Tim and Annely.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!