Basic Invite :: Custom Wedding Invitation Company

When it comes to planning your wedding - the details are truly what will bring your vision together for you. After shooting hundreds of weddings over the past 8 years - I definitely have a few favorite moments of the day... with the time for details shots being one. I love seeing what couples chose to bring their wedding day together, and I always love styling the invitations. Believe it or not, these items will get misplaced over the years, but my job is to capture everything and preserve that detail forever!

So when Basic Invite asked if I wanted to use their creative wedding invitations in a styled shoot - I couldn't wait!

I asked my friend Anna with Rose Moss Designs to help with some loose florals for styling, and I am loving how classic and sophisticated all the white anemones and peonies look (and you already know I love Ivy)! 

The Quarry Venue in Knoxville was the perfect location to match the style of this set. Although we didn't get to shoot at The Quarry for these photos, it was the perfect venue for the style! If you haven't found your wedding venue, definitely go check out this unique and beautiful location! 

As one of the very few companies that is truly custom, they allow you to change any element of the design to over 180 different colors! You can easily change even the individual floral elements, and customize it for your wedding season and wedding colors. And with overy 40 different colors of envelopes, you can make your invitations stand out before they're even opened.

Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set. You can create a custom collection of stationery matching your wedding vision in your marriage invites, corresponding insert cards, matching save-the-date cards, even a wedding website, ceremony programs, reception menu cards and table seating place cards! 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. Or choose this envelope option above - where everything is easily folded into the envelope itself! 

They also just rolled out a new clear collection, added rose gold to the available foil line, and just introduced foil place cards!

Now you can plan your entire wedding stationery to correspond; From the Save-the-Date cards, invitation suite, wedding website, guest book, programs, place cards and menu cards! 

This company and the options available are truly amazing! I hope you'll go check them out and order a sample of your wedding suite to see it in person! The quality and paper used are top of the line, I know you'll love them too! 

If you go visit their website now, they have a free printable wedding planner available! 
Have fun customizing! 

Emerald & Ivy :: Formerly Blush Creative Photography :: east tennessee Wedding & Elopement Photographer

I think we all are constantly striving to get from "here" to "there" - whatever that means for you. For some that may mean a new house, a promotion, completing a degree or getting married, having children... I love when I realize that I'm in a "here" place that used to be "there."

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23
 

Currently, I'm sitting in my home-office of our new home (as of this past summer), with two crazy toddlers playing in the next room, and a handsome husband at work. In a prominent place on our living room wall is a canvas of a quote that is an adaptation of the verse above. It's a daily reminder to me - that God has brought us "here." 

I'm also reflecting on the past 8 years in business. Although I still have much to learn and changes to make, I am so very blessed to be in a "here" place. When I started photography, I would shoot anything & everything - for the experience & exposure. I was  dreaming of the day that I would be "there." For me that was to contribute to the household, stay home from the corporate job and raise our family, take care of our home, and do what I love - Weddings & Elopements. Now, as of last year, I'm "Here." 

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It's also made me realize, that in the past several years I have sort of "grown out" of the business name & branding style that I started with. In the past 3 years really - I cringe a little every time I tell someone my business name, thinking they'll find it cheesy and immature. If you know me, you know I'm not really the kind of person to let people's opinions bother me. But when it comes to branding... It matters how you're seen. Even more important than perception though, is the client's experience. (More on that in a bit.)

So for the past 2 years I've been collecting my thoughts, prayers, dreams, phrases or words that have deep meaning personally, or in symbolism... And I've landed on something I just can't seem to cross off the list. 

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For me, the Emerald is more than just a stone. It's a deep sense of knowing who I am, and where I come from. Growing up, my family used to go "Gemstone Grubbing" every weekend during the summer. If you don't know what that is... you're really missing out! You get a big back of dirt and a miner's pan, and have to find the gold/gems. It's rugged and dirty and wonderful. :) We moved around a lot growing up, and as I struggled with each new school to find my place, family was always constant. And my big box of rocks. They're probably worthless stones, but I know those experiences and memories are more valuable than I could have imagined. 

It's a part of my childhood, my story, my birthstone & favorite color, and symbolizes "complex emotion, growth, peace, balance, healing." It's also said that it's the most calming color - which is what I strive to be for my clients, through the planning process and especially on their Wedding Day. I think your photographer should be someone that settles your nerves, and has a calming presence on this sometimes chaotic and whirlwind of a day. I'm also drawn to rich color, contrast, and deep emotion in my images. 

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Ivy is always seen to represent growth through even through the toughest environment, as well as deep emotional connection and affection, or eternal love. 

There's SO much I could say about my beliefs on love, eternity, marriage... but I want this part of my business name to represent another term I found in researching the meaning & symbolism of Ivy: Fidelity. Faithfulness. I believe that's one of the core values you should find in marriage. I have been so very blessed with a wonderful and faithful husband. We aren't perfect and we don't always agree on things - I let the dishes pile up and he throws his clothes on the floor. But I truly believe God created us for each other, to complete one another and honor Him in our marriage. I pray for that forever love & faithfulness for every couple I have the honor of working with. 

God's faithfulness has also been very evident in my life, in my business, in my heart. I prayed for this business. I desired to have something that I could do for others, and I couldn't do this without His faithfulness in giving me this talent, a supportive and encouraging husband, helpful and gracious family, and bringing the right clients along. 

If you're still reading, thanks so much for sticking with me! I'm not a writer, by any means! But I wanted to share my heart, in why I've decided to change my business name.  

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Beginner Digital Photography Class :: Knoxville Photographer :: Learn Your Camera & How to take better Photos

I'm so excited to do these Digital Photography classes! Photography is my passion, and my goal for this class is to help you learn your camera and learn the basics of photography to take better photos!

