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I had the pleasure of photographing Justin and Loni’s wedding at the Timothy Demonbreun House, which was my first visit there. I’ve worked at many Nashville wedding venues and some of them historic, such as this one. One thing that was different about the Demonbreun House was the inclusiveness and access guests had. The house is also a registered historic venue and bed and breakfast. Family of the bride and groom also stayed there which was convenient. Upon entering through the front garden, these were welcoming sights.
Attorney, Richard Demonbreun purchased the custom mansion built in 1902, in 1995. In 2000, he opened it to the public as a bed and breakfast and wedding / event venue. It only seemed fitting to name the house after his great, great, great, great grandfather, Timothy Demonbreun. Oh yeah, that guy was the founder of Nashville, and Richard is kin to him, how cool is that?
It’s remarkable to have this kind of seclusion and quiet and still be walking distance to downtown Nashville and the 8th Avenue antique district.
I don’t know how to play chess. I bet if you stayed there or hosted an event there, Richard may play a round with you. He was a gracious host, and also served as executive chef to prepare meals for all wedding guests. He offers the same for bed and breakfast guests. The staff was non-intrusive but very attentive to the needs of the couple and guests.
The dining area and flower centerpiece. It’s a great place to consider when seeking historic Nashville wedding venues. Especially if you like the intimate feel a historic venue provides. It’s perfect for moderate sized events and it’s centrally located. The charm of yesterday with lush gardens, and the amenities of modern day.
The pre-ceremony view just before the sunset.
Justin and Loni met while Loni was visiting Nashville, from her native state of Wisconsin, to visit a friend. During the visit, her friend came down with an illness and was unable to go sightseeing around Nashville with Loni. Loni ventured out to tour the city on her own and met Justin, a Texas native, living in Nashville. I suppose it was one of those storybook encounters that would unexpectedly shape the future forever. Fast forward to September 29, 2018, the day of their Timothy Demonbreun House wedding with family and friends in attendance.
Shortly after arriving, I looked through the window and saw the flower girls playing, to pass time I suppose, awaiting the big event. These candid, pure moments are an important part of what makes a cohesive story.
Justin getting a little bit of help with his tie, while following a college football game on TV.
Loni and her mom / bridesmaids finishing bridal prep, upstairs from arriving guests, where the ceremony would be.
It was officially showtime, the ceremony begins, shortly before sunset.
Justin takes the march first, while guests all focused their attention immediately.
How could I NOT photograph these adorable children?
Loni graced the aisleway and really had guests’ undivided attention. Naturally, these are critical moments that I have to focus on documenting, for important reasons, such as the couple not killing me afterwards, LOL.
One interesting component of documentary wedding photography is watching the guest reactions and other moments of human interaction.
Soon after the ceremony, we all enjoyed a delicious in-house catered meal and were ready to get the party started with the reception.
Cake cutting, without a huge mess, lol!!
Lovely first dance for the couple.
The cigar bar on the outdoor back patio by the pool was an interesting, very photogenic touch. All we needed was Al Pacino and Ray Liotta.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this lovely story about Justin and Loni’s Timothy Demonbreun House wedding. I loved the feeling of intimacy in the historic venue, love, and energy, All flowing together, through real human interaction and emotion. Congratulations guys!!
You might be considering a new job, career, or business venture, and the dilemma ” When to get new headshots ” comes to mind. I think it’s always smart to have a current headshot made, especially if you’re considering any life change or your look has changed. New hairstyle or color? Yup, it’s time to update your headshot if you’re updating your resume or making any professional changes. A professional headshot shows commitment and effort on your part, and is a more flattering representation of yourself than a casual snapshot.
It’s a fun and easy process here, if you’re in Nashville, or are traveling here, I can update your headshot for you. Camera shy? So am I. I make the process easy and quick. Even though I’m primarily a documentary photographer, I enjoy headshot sessions. I get to know new people and hear about their upcoming adventures. I get to be a part of it by giving them the necessary tools.
I’ve seen all kinds of people with different needs. Some are applying for medical residency programs, others are starting a new business, applying for new jobs, switching careers, etc. Updating your headshot in any of those cases helps represent you well.
“Oh, but I hate it when professional cameras pick up my flaws” A professional photographer knows how to photograph each unique subject. Also, I provide basic Photoshop for a little bit of assistance. Without leaving traces in my work or taking skin texture away. Tastefully, without overdoing it. Do you have 30 minutes? Get your headshots scheduled today.
When to get new headshots? What better time, if your life is described above? It doesn’t have to be time consuming, long and drawn out, boring, emotionally draining, or painfully expensive. It can be fun, as it is for my clients, and quick and painless. You’re welcome. 😀
We are rocking it this season with weddings and surprise proposal photoshoots! With strong tourism in Nashville, a Nashville tourist marriage proposal happens here regularly. Each one I’ve done with each couple is unique and special in its own respect. History was made with Javier and Catie, for a couple of reasons. Instead of me telling you, I will let Javier do the talking, as he wrote his story for me of their relationship and the proposal.
I’ve never seen a lady get down with the guy proposing, this was raw and real emotion in this Nashville tourist marriage proposal, I loved it!!
