Shane Hawkins Photography: Ramey Wedding

We loved being a part of Lucas and Casey’s wedding at Honey Creek Farms this past September. After a 20 minute rain delay (that I think the groomsmen prayed for so they could keep watching the football game!), we had the most beautiful ceremony, and the reception that followed was even better. Thank you so much to all our vendors and all the guests for being such great sports during the delay! Shane Hawkins Photography captured all the details, big and small, and he was so great to work with! He was prepared for the rain with clear umbrellas for the bridal party to use so he could still capture photos in case they had to walk in the rain. Thanks for sharing these photos with us Z Studio, Shane!

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#Howheasked: Anna + Jake

We continue our #Howheasked holiday series with the very recent proposal of Anna and Jake in Nashville, Tenn. Jake and Anna knew of each other through mutual friends in college but didn’t actually meet until the first semester of their junior year when they had a class together. Their first date was to Jake’s fraternity Halloween date party when they went as Johnny and June Cash. They knew there was something special between them, and it took
less than a month to make it official.
Jake & Anna's first date at a fraternity Halloween date party dressed as Johnny and June Cash.

Jake & Anna’s first date at a fraternity Halloween date party dressed as Johnny and June Cash.

Jake & Anna's first date at a fraternity Halloween date party dressed as Johnny and June Cash.

Jake & Anna’s first date at a fraternity Halloween date party dressed as Johnny and June Cash.

 

Jake planned quite the proposal on November 28 to surprise his (hopeful) bride-to-be! Anna says:
“Jake and I traveled to Memphis for the week of Thanksgiving. I was a little bummed that I was going to miss Thanksgiving back in Nashville with my family for the first time, but I was excited to spend time with his family. Plus, my family was supposedly going to the University of Tennessee football game in Knoxville that weekend anyway. We came back to Nashville that Saturday morning after Thanksgiving to go see the Grinch at Opryland. After the show, Jake suggested that we go watch the University of Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt game at Barlines (a bar in the Omni Hotel downtown). As we were driving up to Barlines, Jake pulls into the valet of the Omni and says, ‘Surprise, we are staying here! I felt bad about you having to leave your family for Thanksgiving.’
Jake and Anna celebrated Thanksgiving in Memphis with Jake's family. It was the first time Anna was away from her family for the holiday.

Jake and Anna celebrated Thanksgiving in Memphis with Jake’s family. It was the first time Anna was away from her family for the holiday.

I was obviously shocked and excited but thought well, that’s a big surprise just because he felt bad. We walked into the hotel and got our hotel key, and I soon found out that it was a key to a huge suite on the very top floor overlooking the entire city. It was beautiful! I immediately exclaimed to him that he did not need to spend all this money and he was crazy. We walked over to look outside the window at the skyline when he said, ‘Stay right there.’ 
The view from Jake & Anna's suite at the Omni Hotel overlooking Nashville.

The view from Jake & Anna’s suite at the Omni Hotel overlooking Nashville.

I was a wee bit suspicious, but I had thought this moment was coming many times before and it hadn’t so I didn’t want to get my hopes up. So, I stared out at the view then I heard ‘Anna,’ turned around and he was down on one knee saying all sorts of things that I cannot remember to this day. I said “YES of course!”

He then proceeds to pick up his phone and call my mom. When he says to her ‘Okay, come up here,’ all I could say was ‘WHAT?! I thought they were in Knoxville.’ It was at that moment I realized there were flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and wine all in the room. The rest of the night was spent celebrating the engagement with my family in the most beautiful suite while cheering on the Vols. I couldn’t have dreamed of something so special and perfect for me. And I can say the same thing about my new fiance, Jake.”
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Jake and Anna celebrating with Anna's parents.

Jake and Anna celebrating with Anna’s parents.

Anna celebrating with her brother Logan.

Anna celebrating with her brother Logan.

Anna celebrating with her sister-in-law and Phi Mu sorority sister Valerie.

Anna celebrating with her sister-in-law and Phi Mu sorority sister Valerie.

Jake and Anna are busy planning their October 2016 nuptials at Gaylord Springs in Nashville. We wish you the best! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!