Knoxville Botanical Garden | Knoxville Engagement Photographer

Shane and Kristy.

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Meet this sweet, adorable couple! Shane and Kristy have been dating for 6 years and are getting married next summer. I met Kristy at the Pink Bridal Show this past January. She entered my drawing and won a free engagement package. We chose to have their engagement portraits taken at Knoxville Botanical Garden. This is such a beautiful place to shoot with so much variety (but don’t expect to go through the bamboo in the summer, haha, that joke’s on me).

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From a greenhouse to stone walls — and my favorite, a garden with gorgeous flowers . Always joy in the beauty captured here. Shane and Kristy enjoyed the shoot as they shared their love, laughter, and joy in laughing at me with my fear of bees. The things I do for my clients shows true dedication. I have an immense terrification of bees. Seriously. There were so many swarming around the flowers as I shot the ring pictures. Face your fears, right? Literally face to face:)

Regardless of the bees, the shoot was amazing and fun. I hope you two enjoyed the day and your time with me. I am glad to have been a part of this special time in your lives. Congratulations!

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Whitestone Country Inn | Kingston Wedding Photographer

Tim and Annely.

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Tim and Annely got married in June at Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston, TN. It was a day like many I’ve experienced this year — a day with storms in the forecast. But never worry we don’t let rain stand in the way. Hint, I have the luckiest brides that good ol’ mother nature blesses with a break in the clouds every single time. A light shower began while we were completing the bridal portraits, and then a down pour came as we awaited the ceremony. Tim and Annely saved their special moment first seeing each other for the alter so the rain was not an issue. The weather let up just in time for their dove release and portraits after they said their vows. You would never guess with this gorgeous sky below that it ever even rained!

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I have been waiting for quite sometime to photograph a wedding at this gorgeous venue. A lot of first I shared with this couple — first engagement shoot on a golf course, first time at Norris Dam, and first time at Whitestone Inn — and what a special couple to share good times with. You can see their engagement blog here. Tim and Annely are two of the most genuine, kindest people I have had the pleasure of working with. Their families were just as amazing. I love seeing two loving families come together by the love of one couple.

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After vows were exchanged, rings were placed, and the first kiss was planted — the celebration began. The guest began with appetizers while photos were being taken of the wedding party and family. I will go ahead and express how much delicious the food catered by Whitestone Country Inn truly is. I really don’t think I can describe how great it tastes! After the bride and groom’s tour around the venue for pictures, the DJ announced Mr. and Mrs. Hatmaker. A wonderful evening with tears, laughter, and lots of love fell upon us. The reception sent us all in a whirl with our emotions. We heard about how Tim and Annely first met and began dating. It all started with a blind date between Tim and a friend of Annely with Annely coming along too. Needless to say, the date didn’t go according to plan as Tim quickly fell for his future bride. We heard in the toast from Tim’s long time friend of 35 years on how he knew from a change in Tim’s voice that he had found the woman for him, the one to make him happy and be by his side as his wife. We also learned the 3 best things to keep a marriage great: lie, cheat, and steal. Let me elaborate… Lie in each others arms, cheat death, and steal each others hearts every day.

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The couple added a few personal touches to the night with song dedications. In honor of all the children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews — they played “Little Folks” by Charlie Daniels. Tears flowed for the duration of that song. The tears continued flowing happily as they dedicated a song to both the bride’s parents and groom’s parent in celebration of both couples’ 57th wedding anniversary. Vince Gill’s hit “Look At Us” was a perfect fit to show how 57 years of marriage is made.

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We laughed all throughout the night too. Fun memories were made as the DJ had the couple play the “shoelywed game” where the bride and groom sat back to back and each held a blue and pink shoe. Questions were asked such as “who is the better kisser?” They responded to each question humoring us all in their agreements and disagreements. I am honored to have been chosen to capture Tim and Annely’s special day. I know they will be happy for many years to come. May you two be blessed your whole lives — remembering to “lie, cheat, and steal” always!

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Tim & Annely - Julie… these are absolutely beautiful pictures and we are so happy with your work. We enjoyed working with you so much! You are a true professional and a wonderful person. :) Thanks again!!

Jewels Photography - Thank you so much Tim and Annely, this means the world. I am blessed to be able to work with such wonderful people! Thank you for your kindness.

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The River Vista | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Kimberly and Robby.

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Almost a year after booking with Kimberly at the Pink Bridal Show from August 2013, the wedding was finally here! Last fall, Kimberly and Robby had a sweet engagement shoot at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens (see blog here).

The wedding and reception took place at The River Vista in Knoxville, TN. A private venue down a country road perfect for this couple. Kimberly chose yellow, white, and gray for her colors. With a ceremony and reception adorned with daisies and burlap, it was such a cozy feel. The groom and groomsmen were complete with yellow ties and yellow Converse (love the shoes!). The bridesmaids all wore different styled yellow dresses. You cannot forget the too-cute-for-their-ownselves flower girls and ring bearer! Yes, the flower girl wanted to make her own silly face without me asking — hehe, adorable!

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After spending the morning with Kimberly and the ladies getting ready, the gentlemen arrived. Shortly after their arrival, Kimberly and Robby shared an emotion first look by the river. I always express how much I love first looks — But each time I photograph one, I seem to love them more and more! After all the pictures were complete, we gathered around for the joining of Robby and Kimberly. It was a lovely ceremony, just as I expected:)Filled with tears of joy and sounds of sweet nothings, they said their ‘I Do’s.’

