I had the honor of documenting the amazing Dyer Observatory wedding day of Alan and Brett! Quite at an amazing place I have never been before! The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is an astronomy observatory owned by Vanderbilt University.
It’s up this huge hill, away from everything, but so close to local amenities and still far enough from light pollution for star gazing. Alan and Brett are both Vanderbilt graduates and always took an interest in the observatory so it only made sense for them to use it for their Nashville wedding venue! I will quietly document these moments before their guests arrive and the ceremony starts!!
Alan and Brett currently live in the South Of France, so this was my first time meeting them face to face, which was exciting! We had talked a lot by email and a few times by phone, so this was nice. I’m honored that they put their trust in me as a proud LGBT friendly wedding photographer.
These kids were so expressive, I would use that to my advantage. As a documentary wedding photographer, I watch for real moments like this, of human interaction. It requires a non-intrusive approach to build that trust factor particularly with kids. The best natural moods are captured without posing and people are just being themselves. The best captures.
Vendors involved with this lovely Dyer Observatory wedding –
Venue – Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
Planner – Helen Morrisette
DJ- Lt. Dan Buckley
Caterer – Ribbons Of Chocolate
Ceremony time! –
This kid needs to be in show biz. He is so animated.
Slightly reluctant flower girl, adorable!
That was an amazing ceremony! Now a few quick family groups and then cocktail hour! Real human interaction, nothing orchestrated, natural as intended.
After a delicious dinner from Ribbons Of Chocolate, we prepare for the Dyer Observatory wedding to come unglued!
Before the dancing started, Alan and Brett took a few guests up to the dome to do some star gazing with this HUGE telescope, it was epic! The dome opens for star gazing, and a knowledgeable person is there to teach people about what they’re seeing. Really neat!
Ok, shake it, dance the night away and party like it’s 1999!!!
I watched him do this once and could tell he was going for it again….locked focus and waited without him suspecting it…by then he didn’t think of it.
I loved the dimensions and perspectives here, with high contrast light and shadows…ahhh!
Slightly dragged shutter for effect.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the story I told for Alan and Brett, and I hope they enjoy it for an eternity! Congratulations gentlemen, can’t want to see you again and work on your album soon!