Ana + Taylor’s wedding day was so beautiful but even more beautiful was how full of love the whole day was! They were just surrounded by their friends and family whose love was so tangible!Read More
It finally came! I've been waiting for this wedding for nearly a year and a half and now I can't believe it came and went so fast! I've known Traci for gosh, about 12 years now. She started coming to my church with her parents when we 12/11. I remember being afraid to talk to her because she was the new girl. ha! How silly kids are! Over the years we've become good friends and experienced a ton together. We went to Panana on a mission trip, we've driven to DC for a photography workshop with Mae Burke, we've talked photography and clothes and guys and Jesus, she did my makeup for my wedding, and she captured the birth story of my Ellie bean. When she asked me to be her wedding photographer I was just a little excited! I knew it would be beautiful and after waiting almost a year and a half I can say it truly was just perfect.
All week leading up to the wedding the weather was saying 80% chance of rain. Traci and I hashed out details of what to do in case of rain and we made plans to have bunches of umbrellas on hand! Friday morning I woke up and checked the weather first thing....it has gone down to only 15% all day until 7pm. Hot dog! Just what we prayed for! God's pretty great like that. Mike and I loaded up all the gear, dropped off Ellie with my parents (along with her wedding duds since she would be coming with them as a guest), and headed to Kingsport. We met up with the girls at Traci's house. It's a pretty brick house with the perfect windows for "getting ready photos." After the girls were ready, the guys showed up and then the show got rolling! First, Traci had a first look with both her dad and step-dad...talk about tender...and then she headed out to where Colbey was waiting for her! I'm pretty sure the bridesmaids and Traci + Colbey's families were peeking out the windows watching. ;]
When we finally got to the Kingsport Farmers Market, everything was just beautiful and waiting for the guests to arrive! We had a couple hours to take lots of bridal party photos and gorgeous details. Did I mention that I got to ride on the gorgeous Kingsport Carousel for some really fun photos?! Talk about fun!! Oh, remember the rain I talked about? Luckily it held of just perfectly until about 6:15! We were able to get all of the bridal party photos done just in the nick of time!
Traci + Colbey and his mom (and so many other people!) worked to gather unique antique and vintage pieces to use as centerpieces. Each farmhouse table had a different decoration, accented by beautiful assorted flowers and fresh fruits! Breakfast was served for supper by the amazing Pratt's, making everything come together just perfectly!
Traci + Colbey, thanks for trusting me and MIke to capture such a special, beautiful day. I pray blessings over your marriage!! Love you all!
-Em + Mike
Venue: Kingsport Farmer's Market + Kingsport Carousel
Wedding Planner: Cally Smith
Florist: Aunt Willie's Wildflowers
Bridal Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Dress Store: Annie's Room in Kingsport
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
DJ: Greenwood Party Mixers
Hair + Makeup: Merritt Neece
Invitations: Cake Papier
Alright y'all, I'm bad at blogging. I mean it's kinda sad because I actually enjoy writing and flipping back through sessions and weddings and reminiscing my favorite moments from the day. I guess I'm just bad at the "making time for blogging" thing. Anyway, so starting today my goal is to blog once or twice every week! I hope you'll follow along! I have so many great love stories to share with you--from weddings to births and lots of Beloved sessions in between--and they all deserve their fair share of attention!
Today is Friday so in Instagram land that means it's #flashbackfriday so I thought it would be a great day to share my favorite wedding from this past year...and pretty much ever! When I say that Caitlin + Tyler's wedding was a dream to photograph, I'm not kidding. These two are the sweetest people you'll ever meet! Last year I was learning to balance mom life + photographer life and because Ellie was still under a year old, she went to most of my sessions and weddings. Well, let me just say, at Caitlin + Tyler's Beloved session and wedding Ellie just thought they were the greatest because they both played with her and loved on her! They were so wonderful to allow Mike and I to bring Ellie along with us while we photographed the most exciting day of their lives so far!
So now to tell you about this awesome couple and their wedding day....
Saturday morning I woke up to bright blue skies outside with perfect puffy white clouds! I text Caitlin to tell her I was thrilled for the day, that it looked like a beautiful day, and that I'd see her around 1pm. Well, little did I know that it was supposed to rain cats and dogs later that day....oops! By the time I arrived at The Barns at Chip Ridge it was raining pretty steadily and everyone was debating whether to have the ceremony inside or out. I headed upstairs to see Caitlin in curlers hanging out with all her girls and her mom. She was perfectly calm and excited to get married! Even with the crazy rain and moving the ceremony inside, outside, and finally inside at the last minute Caitlin took it all in stride. Only for a few moments did she get a little upset but that's when Ellie came in super handy to provide a much needed distraction and some smiles! ;] See if you can spot Ellie and Caitlin!
The entire day was so so centered around Caitlin and Tyler's love for God and their families. These two are so loved by so many people and it is easy to see why....they are so kind, sweet, and fun to be around! When Mike, Ellie, and I headed home for the night we talked about how we felt so much like family! So Caitlin + Tyler, thank you thank you thank you!! Your wedding was a dream to be a part of! I know I'm 8 months late in blogging it but I want you all to know that Mike and I are so grateful that you allowed us to tell your love story!
Also, super fast side note....if you are engaged and still looking for a venue, make sure you check out The Barns at Chip Ridge! it is absolutely STUNNING and the owners are amazing to work with. They have truly thought of everything to make your wedding day wonderful! And if you do book them, be sure to let them know I recommended you because we have a special deal for Chip Ridge Brides who book us both! ;]
Emily Rogers: Photographer | Creative Portrait + Wedding Photographer | 2015 SSP Unify Workshop + Styled Wedding Shoot with Sam Stroud Photography in Lynchburg, VARead More