John + Tina | Charlotte Dickson Tennessee Wedding Photographer

John and Tina's wedding couldn't have gone more beautifully. Downtown Charlotte, Tenn., was the perfect backdrop for the couple's intimate ceremony and reception with a handful of their closest friends and family. When I first sat down with John and Tina to talk about their wedding day, they couldn't say enough about how important their family was to them. Nearly every detail of their wedding was wrapped up in remembering John's mother and celebrating the fact that Tina's mother was able to be present at the wedding. I get emotional just thinking about the all the special moments Tina shared with her mom on her special day.

Congrats, John and Tina! Thank you for making me feel like a part of your family!

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Doug + Lauren | Jackson Tennessee Aldersgate United Methodist Wedding Photographer

Remember this incredibly cute couple? Doug and Lauren tied the knot in July at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn. It was the perfect blend of lovely tradition, the couple's laid-back and fun style and the bride's quiet grace. 

The celebration continued to the reception at the STAR Center where everyone danced the night away. The highlight? When Lauren and her bridesmaids taught everyone how to "Dougie".
Doug and Lauren, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. Enjoy your wedded bliss!

Hair and MUA: Paige McCormick
Bride's bouquet: Kendrick Floral Company
Caterer: Carolyn Porter
Second Shooter: Jessica Winn

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Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb | Nashville Event Photographer

It was hard to miss the fact that this past Sunday marked the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. For me, as the opening ceremonies began for the 2nd Annual Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower,  it brought back mixed emotions. Sadness and grief, remembering what we lost - who we lost - that fateful day; and pride, that on this day in 2011, my husband and his fellow firefighters would finish a climb that the fallen 343 started 10 years ago. 343 firefighters that put on their turnout gear and got on their trucks knowing that they probably wouldn't be coming back. Yet they climbed anyway. And so our own heroes honored their fallen FDNY brothers and sisters in one of the most significant ways possible.
343 firefighters, each one carrying a photo, name and ranking of a single firefighter lost in the Twin Towers,  climbing in full gear for 110 flights - the same distance the FDNY firefighters would have climbed that day, had they reached the top.
All participants this year, grouped in companies of seven and most dressed in full gear, climbed the stairwells of the Tennessee Tower four times, passing photos taped to the wall of the very individuals they were climbing for. As each flight got more difficult to climb, they pushed each other on with shouts of encouragement. Some even carried the gear that another could no longer bear. It was a true testament to the bond firefighters have with one another.
After emerging from the elevator on their final descent, the firefighters - tired, sweaty and sore - reached down for the photos they carried one last time, and announced to their friends and family the name of the firefighter they climbed for before ringing the final bell.
It's an event like no other, full of emotion and camaraderie. It makes me proud to be a part of something that honors heroes in such a unique way. Thank you Josh and Jessica for allowing me to play a part in such day of honor and remembrance.  

Click here to view the rest of the photos from Sunday's Stair Climb. Individual photos and a full photo CD of all images are available for purchase.

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Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sneak Peek| Nashville Event Photographer

Those of you who have been following me on Facebook know that this weekend has been exceptionally busy for me, with an all-day shoot on Friday, wedding on Saturday and the Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb that took place this morning. I have well over a thousand photos to sort through from this morning's event, but I just couldn't let the day go by without sharing just a few with you. The official blog post will hopefully go up later this week, but let me just say that I am so proud of my husband and the 342 other firefighters that participated today in Nashville to honor their brothers and sisters who lost their lives 10 years ago.

Here's your first glimpse...don't forget to check back later for more photos.

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