It’s not every day that a couple asks to eat burgers for their engagement session, so I’ve been looking forward to this afternoon ever since we started planning it! Alison and Joe wanted their session to represent them and their favorite things, so they brought along their pup, Irwin (named after Steve Irwin, of course), and we spent the afternoon walking around Germantown. They love the city life, and spend most of their time in both work and play interacting with the music, lifestyle, and delicious food that makes Nashville shine. Alison and Joe had their first date at Butchertown Hall and it quickly became their go-to spot to sit at the bar, eat delicious food, and spend time together. I had eaten a late lunch so I skipped the burger and went for a delicious homemade soda, but let me tell you that I’ve regretted that decision ever since! Those burgers were something to write home about, and I’m definitely planning a visit next time we’re in town! Can’t wait for their November wedding!
When Janelle, Cory and I met to talk about wedding details, they hardly got the word “waterfall” out of their mouth before I had already agreed that it was the best idea ever. Fast forward a few months and the time had finally arrived to wake up before light to drive through the misty mountains toward Looking Glass Falls. Watching the sun peak up over the foggy hills was a life-giving experience. We arrived at the falls, had to scurry off a few iPhone tourists with tripods (tripods for their iPhones…), so we could give Janelle and Cory a moment to see each other. It was unbelievably chilly and wet, but the wedding party fought off the cold and climbed out on the rocks and over logs - it was so much fun. I screamed OH MY GOODNESS to them at least a hundred times as Janelle’s gorgeous dress floated in the breeze in front of the falls. It was an experience to remember. After the falls we had a couple hours of downtime and Rob and I got lunch at a delicious little place in Greenville. He’s been my faithful right hand this whole wedding season and I seriously couldn’t do it without him. We arrived at the Lodge to get things rolling with details and getting ready photos, and had time to hang out with the bridal party, pick wildflowers, lay in the sun like a house cat, and hike on the trail that overlooks Table Rock. It was seriously an ideal wedding day in every way. If you have the time and space in your wedding day, make room to RELAX and hang out with the people you love. Janelle and Cory did such a great job at making the day everything they wanted it to be - they even ordered pizza for their reception because WHY NOT?? Also, let me just take a moment to appreciate whoever’s idea it was to have tiny bluebell ice creams…praises to you. Here’s a tiny glimpse into their lovely day. Thanks for having me along to climb rocks with you!
I always talk about how much I love photographing weddings for friends, and this wedding was no exception! Jesse and I worked together at ComeUnity Cafe, where I used to manage the community garden plot and Jesse (and Austin) make the best food in town. Both Jesse and Andrea have a direct connection to the heartbeat of Jackson, and they use their gifts so well to serve the community. Their downtown wedding was another reminder of why I love this city so much. Andrea got ready in the top floor of ComeUnity Cafe, and we walked right down the street for the ceremony and reception at the Suites of Larue. I loved how they included their son Jonah into every aspect of the wedding day. So thankful for you three and the people around you! More to come!
Deep in the heart of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, we woke up to a beautifully foggy and crisp morning - perfect for a day of celebrating! Brittany & Brandon are two of the warmest souls you could ever dream of working with. They chose to get married at the Inn at White Oak, a gorgeous bed and breakfast owned by Brittany’s mother! This allowed them the freedom to take their dreams to the next level with decorating and design. Brittany said she had all these big plans and ideas, and was wondering if they were going to translate well on the day of. And boy, did they!! Every single detail came together, with the help of so many friends and family members, to create a remarkably beautiful space. Brittany and her mother hand made her stunning wedding gown AND every one of the bridesmaids dresses!! Yes, you read that right. OH and also all of the flowers, table decorations, and a million other things. They really did it all, and didn’t skimp a bit on the fine details. The colors and intricate flowers had me swooning all day! I wish you all could have been there to hear Brittany’s sister’s Maid of Honor speech. As Lou, the videographer, remarked - I would seriously pay money for that kind of comedy! It was genius. Following the first dance, Brittany and her mother gave an honorable tribute to her late father, leaving us all in tears with full hearts.
