Cynthia Fain married Andy Dennis on September 13, 2009 at Sampson's Hollow
. All of the decor and flowers were done by Janice and Leslie and the Sampson's Hollow team. They did a wonderful job making this wedding beautiful ... and the pictures are proof that every detail was perfect and lovely.
That's right - Sampson's Hollow two weekends in a row for me. LOVE IT THERE!!! The owners and staff there are quite possibly the most accommodating, hard working people ever. Beyond that, they really know how to make you feel at home. Guests, wedding party, vendors - it doesn't matter - when you're at Sampson's Hollow, everyone is family!
Oh, and its beautiful there too.
Cynthia is special because I have known her since 1st grade. We used to twirl batons in sequined outfits and play with baby dolls together. It was so special for me to get to photograph her wedding day. I am so happy for her.
Cynthia is crazy photogenic and beautiful! I LOVED photographing her!
The old smoke house ... my favorite!
Cynthia and Andy waited to see each other at the ceremony. The anticipation was exciting.
Very sweet and beautiful mother of the groom.
Finally they see each other for the first time ... this pair of images makes my heart smile!
One of the many things I love about Sampson's Hollow is that there are so many beautiful spots to photograph. They even have options for the ceremony. The wedding I did the previous week was held in the open field with the mountain view. Cynthia and Andy opted for Sarah's Glen. Which is a more intimate area set in the woods surrounded by trees. It was completely perfect!
My favorite portrait of the bride and groom:
Oh, no wait ... this one is my favorite:
Cynthia and Andy's story:
Andy and I got together a little over 3 years ago through mutual friends. He proposed to me at Rock City (one of my favorite places on earth) in Chattanooga on Feb. 16th of this year. I had a long weekend so we went up to Chattanooga to stay the night that weekend. I was always going on & on about wanting to stay at a B&B since I never had, but Andy was never crazy about the idea. He booked a cottage room at the Chanticleer Inn across from Rock City. I got the feel of staying at a B&B while he got the privacy of our room not being in the main house. Of course, I loved it & thought it was just the greatest & sweetest thing in itself. We got up the next morning to go to Rock City. He was sort of rushing me & I got a little aggravated because I was wanting to take my time to get ready since I normally have to rush. So we finally got there & I had a great time walking around & enjoying the sights. I had no idea that was going to be the day that he proposed! We got to the top at the lookout & we looked around at the awesome views. It was Feb. & really cold, so I kept putting my hands in his jacket pocket. Little did I know that he had the ring box in there, I just thought that it was his tobacco! After we had been out there for what seemed like forever, I said I was cold & going in. He asked me to just wait a little longer, so I said fine & went to the bathroom. When I got back he waited another minute or so before he asked. He pulled the ring out & asked me if I would marry him. Of course I said YES! He had gotten me an Irish wedding band (Clauddagh) to propose with so that I could pick out my own "official" engagement & wedding ring. I was on top of the world (figuratively & literally)! I called my mom, sister, & best friend to tell them & his whole family already knew since he had talked to them about it before hand. Anyway, that's pretty much how it all began. Nothing extraordinary or spectacular, just simple & down to earth yet somehow still so thoughtful & special, very much like the man I fell in love with & now am married to!