On September 5, 2009 Ashley Mowrey and Brandon Kittrell were married at Sampson's Hollow. It was a PERFECT day for a wedding ... and every little detail fell flawlessly into place. I loved working with Ashley and Brandon because they were both SO laid back and cool about everything. We had SO much fun together! It was easy for Ashley to be laid back because she had an amazing team of vendors to help pull off her day without one snag. She has written a review for each of them and Ive pasted them throughout this blog post with corresponding photos.
She has also written a little bit about how she and Brandon met:Brandon and I met in my sophomore year of college. I was playing college basketball, and he had been to watch several games. He showed interest in me, but at the time dating was the furthest thing from my mind. After talking on and off, I finally went on a date with him, and I knew from that first date that there was something special about Brandon. Not to mention that I thought he was the hottest man on earth!! Three months later Brandon left for the police academy in Nashville, and it was then that our relationship really grew. We soon fell in love, and now two and a half years later, here we are!
Venue: Sampson's Hollow,Walland, TN
I can't even begin to describe how much I love Sampson's Hollow! Brandon and I both wanted an outdoor wedding and we had our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception there. Janice Livingston and her staff are wonderful, and they go above and beyond to make sure your day goes as planned. Our wedding festivities could not have been more perfect!
The Dress: A Joyous Occasion
Joyce and her staff are wonderful!! They go above and beyond to make sure you are ready for your big day. And, they were so much fun to work with!
You know I love a little lucky charm! One of the bridesmaids found this four-leaf clover and gave it to Ashley. Sweet!
Brandon and Ashley chose to see each other before the ceremony. They had their first look in Sarah's Glen ... which is a beautiful spot but on that day at that time was filled with gnats! Annoying, yes ... but check out how cool they made the photo look. Yeah, thats a bunch of bugs!
Florist: Lisa Foster Design
I love Lisa Foster!! Choosing a florist was difficult for me because it was something I had waited until the last month to do. Once, I finally met Lisa Foster and her staff, choosing my flowers was the easiest decision I made. I put full trust in them and knew without a doubt that everything would be beautiful. They are wonderful, and I couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you Lisa Foster!
I LOVE to photograph old barns. The old smoke house at Sampson's Hollow is my favorite spot on the whole property for portraits. There are so many awesome things you can do ...
This was my perspective:
And this was Lauren's shot (love it!)
My favorite of the day:
Wedding Day Coordinator: Lesley Livingston
Lesley is very organized and did a wonderful job making sure everyone knew where they were supposed to be. She coordinated our rehearsal and ceremony and made sure that everything went smoothly. She was great to work with and always assured me that everything would go as planned. Thank you Lesley for all your hard work!
Vocalist: Leah Frazier and J.T Tallent
Leah is a very good friend and former teammate of mine, and we were so thankful to meet J.T and for him to join her. Brandon and I chose several songs for the ceremony and each of them sounded perfect!
Officiant: Mitch Webster
Mitch is a very close friend of Brandon and I and we were so honored to have him conduct our ceremony. He has been a big inspiration to both of us!
Summer of 2008 Brandon and I planned a trip to Destin, Florida. Our first night out after dinner he took me to the Destin pier. We watched the sunset, and Brandon began talking about how much he loved me and then popped the question! I was so shocked and excited, and remember my hand shaking so bad that I thought he may drop the ring off the pier into the ocean. Needless to say, the moment was perfect and I couldn't wait to marry my best friend!
Salon: Looks By Libble and Co.
Tammy Phillips and Traci Farmer did a wonderful job with all the girls' hair and makeup!
Cake: Sandra Hipshire
Sandra is a friend of my mom's and an incredible woman with a phenomenal talent. We really enjoyed working with her, and designing our cakes. Brandon especially enjoyed his football cake.
Caterer: Oliver's Catering Company
I can't even begin to express how wonderful Oliver's Catering Company is. Larry Garner and his staff are a pleasure to work with. Their food is amazing, and they made exactly what we asked for!
Branden Kimsey was so fun to work with! I left choosing the DJ up to Brandon and he could not have done a better job. I called Branden almost everyday of the last month leading up to our wedding day to tell him new song ideas I had. Even though I know I was probably driving him crazy, he was so funny and always assured me that everything would be perfect. He definitely was the life of the reception, and had people up dancing that I never thought I would see dance!
Photography: Julie Roberts
I feel so blessed to know Julie and to have had her photograph our wedding. I met with Julie about 8 months before our wedding and knew right away she was the one I wanted to photograph our wedding. Julie is so fun to work with and without a doubt the best!!! Her passion for what she does is so evident, and that's what makes her so special. Much love and thank you Julie!!