Melody Cook Photography: Blog https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Melody Cook Photography (Melody Cook Photography) Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:24:00 GMT Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:24:00 GMT https://www.melodycookphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u482589856-o2630428-50.jpg Melody Cook Photography: Blog https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog 80 120 Kristin & Cameron's Max Patch Engagement Session https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2020/4/kristin-camerons-max-patch-engagement-session I met Kristin through my sweet friends at Margaret Claire's Wedding & Events.  When we decided to meet in person, we hooked up at Starbucks (who doesn't love coffee).  Once we started talking, I knew right away that we were a perfect fit!  Kristin is outgoing, beautiful and smart.  Cameron is a little on the quiet side, but hard working and clearly loves her!!  

These two are getting married this year at Meadhaven in Louisville, Tennesee which is happy and sad at the same time as this may be the last wedding at this gorgeous venue!!  I love shooting at Meadhaven because of it's vast property and beautiful scenery.  Its on the lake and when the sun sets there, it's absolutely gorgeous!

When we discussed Engagement shoot options, she immediately wanted to shoot at Max Patch Mountain.  We had the date planned and wouldn't you know it, it snowed ALOT right before that date so we decided it was too dangerous to make the trip, so our next date came around quickly and it had been warm in days prior - day of, it was bitter cold, still snow up on that mountain but what troopers they were.  We were the only ones on top of Max Patch this day and it was overcast and it made for beautiful photographs!

If you can't tell already, Kristin used to Model quite a bit so she was no stranger to the camera.  This is why I offer engagement sessions with all my packages - I can get to know my couples and they get to know me and get comfortable.  No doubt their wedding will be beautiful.

Luckily, we got these gorgeous photos before the pandemic started and so I am super grateful to share them with you.  Be sure to look for their exclusive publication in The Northwoods Wedding later this summer.  These two were made for each other and I can not wait to celebrate their wedding with them this year.  It will be amazing!

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(Melody Cook Photography) Asheville Destination Elopement Engagement Knoxville Photographer Tennessee Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2020/4/kristin-camerons-max-patch-engagement-session Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:23:56 GMT
Morgan and Austin's Old Hollywood Glam Wedding at the Historic Loudon Theater https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2019/1/morgan-and-austins-old-hollywood-glam-wedding-at-the-historic-loudon-theater  

If you are looking for an Old Hollywood Glam wedding, then look no further than here.  The Lyric Theater in the City of Loudon was changed to the Historic Loudon Theater and turned into this amazing event venue.  The photographic opportunities here are endless.  This gem in the square has an option of an indoor event or outdoor event both with stages.  The exposed bricks and ticket booth give it a wonderful Hollywood charm.  

In the courtyard, murals from old movies were painted and it gives it an amazing theater feel.  Morgan and Austin chose this venue for their wedding because of it's glamorous feel.  It has plenty of space for dining or dancing and even has a sound system that any DJ can hook up to.  This was an amazing place and I can not wait to shoot there again.  The pictures do not do it justice.  Schedule a tour for yourselves!

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) downtown Glam Hollywood theater venue wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2019/1/morgan-and-austins-old-hollywood-glam-wedding-at-the-historic-loudon-theater Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:42:40 GMT
Open House at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2019/1/open-house-at-the-pavilion-at-hunter-valley-farms Your wedding planning starts here! Pinterest Comes to Life at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms.  This family-owned Premier venue in Knoxville utilizes every corner to make your wedding day extraordinarily special and personal.  If you did not attend the Open House on January 8th, go NOW and schedule your tour of this amazing place!  Whether you want an indoor event or outdoor, the planners here can make your vision come to life.  This one stop event venue can make your big day stress free and fun.

Swank Floral:
Part of this amazing venue is that Swank Floral is on site!  From linens, tablescapes and bridal/bridal party florals, Nancy can design the perfect color palette for your themed wedding.  Mixing textures like furs and sequins, plastics and woods, pillows and rugs to make your reception memorable. 
The colors of the season were in full burst on the tables, like baby blues with reds and white, berries with greens, classic black, gold and ivory, clean whites and mixing metals like coppers and silvers (my personal favorite).  Whether extravagant or simple, it was here!


Amazingly, this venue can host any caterer, photographer, DJ, or rentals that you choose. But this one stop shop can help make your dream wedding come true.

 

Thanks to these amazing vendors for coming out and being a part of this event!  Please check out each of these vendors and see if they can help YOU plan the biggest day of your lives!  Brides, PIN AWAY!!!
 

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(Melody Cook Photography) Caterers Florists Photographer Planning Venue Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2019/1/open-house-at-the-pavilion-at-hunter-valley-farms Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:37:34 GMT
6 Month Old Carson Ledbetter https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2018/6/6-month-old-carson-ledbetter Meet Carson!  Carson is the 6 month old son of my sweet friends Kristie and Tyler Ledbetter.  I met the Ledbetters at church and went through BOTH of Kristie's pregnancies (I did her maternity photos of her first born, Mackenzie).  Tyler is the one of the Youth Leaders at Everett Hills Baptist church, Kristie works at our hospital.  This is one of the sweetest couples you'll ever meet and it shows in their children as well!  I have been taking photos of this family  for years and have watched Mackenzie grow up through my lens.  So, it's only natural that when Carson was born, I would hope to take his photo as well.  We tried to do his three month photos, but it was during a time that I send my camera bodies off for cleaning, calibrating, and fine-tuning before my wedding season so we opted for 6 month photos and I'm so glad we did.  They came to my house where I have a studio (especially if the weather is not optimal for outdoor photos).  Carson was just the SWEETEST baby boy!  He was a little unsure of my camera at first, but once I got to talking to him and he could see my face, he was all smiles!  His big sis was also instrumental in helping keep his attention for me!  You can truly see the love between these siblings as Mackenzie calls him "bubby".  Once it was Mackenzie's turn to be photographed, she wanted to show me how it is to be a "Princess" and let me tell you, SHE NAILED IT!  

As a photographer, we sometimes get repetitious in posing so I tried my best to find different ways of photographing my clients.  In Carson's case, I found some black bow-ties that were once my husbands (when he worked at the movie theater) and thought "naked baby with bow tie"!!  OMG! Was he adorable or what?????  I always incorporate the family in baby photos so the baby stays calm.  I did get some adorable crying baby photos too, but even then - adorable!  I just love this family and can't wait to watch Carson grow up like his big sister.  

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) baby photos family studio https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2018/6/6-month-old-carson-ledbetter Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:45:52 GMT
Thomas & Renee's Carnival Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2018/4/thomas-renees-carnival-engagement I love it when my couples are adventurous!!!!  You may remember Renee from a couple of years ago as she interned with Melody Cook Photography for her photography class at Pellissippi State.  Let me just say that she's a wonderful sports photographer and shot for some area high schools!!  Thomas is a videographer (they met at school) - in fact, he helped on a recent movie that was shot in the Knoxville area "The Last Moviestar" staring Burt Reynolds!  How's that for credit to your trade?????  Anyway, these lovebirds are getting married in August and I can't wait to be a part of their special day!

That brings me to their engagement shoot!  Thomas didn't want the usual barn, field shoot so we opted for the carnival while it was in town and let me tell you how much fun we had!!!  Yes, they rode the rides!  Yes, they ate the food! Yes, they played the games!  It was cloudy, then sunny, then cloudy, then sunny but luckily, NO rain!!!!  These two were so much fun, I laughed the whole time!!!!! Big Rock Amusements were so accommodating during our shoot - they let us use their props and the characters were fun to include! I highly recommend doing a carnival shoot if it comes to your hometown!  Enjoy these photos!  I really enjoyed taking them!

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) carnival engagement ring https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2018/4/thomas-renees-carnival-engagement Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:22:12 GMT
Harvey Yates 9 Months https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2018/1/harvey-yates-9-months I've been documenting this little man's journey since before he was born and now this little heart-breaker is nine months old.  A little back story:  Harvey was on the news after his birth on Alcoa Highway (link here; http://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/maryville-woman-gives-birth-on-the-side-of-alcoa-highway/425397195).  He's is the happiest baby!!!  I have photographed him and his sister Raegan since her birth as well!  I loved this lifestyle shoot at the Yates home.  You can see for yourself how much fun this little family of four is.  I love all of them; Morgan, Nick, Raegan and Harvey!  Can't wait for his one year birthday shoot!!!!  Keep watching!!!

