If there is an award for worst blogger ever, I might win it… You see, the problem is, I’m a Chattanooga wedding photographer that loves to use pretty words alongside of pretty pictures. But that means that I have a difficult time making myself just toss up a quick blog post, because I want my words to do justice to the beautiful real love of the families that I am privileged to photograph. I sit here staring at the “add new post” page on my blog, and often, I find myself too rushed to really tell the stories. So the images and slideshow end up being shared on Facebook, and although I tell myself I’ll catch up, something more pressing always comes up…and my poor blog sits here lonely and sad.
So. No more. I’m going to do my darndest to keep this blog current….even if that means I have to skip the storytelling sometimes!
I think this might be the first wedding I’ve ever photographed where the VERY first thing I did was capture portraits of the bride and groom together. Gary and Ashley were super laid back, and they decided against getting ready pictures…Ashley looked absolutely stunning when she arrived at Patten Chapel (and Gary didn’t look too bad himself!)
I’m not going to lie…I thought Ashley’s fur coat was pretty fabulous! (And I believe it has history, as well, and I love it when people incorporate family history into their wedding day!)
And May Flowers did a lovely job with the floral for this wedding, don’t you think?
It was FREEZING outside…so we stepped inside to warm up, and we captured some of my favorite images of the day while we were at it :)
(just for fun, here’s a behind the scenes peek of the photographers in action)
Ian was my second shooter for the day…and he stole the show with this fantastic image…I hate it when that happens! ;)
We had to brave the cold for just a few more minutes so we could knock out the “formals”… I don’t normally post group pictures on the blog, but these guys were pretty awesome, so I just have to share a couple!
Countdown to the ceremony….apparently everyone was a wee bit tired ;)
I love when I have a second shooter (for a million different reasons), but in this case, I loved having Ian because it allowed me to hang back with Ashley and her dad as they were preparing to walk down the aisle.
I think Patten Chapel is beautiful at twilight.
A few reception details. The Silver Ballroom was all decked out!
Parent dances always make me cry! Even after being a Chattanooga wedding photographer for 13+ years, they STILL make me cry! (sorry for the SEO friendly text there…it’s a necessary evil) :)
Someone decided to have a taste of the wedding cake before Ashley and Gary had a chance to cut it…I never did find out if we knew who the culprit was, but I bet Kimmie’s Cakes is not happy with them! ;) Too funny!
And now the party can really get started!
I have way too much fun during this part of the day…I’m exhausted by this point, but I usually get my second wind back right around the time the band plays Don’t Stop Believin’ :)
There were a few slow dances thrown into the mix, too ;)
As you can see…the party seriously rocked…I might’ve been a little sad to leave ;)
That pretty much sums it up! If you wanna see more of Ashley and Gary’s beautiful event, you can check out the rest of the pictures here!
And a huge thanks to Ian Riley for being fantastic, as always!
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