Kelcee + Ethan // Engagement Session // Cummins Falls, Cookeville TN

Kelcee and Ethan are more than just another couple; they are a couple of close friends. I've gone to school with Kelcee since 4th grade and met Ethan in college before they even started dating! It been great to see their story develop and form over the years of knowing them both. This past July we all adventured out to Cummins Falls in Cookeville, Tennessee for their engagement shoot. I've been wanting to do a session at Cummins Fall for a long time. 

It was a pretty big leap of faith. I had been to Cummins a few times before, and each time it was packed full of people hiking and swimming. Throw in some chances of storms on the radar and there were plenty of reasons this shoot could have derailed before it even got started. To say it worked out to perfection might be an understatement. As we hiked through the gorge to get to the falls, stopping here and there to take shots, the rain held off. As we finally came upon the falls, we could hear the voices of the crowds of people that would make it difficult to shoot around. But as we approached, the lifeguards and rangers controlling the masses signaled for everyone to leave. (You have to be out of the park by 6pm!) After a moment of hesitation, we decided to go for it anyways, and as the crowds cleared out it left us just enough of a window to shoot uninhibited by people crowding the the falls. It could not have been better timing. As we hiked back out and made it to the car to leave the rain started to pour down and didn't stop till we made it back to Nashville. I felt like we had just cheated the system somehow to get it to work out that perfectly. 

Overall it was awesome. Thanks to Kelcee and Ethan for being the free-spirited, and fun-loving adventurous people they are! Check out that shoot below!

Amber + Eli // Intimate Backyard Wedding // Nashville, TN

I have always wanted to photograph an intimate backyard wedding. This past June I had the privilege of doing so for a close family and friend I have known almost my entire life in the backyard of a house I have spent countless hours playing around in growing up. To come back here and photograph a wedding in the same yard where my friends and I used to make spoof movies of all the Lord of the Rings was slightly surreal (we called them Lord of the Rock in case you were wondering and yes, they were instant classics). 

Though an outside wedding ceremony in early June can produce some less than ideal situations with possible rain or even extreme heat, this day carried none of that. The area was nice and shaded by all the trees and greenery around and no rain showed up. I loved the floral decorations that were full of sunflowers and roses giving the surrounding greenery some nice bright colors. The ceremony was touching and sweet and after a short flip to add some tables the reception began under the same trees. The evening consisted of lawn games, friends, family and plenty of food and drink. Amazingly the groom cooked and prepared all the food for the reception! Quite an accomplishment. The night ended with the moon beginning to appear, and the desert being presented. It was a perfect day for Amber and Eli to commit their love to each other in front of their closest friends and family. I am honored that I was able to be a part of it! Check out their day below!

Barbara + Darrius // April 8, 2017

 

Barbara and Darrius were married this past April at the historic Hermitage Hotel in Downtown Nashville.  It was a stunning venue and location for a great couple to commit and celebrate their love to each other 

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Barbara and her bridesmaids got ready in the studio at the hotel while Darrius and his groomsmen prepared elsewhere.Everyone met at the elegant Hermitage ballroom where the ceremony was held that afternoon. Beautiful white drapes and flowers lined the borders setting the mood and creating and elegant scene for the commitment of love between Barbara and Darrius.

After the ceremony we all ran outside and around the corner to take pictures in front of  War Memorial. The soft golden glow of the sunset treated us to some beautiful lighting while the ballroom was flipped for the reception.

The rest of the night held a lot of fun and dancing! Barbara and Darrius concluded their night by a grand exit out of the hotel with colorful glow sticks! It was a great day and I was honored to be a small part of it! Congrats to Barbara and Darrius Thompson!

Kristen + Jordan // March 25, 2017

Kristen and Jordan were married March 25, 2017 at the Homestead Manor out in Franklin, TN. Homestead Manor had accommodations for the whole bridal party to prepare on site which was where the day began. Kristen and her bridesmaids prepared in the old school house while Jordan and his groomsmen got dressed on the top floor of the Manor.  Kristen and Jordan each wrote their own vows here which we will get to later. Also, Kristen's flowers and color palet were gorgeous!.

Jordan and Kristen held their first look out front of the Manor in the garden. It rained on and off the entire day which made it a little more challenging for everyone. But it held off at key times for us to have some fun outside. It was awesome seeing the look on Jordan's face as he turned around and saw Kristen for the first time!

The ceremony was supposed to be held outside in front of the pond behind the barn. Everyone crossed their fingers and about 5 minutes before it was supposed to start the rain stopped, and they decided to go for it! Everyone stood, there were no chairs and no ceremony music, but that didn't matter because Jordan and Kristen were able to express their love for each other and become husband and wife in front of their friends and family! They also had some of the most heart felt hand-written vows to each other. The chemistry, friendship and overall love between the, was obvious to anyone watching. They laughed. They cried. They shared some incredibly sweet moments while everyone witnessed! 

The officiant also shared the story of how they originally met which was straight out of a movie. Both were members of separate wedding parties staying at the same hotel in New Orleans when they ran into each other in the hotel lobby. The attraction was apparently instant as Jordan actually ended up changing his flight to a day later to spend more time with Kristen that weekend. The rest is history! Also, since Jordan is from New Orleans the traditional recession is a Second Line, which was a ton of fun! The trumpeters played all the bridal party and the guests into the reception hall where everyone danced the night away.

The reception was held in the barn adjacent to the Manor. While I thought the day overall had been a lot of fun, the reception definitely took it up another level! Everyone danced and had an incredible time and Jordan, being a singer even got up on stage and serenaded the crowd!

Jordan and Kristen's fun-loving energy, personalities shown throughout the day and it was obvious they were meant to be together! Despite the rain's best efforts the fun these two had together on their day was unmatched. Congrats to Kristen and Jordan! Make sure to check out their Wedding Day Film at the top of the page!