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2018/1/harvey-yates-9-months Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:14:09 GMT
Jasmyne Clark - Class of 2018 MHS Rebels https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/12/jasmyne-clark---class-of-2018-mhs-rebels Jasmyne is a Senior at Maryville High School!!  Class of 2018!!  I've know Jasmyne since she was small, in fact, her mother worked with me for a short period at a local department store.  We reconnected at church where Jasmyne is part of a very active youth group! She enjoys coffee, shopping and spending time with her family!  Jasmyne, her mom and myself enjoyed a lovely afternoon in Downtown Knoxville walking around Market Square, the Old City and Jackson Terminal.  We slipped into some coffee shops (as I myself have a love with coffee)!  This pictures represent who Jasmyne is!  She is smart, beautiful and spunky!  I was honored to photograph her!!  Congrats on your Senior year Jazzy!!  I wish you every success!!!  Much Love!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/12/jasmyne-clark---class-of-2018-mhs-rebels Sat, 02 Dec 2017 21:02:02 GMT
Kristie Ledbetters Maternity Session https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/10/kristie-ledbetters-maternity-session So, this is Kristie's second maternity session with me!  Her first one, we knew Mackenzie Faith was on her way.  Now, we eagerly await Carson Williams arrival!  As I was going through these photos, you could see the excitement on Mackenzie's face when we talked about her baby brother!  She told me that she was going to be a "great big sister" to him.  We went out behind Maryville College, and as most photographers know, it's beautiful this time of year.  The sun was going down and we just "played'.  I'm so excited that Tyler and Kristie are expanding their family, they are wonderful parents!  I can not wait to meet Carson as he should be here in a few weeks!!!  Enjoy this session at the College!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/10/kristie-ledbetters-maternity-session Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:30:00 GMT
Harvey Yates 6 Months https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/9/harvey-yates-6-months So by now, you've met Harvey. This adorable 6 month old came to us on Alcoa Highway!!!  He is a local celebrity, been on the news and everything!!  I have been taking this family's photos for some time now and I have to tell you, they are the best!  I love doing family photos.  I get to see and feel the bond between kids and parents, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters and all the above.  I also love taking milestone photos such as this one, Harvey is 6 months old and all smiles!  I just adore this family. 

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/9/harvey-yates-6-months Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:01:20 GMT
The Ardens plus ONE! https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-ardens-plus-one So these guys are probably one of my most favorite families!  They took a chance on an unknown photographer years ago, then after family sessions and a maternity session, now a ONE year old session later...This beautiful family is amazing!  They love camping!!!  Emmerson was two years old when I met her and now she's almost 5!!!  Edelie Mae just turned one and LOVES to be photographed!  They met me in Alcoa (at my secret spot) on a beautiful, cool Saturday and we just started taking photos!  As you can see, I didn't do much work!  I can't wait to watch these girls grow!  I'm sure you will watch them too!!  Enjoy!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-ardens-plus-one Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:46:13 GMT
The Millers - Mia and Lucas https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/7/the-millers---mia-and-lucas This is Mia (7) and Lucas (1) Miller along with their 3 month old cousin, Clover.  I met the Millers through my husband.  Cameron and Brandon have been friends for many years.  We were at their wedding!!!  I was so excited when they asked me to photograph their children and baby Clover was a BONUS!!  We met at UT Gardens and let me tell you it was H.O.T.!  By the end of this session, I was soaked, the kids were soaked, but we had SO much fun exploring!!!  These kids were amazing to photograph.  Believe it or not, little Lucas LOVES AC/DC so we played it for him and he smiled the whole time!!!  Whatever works right????  Show these beautiful children some love!!!!

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/7/the-millers---mia-and-lucas Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:59:29 GMT
Harvey Yates 3 Months https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/7/harvey-yates-3-months I always love it when this family comes to visit.  I've known the Yates for some time now and have been photographing them since Reagan was 3 months old.  We always have such a good time together and they are soooo super sweet!!!  Their little boy, Harvey just turned 3 months old!  You may remember them from being on WBIR news (link here - http://www.wbir.com/news/local/maryville-woman-gives-birth-on-the-side-of-alcoa-highway/425397195.) by the way he entered this world, but he's here and he's a happy baby!!!  Big Sis Reagan adores him!  She is a sassy, energetic 3 year old and an excellent helper!  He and his sister are adorable children! Look at their parents!  How gorgeous are they???  I'm sure you'll see more of Harvey, Reagan, Morgan and Nick!!!  From singing Jesus Loves Me to eating cashews and cookies - what more could we ask for?

