Monday, June 08, 2009

Many times during a wedding family members will request a portrait. Because so much of my energy is solely dedicated to the bride and groom, I always offer other family members to schedule an alternate day with us for their own portraits. The Great Smoky Mountains is a fabulous vacation spot, so usually our families are here for a few days, anyway.

Brianne was part of Jill and Taylor's wedding family. I'm so glad they scheduled a portrait session with us! Spring is the perfect time of year for a family picture, and coming with a wedding party usually means the clothing issue is well taken care of!
Jill and Taylor were married on May 2nd when the buttercups in our fields were in all their glory! They spent three hours with us for photography and socializing with their family, then retired to their lodging at the Von Bryan Inn for the reception.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I have photographed Faschyn for a long time. I've photographed her as both a Sweet 16 and a high school senior. She even modeled for me in a bridal gown when we first opened Honeysuckle Hills. Now, it's time for her own dream wedding with Derrick! To tell her love story completely required beginning with an engagement session in the City of Pigeon Forge. Faschyn and Derrick spent most of their courtship in the locations we photographed.

These images were done on location in Pigeon Forge at the Old Mill and at the Pigeon Forge Greenway.

Heather and Tim raise sheep together on their farm back home. They enjoyed getting married on our little farm at Honeysuckle Hills on May 1st!

These images are from a few pages in the wedding album we designed for them.
Krystle brought the red chair with her specifically for her bridal photography session. I was more than happy to include it! If we are known for anything at all at Honeysuckle Hills, it's for our unique, "out of the box" photography!

We also incorporated her other number one man, John Colby. It was a gorgeous April day at Honeysuckle Hills with the smell of spring in the air and billowing clouds in the sky.

Anna and Billy! of my favorite bridal portraits of the spring! They also expressed such love toward each other! Again, the dogwoods at Honeysuckle Hills provided a beautiful backdrop during for their wedding photography on April 22nd.

Christi and Mark won't be married until October 3rd at Honeysuckle Hills. They have big plans for the entire day with us, including a pig roast!

These images are from Christi and Mark's engagement session on April 15th. They will be blending their two families together, so it was important to them to start off right with a beautiful family portrait beneath the dogwoods. It's going to be so difficult for me to wait until October to see them again!

There are two very important things I learned about Angie and Tommy. The first is that God is the most important thing in their life. Each of them is an answered prayer to the other.

The second thing I learned about Angie and Tommy is that, "It's all about Angie." I got a phone call from Tommy a few days before the wedding after I had talked to Angie at length about what we would do during her wedding photography session. It was important for Tommy to make it clear to me that Angie was his entire life.

The redbuds and azaleas are absolutely gorgeous this time of year! Believe it or not, this image was photographed on the edge of the parking lot where Mallory and Kyle were married.

Mallory and Kyle were married at Highland Condominiums in Gatlinburg, TN. Many guests to the Smoky Mountains love to catch a glimpse of one of our black bears. When you can't see a Smoky Mountain black bear, a warning sign will do! Mallory has a theatrical background, and she encouraged Kyle to match her facial expression for a fun wedding photograph.

Jackie and Eric were married at Honeysuckle Hills on April 14th. I thought it was incredibly romantic that Eric planned the entire wedding from start to finish! Jackie didn't even know where they were getting married until they showed up. Even though it was just the two of them, Eric scheduled three hours with us so that we could photograph to our heart's content at Honeysuckle Hills, and then travel to their cabin for the final hour of photography. Because Jackie and Eric were so passionate for each other, I created a more dramatic image for them by layering in one of my fireworks images. This seemed to go along with his patriotic background as well!
Sarah and Mark met at school. Not at college, but at the elementary school where they both teach Kindergarten. He was her mentor, and inevitably they fell in love!

They were married on April 11th, and returned a few days later for engagement style portraits beneath our blooming dogwoods.