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cait & joel | 10.12.12 | Nashville, TN | CJ’s Off the Square

It’s photo time. Yes, yes, yes. I always look forward to sharing some lovey-dovey wedding images with you all. It’s the best way to spend the day, for reals.

Today couldn’t get any better, really. Cait and Joel’s adorable day made my heart flutter. Not just because they’re precious beyond compare. Have you seen their engagement photos?? You gotta check em out. Click on the photo below to see their post.


Their personalities just shine when they’re together- two fun and genuinely in love folks, most definitely. They reminded me of just why I love engagement sessions so much.

To top off their oh-so sweet day, the venue ( CJ’s Off the Square) was to die for. Seriously– old books.. vintage wood floors… small details that can make this girl swoon.. were all over the place. It was photo madness and the best way possible.

Just thinking about this whole day has me itching to share the images with you all. Let’s just hop to it!

Congrats to Cait & Joel : )



CJ Dickson - November 16, 2012 - 5:07 pm

LOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEE!!! Jessie – you capture this sweet couple so perfectly. Thanks for sharing your beautiful images of Cait & Joel!

heather & brandon | 10.13.12 | Crossville, TN | Cumberland Mountain Lodge

When Heather and Brandon took me to their engagement session location, I was beyond speechless. The wilderness. The openness. The run-down shed in the back. Oh yes. I was pumped to shoot there.

When they told me this is where their wedding photos would be made, I transported straight to photo heaven. I was so happy… so tickled… so euphoric. You might as well just serenade me with a string quartet, a tall glass of vino, and a plate full of cheese. I was one happy girl.

Their engagement session was a blast, and I am always a huge supporter of getting to photograph in a venue before the wedding. Wanna check out their engagement love shoot? Click on the image below to check that out.

(Wanna read more about my love for engagement sessions? Click here. )



When Amy Lou and I arrived to Cumberland Mountain Lodge, I was tickled. See, I had gotten to see all the fabulousness of the landscape but hadn’t gotten to bask in the interior of the lodge.

Did you say Navajo print? Holla atcha homegirl, for reals. If you know me personally, you know I’m a bohemian through and through.. a free-spirit with a fashion obsession, taking a backseat only to photography and everything Nikon. I live on the Free People Blog and pinterest my dream closet daily. Navajo is all the rage, and when I walked into this space I kind of had an out-of-body experience. Ever seen Multiplicity? Yes, I totally went all Michael Keaton on this place. I immediately saw myself photographing all the possibilities in 15 places in the room. In actuality? I blanked. Saynora reality. I was in a photo haze and in the best way possible. Amy Lou was talking to me and all I could do was drool over the potential in this place.

So.. can we please start off by bragging on this bridal party? As if the overall “oh-my-gosh-I-love-it” moment was’t overwhelming enough when I waked in, these bridesmaids were after my own heart. The dresses were hung so prettily on the side window of the room and the bouquets were stacked neatly on the table. Sweet, I whispered to myself. I love preparation, and these girls were on point.


The dudes arrived. Such ballers. I was stoked to see these gents again. Good friends from my college days, I beamed about getting to work with Brandon and his groomsmen. They have always been a blast to hang with, and you guys know how I feel about getting to photograph old homies. It really doesn’t get any better.

Speaking of old days, can we reminisce for a second? You know me, I’m a bird in flight most of the time so I am all over the place conversationally. I just wanted to share a funny moment with you guys that happened with Heather and Brandon years and years and years ago. Let’s talk.

So, these two were sitting at one of my tables when I was serving at Crawdaddy’s in Cookeville, TN (Cajun cuisine delicious-ness. Never been there? Add that to your to-do list stat. Your taste buds will thank you), Heather and Brandon were sitting with their parents at one of my tables, and I started up a converation. By starting up a conversation, I mean I so bluntly asked if they were engaged.

Forward? Me?? Bahaha. Always. Let’s get to the point here, people. I’m an up front kinda gal.

I guess I asked them because I really thought they were.. there was something about them.. I don’t really know what it was. I just got that feeling. Call me esoteric, but I get these vibes sometimes.. I was getting them. Big time.

They laughed at my question.. A little befuddled, but obviously entertained by my matter-of-fact inquiry. Although they weren’t at the time, I slide them a business card and told them to call me. I was just getting my business off the ground, and I would have been so excited to get to work with these two. There was just something about them.. they made me even more confident in my decision to become a wedding photographer. I love working with couples.

When we met for Heather’s consultation a couple years later, she slid me the card back across the table at the coffee shop. I almost started crying. I picked up the crinkled, outdated card and flipped it from back to front. My very first logo paired with one of my very first pictures pulled at my emotional heartstrings. Just as overcome as I was about the long road to present day, I was even more smitten with this girl. This lady who so sweetly held onto my information from day 1, beginner photographer and all.  I can’t ever really put into words how much it meant to me to work with someone who believed in me from the start.

( Heather– I freakin’ love you. Seriously. I just had to pause and straight up thank you for that. It made my heart burst into a million little pieces, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that. You’re my girl. )

Fast forward to their wedding day and I’m photographing her as she slips on her dress and finishes her make-up. I watch as she has this first look that should serve as a representation of why couples should do one. So emotionally awesome.

The rest of their day proceeded as perfectly as it began.. laughter, tears, and everything reception dance party fun. I loved this day and much as the people in the photos.

Now getting to share their images with you is genuinely one of the best parts. I’ve so looked forward to this.

Thank you guys for reading. : )

Happy Wedding Heather & Brandon. Woot woot!!

Morgan & Zach | 10.6.12 | Smithville, TN

TGIF! Heck yes. Super stoked and I just can’t take it. Seriously. Give me some Starbuck’s calm tea because I’m about to freak out.

Weekends make me giddy. Maybe it’s the weddings I get to shoot. Maybe it’s the the free rein to kick my shoes off and dance in the grass. Maybe it’s the Sunday mornings spent at Trader Joe’s  (yeah.. so.. just discovered this place. I’m in awe. Where have I been?!). In short, weekends rock and I’m it’s number one fan.

To start this one off by sharing Morgan & Zach’s wedding is perfection.

For starters, I love these two to pieces. It’s their style, I do believe. They’re individuals, and they make no bones about it. Everything about them.. their personalities, their mannerisms, they way the belly laugh at each other when one says something funny – is so similar. You can be around them for 0.5 seconds and know that these  two should (and did!) tie the knot. Morgan and I went to high school together, and when she contacted me about potentially being there with her on her wedding day, I was so excited. I love working with old friends, and it’s even better when I get to meet their soulmates. The deal just got even sweeter, most definitely.

You may remember Morgan & Zach’s cabin + lakeside engagement session. I’ve attached the link to see that below. Click on the image, and experience the e-session love!


Now for the big event… The wedding images! Yes, yes, and yes.

Happy Friday my loves… may all your weekend wishes come true. Barefoot and loving it, I’ll be soakin it up!

Catherine - October 19, 2012 - 10:34 pm

I am speechless, these photos are amazing and I can’t stop looking at them. You have an incredible eye and have captured the essence of the wedding much bettter than my tired mind even remembered from the day.
I can’t thank you enough for this beautiful work and giving us keepsake photos which will forever bring smiles to our family. I look forward to following your work for many, many years.
Congrats Girl and well done!!!