Growing up, my favorite place was my grandmother's (aka Mamaw) secret garden. Today, I got to stroll through her garden with her great-grandchildren and take their photos; my nieces and nephew. Overwhelmed with happiness today.
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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.
The Jonesborough Days 2016 parade in Jonesborough, Tennessee took place on July 2. Accompanying the spectacular Jonesborough Days festival, the parade was filled with hometown goodness; decorated horses, Veteran recognition, adorable cheerleaders and baton twirlers, bands, old-time music, princesses, vintage cars, and more. The streets were lined with folks eager to cheer on their friends and family on the floats, on foot and in vehicles. The happiness was contagious, and is an atmosphere that could only bring sheer joy to a person's face- especially of my own, a gal who was born and raised in this beautiful, quaint town tucked away in the hills of east Tennessee.
During the parade, I practiced with some new vantage points and frames, like framing adorable siblings with the legs of the horse they were beaming at. The setting on Main Street is one that is a dream to photograph for sure, and getting a chance to do it professionally is rare and wonderful. Saying I love my job would be an understatement.
Photography by Whitney S Williams
Model: Katie Dickens, Makeup/Styling/Photography: Whitney S W, Photo Assistant: Jada Nave
This is the lovely Katie, wearing a glorious, flowing tie-dyed shirt from the 90's that I've been itching to use in a photo shoot for years; finally found the right person for it. For makeup, I wanted to showcase Katie's stunning green eyes and perfect eyebrows *sigh* with some bright red shadow. Love how it looks with her golden hair.
6 Questions with Katie
What's your favorite travellin' song?
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero
What city do you want to visit again?
Black Hawk, Colorado...and Glenwood Springs, Colorado...Basically just Colorado.
What country do you want to visit most?
I would love to go backpacking across Europe. Ireland is pretty cool too.
Pride and Prejudice
John and George.
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