This class is for you, if:
1.) You're a parent wanting to learn to take better photos of your family
2.) You have a camera that you'd like to learn to use correctly in different situations (and get it off auto!) or
3.) You're new to the Photography industry and want to take your photography to the next level! 

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If you're like me, I like to know EXACTLY what to expect! So i'll try to give as much detail about the class as i can! We'll cover: 
Introductions
My personal photography style & philosophy :) (briefly! So you understand a little of my approach.)
How to capture moments, not poses - and the difference in a "snapshot" and a "good" image
Also, training your eye to tell "good" from "bad" photography
Camera Settings, what they mean and when to use them
Composition
Perspective
Finding the Light, using the light available, and the difference in quantity and quality of light
Great Photographs at any age (with some tips & tricks to captivate their attention!)
Tips & Tricks I've learned through the years working with different body types
Incorporating props, background and foreground, even a bit on wardrobe.
Working with Siblings/Groups
Workflow (even give some suggestions for great image editing programs that are free)
Q&A - specific questions about the equipment/lenses/flash you may have

There's so much involved with each of these topics, I can't list them all out here. So, come ready to learn! And don't forget to bring your camera and any lenses or equipment you want to ask about! 

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All the info covered will be provided for you in a nice booklet to refer back to. You'll also be added to the exclusive FaceBook group for class attendees for additional help after the class, if you forget something, or have questions as you practice, or would like critique or how to make an image better. Or just to show off what you've learned! I love seeing before/after examples! 

Also, throughout the course I will give you ideas for how to implement different things, with a couple of "assignments" to start practicing right away! 


The next class is scheduled for January 13, 2018.

This class is roughly 3 hours long, starting at 12:30PM sharp, and packed full of PRACTICAL instruction! This isn't the typical, super-technical college style class...

You'll actually learn HOW to take better photos right away! 

SELECT YOUR CLASS DATE/TIME:

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, ENROLL TODAY! 
Only 10 spots available for this class!


Are you looking to purchase a new camera? Here's a great review of some beginner DSLR cameras out there! (Just a note, I'm a HUGE fan of the Canon T6i.) 
https://www.reviews.com/digital-camera/dslr/ 

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Just so you know, this is not specifically a class for professional photographers, or those wanting tips on creating a photography business. We will touch on post-processing (editing), but will not go in-depth. 
I do, however, offer one-on-one for business or photographer mentoring. Let me know if you're interested in setting up a consultation to determine if this would benefit you and your business!
I'm also working on a class specifically for the more advanced photographers and those interested in learning more about growing their photography as a business. Just let me know if you'd be interested in that workshop, and I'll be sure to let you know when that's planned! The only prerequisite will be that you take this basic course first, so I know you have a good grasp on these topics first. 

Mike & Jenny | March 25, 2017 | The Reserve At Bluebird Hill | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Venue: The Reserve At Bluebird Hill
Photographer: Blush Creative Photography, Stephanie Kozick
Second Photographer: Cassidy Garcia Photography
Flowers by Echelon Florist
Bride's Gown is a Mori Lee, from Nearly Newlywed
Groom's suit is a Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaids' Dresses Vera Wang from David's Bridal
Bride's Hair/Makeup done by her favorite stylist, Nadia Lenko
DJ/Lighting by Corey Ozair of Music in Motion
Officiant Chuck O'Connor of Sensational Ceremonies
Catering from Dead End BBQ
Cake by Cheryl McMillan Cake Design
Ceiling Draping & Lighting by Luma Designs
Hand-lettered signs and Favors made by the bride! 
Guest Favors, potted Succulents from Dixie Lee Nursery & Garden

HUDSON GRAY :: 6 DAYS NEW :: NEWBORN STUDIO SESSION :: KNOXVILLE NEWBORN & BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

I couldn't have asked for a sweeter baby to cuddle! This little dude LOVES to be held, but only fussed a little. We were able to get so many pictures in our time together!

I'm so excited to see this family grow over the next year. Hudson makes baby #3, and I'm positive brother and sister love him to pieces already! 

Teal & Gray striped sleep cap and pants from Azure Raine
Blue & Tan plaid newsboys cap and pants from Darling Desirae
All wraps from either Red Owl Photo Props or Lavender Lou Handmade

Welcome Morgan Leanne :: 7 Days New :: Knoxville Newborn Photographer

Sweet baby Morgan is here!

She was one of the easiest babies to work with! I couldn't believe how well she was doing! 

And I'm loving these bright colors! This is something new for me, as I usually work in neutrals and very soft colors! I LOVE it! :)

Big sister Hayley was also so easy to photograph as a newborn! I'll post a side by side of sisters at the bottom of this post! :) 

Enjoy!

Hayley Elizabeth, February 14, 2014 (Left) and Morgan Leanne, May 31, 2016 (Right)

Welcome Charlotte :: 5 Days New :: Knoxville Newborn Photographer

It seems like we've been talking about little Charlotte for months, and planning and dreaming of all the cute ideas we had for her photos... But little Miss had other plans for us! She was actually born on my birthday, May 16th - and if it's true what they say about similarities between people born on the same day is true... She's going to be strong-willed and determined like me! I can't complain one bit about getting to cuddle this sweetie! but goodness, little angel you hold the record for longest awake time for a newborn! 

So here's a sneak peek for the Henry family from Charlotte's shoot! 

Gage & Savannah :: Engagement Session :: Knoxville Wedding Photographer

If ever there was a couple that absolutely are perfect together - Savannah and Gage are that! From the short time we spent doing these photos, it was obvious that they just adore one another, and have such a sweet relationship. I'm so honored to have a part in telling their story through Engagements and their wedding this May!