Ashlyn + Colby’s Waterstone Venue Wedding

Waterstone Venue Wedding

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I’m Kellie.
 A wedding and senior photographer, wife, and mama who has loved serving joyful clients for almost a decade. I photograph wherever life takes you, but my heart and home are in small town Bristol, VA.
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Ashlyn + Colby

This was the first time we have ever had an opportunity to photograph a Waterstone Venue wedding, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Ashlyn and Colby were friends throughout undergrad and started dating right after they graduated. They even dated long distance while he was in seminary school in Johnson City, and she was in Charleston at MUSC! When I first met Ashlyn and Colby in person at their engagement session, they both were so easy to talk to and laid back. Even now on their wedding day, their personalities made this rainy, misty day be incredibly vibrant and joyful!

Waterstone Venue Wedding

The Waterstone Venue is a super unique and beautiful space located in Johnson City, Tennessee. Their nature focused venue features a hobbit house for the girls to get ready in, a treehouse for the guys, a rock quarry pond with a waterfall view for the ceremony, and a fun reception space. It is truly breathtaking no matter where you turn!


When we arrived at the Waterstone hobbit house, we started with Ashlyn’s bridal details and the girls getting ready! Some of my favorite photos from this day were taken near and beside of this unique bridal suite. Once Ashlyn was in her dress, we took some beautiful bridal portraits of her inside, followed by the sweetest first look with her dad right outside. Next, we did all of the bridesmaids photos with the rock quarry and waterfall right behind. Ashlyn’s vision for their day was really coming together so beautifully!

At this point, our overcast weather was starting to turn a bit iffy. I quickly walked down to the treehouse to meet up with the guys in hopes to get their photos in before it started pouring the rain! The guys were great to work with, and even though it started sprinkling, we got some amazing photos with just a little bit of rain!

A Rainy Wedding Day

Now is when the risk of the downpour was going to happen! We showed up to this Waterstone Venue wedding with most cloudy skies and a huge chance of rain about an hour before their ceremony was supposed to take place. We all prayed that the rain would dissipate and the sun would pop out! That didn’t happen though. Right as their ceremony was about to take place, the rain came pouring down. Even though the vendor team was full of nerves about how to navigate this, Ashlyn was sure she wanted her ceremony outdoors rain or shine at this amazing venue. Thankfully after waiting 30 extra minutes, the rain completely stopped, and they had a beautiful outdoor ceremony!

Even though the sun never fully popped out, it never rained again that evening! Talk about a miracle!! We were able to get every single image done before they entered into their reception

Bride + Groom Portraits

One of my favorite moments of Ashlyn + Colby’s day are all of their wedding portraits! Ashlyn mentioned to me in her inquiry how they were looking forward to fun candid photos and party photos, but also wanted lots of beautiful and sweet photos of just the two of them. We were able to accomplish just that! There were so many beautiful photo worthy spots at this Waterstone venue wedding.

Right after we finished family formals and bridal party photos, it was time to do some photos with Noogie (their precious pup)! Noogie completely stole the show, especially with her flower crown necklace! Once we finished up photos with their pup, we stayed near the rock quarry waterfall to really capture the magic that it is. I just love how their color palette, the waterfall, and greenery everywhere really complimented the overall stunning feel of the day.

Ending a Magical Day

Now they were able to dance the night away, and enjoy time with their friends and family! We were able to hear some incredible stories from their friends and families, watch their first dances, cut the cake, and all of their guests showed up on the dance floor! It was all so incredible.

Ashlyn and Colby, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us capture your day! It was truly an honor, and one wedding day we will never forget!

Book me today for your Waterstone Venue wedding!

Flower details at waterstone wedding johnson city

close up wedding ring

wide view of waterstone wedding reception lake and hobbit house

The famous hobbit house at Waterstone, named The Sassafras!

Johnson City wedding photographer captures bridal party popping champagne

Mom of bride putting on veil at hobbit house at johnson city wedding venue

Bridesmaid putting on brides shoes at waterstone venue wedding venue near johnson city

Bride putting in earings at hobbit house waterstone venue

Bride looking out bridal suite window at hobbit house waterstone wedding

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Dad and daughter first look at lake in background

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waterstone venue wedding bridesmaids

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This color palette is what dreams are made of!

Wedding flowers surrounding bride

Bride with flower bouquet smiles into distance at waterstone wedding johnson city

Bride looking at waterstone venue waterfall surrounded by greenery

Exterior treehouse waterstone venue wedding johnson city tennessee

Groom and groomsmen photo with trees in background

Groom posing for wedding photographer in johnson city tennessee

It started to rain just a little bit while we were doing photos of all of the guys! Once everyone was tucked away before the ceremony, the sky completely opened up. It came a downpour!

Ceremony and waterfall at Waterstone venue in johnson city tennessee

Wide angle view of ceremony site at Waterstone Venue wedding near Johnson City Tennessee

Father walking daughter down stone pathway towards lake at waterstone venue

Groom sees bride walk down isle waterstone venue

Colby was completely blown away by his beautiful bride!

Bride and groom share laughter with officiant with the venue at waterstone in the background

Bride and groom holding hands while praying with flower decorated arbor of waterstone venue in background

Wide angle view bride and grooms first kiss of lake at waterstone venue ceremony

Bride and groom first kiss in front of susan liles florist decorated arbor

Husband and wife cheer after their first kiss at waterstone venue johnson city

They’re married!!!

Bride and groom share private moment after ceremony waterstone venue wedding

Dog joins bridal party in front of waterfall at waterstone venue

We had to grab a bridal party photo with the umbrellas for the memories! Notice how all of the girls dresses are soaked at the bottom! It truly rained so hard!

Bridal party cheering at johnson city wedding venue waterstone
waterstone venue reception with cornhole boards

Picture of wedding cake at Johnson city tn wedding venue

Dog with newlyweds in front of arbor at waterstone venue johnson city tennessee

How precious is Noogie?!

Bride and groom with dog celebrating wedding johnson city tennessee

Dog in picture with couple at johnson city tn wedding venue waterstone venue

waterstone venue wedding bride and groom holding hands and dip kiss with lake in background

Couple looking into eyes for photographer at Waterstone wedding venue

Close up flowers photography at Waterstone wedding venue

The most incredible floral design by Susan Liles! One of my all time favorite bouquets!

Couple poses in front of arbor at Johnson City tenn wedding venue Waterstone

Husband watches bride at Waterstone venue wedding in Johnson City Tenn

Collage of couple at Waterstone venue Johnson City tenn

Husband kisses wife on forehead at Waterstone wedding venue Johnson City TN

Bride and groom dancing at waterstone venue wedding waterfall in background

Bride and groom embrace in front of colorful fall trees at waterstone venue wedding in johnson city tennessee

Husband and wife at lake at Waterstone venue johnson city tn

Couple looking away for picture at Waterstone wedding venue Johnson City TN

Special thanks to these vendors who made this Waterstone Venue wedding possible:

Ceremony + Reception | Waterstone Venue
Dress Store | White Lace and Promises
Dress Designer | Essense of Australia
Florist + Decor | Susan Liles
Planner | JamiEvents
Hair | Haley White
Make Up | Carlie McKeehan
DJ | Starr Weddings and Entertainment
Catering | Good Batch Mama
Bridesmaids Dress |
Groomsmen Attire | Jos A. Banks

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