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Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.

Wedding :: Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!! Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee

This wedding is off the charts gorgeous!  I'm so excited to share these images ... I don't even know where to begin.  Once again, I'm posting in two parts because there is just too much for one blog post to handle.  So here we begin with part one of Heather and Kevin Griffin's super southern, super chic wedding.

For those of you who are only here for photos you can keep scrolling.  I want to take a paragraph here to thank some really important people.  I photographed this wedding at 7 months pregnant and there is no way I could have done it without the help of a few people who must be recognized.  First of all my second shooter Sara Arms and assistant Margaretanne Ingle.  Their contribution to this event in beautiful imagery, companionship, and support are immeasureable.  I simply couldn't have asked for a more amazing team to work with.  Second I am SO greatful and forever indebted to Darla Walker at Castleton Farms.  This team of professionals went so far beyond being accomodating ... they provided our team with walkie-talkies and a golf cart.  When you give a pregnant woman a walkie-talkie and a golf cart you make a friend for life. I can not say thank you enough to Darla and her staff for being so wonderful.  And finally ... I want to thank Heather and Kevin for so many things:  For trusting me to document this beautiful and incredibly important day in their lives ... for being so much fun and easy to work with ... for being so thoughtful with all of their planning ... and for being so in love.  When it's the real thing and it's obvious it's so easy to make beautiful images. 

Alrighty ... on to the good stuff ... AND an interview with Heather ::


Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

How did the two of you meet? Kevin and I met in March 2006 during a trip I took to Miami with some girlfriends. A mutual friend helped connect my roommate at the time with Kevin and a group of his friends who invited us out on their boat. Who would’ve guessed we’d never meet until this night even though we both grew up in Knoxville, had some of the same friends and lived most of our lives just miles apart! We had an immediate chemistry and several months later we began a long distance relationship.



Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

What was your favorite thing about planning your wedding? The most fun part of wedding planning was in the beginning stages. Castleton Farms set up a “Castleton experience” where we met with several of our vendors in one day. The food tasting was definitely Kevin’s favorite part. We also really enjoyed working with Designs in Paper to come up with our invitation design and personalized paper goods. I also really enjoyed the hunt for the dress. NY Bride and Groom did some amazing custom work on my gown to make it look exactly how I wanted and made it such a fun experience.


Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Was there a moment when you knew you were in love? Even though there was an immediate attraction, I fell in love with Kevin over the course of months of phone conversations. I moved to Panama City in September 2006 to start my career in broadcasting, and Kevin remained in Miami while attending law school. Six months passed before we saw each other again for just the second time. I was hooked. It certainly didn’t take long for him to sweep me off my feet with his charm! (Kevin says it was love at first sight )


Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Describe the proposal: Just before Valentine's Day, Kevin planned a skiing trip to Beech Mountain, NC where he rented a cabin for the weekend. When we arrived on Saturday, I had no idea what was about to happen. Because we love to take trips together, I assumed it was just another fun trip, and I was prepared for an adventure since we had never been skiing together. We spent the entire afternoon hanging out in the cabin, talking, relaxing, and just having an amazing time being together with no distractions. It was the perfect day. Kevin made reservations that night at Jackalope's View restaurant which has an incredible view of the slopes. As we got ready for dinner, I bundled up in my warmest clothes before heading out the door. As we went to leave, Kevin grabbed my hand and, when I turned around, he was on his knee, telling me how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Of course, I said yes!


Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography


Bride's Shoes: Reception boots: Lucchese Boot Company


Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Three adjectives that describe your wedding day are: We’d describe our wedding as a fun-filled, shabby-chic, Pinteresting kind of wedding (Kevin just made this up and he thinks he’s so clever)



Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Amazing florals ... Lisa Foster Floral Design
duh!

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Video and photography were the two MOST important things to me when planning our wedding. It is so important to choose vendors who will creatively document your day and capture the special moments that will last forever. They captured so much of the day that we didn’t even get to see, and now we can relive it over and over again for the rest of our lives.


Videographer: Life Productions

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it? We didn’t really have any big day-of-crises thanks to our fabulous wedding planner, Darla Walker. She took care of everything! As stressed as I was before the wedding making sure we had everything in place, I let it all go on the big day and just enjoyed every moment.



Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography


Bride's Shoes: Ceremony shoes - Kate Spade


Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Groom's attire: Suit USA

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

What was the best thing about the whole day? I really enjoyed our time together before the ceremony. There was some debate about whether we should see each other beforehand, but I’m so glad we did! We had our “first look” in the vineyard, and it was so special to exchange gifts and take a moment to be together before the craziness began!



Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Bride's Earrings: gift from Kevin from Diamond’s Direct Southpark (Charlotte, NC)

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Bride's Dress and veil: NY Bride and Groom (Charlotte, NC)

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Heather and Kevin Griffin :: Married!!  Part ONE :: Castleton Farms :: Tennessee, Julie Roberts Photography

Watch for the part two blog next week ... be sure not to miss it because the bridal party was hilarious, the ceremony was so sweet, and the reception was a major blast complete with a fireworks surprise.  Yeah ... it's coming!

Planner: Darla Walker (Executive Dir. Castleton Farms)

Ceremony venue: Castleton Farms

Florist: Lisa Foster Floral Design

Bride's Dress and veil: NY Bride and Groom (Charlotte, NC)

Bride's Earrings: gift from Kevin from Diamond’s Direct Southpark (Charlotte, NC) 

Bride's Shoes: Ceremony shoes - Kate Spade, Reception boots: Lucchese Boot Company 

Videographer: Life Productions

Groom's attire: Suit USA

Invitations/Programs: Designs in Paper

 

What do you think? Leave me some feedback!

Your Name
Jul 6, 2012Izzy Hudgins
Oh Julie! These are AMAZING, the one of them on the swing with her veil, le sigh! What a gorgeous venue! Next time you get a wedding there, can I come second shoot!?
Jul 5, 2012Lorie Fox
This wedding is stunning! Love the colors, the style and of course your photos!!!!
 

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