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/7/harvey-yates-3-months Sat, 08 Jul 2017 19:39:54 GMT
Nick Quigg - Maryville High School Senior https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/4/nick-quigg---maryville-high-school-senior Meet Nick!  A very talented Maryville High School athlete.  Plays basketball and Football.  We had a blast during his Senior session at RT Lodge in the Maryville College Woods.  We incorporated all that he loves; his championship ring, his basketball and football, his jeep and his parents!  His dad is the President of the company I work for.  With both his mom and dad there, we were all belly laughing at all the shenanigans!!!  I wish Nick the best as his enters his college days and especially during the summer when he works for........wait for it........ HIS DAD!!  Enjoy!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/4/nick-quigg---maryville-high-school-senior Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:06:04 GMT
Morgan Yates Maternity Session https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/3/morgan-yates-maternity-session So, you may recognize this beauty!  I've been taking their photos for some time now.  Even when their first little one was 3 months old!!!  Now, Morgan is expecting her second child with husband Nick and I could NOT wait to do her maternity photos.  In fact, when this session took place, she was one week out from her due date!!!!  She was determined to get these photos before her baby came!  Morgan nor Nick knows what their baby will be, so it will be a total surprise to them.  Nick, Morgan and sweet girl, Raegan came to my house for her session in my brand new re-done studio and I couldn't be happier with they way they turned out.  Plus the grounds around my house made for a beautiful backdrop of this sweet family.  I am so blessed to call this family my friends.  I can't wait to show off her new baby SOON!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/3/morgan-yates-maternity-session Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:33:18 GMT
LaBreanna & Justin's Sequoyah Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/3/labreanna-justins-sequoyah-engagement LaBre (as I call her) and Justin came to me through a referral and once I got to know them I just fell in love with them!  These two are the most fun couple that I've been around.  LaBre is outgoing, funny, beautiful and just fun to be around.  Justin is quiet, funny and willing to hang on to LaBre's shenanigans which makes him funny too!  So, they are perfect for each other.  LaBre and Justin met me at the Sequoyah Museum and grounds in Vonore for their engagement photos.  I LOVE taking photos at this location because it's surrounded by water, fields, trees and an old road with old trees that just wraps around my couples like they are being held.  We spent several hours together while they were themselves.  I just followed along and snapped the photos.  So what you see here, they are in REAL LIFE!!!  I can NOT wait for their wedding in April!!  Enjoy this couple as I did!!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/3/labreanna-justins-sequoyah-engagement Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:52:26 GMT
Sherissa & James Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/2/sherissa-james-engagement The saying goes, "you have to kiss alot of frogs, before you find your Prince Charming" and Sherissa did just that!  James came along at just the right time in her life!  He has seen her through alot of things and has remained at her side through it all.  There aren't enough lovers like these two!!!  I spent an afternoon with them and just watched as they gazed at each other, kissed each other, held hands, and as this love blooms, so will their lives together in April of this year!  Sheri made my wedding cake almost 7 years ago!!!!  She is one of the sweetest, kindest souls and a wonderful friend that you will ever have!  I was beyond thrilled to do her's and James' engagement photos as I couldn't shoot their wedding (I had already been booked when they chose their date).  So, this was my gift to the happy couple.  I love engagement shoots like this one because it exudes LOVE!!!  I just love being around those that are in love.  I am so excited for my sweet co-worker and her fiance that I could just burst!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) Engagements https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/2/sherissa-james-engagement Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:26:19 GMT
Courtney & Josh's Smoky Mountain Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/2/courtney-joshs-smoky-mountain-wedding My last wedding of 2016 was of Courtney and Josh!  You may remember their Neyland Stadium Engagement shoot early in the year.  Josh is a Big UT fan as you will see with the grooms cake late in the blog.  Courtney and Josh decided to get married at New Era Baptist Church and as it turns out, Courtney's Aunt and Uncle were married at the exact same church.  Their reception was to be held at the Pigeon Forge Community Center but a week before the wedding, tragedy struck as the worst wildfires in Gatlinburg/Smoky Mountain history ravaged much of the landscape and lot of people lost their homes and their lives.  At that point, the Pigeon Forge Community Center had turned into a shelter for those displaced by the wildfires.  Another Church stepped up and offered Courtney and Josh a place to hold their reception.  It was a beautiful, modern church with gorgeous views of Pigeon Forge.  All's well that ended well.  We had a blast with these guys!  The wedding party was a hoot to work with!!! Enjoy this beautiful couple and their wedding day!  Brandon and I wish you guys the best and thank you for letting us be a part of your wonderful day!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/2/courtney-joshs-smoky-mountain-wedding Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:06:54 GMT
Staci Dean Maternity https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/1/staci-dean-maternity Meet Staci and Eddie Dean!!  Staci is the granddaughter of my grandfather's sister (figure that out)!  Anyway, Staci is due to give birth to a sweet, baby boy any day now!!  I was so excited to do her maternity photos.  We shot at the Sequoyah Museum in Vonore and if you've never been here, you don't know what you are missing!  Such a beautiful, serene place on the lake.  Everyone loves it there!  This is Staci's first baby - Carl Elliott Dean, and I can NOT wait to meet this little bundle once he arrives!!!  Pregnancy definitely agrees with her!  She is so beautiful with that glow!!!! 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2017/1/staci-dean-maternity Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:05:00 GMT
Ledbetters Fall Family Photos https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/11/ledbetters-fall-family-photos I just love this family so much!!  I remember when Kristie announced that she and Tyler were pregnant!!  I took maternity photos for her!  Then Mackenzie Faith was born and I've been photographing her since!!  We met at church!  Kristie is a nurse and Tyler is a tech guru at Denso!  They are so involved in their church and their community, it makes me proud to call them my friends!  And Mackenzie!!!!  OMG!  The camera loves her!!! This little darling is so good for me, I could take her pictures all day long!!!  Can't wait to watch her grow up!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/11/ledbetters-fall-family-photos Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:44:46 GMT
Shaunia and Brandon's September Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/10/shaunia-and-brandons-september-wedding I don't know about you, but I believe this has been the hottest summer on record! I didn't think that when Shaunia picked out this gorgeous dress she knew it would be a HOT September wedding day.  Nevertheless, she was absolutely stunning it in!!!!!  Shaunia and Brandon met when they both worked at Panera Bread.  They are the cutest couple and I don't think I've ever photographed a more HAPPY bride!  We did Shaunia and Brandon's engagement photos at the same venue and let me say that this is the prettiest place if you want an outdoor venue complete with barn and bridal suite!  The Barn at Wildwood Springs is a short drive out of Maryville but so worth it to have the Smoky Mountains as your backdrop for your special day!  I absolutely loved the miss-matched dresses in the same color!! These beauties came from Dillards Department Store.  Shaunia's dress came from Davids Bridal and what a lovely choice because it was soooo beautiful on her!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/10/shaunia-and-brandons-september-wedding Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:45:24 GMT
Blake Shephard Class of 2017 https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/10/blake-shephard-class-of-2017 It's not every day one gets to explore a former movie set let alone photograph it. But I got to do just that!  Blake is a Senior at Heritage High School, and will graduate in May of 2017.  He is an actor a singer a comedian and all around great guy!  When his mom asked me to do some senior photos of him on her family's property, I was so excited!!!  Back in the early 90's, Actress Kelly Martin starred in an American period drama series called "Christy" for 20 episodes.  It was based on a novel by Catherine Marshall inspired by the experiences of the author's mother and became a best seller in 1968 (Wikipedia).  The story evolves around fictional character Christy Huddleston, a new teacher arriving in Cutter's Gap, Tennessee, 1912.  As it turns out, the series was filmed on location in Townsend, Tennessee on Blake's grandparents property!  They kept the set built on the property along with several prop pieces inside the buildings.  I can see why this area was scouted by the producers of the series!!  It is a beautiful area that you can't get to by road, only walking!  

Blake was a wonderful sport in playing along with some of my shenanigans (since it's almost Halloween). But, he could also be a model too!  That HAIR!!  We had such a blast on this property, even enlisted his mom, Melissa into helping me with lighting!!!  She's a natural!!  Enjoy these photos and this handsome Senior!  Congratulations Blake, you'll do great!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/10/blake-shephard-class-of-2017 Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:37:47 GMT
The Yates Announcement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/10/the-yates-announcement So, I have been photographing this family for a while now, well, at least since Raegan was around 3 months old.  Now she is 18 months and going to be a big sister and you can tell from the photos that she is a little surprised, excited, confused and all of the above.  Nevertheless, I am so excited for Morgan and Nick and their new addition to their beautiful family.  I am so happy to show these photos and can't wait to follow her pregnancy!!  Definitely be watching for her maternity photos!!!

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Elijah Ballard https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/9/elijah-ballard Meet Elijah Ballard!!  A spunky, feisty, aspiring actor and dancer. I have known Elijah's dad since college, got to know his mom over the years as well.  His younger sister, Gracie, is also a young actress!!  When he needed some headshots, I was happy to oblige!!  We spent an afternoon in downtown Maryville, just walking around and then visited the Capital Theater where he showed me some of his dance moves!!  The camera truly loved him so there is no doubt in my mind he'll show up on the big screen some day! We had a great time and found some neat places to shoot!!  Even found a snake (he wasn't part of the shoot!!!!).  Enjoy Eli's photos, and watch for him in commercials or on stage!  Good Luck Eli!!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/9/elijah-ballard Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:48:46 GMT
McKenzie Ledbetter's 1st Birthday https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/8/mckenzie-ledbetters-1st-birthday As some of you may know, I have photographed this little lady since before birth!!! Starting with her mommy and daddy's maternity photos.  I've had the pleasure of watching this little one grow!!  McKenzie had a watermelon themed party complete with watermelon, watermelon water, watermelon cake, watermelon cupcakes and watermelon bowing!  No party is complete without friends and her's were there.  The cake smash was fun until she got it on her - naturally I captured that moment.  It will be fun to look back on.  We had alot of fun but she had more fun during the clean up!  LOL.  Happy 1st Birthday McKenzie, we love you!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/8/mckenzie-ledbetters-1st-birthday Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:34:39 GMT
The River Place "Styled" Shoot https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/8/the-river-place-styled-shoot I met Devynn and Ira when I was asked to do a styled photo shoot at their new wedding venue in Sevierville, Tennessee.  When I saw this beautiful farm, I was in love!! Oh, what we could do here!!!! We set up a mid-day Summer Country Glamour wedding right outside on the river!  This farm is right in the middle of the town of Sevierville but you would never know it.  The River Place, has a river running through the property, lushish greenery, acres of corn and cattle and two lovely barns.  We styled the table with pinks, peaches, mints, greens and gold - and old farmhouse table with elegant seating.  We had wonderful vendors jump on board for this occasion!!  So, if you are looking for a beautiful country wedding with a little bit of glamour, The River Place is your spot!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/8/the-river-place-styled-shoot Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:34:29 GMT
Kaleb and Olivia Moore's Marion, NC Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/8/kaleb-and-olivia-moores-marion-nc-wedding We traveled to Marion, North Carolina to photograph Kaleb and Olivia's wedding.  You may remember Olivia's bridal session we did early this year at the North Carolina Arboretum.  Marion, NC is a very historic town that is home to Lake James and Shortoff Mountain.  That was the backdrop to Kaleb and Olivia's wedding at the Marion Golf and Lake Club, HOLE 17.  Is was a picturesque background.  Olivia chose sunflowers as the base of her bouquet that was made by "It Can Be Arranged" with navy bridesmaids dresses.  Kaleb and his groomsmen opted for white shirts, bow ties, slacks and matching shoes.  Both bride and groom recited their own written vows of how they met and fell in love while in school.  We listened to wonderful stories of how they met.  HoneyBee's Events did the planning and Holly's Deli did the catering, Cake and Cup Cakes.

