Kingsport TN Wedding Photography

Neyland's Six Month Sitter Session at Domtar Park in Kingsport, TN

I started out this photography journey almost ten years ago and when I started I mainly photographed babies and maternity! I've had a couple of those shoots over the past week and it definitely gets me back to my roots and feeling a little sentimental! I love my weddings, but it's fun to go back to where you started!

Neyland was such a joy to be around and his giggles were definitely contagious! He put up with the humidity like a trooper! I hope I get to photograph his one year session so I can see how much he has changed!

 

Lakefront Engagement Session at South Holston Lake in Bristol, TN

I'm just going to start out by saying - you can't really beat an engagement session on a boat! I met up with Shawna and Matt at Lakeview Dock in Bristol, TN, overlooking the always beautiful South Holston Lake for their engagement session!

We spent the afternoon boating around the lake to find the perfect spot, which proved difficult because we had just come off of what seemed like weeks of rain and some areas were flooded. We finally found a place on Cliff Island, a popular small island with the locals, where we climbed up to the top to get some beautiful portraits with the lake in the background.

Matt boated us back to the dock for a quick change of clothes and then we milled around the docks a little longer, getting some sweet, romantic pictures of these two lovebirds just hanging out and doing what they do best - loving each other. I can't wait for their wedding in September at the Foundation Event Facility in Bristol, TN! They have some great ideas so far and I can't wait to see how they execute them and truly make that space their own!

Intimate Mountain Wedding at White Fence Farm in Trade, TN

If any of you guys know me personally, you’ll know I’m a little OCD. Not really in the fact that I am a tidy person, but more in the fact that I keep track of my time in a journal sometimes down to the minute and eat my M&M’s coordinated by color (brown first, blue last). Also, when there’s rain in the forecast on a week that I have a wedding, I’m obsessively checking about five different weather apps to the point where my phone dies. I watched the weather for this wedding for two weeks! It was the first of my 2018 season and by George, it was NOT going to rain. Except the five weather apps said there was about a 90% chance of rain. For two weeks. I was so SURE that the weather predictions would change in the period of two weeks, but they didn’t budge at all. I think by the time wedding day was here it was down to 70%, but still – in the mountains in East Tennessee, that pretty much means it’s gonna rain.

 

Thankfully, it never rained during the ceremony or reception. We did get a light shower right before the ceremony but all was well the rest of this magical night.

 

I had the privilege of meeting Kelsey and Ian sometime last year through a website known for putting together clients and wedding vendors. We clicked on the phone right away and I knew deep down their wedding would be an amazing one. Not only was it decorated beautifully, but it was decorated with a style that definitely fit them as a couple! Kelsey and Ian said their vows surrounded by beautiful mountains, but also so many of their friends and family. They continued the celebration with traditional cultural dances and dances to music like Mumford and Sons and Caravan Palace (a couple of my own heart and Spotify, if I say so myself). They finished the night off with a beautiful display of fireworks and a hot drinks bar! 

I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for letting me capture such a special day. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness in your marriage!

Wedding Decor Trends for 2018

If you’re like me, you mindlessly scroll Facebook until you see something interesting or drama inflicting, and earlier today I saw something that literally made me gasp. It was an article (not going to say by who but if you’ve seen it you know it) calling for all brides and couples to stop using burlap and mason jars in their wedding decor. 

I’m here to tell you to shove opinions like this out of your head and use whatever you want for your wedding decor! It doesn’t matter to anyone but you if you use burlap, mason jars, decorate the table with blades of grass from your grandma’s front yard, whatever! A lot of time brides think, “Well, I wonder if people will like this?”  

My dearest brides, stop worrying about what other people will like or think will look cool and worry more about what you want to see images of in your wedding gallery. If that means a burlap wrapped mason jar with sunflowers in it, then so be it! Your wedding should celebrate who you and your spouse are as a couple! I’ve shot many weddings and seen many, many styles and every time I see burlap and mason jars, I smile because I know that’s that couples personality coming through in their wedding. Just like I smile when I seen huge centerpieces with intricate flowers or no centerpieces but cameras and a bottles of beer. 

So, this is me, your wedding photographer, telling you that it’s 2018. Decorate your tables how YOU want to, and not how some magazine says something will be trending. 

