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And How! Imaging: Embracing Unique Nashville Wedding Photography

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Capturing the emotion + personality in your wedding is essential. And sometimes finding a photographer who can do that along with being personable AND professional be can be a tough find! But let me introduce you to Amy + Chuck of And How! Imagaing. This couple brings their own unique style and personality to your big day and will understand YOU as a couple first and foremost. So I've had the privilege of interviewing Amy about their photography business below! I absolutely love Amy's quote "So yeah- all you dreamers, adventurers, weirdos, puppy love addicts, and brave hearts- we see you. We get you. We LOVE to work with you." This seriously makes me smile every time I read it and it fully describes their unique sense of humor and personality that shows through in their beautiful photography. Without further ado, I'll hand it over to Amy!

Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Amy: While in school working toward a fine art degree, I decided to add a photography class into my schedule and within only a couple weeks I could feel myself falling in love with it. Things just blossomed from there! It lit a fire in me, and I knew this was what I wanted to devote my time and passion to. My obsession began to rub off on my husband, Chuck, and he started learning right along side of me. That journey started seven years ago, and we now have been running our business together for five years. We live in Gallatin, TN, and photograph weddings and boudoir sessions in Nashville and all throughout Middle Tennessee.

How did you get started in weddings?

Amy: It actually all started with my childhood best friend! We grew up together and had always been like sisters- so when I moved to Tennessee, and she moved to Arizona, it was hard. But one day she called me and told me she was engaged, and that I had to come, and that she wanted me to photograph her wedding! Chuck had also grown up with her. (Fun fact- Chuck and I actually have known each other and have been friends since we were about six!) Of course we said yes! Experiencing the feeling of capturing such real and beautiful emotions, moments in peoples lives that you know they will always want to remember, and being able to preserve those for them- we knew we had to keep doing this. And man, let me tell you- that feeling never gets old!

What's the philosophy behind And How! Imaging?

Amy: We love helping to tell a couple's story- that unique and beautiful connection that ties you and your love together. We believe that story deserves to be told, and are passionate about creating photos that capture it. From your engagement, to your wedding, and then the day after- we want to help you be able to go back and experience all of those emotions and beauty from your entire journey together again and again through your photos. And not just through some digital file on a computer screen, but by custom made albums. Even fifty years after your wedding, you can still sit with the ones you love, flip through the pages, and feel all of those emotions again and again.

What are your strengths compared to other photographers?

Amy: I feel that our strengths really lie in the ability to connect with what makes you you, and to show that. We don't go into your wedding knowing nothing about you and take the exact same "cookie-cutter" photos for every single wedding or engagement session we do. We take the time to know you, to talk to you, to understand what makes you you, and what makes your relationship tick. Then we can come to your engagement session and wedding with that knowledge and capture it and you authentically- all while having a ton of fun. Even clients that tell us that they normally hate having their photo taken, or that they were nervous about it, end up having a blast, and consistently tell us how much fun they had by the end of it. We are super laid back people, and will most likely have some sort of inside joke that we will all be laughing about together by the time we get to your wedding! We love the fact that many of our clients have become our good friends.

What attracts brides to your work?

Amy: I feel that brides are often attracted to our business because of our distinct style, and our ability to understand theirs. It's like when you meet someone new at a party- you dig their style, so you start chatting. Then you find out that they are also addicted to Doctor Who as well, that their favorite place to travel to is also Joshua Tree, that they also have dachshunds and are equally obsessed with them as you are. You leave that party with a new best friend, because they get you- they connect with you. So yeah- all you dreamers, adventurers, weirdos, puppy love addicts, and brave hearts- we see you. We get you. We LOVE to work with you.

What are some trends you're seeing in wedding photography?

Amy: I feel that brides and grooms really do appreciate the fact that we are tapped into current styles and trends, and will understand what they are going for. At the same time- we will also make sure their images will stand the test of time, and that they won't cringe at them 20 years down the road like an 80's prom photo, ha! Another thing that I think is appreciated is that we are full service photographers, and don't just drop a ton of digital files in their lap and say "see ya!" While we do always include digital files, we also take the time to work with them after the wedding to get their images off their computer and into their hands and homes. Our design service for album, prints, and wall art is always complementary, and we love being able to offer a full service and whole product that they and their family can enjoy for years and years to come.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about And How! Imaging?

Amy: We've had the pleasure to work with so many amazing couples over the course of our five years in business. We can handle whatever you have to throw our way with our experience and skill set. You can rest assured in knowing that you are hiring true professionals, and not someone who is "a friend of a friend with a camera." Chuck and I work together to capture all the elements of your wedding day as it unfolds. We give you our full attention and are very organized. We are assertive when needed to help assist you in staying on schedule (without being pushy), and always have your back.