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/8/kaleb-and-olivia-moores-marion-nc-wedding Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:40:47 GMT
Will and Kendra Taylor https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/7/will-and-kendra-taylor May 21st turned out to be a beautiful day!  The Friday before, we had torrential rain storms!!  The venue did everything to dry up where Will and Kendra's wedding ceremony would be held!  That brings me to where the ceremony was held!  Will and Kendra's ceremony was held at Living Life Farms in Philadelphia, Tennessee.  A relatively new venue but absolutely beautiful!  It is a working farm, however, the fields that are used for ceremonies do not have animals on them.  They had old church pews that they lined up in these beautiful rolling hills with horses on the adjacent field.  The barn served as the reception site - again, a beautiful place.  Will and Kendra have been very good friends for a long time.  Will and my husband have been friends for what seems like a lifetime!!  I was very excited when they asked me to shoot their wedding - their engagement photos were so pretty, I just knew their wedding photos would be magical! My husband served as officiant for them!  After a beautiful ceremony, everyone settled in for a wonderful dinner, great music and some cornhole!!! These two are amazing! I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.  

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/7/will-and-kendra-taylor Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:44:28 GMT
The Morrisons Ocean Isle Beach https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/7/the-morrisons-ocean-isle-beach Ok - these folks are my besties!!!  We spent our vacation together this year in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  The boys, Jackson and Benjamin, haven't seen the ocean since they were teeny-tiny - so their parents, Jonathan and Mandy, surprised them the night before we left!  So naturally we had to have a family session on this beautiful beach.  The weather was perfect, the food was perfect, the stay was perfect and the company was perfect!! We had such a good time!  I could photograph families on the beach ALL THE TIME!!  For Mandy, I only have two word:  BANANA HAMMOCK!!! (She knows what it means).

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/7/the-morrisons-ocean-isle-beach Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:19:25 GMT
Courtney & Josh's Neyland Stadium Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/6/courtney-joshs-neyland-stadium-engagement Meet Courtney and Josh!  Die-Hard Tennessee Vol fans!!  As it turns out, Courtney and I have several mutual friends!  So when she asked me to shoot her wedding this December, I got very excited!!!  Both Courtney and Josh go to the games, but have never been inside the stadium.  Did I say they've NEVER been inside the stadium??  Both their eye lit up like fireflies once we got inside.  Every time I shoot there, it never disappoints.  It was a very HOT day outside, so we did our outside shots last!  We were about to MELT!!!  But we had a blast and they are soooo adorable together!  The way Josh looks at her????  I can't wait until their wedding!!!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/6/courtney-joshs-neyland-stadium-engagement Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:09:20 GMT
Olivia Oakley Moore Bridal https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/6/olivia-oakley-moore-bridal I literally could NOT wait to show these bridal photos of Olivia!!  Olivia and Kaleb just got married last weekend and now they are on their way back from their honeymoon!  We did these Bridal portraits in early Spring at the North Carolina Arboretum.  It had rained all day until our session and when the session was over, it started raining again!!!  The weather was softly beautiful the whole time we were there.  But I had to hold onto these until now - I was about to burst!!!  Now I can show you what a beautiful bride she was last weekend when I shot her wedding in Marion, North Carolina.  You'll have to wait on those!! I had a wonderful time with her, her mom and her mother in law.  By the way, her wedding photos are just as beautiful!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/6/olivia-oakley-moore-bridal Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:16:58 GMT
Emily and Dustin https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/6/emily-and-dustin I've known Emily for several years now.  We met at church.  It wasn't until about two years ago we met Dustin.  He started going to our church too!  They are wonderful with our youth!!  Emily is a Nanny and Dustin works at Target - of course since I LOVE Target, I see him often.  I was so excited when they announced their engagement!  I secretly had hoped that they would ask me to do their engagement photos!!!  Dustin is a BIG Ohio State fan!  Needless to say, they are getting married in Ohio in 20 days!!!!!  Dustin has more family there than here, and Emily doesn't have a lot of family here so their choice was easy! 
 

We met at Campbell Station Park and I've never been there - it is such a beautiful park!  Tree lined walkways, a wooden bridge, a nice creek, statues, so when I found out that Emily worked on Campbell Station Rd, I thought it would be a great place to take their photos.  It had rained most of the day, so when it was time for the shoot, the sun peaked out of the clouds but IT WAS HOT!!  We stayed shaded as much as we could, but we trekked right on through the "hotness" to get these sweet shots of them.  Dustin makes everyone laugh - so we did!  Emily's laugh is contagious and that made for a very fun afternoon.  I have to mention that Emily had her sweet little sister with her - Sophie.  Sophie goes to church with us too!  She was fantastic little helper!  I can't tell you enough how I adore these two!  I wish I could be at their wedding - I DO wish them all the best in the world!!  I love you guys!!!
 



 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/6/emily-and-dustin Sat, 04 Jun 2016 19:39:14 GMT
The Albano Family https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/the-albano-family I LOVE photographing families!!!  It was so easy with the Albano's!!  Meet Savannah and Brian with their two children, Aaliyah and Rilan.  They are ALL smiles during their whole session.  Savannah contacted me several weeks ago wanting to do new family photos.  They are from Sevierville, but moved to the Maryville area and did not have a photographer - so they chose me!!  I couldn't be happier!  This couple and their children were so much fun, I didn't want it to end.  This gorgeous family was natural in front of the camera!  We met at the Maryville College Woods - it was so green and beautiful!  We wanted to take photos close to the house in the woods (naturally, because it was a family photo).  When we got there, we noticed that someone had built a "stage" on the beautiful grounds!!!  We made it work.  We had a nice walk along the trails and into the lodge area.  If you've never been there, you should walk it.  It's lovely!!!  Both kids had a ball eating the blossoming honeysuckles that were throughout the grounds.  Savannah is a BIG non-profit advocate!  I can't wait to hear more of her projects for this year!!!  I can't wait to photograph this family again!!! I love making new friends in this business - I can't wait to photograph them again!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/the-albano-family Mon, 23 May 2016 12:53:12 GMT
Haylee & Brad https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/haylee-brad My first destination wedding this season took place at the beautiful Tapoco Lodge, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina just over the Tennesssee-North Carolina border.  This lodge was built in the 1930's right next to Fontana Dam by the Aluminum Company of America.  It has several cabins on the property which housed the workers that built the dam.  There are walking trails, a movie theater and/or event hall, an old mock gas station and a restaurant.  Twice a year, Tapoco hosts an "water release" event as the dam releases the water into the adjoining river and it swells!  The lodge usually sells out during this time to watch the kayakers, canoer's rustle with the water's rapids.  This is the place that Haylee and Brad chose to have their wedding.  Both Haylee and Brad spend 6 months out of the year right outside of Chicago - the other 6 months in Tennessee.  Haylee's parents live just up the road in Tellico Village, Monroe County.  

I was so happy when Haylee asked me to shoot this wedding!  She is the most happy person I know!  She made her veil!!!  It was beautiful!  Their wedding was a small, intimate affair with just family and friends.  The surroundings made this wedding the most beautiful wedding I've seen!!! Haylee and Brad have known each other for about 7years - Haylee is a painter and that's how they met!  She was a subsitute for a painter that couldn't make a job and the rest is history!  Her cake was sent here on dry ice to stay fresh, crossing several states (it was still a little frozen when they tried to cut it)!  I had so much fun with these two that I can honestly say, I've made some new Chicago friends!!!  The BEST PART??  The finger mustaches!!!  This wedding was nothing short of PERFECT!  I wish Brad and Haylee all the best in the world!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/haylee-brad Wed, 18 May 2016 00:19:14 GMT
Brooklyn & Chase Arden https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/brooklyn-chase-arden I've been taking photos of this family for a while now.  Last fall, we did a family session and incorporated a baby announcement in it and I could NOT wait for the day that I could take Brook's maternity photos!  That day has come and as predicted, she is as beautiful pregnant as she is any other time of the year!! I had a special day planned for her as I wanted her to wear this beautiful maternity gown that I had made!  It wouldn't been complete without her daughter Emmerson and her husband Chase in the photos.  She is expecting another baby girl in July - Little Edelie Mae!  I can NOT wait to meet this little one!!!  We met at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and with a mix of clouds and sun, it made for some unbelievably, beautifully lit photos (also some challenging ones). but this is one beautiful momma!!!

