{Just Married} Ashley + Nick

Last month, I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley and Nick’s wedding, which took place on the grounds of Chapel in the Pines in Senatobia, Mississippi.

Lovely details of Ashley and Nick’s wedding

Before the ceremony, Ashley and Nick wanted to have a moment where they could connect and pray with one another without actually seeing each other. So they held hands around the door to the chapel. They also exchanged gifts during this special moment together.

Ashley brought Nick a pocket watch, which had their initials carved into it.

The Chapel in the Pine grounds made a BEAUTIFUL setting for wedding portraits!

Nick, showing his nephew and father his pocket watch

Instead of flower girls, the kids in the wedding ceremony had bubble guns to precede Ashley down the aisle!

Nick, as he sees his bride coming down the aisle

Nick made a ring box for their wedding rings

The newly minted Mrs. and Mr. Nelson with Nick’s Dad

Father and son

They got married in cowboy boots šŸ™‚

First dance as a married couple šŸ™‚

Father-daughter dance

Mother-son dance

And a sparkler-lined send-off at the end of the night!

Ashley and Nick’s wedding was so sweet. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson!

{Birthday Week 2016} Revisited

These are some photos that I initially didn’t think would make a good blog post, maybe because they’re even more “personal” than my usual posts. I did post a few on Flickr, but after letting them sit since last year, I have now decided to share them.

My sister, my sister-in-law, and I have birthdays that fall within the same seven day period. I Ā have been trying to be intentional about shooting film during specific times such as our birthday week, so I loaded my Fujica ST605N and kept it with me throughout the week.

Before going to the tattoo shop for my mom, we stopped at Pei Wei and I had a tofu, veggies, and rice bowl at Pei Wei

Tattoo #3 for mom

Little notebook I bought to use in England the next monthĀ 

A mug my sister got me for my birthday

Union Jack sneakers my sister also got me for my birthday

On my sister-in-law’s birthday, my mom took my brother this hat and made me photograph him in it (like he was a mountain man šŸ™‚ )

My mom and sister-in-law on her birthday (my sister-in-law’s, that is!)

Flower my sister-in-law gave me on her birthday

 

Using the vintage Pyrex bowl my sister gave me to store icing tips

Mom’s new tattoo, about a week into its healing process

Birthday pressies from New York

The many Instax photos I took during birthday week

The most of the Instax mini photos that week went onto my daily photo project blog, but I’ll share them here too:

The Fujica which shot the other photos in this post

First time at Bass Pro in the Pyramid in Memphis

Another photo from mom’s tattoo session

My actual birthday: lunch at Pyro’s Pizza

Birthday selfie, taken the evening of my birthday

A beautiful vintage Pyrex bowl my sister gave me that week <3

The mini vegan chocolate cake I made my sister-in-law for her birthday
(click here to see a better photo of it, as well as a photo of her eating it šŸ™‚ )

We ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant for my sister’s birthday. There was still a Christmas wreath over the door, even though it was August!

Oh and fe bonus photos taken with a different camera, my Ricoh FF-1 šŸ˜€ :

More from my first time at Bass Pro in the Pyramid

Huddle House with mom, in Batesville, Mississippi

 

Photos taken with a Fujica ST605N and Agfa Vista 200, Fuji Instax Mini 90 and Fuji Instax Mini film, and Ricoh FF-1 and expired Fuji Superia 400Ā 

{Oh Smoky Mountains}

Here’s a story for you:

My family and I had a little vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee/The Smoky Mountains in September 2016. I took only film with me, waited awhile before I sent it away to be developed, and got a surprise once the film arrived at the photo lab: the package had been damaged in transit, and two rolls of film had gone missing. I was gutted. I knew at least one of those rolls was the primary roll I’d shot while we were in the Smokies. There would be nothing I could do to recover those photos. Thankfully, once I got my film scans back, I found that my secondary roll of film hadn’t been lost after all. Basically the first couple of days of our trip were on the film that was lost (as well as photos from the rest of the vacation,) but at least I also have some Instax Mini photos to share from those first two days!

Fannie Farkles Family Fun Parlor, downtown Gatlinburg

We can never get enough No Way Jose’s Mexican food while in G’burg!

In the Village Shops in Gatlinburg – was surprised to see a British red phone box here, as I’d just been photographing them in London a few weeks earlier šŸ˜‰

We went to The Apple Barn sooooo many times on this trip!Ā 

There was some sort of Harley Davidson meet-up at our motel that weekend

“Homemade Wine,” downtown Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium and the Gatlinburg Space Needle

Gatlinburg Space Needle and Arcade

This is a cannibalĀ pumpkin at Dollywood.Ā 

50s-themed area in Dollywood called Jukebox Junction

EPIC eagle sculpture near the Wild Eagle rollercoaster

Red’s Diner

Inside Red’s DinerĀ 

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH – Rockin’ Roadway, Jukebox Junction

Metal sunflower sculptureĀ 

Rides in the County Fair section at Dollywood

Smoky Mountain Cat HouseĀ 

Our drive through Smoky Mountains National Park, on our way to Cherokee, North CarolinaĀ 

On our way back from Cherokee, we stopped at Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I made my brother-in-law pose for this photo

Pinhole photo at the Farm MuseumĀ 

Chicken at the Farm MuseumĀ 

Crazy overexposed photo of the chicken

Delicious ice cream shop in downtown Gatlinburg

Light fixture made of spoon’s at Maypops

Caramelcorn, downtown Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium

Ah, good ole Fisherman Cove (the area of our hotel in Gatlinburg where our room was located)

Bear sculpture in the parking lot of our motel

One last pit stop at the Apple Barn before driving back to Mississippi

Truck stop on our way back to Mississippi

These photos came to mean even more to me because, a couple of months after we were in the Smokies, there were devastating fires which reeked havoc on theĀ area. I don’t yet how the landscape will have changed since I was last there, but I am so thankful for our time in that beautiful part of our country. We also found out that the motel we’d stayed in for our 2015 and 2016 Gatlinburg vacations had torn down so they could build a resort hotel there, so things will definitely be different for us next time we visit the area!

Photos taken with my Pentax Espio Mini, Fuji Instax Mini 90, and Lomography Diana F+

{Mini Family Session} Shields Family

While I was photographing Julie and Mark’s rehearsal dinner, I also managed to get in a few shots of the Shields family. I have photographed Lisa, Rob, and their children several times over the years, so I wanted to get a few photos of their latest addition, Julian. I wasĀ especiallyĀ pleased to do this, because I’d taken photos of Julian’s older brothers Ezra and Lionel when they were babies too.

Rob, Ezra, Lisa, Julian, and Lionel šŸ™‚

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