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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!


Hope & Stephen’s Wedding

Hope and Stephen’s wedding day was such a special day. This couple are wonderful friends…who can’t stop looking at each other! They are simply a joy to be around. Hope was a stunning bride, the wedding was beautiful and the reception was so much fun! We started off at the beautiful Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church for the ceremony then headed over to Lookout Mountain Golf Club for the reception.

We loved being a part of this wedding and this couple who are so deeply in love.

We hope you enjoy…Hope and Stephen.

What did you enjoy most about planning your wedding?
The aspect about planning that I enjoyed most would probably be planning the ceremony. Stephen and I wanted to make sure that God was glorified through our union as husband and wife. I also loved making a schedule and checking off items as I went through them. After doing events for my college, I had already had experience working with venues and caterers, but this was a whole new ball game! I think it was weird for me to make all the shots. Before I would just execute, now I had to plan the whole event, from the flowers to the lighting…to everything! It was so fun, and I wouldn’t have traded that responsibility for anything.

What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
I think the most memorable moment of my wedding day, was seeing Stephen for the first time in my gown. The look on his face said it all. He was so happy, and seeing him made me feel at ease. It was a great start to the best day of my life! Oh and I definitely remember when he smashed the cake in my face. What a stinker. !!

How did you decide on your dress?
Well it’s not your typical story! I had been shopping all day with my mom and sisters, and we finally made it to Monica’s. It was about an hour before closing and I grabbed a few dresses to try on not knowing that my dress was in the store. I tried on about 6 dresses, and then I tried on mine and knew that it was the one. The store was closing and I had to make a decision, so I screamed, “Yes! It’s the one!” It was the very last dress that I tried on that day, and some might say that I made an ‘impulse’ buy, but I knew that the dress was for me! I even was able to customize it, which made it even more my own. I loved the way it made me feel, and I loved wearing it on my wedding day! It actually turned out to be extremely comfortable!

What was your favorite detail of the wedding?
My favorite detail of the wedding was probably the flowers. I loved what our florist did. She was amazing to work with, and she is extremely gifted. She did exactly what I envisioned. I also enjoyed seeing all the bridesmaids in their dresses. That was an exciting moment for me!

What are three words you would use to describe your day?
Elegant, Beautiful, and absolutely PERFECT.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?
As we have recently moved into our house, and started to make arrangements for our new jobs, I can’t help but think how blessed I am by Stephen. I couldn’t imagine a better person to spent forever with…so as far as future goes, we plan on getting settled into our jobs and our new home, and who knows, in a few years we might start having kids. All I know is that I am so glad that I get to do all of this with my best friend, Stephen.

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