Sun Dance Farm Knoxville Wedding | Holly + Ivan

Sun Dance Farm Knoxville Wedding | Holly + Ivan

Sun Dance Farm Knoxville wedding

We met though through Instagram and a mutual friend  who came out to help coach a little kids hockey practice one March day in Knoxville.
Holly had spent her days at the ice rink though we’d never run into each other, we just had practices on different days.
Holly had always said she’d like me to be her wedding photographer at her future wedding. That day came this past weekend!

The day started out a little rough. It was raining. We all mentally prepared ourselves for plan B, an indoor ceremony. Tropical storm Cindy was predicted to still be hanging around and sharing more rain with us. Holly had always imagined a beautiful outdoor ceremony on her wedding day. So she asked all her friends and coworkers to pray for no rain long enough for an outdoor ceremony. It cleared up with some sunshine long enough to just barely squeeze in the whole ceremony!

Holly and Ivan,
thank you for allowing me to document your amazing love story. This is just the beginning! I hope you enjoy your honeymoon in Arizona and the rest of this great adventure called life together. I hope you love my favorite moments of your day!!! There were so many that I loved and it was hard to narrow it down!
Much Love, Nelya


SUNDANCE FARM wedding venue and blingy garter

wedding dress hanging at Sun Dance Farms in Knoxville TN

wedding program fans and cactus plants

sundance farms front garden and wedding rings on a book

wedding donuts and bride with hair and make up by Southern Sirens in Knoxville

bridesmaids adjusting bride's dress on wedding day

bride's hands with monogramed charm bracelet and bride sitting with bouquet in bridal suite at Sun dance farms in Knoxville

bride doing a little happy dance in her wedding dress

bride reading love letter from groom on her wedding day

bride reading letter at sundance farm in knoxville

bride and flower girl photo under long veil

groom attire navy and patriotic bowtie

groom standing next to wwii jeep and adjusting his watch

dad seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.

Southern Sirens did an outstanding job with Holly’s beautiful hair and makeup and adding in her favorite yellow roses.


bride annd bridesmaids in navy with red yellow and blue bouquets

groom and groomsmen posed on WWII jeep at sundance farm in knoxville TN

bride and girls sitting on couch outside at Sun dance farm in Knoxville

red white and navy bridesmaid dresses and mother of groom dresses

wedding party in sunglasses and navy vests in Knoxville TN

bridesmaids and bride in lower wedding ceremonyarea at sun dance farm in Knoxville

knoxville wedding partyphotos with bride and bridesmaids

Their long time friend Jason officiated the wedding and prayed with them during their “no-look” prayer before the ceremony.

bride and groom having a before ceremony "No-look" first prayer

knoxville outdoor wedding ceremony site at Sun dance Farm

flower girls carrying ring bearer and daisies

groom seeing his bride walkdown the aisle for the first time

grooms reaction when seeing his bride

happy smiling groom at wedding ceremony in Knoxville

bride smiling her best smile as she sees her groom

flower girls laughing in cream colored dresses at wedding ceremony in Tennessee

outside wedding ceremony with white drapes and chandeliers

the real Holly Wheaton

navy blue wedding at Sundance farm in Knoxville

bride in dress from White lace and promises in Knoxville

Sun Dance farm Knoxville wedding

wedding photography poses with the bride and groom

bride and groom smiling at camera after wedding

bride running in cowboy boots and wedding dress. Groom in navy blue suit

bride with long veil blowing in the wind

reception under the tent with miss matched china at Sun Dance wedding venue

Ivan rode dirt bikes at The Mountain track, the same track I’ve photographed dirt bike friends at. We were never there on the same day and had never actually met there. Seeing his dirt bike track grooms cake made me think of all my motofamily/ friends and

red velvet mini cup cakes, donut bites and a grooms cake made as a dirt bike track

bride and grooms first dance to music by Special Notes in Knoxville

bride laughing with her husband during their first dance

daddy daughter dance under the tent during tropical storm Cindy

mother son dance at Sun dance farm on Prater lane in Knoxville

The maid of honor and best man sang the most amazing toast ever!!

maid of honor giving best toast ever to bride and groom

bride dancing with grand parents at her wedding

knoxville wedding open dancing at the reception at horse stable

We ended with a balloon exit.  I’d spent the days leading up to this wedding saying how I really wasn’t sure how I was going to photograph this exit. There were so many variables, would it be dark, would there be a sunset, would it rain, would people even come outside if it was raining? 5 minutes before the scheduled exit It was raining a steady drizzle. Vicky, the owner at Sun Dance Farm lent me a clear bag to protect my flash from the steady rain. The guests were the best, and all came out in the warm summer rain to see Holly and Ivan off!

balloon wedding exit in the rain at night


Many thanks to the following creative team for making the day happen and turn out wonderfully!

Venue Sun Dance Farm

Wedding dress White Lace and Promises

Hair and makeup artist Southern Sirens

Florist Swank Floral

DJ Jim Ogle of Special Notes

Caterer Lee’s Chicken

Cake The Bee’s knees bakery

Cup cakes Lil Miss Flossy

T.J’S Waffles

China Setting the Wedding

Photographer Nelya


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