I’ve been SO excited to share Makayla and Cory’s wedding with you all for so many weeks now, and it is FINALLY here! Mr. + Mrs. Murphy got married on June 2, 2018 at The River Place in Sevierville, Tennessee. I first met these two and learned about their journey to finding one another at their engagement session last fall. (You can see that HERE!)
My favorite part about Makayla and Cory’s journey is that even though they both grew up in East Tennessee, their story didn’t begin until they were all the way across the country on a YoungLife trip. (Is that mean to be or what?!)
I started the day with Makayla and her bridesmaids as they got ready, while my second shooter was with Cory and his groomsmen. The bridal suite at The River Place was SO spacious and had gorgeous natural light coming through a huge window! It was perfect for photos.
After Makayla had on her stunning wedding gown, she had a first look with her father and gave him a customized fishing lure (which he immediately got stuck in his thumb, haha!). It was an emotional moment for the two of them, as well as Makayla’s mother, who was watching from a few yards away.
Makayla and Cory opted to have a first look, which meant that they ended up getting to spend even more time together on their big day. Cory’s reaction was so sweet when he saw Makayla for the first time. He immediately had the BIGGEST smile on his face, held her close, and whispered sweet words in her ear. (If I had to guess, he was probably telling her how stunning she looked.)
One of my favorite parts of the day was right after their sparkler exit. Makayla and Cory had already changed clothes and were preparing to leave the venue. when they decided to slow dance together under the bistro lights for the last few minutes of their wedding day. It was such a sweet and quiet moment after the chaos of a ten-hour wedding day.
Venue: The River Place
Photographer: Jayna Watkins Photography
Second Shooter: Candace Eddleman
Videographer: Lions Creative
Florist: Consider the Lillies
Wedding Dress: The Bridal Gallery
Tuxedo Shop: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Planner: Devynn Crawford
Makeup Artist: Jessica Hyde
Hair Stylist: Rebecca Mace
Caterer: Jennifer Bates + Ondes Webster
Cake: Susan Martin