2010 A Year in Review…Was the Best Year Ever! Looking forward to Capturing and Creating new opportunities this Year!

•February 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It has been an incredible year for Photography By Sabrina! Business has been absolutely amazing thanks to my wonderful customers! But I am living proof that you can’t always have it all.  This year I lost one of the most important people in my life, my father.  He and I had such a special relationship and I cherish the time that we had together.  That’s why I am dedicating this blog to him. He would have been so proud of all of the things I have accomplished this year.

Last years weddings kept me busier than ever; and it wasn’t just the weddings themselves!  Engagement and Bridal sessions are just another part of the fun of wedding season. I had wonderful opportunities taking pictures of  awesome couples all over town in their engagement sessions and showcase the beauty of all my blushing brides in their bridal sessions.

Although Annah O’Hara didn’t have a bridal session, I took photos of her before the wedding. They are so beautiful that I could help but include them as a bridal  for the blog.  You can see such love and happiness in her eyes!

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Sequoyah Hills is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Knoxville, especially in the fall. Chase and Lindsay Tipton chose the neighborhood for their engagement shoot. Along Cherokee Boulevard give away to the most beautiful majestic trees that are just full of vibrant fall leaves. It’s quite picturesque long the Tennessee River.

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I was so excited when Whitney informed me that she wanted to have her bridal at the Bleak House because every time I shoot there I find new spots to capture and create images that I love. The Bleak House has been one of the most popular spot for Bridal Sessions this year. With elegant decor and spacious gardens, its no surprise that brides would request to have their bridal portraits there.

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Cathrine and Logan Merritt were such an adorable couple to shoot in the Old City in Downtown Knoxville.  The architecture of the buildings added to the ambiance of their romance! They are the sweetest and fun-loving couple and that really translated in their images.

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I was so excited when Chelsea Cox came to me about shooting her wedding! I had been shooting her modeling portfolios since she was a child.  It’s such a blessing to me when I get the opportunity to watch my clients grow-up and capture their special moments through the years.  We had so much fun together shooting her Bridal at the Historic Bleak House, it brought back so many good memories!

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For  Elizabeth & Rusty Smith Engagement pictures they decided to go to Cades Cove. It was the perfect day for their session because the sky was so crisp blue and the sunlight beamed through the trees just the perfect amount!Photography By Sbrina

Janet Breeding decided to have her bridal session the the Historic Bleak House like many of my other brides.  As the beautiful bride she was, it was so hard to pick just a few pictures for the blog because in every picture she was so beautiful in every image.

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The University of Tennessee Trial Gardens are one of my favorite places to take couples.  There is such a relaxed feel about the gardens with all the whimsical  flowers about .  It makes me think of “The Secret Garden” because of how vibrant all of the colors are.  Chelsea and Matt Cunningham were just a joy to shoot in the Trial Gardens.  They are so in love!

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This year I  photographed Chelsea and Matt Cunningham who chose BEAUTIFUL Norris Lake for their Trash the Dress Session before their wedding.  Chelsea didn’t Trash her real wedding dress she purchased another dress for this special occasion.  They are awesome at wakeboarding and wanted to try their hand at wakeboarding in their wedding attire….Chelsea got up the first time in her dress…Awesome! This was a difficult task because when the wedding dress gets wet it is super heavy.
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My most favorite time of year is wedding season.  I get such joy seeing how happy my bride and grooms are on one of the most important days of their lives. We in Knoxville, TN are so blessed to have all these marvelous venues such as Hunter Valley Farms, the Norris Damn Tea Room, Caslteton Farms and many more!

Whitney & Jon were married on April 4, 2010 at Hunter Valley Farms. They had a gorgeous outdoor wedding overlooking the lake and a beautiful reception held in the Pavilion.The decorations were true to the brides personality; decked out in pink and accents of black.

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Stacey and Evan were married at The Stables in La Follette, TN on May 15th 2010. The Sables worked as perfect venue this fun young couple.  The stone waterfall outside was just a stunning background for the couple to say their vows in front of. The building for the reception appeared to only be a barn but when you stepped inside it was like you stepped back in time of an old western town! There were miniature saloons and billiard halls that were covered in beautiful vibrant lights.  This was the perfect and most unique reception venue for this couple!

Catherine and Logan Merritt were married on May 22th 2010 on a beautiful point alongside the lake with their close family and friends.   This was a absolute beautiful spot for one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve ever seen. My most favorite part of the wedding was when Catherine not only carried a beautiful bouquet of flowers but her childhood teddy bear as well. So sweet!

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Tess & Drew Lefmann were married on June 5h 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, TN.  Tess looked absolutely stunning in her dress, a true vision as she walked down the isle. After the ceremony Drew and Tess just looked radiant coming down the isle about to go to their reception at the L&N Station.

