Meggie Velasco Photography

Mike and Janelle
August 26, 2008, 7:35 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Ok, so thanks to hurricane Gustav, my vacation is in jeopardy.  Our prayer is that it hits Cuba, slows down, and bypasses my beloved Cayman Brac… THERE’S A HAMMOCK THERE CALLING ME!!!  It’s looking like I will not have a clean to do list, but it will at least make things better if I can get down there and forget about the list for a few days.  I also have a really awesome shoot planned that I’ve been looking forward to for months, so GO NORTH YOUNG GUSTAV.

I met Mike and Janelle at the Knoxville January bridal show. They were the last people to stop by and probably the ones that I talk to the longest.  We just hit it off right away.  I’m sure you could tell that from their e-session that we have a ton of fun.  Even though it was possibly one of the hottest days of the year and their wedding was outside, on a brick patio, in full sun, at 4 in the afternoon (I know you guys are tired of hearing about that, but blog stalkers have the right to know!) we still had a great time.  


Mike wrote Janelle a note that he wanted her to read after she got her dress on.  Janelle and her mom had to take turns reading it because they both kept crying.

They made the decision to see each other before.  It was great for them to have that opportunity to spend some time together before the craziness of the day came crashing in around them.  I asked them after it was all said and done if they thought it was the right decision, and they said absolutely YES.  I loved being able to spend the day together and go through everything together.  They also said that it didn’t take anything away from Janelle walking down the aisle.  Mike was still nervous and excited to see her and Janelle was just as excited to walk down to him.


I had just gone to see John Michael Cooper (Alt-F) in Atlanta and I was inspired to do something a little different.  This wasn’t what I was aiming for, but I still L O V E it!

This was actually their  1 year dating anniversary.  special!






In the middle of their vows the heat finally got to them, so her mom jumped up to their aid with their program fan.  

Since we finished all of the pictures before hand, we took off immediately after the ceremony to grab some of just them while the guests made their way into the AC

Leave it to me to find a stump in the middle of the woods right next to one of the most photographed spots at Whitestone.



I don’t remember what was said, but I’m pretty sure it was embarrassing for Mike.


Why, hello Mr. Benjamin!

And hello to you Ms….um…old lady with a hat.  Does anyone know what currency that is.

check out this light!  It’s scrumdidliumptious!



This was a sweet moment with Janelle and her Grandmother.

Alright, Best Man 101 class is in session.  What do you do with the keys to the getaway car after you’ve finished trashing it?  Or maybe I should say, what do you NOT do with the keys?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Whatever you do, DO NOT LOCK THEM IN THE CAR!!!!!!  After the minor key fiasco, Mike and Janelle took another car and made the best man drive theirs when the locksmith got it open.  So after trashing the car, he had to drive to Knoxville (a 45 minute drive).  

“I have 2 rings!”




Rusty and Sarah
August 24, 2008, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Weddings

I am going on vacation on Thursday morning and I will have a clear to-do list!!!


Sarah and Rusty waltzed into my life by way of  Daniel and Laura Benner.  I’m so glad that they looked right past our first impressions because I completely flaked on our first meeting!  I never wrote it down in my calendar, but I was ready to go when they knocked on my door!  It’s a good thing that I was ready to go!  I just fell in love with them.  You will find a common theme in all of my weddings, I love my brides and grooms.  I don’t try to book every wedding that comes my way because they aren’t all supposed to be mine.  But Sarah and Rusty were supposed to  be mine.  Talk about an awesome couple.  I love being able to shoot a wedding like I’m a friend instead of someone who’s just been hired for the day.  I love being able to share in the celebration of marriage which I hold so dear.  Thank you Sarah and Rusty for letting me be your friend and for allowing me to celebrate with you!


If you want to check out Sarah’s Bridal session at The Bleak House, click HERE.


If you look closely, I made the pre-ceremony letter from Rusty to Sarah!






I told you in a couple of posts ago that this was a star studded event (to the Velasco household).  The first is Matt Wertz warming up on the guitar.

Yes, Sarah did take a potty break.  However, I staged this one because I want to put a canvas of something like this in my bathroom!!!  I think it’s funny!

I came around the corner as they were finishing a prayer with Sarah.  I’m so happy I was able to snatch this before it was over.



They had a bagpiper walk them out of the sanctuary after the ceremony.



Of course it decided to rain, so we took advantage of the scattered showers.






