Ijams Nature Center Knoxville, TN Wedding | Erin & Simon

I’ll never forget my first meeting with Erin, she walked in sporting a leopard print fur coat and a bold cat eye liner and red lips.  I was in aww, all things I could never pull off and she did it effortlessly.  She is full of joy, love and style.  Her wedding would be no different.  Her and Simon met while she was living in New Zealand and they fell in love.  They were actually getting married in New Zealand in June, but they would be having a state side celebration in October and I was thrilled to be a part of their day.

Erin’s favorite holiday is hands down Halloween and getting to have her stateside ceremony a few days before Halloween was perfect. They incorporated carving pumpkins the night before their ceremony with all of the out of town guests.  Do you know that they don’t celebrate Halloween in New Zealand?  Her New Zealand family and friends who came in for the ceremony had never carved a pumpkin!

The day was full of sweet sentimental touches, like books from her families library to decorate the tables and her gorgeous Emerald engagement ring and her perfect blush pink fur shawl.  Guests were greeted with the soft sound of the dulcimer being played and did I mention the amazing chuppah that the couple were married under??  Prior to their New Zealand ceremony the couple had asked each of their family and friends to send them a piece of cloth which would be woven into the chuppah they would marry beneath. Weaving each and every special person in their lives into their wedding ceremony in a very special way.  The sections of fabric were sewn into a beautiful piece by Simon’s mother and will be cherished for years to come.  Each of Erin and Simon’s siblings carried a corner of the chubbah to the alter for their celebration.  Enjoy reliving this beautiful day with me and show Erin and Simon some love.

If you are newly engaged or find yourself engaged over the holidays, I would love to chat with you about how I can serve you and capture you day of love.  Reach out at Info@mandyhartphoto.com to schedule a consult.

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A special thank you to some amazing vendors.
Venue:  Ijams Nature Center
Catering:  Holly’s Eventful Catering

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December 4, 2018

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