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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!

And today is definitely one of those times…so without further ado… let’s take a quick peek at a few images from Gary and Ashely’s lovely Patten Chapel/Read House wedding from way back in January!

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!)

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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!)

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And May Flowers did a lovely job with the floral for this wedding, don’t you think?

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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 :)

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(just for fun, here’s a behind the scenes peek of the photographers in action)

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Ian was my second shooter for the day…and he stole the show with this fantastic image…I hate it when that happens! ;)

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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!

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Countdown to the ceremony….apparently everyone was a wee bit tired ;)

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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.

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I think Patten Chapel is beautiful at twilight.

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A few reception details. The Silver Ballroom was all decked out!

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First dance…

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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) :)

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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!

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And now the party can really get started!

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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’ :)

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There were a few slow dances thrown into the mix, too ;)

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As you can see…the party seriously rocked…I might’ve been a little sad to leave ;)

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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!

xo

amber

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I’ll be back soon to share the day after portrait session from Jacyln & Pablo’s beautiful Ruby Falls wedding, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few images from Liz and Paul’s beautifully intimate celebration of marriage. As a Chattanooga wedding photographer, I have the opportunity to photograph so many different types of weddings…in so many different locations. I’ve photographed elegant barn weddings (this one was at the Hay Barn in Alabama…lovely venue), gorgeous church weddings (the reception here was at Manker Patten…love shooting there!), and of course, the Chattanooga wedding photography classicPatten Chapel ceremonies with Read House receptions. Every single wedding venue, no matter whether it’s the first time or the 21st time that I have photographed there, has it’s own charm…but one of the things I love the most is the opportunity to capture an event at a brand new, untraditional, venue. There is something about arriving at a new place, a place not generally utilized for weddings, and finding the magic in those locations. I love the challenge of it. Liz and Paul gave me that opportunity when they hired me to photograph their gorgeous wedding. They chose a friend’s home as their location…and surrounded by the people that they love the most, they made their love “official”.

I loved Liz’s dress. It was classic, simple, and perfect for her. She was stunning in it.

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One of my favorite parts of being a Chattanooga wedding photographer is the opportunity that I have to capture the story behind the story. I love the “typical” wedding moments…but even more than those, I love those behind the scenes moments that I am able to capture during the prep part of the day. These images of Liz with her almost step daughter are priceless to me.

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And I always love a good “bride getting dressed” series :)

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A little shout out to Darin and the girls from Elea Blake…I have loved them forever. Darin is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and their products are more than amazing. If you’re wanting to look absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day (like Liz!), you should definitely give Elea Blake a call :)  (Tell Darin I sent ya!)

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A few final moments before the ceremony begins… toasts with the girls…hugs from the girl who is about to officially become part of Liz’s family… good stuff.

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I love these shots of Paul with his girl as they walk down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony…

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And of course…the moment we’ve all been waiting for…Liz comes down the aisle, and Paul sees her for the first time. Magic, as always.

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Absolutely no question that these two are ever so much in love.

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And…it’s official! Married!

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I only had a few moments to capture Liz and Paul before the sun went down on us…I am very pleased with what we were able to accomplish in about 15 minutes. They were a dream to photograph!

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(Remember what I said about loving to shoot at brand new locations? This is a good example of why…I love finding gorgeous locations like these to capture images of a new couple lovin’ on each other!)

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Probably my favorite images of the day…we had lost almost every single bit of light there was…but the sunset had given us a spectacular background to work with. We worked every single second of it!

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15 minutes of portraits complete, we head back to the house for a dinner to celebrate!

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They’ve been a family for a long, long time…but now they’re official :)

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They signed the marriage certificate, and enjoyed a quiet moment to toast one another before I headed out for the evening.

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It was my privilege to photograph Liz and Paul’s gorgeous Chattanooga wedding. I’m SO excited that Liz thought of me, and I cannot wait to see her again. Liz, I seriously adore you… You’re amazing. Let’s be in touch :) I think we’ll be BFFs for sure! Your wedding was lovely, and I’m so happy to see how happy you are…and how content your love makes you. You glow…you really do. (Yep. That’s totally cheesy…but so SO true!)

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xo

amber

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I’ve been a Chattanooga wedding photographer for over a decade…and I have photographed in a lot of beautiful places. Countless places here in Chattanooga, a beautiful resort in St. Lucia, a gorgeous island in Key West, an so many more. But I think that I can say unequivocally that Jaclyn and Pablo‘ chose the most unique ceremony location of my career when they planned their wedding at Ruby Falls.  Ruby Falls is a gorgeous waterfall. In a cave. A million miles underground. It was logistically complicated, but with the help of the amazing Morgan with Soirees, it turned out absolutely stunning.

I blogged Jaclyn and Pablo’s Fort Lauderdale engagement session…but I never got around to sharing their gorgeous wedding. I decided that you guys just had to see it…so I pulled the images out of the archives, and am going to share them with you now :) I’m going to blog the wedding in 2 or 3 parts. Today I’m going to share the prep part of the day (my favorite :)) and then the ceremony. We’ll get the reception and the day after portraits sometime soon :)

I say it so much…it’s redundant, really…but just in case you haven’t been around to hear it… I really really love bridal prep. There’s just something about the excitement and anticipation and emotion and nervousness and love that fills the room with something akin to electricity. It’s energizing, and it’s the perfect way for me to get into the wedding zone.

Let me kick this off by introducing you to the girl who spent most of her time stealing the show…Chloe. She’s pretty darn cute, wouldn’t you say?

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I was so enamored by the jewelry details…They were just lovely.

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And the dress!

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This image made me so happy. This is Jaclyn and her mom just hanging out…you can tell they’re mom and daughter, because notice how they are positioned identically!!

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Jaclyn didn’t really need any help to be stunning…but she had a team of amazing artists putting on some finishing touches for her.

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Stunning, right?!

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Hair and makeup done…it’s time for the dress. I absolutely love the image of Jaclyn hugging her mom with Chloe begging for a little attention..and the image of Jaclyn’s mom looking on as Morgan finishes up with Jaclyn’s dress.

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Final touch…Perfection.

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It’s funny…the brides preparation involves about 18 million steps. The grooms? Pants, shirt, cuffs, tie, jacket, shoes. Done.

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And we are officially off to the mountain!

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I told you it was in a cave…

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Gorgeous, isn’t it? Jaclyn and Soirees did an amazing job designing the space.

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Love Pablo’s face. You can see just how much he loves her. This moment is one of the things I love about being a Chattanooga wedding photographer…that moment when they realize that they’re really doing this…they’re really about to commit to spend the rest of their life with the person they love the most…seeing that elated realization come across their faces is amazing, regardless of the way that emotion is conveyed. Pablo looks happy, content, and confident. I love it.

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One of my favorites…

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We had a Day After session planned for the following day…because Pablo and Jaclyn wanted to be able to keep their day as relaxed as possible, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grab just a few portraits in front of the falls…

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Then we hiked back to the elevators, rode to the top, hopped on a bus, and headed for the reception. Full disclosure: Pablo definitely saved my life at one point during this ride. I was standing at the front, leaning backwards over the railing, trying to get the right angle on the bride and groom. I’m obviously not looking behind me, and suddenly Pablo yells at me to duck. For once, I actually responded quickly, and a giant branch went flying past my head! Of course…that didn’t stop me from waiting until my heartbeat slowed and going after my shot again :) As a Chattanooga wedding photographer, I have had a couple of close calls…with traffic or tripping or…all kinds of things (it’s possible that I’m a tiny bit clumsy), but that might have been the one that scared me the most! Thanks for the save, Pablo!

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One last shot…and then we’ll get to more soon…we pulled up in front of The Church on Main for the reception…everyone pilled off the bus, and we grabbed this shot. I might’ve done a happy dance.

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More soon…I promise!

xo

amber

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A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to travel to Collinsville, Alabama  to photograph Juliana and Jason‘s beautiful wedding at a really cool venue called The Hay Barn (even though I am a Chattanooga wedding photographer …I do quite a bit of traveling…and love the opportunity to visit new wedding destinations!) Having never photographed there before, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived and saw an absolutely gorgeous location. The focal point is the barn, and it is absolutely perfect for ceremonies, and then there’s the surrounding property…a bit of a photographic paradise :)

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Juliana and I had talked a lot via email, and I knew we were kindred spirits, but there’s always that moment of trepidation when you finally meet a bride for the first time. I shouldn’t have worried…Juliana was so sweet and friendly, and I immediately felt like I had known her forever. And Jason was amazing. He gave Ian and I SUCH a warm welcome. We immediately felt at home. Having a strong connection with a bride and groom makes the wedding day a piece of cake…and this wedding was a prime example of how wonderful a relationship like that can be.

It’s rare that a groom allows us to really photograph the getting ready process…but Jason had no qualms whatsoever :)

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Bridal prep is often my favorite part of the day… particularly when the bride is surrounded by people who obviously love and support her. Juliana’s bridal room was filled with so many women who cared about her, and it made the time really really special. (Plus the bridal room at The Hay Barn is full of super cool mirrors…and mirrors make things fun for me ;))

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The moment when Juliana’s dad saw her for the first time was really really special. I will admit to being just a wee bit teary… (not that that is surprising to anyone that knows me…I’m a crier;))

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And then Juliana and Jason had their First Look…and it was beautiful and sweet and don’t ask me if I cried because I’m pleading the fifth…I don’t want you guys to think I’m a total baby!

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They were completely into each other…the rest of the world didn’t exist for them at all. This gave Ian and I the chance to capture some beautiful “portraits”…without them even really being aware of us. Those times when we are able to capture the essence of a couple because they love each other so much that they can’t help but show it…and they trust us so much that they offer us the chance to participate in one of their most intimate moments…those times are the times that make me proud to be a Chattanooga wedding photographer.

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After a few quick group pictures, we headed back inside to cool off a bit before the ceremony.

I can’t even begin to express how beautiful the ceremony was. The light was dramatic; the love was overwhelmingly evident; and there were so many emotional moments. (Again with the tears…just don’t tell anyone, ok? I have a reputation to uphold here;) )

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Gorgeous, right?

One of the huge bonuses of having a second shooter is the way it gives us the opportunity to capture to different perspectives during the ceremony. Without a second, I would’ve never been able to capture these moments from this vantage point.

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The newly married couple…aren’t they amazing?

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The light was so gorgeous after the ceremony, so we took the opportunity to capture a few portraits of Juliana and Jason. They made our job a piece of cake :)

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Juliana wore a beautiful cameo that she spotted one day and fell in love with…and later, Jason surprised her with it. It was much like a cameo that her mother had worn on her wedding day. (And he even gifted her with matching earrings on their wedding day…what a romantic…sigh…) I loved their details so much.

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Um…this truck absolutely made my day. We don’t often get such an awesome “prop” to work into our portrait time…I was so glad that Jason had decided to bring it :)

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And then there was the sunset…you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous bride and groom and a spectacular sunset.

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Juliana and Jason worked so hard to surround themselves with meaningful details on their wedding day. Everything had a story, and it came together so beautifully. They had Italian themed items to represent their time in Italy (where they got engaged!), they collected items from thrift stores and antique shops in Chattanooga and Birmingham, and Jason collected a variety of cigars for the cigar bar…because he’s a serious cigar aficionado. It was perfect and personal. I loved the way it turned out.

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Look how gorgeous the overall view of the reception looked. The floral details were absolutely perfect.

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I loved this moment. So much.

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Of course, we had to indulge in Jason’s cigar collection :)

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We said goodbye to The Hay Barn…content that we had captured a beautiful and love-filled day. The location was perfect…and Juliana and Jason were even more perfect!

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Juliana and Jason…Ian and I had way too much fun with you guys. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day…It was truly amazing. (You better call me when you start a family…I can’t wait to see where life takes you!!

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xo

amber

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A few links to the amazing vendors involved in this event…

Venue – The Hay Barn

Wedding Coordinator – Be My Guest

Florals – Aldridge Farms LLC

Cakes – Diann Laney

Bartender – Justin from TerraMae

Hair and Makeup – The Transformation

Musicians – Yellow Hammer Strings

Classical Guitarist – Emily Jones

Rentals – Tent Tech

Caterer – Classic on Noble

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  • 07.01.14 - 7:32 pm

    Penny Elliott - You are very talented. I love looking at your pictures that you post. If I got married again…even to my husband, I wished you lived close enough to do ours!!! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • 07.01.14 - 10:05 pm

    Ian - Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

Jaclyn and Pablo are some of my very favorite clients…ever. Their wedding was over a year ago, but as I was going through some files today, I came across their wedding and engagement, and realized that their images had to be shared. They are SO beautiful in front of the camera!

Jaclyn and Pablo and I met in the downtown Starbucks for her wedding consultation. She began to outline her plans for her wedding day, and I fell in love with every one of her ideas. I also fell in love with her “We can do anything!” attitude. And her design aesthetic was spectacular. And Pablo was so obviously in love with her that it was impossible not to fall in love with him! I was so excited when I heard from Morgan from Soirees that next morning that they had chosen me to photograph their wedding.

Although they were getting married in Chattanooga, Jaclyn and Pablo lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a twist of scheduling luck would have it, I was actually already planning to be in Fort Lauderdale not too long after we met. (Fort Lauderdale is one of my VERY favorite places to visit and photograph. I love it down there!). We decided that it would be awesome to squeeze in an engagement session while I was in town. I’m so glad that we did, as it gave me the opportunity to get to know them even better!

We started off doing my very favorite type of engagement shoot…something you’re going to start seeing a LOT more of in the near future. Lifestyle engagement photography is such a beautiful way to capture the reality of a soon-to-be-married couple’s love. I loved spending time with Jaclyn, Pablo, and their baby girl, Chloe just hanging out in their beautiful home.

Chloe is such a lover. She actually begs to be kissed on the head. It is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen a dog do!

She’s totally  jealous here :)

Don’t you just love her??

Jaclyn is a designer, and it is completely obvious in every inch of their home. It was a complete dream to shoot there!

Love these mirrors!

Then we stepped outside of their gorgeous home and photographed in the courtyard for a second. The light was absolutely breathtaking!

Jaclyn had chosen a location for us to go to for the second half of the session, but I spotted this shot as we were headed to the car, and had to stop them to capture it. They’ll never forget their first home, now!

Jaclyn did an amazing job scouting out a location for us. Everywhere I turned there was a perfect spot to photograph them in!

And Jaclyn is SO gorgeous…makes my job a piece of cake.

It was impossible to take a bad picture of the two of them!

There’s always a point during a session when I think “That’s it!”…and I know that even if I didn’t get anything else during the entire session, that one image will be enough. This was that image for me at this session.

I love this little spot we found off the path… The resulting images had a very intimate feeling.

Jaclyn and Pablo…It’s been amazing to watch you guys together over the last year and a half… You guys are still as crazy about each other now as you were at your engagement session. But that doesn’t surprise me. You guys are SO good together!

xxoo,

amber

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