Fairy Tale Wedding at Castle Post

Many little girls dream of being a princess at their fairy tale wedding but few truly get the castle!

This dream wedding was perfect as Kaitlin and Justin said “I do” behind the medieval walls.

Location- Castle Post in Versailles Kentucky
Florist- Jeanie Gorrell
DJ- Time Zone Enterainment
Videography- Uncle Dairrell
Catering- Castle Chef

The Great Hall Staircase

The Dinning area at Castle Post

 

The Dress
The Stunning Bride

 

The Wedding

 

 

Beautiful Couple

Holly + Michael

 Pregnancy Photos in Cades Cove Tennessee

We are so excited for Holly and Michael as they get ready to welcome their new little one. In honor of this amazing miracle we went to the Cades Cove to document this stage in their journey.

Beauty and the Beast Party

Beauty and the Beast Party for our 5 year old Princess!


Every year my daughter asks to have a theme birthday party and this year she wanted it to be “Beauty and the Beast.” Like every mom, I checked Pinterest and got to work!
Looking into the enchanted mirror

First I found some great ideas and started to get to work. Then my family and I hit the thrift stores to see what treasures awaited us.

Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast
Ms. Potts from Beauty and the Beast
Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast
Enchanted Rose

We found an old tea pot, silver clock and candlestick holders . The finishing touch was putting a rose in a glass jar and lighting it up with white lights. These props helped bring the movie to life.


Then my daughter dressed as Belle and had a photo shoot.

“Trapped in the Castle”
Belle searches the castle
Nothing makes Belle happier than a good book

Our family loves to dress up. We each pick a character from the movie in order to serve our guests.

Beauty and the Beast Costumes
“Be Our Guest!” Ms. Potts, Feather duster, Lumiere, and Belle
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Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast
Ms. Potts costume
Ms. Potts from Beauty and the Beast

Once the guest arrived we started games.

Our first game was inspired by Sleeping Beauty. You lay pillows on the floor in a circle and play music as the girls walk around the circle. Then when the music stopped the girls dropped to the floor to sleep on a pillow. If they didn’t get a pillow they were out.

Next was freeze dance to the song “Let it Go” from Frozen.

 

Finally  we pampered the girls with a home spa treatment. We made avocado masks and put cucumbers on their eyes.

This was so much fun and I am so excited to think up a new theme for next year!

Inspirational Scottish Wedding

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Traditional Scottish Wedding

When Leigh and Philip were planning their big day they knew they wanted to represent their family heritage by having a Scottish Wedding. They were both very invested in the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games and decided to start their new life together with the old style traditions.

They chose Fox Den Country Club as their venue for the event. It was perfect! The beautiful green golf course provide a divine backdrop for the festivities. Carrie Wrinn, the wedding coordinator for the venue, made sure everything ran smoothly.

Lisa Foster’s flower arrangements were gorgeous. The colors and variety popped and added a beautiful flare.

Philip Kept with tradition and dressed in a kilt equipped with a Scottish Dirk. Leigh found a perfect dress to complement the theme.

Leigh’s hair and makeup were exquisitely done by Susan Clayton.

During the wedding Philip draped his family’s tartan across Leigh signifying her joining his clan.

Fox Den catered the event with a delicious dish of salmon and chicken.

The reception was so much fun as the guests danced the night away thanks to Drew Justice with Ogle Entertainment.

The two left with a beautiful sparkler exit from their family and friends.

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Scottish Wedding complete with kilt and Dirk

 

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Makeup by Susan Clayton

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Flowers by Lisa Foster

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Scottish Wedding Tradition

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Scottish Wedding Ceremony

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Scottish Wedding Traditions

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Amazing food from Fox Den Country Club

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Special thanks to Ogle Entertainment

 

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mini-kilt!
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Best Guest Book Ever!
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First Dance
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Cutting the Cake
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Kilts on the dance floor
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Sparkler Send Off

How to do an Adult Cake Smash!

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

Who says you need to be a kid to have your cake and eat it too? Our friend Jessica decide this was the year she would try an Adult Cake Smash. Her youngest child had just turned one and she throw him an amazing birthday party, with the traditional cake smash. It was so much fun and gave her an idea, why can’t an adult just dive in to their cake? She texted us at once asking if she could photograph this crazy event and of course we said “YES!”

So here is our play by play of an amazing celebration!

Every birthday needs a cake and cupcakes are the perfect size to dig in.

 

 

Adult Smash Cake
Special Cupcake for event

Another “must have” is the chalk board. It gives you up-to-date info on our birthday girl.

 

 

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Chalk board with birthday girl info

Since our birthday girl is over 21 she decided to add a drink to the festivity.

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Adult Cake Smash

 

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The Essentials

No cake is complete with out a candle and a wish!

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Birthday Wishes

Frosting on the candle should never go to waste.

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Adult Cake Smash

Nether should frosting on your fingers.

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Adult Cake Smash

Now is the time to “DIG IN!!”

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Adult Cake Smash

Don’t try to be lady like because there is no use.

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Adult Cake Smash

Noses need a little frosting too.

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Our birthday girl has decided to wash it down with a bottle of red wine.

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Adult Cake Smash

After cake it is time to play with balloons.

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Adult Birthday
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Adult Birthday

Special thanks to the one year old who brought the idea to our birthday girl!