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Sam and Lucas Henderson were married at The Norris Damn Tea Room on July 10th, 2010. The barefoot couple attended the ceremony to show their relaxed and natural personalities. They shared their vows in a beautifully lit amphitheater that was surrounded by trees. During the ceremony, I captured the pure spiritual love the couple have for each when Lucas washed Sam’s feet.  This action symbolizes the vow to remain humble and serve each other equally in marriage.

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Lacey & Hunter Mason were married August 28th 2010 on Kilpatrick Springs Farms in Sweetwater, TN. The pre-wedding shots of them were absolutely precious! We were all in amazement that a storm was coming and some how it missed the wedding completely! What a true miracle!

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Rusella & Richard were such an elegant couple. They’re wedding was at Crescent Bend and their reception at Gettysvue Country Club. Rusella took some amazing shots with the Rolls Royce they had for their wedding.  I felt like I was doing a modeling shoot instead of a wedding. She was so beautiful and fun. I was so excited when Essence Magazine called and wanted to feature this wedding on their website!

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I was so excited and saddened at the same time knowing that my time with Chelsea would come to an end. After spending so much time with her over the past year I hated to see it come to an end. I can’t wait to see them have babies one day so that can continue to spend time with them and capture and create their special memories! Chelsea’s Chelsea & Matt were married October 16th 2010 at Castleton Farms in Loudon, TN. Since it was October there were splashes of oranges and yellows that were extremely beautiful. They were so adorable and relaxed on their wedding day, it was just a beautiful couple getting married on a beautiful day!

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This year my Watch Baby Grow package was more popular than ever!  The Watch Baby Grow Package features Maternity, Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year sessions.  I started offering the full right to the session to my customer, which was a big hit! They were able to have a CD full of photos of their precious little ones all for $150, I also included ten free 4×6 prints and 25% off printing at F-32 Photo! This way families could share their photos electronically and have them printed at their convenience.

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This year I also offered the File Package to my Family Session customers.  Having the CD is so convenient; especially when you have customers who live out of town or when I go on vacation and get a chance to photograph new families, like when I went to Georgia and Texas this year.  It’s much easier on both ends to get the CD because you don’t have to fuss with the orders, printing and shipping! Plus they are easy to share with friends ad family.

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Christmas Cheer!

•December 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This holiday I have been super busy shooting adorable baby and sweet family pictures.  From classic holiday portraits with the Christmas tree to Dad playing the perfect Santa Claus; all capturing the true spirit of Christmas!  The holidays always make me feel blessed that I get to do what I love and give people still frames of their precious family moments.  Right now more than ever it is so important to capture the ones you love during this beautiful time! This season my New File Package has been a big hit! It includes full rights to the session on a CD that you get to take how the same day, ten free 4×6 prints and 25% off printing at F-32 Photo (formerly known as Express Photo) all for $150! This is a great way for families to print Christmas cards, upload their photos onto social networking sites to share with family and friends and much more! I could never thank all of you enough for trusting me to capture all of your special memories! I am so blessed to do what I do! Thank you! I pray all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!

Tony & Michele 7-3-10

•October 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Michele and Tony make not only a beautiful couple but a beautiful family.  The feeling of  love was undeniable at this wedding, the couple just put you in a good mood . Gettysvue was the perfect venue for the former University of Tennessee and NBA Basketball star, his future wife and family. This wedding was more than just the joining of just Tony and Michele, but the joining of two families.  The ceremony was definitely a family affair. Two of Tony’s sons served as groomsman while Michele’s son walked her down the isle. Tony’s adorable granddaughter also served as flower girl. The ceremony started off with the beautiful song “Season”  by Donald Lawrence that was performed by Michele’s Maid of Honor Rachel Smith as the Attendants walked to the ceremony. Michele stated that the theme of their wedding was Walking into our New Season so “Season” was a perfect song choice .  Michele looked picturesque as she walked down the isle with a gorgeous bouquet of coral and white roses with green accents from Bella Fiori. During the lighting of the Unity Candle Michele’s Maid of Honor sang a song that Michele wrote for Tony.  Michele said, ” the song I wrote was titled “Agree it is inspired by Amos 3:3, which is the foundation of our marriage.” The song was so beautiful and very sentimental with the  loving religious meaning behind it. After the Ceremony the couple made their way to a gorgeous reception also catered by Gettysvue. For desert the Bride and Groom cut in to a beautiful cake by Elaine Mason’s I Do Cakes. The guests danced the night away with music provided by KnoxVegas DJ’s. Once the evening concluded Tony and Michele were sent off by their guest with illuminating sparklers and rode off into the sunset in a classic hunter green Rolls Royce provided by A Rolls Royce Rental. A beautiful wedding coordinated by Kristie Wright from Ever After Events!

