Bethany + John Michael - Alabama Wedding

I was so excited that Bethany and John Michael chose me to be their wedding photographer. Bethany is such a special person to me, and it's been wonderful to watch her fall in love with John Michael. I didn't meet John Michael until the day of the wedding, but I could immediately tell that he loves Bethany, and loves her two babies. I think their new life together will be filled with love. 

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Bethany's dress was so beautiful! I love seeing the different personalities that wedding dresses reflect. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

Little River, being just like mommy and putting on make up in front of the mirror before photos. Luckily, she just played with the brushes and didn't actually try to apply any. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

Bethany and John Michael didn't want to see each other before the wedding, but they wanted an opportunity to pray together. I love that these two took a moment to just be together with God before everything got hectic. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

She's so pretty!

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

Journey did an excellent job walking his mom down the aisle. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

Marry someone who looks at you like this. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

After making vows to Bethany, John Michael knelt down and spoke to Journey and River. It was a private moment, and we didn't hear what was said, but this moment got me right in the feeler. If this doesn't get you, you can't get got. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

The kids are suddenly disinterested. Haha!

Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Stephanie Benge Photography | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

The brand new family!

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Taylor + Andrew - Nashville, TN Wedding

Taylor and Andrew's wedding was so lovely. It reminded me of a fairy tale all day. Taylor is beautiful to start with, but then put her in a Cinderella ball gown dress and wow! 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding

Taylor had a first look with her brother, which I thought was so special. The wedding day is a big deal for everyone, not just the bride and groom! And his reaction was so sweet. :) 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding

Taylor and Andrew did their first look in this beautiful garden, which only added to the fairy tale feel of the day. 

Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding

She looks like Cinderella, right!?

Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding

This was a first for me. Taylor rode up to her wedding in a HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE! It was so magical!

Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding
Stephanie Benge Photography | Nashville Historical Home Wedding

Meadow Hills Styled Shoot - Nashville, TN

Earlier this year I threw together this beautiful styled shoot with some amazing Nashville wedding vendors. I'm so thankful to everyone who was willing to donate their time and effort to this project. I think it turned out lovely! 

I love the use of natural color palettes and used neutrals as inspiration for this shoot. 

Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue
Meadow Hills Nashville, Tennessee Wedding Venue

Venue: Meadow Hill Farm
www.meadowhillfarmweddings.com

Planner: Kenzie Events
www.kenzieevents.com

Videography: KLassy Productions
www.klasseyproductions.com

Dress: Posh Bridal Couture
www.poshmn.com

Paper Goods: Mallory Mayhew at Letters from Mal
www.lettersfrommal.com

Floral Design: Robin's Nest
www.robinsnestweddingflowers.com

Cake: Nashville Sweets
www.nashvillesweets.com

Rachel + Josh - Mountain Magnolia Inn Wedding

Wow, this wedding season really started off on the right foot for me this year. Josh and Rachel's wedding was incredible and I'm so excited to share it here with you. I met Rachel around eight years ago through her sister, and my college roommate, Hannah. Rachel told me way on way back then that she wanted me to be her wedding photographer when she got married. She first told me this after I'd shot maybe three weddings, so hearing that someone else actually wanted to hire me was both astounding and exciting. I can't express how thankful I am that after all those years Rachel stuck to her choice. When she got engaged, I got a message. It was happening. 

This time last year Rachel was in the process of hiking the Appalachian Trail. While hiking the trail she came across this adorable Girlmore Girls-esque inn in the mountains of North Carolina. She fell in love with it and decided that when Josh proposed she would want to have their wedding there. I can totally see why, because I also fell in love with the Mountain Magnolia Inn. It was adorable, intimate, and had the best bacon ever at breakfast.

Those are my requirements to like something. Adorable. Bacon.

This blog post is going to be way too long, and I'm not apologizing. It's worth it.

Now you can fall in love with the Rachel's dress. Oh my word. I wanted to take it home.

There are a dozen photos of the getting ready process that include Rachel being a complete goof ball. I decided to save them for her. But if you know Rachel just imagine some funny faces here while you're scrolling through. 

A super sweet bridesmaids reaction to seeing her fully put together. 

You wouldn't believe it, but this beautiful bouquet was put together by one of the bridesmaids! Right? That's talent. 

Poor Josh, he had to wait all day to see her! Every time I came in to his room to check on him he jumped up and asked if we were ready for him. He was PUMPED for this first look. 

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North Carolina Wedding Photographer

This wedding was the very first trial run of Kyle being my second shooter. He was going to be at the wedding anyway, so we figured we'd give it a try. Well, he took this photo, and I thought it was pretty wonderful. 

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North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
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The ceremony was held under this fabulous and beautiful tree. If you've read any of my other blog posts you probably know how I feel about unique trees. Give me a cool tree, I'm happy. Adorable. Bacon. Tree.

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I'm pretty sure this adorable photo is of Hannah looking at her husband. Either that or she's looking at her mom. Either way I love it. 

Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer
Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer
Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer

Rachel laughed the whole time she said her vows. I don't think she was laughing AT anything, I think she was just straight up giddy to the point she couldn't contain it. 

Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer
Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer
Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer

I wrote a blog post a while back about the moment right after the ceremony and how I missed it during my very first wedding. I don't make that mistake anymore because... THIS. These faces! Blissfully happy and also like WHAT IS GOING ON?

Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer
Hot Springs, NC Wedding Photographer
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North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Instead of a unity candle, or sand, or whatever Rachel and Josh did UNITY ICE CREAM. 

RIGHT?

They had ice cream instead of cake at the reception and one of the flavors is a combination of their each of their favorites. And then I died because I was so happy.

And then, when getting my ice cream, I dropped the entire cup I had just been served into the pot of hot fudge and the ice cream girls had to rescue it for me. I had some hot fudge on my dress for the rest of the night. So, basically just a normal day for me.

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Josh trying to figure out how dancing happens?

North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer

This was the sweetest father-daughter dance ever. They danced to this hilarious song about fishing that apparently Rachel and her dad used to listen to when she was a kid. These two had the best time dancing to this song. 

North Carolina Wedding Photographer
North Carolina Wedding Photographer