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Kirstyn + John // A Bring-the-Outdoors-In Wedding in Franklin, TN

Kirstyn and John have a motto for themselves as a couple: “Team Hewitt.” They’ve both got a competitive spirit (they met running track in high school and at the University of Tennessee and are both incredibly athletic), but I love that instead of competing against each other, they’ve joined forces and are a pretty unstoppable duo, if I do say so myself. One look at Kirstyn’s Instagram feed, which is filled with photos of all the home renovation projects they tackle every weekend, is all the proof you need. These two are serious go-getters!

I first met Kirstyn and John because John is my cousin-in-law Caity’s brother. (I know, it’s kind of confusing. Just trust me when I say we’re sort of related. haha.) I was so honored when Kirstyn first called me to ask if I’d be interested in shooting their wedding. She explained that John was not so excited about the thought of getting his photo taken, so they wanted someone there they felt familiar and comfortable with. Apparently this strategy worked, because when I went up to Franklin to do their “bridal” portraits a couple of weeks before the wedding, I got a text from Caity the next day. She said that John (who, according to her, is the most reserved person she knows and is not one to throw around compliments willy-nilly) had told everyone that I was, and I quote, “awesome.” I always say that if I can win over the groom, I consider my mission accomplished, but in this case, I was especially flattered. I got John’s coveted stamp of approval, guys! :)

I love that it was so important to Kirstyn and John to have their family and friends be as involved as possible and contribute their talents to pulling off the wedding. Caity designed their invitations and paper goods, John’s other sister Sarah Beth tackled the hair and makeup, my cousin Will (Caity’s husband) and several members of their church took care of the ceremony music, John’s mother did the flowers, and the Hewitt family’s garden and landscaping business arranged to have all sorts of greenery brought into their venue, the Factory, to transform the ceremony stage into a veritable woodland scene. Obviously creative talent runs wild in this family!

My other favorite thing about this wedding was getting to shoot it with my intern and fantastic photographer Elizabeth. It’s such a small world… Elizabeth’s brother is one of Kirstyn’s good high school friends, and Kirstyn asked Elizabeth to shoot their engagement photos when she was back in Nashville. Elizabeth now goes to Samford here in Birmingham, and she initially contacted me because Kirstyn sent her my name after hearing she was looking for someone to mentor her. So of course it was a no-brainer to have her come second shoot for me on the wedding day! So much fun!

And fiiiinally…. the photos! Hope you guys enjoy!

Caity explained to me that her family has this huge collection of photos of the kids growing up, where everyone would make a crazy face except for John. Love that they paid tribute to this on the wedding day. :)

Elizabeth knocked these photos of the girls praying before the ceremony right out of the park!

Kirstyn and John (and the entire Hewitt/Sweeney family), thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your day! We loved it!


katie - You made industrial chic. Love it.

Sarah + Ethan // A Sloss Furnace Engagement Session

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I met up with Sarah and Ethan at Sloss Furnace on an absolutely dreary day back in September. These two had driven in from Atlanta for their session, and they had battled torrential downpour and horrific traffic the entire way. Lucky for us, the rain held off the entire time we were shooting and left us with soft, overcast skies. NOT going to complain about that!

Sarah and I hit it off right away when we first began emailing back and forth. For one, her last name is Harris, which is my maiden name, and I have a cousin named Sarah Harris also, so that was kind of cool. She’s also originally from Birmingham but now lives in Atlanta, and all her extended family is in Nashville (just like mine!). She’s an interior designer, which is my second love behind photography, AND she loves bright colors and Target and cardigans. Sooo, basically we’re soul mates. haha.

Her actual soul mate is Ethan, who is every bit as cool. He’s also a creative (landscape architect!), has great style, and is hilarious. He kept us laughing the entire time. It’s easy to see why these two compliment each other so well! And I absolutely can’t wait for their wedding in Atlanta this spring.


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This riiiiiiing!

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Pretty much obsessed with Sarah’s outfit.(Ethan, you looked great too. ;))

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What do you do when life hands you dreary afternoons for shooting? Make rivers out of rain puddles, naturally!


Thanks so much for a fun afternoon, you two!


Kimber - Gorgeous! Love the location in this one.

anna hedges - AHHH! so lovely, Morgan! their outfits were spectacular!

Emily + Brendan // A Navy and Gold Birmingham Wedding

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As someone who graduated from the University of Tennessee (don’t hold it against me, Alabama friends ;)), it was so much fun listening to the story of how Emily and Brendan met. They were both students at UT, and ended up in the University Center at the same time, trying to find lab coats at the last second for the biology class they were both supposed to be in. Emily’s brother-in-law had driven her there because he happened to be on campus, and she didn’t have time to trek up the Hill (a hill so terrible to climb it’s been given capitalization), so when she got back in the car with Brendan, the guy she had just met, needless to say it was a bit of a surprise. But that day, these two became lab partners, and the rest is history. :)

Sure, I loved the fact that my beloved “Rocky Top” was sung during the reception, and that Emily reminds me SO much of Ellen Page (seriously, it was hard not to accidentally call her Ellen during the day), and that their wedding party was an absolute blast to spend time with, and how gorgeous the navy and gold color palette was… but in the end, as with all the weddings, the best part was getting to capture the complete adoration Emily and Brendan have for each other. You’ll see it in the photos. And if you don’t, then I’ve just failed miserably as a photographer.

Thank you so much to Haley of Photos by Heart for doing a fabulous job second shooting for me at this one. (I also shot Haley’s own wedding a few weeks later, which I can’t wait to share soon! Goodness, I love having so many amazing friends in this industry.) Thanks also to Mandy and her team at Hothouse Design Studio for the gorgeous florals– they’re one of my favorite florists in town for a reason! It was also great to work with Danny Brewer of Feel the Beat entertainment again. He has such a great heart and is so much fun at receptions! And thank you also to Jackie Robinson of Rawwbeauty. She has a way of making faces photo-ready like no one’s business. ;)

But let’s get on to the photos, shall we?

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Emily has no shortage of personality! I love the range of her facial expressions we captured throughout the day. :)

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Bride and mama moments… they just kill me.

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It’s truly amazing how serendipitous location scouting can be. Right next door to the church was the Federal Building and Court House, which had the most amazing white stone walls with gold accents. A PERFECT backdrop for a modern navy and gold wedding, right?!

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Uhhh…. I mean…. Amazing.

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Emily and Brendan are huge Beatles fans, so an Abbey Road-inspired shot was kind of a must.

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This was so sweet. Emily held it together for pretty much all of the ceremony, and then as soon as she and Brendan came through the double doors and stopped to hug each other, she lost it. I wish I had been able to do this at my own wedding, rather than sobbing in all my photos. ;)

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I’m pretty sure I’ll never tire of the view of Birmingham from The Club. Goodness.

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Spontaneous singing of Rocky Top as Emily and Brendan went from table to table? Yes please!

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Congratulations Emily and Brendan!


Meredith - MORGAN, you are TOO good! These blew me away! Wow! You have so much talent.

katie - Can I just say that Ellen Page is the poor man’s version of Emily?
They are a-dor-a-ble.
Fabulous shots of their big day!