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.

Wedding at Walking Horse Farms

It was great getting to know Ginger and Eric.  They at once let you know that they are deeply religious but they don’t take themselves too seriously.  My favorite moment from the entire wedding day was Eric’s stroll down the isle.  He strutted his way toward the bride with an expression of pure elation as he shook hands on both sides of the isle as though he just delivered a state of the union address!  He couldn’t have looked more happy.  After being pronounced husband and wife, they kissed for the very first time after years of dating.

Family Portraits While on Leave from Deployment in Afganistan

The Cressman family hired me to take some very important family portraits.  Theresa explained to me over the phone that her husband is a helicopter pilot who is stationed in Afganistan and that we had a small window in which to take the photos.  She stressed how important it was that we got great shots because these photos would mean everything to her after he went back overseas.  I spent most of an overcast day with them exploring a dried-up riverbed among other locations.  Its been a privilege to get to know this beautiful family and to stay in touch through Facebook!  I recently heard the sad news that due to the military’s stop-loss policy, this family will have another year before they are reunited permanently.

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