Michelle and I drove for several hours last November to photograph Benjamin and Heidi's lovely wedding day. We had such a fun drive there, traveling through the mountains of East TN and stopping to get coffee along the way. We discovered some amazing restaurants in Knoxville the day before the wedding, and fell in love with the city's architecture and little shops as we explored Downtown a bit. (The best sushi I ever had was at a place in Knoxville, though I can't remember the name at the moment!) When Benjamin and Heidi asked me to photograph their wedding, I felt incredibly special that they had chosen us! I had gotten to know the Birdsong family while going to Synergy Youth camp as a teen, and taking pictures there through college. They led the teens in worship and you could tell they were sincere and humble, even though they are some of the most talented individuals I know. For the week we were there, they would hang out on the beach and get to know the kids, making friends with a lot of us. :) So when we got to the church to photograph the wedding, it was fun seeing their family again and catching up a little in between pictures.
Heidi and Benjamin are such a beautiful couple and we loved how they created special moments throughout their wedding day. Heidi had some of her bridesmaids set up a table full of gifts for Benjamin, which included tshirts and pictures, sodas for the groomsmen, and a book she wrote for him titled "Reasons I Want To Marry You". The vows they said to each other during the ceremony were beautiful and precious, and I loved them so much I asked them if we could adapt them for mine and Jimmy's wedding as well! They ended the ceremony in the most fitting way for them, by singing a few worship songs and inviting everyone to worship with them. And when they walked back down the isle as Husband and Wife, the cute song they wrote and sung for each other played through the speakers as everyone followed them out. :)
Thanks Heidi and Benjamin for inviting us to be a part of your special day, we had so much fun and we were so happy to be a part of it. Special thanks to Michelle Fisher who was my lovely and talented second shooter for this wedding!