Marblegate Farm Wedding
As most of you know, this was my first wedding back from maternity leave just 7 short weeks after Hazel May was born. When I shoot weddings, Dustin watches the kids. This was the first day he was with a 7 week old and a 2.5 year old all day by himself. Did I mention the 7 week old was entering leap 2 (if you don’t know what this is, Google Wonder Weeks)? Being in the infant + young toddler stage is hard, y’all. It is not a cake walk by any means. Is it rewarding? Definitely. Is it sweet? Oh yeah. But is it also completely and totally exhausting and really freaking hard?? Yes and yes. As excited as I was to be back, I was also nervous as heck for Dustin. Not that he can’t handle it because he is AMAZING at dad life…but just because it’s hard. So, I got into the car with all my bags and pulled out of the driveway. Sunglasses on, Starbucks app ready to purchase my nitro infused cold brew + pumpkin cold foam, worship music blasting, singing at the top of my lungs, and a rush of thankfulness came over me. Just this massive amount of gratitude that God saw fit for me…little ole Amanda…to get to serve couples like Becca and Kris on their wedding day. A day defined by Him. A day that allows me to love on people in the best way I know how…by capturing their sweet memories. A day that will go down in history as one of the best days of their lives. This job is about so much more than taking pictures. The flood gates opened in the car on my way to Marblegate Farm, and I literally fought back tears of thankfulness that whole 45 minute drive. I couldn’t just let them flow like I normally would because I had done my makeup f’real for the first time in 7 weeks, and I did not want to mess that up. ha. So, here I am…10:30 at night, doing what I love because I love what I do.
Okay. I don’t really know where that came from, but it started pouring out of me. I just felt like it was the right thing to say. A conversation I had with Becca’s mom, Kathy…and Traci, and Jill, and Devin, and Lori, and seriously the list of names goes on and on of the people I’ve had this conversation with recently about my blog posts. Time and time again, people have said to me, “Gosh, Amanda, you’re just such a good writer,” and I think it’s about time I give credit where credit is due. You guys, I am NOT a good writer. I never have been. Essays in school were ALWAYS my biggest struggle. The writing portion on any test took me the longest and gave me the most points deducted. Resumes and applications always had to be reviewed and reworked by people better at writing than me. In my CPA life, the biggest criticism I got back from my superiors was how I needed to get better at writing the tickmarks to explain things on in our workbooks. I am not a writer. Until I’m writing on my blog, and some of you when you read this are going to think I’m crazy. Some of you are going to roll your eyes, and I am a-okay with that. But I swear to you guys…when I open up my fingers to the Lord to script this blog, He does. He shows up every single time, and as I begin typing the words fall out of me. Before I even know what I’m writing about, I’ve written two huge paragraphs like what has happened now. I have felt the Lord calling me to write since I was in high school, and I just kept thinking I was not hearing Him correctly. I’m not a writer Lord…I think I am mishearing you. Now, I get it. This is the writing. I don’t know how exactly He’s using it, but I think He is, which is good enough for me.
So, anywho. Becca and Kris. You guys are amazing and your families are amazing and your friends are amazing and your wedding…well, it was AMAZING!!!! I am so completely grateful to have gotten to be a weirdo (that’s what we call each other) with you guys all day on September 14. There is literally nowhere else I would have rather been. I just want you to know that the relationship you guys have with your families is quite beautiful and to allow me to come into that not only at the wedding but also at the rehearsal dinner means the world. Your laughter and your humor are contagious, and I am so grateful to call you friends. Now, get to scrolling because there are a TON of images for you to see as your highlight reel from the day!
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Vendors used by Becca & Kris:
Venue & Coordinator: Marblegate Farm
Florist: Lisa Foster Floral Design
Cake: Magpies Bakery
Band: The Coveralls
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer: Melissa Sweet
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Caterer: Take Out Thyme
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals
Second Photographer: Melody Cook Photography
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