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Tennessee Football 2010!

•September 2, 2010 • 1 Comment

After our blistering summer of heat, I believe everyone is ready for a little fall breeze to blow in with the inaugural kick-off at the UT v UT-Martin game this Saturday at Neyland Stadium.  Derek Dooley leads the Vols into the season as the 22nd head coach at University of TN.  Excitement is running high as this weekend grows closer!  Make sure you pick up a Football Time magazine and check out Dooley’s full editorial page right next to my newest football ad!  You can pick up this sleek informative magazine at Neyland Stadium, select grocery stores, or by emailing Football Time in Tennessee.  I have had a blast in the studio trying to keep up with all the little up-and-coming VOL fans in my studio.  Check out a few of my favorites!

This is my ad in Football Time Magazine!

Don’t forget to check out Football Time Magazine!

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Carrie & Eric 6-4-10

•August 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It was a perfect summer day for Carrie and Eric nuptials.   This young, fun-loving couple were married at West Park Baptist Church on Middlebrook Pike on June 4, 2010. These two could not be any cuter together. I can’t get over how adorable their pre-ceremony pictures and their sweet personalities. It was so easy to shoot sweet intimate moments of the two of them. During the ceremony, Carrie looked stunning in her dress with a bouquet of pink sunflowers, white oak leaf hydrangeas, accented by white and peach roses arranged by Always in Bloom Florist’s. You could see the love and awe in Eric’s face as he saw Carrie coming down the aisle. Carrie’s father exchanged a fist pound with both Carrie and Eric as he handed his daughter over, which was absolutely adorable. After the ceremony the couple rode off with their wedding party to their reception in  Knoxville Vintage Trolley from the Knoxville Area Transit System.  When the couple arrived to their reception at Holston Hills Country Club they were ready to dance the night away with friends and family. Special Notes Entertainment Service provided an excellent DJ who kept the dance floor movin’ and groovin’ with one or two people doing the worm.  Everyone munched on yummy finger food including some delicious chocolate mousse parfaits done by Rex Bradford Jones’ Catering!  For the cherry on top of a perfect evening, desert was a  gorgeous cake with pink and orange sunflowers done by a family friend! It was an evening filled with love, laughter and  family!Carrie & EricCarrie & EricCarrie & EricCarrie & EricCarrie & EricCarrie & EricCarrie & Eric

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Sam & Lucas Henderson July 10, 2010

•August 19, 2010 • 1 Comment

The majestic southern atmosphere of the Norris Dam Tea Room was the perfect setting for Samantha and Lucas Henderson’s wedding on July 10, 2010. You could feel the warmth in the air, although it was more from the love of the family than the heat of the hot July day. From the tall beautiful trees to the gleaming rays of sunshine; this venue could not have been more perfect for Sam and Lucas’ wedding.  As Lucas waited for Sam to arrive in a vintage yellow pick-up truck, driven by her father, his face was filled with overwhelming excitement and joy.  The barefoot couple shared their vows in a beautifully lit amphitheater ceremony to show their relaxed and natural personalities. Sam looked stunning in her dress adorned in her mother’s veil as she walked down the aisle carrying a beautiful purple, pink and green bouquet from Samuel Franklin Florist.  During the ceremony, I captured the pure spiritual love the couple have for each when Lucas washed Sam’s feet.  This action symbolizes the vow to remain humble and serve each other equally in marriage.  Several Bible verses mention the washing of feet, for example, John 13:14-17 states,

“(14) Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. (15)I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (16) I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (17) Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Sam and Lucas’ Videographer, Jason Mundie  filmed this beautiful exchange between bride and groom. He did an excellent job capturing the special moments between them and their family.  When the ceremony concluded, three adorable little ones carried a white sign that said “Just Married,” as they led the newlyweds to the reception! The new bride and groom were welcomed with hugs by their friends and family the in the beautifully decorated Tea Room. Everyone dined on good ole’ southern staples like ham, chicken, greens and cornbread.  For desert, a gorgeous cake decorated with purple ribbon fondant topped with a silver H.  The adorable grooms cake was an edible Chaco that was enjoyed by all.  Both cakes were created by Jill Payne. The night ended with dancing, laughter and love!

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Whitney & Jon: April 3, 2010

•August 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hunter Vally Farms was the picture perfect setting for Whitney & Jon to turn the next page in their love story. Don Samples with Midnight Magic Productions captured every moment! He put together a beautiful video during the reception with interviews with the couple, their engagement session at my studio, and Whitney’s Bridal session at the Bleak House. Here is what she had to say about Don:

“Don Samples and Midnight Magic Video are top-notch! Let me just say that Don made my wedding the most incredible time of my life. He was there for every special moment and did not leave out a single detail. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful and time-consuming! However, I knew that my wedding videographer would be something I had absolutely no worries about and knew would be in great hands. I looked forward to every meeting we had with Don and our wedding video turned out absolutely wonderful! I believe your wedding videographer should be something you take great care in choosing. Your wedding video is what will capture all of the special memories and will be watched for years to come! It should definitely be put in capable and experienced hands. I could not be happier that we found Don Samples and Midnight Magic to help us always remember our wedding day!”

