Lena and Ali are one of the wildly successful stories who met through online dating. The time came for the couple to make their commitments to one another, but 2020 happened. By this point, being 9 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we’d all hoped things would have been better by Thanksgiving week, but to no avail. The couple and their families were very creative, flexible, and responsible; thankfully even with the 8 person maximum gathering ordinance, the event was perfect for the couple. The couple and Lena’s family stayed at The Russell, an East Nashville historic boutique hotel; incidentally having their wedding at The Russell! Shall we get started with some photos? Hair and makeup artist was done by Beauty By Kathryn.

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After a brief prep at the hotel, I followed Lena to their home where the reveal happened, and she came together with Ali. Then we went on location to the Bicentennial Mall and downtown Nashville for them to enjoy some time together and get some photo documentation of their day. The day was lovely, and my documentary / photojournalist approach served the couple’s needs; as they just wanted to enjoy their day and have their memories documented, during an unprecedented time.

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Once we made our way back to the hotel, we were closing in on the moments that the ceremony was due to start. The couple and Lena’s family in attendance set up live stream to Ali’s family could be virtually present, and even have some time to talk with them after the ceremony. Despite distance and time zone difference, it was the next best thing to everyone being together. Even among restrictions and a different way of life, this sweet wedding at The Russell documents a time in history.

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The final destination was Ali and Lena’s home, where the small group gathered and a personal chef prepared fine Persian cuisine for the family. It was indeed a nice day with them, and congratulations to Ali and Lena!!

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