Girl meets boy at a local Nashville divebar and the rest is history... or so it goes with Jennifer + Chris! Their creative and eclectic engagement shoot with And How! Imagaing was definitely one to remember. The shoot started out at the place they met in Nashville with a group of friends for a laid-back party. Then it was off to a private rooftop overlooking downtown Nashville and finally the couple battled it out by playing their favorite video game - Mortal Kombat! I absolutely love that Jennifer + Chris's photos encapsulate what they like to do as a couple and show so many sides of who they are! See their photos below along with an exerpt from And How! Imagaing...
From the photographer, Amy of And How! Imaging: One of the main reasons we loved Jennifer and Chris' engagement session was because it really told a story that is personal to them; their story as a couple. We began the session where they met at a local dive downtown. They even had their friends that were there the night they met to come along to hang out for this part! Next we went to a roof top patio for some classy and romantic photos with some dancing thrown in the mix. The sun was setting behind them and the colors were so warm and alive. We finished off their session at their home, with them snuggled up doing one of their favorite things- playing Mortal Kombat (which is also our favorite game, so we were stoked when they suggested this!) We had such a great day working with them, and can't wait for the wedding!
Thanks for sharing this fun and eclectic engagement shoot with us, Amy! You can check out more of And How! Imaging's work here on their website and also here on Instagram!
Sometimes photos speak louder than words. And when it comes to your wedding photography, capturing those precious moments throughout your day to have for a lifetime is truly priceless! Now may I introduce you to Jim + Ilde Cook of SheHeWe Photography? They captured Desiree + Mario's day so perfectly! From each and every "getting ready" detail shot to the major dance party at the end of their wedding, Desiree + Mario were left with some stunning images and memories. We spoke with Desiree about her unforgettable day marrying the man of her dreams and making her wedding vision come to life! Keep reading to see all of their beautiful photos + hear from Desiree about her wedding experience...
Desiree: My now husband Mario set up my dream engagement scenario. And it was all a surprise to me! We have date nights regularly, and this particular night he didn't disclose where we were going. So we end up arriving at Homestead Manor in Spring Hill and I didn't suspect anything because I had just been telling him about when me and my mom went there and toured the place and had a fantastic meal. So I assume he wants to see what the fuss is about! We go in the front doors and the hostesses smile and start walking us to our table, but we pass all the dining rooms and continue walking toward the kitchen.. we round the corner and head down the stone steps to the wine cellar/chef's table! Those steps were covered in rose petals and lined with tea lights, and once we got into the cellar there was a table set up beautifully for us with more rose petals and tea lights everywhere, as well as string lights all around the ceiling. The fireplace was burning and there was music playing softly. It was breathtaking. We got through our appetizer before he got the courage to propose ;). He told me he loved me, and wanted to spend the rest of our amazing life together. He then came around the table and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In between "oh my gods", I said yes with no hesitation! The waiters come running down a minute later to congratulate us, knowing it was safe to come down after they heard my omg reaction ;). I couldn't have planned it better myself.
What was the vision for your wedding?
Desiree: I had dreamt about my wedding for years, since I was a little girl. I couldn't wait to stand side by side with my fiancé and promise to love each other for eternity. I was so excited to share in our love with all our family and friends, to be able to celebrate our rare connection with everyone. I imagined how I would feel making that commitment before God and our guests, and when the day came I felt all the happy feelings I had hoped I would. As far as visually, I had visions of a big flowing ball gown and lots of luxurious touches at my wedding. I wanted an elegant but simple atmosphere, something you could just look at in awe. I saw billowing flowers and sparkling accents. I knew that I wanted it to look like all my Pinterest board pins, and only thanks to my planner Kathy Best did that dream come true! And now I get to look at all the details and relive all those amazing feelings anytime I look at the amazing photographs that Ilde and Jim Cook with SheHeWe captured for us, they're the bees knees.
Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?
Desiree: Walking down the aisle toward my future husband was magical. It's so hard to describe the feeling, all I know is that I was happy. All my dreams were coming true and I was able to be in my perfect dress, in my perfect location and marry my almost perfect (jk love you) husband!
