RACHEL WEBB

Valerie + Brad :: HitchedNovember 4, 2017

This backyard (and front yard) wedding was intimate and so very fun. It is the ultimate honor for me to get to photograph the wedding of dear friends; to tell their story as an observer as well as an excited friend. Valerie and I were roommates in college and to see her dive into a future with Brad with a front row seat was the best. The best.

Brad and Val invited their closest friends and family to Brad’s childhood home for their ceremony held on the front porch. The weather was gorgeous with pastures and mountains in all directions…I would choose to get married here too(all the heart eyes emojis). Then, everybody moved to the backyard for lots of food, yard games, and music.

Congratulations, #Parkspartyofdos !

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Patrick + Claudia :: HITCHEDOctober 30, 2017

Yesterday, the Rathidas celebrated one year of marriage and I’ll take any excuse to relive their day!

There are 1 billion pictures on this post (roughly) because it was a 1 billion picture kind of day. I’ve never done any sort of wedding ceremony or event like this and now, frankly it may be hard to beat.

I met Claudia and Patrick at Panera one afternoon to hear their story and their unbelievable day they dreamed up. Patrick moved from Laos to the US and Claudia movedĀ  from Chile to the US and they met at a house party of a mutual friend. I mean what are the chances?? Patrick and Claudia have 2 totally different stories but they seem to find the perfect balance of celebrating who each other are and bringing out the very best in each other. October 29, 2016 was no different.

It was important to Patrick to have a traditional Laotian wedding and it was important to Claudia to have her father walk her down the aisle and have a big reception afterwards…..so they did it all! In one day, people! It was genius and beautiful.

Claudia and Patrick reserved The Standard in Knoxville, TN as the venue for their all day events and man, it was perfect. The Laos ceremony started early in the morning and all the natural light streaming in from the sky lights was so dreamy. I learned a lot about a new culture throughout the whole morning thanks to a sweet lady that kept whispering the symbolism of what was happening in my ear. It was all so interesting and makes me grateful for the value placed on tradition by Patrick’s family. It was truly a testament to his heritage and the legacy he is carrying on. After the ceremony and pictures, there was a break for a couple hours and then I met Claudia and her make-up/hair team right back in front of the mirror for round two! She wasn’t even chugging coffee all day – so impressive. The room downstairs was transformed into a gorgeous reception with traditional food from Chile and Laos, lights, a DJ, enough cupcakes for everyone to have 7, and ready for Claudia’s arrival. In the morning ceremony, Patrick entered by a parade to find Claudia waiting for him, but at night, Patrick and the wedding party waited at the front of the room for his bride and her father to enter. Then, a packed house ate, drank, danced, and laughed until the wee hours. And the fact that there were at least 3 languages happening at once didn’t keep anyone from feeling like family. I think marriage it worth celebrating and I mean, they celebrated. Thank you, Rathidas! You guys are the best.

Happy Anniversary!

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Thomas FamilyAugust 25, 2017

The Thomas family just brought another precious human into the world and she is dreamy. So grateful to know you already, Neeley!

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Ali + Jake :: EngagedAugust 3, 2017

I mean they are the cutest.

Ali and Jake met at Sharp Top Cove, a Young Life camp in Georgia, and turns out it wasn’t a camp fling. REAL DEAL, people. They date long-distance for a while and then, Jake moves to Johnson City. He can’t stand it any longer and proposes….he couldn’t even wait for the proposal party he had planned with all of their parents coming because that ring was burning a hole in his pocket. I love the when the pursuit of the person becomes more important than the plan of pursuit. Needless to say, I’m an Ali and Jake fan. Jali…is that their best celebrity couple name? I’ll keep working on it. In the mean time, here are some pictures.

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Jacqlyne + Justin :: EngagedJune 12, 2017

Anytime a couple suggests Roan Mountain for a session, I say yes. ALWAYS say yes. I mean look at this place!

He said,”I don’t like having my picture taken.” and she said, “Tell us what to do so we don’t look awkward!”. Well…turns out they are natural super models. Jacqlyne and Justin were so fun and I’m pretty sure we laughed the whole time. There was some hiking and high winds involved, but they were great sports. The view from the top was well worth any blisters, watery eyes, or goosebumps. This time next year, these two will be saying their vows and I already can’t wait! Let’s do this.

Congratulations, Jacqlyne and Justin!!

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