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/brooklyn-chase-arden Sat, 07 May 2016 22:00:06 GMT
Janell & Cedric Greenway Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/janell-cedric-greenway-engagement Can I just say, I really loved the way this couple "loved" each other!!  He was all about making sure she was comfortable, fixed her hair when the wind blew, removed leaves and flowers from her clothes, WOW!!!  Then, she just couldn't take her eyes off of him!!  THAT, my friends, is true love!  I've known Janell for many years - back in my old "Belk" days.  She has TWO adorable daughters, Gabby and Kaia! Cedric has two children himself, so now this will be a loving blended family of 6!!!!  Janell is studying to be a nurse and is almost ready to graduate from LMU and has a job waiting for her.  Cedric works for Cintas in Knoxville.  Let me just say, we had a blast!  I was told that Cedric did not like having his picture made, but from the looks of these photos, I'd say the camera loved him.  We got our exercise by taking a walk along the Greenway in Maryville.  Right now, it's so pretty and GREEN!  We actually met up with a family of ducks along the way (Momma wasn't too happy I got too close to take a picture).  PLUS it was overcast - my favorite time to take photos!  Can we just talk rings????  OMG!  The Ring!!!  He did good!  This ring is GORGEOUS!!  They are having a small, intimate wedding in July with just family and friends.  I just adore this couple!!  I wish them all the best in the world on their new adventures together!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/5/janell-cedric-greenway-engagement Fri, 06 May 2016 12:29:06 GMT
Marissa and Justin https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/4/marissa-and-justin Marissa and Justin are BIG UT Vol fans!!!  So, when she contacted me about doing her Engagment Session at Neyland Stadium, I could NOT wait.  I have taken pictures there before but NOT on the inside, so this was a treat!  They say that each tour is different and I believe we got the Elite tour because this place was fantastic!!  It was a beautiful day and we had alot of fun!  I believe that Justin had more fun in locker room than anyone!  Almost felt like a member of the football team!!! Marissa and Justin are getting married later this fall and UT Orange was a perfect choice for her.  We laughed, we were in awe of the facilities but most of all we had fun!  We couldn't get on the field, but as we got close, the sprinklers came on!!!  No matter, we shot in front of them anyway! Enjoy these photos at the great Neyland Stadium, and GO VOLS!!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/4/marissa-and-justin Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:58:32 GMT
Ashlyn and Marcus https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/4/ashlyn-and-marcus Ok, so I've photographed this beautiful family before.  I've done Ashlyn's Senior pictures and some photos of their adorable daughter, Emma.  Emma does not like having her photos taken.  But we managed to get a few smiles out of her.  This sweet, adorable couple were high school sweethearts and they now have their own place and wanted some "family" photo's to adorn the walls of their new home.  I was happy to oblige!!  This is one of the most fun, sweetest couples you will ever meet.  Ashlyn is a nanny and Marcus works in construction and with their beautiful baby girl, they are one, big, happy family.  We had a great time taking their photos even in the harshest of suns!!!  They were still wonderful!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/4/ashlyn-and-marcus Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:35:05 GMT
Shaunia and Brandon https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/4/shaunia-and-brandon Meet Shaunia and Brandon.  Shaunia and I met at the gym and immediately hit it off!  She is the sweetest EVER!!!  WE kept each other accountable for our workouts (I sure do miss her)!!  She left the gym when she got a job at Panera and THAT'S where she met Brandon!  They are super cute together!!  He adores her and she adores him!  A match made in heaven! Shaunia and Brandon are planning their wedding in September at the beautiful Barn at Wildwood in Maryville!  That's where we shot their engagement photos!  Both Shaunia and Brandon football fans!!  Shaunia a BIG UT fan and Brandon a BIG Florida fan (WHAT?).  Again, a match made in heaven.  We had so much fun doing these photos as it had rained a day before and we had mud coming through our toes as we walked the grounds!!  Shaunia will make a beautiful bride and I am SO glad she asked me to be a part of her big day and I can NOT wait!!! I absolutely LOVE you girl!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/4/shaunia-and-brandon Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:08:46 GMT
Will and Kendra Spring Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/3/will-and-kendra-spring-engagement So, my husband and Will have been good friends for many years.  Naturally, when I came into the picture, we became fast friends as well.  Enter Kenda!  This sassy, outgoing, beautiful girl is so much fun to hang around.  We had a blast on the grounds of the Monroe County Sequoyah Museum and then ventured over to Fort Loudon Park for a little history lesson.  I don't think I've laughed so hard watching Will and my husband catch up.  However, when I got these two going on their engagement session, they just fit!  Not a lot of posing here, just natural with these two.  There were some funny moments though - They are getting married in May at the Living Life Farms in Philadelphia, Tennessee and I can't be more excited to be part of their wedding day.  If their wedding day photos turn out like their engagement session photos, well then, we are in for a treat!!!  I hope you love these pictures as much as I do!!!  Did I mention that they are DIE HARD UT fans???
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/3/will-and-kendra-spring-engagement Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:01:58 GMT
Todd and Laura Smith's Christmas Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/1/todd-and-laura-smiths-christmas-wedding December 26th was the last of my weddings for 2015 and I couldn't have had a better couple to photograph on their big day.  They came to me on a referral from an earlier wedding in 2015 and when they told me they were having a Christmas wedding, I was so excited.  Laura chose The Foundry on the World's Fair Site because it was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Todd and Laura met at work - they both work for Denso in Maryville.  What a beautiful couple they are.  When we met, she gave me the details of her wedding but definitely wanted pictures of her granddaughter Ella - and I could see why!!  She also has another grandchild on the way.  The Right Sound provided the music for the ceremony and the reception, along with a few games for the bride and groom!!!  Todd's father was his best man as Laura's daughter was her maid of honor.  The beautiful Christmas tree, the lights, the red, black and silver decorations made for a beautiful backdrop of this Christmas wedding.  Todd and Laura, I wish you the very best!!!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2016/1/todd-and-laura-smiths-christmas-wedding Mon, 04 Jan 2016 02:25:02 GMT
Jenny and AJ Haynes https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/12/jenny-and-aj-haynes I met Jenny and AJ at the gym, during that time their relationship blossomed.  I was at their wedding!  When Jenny asked me to take photos of them during her pregnancy, I could NOT say no.  Jenny and AJ are a wonderful couple, very involved in their church and with the youth!  They are also both fitness fanatics!!!  Jenny is an excellent yoga-pilates instructor and AJ is a fantastic strength and combat coach!  You leave the gym exhausted but refreshed!!! I am super proud to call these two friends! These two are expecting their baby girl on February 14th!  So, it was natural to them to name her "Faith".  "And without Faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." Hebrews 11:6.  Can't wait to welcome Faith Leigh Haynes in February!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/12/jenny-and-aj-haynes Wed, 23 Dec 2015 02:22:21 GMT
The Yates Christmas 2015 https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/12/the-yates-christmas-2015 There is nothing like watching a little one at Christmas time.  Especially when it's her first one!!  Reagan was thrilled with the lights but mostly with the bows on the gifts beneath the tree.  She played with the ornaments that dangled from the tree and even tried to crawl under it.  I love this time of year and was especially excited when Morgan and Nick called me to do their photos.  Reagan is nine months old now so we incorporated their family photos with her nine month photos.  We got the WHOLE family in!!  Morgan's mother graciously let me photograph them in her home which was beautifully decorated - very rustic!!!  I hope you love looking at these as you remember what it was like to be small and as you watch your little ones this holiday season.  Merry Christmas!!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/12/the-yates-christmas-2015 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 02:06:05 GMT
The Ardens https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/12/the-ardens I met Brooklyn, Chase and Emmerson (Emmy) last year when I took photo's of them for Christmas.  One year later, I have now photographed this beautiful family for the THIRD time!  I can honestly say, I am proud to call this family friends!  I was honored when we scheduled this years session and was told that she was pregnant with baby number 2!!!!!  So naturally, we had to incorporate a pregnancy announcement along with their family photos.  We walked the beautiful Knoxville Botanical Gardens on a very warm December day and the day did NOT disappoint!  I am so excited for these guys and can't wait to follow her pregnancy!  I can't thank them enough for letting me in on their little secret!  BUT, the cat is out of the bag now!!!
 



