Hi I’m Nelya,

A Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Specializing in naturally posed and Candid photographs for the discerning couples -you know what you like, and don’t like – who love romance in the moments just as they are.

More than pretty photographs

You want to remember these moments exactly as they were.

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

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.

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The Best Wedding Venues

Are you searching for the perfect Knoxville Wedding Venue but but still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

I’ve collected some of the top romantic wedding venues that are perfect for gorgeous bright photography and have room for the most fun receptions! All are within a couple hours of Knoxville.

All of the very best and most popular Wedding Venues in the Knoxville area are featured in this post.

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 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?

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. And added bonus, you get Knoxville engagement photo!

“It was the best experience I could have had!

WOW! WOW! WOW! we can’t imagine having anyone else as our photographer!

 Nelya 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

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.

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

She did a fantastic job organizing the day and capturing those candid, natural moments that make a wedding so unforgettable

– Kaitlyn & Peyton

Featured Weddings

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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 recommend?

It really depends on what you have planned, but in general 8 -10 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.

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, is all you need to get on my calendar!


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.

Things I love as 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 other Knoxville wedding photographers for a couple of years. Soon after become a wedding photographer in Knoxville.