Thursday, July 31, 2008
Leslie and Jamie had an outdoor wedding in our little home town of Pigeon Forge just in time for our black-eyed susans to be in full bloom. Oh, what great scenery they make!
Leslie and Jamie came back for an engagement session since they're staying in the Smoky Mountains for an entire week. (Fabulous honeymoon!) Leslie had me all fired up to try yet another new idea, so we pulled out an antique wooden bucket and watering pitcher for one of their engagement images. Thanks, Leslie, for being such a great sport! I'm still smiling about it!
I journeyed with Step and Antonio to the top of one of our many hills and discovered a beautiful cloud formation. We created some very playful wedding photographs there.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wedding Albums with story-book design are becoming more and more popular with brides. I've begun to include a few artistic designs in the wedding proofs to give my brides an idea of what's possible for their own wedding album. One of the reasons brides choose Honeysuckle Hills is for the flowers we have in bloom at different times of the year. They make their outdoor wedding colorful and provide great features of interest for our artwork.
Leah and Wade teach English in China, so their trip to Honeysuckle Hills and the Great Smoky Mountains was a long one. Leah used one of the hand-made scarves she purchased in China for one of her portraits. The colors are splendid!
I think the veil is especially important in an outdoor wedding because it provides soft accents to all the images. It makes the mood of an outdoor wedding so much softer and elegant.
Nikki and Freddie were very romantic together and slipped away to Pigeon Forge for a wedding just for two.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Leslie and Jason are another of our bride and grooms who decided to slip away for a private wedding just for two in the Smokies. That is, until the Moms and Dads found out! This worked out extremely well, however, because who are the most important people in the world to be at your wedding? Mom and Dad, of course!
They were married in the heart of one of our flower gardens in the evening when the sweet smell of nectar floats along the breeze. As you can see, their outdoor wedding ceremony provided the perfect setting for laughter and merriment!
Lesley and Jason planned from the very beginning to be photographed atop one of our rolling hills with the horses and our mountain ridge view. One of the colts tried to eat Lesley's bouquet, and at times the horses curiously swarmed all around them. All these moments add up to make great wedding memories.
The fourth of July brings out the heat in more ways than one. Amanda donned hot pink heels with sexy polka dots for her husband, Garrik. Not to be out-done, the groom slipped on a very unique skull and crossbones cufflink.
Mignon and Tim planned their outdoor wedding for the Pigeon Forge area for a little over a year. I had the opportunity to meet them on two separate occasions before the wedding. Mignon surprised Tim with a romantic picnic just for the two of them earlier this spring. They had lunch at our picnic pavilion and then walked around hand-in-hand along our creek.
They were married right in the middle of our bridge by Reverend Jeff Ownby. Mignon met Tim when he played in his band, "Flat Broke." At the end of their wedding, we played one of the songs Tim wrote for her. Many tears fell, but they were all of pure joy.
Both serve in the United States Navy (they met on the U. S. S. George Washington,) but Jennifer has my favorite job, photographer! Her next great adventure will be in Bahrain, so be sure to wish her a safe return.
Jennifer and Grant hope to be married next year after her tour in Bahrain is over. I can't wait to see them again and pull out all the stops for their wedding photography!
Our little Smoky Mountain stream is always a favorite among our guests for portraits. It's a cool break from the summer heat! It also provides a nice, soft mood for a high school senior picture.
Our little stream is also a great smile motivator! Angie dressed her family so well for this image in white and blue. Our eye is drawn to their faces rather than their clothing.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The theme of Larissa's wedding was "A Top Hat Affair." Every single guest wore a hand-made hat with a creative theme. This year's election is heating up fast, as you can see with this gentleman's John McCain presidential hat. My first thought was, "Oh! A John McCain fan..." In truth it was worn as a joke to the bride, who is rooting for Obama for president.
Larissa's wedding started out as an unbelievably beautiful summer day in the Smoky Mountains. As the evening progressed, a much needed thunderstorm blew in, rushing everyone inside our barn. Just before the storm hit, I took Larissa and James out for some quick photographs.
The horses were more than willing to cooperate, and I just love the windblown look in Larissa's hair and the horses' tails!