Knoxville Wedding Photographer
A Long Distance Love: Keenan + Heather
It may come as a surprise (har har har), but as a Knoxville wedding photographer, I really love a good love story. I love hearing a couple’s story so I can connect with them and their vision for their wedding day. Keenan and Heather have one of those love stories that really gets you right in the feels. They’re both originally from Tennessee, but had a long distance relationship for over two years when he was stationed in Texas and Afghanistan. While on his tour of duty for the Army, he asked for Heather’s hand in marriage from her father by Skype, and teamed up with her family and friends to buy her engagement ring so it would be ready when he returned from the Middle East. The evening before they packed up to move Heather to Texas, he popped the question.
The couple wanted a very intimate gathering, so they selected a comforting, historic home that Keenan helped restore in earlier years in his hometown of LaFollette, TN. They wanted the day to be about them, their love and the sacrifice it took to get there. They succeeded. With only about 25 close friends and family surrounding them, they said “I Do” under the light of a home that’s stood for over one hundred years. They weren’t attended by bridesmaids or groomsmen, which created a really cool connection between everyone. The closeness and love was-you guessed it-in the air.
Another unique aspect to their wedding included opening their gifts during the dinner reception. It was really fun to watch their reactions, and the interactions with the guests. This couple is a great example of achieving your goals for your wedding. Make sure it represents you, your needs, and who you are as a couple. Small weddings can achieve the beauty and attention to detail just as easily as large ones.