Thank you so much for sharing all about your business with us, Amy! You can find more of And How! Imaging's work on their website here and also here on Instagram

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Photography, 0 comments »

Heather + Jared’s Nashville, TN Brunch Wedding at The Listening Room Cafe

Monday, May 15, 2017

We all know how HUGE brunch is here in Nashville, TN. On any given Saturday or Sunday late morning, it's almost impossible to find a table at any local restaurant for a delicious brunch meal. So when it came down to planning their wedding, Jared + Heather decided to give the brunch theme a go! The couple along with their planner Details by Margaret incorporated personalized touches throughout the day as well. Honoring Heather's late father by carrying his police badge down the aisle was one of the most special moments of the day. The bright blue hues were perfect for a daytime wedding and the couple's dog even made an appearance! Take a look at all the gorgeous photos from Tracye's Photography and hear their story from her perspective behind the lens...


Heather + Jared Petry

Listening Room Cafe


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Tracye's Photography

Planning + Florals | Details by Margaret

Venue | The Listening Room Cafe

Cake | Dulce Desserts

Music | Bay Brooks

DJ | 3rd Coast Entertainment

Suit | Street Tuxedo

Tell us about the couple!

Tracye: Heather is from Valdosta, Ga. and she met Jared in Nashville. I actually shot their proposals photos as well! You can check them out here to see more of their story! 

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Tracye: It was a brunch wedding. Since brunch is such a big deal in Nashville they thought it would be a great plan for their wedding!

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Tracye: Heather's father was a police officer and she lost him years ago. She carried his badge and Jared wore one of his watches. Heather's two nieces walked her down the aisle and Jared's niece walked him down the aisle. They rented a blue Jaguar to leave the reception in and we went to the park for more pictures. 

Thank you so much for sharing Heather + Jared's gorgeous photos with us, Tracye! You can check out more of Tracye's Photography here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. And a special shout out to Details by Margaret for planning an awesome brunch wedding! 


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Alyssa + Sean’s Lord of the Rings Inspired Wedding in Nashville by Laura Dee Photography

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weddings should be memorable... but I'm not sure if many weddings can top being as memorable as a Lord of the Rings themed wedding! Alyssa + Sean's wedding at Green Door Gourmet had such a fun twist - everything screamed Lord of the Rings! From Alyssa's dad dressing as Gandolf to shooting bows and arrows, it was as if the fairytale wedding happened in the next installation of the Lord of the Rings series. Alyssa's custom brocade gown by Karen Hendrix with adorable gold Converse sneakers was a one of a kind look. The couple can definitely say that the wedding was uniquely them! Take a look at their photo gallery by Laura Dee Photography and hear more about the wedding from her perspective below!

Alyssa + Sean

Green Door Gourmet


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Laura Dee Photography

Jewelry | Ayalga

Bakery | Big Daddy's Cakes

Dress | Karen Hendrix Couture

Floral Designer | Lavender Blue Floral Designs

Venue | The Green Door Gourmet

From the photographer, Laura Dee: So this one.This one I've been really excited about since I first heard about all the fabulousness that was going to take place at this wedding. Take Nashville, a beautiful couple, a country farm, two wonderful families and Lord of The Rings. Mix them all together and you get major epicness rolled into a ball of fun. The exquisite Middle Earth details, the unique gown designed by Alyssa herself, her brother Josh officiating the ceremony dressed as Elrond, adorable Hobbits and little elves, delicious food, and a ceremony filled with heart and love. Also, dad was dressed as Gandalf...I mean, that's just rad!? This wedding was pretty close to Tolkien-esque perfection, my inner geek-y heart was full. Alyssa and Sean. If the love your friends and family shared with y'all this past weekend was any indication of how your lives together will be, then you're all set. The room was full of smiles, laughter and elation. You are both loved, so loved. Here's to many more moons full of bliss. Lasto iâl Alyssa ar Sean, ar elio din Eru, savo 'lass a lalaith! 

Thanks so much for sharing this super cool wedding with us, Laura! You can check out more of Laura Dee Photography's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. :)

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Megan + Trent’s Romantic Germantown Engagement Session by SheHeWe Photography

Monday, May 1, 2017

After all the rain we've had lately, Spring has sprung, everything is green + the flowers are out in bloom! And this is also why I'm so excited to bring you Megan + Trent's engagement session today! Not only did the couple pose among gorgeous flowering bushes, but Megan wore a floral maxi dress which was perfect with the theme! I'm all about an outdoor engagement shoot + Jim and Ilde of SheHeWe Photography nailed it by setting the scene in the couple's Germantown neighborhood. Plus, Megan + Trent got engaged at Bicentennial Park which makes the session even more special! Plus, Megan + Trent invited their cute little dog into the shoot as well - let's all say it together now: AWWWW! Read below to hear Megan's take on wedding planning, their engagement and working with SheHeWe Photography!

How did you get engaged?  Tell us about your proposal!

Megan: After 7 years of dating, Trent, finally popped the big question! It started off as a normal Saturday in Germantown; we walked over to the farmers market for a bite to eat and then back through Bicentennial Park for a nice little stroll with our sweet little dog, Vita. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS spring day in Nashville, so Trent decided that we sit for a bit in the park to soak up some sun. He whipped a blanket out of his backpack which was a bit surprising, but none-the-less, I was super excited he was well prepared for our relaxing day in the park. Moments later, he gifted me with the most beautiful engagement ring and asked me to be his wife!!

