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Matt and Melissa's Wedding Day - Cardwdell Manor

August 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Matt and Melissa - Cardwell Manor in Sevierville, Tennessee

I have known Matt for many years, and when I met Melissa the first time at a Christmas party, I knew he had hit the jackpot. Matt and Melissa's story began at work. They met there, became friends, and over time grew closer. They dated a year and a half before getting engaged. Matt proposed to Melissa during the Christmas season so that they could celebrate with both our families. Six months later, on June 23, 2018, they were married at Cardwell Manor in Sevierville, Tennessee.

When most people think of Sevierville and the Smoky Mountain area, they think of log cabins and black bears. Cardwell Manor is very different from that. Built between 1899-1902, Cardwell Manor is an example of a beautiful Queen-Anne style home. The property was purchased in June 2017 by the mother-daughter team of Teresa Winstead and Amanda White. It is one of the area's newest wedding venues, and one that should be considered if planning a wedding.

Matt and Melissa's wedding day was perfect.  It was a hot day; but with the low humidity (!!) and a strong breeze, it was one of the most pleasant outdoor summer weddings I have ever photographed.  The wedding  was in the front yard and reception was outside under the permanent tent atop beautiful decking with the house in the background. The grounds at Cardwell Manor were wonderfully landscaped with blooming flower beds and beautiful old trees. The decor and centerpieces were antique-inspired which complemented the style of the house. 

As you look through these pictures, please don't miss the ones of Melissa's dad walking her down the aisle.  He has a history of being emotional, and I was told he completely fell apart at her sister's wedding.  He didn't disappoint at Matt and Melissa's wedding.

Congratulations, Matt and Melissa!  What a great day it was!!



Venue:  Cardwell Manor

Coordinating/Decor:  Cardwell Manor

Cake: Publix

Catering: Bistro 109

Wedding Dress:  White Lace and Promises

Photography:  Suzanne McNeil Photography



Allen and Kim - Historic Southern Railway Station

July 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Historic Southern Railway - Knoxville, Tennessee

Allen and Kim met on a ski lift in Lake Tahoe while he was visiting a mutual friend.  A few months later, he finished grad school, loaded his belongings in the car, and drove across the country to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Allen and Kim became fast friends, doing every adventure you can think of together.  A year later, he asked Kim to go on a date and picked her up wearing nice clothes and took her to a fancy dinner which was very different for their previous group mountain biking hang-outs.  Fast forward eight months, Allen asked Kim to marry him on top of a mountain overlooking the Bay, and she said YES!

I have known Kim's family for a number of years, and when her mom, Trina, first talked to me about wedding photography, I asked her if she was sad that Kim had found her future husband in California, assuming he was from that area of the country.  She excitedly said, "No!  He's from North Carolina!"  Maybe one day they will trek back across the country.

Allen and Kim chose to come back to the East Coast for their wedding.  They chose the beautiful venue, The Historic Southern Railway, in Knoxville's Old City.  Although the views from the Railway are beautiful, Kim and Allen wanted some green in their wedding pictures.  Allen and Kim are huge outdoor people, and so I promised her that we would find green!  That we did!

One thing I loved about Allen and Kim's wedding was the closeness of both sides of their families.  Allen is one of four sibling with three sisters while Kim is a twin to Brett and has younger twin siblings, also. The care and joy that both families brought to the table was obvious.  Also, Kim and Allen are such FUN people!  We had a great time doing lots of silly pictures included a "First Look" with the guys.  So FUN!  Also SQUARE DANCING!  Table were pushed back and the DJ called square dancing.  

Congratulations Allen and Kim!  I was thrilled to be your wedding photographer!   I hope married life is treating you well!


Samuel and Morgan's Engagement Session

June 27, 2018  •  2 Comments


I am typically not an over-the-top emotional person, but when Morgan and I had lunch together to talk about her future with Samuel, I cried....right there in the restaurant.  You see, I have known Samuel since before he ever was. His mom and I have been best friends for most of our adult lives.  I saw him in ultrasounds; I sat outside the door when he took his first breath.  Ok, I will stop.  Needless to say, tears seemed appropriate since Samuel is my honorary nephew.

I will fast forward before I cry again.  The three of us explored the trails at the beautiful Ijams Nature Center which is were Samuel and Morgan went on one of their first dates.  I love that Downtown Knoxville has this amazing nugget of urban wilderness!  To say that I am looking forward to their December wedding is a bit of an understatement.  Thank you, Samuel and Morgan, for entrusting me with this task of being your wedding photographer.  I promise to wear waterproof mascara on your wedding day.  


Chad and Anna - Lighthouse Knoxville

June 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


The Lighthouse Event Center - Knoxville, Tennessee

Chad and Anna met at Barley's in Knoxville's Old City over pizza and beers.  Fast forward three years.  In the company of of their families and closest friends, they married at The Lighthouse Event Center in Knoxville.  They had hoped for an outside ceremony, but the late spring weather didn't look promising.  The decision was made to bring the ceremony inside, but because The Lighthouse Event Center is well equipped for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, all was perfect. It was a beautiful day with amazing food, great music and bright spring flowers.  Days after their wedding, Chad and Anna packed up all their worldly possessions and moved into their new house in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations, Chad and Anna!  


Venue/Catering: The Lighthouse Event Center

Flowers: Echelon Florist

Cake: Magpies Bakers

Hair and Make-up:  Stunning by Rachel

Photography:  Suzanne McNeil Photography

Macy and Davis - The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms

June 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms - Knoxville, Tennessee

Although Macy and Davis both went to the same high school, they didn’t meet until several years after high school.  Davis graduated and headed off to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga to play golf.  While Macy stayed around Knoxville to study at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  In the summer of 2015, Davis had graduated from college and returned to Knoxville.  Thankfully, a mutual friend felt Macy and Davis needed to meet and introduced them that summer.  Soon after, they went on their first date to Tupelo Honey and then to a local rooftop pub where they talked under twinkling lights.  Less than two week later, they were an official couple.

When Davis knew he was ready to propose, he wanted to go back to the Market Square area in Downtown Knoxville to pop the question to Macy.  On July 3, 2017, as they were walking around enjoying the evening, Davis reached into his pocket and pulled out a ring and proposed.  Macy was speechless.  Eventually, she was able to answer him with a resounding, “Of course I will marry you!” 

Macy and Davis live in Arizona which could have made wedding planning very difficult.  However, they chose a venue, The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms, which helps brides along the way with their planning. This, along with help from local family members, made planning more manageable from a long distance. 

Their Thursday wedding day brought bright sun and gorgeous weather!  Macy and her girls we treated like queens by Southern Belle Beauty as they had their hair and make-up done.  Once I arrived at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms, I was taken aback at hour beautiful the reception area looked.  There we so many special touches and the flowers by Swank Floral were amazing!

Everything went off without a hitch!  Thank you Macy and Davis for including me in your wedding day!  It was quite an honor to watch your day unfold as you became husband and wife!


Venue - The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm

Florals - Swank Floral and Interiors

Hair and Make-up - Southern Belle Beauty

DJ - Sam from Ogle Entertainment

Catering - Dead End BBQ

Wedding Dress - White Lace and Promises

Photographer - Suzanne McNeil Photography



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