August 13, 2014
Leora and Joseph were married in the midst of the Smoky Mountains, just outside a private cabin, with 19 family and friends in attendance. Intimate weddings like theirs make us feel especially privileged to be a part of them- it's always cool to get to know a little bit about a couple and capture such an important day in their lives. Having been together for eleven years, Joseph and Leora are two peas in a pod, from their sense of humor (scroll down- you'll see what I mean!) to their faith and family closeness. Chaplain Patterson officiated their emotional ceremony, and between his words and Leora and Josephs' own vows, I don't think there was a dry eye in the forest. Even I got weepy. Again. I guess I get teared up a lot of weddings. Anyway, everyone flew in from California for the event (well, except for the maid of honor, who picked up an amazing variety of wedding pies at The Pie Shop in Atlanta on her way up from Florida). Until about an hour before the ceremony, it had rained all day, but thankfully the heavens dried up just in time to allow Joseph and Leora the outdoor ceremony they had planned. Leora and the ladies in the wedding party were made even more beautiful than they already are by Southern Belle Beauty; the impressive array of barbecue goodness was provided by Hickory Cabin Seasoning Company; and The Pour Guys kept the drinks flowing. With everyone staying in one place at the end of the night, there was no need for a big "exit" that a lot of couples like to do. We were able to put the sparklers to good use anyway and got some really great shots to end the evening. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Carrillo! --Jaclyn
July 4, 2014
I just love it when people get all emotional on their wedding day. As a photographer, I am in fairly close proximity to a couple for the entirety of their day, and sometimes those tears of joy are contagious! Jessica and Chad's wedding had me wiping my eyes several times throughout the day, like when... Jessica's mom had a "moment" as she helped Jessica with her dress; the beautiful bride's father saw her for the first time; the bridesmaids prayed for Jessica just before the ceremony started; Chad walked into the the sanctuary and the realization hit him that he was marrying his beautiful bride; Jessica's dad escorted her down the aisle as half the room sobbed happy tears; and an uncle gave a unity candle message that reminded me of my own wedding vows. I don't think another wedding has made me more weepy! Family and friends packed into the First Baptist Church of Bean Station to witness the union. Jessica's gown came from Annie's Room while Chad and the guys were outfitted by Savvi Formal Wear. Somethin' Sassy Florals provided the flowers, and all their cheery yellow contrasted perfectly with the gray tuxes and navy bridesmaids dresses from David's Bridal. Take a look at just a few of our favorites from the day:
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