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We are Grant & Sara Dotson. As a husband and wife team, we bring a unique perspective to photography, one influenced by life experiences as well as comprehensive art and design training. Our cameras are an extension of not only our eyes, but our minds and hearts, instantly capturing moments and emotions just as they occur. We enjoy getting to know our clients on a personal level and helping them feel that they're a part of a partnership. Every client is different, and our photographs seek to reflect each individual personality for truly unforgettable memories.


Photo of Grant: Courtesy of Jamie Weiss. Thanks Jamie!


Courtney & Tim’s Wedding

I’m not quite sure where to start with Courtney and Tim. Courtney was our neighbor up until her wedding day and we have become pretty close to their family over the years. I remember when her mom first told me she was dating someone, when he had picked out a ring, and of course the big day when he proposed. We shared many a conversation over bridal magazines talking about the planning and as all of the details came together I knew it was going to be a spectacular day.

But it was so much more than that. Tim is a Marine and we didn’t get a chance to meet him until their wedding day. He may have been a nervous groom but once the two of them were together we knew the love they had for each other was strong, and beautiful. All of the beautiful details of the wedding no longer mattered to me because I saw how happy and in love my neighbor and friend was, and we were honored (to say the least) to be able to be a part of this special day.

Courtney got ready at Stone Fort Inn and the wedding and reception were at the beautiful Lindsay Street Hall. We loved shooting at such timeless locations, every detail was stunning. A HUGE congratulations to Courtney and Tim! We loved being a part of your day and look forward to seeing you again!

Courtney & Tim…

How did the two of you meet?
Tim and I met through my brother, Chance. Both are in the marines and are BEST friends. Chance use to call me and pass the phone to all his friends and this one time Tim happened to be one of them! I had a crush on him for about 2 or 3 years after that. I never thought it would happen but here we are… : )

Describe the proposal.
I went with him on his pre-deployment leave to visit his family in Florida and we all took a trip to Busch Gardens. We rode rides all day and one was a train that takes you around the park to see the animals. His mom said Courtney look over there.. I looked and turned around to see him on his knee with the ring! After crying and of course a “YES!”, they announced our names and engagement on the train and everybody applauded and cheered. I’ve never been so happy! Well until our wedding day!

Describe your ring.
Lovvve my ring! It’s an emerald cut surrounded by smaller diamonds that extend down the bands.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
I loved every bit of that day. It was so beautiful and I was glad to spend it with family and friends. But my favorite part was walking down the aisle to “A drop in the ocean” by Ron Pope, which I surprised him with. It’s a special song to us and the look on his face was priceless.

How did you decide on your dress?
My mom and I started at Davids Bridal and tried on a lot of dresses there but nothing was really me. I had exactly what i wanted in my head- mermaid, lace, with a vintage feel. Then I came across the designer, Enzoani, online and out of a whole page of tiny pictures of dresses I picked mine right out. It’s perfect.

What was your favorite detail of the wedding?
It’s really hard to pick just one, everything was my favorite! But I’d have to say I loved the pictures we had of us as kids in the center pieces. It was such a cute detail that I’m glad we could share with our guests…

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?
We are just going to get settled in our first place and learn how to live as husband and wife!  We look forward to building our lives together and starting a family.

April 26, 2011 - 4:32 pm Betty Dotson - What a striking bride and groom! Their pictures gave a real feeling of what a special wedding this was. Congratulations!

April 26, 2011 - 5:38 pm Angela M Davis - These are the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen for a wedding. As the mother of the groom I would like to thank you both for the best pictures ever.

April 26, 2011 - 10:30 pm Sara Dotson - Angela, We are SO happy that you love the images. You have a wonderful, handsome son and everything was so beautiful. It made our job easier. :) -Sara

April 27, 2011 - 8:39 am tnyagordon gibson - these pictures are wonderful. I went to school with Jamie (mom of bride). She has been blessed with such a beautiful family.

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