Wedding at Fanny Mae Dees Park a.k.a. Dragon Park

“We want to be nestled in the dragon” is how the groom described his vision for the wedding ceremony when he explained that the wedding would take place at Fanny Mae Dees Park. The park, also known as Dragon Park is located just outside Blair School of Music on the Vanderbilt campus. Lawson is a percussionist and producer and Mary Jo is a violinist. They live in Brooklyn but they both studied music at Blair as children. I actually took years of cello lessons there myself and I have fond memories of running over to play on the dragon as my brother took his own private lessons. I imagine Lawson and Mary Jo have similar fond memories and I was really excited about the unique plan for this wedding.  Also, I was excited about this wedding because Lawson was a close friend of mine in high school and I knew there would be familiar faces!

The rehearsal dinner was equally unique. It was held at Ben Folds’ studio, a.k.a. RCA Studio A.  At the end of the evening, after most of the guests had left, I had a chance to catch up with some old friends as one of the studio engineers spun a few records that were recorded in the historic studio.  It was a pretty great moment.

 I should mention that Mary Jo made this dress herself!The wedding reception was held at Ruby, a beautiful event venue which is conveniently located right beside Dragon Park and across from Blair. The guests were given square dancing lessons which made my job easy since the expressions were priceless. All those who were up for it made their way down to Broadway to visit the honky tonks which always makes for colorful photos!

Wedding at Carnton Plantation in Franklin | Shawn and Linda Claire

Shawn and Linda Claire were married on a beautiful Sunday in October at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. We spent most of the afternoon exploring the grounds for photos and even ventured into the nearby confederate cemetery as well as some beautiful fields and gardens. There was amazing golden afternoon light, a gorgeous sunset and even hot air balloons flying over during the ceremony.  With a day like this it would be hard to go wrong but I lucked out with an adventurous wedding party and we got to spend the afternoon laughing and having fun. I love my job! Sometimes its just too easy!

I couldn’t stop laughing at the way Shawn posed face-down in the grass for the above series! It was a difficult decision whether to show this version or the one where he was mangled in a really unnatural way.
A little tongue-in-cheek fashion shot above rocking the “bridal fruit”.  I thought they nailed it!

Tying the Knot at Cellar One in Nashville

Allison and Aaron are photographers so I was honored when they decided to trust me with the job of documenting their wedding day. I asked to see some of Aaron’s work and he showed me some really well-lit, commercial images of rock climbers that he had photographed. I was impressed and all the more flattered to photograph their wedding. It turns out that rock climbing is what brought the couple together and the theme was prominent throughout their wedding. When they tied the knot, they did it with climbing rope and used a climbing knot. Also, Aaron built some impressive centerpieces for each table featuring a boulder with little rock climbers and ropes. This wedding was unique and fun and I’ve been excited to share the photos!

Terrible Sweater Party VIII Photobooth

The tradition continues! Once again I set up a photobooth at Nashville’s biggest holiday party at Bluebar in Midtown. The Terrible Sweater Party 8 benefitting 2nd Harvest Food Bank was absolutely packed and full of crazy outfits! I brought 2 snow machines and an electric leaf blower to simulate winter weather on the booth and I had a blast turning the booth into an epic blizzard a few times.

Following is a link to the Pictage proof site where the photos are hosted:

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Perfect Circle | Chelsea and Chris

Chelsea and Chris held an outdoor ceremony with the chairs set up in concentric circles around a platform so they could be surrounded by friends and family. From the photographer’s perspective this was a pretty liberating set-up. We could circle around the background to get any angle we wanted without being too obtrusive and when we found the perfect angle with the perfect light there were lots of smiling faces looking on in the background.

The decor was a little vintage with the signs and type-writers and a little country chic with bailing twine and mason jars. The reception featured an oreo cookie and milk station, a country band, and as many guests as I’ve seen at a wedding reception. It may have been my largest wedding all year and everyone had a blast. Just take a look at the happy faces!

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