If we haven't met yet, I'm Ivy! I'm a wedding and senior photographer based in East Tennessee. I hope you'll relax, grab a cup of coffee (or a baja blast), and enjoy seeing my latest work, as well as getting an inside look at my life!
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!
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. 🥺
This day was so warm and bright! Completely different from their ceremony. But BOTH were amazing!
Taylor was such a sweet maid of honor!
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!
Kaitlyn, you were a beautiful bride BOTH times!
Beautiful reception details!
Are you really ready to party if you don’t bring a second dress for your reception?!
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!
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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