What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?
Desiree: The #1 thing I tell brides is not to worry about being a bit of a 'bridezilla' at times. This is your wedding, your vision, and only you are going to actually look at the photos and relive the memories FOREVER. Don't be afraid to let people know what you want and don't let anyone turn your wedding into their event. This day is the only day you get for you and your husband and you and your husband ONLY. Take advantage and do it how you want it, and if anyone has a problem with it tell them to have their own wedding! Oh and also, if you don't have an amazing planner (like mine) to help you with everything, just don't procrastinate!!! You don't want to stress at any time about anything. You should only enjoy the process :)
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?
Desiree: If I could live that day all over again I would! It'll forever be embedded in my mind. I know my guests had a blast, and I have all the photos to prove it. It was beautiful and I'm pinching myself even still to prove that it actually happened and it was everything I dreamt of. But let's be honest, I could've been in a shack and worn a robe and I'd still be just as happy to have been able to marry my best friend. But the glitz and glitter adds a nice touch, doesn't it? ;)
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, SheHeWe! You can check our more of Jim + Ilde's work on their website and also on their Instagram page!
Elopements are SO in right now! I'd say over the past few months, I've seen at least 4 of my friends on social media elope - and it's so exciting! So if you're that Nashville couple who may be looking to travel the world to say your "I dos", I have one incredible opportunity to tell you about! Nashville-based photographer Michaela Potterbaum is planning an elopement package trip to the fjords of Norway! Her program called Promise Mountain is sure to capture the hearts of any adventurous couple here in Nashville. This year, the program runs from June through September so book your date with Michaela for an experience unlike any other! Not only can Michaela help you plan your mountaintop ceremony, but she can even offer up to 7 days of adventurous activities complete with romantic views and luxury lodging during your wedding week. But now I'll let Michaela step in and tell us more about eloping in the fjords of Norway!
Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business!
Michaela: My name is Michaela and I specialize in adventure elopement photography around the world as well as unique local weddings here in the Nashville region. Over the last 9 years, I've photographed over 110 weddings in 11 nations around the world. I recently spent 3 years living and photographing elopements and weddings in the fjords of Norway which is what led me to start Promise Mountain. After several inquiries from brides wanting to elope with their fiancés in the beautiful fjords of Norway, I decided to use my resources from the last few years of living in the region and start a small, full-service adventure elopement company that takes care of all the details and provides couples with an amazing elopement experience. We provide 2, 4, and 7 day elopement packages with a mountain top ceremony (w/pastor), luxury cabin lodging, a professional photographer, and day adventure trips to incredible local fjord/mountain viewpoints with continued photography so you end up with a romantic photo story by the end of your trip! There is a lot more in the packages that can be seen on the website at: promisemountain.com
How did you get started in weddings?
Michaela: I studied photography in 2006 through a photojournalism school in Amsterdam which led me back to the states where I jumped in on the wedding scene shortly after that and haven't looked back since! Promise Mountain is a newer project that naturally unfolded as I had more and more requests for elopement photography in the fjords.
What's the philosophy behind Michaela Potterbaum Photography?
Michaela: We love creating amazing wedding images and adventure experiences that last a lifetime and beyond for our clients.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Michaela: After living and photographing for 3 years in beautiful Norway (as well as traveling to 37 countries) I'd say some of my main strengths are adaptability, understanding cultures and making the most of any situation. When you travel a ton you learn that the world doesn't revolve around you and sometimes things happen... like rain, or wind during a wedding or missed ferries or flights. I absolutely love working with other cultures, and sometimes that means shooting a wedding in a language I don't know, or in the case of Promise Mountain, it means guiding people through the most amazing parts of the fjords and telling the story of their romance through photography as it unfolds. I love bringing people on adventures to discover the beauty of the world and this is why I hope to attract Nashville couples to the fjords of Norway for what we think may very well be the most magical, wonder-filled elopement experience on earth.
What attracts brides to your photography (+ describe that bride!)?
