Central Collective Wedding
As a wedding photographer, it is both my pleasure and my privilege to capture love. That’s exactly what I was able to do back in March at Cassie and Lauren’s Central Collective wedding. These two women treated me like a friend from the moment that I met them. They are inspirational ladies who value being themselves and surrounding themselves with supporting and like-minded people. They are caring, conscientious and supportive. It was an honor to be their wedding photographer.
Cassie and Lauren wanted an intimate wedding filled with do-it-yourself personalized details. That’s how their proposal was as well. They got engaged at the bluffs on Alum Cave Trail in the Smokies, and it, too, was simple and intimate. I love the energy that these two had together. Their personalities dovetailed in such a wonderful way, with Cassie’s boisterous enthusiasm complementing Lauren’s more quiet and reserved nature. They both work in the mental health field, working almost exclusively with LGBTQ+ clients. They’re passionate about their love for Knoxville and they are committed to be involved in ways to make it better.
For their DIY Central Collective wedding, there was such a focus on friends. Those friends were so involved in helping Cassie and Lauren create their DIY wedding vision. Since the brides’ parents are deeply conservative, they were not very supportive, so the wedding planning fell to the brides. Luckily, their amazing friends were there to support them, lift them up and celebrate. The result was perfect. A simple, intimate, party filled with love, joy, and friendship. Those friends made the wedding really special for them.
The brides got ready at their East Knoxville home. Many of their friends came early, so the house was bustling with stories, laughter, and champagne. I took some pictures with the brides, and then we made our way to the ceremony and reception at Knoxville’s The Central Collective.
The Central Collective is a mixed-use creative space available for rental for events and engagement with Knoxville’s creative community. While it also hosts a number of art shows, workshops, yoga classes, and other community events, it is an amazing space to rent as a wedding venue. With its huge windows and rooftop gathering space, it was a wonderful backdrop for Lauren and Cassie’s intimate wedding celebration.
Thank you, Lauren and Cassie, for asking me to be your wedding photographer for your wonderful Knoxville wedding. It was such a wonderful day, and I am so happy I was a part of it.
Knoxville Wedding Photography
With Erin Morrison Photography, love wins. I am an LGBTQ+ friendly wedding photographer. I firmly believe you should be who you are and love whomever you love. Love should be celebrated in all forms—a little awkward, a little messy, a little crazy but always special. No matter who you love, if you’re a happy couple, I am happy to photograph you and your love. Contact me for more information.
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