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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Riverview Mansion Wedding Photography
Riverview Mansion Wedding Photography
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Best Wedding Venues Nashville TN
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Bride getting ready at Riverview Mansion
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bride getting ready at Riverview Mansion
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mother of bride helping daughter put on dress
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bride groom emotional wedding first look
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bride invisible back wedding dress tattoos
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bride walking down aisle emotional wedding
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emotional wedding ceremony in black and white
emotional wedding ceremony in black and white
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emotional wedding ceremony in black and white
emotional wedding ceremony in black and white
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first dance rainy wedding day tennessee
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wedding reception toasts Riverwood mansion
wedding reception toasts Riverwood mansion
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kids catching fireflies tennessee wedding
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nashville wedding dance party moments
nashville wedding dance party moments
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nashville wedding dance party moments
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sparkler exit magic wedding photography
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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

 

 

 

Elle and Ryan's Engagement at Overgrown Wild Rock Island State Park

Won Best of Junebug Destination Photography Contest
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Hand in hand engagement photography at Rock Island Tennessee
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Elle and Ryan and I met up close to dusk at Rock Island State Park, just a few hours east of Nashville one Wednesday night at the beginning of August. There's something about these waterfalls that I love - we did our first Gathering workshop at these falls, I had done day trips here just to explore, but I hadn't ever photographed a real session here yet. And it didn't disappoint.

We showed up to the falls and I couldn't believe the crazy overgrown greens that were everywhere - we could barely walk through, and the photos above look like they're from somewhere wild like Costa Rica instead of middle Tennessee. Kind of hilarious, but the best kind. Elle and Ryan were up for walking through/climbing over/jumping over ferns, rocks, streams, whatever I asked them to do. We made some magic together. 

 

Best of the Best Destination Photos of 2017 - We Won!

I am so honored and thrilled to share that the image below placed in the Junebug Weddings Best of the Best Destination Wedding Photography for 2017. I've been hoping to win this contest for years, and this year it finally happened. I can't believe it and I'm so humbled to share this honor with so many other incredible wedding photographers. See the full collection of images here - the work is outstanding.

Massive thanks to Elle and Ryan for venturing out to Rock Island State Park with me here in Tennessee, where this image was taken, just a few weeks ago. Photography is truly collaborative and without you, this image never would have happened. Much love. 

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Junebug's Best of the Best Destination Photography Winner 2017