Craig & Olivia: Allandale Barn Autumn Wedding

Craig and Olivia’s October 21st wedding was everything I had hoped it would be and more. When I shot their engagement session in July, I knew their Allandale Barn wedding would be beautiful and it was perfect. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family on a beautiful, sunny day in East Tennessee.

The bride wore her great grandmother’s watch and attached a locket to her bouquet with her grandparents photograph in it. She arrived at the ceremony in her dad’s vintage Ford truck which was also featured in their engagement photos. Craig’s retired fire helmet was part of the cake table decor and every time I see it, I think of what a brave and selfless person it takes to be a firefighter.

This couple and their guests danced into the night and ended with a bubble send off before flying to Jamaica for their honeymoon. Thank you Olivia and Craig for choosing me as your photographer, and congratulations on your marriage! ♥

Venue: The Barn at Allandale Mansion
Coordinator: Denisa Harper
Hair: Lari Harper
Wedding Dress: Galina Signature at David’s Bridal 
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal 
Shoes: Corral Boots
Tuxes/Suits: Regal Tuxedo
Bouquets: Gregorys Floral
Centerpieces and Decor: Debbie Shaver
Catering: Backdraft BBQ
Cake: Patty Cakes East TN
DJ: Phantom Entertainment
Lodging: Meadowview Convention Center

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Oleg & Veronica: Natural Tunnel Wedding

Oleg and Veronica are a super fun couple with a love of Star Wars, Star Trek, super heroes, Game of Thrones and one other. They met at University of Virginia’s College at Wise where Oleg was an exchange student and Veronica was on the golf team.

Oleg’s proposal was one of the sweetest ever. He called Veronica to tell her that he was fixing dinner for her at his apartment after a late day at college. She knocked on his door, let herself in, kicked off her shoes and sat her book bag down – Zombielike. Veronica looked up and Oleg handed her a puppy, overwhelming her because she loves dogs so so much. Oleg said, “I bought her a little puppy collar.” Veronica looked at the collar and realizes there is a ring around it. When she looked away from the dog, Oleg was already on one knee. That’s when he asked her to marry him and, of course, she said “Yes!”

Their wedding at the Cove Ridge Center at Natural Tunnel State Park was perfect for them and their fun-loving friends. Since Oleg’s parents live in Russia and could not be there, they were connected via Skype by one of the guests. They had their laptop connected to their big screen television and had a wonderful seat.

As self-proclaimed geeks, they incorporated a lot of the things that they love into their day. Darth Vader held the pen for guests to sign the book; Veronica’s bouquet was anchored by a lightsaber; the cake toppers were Katniss Everdeen and Dean Winchester; and the cake itself was a masterpiece of sugar sculpted Millennium Falcons, a fondant dragon and Spiderman, Batman’s Gotham City and Game of Thrones. It also tasted amazing!

Sunset at the Gazebo overlooking Rye Cove provided an awesome photo opportunity to end this best day ever! Every time I look at them it makes me smile because this couple is so happy. ♥

Venue: Natural Tunnel State Park
Coordinator: Debbie Miller
Hair: Meg Stockard
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes/Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Made By Hands Floral
Catering: Renda Keith
Cake: Jo-Rita Clayton

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