Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.

Scenic Tennessee wedding | Falls Mill | Blake and Carissa

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.

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

Look at this, some things you can’t make up! It doesn’t get much prettier than this,

Falls Mill

Scenic Tennessee wedding

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.

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

This cute table setting was for a brief gathering after the ceremony for family and friends.

Tennessee wedding

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.

Tennessee wedding

Dress by Olia Zavozina.

bridal prep

bridal prep

bridal prep

bridal prep

bridal prep bridal prep

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

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.

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Tennessee wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

outdoor fall wedding

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

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!

documentary wedding photographer

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!

Nashville wedding photographer

Nashville wedding photographer

Nashville wedding photographer

Nashville wedding photographer

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

 

 

Terian Farms wedding reception | Nashville wedding photographers | Kelie and Ron

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.

Terian Farms wedding reception

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.

Terian Farms wedding reception

Terian Farms wedding reception

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.

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

Through the eyes of a bride, admiring the moment with her husband and new mother in-law, a beautiful perspective.

documentary wedding photographer

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.

documentary wedding photographer

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

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.

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

The heat lamps felt great, the night temperature was perfect. Maybe 65 degrees.

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

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.

Nashville wedding photographers

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

YMCA!

documentary wedding photographer

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.

sparkler exit

sparkler exit

Romantic marriage proposal | Arrington Vineyards

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.

Arrington Vineyards

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.

Arrington Vineyards proposal

Nashville proposal

Nashville proposal

Nashville proposal

Romantic marriage proposal

Romantic marriage proposal

Romantic marriage proposal

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.

Nashville proposal

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.

Romantic marriage proposal

Nashville proposal

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.

Arrington Vineyards proposal

Arrington Vineyards proposal

Arrington Vineyards proposal

Arrington Vineyards proposal

Why hire a professional wedding photographer?

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?

Nashville wedding

Accountability –

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.

Terian Farms wedding

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.

first dance

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.

 

Nashville wedding venues | Timothy Demonbreun House

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.

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

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?

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

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.

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

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.

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

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.

Timothy Demonbreun House

Timothy Demonbreun House

The pre-ceremony view just before the sunset.

Timothy Demonbreun House