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Birthday Love

Congratulations to our birthday girl Jessica! Thank you so much for letting us be apart of your special day!!!

Perfect Fall Colors for Your Wedding in the Smokies

Every year people love to come to the Smoky Mountains to see the changing colors of the leaves. This gorgeous fall occurrence has drawn many couples to decide on this location for their wedding. The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association is a wonderful resource for these couples. Swann Plantation is one of several featured venues offered. The rich history of this 130 year old estate gives a wonderful background to display the changing colors. From its barn to its magnificent fields and river, this gorgeous location is a perfect spot for any East Tennessee wedding.

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Along with the romantic ambiance, this venue has a remarkable staff. The owners Shari and John are a delight to work with and have wonderful ideas on making your experience unique and beautiful.

 

We did a styled shoot with our model Sakaylea at Swann Plantation. Maree from Hello Beautiful, made our model shine with lash extensions.

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Beautiful lash extensions by Hello Beautiful Photo credit ST Photography

The wedding gown was such a vital part of the shoot. We could not have asked for a more amazing crew then the ladies at Unforgettable Bridal who provided the lovely wedding dress. They used their expertise and helped us select the perfect look. They lavished our model with jewelry for the finishing touch.

 

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Unforgettable Bridal provided our beautiful gown Photo Credit by ST Photography

Once we dressed our model, we made our way around the property. Shari gave us a grand tour in her ATV, highlighting her favorite photo-op locations.

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One of the beautiful locations of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association Photo Credit by ST Photography

We started in the front yard of the estate and made our way through the gorgeous pastures.

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Next we went to the historic barn. This beautiful building is a true gem.

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From the stunning lofts to the artistic doors, the rustic setting was perfect.

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There were so many wonderful props all around that gave us all fun ideas.

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By the end of the night we were all laughing and smiling. It was a pleasure working with all the wonderfully creative vendors.

The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association has so many talented vendors who have a vision for the colors of the Smokies. The vibrancy of the trees and mountain landscapes make any wedding unforgettable.

 

Perfect Destination Wedding in Cades Cove

Have you ever dreamed of having your wedding pictures done in the Smoky Mountains National Park but unsure how to make that dream a reality? Well, our couple Skip and Catherine decided they wanted to make this happen. Family and friends joined Skip and Catherine for their wedding ceremony at Heartland Wedding Chapel in Townsend, Tennessee. Following the ceremony, they made their way to Cades Cove with us, ST Photography! We are one of the few licensed and permitted photographers to take your photos in the Smoky Mountains National Park.

The seven mile loop of Cades Cove gave Skip and Catherine so many stunning locations and perfect backdrops for their wedding day photos. They followed our car and we made stops along the way.

National Park Overlook
Gorgeous overlook

Smoky Mountain National Park

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We visited a little chapel located on the loop for those sweet, intimate shots. This humble church gave us a few dry minuets till the sun shone once again.

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Methodist Church on the Cades Cove Loop

Cute, genuine moments together were easily captured as these two made their way around the park.

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Even posed photos were easily made their own just by feeling comfortable and happy in each others arms.

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They even brought along some family members with them to share the experience and the beauty around them. CadesCove.STPhotography-7438

The kids really enjoyed the open spaces and animals around every corner.
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We even had a herd of deer grazing behind everyone during the shoot.

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So, if you are still thinking about a destination wedding and have considered Cades Cove or anywhere else in the Smoky Mountains National Park for your wedding photos, then look no further than ST Photography to capture those memorable experiences. We love taking photos in our National Park and would like to share this perfect location with you and your loved ones.  
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We would like to thank Skip and Catherine for letting us be apart of their amazing day!

 

One Year Photos

 

It is always amazing to see children grow. From the moments they first grace the world they are filled with awe and wonder. That is why I love capturing these early stages. They will never have that look again and there is something so special about a photograph that causes us to remember this precious life in this stage.

 

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Blog, Bridal Show, and Weddings in Tennessee

Sampson's Hollow Wedding

Hello all you beautiful people! ST Photography is ready to take on 2016 in a whole new way….We started blogging. This will give us a new way of letting you know about what we are up to, like: Upcoming Bridal Shows, Weddings, Specials, and any excited announcements. Plus we will be adding new shoots we have been doing through out the year.

This year is looking amazing with some wonderful brides and grooms getting ready to grace our lenses. We are really starting to fill our calendar so if you have been waiting to sign up with us for your wedding jump on board, now is the best time before our upcoming events. On February 7th we will be attending The News Sentinel Bridal & Beyond event. If you happen to be in the Knoxville Tennessee area feel free to stop on by.  It will be located at the Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom 701 Henley St. from 11 am-4 pm. Tickets will be $8.00 but if you contact us soon enough we may be able to hook you up with free tickets…..We will be offering some great PRIZES and DEALS!!!

We have been so grateful to be shooting weddings in the East Tennessee area. It is so gorgeous and makes for the best backdrops to capture the wedding moments of our bride and grooms. There are so many wonderful venues that we know and love so well here, including the Great Smokey Mountain Park. This area is so perfect for large extravagant weddings or private cabin events. We are also up for a little travel too… we have no problem packing our bags and heading your way.

Thank you so much for being amazing and we will see you this upcoming year!!

 

 

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