One of Sevierville’s gems is The Cardinal’s Nest. This beautiful property was the place where Rashanda knew she wanted to commit her heart, to her husband, Amaliko. It has so many gorgeous places to take photos and the pavilion is a perfect ceremony location rain or shine. The venue’s owner Monica Fox-Hilton did a wonderful job at being ready for anything that may come our way.
We started off a little nervous, checking the weather every so often to make sure there were no showers on this August day. The morning had little downpours but the afternoon cleared the skies. No matter what, we had a game plan though. The Cardinal’s Nest had a beautiful tent for the reception area able to hold family, friends and festivities.
The groom, Amaliko, made his way to the front and patiently waited for his gorgeous bride…. and she did not disappoint. Her smile shone as she made her way to the man of her dreams. This beautiful couple beamed as they exchanged rings and read their vows.
Their family and friends cheered them on through the kiss, the reception and the final exit through sparklers.
Dead End Barbecue made a delicious meal that everyone seemed to really enjoy.
Rashanda and Amaliko are two of the sweetest, most joyful people I’ve ever met. They both radiate love and warmth. I am so honored to photograph this wedding!
High in the mountain top, above the business and the clouds Clayton and Chance sealed their perfect wedding with a kiss. They were surrounded by their family and friends who had been by their side through this young romance.
They met in 2011 at a friends house. Chance’s friend had been pushing her to meet this cute, single guy and so she was excited to get the opportunity. The first night they didn’t even speak! It took months before the two finally decided to talk at their hang out in Schroeder parking lot. This conversation was only 25 words and Clayton had to leave early “to do homework” but he really just didn’t want her to know he had a curfew. He finally fessed up a couple months after dating. He was nervous that she wouldn’t date him if he had one.
This started their journey to get to know one another and eventually led them to Tennessee where they made their commitment known. They chose to have their wedding at the Chapel at the Preserve in the little white Chapel and Reception at Majestic View Lodge . Even though the rain poured outside, their love outshone the grey.
Once a year my little girl turns another year older and asked to be a princess. This year she was excited to be Sleeping Beauty. My little Beauty played the part wonderfully and was fully in character. It is always a joy to see her dress up even though the rest of the year she is still a princess in her own right.
Her Grandmother has always acted as her “Fairy Godmother” dressing her in new gowns to fit the role she hopes to play that year. She flew all the way from Washington to make my girls dreams become a reality.
This year she is turning 6 and the magic of princesses still fills her heart. I hope she still likes to dress up when she turns 7….
If you have ever dreamed of a Mountain top wedding, the Chapel at the Preserve can fulfill that fantasy. Coleen and Kendrick came to the Smoky Mountains to find just that. The quiet atmosphere and spectacular views captured their hearts and they knew it was perfect.
Their beautiful wedding was attended by their family in an intimate ceremony. Coleen was lead down the isle by Kendrick’s children, who were eager to call her their mom, to the music of violin and harp strings. As the ceremony went on every little detail seemed to be so thought out with loving care, personal to only the two of them. In the center of it all was their love for Jesus.
The first dance was so tender as the two could not take their eyes off of one another. This was followed by a beautifully laid out meal. The family was all smiles as they enjoyed the feast before them. A roaring fire in the back ground was a perfect ambiance. Everything was incredibly gorgeous.
The couple decided to add to their video and photos with shots from Cades Cove. As the sun set they went through the fields taking in all the natural beauty around them. Their children even joined in the fun, running and playing with their parents. The joy between this family was contagious. They were just beaming with happiness.
From the views from above to the valley below this was truly a perfect Smoky Mountain wedding.
Thank you to all the wonderful vendors that made this day remarkable!
The perfect Mountain Venue– Chapel at the Preserve
Sampson’s Hollow was the perfect location for Kelsey and Mathew’s October wedding. They had planned on having a destination wedding with their family and friends and as soon as Kelsey saw this beautiful venue, she knew it was the one.
The beginning of this love story started 2 years earlier when Heather, Kelsey’s cousin, knew these two would be a great match. She started planning for them to meet for 3 months and helped them connect at a hog roast she was hosting. Heather took Kelsey’s hand and brought her to Matthew and told them to “play nice.” It worked! The two hit it off right away talking through the night.
A week later they had their first date at Steak and Shake. Kelsey tried to play hard to get, but Matthew was so funny and charming she couldn’t stay away. She found out that his grandma had asked to “meet his girlfriend” and she realized if Gram thinks she is, she must be his girlfriend.
Everything just clicked from there. They both shared a love of adventure, but could still be happy relaxing at home. He introduced her to eating steak, which she now enjoys along with a dark beer.
Now they found themselves in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, dressed up with their family and friends promising to share this life together. Everything was truly beautiful. The night ended with smiles and dancing, and closed with the couple exiting with sparklers.
Special thanks to all the incredible people who made this event a day to remember!
Venue- Sampson’s Hollow
Wedding Planner- Lesley Livingston
Hair-Bebe Salon in Maryville
Catering, Dj, and Cake all provided by Sampson’s Hollow
The Chapel at the Preserve is such a perfect backdrop for a Smoky Mountain Wedding. From the moment Laura and Austin were engaged they wanted to bring their families together and this was an amazing place to do that.
Their wedding was absolutely stunning as Laura made her way to the love of her life. As they stood side by side they could not take their eyes off of one another. Everyone cheered as the kiss sealed the deal.
They danced the night away in each others arms until the little ones stole the show! Then the family showed off their dance moves.
The two families blended perfectly together. Laughter and smiles lite up the pavilion. Both sides of the family had helped set up and decorate and it had turned out amazing!
We have such a gorgeous wedding to share with you today! This wedding has quickly become a new favorite!! We had the pleasure of shooting Crissy and Jay’s stunning Jackson Terminal wedding in Knoxville, TN recently, which was designed by the talented Peggy Buchanan at Heels and Veils.
Every detail of the day was fun and inspiring!
We loved how Crissy and Jay incorporated board games into their decor symbolizing their dating life, full of laughter and competition. The lovely and colorful oranges and pinks in the flower from Melissa Timm Designs were a perfect way to display the fun and lightness of the centerpieces.
Crissy was a knock out!!! Her beautiful red hair had a perfect braid on the side that looked so elegant in her short locks. Alisa Sawyer at Grow Knoxville worked her magic and completed the look with stunning makeup.
The two decided that they would do a first look so that we could go around town in a bus!! This special moment was perfect as Crissy walked behind Jay and tapped his shoulder.
The wedding itself was a gorgeous affair filled with love and support from their family and friends. Crissy’s father seemed pretty confident his daughter had chosen the perfect man as he put his little girls hand in Jay’s. The wedding ended with the bride and groom going down the aisle and snagging another loving kiss.
Family and Friends could not help but to smile knowing that these two incredible people were so happy together. The reception continued with laughter, especially when the speeches began. We heard so many wonderful stories and even some good advice from the helpful family.
Once the sentimental tears were shed it was time to head on to the dance floor as the guests danced the night away thanks to Sammy Scott from Ogle Entertainment.
It was so amazing getting to know this wonderful couple. Their love for each other was so obvious and we were so happy to be apart of their joyous day!!!
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!
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.
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.
Our family loves to dress up. We each pick a character from the movie in order to serve our guests.
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!