So we get to the big day and we get ready to head to the beautiful pedestrian bridge. Jay and I decided on sunset around 7 because it would make a gorgeous setting and I could use the excuse of we were going to dinner after seeing the bridge. Just something I could use to keep Catie in the dark. So we get in our Uber with plenty of time for us to arrive on time. It should have only taken 5 minutes. After about 15 minutes of driving around and heading in the wrong direction I see the Uber driver throws his hands up looking confused and he says “I don’t know”.
It is now 7:15 and the sun is starting to go down. I begin to get flustered, worried, and angry that this Uber driver is going to ruin all these plans. I begin to get angry with the driver which didn’t help the situation. As usual with our relationship, the other person steps up and Catie is the one who gets us to our destination. However, there is one problem.
The driver has dropped us off on the wrong side of the bridge from where Jay has a spot picked out and was waiting for us. I text Jay letting him know what had been going on because we are losing sunlight by the minute. He tells me he’s on the move and will meet us half way. By this point I’m still flustered, frazzled, and angry. I’m half outta breath from being nervous and hustling down the bridge and starting to sweat. The whole time Catie is being amazing and trying to cheer me up without even knowing why I’m so upset. As usual, she’s always picking me up. In the distance I see Jay and I know this is our spot. We start walking up and Catie immediately points to Jay and says, “I wonder if they guy will take our picture?” Of course. Of all people, she points out the one guy she’s not supposed to notice. So I tell her not to bother him because he looks busy and I take her with me out onto the overlook point.
Once we get out there…more trouble. I see two other couples who I’m pretty sure are there for the same reason I’m there. I had this plan to make small talk and take some selfies with her to lead up to the proposal. But to be honest, I was still rattled from everything that lead up to this. I couldn’t think of anything to say. At the same time I’m thinking, there’s no way in hell I’m letting one of these other couples steal our shining moment and mess things up even more. So due to being rattled, flustered, and worried some other couple would steal our thunder….there was no build up. I immediately drop to a knee and pull out the box and ring.
The look of shock, amazement, and pure joy on her face made me forget about everything else. But if you were to give me a million dollars right now for me to tell you what I said to her in that moment…I couldn’t do it. I have absolutely no clue what I said to her. I just remember being nervous, stuttering, mumbling, and trying to find the words. But what’s so amazing is that I didn’t need the right words. She understood everything I was trying to get across to her. I’ve never felt so loved in my life. Her reaction reassured me this woman was going to love me unconditionally. We had some pretty emotional and passionate moments after I put that ring on her finger for the first time. Jay was the Jedi master and captured those moments better than I could have ever imagined. Catie had no clue until I introduced them. Looking back and reflecting on that 45 minutes of chaos. – Javier
Thanks Javier and Catie for giving me such a rich story to tell. The couple then had their dinner reservations at The Southern, in downtown Nashville. I hope you’ve enjoyed this lovely heartfelt Nashville tourist marriage proposal, and congratulations Javier and Catie!
This is a challenge and dilemma some couples face. In the past, it was more customary for parents to pay for their childrens’ weddings, which I feel mixed about. I think these days, couples want to step away from the norm and even certain traditions. Like the cringeworthy garter and bouquet tosses. Parents don’t always have the means to pay for weddings, and many couples are just taking care of business themselves. Parents paying for weddings or helping couples pay can be a lovely assist, or an invitation of trouble and control. A lot depends on the relationship.
Most couples I meet don’t want a huge wedding with hundreds of guests. They value personal connections with those in attendance, rather than guest collecting. Also, once they explore venues and available space, costs, smart couples know managing their guest list is smart budgeting. Whether paying for the wedding themselves or receiving assistance from parents. The truth of the matter is this:
When parents pay, they have a say –
It starts with a realistic couple having the event they can afford. I don’t think most expect a large ballroom event with 300 guests. The median guest count for most of my weddings is maybe 125. If the couple has a sensible vision and wants to personalize their event so they enjoy it, and have personal connections with each guest, that’s great! That’s how it should be in my opinion. If the parents see and respect that vision, but offer guidance when needed, that’s a healthy balance. If part of that involves a financial contribution, great! When it becomes an aggressive takeover that they feel entitled to do because they paid, it may not be in the interest of the couple to accept their help. The latter scenario is not ok.
I’m not suggesting parents should feel obligated to pay and give their kids their way. But I’ve heard of cases where the parents paying for weddings changed the complete vision and wishes of the couple, usually to the more upscale side, when the couple wanted a smaller farm wedding. Then the parents invite their friends who the couple barely even knows. They pick colors and decor, they have a say in anything and everything. What the hell is that about? In a case like that, that’s helicopter parenting, and I’d rather pay myself. That way Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have a different taste.
Conclusion about parents paying for weddings –
Do what is right for you, have the event and experience you want. At no point of the process should you begrudge your own wedding. The best way to prepare for paying for the wedding yourself (if that’s the best or only option) is to create a realistic guest list, provide a fun and comfortable experience for all, and pick your splurge items. Other things you can skip or do cheaper options.