Here’s a little lesson to all you photographers out there.  Always remember that videographers can be your friends.. especially if they have a video light.  Take advantage of that extra light source that you don’t have to worry about syncing with your flash.  Just make sure that you don’t get in their shot too much…then they won’t want to be your friend!


This is Sarah and her dad.  She wasn’t, but it looks like she’s dancing on his feet.  I thought it was very sweet.

This is Andy Davis leading up the band at the reception.


This is courtesy of Matt Wertz.  


Other “Velasco Celebrities” included Dave Barnes which you can hear on my website (thanks Dave) and Chris Rice who used to do music at my church’s youth camp when I was in middle and high school (thanks Chris).  If there’s anyone else there with a web address who I didn’t see or don’t know, feel free to leave it in a comment and I’ll make sure to add it to the post so my blog stalkers can find you.

Justin and Claire’s Wedding
August 23, 2008, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Weddings

So our little Claire got married about a month ago.  Everything was so beautiful and Justin is a very lucky man.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous shooting her wedding because she’s been working for me for the past year and I’ve heard everything about all of the details of her wedding since she started planning shortly after coming aboard.  It’s also nerve racking shooting a dear friend.  We’ve been so fortunate to have her be part of our family, I hope she likes her pictures so she’ll stick around! 


Here are a few shots from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.



There were a lot of very sweet tears.  I liked this picture the best though.

check out those studs….very nice Adam

Who said I couldn’t take a straight traditional picture?!

The guys looked very Johnny Cash all in black.  They weren’t just hot…they were REALLY HOT!!!  Especially in that direct sun.  But at least they looked good


We tried to stop traffic on Kingston Pike to do a little Abbey Road tribute, but it was hard to coordinate with so many guys and so very little time….but still a good story!  

I just loved the detail on Claire’s dress




I was going to try to write something very sweet about her mother drying one last tear, but they all know me better than that!!!  I’m by no means a writer or good with words, so I’ll just keep to telling a story by pictures.

That’s Claire’s dad

We almost had a little bridesmaids brawl break out, but Chey was able to diffuse it with her smile….HAHAHA!  You just had to be there!


Oh look!  Another traditional picture!  You can see the great job that Leah did on her bouquet here.


Another locational joke, but one that’s turning into a tradition.  Blake and Mimi, you better do this at your wedding too.

Some members of Claire’s family are jewelers and they lent her some incredibly beautiful pieces to wear.  They do amazing work, Miriam’s Fine Jewelry out of Jascksonville, FL.


There are a lot of black and whites in this post because they had an Old Hollywood Glam feel and I wanted to get a little of that feel without going too over the top with it.







Once again, Leah coming up large with her awesome use of feathers.  The lady that did her cake just works out of her house on a referral basis.  If you would like her information, email me and I can get it for you.

Justin had a Rocky cake.  For those of you who are Rocky fans, that quote will make sense to you…it’s totally lost on me.


I love Blake!  Blake Blake Blake!  HAHA!





To check out Justin and Claire’s e-session at Dollywood, click HERE and to see Claire’s “Old Hollywood Glam” b-session, click HERE.

I haven’t forgotten about you Clemmers!
August 14, 2008, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Children, Families

Now that I have a bulk of August open, I’m catching up on my backlog of work.  I shot the Clemmers forever ago and I’m just now getting them blogged.  I’M SORRY!  You may remember them from last year when we had our first fun session HERE.  My little Sydney has gotten SO BIG!  She’s coming up on her 2nd birthday…or just had it…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  To see some pictures from her first birthday, click HERE to see how big she’s gotten.  

We had a sleepy start

She’s already learning that purses are black holes






nothing beats an upside down baby!








Random Session
August 8, 2008, 1:46 am
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Misc

My neighbor Jessi set up a fun little photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.  We went over to her friend “reba’s” house with the intention of going to a cool cemetery…. but then it started storming.  So we just chilled around the house and had a great time.  I haven’t finished my pictures yet because I’m trying to get all you bride’s your pictures.  However, Jessi has just posted some of the pictures that she’s taken of me HERE.  If you would like to see some of her other posts, you can check out her BLOG.

I love to dance
August 7, 2008, 3:41 am
Filed under: Misc

Thank you Jennifer Vroom for sending this link to me.  This guy has danced his way around the world…it’s very fun.  Now if we could all just put aside our differences and take a dance break, the world would be a better place.  Can I get an amen?!  

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.