Hunter Valley Farms is perfectly situated for breathtaking sunsets on the water! Conveniently located off Pellissippi and Northshore, but it is easy to believe your are in your own private getaway. Rebecca Tunnell with Southern Elegance took care of every detail so Whitney could enjoy her beautiful wedding to the fullest! DWD Lighting set the mood on the dance floor as the couple twirled around their new monogram.

Check out all of their beautiful pictures from the day!

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Check out Don’s Video from Whitney’s beautiful bridal session at the Bleak House!

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Tim & Caitlin: 4-25-10 Whitestone

•April 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The storm clouds opened up to answered prayers for Stephen’s Wedding at Whitestone Country Inn last Sunday!  Tim and Caitlin were thrilled when they saw the photographs from their picture perfect wedding day.  Here is what they wrote Stephen:

Thanks for everything on Sunday at the Oyler-Shaffer wedding.  The photographic support was better than anything we could have asked for, and we appreciate you being there.  I didn’t keep a close eye on the clock that night, so let me know if I owe you anything extra for coverage that may have gone beyond the 5 hrs.  Either way, Caitie and I are going to send you something when we return from Hawaii.
Thanks again, and take care.
-Tim and Caitie Shaffer

Let me backtrack a moment, Stephen photographed their wedding due to an unfortunate circumstances.  Tim and Caitlin had another photographer booked, however, he fell suddenly ill and couldn’t do the wedding.  Stephen was the photographer that was referred from their previous photographer.  Stephen felt strongly that he should step in and fulfill (and exceed) the previous drafted contract with their photographer, at no cost.  Since the previous photographer fell ill, Stephen knew they would still need the money budgeted from the wedding to make due, so the couple would simply pay out the remaining balance to the contracted photographer.  What a beautiful gift from the heart!  It is amazing what our local photography community will do for one another, I’m so blessed to be part of this giving network of professionals!

I hope brides realize that when a circumstance such as this unfortunate one does arise, a professional photographer will take care of their clients and only refer another qualified professional photographer that they trust to take their place.

Please enjoy their fantastic photos!

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Bleak House Bridal Show: 4-25-10

•April 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

April has brought on sunny weather and Bridal Shows this year and I couldn’t be more excited!

I have two more this weekend, so if you missed me at the Orangery Bridal Show, come by my booth:

Saturday April 24th from 12-6 at Dillards Bridal Show


Sunday April 25th from 1-4 at the Bleak House Bridal Show

The Bleak House is planning on having many door prizes and giveaways so sign up early!

I love to photograph bridal sessions at the Bleak House, the inside is absolutely breath-taking.  Check out Whitney’s bridal session a couple weeks ago.  Make sure you check back in the next couple weeks for their Wedding recap from Hunter Valley Farms!  To check out all my other fantastic posts from the Bleak House, just go to the search option to the right and type in Bleak House.

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Orangery Bridal Show: Sunday 4.18.10

•April 15, 2010 • 2 Comments

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Bridal Show at the Orangery in Knoxville!

This Sunday, April 18, the Orangery is opening their doors to brides across Knoxville from 1:00-4:00 and inviting them in to relax and chat with over 17 premier Knoxville Wedding Vendors.  With a small $10 entrance fee at the door, you’ll be able to unwind with a complimentary glass of champagne as you explore the full buffet Chef John has prepared using his unique fusion of Classical French with a Southern Twist.  Come early and plan on sticking around, door prizes and giveaways will be going on throughout the day.  Please call 865-588-2964 for more information.  Check out some of the vendors in the list below the pictures.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to photograph a wonderful reception for Connie & Eric at the Orangery. They had an intimate destination wedding and came back to celebrate in style at the Orangery with family and friends. Check out some of their fun pictures from the elegant reception. They even hired Knoxville Photo Booth Co. to come out and snag some goofy shots. Connie and Eric had their guests take a picture in the booth, then paste it into a scrapbook as their Wedding Guestbook. What a great idea!

I can’t wait to see you all at my booth this Sunday!

Here are some of the awesome vendors that will be in attendance this Sunday:

Belleza Salon & Spa


Chariots of Hire


Daisy Cakes

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Love Letters

All Occasions Party Rentals

White Table

Always in Bloom

Special Notes

Premier Bride

Nourish Skin Studio

Wedding Wonderland

Sevvi Formal Wear

Glass Bazaar

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