Kirsty + Clay: Jonesborough, Tennessee Wedding
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A Dream Wedding
Set in the hills of Jonesborough, Tennessee at the newly-built Serenity Knoll wedding venue, two wonderful people were wed: Kirsty and Clay. The day before, a storm hit the area that caused much debris and fallen trees, but the day of the wedding the clouds parted just enough to grace the wedding attendants with a magical day.
I arrived at the Historic Eureka Inn in Downtown Jonesborough, TN to photograph the bride and do her makeup. Kirsty's wedding dress (designed, dyed and constructed by her) hung on the armoire in the spectacular Jury Room of the hotel. Her hair was braided and adorned with flowers and beads by the talented Katie Williams of the Downtown Beauty Lounge, also located in Jonesborough. With the handmade paper-flower rainbow bouquet, the dress, the hair, the makeup...it all came together perfectly- and matched the bride's personality in a way that one might call kismet.
The ceremony began with the bride and groom dancing hand-in-hand down the aisle with a meditation to follow. In the meditative silence the only sound was the quite movement of the colorful prayer flags hanging overhead in the pavilion of Serenity Knoll. Immediately following the ceremony came cake before dinner, at the request of the bride and groom. The colorful, unique cake, created by Maxine Kenny, Steve Brooks and Gareth Zahnke, was cut and distributed first much to the delight of everyone. And it tasted heavenly.
The reception featured a dinner with foods from the newlywed's and others' farms enjoyed at tables decorated with magnificent floral arrangements. Following the dinner was a Contra Dance with live music that continued through sunset. And oh my, the sunset; after a storm, nature provides us with the most impressive, vibrant sunsets. Mother Nature really knows how to cap off a day like this.
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A special thank you to Gabriel Gould for being a fantastic second photographer.