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March 11, 2022

Dara’s Garden Knoxville Wedding | Kaitlyn + Ethan

dara's garden knoxville

Bride and groom on the steps leading up to the garden behind a big white house. Groom is kissing bride on the cheek. Bride is smiling and looking down toward the steps below. Groom is wearing a black tux, and bride is wearing a classy white dress.

If there’s anything I have learned in my years of wedding photography, it’s that things don’t always go as planned. But everything always comes together beautifully regardless! That was true for Kaitlyn + Ethan. They originally planned to have both their ceremony and reception at the lovely Dara’s Garden in Knoxville. But circumstances changed, and they ended up having a small family-only ceremony at Kaitlyn’s home church in Ripley, TN instead. After their ceremony, they left for their honeymoon & held a reception in Knoxville at Dara’s Garden one week later! The bright side? It was like they had two weddings! And the second one was just the party, making it stress-free!

I wasn’t sure if I should blog their ceremony and reception separately or together, but ultimately I decided – they tell one story. They need to be on the same blog post. So, we’ll start with their Ripley ceremony & then work our way back to Knoxville for the reception!

Wedding Ceremony | February 26, 2022 | Macedonia Baptist Church

Another fun thing about these two weddings — their ceremony was a winter wedding & their reception was basically a summer wedding! I mean… we’re talking temps in the 30s versus temps in the 70s. Over the span of a WEEK! Welcome to Tennessee.

Such a sweet first look & gift exchange! They prayed over one another, too. My heart. 🥺

Reception Day | March 5, 2022 | Dara’s Garden, Knoxville, TN

This day was so warm and bright! Completely different from their ceremony. But BOTH were amazing!

dara's garden knoxville

Taylor was such a sweet maid of honor!

dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville

My heart was SO happy when I saw some blooms starting on a tree behind the house. I LOVE the depth it adds to the foreground in the image on the right!

dara's garden knoxville

Kaitlyn, you were a beautiful bride BOTH times!

dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville

Beautiful reception details!

dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville
dara's garden knoxville

Are you really ready to party if you don’t bring a second dress for your reception?!

dara's garden knoxville

Oh… and they served breakfast. 10/10.

Kaitlyn + Ethan, thank you so much for trusting me to document this season of your life. I was so honored to walk through this journey with you and to photograph both of your special days! I am excited to watch your life together unfold and to see what God has planned for you two!

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue | Macedonia Baptist Church

Reception Venue | Dara’s Garden

Coordinator | Holly McCoige

DJ | A friend named Collin

Cake & Catering | Rothchild Catering

Bride’s Dress | David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Baltic Born

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux

Ceremony Florist | Mont’s Flower Shop

Reception Florist | Spring and Jane

Cake Greenery Backdrop | Paige Makes

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