’s job in the medical field. When Sarah contacted me about taking engagement photos, she mentioned wanting to show their family their new home- the mountains of Tennessee! I knew just the right location! I met Justin and Sarah at Roan Mountain on a warm October evening for their session. They brought their two adorable pups- Aussie and Bella- and we had a blast catching the sunset behind the mountains. The blue ridges were out and showing off!

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Best of 2018: Behind-the-Scenes

Best of 2018: Behind-the-Scenes

Last year, I had so much fun putting together my first behind-the-scenes blog (you can see that here) that I made more of a conscious effort to get more content this year! I am so thankful to have had amazing second shooters who caught some funny (and embarrassing) moments throughout the year of me doing what I do! I love sharing the not-so-glamorous side of wedding photography- it’s not all rainbows and butterflies on a wedding day! Enjoy this brief inside look of what it’s like to be a wedding photographer in Northeast Tennessee!

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