I got a call from Marty, a groom to be in just 9 days from the call, about photographing their intimate backyard wedding. I don’t do many weddings in July or August, I think because people want to avoid the heat, which is smart. Marty told me it will be small and simple, with only the closest family and friends, under their covered patio.

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Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Marty had the good folks at Nashville Event Design screen in the back patio and provide decorations, tables and chairs, settings, etc. He had fans and portable air conditioners which did help. Tennessee in August can be very hot, but this was really nice. A candid photo of Marty enjoying a cold bottled water helps document the weather. Which true storytelling is what documentary wedding photography is about.

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Marty and Marilyn met through Marilyn’s Uncle, and they’ve been together for 11 remarkable years! They decided it was time to make it forever!

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

Nashville intimate wedding

This is the second marriage for both of them. You can see the real emotion and interaction between them which was heartwarming for sure. Those real emotions and moments of real love are also what documentary wedding photography is about. You can’t pose the real thing.

Nashville intimate wedding

The couple enjoyed a first dance, I love how they’re so happy and in love, it’s inspiring.

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small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

A father daughter dance with Marilyn and a very emotional father of the bride. I’m never one to rapid fire shoot, but my eyes never left them. Watching first is how the best moments are documented.  My friend Chris Wheeler was the videographer for this event.

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small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

small wedding Nashville

To finish up, the couple enjoyed the cake cutting. The cake had to be moved inside to ensure its safety. But this was a perfect and beautiful occasion packed with happiness, human emotion, and love.  Which is what wedding photography is to me. I hope you’ve enjoyed this sweet intimate backyard wedding. Great photos can be had at a patio wedding like this, a farm wedding venue, or a fancy ballroom, with the proper skill.  Thanks Marty and Marilyn for allowing me to tell your story and I wish you a brilliant future together!

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small wedding Nashville