I have been a bit quiet for a while but with good reason-welcome to the world Brie Evelyn Calhoun! We welcomed our sweet girl into the world on February 5th at 10:12pm weighing 7lbs 3oz. To say we are our enamored would be an understatement.
I’ll never forget hugging Brooks so tightly and telling him how much I loved him before we walked out the front door to go to the hospital. It is so hard to explain how it felt to hug him knowing it was the last hug and moments of him as my only child. I wanted to stay right in that spot an in that moment for as long as I could.
Brie was in a hurry to make her entrance because we arrived at the hospital just before 7 and within 3 hours she was in our arms. The only moment that was better than her arrival was watching Brooks walk into the room the next morning with the widest eyes, so full of love and excitement to finally meet ‘Angel’ and hold her.
God is so amazing. I am still blown away that He has entrusted TC and I with two amazing children. I pray that He covers our family with grace as we grow together and I learn how to becoming a mom to two!
My biggest challenge is saying no. I just can’t do it, especially when it involves capturing a sweet and beautiful family. The only time slot I had left on my most recent trip to Kentucky was sunrise just an hour before my family and friends were throwing me a baby shower. But when this family reached out to me the answer was YES-lets make it happen.
The fog was perfect and the kids were hilarious. They had more energy that I could even dream of if I had drank an entire pot of coffee. The icing on the cake was the fact that I went to school with Lindsay and her mother was one of my teachers in elementary school so this session not only let me have fun with the kids but also catch up with good friends. I love that sessions allow me to reconnect and pick up as if time has stood still.
Dawnna contacted me about scheduling a portrait session for her Jonathan I was so excited to capture the last bit of fall colors with them on Emory and Henrys campus especially since it was where they met. She was so excited that she had talked him into getting some updated photos of just the two of them.
I was over the moon with excitement when Jonathan emailed me to explain that this wasn’t going to just be a couples session-he was going to propose! He wanted to start out with a few minutes of regular photos to throw her off, just in case she was expecting a proposal, and then we walked through the leaves to the chapel. I asked Jonathan and Dawnna to tell each other what attracted them the most when they first met. Imagine Dawnna’s surprise when after they kissed he had a ring and was down on one knee.
I had a huge smile on my face and tears in my eyes as I got to share in this sweet moment. The moments that followed after were precious-lots of questions about how he planned it and who all knew about the plan. Dawnna was in complete shock. Thank you Jonathan for trusting me to capture this moment in your relationship! Your love story has just begun.
Bang in downtown Kingsport was the perfect setting for this beautiful wedding and celebration between William and Brittni. They marked their 5 year anniversary in marriage. William and Brittni decided to not see each other before the ceremony but they shared in a sweet prayer just before they said their vows. I love when couples do this because it is such an intimate time. You can feel the excitement and love between the two of them as they hold hands and anticipate the moments to come and the life ahead of them.
The ceremony was followed by lots of hugs, dancing, a Polaroid guest book which everyone loved-and of course cake, lots of cake! The night ended with rain but when you have access to a rooftop magic can happen. Thank you for allowing me to share in your beautiful wedding day.
DJ:SOUND REVUE TRI CITIES
I don’t get to do it very often but when I have a open Saturday and get the chance to second shoot with one of my really good friends the answer is always yes! Jessica, the beautiful face behind Shutter and Bloom was not only the main photographers for this wedding but she was also the matron of honor!
The flowers from Love and Bloom Farm were unreal and Meghin would take anyones breath away. The combination created a ceremony was straight out of a storybook. The families cried happy tears as these two exchanged their vows. I had to fight back tears myself.
The fairy tale continued through the night with the reception. Any reception the includes donuts from my favorite spot, Hole and Corner Donuts, will automatically become something straight out of my dreams! Ben and Meghin dance the night away and I was lucky enough to share in the smiles and a few donuts of course!
Venue: Churchill Weavers
Cake: Caked by Becca
Donuts: Hole and Corner Donuts
Flowers: Love and Bloom Flower Farm
I was lucky enough to meet Emily and Donavon almost 2 years ago at a Bridal show in Kentucky. Fast forward to this October and the first weekend in the month that actually felt like fall. The weekend before their wedding the temperatures were in the 80’s with humidity of a million degrees and on their wedding day the sky was filled with epic could and the high was in the 50’s. Their smiles and excitement kept everyone warm all day.
I’m a sucker for personalized details and their day was filled with them from the personalized wedding hanger, custom fishing lure boutonnieres and their cake with Deadpool hidden on the side. All of these elements and the people who shared in this day were what made is so beautiful. Donavon and Emily your day was perfect. Thank you for allowing me to share in the memories that were made and the smiles that were shared!
Cake: Bit of Whimsy
Flowers:Wild Roots Farmer Florist
Venue: Barn at Pine Oaks
Jacob and Abbigale are too cute for words during their engagement session and this venue was magic. Can it be summer so I can capture their wedding already? The Abingdon Winery is so beautiful and the light there was magical for this session. I loved walking around this venue with these two getting to get to know them and their story.
Next time I think we will follow Jacobs lead since he was able to find the easy path to get down to the creek while Abbigale and I scaled down the rocky hill. On the bright side I told Abbigale It’s better to learn it the hard way because we would remember the right way on her wedding day!
They laughed and snuggled and there were times I just wanted to stop and stare because they were so sweet and lost in the moment. To top it off the beautiful glow around this was something out of a dream. I don’t ever want to rush time because it already goes so quickly but I cannot wait until June to spend the day with these two on their wedding day.