Kimberly and Andrew continue my series of “couples that were married before their big wedding celebration”. In other words, a very relaxed couple and a very relaxed day. This destination wedding took place at the beautiful Cathedral of the Incarnation and The Bell Tower in downtown Nashville, TN. Their goal was to have a laid back but very nice affair for their guests near the heart of downtown. Since pretty much everyone was coming from out of state, they wanted their guests to be able to enjoy the city. One of the coolest features of The Bell Tower is their bourbon room that contains bottles of bourbon from all over the world. Kimberly and Andrew opened the room for several hours so that their guests could enjoy sampling from the different options. I throughly enjoyed working with these two. The reception photo with Andrew doing the winning game high five pretty much describes the day perfectly – a really great, relaxing day with very sweet yet goofy people. I could not ask for a better wedding to finish off my 2015 season. Special thanks to McClain Zeigler of Infinity Events, The Bell Tower, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Dulce Desserts, PS Designs Inc, Liberty Party Rental, Over the Top Inc, Shake, Shake, Shake, and Infinity Events and Catering.
This was the first wedding that I photographed in 2015 and gosh it set the bar high for this year. I met Erin over the phone while she and Victor were living in Brooklyn NYC. We instantly hit it off and we spent a long time talking about the craziness that is wedding planning. This is what I have learned over the past year that I have worked with Erin and Victor- they are the most gracious people. They are also quirky. Gracious and quirky is my favorite combination. Their Christmas cards usually involve photoshopping their faces onto some current pop culture photo phenomenon. I was in love with my clients. This January I got to meet their families and friends and hear all of the wonderful things everyone had to say about Erin and Victor and how much everyone was in love with them as well.
I had the good fortune of being able to work with some of the best professionals in town on this wedding. Erin and Victor wanted a romantic, classic wedding at The Symphony Center with a modern twist and their vendors made it happen! Special thanks to everyone that made this stunning event- Angela Proffitt, Jay Qualls, Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs, Chefs Market, Visual Elements, Music City Tents and Events, Heidi at Damali NYC, Nashville Event Lighting, Karen Hendrix Couture, Higher Ground Band, Nuage Designs, Graceful Tables, Matchless Transportation, and Street Tuxedo.
Last week Katelynn at Green Brier Distillery showed me their event space, The Oak Room. It’s a beautiful large industrial space in what used to be part of Marathon motor car’s Southern Motor Works factory. I loved the whitewashed brick wall, the view of the barrel room, and the exposed beams. It has so much character! If you’re a bourbon lover, it would be perfect. You can even rent out the bar area! To learn more visit: www.greenbrierdistillery.com/oakroom Below is more information from their website.
“Whether you’re looking to host a small, intimate event or large gathering, our event spaces provide a charming and distinguished setting for you and your guests. Surrounded by the Distillery’s warm and historic environment, your event will be a unique and unforgettable experience.
Green Brier Distillery‘s facilities can accommodate anywhere from 15 to 300 guests and can adapt to your specific needs. From corporate events to weddings to private dinners, the Distillery is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Incorporate your event into the Distillery’s already rich history.”
I ran into Meredith at a birthday and she gave me permission to write a short blog. I told her that I know most people only look at the photos in my blog and that I write what I do knowing that only the bride and groom are going to read it. Well Meredith and Dave, you were incredible to work with. My second shooter and I kept commenting on how relaxed and sweet you both were. Your families were lovely and your bridesmaids were absolutely hilarious. I love that two incredibly caring people that want to make a difference in the world found each other and that I got to capture the day that they became a family. Congratulations!
Meredith and Dave were married in Nashville, TN at Church of The Redeemer and their reception followed at Ruby. Their florist, Rosebud East, did an incredible job mixing magnolia leaves and white pumpkins together to give an elegant fall look to their reception. Please enjoy their photos!
Yesterday I was able to visit Amy at Long Hollow Gardens and Nursery. This might be my new favorite place. Long Hollow Gardens (20 minutes outside of Nashville, TN) is a garden and nursery center, but they also do weddings. They offer several different settings: a greenhouse that can accommodate up to 300 guests, a wildflower meadow, a barn, and an 1880’s Historic Home. All of this is on 35+ acres in the beautiful countryside of Gallatin, TN. The Greenhouse is stunning and offers a romantic outdoor feel no matter what the weather. I’m itching to get a bride and groom in here to photograph. Below is more information from their website!
“Constructed in 1880, the Farmhouse at Long Hollow Gardens has become the icon for Sophisticated Farm and Garden Weddings. More than just another barn wedding, we offer refined authentic spaces dressed for the most romantic day of your life.
The Farmhouse, Gardens, Wildflower Meadow, Barn, and Greenhouse on our 35 acre grounds offer a versatile array of incredible and renowned vignettes to accommodate intimate weddings to larger ceremonies of up to 300+ guests: Indoors or out. The versatility of The Barn and The Greenhouse can be used as your primary space or as a rain plan to surely amaze.”