Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
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It’s been an amazing wedding season, it’s been my honor to serve many great couples and document their kick ass wedding days! Their stories told through the eyes of an observer, not an intrusive orchestrator, which is what documentary / photojournalist wedding photography is all about. Human interaction and emotion it’s purest, most organic form. Enjoy this video, the Jay Farrell Photography best of 2018 weddings, thanks for a great season. Youtube Channel here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Jay Farrell Photography best of 2018 weddings slideshow. Notice the beat matching with the music? My clients enjoy the same amenity. Can I tell your story?
I had the pleasure of doing engagement photos for Tiffany and Mikey over the Summer, while they visited Nashville for wedding related business. On a lovely but brisk November day, I joined them once again to document their Festive Fall wedding day at Terian Farms. It always feels like coming home seeing Teri, the horses, and Ruby the cat.
I always like to show the weather in my photos rather than make it look like something different. This gives you an idea. It’s fun to document surroundings and banter between wedding guests as I await the ceremony.
As everyone paid their reverence, Tiffany made her way to Mikey. In the end, that was her goal, and to enjoy time with her friends and family.
Tunnel vision on the couple only would only sacrifice moments like this with onlooking guests, a nice part of the story.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. King! You did the thing! And I’m an accidental poet. You’re welcome.
Some charismatic entrances to the reception area!!
The couple enjoys their first dance.
I love the emotion in these parent dances, makes a documentary photographer feel their own pulse.
Business was picking up at the bar, this crowd would not disappoint. They brought the energy to the venue and dance floor.
The speeches encouraged a lot of laughs and blushing, was a fun period of the event to capture. Followed by a delicious catered dinner by Sammy B’s.
As you can see, I love the sinister combination of light and shadow, mixed with motion and energy.
Photobooth props made a photogenic group of true partygoers. DJ Todd cranked out the tunes and kept feet moving and bodies shaking. Heat lamps kept the venue warm and body heat generated made for a great series of wedding reception photos.
Shoot for the weather, if this gives a clue.
The day retired to the night, and the last call and last song was cranking. What a great celebration and party it was, and no one went home early. That’s how you know an event is a success.
It was 26 degrees F outside, but somehow these sparkler sendoff photos were in focus, lol. I hope you enjoyed this sweet Festive Fall wedding at Terian Farms. Congratulations Mikey and Tiffany!
I had only emailed back and forth and enjoyed a phone call with Anne and Brian prior to their gorgeous middle Tennessee Fall morning wedding. They value life experiences such as travel, art, exploring, the outdoors, and wanted to enjoy time with their loved ones at their wedding. Posing for photos away from their own party did not fit into their plans, so my documentary style of capture suited them perfectly.
Anne and Brian and their families had a room block at SoBro guest house in downtown Nashville, and Nashville Wedding Stylists did the hair and makeup work.
This was a very interesting progressive wedding, in multiple locations. This provided a nice variety between peak Fall colors and the urban indoor brunch reception. We made the journey to Percy Warner Park where the couple rented the entire area and really adorable cabin style shelter. The temperature was perfect with the sun, and the setting was beautiful.
Yup, I like sinister lighting and shadows, it keeps boring photos away, like an apple a day. A proud dad walking Anne to the ceremony venue at the park.
Officiant Chance Dillon performed the ceremony and got these two lovebirds married officially, while guests eagerly observed.
Brian unfortunately cut his finger while uncorking, but he quickly bandaged the damage and went back to the celebration.
I love the play of light and shadow as Anne’s dad walked back to the car, reminiscent of my street photography. Many of those principles and methods I use at weddings.
The limo took the couple back to downtown Nashville to City Winery to enjoy a lovely brunch reception.
The fun of studying human emotion and interaction is what tells the story of a wedding day.
Photographing through glass is something I like doing for the illusion and reflection, in wedding or street photography. Part of my artistic passion as a journalist.
The laughter, happiness, and energy captured are what my couples value most when they get their wedding photos delivered. Moments with loved ones who they sometimes don’t get to see often. Or in this case. with friends from around the world.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Brian and Anne’s Fall morning wedding followed by the reception at City Winery. Congrats you two 🙂
You’re in for a special treat, I have a gorgeous intimate, scenic Tennessee wedding to share with you. I made the drive, just under two hours from Nashville, to Belvidere, Tennessee to document Carissa and Blake’s morning wedding. The venue was at historic Falls Mill, which is incredibly beautiful! It was a cool, overcast, foggy, and mildly misty late October morning, it was perfect and refreshing.
Look at this, some things you can’t make up! It doesn’t get much prettier than this,
Carissa did her last minute bridal prep the venue set up in the hollow, and golf carts would transport guests from the parking area to the hollow where the ceremony was.
This cute table setting was for a brief gathering after the ceremony for family and friends.
Blake and Carissa live in Nashville, and met doing Crossfit. With that said, it’s probably a good thing they love the photos, lol! Blake grew up near the venue in Belvidere, and he remembers going there a lot growing up. Carissa is from Alabama, so this was a good central spot for people from the local area, Alabama, and Nashville.
Dress by Olia Zavozina.
The ceremony took place overlooking the falls and the stream, which you could hear in the background. The misty and mildly chilly weather conditions were perfect to set the mood. It was a lovely intimate celebration that was filled with love and laughter.
You can see the goosebumps on Carissa’s arm, but the temperature was quite enjoyable after some roasters over the Summer. Towards the very end, rain moved in and everyone hightailed out, but it held off just long enough!
That evening, we met back in Nashville at the Southernaire Market for a dinner reception and cocktail hour. Friends and some of their families enjoyed a bite to eat and threw back some drinks in downtown Nashville. It was a beautiful celebration with a nice contrast of locations. I hope you’ve enjoyed this scenic Tennessee wedding and congratulations to Blake and Carissa!
Kelie and Ron had their first date 11 years ago, dinner at a nice restaurant followed by live music. There was something special there and it just flowed organically, they haven’t lost that magic from the first date. Fast forward to their 10 year anniversary, Ron proposed to Kelie, it was an emphatic yes! The couple had a private ceremony in Hawaii. The couple celebrated with friends and family in the Nashville area by having a beautiful and fun filled Terian Farms wedding reception.
The Friday evening event opened up with a cocktail hour and mingling, followed by speeches and dinner break. Sammy B’s provided the tasty pasta bar and before dinner hors d’oeuvres.
Kelie and Ron made their grand entrance and had the rest of the evening to greet their guests. As more guests visited the bar and began dancing to the tunes DJ Todd cranked out, the ties were loosened for sure!
Hair and makeup stylist – Euphoria Salon Nashville
Kelie’s Dress – Arzelle’s
Ron’s Suit- Street Tuxedo
These were some amazingly sweet and loving moments between the newlyweds with their first dance in the presence of their loved ones.
Kelie took a few moments to dance with her father, and then Ron danced with his mom. I love highly charged emotion, with the lighting and mood to compliment those moments.
Through the eyes of a bride, admiring the moment with her husband and new mother in-law, a beautiful perspective.
As a documentary wedding photographer, I strongly believe the best moments of energy and human interaction cannot be posed or orchestrated. They happen if you watch.
Oops! Kelie reiterated, it was the the shoes and not being used to the heavy restricting dress. Sure, you get a pass this time. But Ron did help you up.
The heat lamps felt great, the night temperature was perfect. Maybe 65 degrees.
Kelie advised me that Ron has camera radar and hates photo taking. I think because I didn’t interfere with the event, he let his guard down and didn’t notice me. People being themselves make the best photographs.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this sweet Terian Farms wedding reception with Ron and Kelie, Godspeed to your future. I look forward to staying in touch.