Sometimes, I meet a family or a group of friends sharing so much love for each other that my heart jumps with joy. This was precisely the case with Logan and Sydney. I just couldn't stop smiling for the whole day and left their wedding with a glowing grin. I came home from their cabin wedding in Gatlinburg, TN, wearing this smile at the end of the day, still full of excitement for those two! As well as for their talented young friends (there was even a poet whose toast was a very witty limerick!) and their warm-hearted and kind family members!
She almost hit him with her car, which is how Logan and Sydney met! Her vehicle had the brakes fixed the same day, so Sydney managed to stop just inches apart from Logan's skateboard, leaving him shocked and bewildered -either by his lucky escape or by Sydney's beauty. Both science students, they dated through college. The real test of their relationship came when Logan got a job in NYC, and Sydney decided to move with him from her native South Carolina. They lived through the hardest Covid quarantine year in the Big Apple, and by the end of the year-long Covid restrictions, they knew they belonged together. Don't you agree that if you spend a year with someone crammed into a small apartment without many opportunities to socialize and not develop cabin fever, it must be your sole mate?!!
They have opted for an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony with close friends and family in a cabin close to Gatlinburg, TN. They couldn't have chosen a more perfect September day in the Smokies! It was summer-like warm, and the sun was shining. The Appalachian mountains created a beautiful backdrop with their famous blue misty atmosphere and occasional cotton-candy cloud.
The house comfortably fitted their large immediate families from different parts of the US and an intertwined bunch of their college friends. This place was just perfectly suited for celebrations to carry on into the afternoon and evening!
I am so happy I managed to snap the fun and whimsical aspects of the celebration the couple has planned! And there was a lot to prepare for this intimate yet elegant wedding! Every little detail of their blush pink, fuzzy peach, and emerald green wedding palette just came together flawlessly. Everything was in its perfect place: from floral ties for gentlemen to the beautiful pink cufflinks made for Logan by his younger brother.
There were so many surprises stored for guests, including a giant taco pinata and a flower dude dancing down the aisle in sunglasses and with a fanny pack. Their beloved dog, Jynx, dressed as a ballerina (!!!), delivering rings and even custom temporary tattoos of the bride and groom!
Sydney's older sister, Amber, a talented florist, created an incredible flower arch and exquisite table centerpieces that contributed to the summer-like atmosphere of the celebration. The couple was dancing their way down the aisle to an upbeat song! And I almost cried during their vows (Logan's was especially long and touchy!). Enjoy reliving their wedding day through my eyes!!!
Ceremony & Reception | Cielito Lindo
Dress Store | David's Bridal
Cake | Fox Den Baking Co.
Caterer | First Fruits Catering
Florist | Laurel Creek Florist
“Working with Elena for our wedding was easy and a delight. Throughout the experience, she was exceptionally organized and communicative. She was very proactive and flexible to ensure that she captured the moments that were important to us. She did a phenomenal job of capturing our ceremony and celebrations from a wide array of angles and perspectives. She really did it all - excellent action shots of dancing, candid moments, as well as incredible portraiture. We will be cherishing her hard work for a lifetime!”
PS: Here is a limerick delivered as a toast and written by Logan and Sydney's college friend, Carter:
"There once was a boy oh so plucky
And a girl who made him feel lucky
Shame they are both students
‘Twasnt fiscally prudent
Getting married outside of Kentucky
They met on a street in St Looey
When he was skateboarding to school she
Hit him with her car
Then they hit the bar
And now they split 2-for-1 sushi
Now I’m not sure why I was invited
We’ve hung out like thrice, unrequited
But I am so glad
To have two friends so rad
May your hearts be forever United"