World’s Fair Park | Knoxville Engagement Photographer

Dusty and Katelyn.

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Meet this sweet couple, Dusty and Katelyn. Dusty has been a long time friend of mine having went to school together as the class of 2004 (happy 10 years to us, lol!). Capturing the engagement of someone I have known for quite some time and meeting his beautiful fiance is an honor. Although we have been Facebook friends, this was the first day I met Katelyn.

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Dusty and Katelyn decided to have their love captured in the heart of Knoxville, TN at the World’s Fair Park. We played around on the train tracks joking about how we hope one doesn’t pass through. We splashed in the water breaking the rules of not being in the water or on the rocks (oops!). You know a couple is happily in love when they spend more time laughing and making goofy faces than taking any moment too seriously. I had so much fun doing this photo shoot, and you can tell they enjoyed it as well. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness. Congratulations to the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Bray!

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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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