Ashley + Brad ~ An Orange, Gray & White ‘GO VOLS’ Wedding ~ Legacy Springs Event Center ~ Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Vol For Life, or #vfl is something one will hear and see quite often here in Knoxville.  And when your blood truly runs orange, it flows into every aspect of your life, even your wedding.

Ashley & Brad included their love for the University of Tennessee Volunteers into their fall wedding at Legacy Springs Event Center with orange flowers, decor, an orange and white checkerboard dance floor, and a huge Neyland Stadium groom’s cake.  Even Ashley and her bridesmaid’s shoes were orange and white Tom’s.  As their photographer and fellow fan, I felt right at home!

Since Brad and his guys were arriving at the venue already dressed and photo ready, I was able to spend the morning with Ashley and her bridesmaids at Pure Luxe Salon and Spa while they got pampered with hair, makeup, and mimosas.  AND I got to hear more about her groom-to-be…

“He is the sweetest,  most honest, sincere human in my life! He will always lead me and has always pushed me to be a woman of God. He makes me a better Mother and now wife!  I cant wait to see what our future holds and the love that we have grow!” ~Ashley

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Florist:  Lisa Foster Floral Design

“Lisa and all her staff were amazing. At consultation and throughout the process I let her creativity shine. She is amazing and I would never use anyone else!” ~Ashley

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Alterations:  Sandra G

“Sandra and her staff are amazing and made my vision beyond what I could have imagined. My trust for her creativity is incomparable.” ~Ashley

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Bridesmaid dresses:  Alfred Angelobride and bridesmaids, legacy springs event center, knoxville wedding  photographer, bledsoe photography, orange and white wedding, gray bridesmaid dress, orange and white Toms shoes, orange tieTux:  Savvi Rentals   “They were very convenient and worked well with us and our budget!”

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“Jean and Irad Lee were perfect to the very end. They provided me guidance and treated me like family. They were amazing to work with and there is no other place in the world I would have rather been married.” ~Ashley

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Officiant: Dr. Brad Bull  (youth minister as a child)  “He was great.” ~Ashley

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Cake:  The Bakery in Athens

“They were amazing to work with and made my vision a reality and at a reasonable price. Their cake tasted great and all the fillings were fun and tasty.”

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Dj: Joey Tack, Music In Motion   “He was great to work with and had all the details down to and was always able to help and put me at ease.” ~Ashley

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Favorite and least favorite part of planning?

“My favorite part of planning was florist!!!  I love Lisa and she helped me get a vision that I had none of prior to meeting with her.  She made my day perfect!  My least favorite part I didn’t have one… I loved every minute!”

Most memorable part of the day?

“My most memorable part was the selfie at the alter that Brad Bull (officiant) used as a lead up to the service and pic at end of service of everyone there. Because it was a complete surprise and its hard to surprise me! Also, the look on my husband’s face during the first look! I love that we captured this moment!”

What would you change, if anything?

“I wouldn’t change a thing, with the love of all my friends and family, along with great vendors! They all made me feel loved and like a princess!”

Where was your budget best spent?

“Money is best spent on Photographer and DJ!!! I wouldn’t change either!”

Any advice for future brides?

“Breathe because the day will be perfect and it will all fall in place. Enjoy the moment with your husband and your family and closest friends!”

*** Thanks for sharing, Ashley! ***

©2014 Bledsoe Photography

2nd Shooter:  Shayna Mitchell

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Cate + Garren ~ Fall Wedding Reception at Hidden Hollow Resort ~ 11.1.14 ~ Knoxville Chattanooga Wedding Photographer

It’s not often that I get a request to photograph a wedding that has already taken place.  What?

Passing on a big bash, Cate & Garren surprised their friends and families by getting married at their “rehearsal dinner” at Garren’s grandparent’s home a couple of weeks before and then throwing a large reception on November 1st at the beautiful Hidden Hollow Resort in Chickamauga, GA.

While they had grown up quite close to each other and had mutual friends, they didn’t meet until 2013 and Garren was living out of state. Imagine having to wait months and months for that first date!

“4 ½ months later Garren came home for his brother’s wedding. He was home for over a week. We finally got our first date! It felt like we’d been dating for months since we had talked every day. .. We both pretty much knew that we had met “the one” during that first week.” ~ Cate

Garren made it official the following summer.

“That following 4th of July, Garren proposed on the golf course while we watched the fireworks. It was very much a ‘Garren’ proposal – very to the point. He was holding my hand and slipped the ring on while asking me to marry him. No fancy speech, just Garren. I loved it!” ~ Cate

Awwww!

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Flowers:  Family friend

Cake:  Sister-in-law

Wedding Dress:  Macy’s

Tux/Jacket:  Cooley’s Fine Clothing

Servers:  Victoria Love Events & Staffing

Catering:  Champy’s Chicken and Publix

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Favorite and least favorite part of planning?

“Well I didn’t care for any of the planning really. There were too many decisions to make about little things that I just didn’t have an opinion on and it stressed me out! So that’s why we decided to get married in secret at the “Rehearsal Dinner”. It at least cut out half of the planning.”

Most memorable moment of wedding?

“The expressions on our families faces when they figured out we were getting married at the Rehearsal Dinner.”

What you would change, if anything?

“I would get a little more prepared for the reception (i.e. run a few errands earlier, etc). I also wouldn’t order as much food/drink. You really don’t need as much as you think for an afternoon wedding.”

Where was your budget best spent?

“Pictures! Location was a close second.”

Any advice for future brides?

“Do what you want. If you want a small private wedding, have a small private wedding. If you want a big blowout, do that. Or have a small family wedding and big reception! Just don’t forget the real meaning of the day – marriage is more important than the wedding. HAVE FUN!”

**  Thanks, Cate!  **

©2014 Bledsoe Photography

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Christmas mini photo sessions in Knoxville set for Nov. 23

I’ll be doing another day of outdoor mini photo sessions on Sunday, Nov. 23rd with a Christmas twist!

Please email me via the contact link for available time slots.  Custom Christmas cards will be included as an option this year too!

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Mary Beth McCue - The McCues would look like the $99 mini session please!

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Jordan ~ Class of 2015 Farragut High Senior Portraits ~ Knoxville Senior Photographer

I wish all of my subjects were this incredible in front of the camera!  Jordan is a natural and just as sweet as pie.

This Farragut High senior chose to wait for fall colors to be in full hue for her senior portraits and I’m so glad.  We had gorgeous weather and great light for her session in Knoxville.  I’ve been blessed to photograph some awesome seniors this year, and Jordan is no exception.  Check out these baby blues!

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