Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
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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.
To say David and I plotted this one well together would be an understatement. Heather is from North Carolina. David is from Arizona. They originally met here, more on that later, but this is where they reconvened for a long weekend getaway. David planned on taking Heather to Arrington Vineyards for a nice Autumn afternoon wine tasting and romantic picnic. Or so Heather thought. I was waiting, unbeknownst to her, to photograph a very creative and romantic marriage proposal at the Vineyard. First, some journalism to warm up while waiting for the couple.
It was not an easy place to conceal myself with the area being large and open, but I did find a tree to mask myself. She had no idea, so it was a successful mission and it was a resounding yes! Bystanders even participated in David and Heather’s joy and excitement by cheering them on, it was nice.
They were excited to share the news with close family and friends, so I documented the moments of unmistakable joy while they take in what happened. I can’t describe the outpouring of emotion that took over the whole environment.
David was in town for work at the same time Heather was here in Nashville celebrating her birthday with her cousin. Both happened to be at the legendary Tootsie’s Bar on Broadway, and clicked right away as they met and talked, danced, and drank into the wee hours. With the long distance factor, both David and Heather were a bit apprehensive.
However, they worked out a plan to visit often, after it was left to fate for them to be in contact once life as usual settled in. I’d say the dedication to follow their hearts and not let go of something real, despite distance, paid off. Love always wins. Congratulations David and Heather! What a fabulous afternoon and romantic marriage proposal.
This shouldn’t even be a question, but many couple have fallen victim to people with cameras with a few good dubious photos in their portfolio. It’s a double edged sword, an overly eager shutterbug without proper experience wants their break, but should know their limitations. It’s also on the couple for hiring an unqualified person to capture their no do-over event. In a case like that, who accepts the blame, and who passes it off all on the other person? So, for couples who value wedding photography, why hire a professional wedding photographer?
A pro has a contract, with definitive terms, not only to protect themselves, but the couple. A pro has liability insurance, that venues should really require. A pro communicates with the client and helps them rest assured their investment in them is sound. A pro shows up and does the job, regardless of their own convenience. Clients don’t suffer for our personal lives and hard times we go through in life. I’ve photographed weddings sick or in physical pain, which thankfully that’s rare. One wedding this season, I went to a memorial service for a good friend who was killed in a car accident, and my next stop was to photograph a wedding. The transition was hard, but the joy of the couple helped me get through it. We don’t cancel. We don’t make excuses. A proper contract guarantees that. Barring any unforeseen catastrophic accident.
Overall experience –
There’s a big difference in the experience of a vetted pro and a hobbyist. Also, the experience you have working with that vendor is efficient and pleasurable. You don’t have to hold their hand, because a pro has systems in place to make your day a seamless experience.
Proven track record and signature style –
That is why you should be hiring someone. Can this pro perform consistently? What do their reviews say? There’s a big difference in the outcome between hiring a handpicked provider, and an impulsive hire because of price. Of course budget only allows certain splurge items, and other things are ok to save on and even skip. But why hire a professional wedding photographer? if this doesn’t convince you, maybe photography isn’t a top priority.
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!!