Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Helping discerning couples have fabulous weddings and memories that last

You only have one shot at this

Finding the right photographer is incredibly important.

If you’re looking for a Knoxville Wedding Photographer that captures your day with enthusiasm, and direction you’re in the right place.

When you think of your wedding, What will you Remember?

You want to remember these moments exactly as they were.

you want to remember stepping into your dress, the tear you felt on your mom’s cheek when she hugged you, the feel of the sun on your faces as you looked at each other and excitedly said at the very same time We’re married! You want to remember the glorious colors of your flowers you spent so much time selecting.

This is why I photograph both candid and cover-worthy moments throughout your wedding day.

What to expect working with me

You’ll have a plan so you can be confident knowing you have a photographer that can curate moments and can step back and let the moments of the day happen naturally.


Even if you feel awkward in front of a camera?

Yes, most people do – even I do! You will be given guidance into natural movement and flattering poses that aren’t stuffy and stiff.


Capture the feeling of your day

Have all the little moments, along with those tears, hugs and and great dance moves. While you enjoy your day with family and friends.


Timeless Colorful & Vibrant

I love incorporating beautiful moments and the beauty of your venue into wall-worthy images for any couple who want something extra special to highlight the beautiful location of their day.

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Be Present, Enjoy your day

You can be confident knowing those moments will be there to relive afterwards

She has a true talent for photography, and her photos are absolutely breathtaking.

I couldn’t wait to share our pictures as soon as they came in. She did a fantastic job organizing the day and capturing those candid, natural moments that make a wedding so unforgettable” 

– Kaitlyn & Peyton

Three Easy Steps

1, Fill out the Contact form

2, Book your wedding

3, Relax and check photographer off your list

Get in touch

Your Day, you deserve photographs you’ll cherish for the rest of your life

I’ll schedule a time to call we’ll talk about your wedding you’re dreaming up. A Signed contract and paid the retainer, will on my calendar!

She made us feel extremely comfortable

and really captured our personalities in our photos.

Wedding Day Timeline

This is probably one of the hardest parts for couples, figuring out how much time is needed to get great photos of each part of the day. I have made a wedding day timeline resource for you!

Why choose a First Look

Here in the south, especially Knoxville, Chattanooga and north Georgia areas it is very popular to do all the formal photos before the ceremony and go straight to the cocktail hour and reception to see all the guests. How Does it work? Click the link to read more about it.

Engagement sessions

The engagement session is great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day. This ensures, you are not meeting a stranger on the wedding day with a camera pointed at you. 2, You will look and feel comfortable in your wedding photos on the wedding day. And added bonus, you get engagement photos.

She goes the extra mile

to make couples happy She really goes after

what they want

Featured Weddings

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Hi, I’m Nelya, a Wedding Photographer in Knoxville

Unlike other photographers who just wait to see what happens, I help you with the planning and preparing for great photos from the start.

I lead with an adventurous eye and look to capture a wedding with photos that dance between a discerning balance of real moments and cover-worthy photos. You are amazing, you just need a little direction.

The 25+ Best Knoxville TN Wedding Venues…

Are you searching for the perfect Knoxville Wedding Venue but don’t have the time to spend hours upon hours searching through websites and blogs trying to find for information?

I’ve already done the work for you! You can save yourself a lot of time and research looking for that perfect venue.

All of the very best and most popular Wedding Venues in the Knoxville area are featured in this post. Including my favorite Top 10.


Every wedding collection comes with edited digital files. Every photograph you receive is edited for you to enjoy however you wish. You can print them, share on social media, send them to family and friends.

She made our wedding a day that we will never forget. We will forever have amazing photos of our great day!

I was concerned I couldn’t afford Nelya Photography, I’m so glad I did. It was the best decision that I made for my wedding. I would make that purchase over and over again!!


If you’re ready for your dream wedding and need the right photos, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for your day, you’re in the right place.  I photograph weddings as my full time job, have worked with numerous Couples and local wedding vendors.

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“It was the best experience I could have had!

WOW! WOW! WOW! we can’t imagine having anyone else capture our day!

 She made us feel good in front of the camera! She infused them with her passion and educated us about how much we’d enjoy the process and we really did!”

– Holly & Ivan Knoxville TN


Do you photograph wedding’s with pets? We’d like to include out pet

Yes. Here’s a “Cat wedding” where their cat was the ring bearer. Yes, that happened.

Where are you based?

I’m based in Knoxville Tn and serve surrounding areas including Pigeon Forge, Maryville, Cleveland TN, Chattanooga, and North Georgia.

How many Photographers will be at our wedding?

Depend on the collection you choose. For weddings with multiple events happening at the same time or larger guest count I recommend two photographers.

How many hours of photography coverage do we need?

It really depends on what you have planned, but in general 8 hours covers everything. Many couple book almost a year in advance, so as it gets closer and you know more, at that point we can know if you’ll need an additional hour or two.

Why I became a wedding Photographer in Knoxville TN

Almost 10 years ago I was asked to photograph a wedding. This was 4 weeks after I’d sat on my friend’s couch and said I would Not photograph weddings.

I photographed that wedding, then I decided to learn how to photograph weddings by working with another Knoxville wedding photographer for a couple of years. Soon after become a wedding photographer in Knoxville.

Marblegate Farm

More information about one of my favorite Venues in Knoxville

Photo Session Locations

A list of great photo session locations in Knoxville

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