 

Side note: I can take very good macro images of blades of grass. 😂 

Love, 

Lakyn

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Thomas Farm Events in Kingsport, TN, Church Hill, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Thomas Farm Events in Kingsport, TN, Church Hill, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Country Wedding at Willow Creek Acres in Limestone, TN

I don’t even have words for how beautiful this day was. I’m normally successful holding back happy tears at weddings, but this one was crazy hard to do that. Ryan and Alyssa deserve every ounce of love and every amazing thing that happens for them. Their love and happiness is evident just by looking at them, and it radiates to their friends and family around them. Congratulations on a gorgeous day and a lifetime of memories!


Vendors:

Dress: David's Bridal

Hair: Jenny Lea Academy

Cake: Amber Horton

Makeup: Julia Wilson

DJ: Taft Simmons

Gorgeous table centerpieces | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Gorgeous table centerpieces | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The brides bouquet was HANDMADE! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The brides bouquet was HANDMADE! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Delicious cake! | Kingsport, TN wedding photography 

Delicious cake! | Kingsport, TN wedding photography 

Walking down the aisle to some fun fall colors | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Walking down the aisle to some fun fall colors | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Close up of this gorgeous handmade bouquet | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Close up of this gorgeous handmade bouquet | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

A venue specialty - Osage oranges! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography 

A venue specialty - Osage oranges! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography 

Love the bridal suite | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Love the bridal suite | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

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A moment of good ole southern prayer | Kingsport, TN wedding photography  

A moment of good ole southern prayer | Kingsport, TN wedding photography  

What a gorgeous venue Willow Creek Acres is! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

What a gorgeous venue Willow Creek Acres is! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

An emotional groom | Kingsport, TN wedding Photography  

An emotional groom | Kingsport, TN wedding Photography  

The newlyweds! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The newlyweds! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The gorgeous bride | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The gorgeous bride | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The beautiful ceremony | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The beautiful ceremony | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Chrissie + Eric | Kingsport, TN Wedding at Meadowview Convention Center

I've got to say, these two are total lovebirds! Their love for reach other was just so overwhelmingly evident their whole day! 

Venue: Meadowview Convention Center
Florist: Downtown Flowers
MUA: Beauty by MC

What's New in 2017!

In celebration of the new year, we have added 13 new Leather and Linen covers for our albums, including scrumptious options like Peach Linen, Static Linen and Blush Standard Leather. And that’s just the beginning – you can now pair Linens with Acrylic, Metal and Wood covers to create stylish combinations.

5 Things You Should Wait To Do Until You Find Your Venue

Finding your venue is one of the first steps in the wedding planning process (and can also be one of the most challenging!). There are plenty of things you should keep in mind when starting your search, but what about those things you should hold off on? I’m looking at you, over-planners. I was one of them myself! From dress shopping to securing the final guest list, make sure to hold off on these five things until you’ve found your perfect spot.

Hold Off on Dress Shopping

This can be a toughie, especially if you’ve been eyeing your dream dress for months (or years). But think about it like this—would you buy a dress as a guest to a wedding without knowing where it is? Probably not. You want to know the setting to make sure your style fits. That ballroom gown might be calling your name but if you end up having a casual coastal fete, it may not be THE one.

Hiring a Coordinator

Not to be confused with an event planner! A planner can be such a great resource in helping you find your perfect venue to begin with. But if you’re not hiring a planner or yours doesn’t offer day of services—hold off on hiring a coordinator until you know if your venue offers one for day of assistance. This was something my wedding venue offered and I’m thankful I didn’t hire one of the few I had chatted with beforehand. Lots of venues don’t offer this, so you very well may need to hire one. 

Selecting Stationery

This one is obvious for the date and location—of course you need to know your venue before doing this part! But you’ll also want to hold off on selecting your stationery design so you can tie it into your venue. We like to think of a save-the-date or invitation as your wedding’s first impression. Give your soiree a cohesive feel from start to finish by holding off on choosing your design until you’ve selected a venue.

The Final, Final Guest List

Going into your venue hunt, it’s very helpful to have a close to final guest list count. But this doesn’t mean you need to know an exact count! Choosing a venue we loved was on my husband and I’s top three priority list and we were willing to cut down our guest list to make that happen. Don’t shout out to the world and promise your distant relatives and once-a-year friends an invitation before you find your perfect venue. Once you’ve secured it, go ahead and create that final, FINAL guest list.

Outsourcing

You might have good intentions and want to start crossing to do’s off the list early on, but make sure to wait on researching other vendors until after you’ve secured a venue. Similarly to hiring a coordinator, your venue might have lots of in-house resources, preferred vendors that’ll give you a discount or vendors that specifically work at that venue on a regular basis. So before you put time and effort into researching lighting, linens, rentals and more, find out what your venue offers first.