Since I’m approaching the home stretch of my pregnancy, I hired a third person to join the second shooter and me at Kayla and Skylar’s wedding at Burnett Family Farm. Her job was to carry my heavy bags, make sure my water bottle stayed full, fluff the dress, toss the veil, etc. We met at my house Saturday morning and headed out to Burnett Family Farm, which I thought was in Crossville. My GPS had me exit off the interstate toward Oak Ridge though. It took us through Oliver Springs, Wartburg, and then, put us out at Deer Lodge. We were to arrive at 11:30am, and I mentioned to the girls that we would swing by a fast food place for lunch before we started shooting for the day. But the last fast food place we passed was over an hour away. Not even a Subway. The address it took me to was a private residence, and as I tried called the venue contact, my service cut out. Fortunately, a gray 4Runner pulled in the driveway. She was with Burnett Family Farm and pointed us to the only place close where we could get some lunch. We were about an hour early so we drove down the road to a Mennonite grocery mart that also served sandwiches. They make their own bread and offer really delicious hot and cold sandwiches. I drove back to the venue to drop off the second shooter before making my way to the bride at a cabin without an address. Of course, I got lost, and Kayla’s mom had to come rescue me. Thank you, Missy!
The whole morning was full of rain. Unfortunate rain. I asked the bride how she felt about using umbrellas and going out in it anyway. She said, “I’ll do whatever you want me to do for the best photos.” Then, I asked the bridesmaids, and they gave me the same response. I couldn’t be more thankful to be surrounded by people who trust me. This venue is out in the country, in case you haven’t gathered that, and it’s SO pretty. It has vibrant fall colors, long winding gravel driveways, wide open fields, and a barn that matched the wedding colors flawlessly. The forecast was coming and going all day long, and for the most part stayed to a tiny little drizzle. Praise Jesus we actually got to take all of our outdoor photos without an umbrella. Everyone’s hair and makeup stayed flawless. Plus, the boys’ suits didn’t show rain sprinkles. Other than all the girls freezing their tushies off, we had a very successful portrait time.
One of the things I loved most about this wedding was that despite the rain and getting delayed from the timeline by over an hour, the bride and groom were as happy as could be. They weren’t stressed or worried because they focused on the importance of the day, and nothing was going to get in the way of that. They trusted me, they trusted their venue, and they left the stress far far away so there was room for all the joy.
I’m so thankful to Kayla and Skylar for trusting me with one of the most important days of their lives. They easily could have let the weather get in the way of their happiness, but they didn’t. It was beautiful.
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Venue: Burnett Family Farm
Second Photographer: Morgan Hayley Photography
Videographer: Lions Creative LLC
Cake: Patty Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Perfecting Beauty
Wedding Dress: White Lace and Promises
Wedding Dress Designer: Essense of Australia
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Attire: Generation Tux
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