Brittany and Brandon were brimming over with joy, and it showed through their excitement and generous spirits. I could go on and on, but hopefully these images will speak for themselves. I’m proud of you two, and honored to have been by your side on this wonderful day!! Now come visit me in Tennessee!
Thanks to Rachel Bond for assisting me!
Sweet September wedding season is in full swing, and this weekend I was in Blount Springs, Alabama for a pretty, intimate wedding at the beautiful Blount Springs Chapel. Zanthia & Caleb had a lovely ceremony and spent the day with the people closest to them who traveled from near and far. Surrounded by hills, lakes, and streams, the venue had a vintage elegance, almost as if time has skipped right over it. Zanthia and Caleb both share a love of nature, and felt like they were able to fulfill all their hopes and dreams for their day with this perfect spot. They reached out with just a few weeks to spare, and I’m so glad they did! More to come!
I’ll just go ahead and let you know that I won’t make it through editing their wedding without tearing up all over again. Chris and Maggie are two of our dear Nashville pals. Chris and his siblings grew up with Rob in grade school. Their families are very close, and have the sweetest friendship. Maggie was a Nashville transplant from Colorado, who I quickly loved because of her warm smile and hospitable soul. I don’t know if the world is quite ready for the love (and delicious treats) that will pour out from the Hare home.
They wanted a purely documentary wedding experience, which was a joy for me. I got to watch the beauty unfold in front of me, and felt none of the Southern pressures for posing and poise. The day started with a tender breakfast with the ladies, then we moved to a park right down the street where Maggie and Chris go on walks together. Every aspect of their ceremony and reception was centered around their values of honesty, depth, hospitality, and community. It was an honor and a joy to tell your wedding day story, my friends. I can’t wait to share the whole day with you!
Venue: Woodland Hollow at Annie Acres Farm // Planning: Cassie Boggs (love you)
Last weekend we celebrated LeAnn and Jeremy with a proper Kentucky stable wedding at the beautiful Highland Stables, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The southern sun and humidity were out in full force, but this crew rolled with the heat and had a party. LeAnn entered and exited the ceremony in a beautiful horse drawn carriage and we took their portraits on a hill side right at sunset - does it get any dreamier than that?? They also included so many sweet and hilarious kiddos in their wedding. Take note of how the boys felt about all of the tenderness during the ceremony. I've been cracking up all day while editing.
Nestled in the beautiful Alabama pine forests, the tiny town of Goodwater Alabama has hosted not one but two weddings joining an Alabama girl to a British boy. Their wedding hash tag was #gritsandbrits18, which is a hilarious nod to Grace's southern American heritage, and Alex's homeland. Their wedding had all of the best of both worlds - kilts, bagpipes, homegrown flowers, cheese grits, mashed potatoes, and a proper lesson in Scottish folk dancing. These two are adventurous, hospitable, and just downright sweet. We finished up the bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits just in time to run inside to escape a momentary downpour, and it felt like the skies had parted just in time for us to get all of the photos we needed. We were all on our toes, saying prayers the rain would hold off during the ceremony. When 5:00 rolled around and it was still sprinkling, we put up our umbrellas, wrapped up my gear, and had the most delightfully romantic ceremony in the beautiful summer rain. Grace and Alex's joy shined right through as they got soaked during their portraits. They laughed, and spun around, ran through the fields, and enjoyed each other so well. Rob chased behind me with the umbrella, carrying all of my bags, and really giving every ounce of help he could. (Thanks a million, my love.) Their reception was a wonderful collaboration of cultures and stories and it was such a delight to dance the night away with them. To top it all off, Grace's brother shot off fireworks over their lake and it was a dreamy, tender moment to finish the day. I'm grateful for the love and hospitality I got to witness with you all. Thanks for choosing me to celebrate with you!