Michaela: We have yet to find anywhere else in the world that offers full-service elopement adventure packages like that of Promise Mountain. It's not just your standard elopement-- but an entire elopement adventure which means a mountain top ceremony, adventure guiding, professional photography, luxury cabin lodging, the wedding cake, hair/makeup and more... all in one of the world's most beautiful settings-- the fjords of Norway. If the fjords of Norway aren't your thing, we love working with local brides to create amazing wedding imagery here in the region that tell a story of adventure and FUN with romance woven throughout the entire story.
What are some trends in weddings today?
Michaela: I see more and more elopements coming to the forefront of the wedding industry. People want to simplify, get away, and just enjoy each other... in our case, we are creating elopement experiences that weave in adventure, romance, and wonder. We love anything out of the box... and we hope that Promise Mountain can be an out of the box experience that will create a new trend of romance filled wedding adventures around the world.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with Nashville brides?
Michaela: We've still got several adventure elopement openings for this coming summer and we would love to fill those dates with as many Nashville couples as possible! PS. We also offer honeymoon or anniversary adventures if elopements aren't your thing!
Wow - these photos are so spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing all about your elopement photography and the Promise Mountain trip! Brides, if you are interested in heading out to the fjords of Norway this summer from June - September, find more information here on Michaela's website! You'll also want to follow her here on Instagram for allllll the Norway eye candy!
And if you're a photographer, listen up! Michaela has a special Norway photography workshop just for you! It's called Into the Fjords. Find all the information here + happy adventuring!
Earthy tones and warm hues bring out the best in the boho look! From carefully detailed invitations with a raw edge to the garden-like flower crown, this styled shoot by Abigail Bridges Photography is giving us that exact vibe! And although this cabin-y styled shoot took place this past winter, I think it can still translate for the summer season - cabin and all! The lattice chairs and the off-the-shoulder wedding gown are totally giving off 70s vibes and I mean c'mon, how crazy gorgeous is this couple!? Keep scrolling to see the entire cabin boho look and read about Abigail's inspiration for this beautiful shoot!
From the photographer, Abigail Bridges: Dreamy flowers and a cozy cabin make any winter day much less dreary. This styled shoot was something that we thought would be a great way to kick the winter blues away. And it certainly did! We chose a homey little cabin that added warmth and style as the location. We wanted the flowers to be a statement piece, but also chose to add a variety of texture for depth. We went with fabrics that offered nuances in texture and neutral undertones and some earthy details as well. A simple bohemian wedding gown and classy tux were the looks we chose for our models, Mike and Holly. Cascading hair and a soft lip and eye made this look perfectly boho. We loved the bright florals paired with simple and earthy textures to pull off this dreamy bohemian look.
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work with us, Abigail! You can check out more on Abigail Bridges Photography here on her website and be sure to give her a follow over on Instagram here!
Spring is alive and well! Which is why I'm so excited to share this bright and modern styled shoot with you today from Brasspenny Photography! The minimalistic style (which is one of my favorite wedding looks) created a surreal desert-like experience. The geometric shapes mixed with succulents and geodes would normally call for a neutral muted look, but I am totally loving the pops of rose quartz, blues and purples that make this shoot stand out! The watercolor invitation suite and bohemian wedding dress give the photos a laid-back vibe while keeping a clean look. Keep scrolling to find more of Brasspenny Photography's photos along with an exerpt on her inspiration behind the shoot!
From the photographer Rachel Tenpenny of Brasspenny Photography: Part of what people don't tell you about becoming a somewhat successful creative, is that your time to play is cut short. So putting this little styled shoot together was a way to get to play at what I love to do. And since we're all so busy once wedding season fully kicks in, February was a cloudy but appropriate time to make the shoot happen. We wanted to incorporate rose quartz hue in a subtle manner, and once we started putting the hues we liked together, we realized we kind of had this muted desert vibe. From there the inspiration evolved fairly naturally. It seemed like keeping it somewhat minimalistic would be fitting. Succulents and cactus, raw quartz and geodes, and a breathtaking but *different* gown really set the look into place.
Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with us, Rachel! You can check out more of Brasspenny Photography's work here on Rachel's website and please make sure you give her a follow on Instagram here! LOVE this look for spring!
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