 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/12/the-ardens Mon, 14 Dec 2015 02:03:18 GMT
Laura and Bob Williams Baby #1 https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/laura-and-bob-williams-baby-1 This beautiful couple is Laura and Bob Williams.  They are part of our church family at Everett Hills Baptist.  They currently reside in Illinois where they were called to Mission at a Camp Walter Scott in Dieterich, Illinois.  Its for children of all ages.  They are very active in the Mission field and very successful at what they do. They minister to everyone at the camp (and outside the camp).  I photographed them last year before they were called to Illinois and I was overjoyed when they told me that they were coming back to Tennessee expecting their first child and they wanted ME to take their maternity photos!  Well, as you can see, she is absolutely beautiful and glowing!  No, they do not know what they are having - it will definitely be a surprise!  (Girl!!!)

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/laura-and-bob-williams-baby-1 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:05:41 GMT
Katie and Justin Taylor https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/katie-and-justin-taylor This BEAUTIFUL momma!!!  I met Katie and Justin last year when I took some couples photos of them.  They've gotten engaged and married since then and now they are starting their family!!  They are having a bouncing baby boy - named, Ryder (I hope I spelled that right)!!  She is just glowing!!!  I was so happy when they asked me to do some maternity photos for them!  I'm excited to share these with you!!!
 


 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/katie-and-justin-taylor Sat, 21 Nov 2015 01:29:37 GMT
Dr. & Mrs. Philip Stanley https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/dr-mrs-philip-stanley October 17th turned out to be the most gorgeous day for a wedding on the Tennessee River in West Knoxville.  Phil and Stephanie decided to get married in their own neighborhood where they just bought a house for their new families.  Their wedding was held at the Montgomery Cove clubhouse right on the dock looking out over the river.  A little background story - Stephanie and I have been friends for many years, we worked together as well.  So when she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was overjoyed!!  Stephanie has two children, Julie and Bogel.  Julia was her Maid of Honor and Bogel walked her down the aisle!  Phil has 3 daughters and 2 sons!!!  Now they are one, big happy family!!!  I absolutely love the way this wedding came together!! Her dress was gorgeous, as was Julia's, both came from David's Bridal and the boys were in Tuxedo's from Savvi Formalwear!  Holly's Eventful Catering catered the event with some delicious caramelized bacon, chicken on a stick and others.  Her flowers were done by Always In Bloom, Rita's Bakery did the Yankee's Cake (although I won't hold that against him, since I am a RED's fan) LOL.  Buttermilk Sky did the pies and Publix made the beautiful cake!! Phil's daughter Jessica Carroll did her makeup - she works for Ulta Cosmetic's in Jacksonville, Florida.
 

I have to mention what a wonderful Jazz Quartet they had - they were Saxophone Jack and they were AMAZING! I have to say that I've never seen anyone so happy!  They smiled and cuddled the entire day!  They were so easy to photograph, I just followed them around!  Stephanie explained her relationship with Phil perfectly when she said " I met Phil at a Smokies game, through friends and I've never looked back.  He's my best friend and I can't imagine anyone more perfect for me."  Enjoy these photos!!
 

This is one of my favorite photos!!!!  LOVE the way she is holding her dress!!!  Hey, if you got 'em..........LOL
 

As I took the photo below, Stephanie had to take a moment to remember her grandmother.  Her dad wasn't able to make the wedding as he was recovering from heart surgery. So we just relaxed and remembered.
 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/dr-mrs-philip-stanley Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:43:32 GMT
The Smith Family https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-smith-family Meet Samantha & Jeromy Smith and their four beautiful children;  Adley, Shylyn, Indiana and Barrett (somehow I feel that the spelling of their names is WAY off).  Believe it or not, this is TWO SETS of fraternal twins!!!  Samantha works with my husband and I was honored when she asked me if I would take their family photos!!  I love all my families that I meet during our sessions.  We even had a leaf throwing fight!!!  Highlight of my day was watching these kids cuddle and love on each other! Of course, Mom and Dad did a little cuddling too!  It was a perfect sunset to end a perfect session at Maryville College where the leaves still had some color on them and the leaves were in abundance!!  Enjoy these images!  I can certainly tell you I that LOVED every minute with these guys!!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-smith-family Wed, 18 Nov 2015 02:16:44 GMT
Bree & Ernie "Junior" Stinnett https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/bree-ernie-junior-stinnett October 18th turned out to be a beautifully, warm, fall day at County Jewel in Anderson County, Tennessee.  If you've never seen the country version of Cinderella, then you are in for a treat.  Bree and Ernie met while she was on a trip to Texas to visit her sister.  She was a Senior in high school.  After begging her for a dance, it seemed like the trip was over and she was headed back to Michigan.  After keeping in touch, they were both in her sisters wedding over Labor day weekend at that time he asked her to be his girlfriend.  A year into their relationship, Ernie was deployed to Afghanistan.  After months of no communication, the news reported two US soldiers were killed.  As it turned out, one of the soldiers was a friend of Ernies - he was only a few yards away.  As promised, Ernie came home a few months later.  Ernie proposed to Bree the night of the Army ball.  One knee, Dress Blues, everything.  Wedding planning began!  She finished her degree in Michigan, Ernie finished up his time in the Army.  Bree's grandmother is a Master Florist and provided all the flowers for their wedding.  Country Jewel is a beautiful venue nestled away in Anderson County complete with a stream running through it, a few waterfalls, a small chapel and a refurbished barn to host receptions.  Her beautiful Cinderella gown was provided by David's Bridal and Alicia's Alterations added champagne tulle to her dress and created her veil with a ton of small jewels that glistened in the sun. Electric Light and Sound provided the music and their cake and cupcakes were baked by Glenda Jenkins in her home.  Bree's dad made the amazing cake and cupcake stand.  The delicious BBQ was catered by Buddy's BBQ and Bree and her mother canned all the apple butter which was passed out as party favors.  The decorations were done by family - a lot of pumpkins, candles and fall flowers provided the backdrop that they wanted. Congratulations to Bree & Ernie!  I wish you a lifetime of happiness and I am so glad to have been a part of your special day!
 


 


 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/bree-ernie-junior-stinnett Sat, 07 Nov 2015 21:18:08 GMT
The Reynolds https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-reynolds So, this is the reason I started my photography business!  Not only to meet incredible people but to get to know them and their families.  This family is no exception.  This is the Reynolds family!  Mirsada and Cory and their beautiful daughters, Quinn and Blair.  Quinn was only 1 month old when we did this session and she was an absolute perfect baby girl!  Big sister Blair is such a large help to mom and dad and clearly loves her sister!  Blair was a bundle of energy as well and we had such a great time playing 'tag'.  We were even serenaded by a saxophone player at the park!  Doesn't get any better than that!  This family is gorgeous and I was honored to capture their personalities!!  I hope you enjoy looking at this family as much as I enjoyed taking the photos!!!
 



