Jaron and Jessica – Gaylord Opryland Hotel Wedding

Jaron and Jessica were married on December 4th at the Opryland Hotel.  The hotel had reopened to the public just one week prior after 7 months of closure due to the flooding that took place at the beginning of May.  The hotel event planners guaranteed to Jessica that they would re-open in time for her wedding.  I had my doubts after seeing videos of the flood damage but it all worked out after all.

The hotel is an amazing place to hold a June – August or December – February wedding because you could never run out of wonderful spots for photos and you don’t have to subject your wedding party to the heat or cold. As you will see from the images below, I took advantage of the abundances of negative space.  Its very easy to find great patterns in carpets, colorful walls, and patterns on ceiling lights in the Fuse nightclub.  We took advantage of the large Christmas tree for some blurry lights in the background as well as interesting furniture.


Mark and Marissa – Hopkinsville Wedding

Marissa and Mark were married on Thanksgiving Weekend at the First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville, KY.  The Reception took place at the James E Bruce Convention Center, also in Hopkinsville.  Their wedding was a formal black and white wedding and the church was decked out for advent and the set-up was complete with a Christmas tree at the front of the church to start off the season.  It was a cold and overcast day so I knew that we were in a bit of a race to fit in any outdoor photos before dark.  Also, we photographed all of the family formals and group shots before the ceremony so everyone could head straight to the reception after the ceremony.  I was amazed by the Bruce Convention Center.  Its a wonderful venue for a wedding reception.  This was the first wedding that I photographed there, but I had another wedding there a month later at the end of December so I’ll have more examples from this venue posted soon.

As you can see from the photos, it was a fun bunch and they really took advantage of the music and the dance floor!  I love dance floor candids and we got a lot of really great shots of laughter at this wedding reception!

In addition to the photographs from the wedding day, I included a hand-full of shots from the previous week’s bridal portrait session at Belmont Mansion.  Enjoy!

Rachel and Eric – Traveler’s Rest Wedding

Rachel and Eric held both ceremony and reception at Traveler’s Rest and I would say without a doubt that the leaves peaked on their wedding weekend.  The bright yellow Ginko-Biloba trees were stunning and Traveler’s Rest features some of the oldest and largest Ginko trees you will find anywhere.  It was the 2nd weekend in November just for those of you planning a wedding and looking for the ideal weekend for colorful trees.  Of course, I can remember other November weddings in the past in which it was quite a bit colder and the leaves were nearly gone.  I suppose its always a bit of a gamble when you plan an outdoor wedding but for Rachel and Eric, it really paid off.  I’d say the weather was ideal!

John and Carla – Christ United Methodist and Traveler’s Rest

I walked into a a gun fight when I got to John and Carla’s wedding.  It was a Nerf gunfight and I started shooting too.  For about 10 minutes I turned into a Nerf war-photojournalist and I had to push my fear aside in order to get the shot and the pain on a young groomsman’s face as he realized that he accidentally shot a coffee over onto the floor.

This is why I love shooting weddings.  When people surround themselves with all of their loved ones and best friends, there is nearly always a playful atmosphere that makes my job easy and fun!

John and Carla were married at Christ United Methodist church in Brentwood.  The church offered some of the best window light that I could have wished for throughout the narthex of the church and also in the chapel.  Definitely check out the bridal portrait of Carla where I had her stand in front of a divider in the back of the church.  I lit her at such an angle that the corrugation created stark shaddows to give a black and white striped look that plays with your eyes.

While I mentioned a playful atmosphere above, I definitely noticed a seriousness at the mention of the ceremony and implications of the day.  I was in the cry room with John as Carla came in to have a special moment together and prayer together before the ceremony.  In those intimate moments its hard not to get caught up in the emotion of it all and I brought a whole new meaning to cry room.  Just kidding.  I didn’t cry but it was very moving.

After the ceremony, everyone made their way to Traveler’s rest for a reception.  I only photographed 2 weddings at traveler’s rest in 2010 and in a strange coincidence, they both took place the same weekend.  This was the first of the two and I’ll follow-up this blog with the other in case you are interested in viewing more traveler’s rest wedding photos.  This particular weekend (the 2nd weekend in November) the trees absolutely peaked at Traveler’s rest.  Their giant Ginko Biloba trees turned bright yellow and made for some very beautiful photos.

I’ll post a few of the dancing shots from the reception.  Notice how nicely they come out when couples dance with one hand clasped in an open stance.  This way I’m able to get shots of both faces rather than the back of a head as you get with the hug dance.

John is a lawyer but he is also a photographer and it meant a lot to have him trust me with the big job of capturing his wedding.  I consider it to be one of the highest compliments that I can receive when a photographer hires me to photograph his or her wedding!

Engagement Portraits at Cannonsburg

Murfreesboro, Tennessee offers some great locations for engagement sessions.  You really can’t go wrong at the Stones River Battlefield, the Greenway, or Cannonsburg so we decided to do a little shooting at all three locations.  It was a beautiful day and we planned to shoot during that last 3 hours of daylight in order to catch some of the magic hour color in the sky.  I did my best to use the low sun to backlight their hair.  I also tried my best to catch a little sun flare.

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