Jake + Jaleesa

Jake + Jaleesa

Spring Tennessee wedding

The day of Jake and Jaleesa’s wedding was forecast to be a pretty good chance of rain and turned out to be a slightly sunny overcast day that worked out perfectly for photos! The Hiwassee River Weddings riverside ceremony area was the perfect setting.

I loved meeting Jaleesa’s sweet family, and catching up with Jake’s family … you may remember his brother Kaleb and Linda’s wedding from a few years ago. And I loved meeting so many of their friends.

I think one of my favorite parts of the day was Jake and Jaleesa’s first look! Their few moments together were so beautiful.

It is such an honor not only to call Jake and Jaleesa friends but to be the one who captured one of the most special days of their life! What a gift!!! I love my job and I love this sweet couple!

Congratulations to the newlyweds! I am so excited for you as you begin this adventure together!! I hope you’re loving life and enjoying South Carolina without a care in the world!

Here are a few of my favorites from this beautiful spring wedding.

wedding ring in a pink rose and white wedding shoes with silver emblem on toe

wedding invitation in blush and navy and wedding rings on white styling board.

dogwood blossoms. And a bride getting in her wedding dress in the bridal suite at Hiwassee River Weddings

wedding rings on a cream colored vintage handkerchief. And a cocnut three tiered wedding cake with hydrangeas

bride walking in early spring down tree covered road at Hiwassee River weddings

Jaleesa you are so beautiful!

bride reading letter from groom. Bride's face reflecting in the mirror as she reads a letter from the groom

groom's leather shoes, blush colored necktie from Belk. And a wrapped gift for the groom from the bride.

Black and white photo of groom putting on his jacket. And a little handmade medallion that says Let the Adventure begin!

A sign saying Love is patient, Love is Kind on the wall in the groom's room at Hiwassee River Weddings. And a smiling groom buttoning his navy blue jacket outside on the stairs.

Bride walking up to her groom for the first look down by the river next to the ceremony area.

This is probably one of my favorite first looks that I’ve ever photographed.

groom's fabulous reaction to seeing his bride at the First look

Look at that reaction from these two.

bride and groom walk towards each other smiling happy tears.

groom embracing his soon to be wife at First Look.

Bride and groom outside in April in Delano TN

Groom looking back at his bride as they walk along the edge of the Hiwassee River in Delano TN

wedding portraits of bride and groom standing on the banks of the river under hazy april sunshine before the storm came in.

groom nuzzling bride's temple as the wind blew her veil across her face

groom in navy suit and bride in white lace wide strapped wedding dress and looking down smiling. In east Tennessee near Cleveland.

groom and bride in early april on the edge of the river in Tennessee.

little tiny bride and groom walking through big bright green early spring trees near Chattanooga.

blush and navy wedding party in front of the riverside ceremony area at Hiwassee River weddings venue

full large wedding party under tall trees by the river in east TN. And coral bridesmaids dresses.

blush and navy wedding party in background with bride and groom in front

bridesmaids in coral long dresses on the patio over looking the river at Hiwassee river weddings

groom and broomsmen walking under the tall pines at south east Tennessee wedding venue

bride in wedding dress with short train, groom and groomsmen in navy blue and white at april wedding on the Hiwassee river in Delano TN

bridal party walking along river edge single file wearing blush and navy

groom and groomsmen in front of large wooden cross at Hiwassee river weddings

two people in wedding clothes outside on a cloudy day near Cleveland TN

Spring Tennessee wedding

bride and her girls in blush dresses before the wedding ceremony

bride and groom on steps of huge stailcase leading to the river at Hiwassee River weddings

wedding couple pose standing nose to nose in the afternoon light in east tennessee

people outside at a Southern wedding along the Hiwassee river on a warm april day

bridal party inside in front of big oak wooden doors at Hiwassee river weddings.

groom seeing his bride walk out the big wooden doors at Hiwassee River weddings venue. And Dad walking his daughter down the big wooden steps to the wedding with everyone watching

the groom watching for his bride at outdoor wedding ceremony in Tennessee

riverside wedding ceremony in south east tennessee near North georgia

wedding ceremony outside on the river at Hiwassee river weddings

outdoor wedding ceremony by the river in east TN under wooden arbor.

outside wedding ceremony. Bride and groom's first kiss must have shot.

newly married couple walking up stairs at Hiwassee River Weddings venue

redding reception in navy, greenery and gold at Hiwassee River weddings near Chattanooga TN

Kim and Tonya of Hiwassee River Weddings’ design team brought the reception together beautifully. I love the navy, greenery and gold here.

hanging greenery and pink peopnies as reception decor at hiwassee River weddings

bride and groom entering wReception at Hiwassee River weddings in Delano TN

bride and groom dancing to music by two guitars at wedding reception in Delano TN

Jake’s dad sang for their first dance.

wedding first dance in front of the great big oak doors at Hiwassee River weddings

weddings guests gathered for bouquet toss outside on the patio in front of the wedding venue

wedding guests gathered outside for garter toss

bride and groom walking under sparklers held by guests hoping not to get burnt

We had the sparkler exit under the lights of the forest ceremony area, you can see the little twinkly lights here.

bride and groom running and laughing under sparkler exit in east TN at Hiwassee River Weddings in Delano TN

As Jake and Jaleesa were saying good bye to the last guests it happened…

wedding couple under blue umbrella in the rain at the forest ceremony site at Hiwassee River weddings.

YES, it just started to rain!! There I was preparing for a different kind of night shot when the rain came, so it was rather unplanned, I mean, Who plans for rain to just start for a photo opportunity??? It rained at the end of Kaleb and Linda’s wedding, now Jake and Jaleesa, and   I’m now sure when the youngest brother Koby gets married it will rain at the very end of his wedding also! 🙂

… A quick sprint to look for an umbrella and we can do this! I heard someone yelled “Nelya it’s really starting to rain…” But we were already on it!

I believe those white round spots are from drops of water on my lens with the light of the flash lighting them up.


Many thanks to the creative team for making the day so wonderful

Wedding Venue: Hiwassee River Weddings

Cake: Lila

Dress Store: David’s Bridal

Invitations: Shutterfly

Flowers: Kim Duncan, Hiwassee River weddings style team

Reception decor and design: Hiwassee River Weddings style team

Catering: Buddy’s Barbecue

Photographer: Nelya

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