 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-reynolds Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:50:08 GMT
Nichoal Cook Maternity https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/nichoal-cook-maternity Baby makes 5!  So, I am a little biased.  This beautiful creature happens to be my sister-in-law who is due to give birth to her third son any time now!  She's a hard-working mom and a talented tatoo artist, her husband, Jeremy is a very talented singer, songwriter and vocal coach to some very prominent individuals!!!  This family is so amazing that all three of their sons have amazing names;  the oldest is Tristin Amadeus Cook, the middle is Tavian Sebastian Cook and the baby will be Gauge Von Cook!  Tell me!! That is awesome!!!  Nichoal was so amazing during her shoot that she braved the cool waters of the lake by my home!  She is somewhat shy so for her to wear these maternity gowns was the best!!!  AND as you can see, they turned out wonderfully!!!  Can't wait to meet my new nephew in a few weeks and show him off too!!!
 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/nichoal-cook-maternity Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:44:21 GMT
Devin & Matt Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/devin-matt-engagement Meet Devin and Matt.  They are having a traditional church wedding on December 12.  Secretly, Devin wishes for snow on her wedding day.  Both Devin and Matt met 3 years ago while working together.  As Devin would tell it, they didn't date until they met back up on Facebook.  Devin and Matt were the luckily winners of this engagement session at the Belk Bridal Extravaganza held earlier this year and I couldn't be happier.  They were so much fun, happy and didn't mind the rain and wetness of the day.    I wish them the best for their upcoming wedding!  

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/devin-matt-engagement Mon, 12 Oct 2015 23:17:51 GMT
Bree Peterson & Ernie Stinnett Engagement https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/bree-peterson-ernie-stinnett-engagement I spent the afternoon getting to know this sweet, fun-loving couple! We walked around RT Lodge while it was still green and beautiful.  There were some leaves changing but not a lot.  Bree has a smile that is never ending and Ernie keeps her laughing!!  Bree & Ernie met while he was in the military through mutual friends.  They are getting married at Country Jewell in North Knoxville and I can not wait for this wedding.  We even found a place at the lodge so they could practice their dance moves.  It's a country affair, with boots, fall leaves and denim!  They picked the perfect place to say I DO!  Congratulations Bree & Ernie and I can't wait to capture your special day!!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/bree-peterson-ernie-stinnett-engagement Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:23:00 GMT
Scott Simmons and Amber Thomas DIY Farm Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/scott-simmons-and-amber-thomas-diy-farm-wedding September 26th started out with rainfall but shortly gave way to a beautifully, warm autumn day in Sevierville, Tennessee at the foot of the Smoky Mountains.  Scott and Amber met 10 years ago through mutual friends at a local McDonalds and have been inseparable ever since.  Amber is a nurse by trade and stays home to care for her grandmother.  Scott is a "comfort engineer" (a heat and air guy) and works on Amber's family farm.  Amber is a Do-It-Yourself girl!  Everything about her wedding day, she did.  She visited yard sales, flea markets, consignment stores, Goodwills to find the components of her wedding and I must say, she did a wonderful job!!  
 

Amber's dress is short and sassy and worked wonderfully with her Ariat boots.  Her bridesmaids all wore matching maxidresses in yellow, green and blue (the colors that surrounded her farm).  The ceremony itself was in a field behind her home that faced the Smoky Mountains and with a quaint old barn in the distance as the main backdrop for day.  Scott found her wedding ring in a vintage antique store and both of their rings were tied to bibles that belonged to family long gone.  The table coverings were quilt and quilt pieces made by her and her grandmother.  Her grandmother made the keepsake quilt that the guests signed as they entered the reception.

The reception area was filled with pumpkins, chrysanthemums, corn stalks and everything that shouted Fall.  The table decorations were made from bouquets that she made with craft finds from around the area as were the bridesmaids bouquets.  She also had small, tin goats as her centerpieces as she has a special heart for the goats on her farm.  With that, we incorporated some photos with her and her goat family on her wedding day.  Amber's bouquet was a work of art!  She made it from pins, hat pins, buttons and burlap.  It was quite heavy but absolutely beautiful!!  She was the most calm, cool and collected bride that I've seen on her wedding day.  It was very hard for me not to cry when I saw Scott and Ambers dad cry when they saw her!  Of course, Amber shed a few tears as well.  Amber's sister Katie was her maid of honor and Scott's brother was his best man.  
 

For her reception meal, they had barbeque chicken, chips and Bush's Baked Beans in honor of her grandfather who worked for Bush's Baked beans.  They had tea and lemonade offered in Mason jars!  At the end of the day, her guests picked up seeds from their "Sprout a Memory" wheelbarrow.  This was a beautiful day and Amber was such a beautiful bride!! I hope you enjoy seeing all the work she put into this wedding and hope it inspires you!!!

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/10/scott-simmons-and-amber-thomas-diy-farm-wedding Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:06:49 GMT
Colton Murrell - Class of 2016 MHS https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/colton-murrell---class-of-2016-mhs #76, Defensive Tackle, Maryville High School Rebels Football team!  AND probably one of the most compassionate players you'll see on the field.  He's is the first to offer a hand to a fallen player on either side.  I've watched him grow as a player and a young man.  He's an excellent student and a very humble player.  It's all about teamwork to him.  This young man has a wonderful attitude on and off the field, stays positive and did I mention he has a pretty "sweet" car!!!  He'll be someone to watch (NFL maybe????)  We had a great time walking around behind the Maryville College Campus and it made for a gorgeous backdrop for his car!  PLUS, he had his pretty girlfriend at his side!  Good Luck to you Colton and thank you for letting me showcase your talents on and off the field!!!  Colton Murrell - Class of 2016 MHS!!

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/colton-murrell---class-of-2016-mhs Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:07:32 GMT
Kim Phelps & Family https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/kim-phelps-family This is my friend Kim.  Kim and I have known each other since high school and when she asked me to photograph her family, I COULD NOT WAIT.  As you can plainly see, her family (herself included) is absolutely gorgeous!!  We set off to my friends farm in Maryville, TN because of the picturesque views of the mountains, fields, fences and modern barn.  The evening was beautiful with that golden sunlight that everyone loves so much!  I had so much fun photographing this family that even the candid photos are enjoyable to look at.  We had a little entertainment during our session with Jon doing the "stanky" leg and disguising himself as a tree to make the little ones laugh - it worked!  Kylie is such a little model that I could take pictures of her all day, but as Ashley's mini-me, all of them were extremely photogenic.  Thank you Kim for letting me capture these sweet moments of your family for you. 
 



 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/kim-phelps-family Fri, 25 Sep 2015 01:25:08 GMT
Tom & Sarah Harris & Baby Girl https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/tom-sarah-harris-baby-girl So, right now, they are calling their new baby girl "Ruby".  I love that name!! To me, Ruby is a gem, a beautiful, bright, sparkly thing!!  That would be a perfect name for her.  I've known Sarah for many years, back to our old Belk days.  She has a son, Carson and now has 4 step daughters which makes them a family of 8!!!  She married Tom on the very place we did their maternity photos - it was only right!  They are a fun couple, so right for each other.  He is so tender and caring for her and that new baby.  He makes her laugh and laughs at himself as well (see pumpkin photo)!!!  I wish them all the best with their new baby girl and I can not wait to meet her!!!!
 


 



 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/tom-sarah-harris-baby-girl Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:54:54 GMT
Raegan Yates is 6 months old!! https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/raegan-yates-is-6-months-old Nick and Morgan Yates have the cutest, sweetest baby girl ever!!  Raegan just turned 6 months old.  I photographed her at 3 months and have enjoyed each milestone!!  She has the sweetest disposition, the curliest hair and the prettiest smile.  But look at her parents!!!  Both Nick and Morgan are beautiful people!!  I have the privilege of attending church with this family and I am proud to call them friends!  We went to the Greenway in Alcoa to take these pictures!!  A beautiful area virtually unknown to others!  My 'secret' spot!!  Had a blast with them and can't wait to photograph Raegan's 9 month milestone! 
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/raegan-yates-is-6-months-old Wed, 16 Sep 2015 01:09:22 GMT
Mat & Brittany Taylor https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/mat-brittany-taylor Corals, Khaki's and Whites.  Those were the colors of the day - September 4th to be exact.  The day that my friends Mat and Brittany said their "I do's".  They met while working at Smoky Mountain Brewery and fell in love.  Mat is active military studying to become a nurse and Brittany is already a nurse.  It was a beautiful, and very hot day at Pleasant Hill Vineyards in Maryville.  The grounds made a gorgeous backdrop for the day.  Both bride and groom put a lot of effort into making their day extra special from the color coordinated cupcakes from Art of Cakes, to the coral bow tie and neckties that the guys wore.  Not to mention the Chuck Taylors that tied it all together.  The brides dress was from The Bridal Gallery in Maryville and her "something blue" was her Sperry dock siders!  That's comfort! Eden Salon and Spa did the hair and makeup.  Babies Breath adorned the tables at the reception and carried by the bridesmaids.  Mason jars were painted to match the colors of the ceremony and were on hand sawed chargers provided by the vineyard.  Scott Adkins from Party Pro provided the music for the ceremony and the reception.  The bride and groom provided their guests with personalized "koozies" to take home.  Everyone had a wonderful time at this woodsy wedding. Thank you to my trusty assistant Renee Stafford for helping me out!!  It was an honor to photograph their wedding!!! 
 