How has it been managing your wedding budget + what vendors have you hired so far?

Megan: Our wedding budget had a bit of flexibility, but with our venue being 'all inclusive', it helped us stay on track. We made sure to make a list of what was most important to us on our wedding day and we were willing to allocate more of our wedding funds towards the stuff at the top of that list. We've hired Mint Springs Farm, SheHeWeLocks by Leslie, The Downtown Band, The Chef and I, Aperitif Events & Cocktails.

What’s your wedding style?

Megan: Our wedding style is rustic elegance & our wedding colors consist of burgundy, dusty rose & gold (colors similar to what you see in my dress for our engagement shoot).

What have you most enjoyed about being engaged?

Megan: It has been great to call Trent my fiance :) Also, I find it super fun planning my wedding. I am ALL about the details and I am super type A - so wedding planning is totally up my alley!!

Tell us about your engagement session. Where did it take place + what was the significance?

Megan: Our engagement session took place all over Germantown! Germantown will always hold a special place in our hearts as we lived there for about 4 years! We also stopped by Bicentennial Park for some photos which was where Trent proposed. :)

What was it like working with your photographer?

Megan: Jim & Ilde of SheHeWe Photography are honestly such amazing people and made us feel SUPER comfortable from the first time we met them (mainly the reason why we chose them)! It can be a bit scary to get in front of a camera with out knowing what in the heck you are doing, but Jim & Ilde had us cracking up and enjoying every minute of it!

Is there anything else you'd like to share with NBG readers?

Megan: Enjoy every single minute of your engagement -- it truly does fly by!!

Thank you so much for sharing your engagement session with us Megan + Trent! And to SheHeWe for the beautiful photos! You can check out more of SheHeWe's work here on their website and here on their Instagram page. :)

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Photography, 0 comments »

Nicole + Kevin’s Bright + Colorful Wedding at Cedarwood by Celladora Photography

Friday, April 28, 2017

When the wedding design and inspiration that you've always dreamed of comes to life, it's a magical moment! Bride, Nicole's Kate Spade design inspiration made for a bright and fun wedding experience for the guests joining her and her new husband Kevin on their big day at Cedarwood. From the black and white striped table runners to the pops of pink, orange and yellow florals, Nicole + Kevin's wedding brought such a fresh, vibrant setting among all the neutral we've seen this past year. With the help of their photographer John Yates of Celladora Photography, the emotion of the day is shown through each and every photo! Take a look at their beautiful spring day and learn more about their wedding from Nicole!




Nicole + Kevin Krushenski

Cedarwood Weddings


150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photography | Celladora Wedding Photography

Wedding Dress | Modern Trousseau – Designer: Callie Tein

Minister | Michael Clark of Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Venue, Planning, Florals, Decor | Historic Cedarwood

Paper Goods | Designs in Paper

Cake | Patty Cakes

Catering | Chef Chris

Transportation | GoBig Transportation

DJ | Premier DJ

Tell us about the vision!

Nicole: Our vision for our wedding was to create something a little unique to us that would be fun yet still reflect who we are. We had hoped to find the perfect venue for an elegant, upbeat yet creative atmosphere. It was important to us that it had movement in that we wanted a space for the ceremony, one for happy hour, and then for dinner and dancing so people were constantly moving and getting a change of scenery. It was also important to us to have creative, experienced vendors to allow us to enjoy the entire day.

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Nicole: Our theme was Kate Sade inspired. As I searched online for inspiration, I kept going back to the rich, bold colors which accented the black and white stripe I loved. Cedarwood, our wedding venue, then paired it beautifully with the mercury pieces for centerpieces and additional accent pieces throughout the venue which was absolutely gorgeous.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Nicole: One of the most special moments that I was originally against was seeing my fiancé before the wedding. Cedarwood and Celladora Photography made this one of the most memorable highlights of our day. Cedarwood styled our meeting with some personal items that were special to us and this proved to be just perfect! We were able to have amazing pictures pre-tears and have an opportunity to exchange gifts to each other which was a really nice touch. Celladora Photography was amazing! They took pictures of our first look and then gave us a moment together. Afterwards, we were a lot more relaxed and ended up having some of our best pictures from the day taken during this time. Another moment Kevin and I loved was writing our own vows. It was not easy to write and took some time but it was fun to hear sweet, funny references no one else would have been able to recreate. It is also nice to have the originals to look at afterwards because after such a long day, it was all so much to remember. Finally, our first dance together was pretty fantastic and unique! We decided we would do this at the ceremony right after the I do's instead of the reception. It gave us a chance to relax and have fun together while everyone still had a seat and their glass of champagne.

Thank you so much John from Celladora Photography and Nicole for sharing the day with us! You can check out more of Celladora Photography's work here on their website or here on Instagram! Happy Friday!



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »