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When my friend Candice of C. Hill Photography asked me to second shoot a wedding with her, I was super excited!  Being brand new to Gainesville, Florida definitely slowed down my business for a little bit but it’s starting to pick up pace again and I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store for Elizabeth Nord Photography!!  The Infinger wedding was held at Steinhatchee Landing which including the most adorable chapel and a beautiful lake view for the reception.

 

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I had the privilege of meeting Jessica at her mothers wedding in Knoxville, TN.  Little did I know that I would be photographing HER wedding nearly 2 years later! On the day of their engagement session, I got to meet her fiancé Ryan.  Ryan currently attends Vanderbilt University and is studying physics as a graduate student.  While I was in Tennessee for the week, I decided to drive to Nashville and meet them for their session. I’ve been wanting to shoot at this gorgeous location for quite some time and I’m so glad they were up for it!  The weather couldn’t have been better and the sun was shining bright for us!  We met at Percy Warner Park on this amazing day and had so much fun.  You can’t tell in the photos, but there were hundreds of people at the park either walking, attending a wedding, or taking pictures for their prom/formals that day!  Even in front of a crowd, these two had no problem showing their love for one another.

I can’t wait to photograph your wedding Jessica and to see all of your family again! You guys are so good to me! 🙂

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Hannah’s mother, Jill was one of my best friends (and still is) while I was living in Knoxville, TN.  I was so honored when she asked me to be Hannah’s wedding photographer.  The ultimate complement- an experienced wedding photographer asking ME to photograph her daughter’s wedding! AH!

Jill explained to me that ever since Hannah was a little girl, she loved color.  Her wedding definitely showed her love of color and converse!  Her entire wedding radiated pure excitement and happiness!  It was one of the funnest weddings I’ve ever photographed!  Constant smiling, laid-back mentality, Disney music, and dancing…what more could you ask for?

 

Vendor Spotlight:

Hair- Miriam at Salon Aquarius

Makeup- Amanda McKnight with Southern Sirens

Catering- Buddy’s BBQ and The Chef Next Door

Cake- Slice At A Time

Flowers- Lisa Mott

Venue- McKamey property in Clinton, TN

 

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Only a few days remain before I have to move to Gainesville, FL. When I first arrived in Knoxville I was 5 hours away from family, didn’t know anyone, starting at a new school, and creating a new business.  It was overwhelming but after the first few months Knoxville quickly became my new home.  I met some amazing people!  I absolutely love my neighbors, the Miller Family, and the group of photographers that were so encouraging and willing to answer any questions I had when I was first starting up.  You guys made Knoxville feel like home and I can’t thank you enough for that.  I’m so sad to be leaving Knoxville, but I am very excited about the new adventure I’ll have in Gainesville.

I wanted to put together a list of things to do in Knoxville one more time before leaving and here’s my list of MUST-DOs in Knoxville! ENJOY!

1. Go to Market Square. Eat at a restaurant and visit the neat shops

2. Walk down Gay Street and see a show at the Tennessee Theater

3. Get a banana-nutella crepe at The French Market…yum!

4. Eat some good ole Tennessee BBQ at Sweet P’s

5. Take a walk at Ijams Nature Center and Sequoyah Park (my 2 favorites!)

6. Go to a Tennessee football game at Neyland Stadium! GO VOLS!

7. Go inside the Sunsphere 

8. Eat sushi at Nama Sushi

9. Go to Boomsday– Seriously, if you’re in the area during Labor Day, GO!! You won’t be disappointed!

10. If you get some extra time, you should definitely make a trip to the Smoky Mountains and go to Cades Cove! GORGEOUS up there and worth the drive!

 

 

I hope you enjoy this list and maybe find a few favorites of your own while you’re visting! Comment on your favorite things to do! I’d love to hear what they are!

 

Kristy & Grant had a beautiful wedding celebration at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jackson, TN!  Kristy was one of the calmest and most laid-back brides I’ve ever seen on her wedding day.  They are such a cute couple and their reception was so much fun!

Vendor Spotlight

DJ: Greg Nichols with DJ 5 Productions

Caterer: Elegant Events

Baker: Geri Goethals

Flowers: DIY from friends

Officiant: Father Damian Krawkowski

 

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Angelique & Michael had a beautiful celebration of love at Crescent Bend House & Gardens in Knoxville, TN.  This intimate ceremony was filled with only their close family and friends.  Their love for one another was evident and the tears that rolled down their faces during the ceremony was so sweet!  Below are some of my favorite images from the wedding!

 

Angelique went to Starbucks that morning where the barista labeled her cup “The Bride”

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Angelique could barely hold the tears back even before the ceremony started. She was so excited!Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013

The tears started as soon as he saw his gorgeous bride

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Their son meets them at the alter after their “I dos.”

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They watch as the preacher signs their wedding papers

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After a long and super hot wedding day, the girls decide to dip their feet in the pond and cool off 🙂Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013 Elizabeth Nord Photography 2013

Eric & Leah met while attending college at Freed-Hardeman University.  They had one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty sure I cried 4 or 5 different times!  🙂 They had such heartfelt vows and sincere tears of joy.  It was a simple and elegant wedding at the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, TN.  Everyone at the wedding was wonderful to talk to and be around. There was a smile on everyone’s faces!  I have to say that it was highly contagious… One of the wedding guests came up to me after the wedding to tell me, “I think you’re just adorable!  You had a smile on the whole wedding and you looked like you were having so much fun!”  That’s exactly what it was- FUN!

Without further adieu, I wish you both happiness in your marriage and a blissful future! You guys are a beautiful couple and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the both of you!

 

Hair: Emily’s House of Style

Bakery: Creative Cakery

Ceremony/Reception: Fourth Street Church of Christ

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Jelaine and Ryan met in college in St. Louis and have been inseparable ever since. It’s easy to see the love that they have for one another and the desire they share to keep God in the center of their marriage.  They had a GORGEOUS wedding in Darden, TN at The Pentecostal Church of Darden on June 29, 2013.  Just about every detail of the wedding was designed or created by her super talented aunt.  She was the florist, the wedding coordinator, the decorator, and the baker.  My favorite part about the wedding details? The wedding colors are the exact same colors as my photography logo!! Fate? I think YES! 🙂

 

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I had an awesome opportunity to second shoot alongside my friend and fellow photographer Kayla from Kayla F Photography in June!  I am so excited to finally show you all my photos of this amazing wedding! The bride and groom, Shayna & Cody, were one of the sweetest couples ever and were simply adorable.    Shayna was so unbelievably excited to marry her best friend, Cody.  Cody was such a sweetheart and showered Shayna with love the entire day.  These are my favorite images from the wedding!  Thank you Kayla for asking me to shoot alongside you at the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, TN! I hope we get another opportunity to work together soon! 🙂

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Katie and Blair was blessed with an incredible day for their beautiful country club wedding.  As soon as I saw Katie that day, her face lit up in excitement. She couldn’t wait to marry Blair later that afternoon!  Her excitement was incredibly contagious and set the mood for the entire wedding day.  Everyone was so happy and pleasant to be around.  The girls were reminiscing and the boys were making jokes… What an amazing day it was!

 

I’d like to have a shout out to some of the amazing vendors that helped make Katie and Blair’s day possible!!

– Carrie the wedding coordinator from Fox Den Country Club – thank you for being so professional and helpful!

– The DJ from Knoxville Premier Entertainment – you were was amazing and so fun to be around!

– McLemore Florist – The flowers were absolutely stunning and were beautifully displayed throughout the wedding!

Without further adieu, Here are some of my favorite images from the day!

 

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As we talked about where she might do her bridal session, Katie knew exactly where she wanted to have her bridal session.  She immediately chose the Graystone Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN.  The church is gorgeous and provided us with amazing stained glass windows.  The rooms inside the church allowed us to have beautiful window light.  It was the perfect location to get an awesome mix of moody, dramatic images as well as naturally-lit, romantic images!  I absolutely loved Katie’s bridal session!

I am so excited to finally reveal these images! Congratulations on your marriage, Mrs. Fowler! 🙂

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Yesterday evening I had the privilege of photographing alongside Meghan of Break the Mold Photo and Jason & Kim Eldridge of Eldridge Studios in downtown Knoxville with this amazing couple.  Chloe and Matt are two outgoing, funny, and genuinely nice people.  It’s easy to tell that they both very smart and talented!  Chloe teaches ballet in Knoxville while also attending school with Matt at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   We all had so much fun during the shoot!  Their outfit choices were so complementing and their love for one another is enchanting!  Thanks for an amazing shoot everyone!

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After 6 long years, switching majors 4 times, and attending 3 different schools I finally GRADUATED!!!!

For those wondering, I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  Yes, economics…(weird I know) who would have thought!  Funny enough- I would have never imagined myself as an economics major, but God had a plan for me that I hadn’t realized yet.  I was definitely skeptical, but I’m so glad that I listened.  As my photography business continues to grow, I find myself using economics more and more.  I’ve had my photography business for 2 years now and it’s been exhilarating! I am so excited about the future both personally and professionally.  I want to thank everyone that has continued to love me, support me, and encourage me over these past few years.  Thank you for being so supportive of my dreams.  Who I am and where I am today is because of all of you. Truly.

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Thank you to my amazing husband. No matter what, you’re on my side. You honestly complete me and truly are my better half. I love you sweetie!  You helped me with courses I wasn’t the strongest in, pulled some late nights alongside me studying for exams, drove me to and from class on occasion, and had lunch with me on days that we were free at the same time! 🙂

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Thank you to my rock star parents. From day one, you were there for me.

While attending Union University in 2008, a F-5 tornado ripped through the campus destroying nearly all the student dorms.  Dad was among the first to take me and my 3 terrified room mates back to their house for the night.  Mom went to the Belmont University college visit with me and always gave the hugs when I needed it.  You guys helped us move out of and into our new homes in Nashville and Knoxville.  You both visited me numerous times while in Knoxville, made me feel loved and appreciated, and even attended a few football games with us 🙂 I’ll never forget these memories.

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Thank you to the entire Nord family. You guys gave me so much support when I expressed my desires to open my own photography business.  You bought me my first camera and pushed me to go the extra mile.

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Thank you to my brother, sister, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law for being amazing people that I could always count on for love and support. Lauren, you’ve always been a shoulder I could cry on and someone I could call to cheer me up.  Thank you for coming to photo shoots with me and even modeling for me when I wanted to try out something new.  Thank you for coming to visit me as much as possible in Knoxville, always reminding me that family will always be there when friends may come and go.  Keith, thank you for finding the UTK adult professional & personal development program and telling me about it.  Because of this, I’ve learned so much in photography and made everlasting friendships with students as well as professors.  One of my professors became one of my closest friends! 🙂  I’ll be graduating on June 13th with the photography certificate.

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Lance, thank you for being the best “little” brother ever. You never cease to make me smile or laugh when I need it.  The fact that you can literally sweep me off my feet still amazes me! Congratulations on your high school graduation, bubba! I can’t wait to see you play hockey for UT Memphis this fall!

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Thank you to my amazing grandmother and late grandfather who paid my way through college.  Your love and support is never ending.

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Thank you to my incredible neighbors, Dan, Sonya, Daniel, and Natalie Miller.  Without you guys, I don’t know how Vince and I would have adapted to Knoxville so well.  I felt at peace having sweet neighbors beside us and knew that you guys are people I could count on.  You introduced us to your church- a place where we felt God was leading us to be.  Thank you for the listening ears, late night board games, and family dinners.  I love you guys so much!

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Caroline is my best friend.  Honestly, she might as well be my sister.  I met Caroline on the playground in third grade and we’ve been inseparable ever since.  She supports me, loves me, and completes me.  Harrison is Caroline’s fiancé and my newest friend.  I don’t remember exactly when I met Harrison, but I’m pretty sure I could dig up some old elementary school pictures of us somewhere!  It’s funny. I never imagined that the guy sitting next to me in my high school French class would be my best friends husband one day.  These two are so perfect for one another.

I had the privilege of photographing their engagement session in Jackson, Tennessee at The Old Country Store.  A special thank you to my friend, Brooks Shaw, for allowing us to use the inside of the restaurant as well as the outside and their new venue, The Providence House!  It was such a wonderful place to have their engagement session.  So without further ado, here’s some of my favorites from the session you’ve been waiting to see!

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When we first moved to Knoxville, my husband Vince cut his head while playing basketball. Long story short, Rachel was there to patch up Vincent’s head with super glue…yes, I said super glue! Worked like a charm 🙂 That’s the first day I met Rachel.

Over the past few years Rachel and I have become friends and found a mutual love in photography.  She is the owner of Reflections & Images here in Knoxville.  She met her fiancé Chad last year and they have been inseparable ever since.  Chad is such a charming, funny guy and so fun to be around!

I had a blast at their engagement session at Ijams Nature Center! They are such a wonderful couple.  I can’t wait to attend their wedding in June!

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As a Knoxville wedding photographer, this is definitely one of my favorite engagement sessions.  Beautiful location, amazing couple, and perfect weather…  What more could you ask for?

Katie and Blair’s engagement session was a blast!  We met at the MoonShadow Lodge in Townsend, TN and spent the rest of the afternoon taking pictures, laughing, and having fun!  Katie is a kind-hearted woman that is sweet and gorgeous and Blair is a witty man that makes it very easy to see just how much he loves Katie!

The weather a few days before the session was snowy, cold, and dreary.  But as you may know, in Tennessee, the weather can change in the blink of an eye so I wasn’t worried when it was supposed to be a warm and sunny day the day of the session!  Thankfully the forecast was right and we lucked out with an amazing day!

I loved this session and watching these two together.  They are simply adorable!  I know their wedding in June is going to be amazing and I’m so honored that I’m going to be a part of it!

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I’ve known Trae (the groom) since we were in the 5th grade.  We’ve been friends for a long time, so when Trae and Mandi,his beautiful girlfriend of 5 years, asked me to be their wedding photographer, I was honored and absolutely thrilled.  Trae and Mandi started dating after they went on their first date to a Third Day concert in Memphis.  As the years passed, their love grew stronger.  They were engaged on Christmas Eve of 2011 when he surprised her with the engagement ring at his parents house.  I loved hearing about their engagement and being a part of their special day!  Below are a few of my favorite images from their wedding…I promise I won’t post all 600 😉  I hope you enjoy each and every one!

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Grace contacted me nearly a year ago…in December of 2011 I believe.  She said she KNEW she wanted me to be her wedding photographer after seeing the engagement pictures that I did for her friends’ daughter.  She has been so unbelievably sweet and caring over this past year that I’ve gotten to know her and her husband, Steve.  I have such a special place in my heart for this couple!

 

Steve’s son, Steven, was in Iraq during the wedding.   He had arrived in Tennessee on the exact day of the session, so they were very happy to have Steven join in for a few photos during this “after the wedding session.”

 

They’re known each other for over 30 years!

 

These two are my absolute favorite from this session 🙂

 

Beverleah is the sister of one of my friends who happen to be our next door neighbor and part of our church family, so I was thrilled to photograph her engagement pictures with her sweet husband-to-be, Aram!  It was easy to photograph these two because they enjoyed each others company and acted as though I wasn’t even there.  Their love is strong and it is evident in their photographs.  Other the next few weeks that Beverleah was in Knoxville (living with my neighbors), we went to lunch and ran errands together.  I got to get to know her on a personal level, and not just on a client level.  She’s a beautiful woman inside and out and it was an honor to photograph such a Godly woman.  I wish you and Aram a blissful marriage!

 

 

 

I have dreamt about visiting Paris since I was a little girl.  Studying the French language in middle school and high school didn’t help my quickly growing obsession with all things Paris.

As I’m walking through the streets of Paris, I imagined myself as a college student living in one of the adorable, quaint apartment buildings that towered over the streets below.  How I wish I would have done that-  Just once.  Just to see what it would have been like to live, eat, and breathe Paris.  Then, I look down and I see the warm, gentle hand that is caressing mine.  How wonderful my God is that he let my husband and I have this opportunity to be together in this beautiful city.  It’s evident that He didn’t want me to experience this city alone and I think, deep down, I always knew that.  I knew that Vincent and I were going to experience Paris together.

I had been overseas a few times before, but it was always with family.  This trip was different because this was JUST Vincent and I…my HUSBAND and I.  I’ve dreamt about going to Paris with my husband and there I was, living the dream.  I was kind of scared (not sure why because Vincent would protect me and take care of me- no doubt!!) but I was so thrilled at the same time.

Our adventure began by getting lost.  Anyone that knows me knows that I H.A.T.E. getting lost!  My frugal husband refused to spend money on a taxi, so we asked several pedestrians if they knew where our hotel was.  Neither of us are fluent in French and since I hadn’t had French class since 11th grade… Needless to say, I was a little rusty.  We eventually found our way (thanks to the taxi driver! ha) 2.5 hours later and discovered a local burger joint on the same street as our hotel.  It was 11pm and we hadn’t eaten dinner yet so we were starved!  Nothing was open, except for a local grocery store where I spoke a little bit of French to the old man and bought some bread and Nutella for the morning, and the burger place.  We had the hardest time ordering because I didn’t know the word for lettuce…or tomato…or oh heck, I only knew the word for cheese- fromage.  Despite our lack of knowledge for French cuisine words, our “Monster Burger” was the best thing we’d tasted all day.  Sitting in our hotel robes on the balcony of our room, we ate our burgers and listened to the neighbors speaking French and playing music.

 

The next morning, all I wanted to do was go see the Eiffel Tower.  I couldn’t wait!  Sure, it’s the tourist thing to do, but I WAS a tourist! I didn’t care.  We hopped on the nearest underground subway train and after getting out of the Trocadero train station, I saw it.  That magnificent 1,063 foot tower didn’t disappoint.  It was beautiful.

(Taken on another day from the view of The Arc de Triomphe, I believe)

Later that night, after we ate dinner at the famous Pasco’s restaurant, we went back to the Champ de Mars where we sat on the green with everyone else to watch the hourly light show where the tower is known to “twinkle.”

(This shot was taken from Montparnasse on another night during the light show)

 

Of course we visited museums like Le Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, amazing restaurants, and local “patisserie’s” like Pierre Herme (has delicious macrons!) and Amorino (as many ice cream flavors as you’d like- shaped like a rose!).

 

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Two buildings we were very excited about visiting were the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pantheon (and the Crypt below where Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and other famous French persons were buried).

 

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Famous landmarks that we visited:

 

The Arc de Triomphe

 

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Pont des Arts

 

My sweet husband surprised me with 2 locks to choose from that he had previously engraved with our names and wedding date. He had known about this “lover’s bridge” in Paris before we went (I’d never heard of it before) so when we “stumbled” upon the bridge, I thought the locks and concept were so cute. I turned around and he had the locks pulled out of his backpack to show me what he couldn’t wait to surprise me with after 2 weeks!  He engraved a gold one and a silver one (knowing that I’d want to keep one as a keepsake).  I picked the silver one to go on the bridge.  These locks are a custom by which they are locked onto this bridge by you and your sweetheart to symbolize your everlasting love. The idea is that you throw the key into the river below so you can never unlock it.
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If you look close enough (above our heads in the white part of the clouds) you can see our key flying into the river!
On our last night in Paris…
Vincent knows how much I love the Moulin Rouge movie.  I know that soundtrack by heart and sing it to the top of my lungs!  I was so excited to go see a show there with him!
At the hotel before leaving for the show!
Here it is!!
“Time flies when you’re having fun!” Isn’t that the truth!!  That’s exactly how I would sum up this trip.  FUN! We saw and did so many amazing things.  I can’t wait to go back!

Where to begin!? So much to say!  London and Paris was, by far, my favorite European trip to date.

Let’s begin with London…  My mother in law and I ventured out into the Cotswolds (about 2 hours outside of London) with a small bus tour.  The following are a few of my favorite images from the Cotswolds.

The town of Bibury  

 

Bourton on the Water

 

The town of Burford had thing AMAZING restaurant.  It had the best fish and chips…best in England!

 

That cool guy on the left here is my father-in-law.  He was one of the doctors for the USA men & women’s boxing team this year.  Even though he was there for the boxing team, he “floated” and went all over the Olympics going where he was needed.  He got to meet some amazing athletes! The guy in the middle is my brother-in-law, Keith and the girl on the right…? You guessed it! It’s me 😉  I was still suffering from jet lag so excuse the look I have going on.  We three went to the USA women’s volleyball match one night.  

 

Big Ben!!  This upshot of Big Ben was taken with my wide angle lens. I found this perspective to be really interesting!

 

Honestly? I was scared to stand next to the Royal Guards…so I posed with a policeman instead! 🙂

 

 

This was as close as I got. haha (Excuse the terrible picture of me!!-I was sick!)

 

The Tower Bridge was all over T.V. in the U.S. while the Olympics were going on.  I was so excited to see it in person! That handsome man standing next to me is my sweet husband, Vincent.

 

 

My husband is a huge soccer fan so he was thrilled to visit Chelsea Football Stadium.  Yes, the English call soccer, football! Still confuses me sometimes!  

 

Vincent and I went to see what his dad gets to see every day- men’s boxing!  

 

Windsor Castle- definitely worth the train ride out there. Loved this place! If you ever go, check out the doll house!!

 

Vince and I got to go to the Gold Tournament!! USA v. Japan Women’s Soccer

I got to photograph Tony Dungy with my husband and father-in-law…

…and go to the USA house. EEK! I was so excited!

 

Favorite things about London:

-The people

-Fish and Chips

-The pubs

-Riding in the double decker buses

-Learning how to use public transportation throughout the city: underground, overground, buses, etc!

-Living in a local’s home, truly feeling like an English family!

-Going to the USA Women’s Gold Soccer Match at the 2012 Olympics!

-Cotswolds

-Sitting at the press desk in the Chelsea Football Club press room

-meeting Tony Dungy and his wife

-meeting Susan Francia who was a part of the “Women’s eight” (USA Women’s rowing team) and won Gold

-going to the USA house where all the athletes celebrated their victories and went to hang out

-Seeing a royal guard crack a smile! Even though I don’t like that the kids made him smile (they find it VERY disrespectful to mess with the guards), it was still an experience!  Kind of felt bad for him afterwards though.

 

 

I met this lovely bride, Alicia, nearly 2.5 years ago over a game of trivia at Mellow Mushroom.  She, my husband, and several other people at the trivia night attend the University of Tennessee’s College of Law.  This is their last year (YAY)!    Alicia wasn’t engaged at the time that we met but it wasn’t long before Alicia was engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Brandon, who is in Graduate School at UT for English.

Brandon proposed while walking around Market Square one night in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

 

 

Alicia chose to do her bridal portraits at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, where she was also getting married on June 8th, 2012.  Alicia was absolutely stunning and was so much fun to photograph!

 

 

 

 

On their wedding day, they were both so excited.  God blessed them with a beautiful day for their outdoor wedding at the gardens.

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I absolutely love this lady. She’s so sweet and has the most incredible family!  We met one afternoon at Norris Lake for this session!  Her adorable children came along to help me hold Kelly’s things, fix her dress, and hold my reflector. 🙂

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