 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/mat-brittany-taylor Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:31:36 GMT
Jon Lee & Mila Starikova https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/jon-lee-mila-starikova So, this is one of my best friends.  Jon and I met on the job years ago and he's just like a brother to me so I was elated when he introduced me to Mila.  Jon and Mila met at a party.  She is brilliantly beautiful and has a beautiful daughter named Tyesia (goes by Ty).  She is also from Russia (that would explain her beauty)!  Not only is she beautiful on the outside, but she is super sweet and a beauty on the inside.  Jon has two boys, Ian and Sawyer.  Then two families will become one.  We met up at Meads Quarry with the whole family - it was hot, pretty and we had so much fun.  I brought along Renee Stafford - my trusty, sweet intern to help us out.  Lucky for us, she was GREAT with kids!!! What a beautiful family these guys make!  Enjoy!!
 


 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/9/jon-lee-mila-starikova Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:39:29 GMT
Taylor and Talmadge Hazelhurst https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/8/taylor-and-talmadge-hazelhurst I got to spend 3 days in Jacksonville, Florida documenting the last of Taylor's pregnancy.  She is due to give birth any day now to a baby girl whom they've decided to name, Primlee Sue Hazelhurst.  Taylor and Talmadge have been married for 8 years and this is their first child.  I couldn't be more excited for them.  Taylor's mother was my best friend in college and after.  In fact, her mom and I have daughters exactly the same age and now both are mom's themselves.  Jacksonville is a beautiful city complete with vintage charm, spanish moss and a beautiful beach.  We spent our Saturday at Taylor's baby shower that Tal's sister so graciously threw for her, then we made our way to the Cummer Museum, complete with an English Garden, Italian Garden and Olmsted Garden overlooking the water.  Aside from the heat, this session was perfect!  We then made our way to Jacksonville beach during sunset.  This session would not be complete without pictures of Primlee's nursery and her big brother "Ziggy" who is anxiously awaiting her arrival.  Taylor is stunningly beautiful and glows like every pregnant woman should.  Taylor and Tal will be wonderful parents and I can not wait to go back and photograph their sweet baby girl! Enjoy looking at this beautiful mom to be!! 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/8/taylor-and-talmadge-hazelhurst Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:53:50 GMT
Kristie and Tyler Ledbetter https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/8/kristie-and-tyler-ledbetter McKenzie Faith Ledbetter - due ANY DAY NOW!! Actually, her due date is August 17th but these new parents are anxiously awaiting her arrival!!  This will be Kristie and Tyler's first born and they couldn't be more excited!  Tyler is from North Carolina and obviously a NC fan, Kristie is a big UT fan so I'm guessing MaKenzie will be wearing a lot of Orange and Blue.  I was so excited to photograph them before she gets here!! This sweet couple will make wonderful parents!!  Enjoy!!

 

 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/8/kristie-and-tyler-ledbetter Wed, 05 Aug 2015 01:49:34 GMT
Renee Stafford https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/6/renee-stafford Meet Renee!  Renee is a photography student at Pellissippi State Community College and has chosen Melody Cook Photography to do her internship.  Renee likes event photography.  She has done some sport photography and eventually wants to get into wedding photography.  She shoots with an Olympus E4-20 and uses a telephoto lens for her sports photography, has a wide angle lens and her kit lens.  I can not wait to teach her what I have learned along the way and I am sure she will teach me a few things as well.  Her boyfriend, Thomas, is a videographer which will come in handy when she starts her wedding photography after she graduates in May 2016.  It will be a pleasure having her along on my wild ride!!  For those who have booked sessions and weddings with me, she will be working along side me learning the tools of the trade.  She has her own Facebook page at Nae's Photography, so go on and give her page a like!!!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/6/renee-stafford Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:07:00 GMT
Brittany Goins & Johnathan Lowery https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/6/brittany-goins-johnathan-lowery June 13rd was a beautifully hot day for Brittany and Johnathan's wedding at Maple Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  A simplistic and charming southern wedding held for family and friends.  Brittany's dress was elegant just like a southern belle's dress.  She was lucky enough to wear TWO dresses on this day - one for her ceremony and the other for her reception.  It was a hot day, she thought ahead.  Macie, her sister, was her maid of honor.  They chose the colors; white, teal and black for her colors and Brittany wore the teal on her fingers!  Johnathan and his brother Derrick (his best man) wore white tuxedos with a teal vest and black shoes.  The ring on Brittany's finger used to adorn Johnathan's grandmothers finger.  This "something old" was a very special memento that can stay in Johnathan's family.  The cake topper was provided by Brittany's mother, cake was made by Food City.  After a prayer circle, Johnathan and Brittany were man and wife.  They have a precious little boy, Braxton!!  They honeymooned in Cherokee, North Carolina and are now at home in Maryville, TN.  Thank you guys for allowing me to capture your special day!  Brandon and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!
 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/6/brittany-goins-johnathan-lowery Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:17:41 GMT
James and Holly Bradburn https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/6/james-and-holly-bradburn May 30th was a beautiful day at Sundance Farm and Event Center for Holly and James' rustic, vintage, charming wedding. They met years ago through James sister - who begged his sister to get Holly to go out with him.  After years of courtship, they finally decided to tie the knot.  Holly carried her grandmothers handkerchief and had a piece of her dress sewn into her wedding dress - hence the "something blue".  Her things she kept on her wedding day had some great sentimental value and had a significance on her day.
 

Her day was filled with beautiful flowers by Melissa Timm Designs; Babies Breath for the bridesmaids and Summer Roses for her bouquet.  The Groomsmen had a boutonniere made from an empty shotgun shell with babies breath.  Smokin' Joe's BBQ provided some tasty ribs and BBQ along with KupKaties KupKakes for dessert.  Holly's beautiful dress and bridesmaids dresses came from David's Bridal and their adorable sandals are from Maurices.  James opted for a vest instead of a suit jacket to complete his attire from Savvy Formalwear. Dancing was abundant during the reception by Mobile Beats. Both the Khaki and pale pink complimented each other for this summer day.
 

Vicky Edgemon from Sundance Farm and Event Center served as wedding coordinator and hosted Holly and James' ceremony just feet from the lake!  It was a breathtaking ceremony which after, James and Holly were swiftly carried away by the gorgeous Bentley!  Word can not express the happiness these two share with their dog Luna - we couldn't forget her.  A big thanks to my friend Roy Henry to allow me to shoot along side him for James and Holly's wedding.  What a great day!is summer day.
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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(Melody Cook Photography) https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/6/james-and-holly-bradburn Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:22:41 GMT
Amber & Buster Moss Wedding https://www.melodycookphotography.com/blog/2015/5/amber-buster-moss-wedding Then two families become one.  This was the setting today, on May 23rd at Allison's Catfish Farm & Restaurant* on a beautiful, sunny Saturday. Allison's is located in Friendsville, Tennessee and I hear it's the best catfish you've ever eaten.   Amber's dress and jean jacket came from Maurices (my favorite store) and Hartman's Florist made her beautiful burlap bouquet.  Her something blue was her mother-in-laws turquoise ring that she fondly wore in her jacket pocket.  Amber did all the decorations including the whiskey barrels from none other than Jack Daniels.  Although a casual affair with just family and a few friends, the love between these two was evident.  They each have 3 beautiful children.  It was a pleasure to spend this special day with them.
 

*Note:  Allison's Catfish Farm & Restaurant does NOT host weddings on their grounds.  This was a special request.