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As guest gathered after the ceremony, we all celebrated Kimberly and Robby’s marriage. The reception was catered with BBQ and chicken tenders, a little lemonade and sweet tea — a delicious southern meal. We gazed as the couple danced to the hit “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, and then we watched as tears filled the eyes of a father dancing with his daughter. After a relaxing evening at The River Vista, we wished farewell to them as they ran through sparklers. And this was not just a normal sparkler exit as the guest tried to see how close they could get to the bride and groom! I wish you two all the love and happiness in the world! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard.

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Ijams Nature Center | Knoxville Engagement Photographer

Jennifer and Matt.

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As Jennifer made her way around all the vendor booths at the Pink Bridal Show this past January, she came across Jewels Photography. This is where I first met the bride. Jennifer was one of the lucky few to win a free engagement session I gave away at the bridal show. Bridal shows are always so much fun for brides and vendors, although they can be overwhelming. What a better way to kill that overwhelming feeling than winning a free session?!

The day of their shoot was the first time I met Matt. Let me tell you, this couple is one of the sweetest, kindest couples you will ever meet. We met up at Ijams Nature Center to have their portraits taken. I loved the sweetness the couple had towards each other — it stuck out enough that I even complimented them at the session.

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Jennifer and Matt will be holding their wedding ceremony in November. During the session, we talked about their wedding and a few details of the day. The couple has one particular detail to the wedding that stuck out to me because it is different from any other wedding I have attended. They will be having an eco-friendly wedding complete with a compost bin. In my new light of life, gluten-free diet, and trying to be healthier and more all natural — this idea is really neat to me!

Although I will not be attending the wedding, I am super excited to see pictures their wedding photographer will be sharing. At least I better see:)
I wish you two a wonderful marriage and a happy (early) wedding day! Keep in touch.

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Rosewood Hall | Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Sara Ashley and Zack.

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Sara Ashley and Zack met up with me last fall, we chatted about their big day, and they decided to book Jewels Photography. In the fall, we captured all their love on Morris Ave in downtown Birmingham in an engagement session. At that time, I had no clue what would be happening with one of the portraits I took (find out in just a bit!).

On May 25, 2014 Sara Ashley and Zack set out to join their lives together as one. The wedding was held at the Rosewood Hall in Homewood, Alabama. Starting out the wedding day, the couple and their attendants got ready across the road at the Aloft Hotel. I began to find out as I am shooting the details just what to expect that day. When Sara Ashley pulled out the Captain America garter set, I knew I was in for a treat. That was just the beginning!

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The newlyweds-to-be planned a nerd theme wedding complete with the hastag #2Nerds1Love. In the daytime, Sara Ashley is a business decision sciences analyst and Zack is a GPU design engineer at NVIDIA. By night, I am pretty sure this couple fights crime as superheros! If not superheros, they come pretty close with their hidden talents. I have later discovered Sara Ashley is a writer, and she might love coffee and Katy Perry as much as me. Zack apparently has master level skills with legos. The couple had creative gifts to exchange before the wedding (after their first look of course). For the past year, Zack had been hiding out his creation in their basement. He unveils an engagement picture of them made completely out of legos. I was impressed – more impressed when I found out he did it himself! When I thought it couldn’t get any better than that… Sara Ashley gives her groom a comic book she wrote and had drawn herself. It was written as the story of their lives together titled “The Best Day Ever!!!” It begins with how they met on match.com and how they grew to “fit together like a heart made of legos.” It doesn’t get any better than that:)

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As mentioned before, Sara Ashley and Zack shared a first look before the ceremony. This is the reason I love first looks so much — so much emotion is able to come out in an intimate moment with you two alone. They shared a wonderfully sweet first look together. In addition to the creative gifts, the couple shared fine gifts with each other. She received a locket with an engagement picture inside. I am crazy about how much they loved their engagement portraits to use them on their wedding day! After funny times with bridesmaids doing what they have to do to get a bride in her dress, sweet moments at a first look, and amazing gift exchanges… It was time for this couple to say their I Do’s.

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Emotions filled the air with tears in our eyes, laughter in our voices, and love in everyone’s hearts. The ceremony began with the preacher speaking on how they came to meet. He joked about how the couple had a house divided — and no I do not mean Alabama and Auburn — let’s talk about real stuff like Xbox vs Playstation. We all listened closely as they shared the vows they wrote and how Sara Ashley promises to never put brussel sprouts on his plate even though she thinks they are amazing. We watched as they locked tight the time capsule they will open together on their first anniversary. They will read the letters they wrote on this day to each other as they share a bottle of wine. It was a ceremony that fit them well. Exactly how it should be. Oh, I cannot leave out the updated Facebook status at the completion of the ceremony.

Congrats Sara Ashley Graham — it is official now.

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Sara Ashley and Zack’s reception was an evening of dancing and good times. The guests had a blast in the photobooth. Always a perfect choice for any reception – they are fun, exciting, and you get a personalized wedding favor to remember the night. The food was delicious, the cake looked amazing (dang gluten-free diet, but I am sure it tasted as good as it looked), and the DJ rocked great tunes all night. The bride and groom even gave us a little insight to how their first date went down. After sharing how they played video games and had a dance-off for their first date — they showed us their moves in a dance-off right then and there. I had a great time from start to finish. I am thankful to have been a part of their magical day. Sara Ashley and Zack… Mr. and Mrs. Graham, I wish you two a lifetime of happiness and love IRL!

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Venue: Rosewood Hall
Wedding Planner: Anita Kanellis
Florist: Hothouse Design  Studio
Catering: Yellow Bicycle
Cakes: Dreamcakes by Katie Moon
Transportation: Burkes Bros Limo
Photographer: Jewels Photography

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