Our Visit to see the Elk in Cataloochee

Cataloochee, North Carolina

While visting family in Tennesse we heard that you could see alot of Elk down in Cataloochee and packed a picnic dinner to check it out. It was a windy, one lane road up a mountain to get to the National Park of Catalooche. I’m terrified of heights and practically held my breath the whole way up while my mother drove my car. Of course the scenery was beautiful and as the sun began to set, the Elk started coming out into the fields. They were everywhere and enormous. I brought my 70-200 mm lens, so I was able to get some closer shots, but the Elk didn’t seem to be afraid of people and walked up pretty close to vehicles and people standing around. We stopped at a historic house and barn built in the early 1900’s and had a picinic dinner. While setting up for the picnic Evie thought it would be fun to play in the creek and obviously she had a ball. Her face was priceless as she splashed around and got her skirt and hair soaked. As dusk settled in we made our way out of the park stopping a few times to check out a few more Elk roaming around. All in all we had a great time and definitly a neat experience for the family.

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Family Vacation to the Mountains of Tennessee

Took a Girl’s trip to visit some family in the Smokies of Tennessee! We are having a blast. No cell service or internet unless we go into town. I decided to take Evie hiking on Bull Mountain where my grandmother’s land is. We got to the top and took a few pictures.

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Paleo Friday! {Lemon Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash}

This might be my favorite Recipe. It may sound complicated, but it’s really not and well worth every bite! These are my awesome Instagram photo’s by the way! Also, I love Apothic Red Wine!

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Lemon Pesto Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

2 small Spaghetti Squash
1 package of Fresh Basil
1/3 cup of lemon juice
3/4 cup of sliced almonds
3/4 cup of olive oil
2 garlic cloves
6 chicken breasts
2 Table spoons of dried basil
2 Teaspoons of garlic salt
1 Vidalia Onion
2 Teaspoons of Agave Nectar
1 carton of cherry tomatoes

Instructions
. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, and remove the excess seeds and strings. Cover sides in Olive oil and cracked pepper and soak for 5 mins
. Place open side down on a baking sheet and cook for 35-40 minutes or until spaghetti squash is soft when you push the skin or the threads easily come out when you take a fork to it.
. While your spaghetti squash cooks, place a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and add your diced chicken, 2 Tablespoons of Basil, 2 teaspoons of garlic salt, and a Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
. When outsides of chicken are white, add the diced up onion and agave nectar and cook until chicken is done and tender.
. While your chicken cooks, add 1 package of Fresh basil to your food processor along with your 1/3 cup of lemon juice, 3/4 cup of sliced almonds, 3/4 cup of olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, and a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. Puree until smooth.
. Once your spaghetti squash is done cooking and cooled, dethread your spaghetti squash and place threads in a large bowl.
. Then add your sauce from the processor and then add your chicken and onions to the mix.
. Mix thoroughly and add the carton of cherry tomatoes then top with a bit of basil and sliced almonds.
. Eat it like you mean it!

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{Candice and Matthew} Wedding at Creekside Plantation in Madison, Alabama

Candice and Matthew are Married

Madison, Alabama

Creekside Plantation

A photographer’s dream!! Horses, Barns, Vineyard, and a Plantation House…the list seriously goes on. Candice and Matthew live in Washington State and came back to Alabama to share this day with family and friends.  These two are were so much fun and we definitely captured their personality. They really love wine, so we did their first look in the vineyard. Candice was absolutely breathtaking and I loved Matthew’s bowtie. He did have to look it up on youtube on how to tie it himself. I thought it was so sweet! They were married surrounded by their closest family and friends under a rustic arch covered in twine, burlap, and flowers. It was a breathtaking sight to behold and I loved how at the end of the Ceremony they both bowed to their guests. Their reception was under a gorgeous pavilion that was nestled within the vineyard. It was such a fun party! My favorite thing may have been the mini pies they had for dessert for the guests. The pies inspired some new ring shots. Here is a look into Candice and Matthew’s wedding day!
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{Vendor Love}

Venue: Creekside Plantation

Baker: Regina Gerstman

Florist Designer: Sugar Magnolias

DJ: Justin Neely

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{Elizabeth and Cody} Avondale Brewery Wedding

Elizabeth and Cody are Married

Avondale Brewery

Birmingham, Alabama

These two were engaged at Vulcan Park, so what better way to celebrate their day with family and friends than by starting the day there. We spent mid morning at the park then headed downtown to the Alabama Theater for more pictures around Birmingham.  They were having the Sidewalk Film Festival downtown while we were they are a member of the film crew filmed part of our shoot. Way cool!! After that we took a break from the heat and then headed to Avondale for their reception with family and friends. It was a rustic and vintage style reception, catered by Savoi Catering and the cupcakes were from GiGi’s cupcakes.

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