Elle and Ryan's Indie Floral Inspired Backyard Wedding

When I think back to Elle and Ryan's Nashville wedding last fall, I remember that my face hurt from smiling when I left that night. As I put together their wedding images to make up the story below, I couldn't stop thinking "This was one of the most fun weddings I've been a part of" and again, realized my cheeks hurt because I couldn't stop smiling. I think you'll see why.

Together, Ryan and Elle are magic. They have a magnetic chemistry that draws people to them and one of my favorite things about them is that they're fully themselves, all the time. Everything about their wedding was beautifully minimal but incredible indie wedding inspiration in the art of doing your own thing, and doing it so well. Elle wore this embroidered floral printed dress for her ceremony that I swooned over, and Ryan had a bright pink suit coat that together, fit them perfectly.

And so many moments. Their wedding was about their loved ones, about their family - it wasn't about the details or the weather or having the most perfect day - it was about gathering everyone they knew and loved from near and far and celebrating the start of their marriage. I think back to their weekend on a Friday in Tennessee fall and I remember Elle's mom and bridesmaids tearing up when they saw her in her floral wedding dress for the first time. I remember Ryan barely being able to keep it together when he saw his bride at their first look. I remember tears in their ceremony and so much sweet intimacy in their portraits. Elle weeping during her brother's toast at their reception and Ryan tenderly kissing her shoulder. Their reception was a dream - incredible Mexican food, a Jeni's ice cream truck and just a party of dancing and toasting and more dancing until the sky grew blue and then dark. 

If I could plan my wedding again, I'd want it to feel like theirs - heartfelt, with all of the moments. Here's to you two Roses - you are an inspiration. 

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Vendors

Venue: Cool Springs House in Brentwood, TN // Videographer: Orion Pahl // Coordinator: Top Tier Events

Bride's dress for ceremony: Modcloth // Reception dress: BHLDN

Groomsmen attire: Bar III + Asos  Bridemaids: Asos + Modcloth 

Catering: Little Donkey and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams  Rentals: Hendersonville Ultimate Party Superstore 

Michael & Ann's Wedding in the Scottish Highlands

Wander across and around the world a few times and one of the biggest things you take away is that there are millions of people on our tiny, spinning planet. It's crazy to think how many of us find the other half of us we choose to spend the rest of our days with, but Michael and Ann's story is even more obscure and incredible. One from the Highlands (Scotland) and one from Bangkok (Thailand) and they met when they separately moved to Sydney (Australia) where they live today. Talk about roaming around the world and having friends everywhere you go. Their wedding was such a beautiful example of this. 

Their Friday in July was bright and beautiful. The wedding itself was nestled in the Highlands of Scotland, Michael's home, surrounded by friends and family from around the world, with friends and family from both Australia and Thailand flying out to support the two of them. Eilean Donan Castle in the Kyle of Lochalsh is known as the most photographed and most romantic castle in all of Scotland, and it's easy to why it was a clear choice for where Michael and Ann wanted to say their vows. They held a backyard wedding reception at a historic Scottish home on a loch a few miles away, with a roast pig and dancing on the lawn. Dreams all around. 

I'm so thankful I was asked to be Michael and Ann's wedding photographer in Scotland. The Highlands + Isle of Skye have been on the top of my travel bucket list for years so I was thrilled to make the trip, but spending a few days with all of their friends and family made everything even sweeter. They were the ones setting up the reception tent, cooking and putting out the food, running all the errands so that everything went smoothly. These people love each other dearly and to me, that's the best part of any wedding I'm ever a part of. 

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Venue // Eilean Donan Castle + Private Residence Bride's dress // Rosa Clara

 Florals // Stockbridge Flower Company, Edinburgh HMU // Skye Beauty, Kyle of Lochalsh

Men's wear // Flower of Scotland Tartan Kilts Catering // Highland Spit Roasts

Best of 2017 Weddings + Engagements (cheers to the year!)

It's so funny how the year progresses. When I was booking local Nashville weddings in January/February 2017, I thought I'd be traveling less for destination wedding photography work than I had in years. A few months later and I had more travel on the books than I've ever had. From Wales to Norway to Iceland to Scotland to Minneapolis to California to Colorado to Oregon to North Carolina and back to Tennessee, I am ever-thankful and so grateful for this crazy life.

More than anything or anywhere, it's the people that draw me to photographing weddings. Whether it's ten minutes from my home in Nashville or across the world, you're the heartbeat behind what I do.

What am I the most excited for now that it's January 2018? Quality over quantity is a thing I'm striving for in this coming year - less work but better. More time to work on each set, more time to invest in each person, more time to plan and strategize to move farther forward. I'm working hard at my studio portrait work and am excited to see what comes of that as well as doing editorial wedding sets for 12th Table. It's going to be such a good year. 

Thank you, for trusting me over and over again with your life in images. It means the world and below are my favorite images from 2017.

The best of! 

Sam and Kyle at Rock Island

Sometimes just one image is enough for a blog, and this one is it for me.

Sam and Kyle at the falls. Shot on medium format, Portra 400 and scanned by State Film Lab out of Louisville, KY. Happy two year anniversary to you two lovebirds!

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Morgan & Trent's Nashville Wedding at Riverwood Mansion

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I was so thrilled when Trent and Morgan approached me about photographing their wedding at beautiful Riverwood Mansion in east Nashville this past June. They're both gifted artists and photographers, and I knew that photographing their day would be a really beautiful thing to be a part of (and now we even have one of Morgan's beautiful oil paintings hanging in our living room!)

Despite the rain and Nashville's summer humidity, the day was perfect and the moments are bold. Thank you both so much for having me - I couldn't be happier for you. Wishing you all the happiness in the world. 

 

 

Vendors

Venue: Riverwood Mansion 

Cindy with Cynthia Diane Events

Makeup By Morgan Jae

Bride's dress from Posh Bridal Nashville