Southern Weddings Magazine is so much more than a great wedding magazine. When you get to know the girls behind the pages, THAT’s when you fall in love. Lara, Emily, Marissa, Nicole, Kristin… they are top notch professionals in the industry that I look up to and admire. I don’t submit to this magazine to say I’ve been featured, I submit because I want to be a part of what they are about. They give, they serve, and most importantly… they love. They love what they do, love the south, love their families, love their clients, and they love God. It’s what they represent that makes me proud to be a part of the Southern Weddings family.
Not only have I been a Blue Ribbon Vendor for over a year, last fall I accomplished a huge goal of being featured in their magazine!!! I seriously called Casey in tears (ugly cry) telling him they were going to use some of KLP’s images. Not only did that, but it was two of my favorite images of the year. One from Andrew & Rebecca’s wedding when her dad was giving her away, and one from Porsha and Curtis’ wedding of the very popular bridesmaids image. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be featured in this magazine, I feel so blessed and thankful. It’s truly an honor…
Thanks again to the team at Southern Weddings for working so hard, and being such a blessing!
Kristen and Andy Wright, who recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary, were one of the first couples to take advantage of The Bridal Suite’s convenient wedding packages. Once they chose their venue, they were able to relax at The Bridal Suite™ as their potential wedding vendors fought traffic to come to them.
Our packages are in addition to venue costs and can be used at any venue which allows you to bring in your own vendors. All contracts, deposits and payments are made directly with your wedding professionals . We make it easy, but we don’t take a cut.
Watch our video to see how Kristen (lover of purple!) and Andy customized their package to suit their style and taste. Click here to learn more about our wedding packages.
Cades Cove was the best backdrop for this southern engagement session! Matt & Sloan just loved on each other and were so natural – it made it so much fun! With cowboy boots, and the cutest orange and white dress you’ve ever seen, this engagement session is going down as one of my favorites. LOVE this couple, and can’t wait until their Knoxville wedding in May!
Here are some of my favorites…
Deer?! Yes, please!LOVED this tree in the middle of a field!
This was our second time at WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) in Las Vegas and we had a wonderful trip! The amount of knowledge you gain, and the people you meet in the wedding photography industry is totally worth it . I learned many new things that I can not WAIT to share with my amazing clients for 2013!
Here are a few tips I will remember for next year, and they might even help my fellow photography friends who plan to attend:
1. The three hour time change will throw you off. Get there a day early to adjust.
2. Comfy shoes are your friend. Bring bandaids just incase.
3. Renting a car is worth it, especially if you plan to stay a few extra days and see the sights.
4. Lazers & Blazers was NOT for you. You do not party. You are not cool. STOP trying to be something you’re not.
5. Investing in Katelyn James‘ Posing Evolution Workshop was the best decision you made. Hopefully you will be able to find more wedding related workshops to invest in next year!
6. Go see something other than KA. It’s a great Cirque du Soleil show, but twice is enough.
7. Your DSLR is too bulky to carry around all day, but your iphone camera isn’t the best quality. Take something in between. Dare I say, a point and shoot?!
8. Goal for next year: Hire a photographer to take your pictures in the desert. Particularly someone you admire. It’ll be a great 5 year anniversary gift (hint hint Casey)!
9. The last day of the expo is the best time to get deals. However, items sell out fast (I learned the hard way)!
10. Bring your plane pillow. You will sleep on the way home.
PASS is the NEW and amazing way you get your online gallery. Created by the awesome team over at SHOWIT, PASS allows you to view your photos any time, on ANY device. You can upload to Facebook and Pinterest instantly, as well as download ALL images to your computer at once!
Best thing about this? NO MORE DVDS! Technology changes, and as photographers we should be up to date on these things. The INDUSTRY is changing! Did you know newer computers do not even have dvd drives?! Yup, even if you got a dvd of your images you won’t be able to view them on newer computers. It would be like your parents getting their wedding pictures on a FLOPPY DISC, remember those kids? No? My point exactly.
But we don’t have to worry about that anymore! With PASS you get an INSTANT backup of your images in the cloud, a gorgeous personalized viewing gallery to SHARE with your friends and family no matter WHERE they live, and mobile access…you even get your own APP!
PASS is just another way I spoil you with an online gallery that is modern, fast, and easy to use! I’m presenting your images in a way that makes them stand out because you, my clients, deserve it!
Example of a gallery… Share straight to Pinterest, Facebook, and much more!
Destination wedding alert! Getting to travel the world and take photos while there is absolutely a dream come true! This Dominican Republic, Punta Cana wedding was breathtaking. Sunset, beach, sand, and love… what more could you ask for? The all-inclusive Ocean Blue & Sand Resort in the Dominican is the PERFECT location for a destination wedding. Turquoise and Orange were the main color themes, with details of all things starfish. The day was perfect!
I adore Chris & Jessi! Chris is super laid back, hilarious, and Jessi is so kind with a contagious smile. From the moment I met them, I knew we were meant to be! They are just a couple that you always want to be around. “Joyful” is the word I would use to describe them best. And their friends & family are AWESOME. They had around 50 friends and family travel from literally all around the world to come to their wedding! How awesome is that? They are truly loved and I feel beyond blessed that they asked Casey and I to capture their wedding day.
Chris and Jessi, Thank you so much for everything. You were so kind to us, and your whole group made us feel like we were part of the family. You have a special kind of love, and I’m so honored that I got to capture it with photos. I wish you all the best!
The ceremony was right on the ocean at sunset! …read more Source: KLP Photography
Do you need to hire a wedding planner when you have a venue coordinator for your Knoxville wedding? Many couples feel that having the venue coordinator manage their details is sufficient. I can list a number of benefits to having your own planner, but I’ll focus on one in today’s post.
I recently helped a bride plan a wedding at a venue where I had worked a number of times. While the turnover of venue coordinators is usually fairly rapid, this particular coordinator had been around for years.
The Monday before the wedding, the venue coordinator and I corresponded a couple of times regarding wedding details and confirmed our final pre-wedding meeting, scheduled for Thursday. When the bride and I showed up for the meeting, two days before the wedding, we were told that the venue coordinator no longer worked there. Say what?
While the bride concentrated on welcoming her out of town guests and happily anticipated her wedding, I worked dawn to dusk for two days, making sure the remaining venue staff were on the same page with the original plan. I might add that the venue staff bent over backwards to make the bride happy, but what would the days leading up to her wedding have been like if the bride hadn’t had her own planner? Just a little something to think about.
The Bridal Suite was featured today on The Pink Bride blog. Among the snippets of advice which were included, was the suggestion for the bride to have her wedding hair and make-up done before her bridesmaids. The idea behind having the bride go first is so that she’ll be ready for photographs, even if the group is running behind schedule.
Of course, as with all other parts of your wedding, what’s best for you depends on your particular situation. If the schedule runs behind, you don’t want to be the last one finished, but at the same time, once your hair and makeup are done, all you can do is sit up and look pretty.
The best solution? Choose hair stylists and makeup artists who are used to working with bridal parties. If budget and circumstances allow, have them come to your location, so you won’t be subject to salon schedules.
One of your main concerns in planning your Knoxville wedding reception, should be the guest experience. That being said, requiring guests to work their way down a long buffet table, while balancing silverware and their drink, may not provide them with the best experience.
My personal favorites for food service are plated dinners or heavy hors d’oeuvres food stations. A plated dinner gives a more formal vibe before the dancing starts, while stations can make your entire reception one big interactive cocktail party.
Rex Bradford Jones, of Abner’s Attic, is a top Knoxville caterer. Check out this week’s Pink Bride blog where he shares his suggestions for providing your guests a great experience and a great meal with fun and tasty food stations.