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An Edgy, Elegant, Moody Styled Shoot by Elizabeth Looney Photography

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black wedding dress, black airbrushed cake, antler centerpiece, leather jackets... this one is for the unconventional bride! Although the season is bright and summery, we're looking forward to Fall - (especially since we're featuring Fall wedding dresses on Today in Nashville today!). So dark and moody it is! This shoot really caught my eye on Instagram and I asked Elizabeth Looney Photography if she could share it with us on the blog! I'm loving the combination of dark colors mixed with subtle pops of pastel pinks and purples - Southern Sparkle Events did such an incredible job with the styling and overall look! Keep scrolling to see more of this shoot below and hear from the photographer Elizabeth about what it was like on set!



Styled Shoot

Harpeth River State Park


Styled Shoot Team:

Photographer | Elizabeth Looney Photography

Hair & Makeup | Lauren Edalgo Hair & Makeup Artist

Rentals | Vows Wedding & Events

Styling & Floral Design | Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning

Cake | Puffy Muffin

What was the theme of the styled shoot and what inspired it?

Elizabeth: "Edgy elegance". The “little black dress" had always been a statement of class and elegance - so why not a black wedding dress? Mountains and caves and even a black veil we made added to our inspiration.

What details were used to create the theme?

Elizabeth: The farm table included a long and draping black runner. The table was adorned with vintage candelabras, thrift store china, gold stemware and black napkins to complete the look. The florals were chosen to have a combination of sophistication but also have a wild carefree look to them. Her bouquet included the delicate hellebore flowers and fern tree foliage, but also flowers that were not so delicate with the scabies pods. An ode to the “groom” and his career in the music industry, the statement making cake from Puffy Muffin, sat on top of a vintage record player. For the ceremony, we decided to let the gorgeous background and the couple be the focal point and kept it simple with an abundance of candles.

Were there any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Elizabeth: The only challenges were really just the cold. Typical Tennessee weather where it was 60 and spring like a few days before and freezing cold the day of the photo shoot! And the hike to the top. But seeing that view made the hike so worth it!

Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with us Elizabeth! You can check out more of Elizabeth Looney Photography's work here on her website and also here on Instagram!



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Ali + Drew’s Sweet Campus Engagement Session by Kristin Sweeting

Monday, July 17, 2017

And so the story goes... boy meets girl in college and the rest is history! Ali + Drew met while attending Nashville's very own Vanderbilt University. With the help of Nashville-based travel photographer Kristin Sweeting, the couple revisited their beginnings and shot their engagement photos around campus! From Peabody Lawn to Hawkins Field, each place held significance to the couple. Drew's strong ties to the Vanderbilt baseball team - from his role as catcher all the way to Assistant Athletic Director, let's just say Vandy baseball has been a huge part of their relationship. Showcasing the field and his jerseys in the photos was so them! I'll hand it over to Ali to tell y'all the rest of their story! 




Ali + Drew

Engagement Session

Vanderbilt University


Tell us about your wedding!

Ali: We’re expecting around 275 guests at our wedding. We’re getting married at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in October, with the ceremony in the Rotunda (the actual Hall of Fame) and the reception upstairs in the Event Hall- breathtaking views of downtown Nashville through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. I grew up in New York, so with over half of our guests coming from out of town, we really wanted our wedding to be in the heart of downtown in a very “Nashville” location. The Country Music Hall of Fame is the perfect setting.

Who have you hired for your wedding team so far?

Venue/Catering | Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Photographer | Kristin Sweeting

Florist | Enchanted Florist

Cake | Dulce Desserts

Band | The Downtown Band

Wedding Coordination | Southern Social Event Co.

Dress | The Dress Theory

Videographer | Little Josh Productions

Ceremony Music | High Tone Entertainment

Hair/makeup | One10 Beauty

Invitations | Papyrus (in New York)

Tell us about your engagement session. Where did it take place?

Ali: We took our photos on Vanderbilt University’s campus. Not only do we think it’s the most beautiful spot in Nashville, but it’s also where we met, and where Drew works! Though we got engaged in December, we waited to take our pictures until June. The campus is in full bloom over the summer (did you know it’s a national arboretum?), and we wanted to wait until after graduation so that there were fewer students on campus when we were taking photos.

What’s the significance of the location(s)?

Ali: Where do I even start? We had the best time walking around campus, visiting the places that made (and still make!) Vanderbilt home to us. We started on Peabody’s campus, taking photos outside of the building that we met inside in 2009 when we had a class together. We took photos on Peabody Lawn before heading to Kirkland, Vanderbilt’s iconic clock town building. I love the photos taken on the stairs here; we look so relaxed and the sun was just starting to set. We made a quick outfit change (bye high heels!) and headed to Hawkins Field, Vanderbilt’s baseball field, a place where Drew has spent more hours than I could possibly count. He was a catcher on the team throughout college, and then worked on staff for the baseball team for four years before transitioning to an Assistant Athletic Director role. I’ve loved getting to know this special place and cheering on the team from the stands. We even snuck in a few photos wearing Drew’s old jerseys :)

What was it like working with your photographer?

Ali: Working with Kristin is a total dream. We clicked with her the first time we met, and knew she’d be the perfect person to capture our wedding. She values tradition and family, and loves to have fun. She made us feel relaxed and comfortable, and shooting on film makes her photos timeless and magical.

Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us, Ali! They are beautiful! Check out more of Kristin Sweeting's work here on her website and also follow along on Instagram to see her work - she's currently in Paris with other area (and beyond!) photographers! 




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Ashley + Randal’s Nashville Mint Springs Farm Wedding by Scobey Photography

Friday, July 14, 2017

From coffee shop love to farm forevers, Ashley + Randal's rainy April wedding was full of charm, emotion and elegance! The couple chose the gorgeous Mint Springs Farm to say their "I dos" and their photos by destination photographers The Scobeys showcased how magical the day really was! I'm loving her gray bridesmaid dress choice and pairing it with the blush and ivory floral arrangements made the whole look come together! See all of their photos along with an interview with Ashley below! 



Ashley Smith + Randal Harrell

Mint Springs Farm


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Scobey Photography

Cake Designer | Dulce Desserts

Mens Attire | JoS. A Bank

Dress Designer | Romona Keveza

Dress Store: The Bride Room

Shoes | Kate Spade

Venue + Decor | Mint Springs Farm

Caterer | The Chef and I

Tell us about your engagement!

Ashley: Randal proposed to me in my favorite little cafe. I loved going because you could pick a record to play, and they had the best skillet cookie dessert. We sat down to order the cookie, and then I realize my favorite song is playing on the record player. Turns out he had made a record just for me with such sweet songs that made him think of us and me. He begins talking, and the next thing I know, he's on his knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen! I of course cry, and everyone in the room cheers. We then headed to my parents' house because he said my mom would want to see the ring. We get close to my house, and I see cars everywhere. He and my parents had planned a party with our family and all of our close friends! It was such a sweet, sweet day!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Ashley: I wanted an elegant wedding where everyone felt comfortable and had fun. Mint Springs took our vision and executed it perfectly. Everything from the flowers to the table settings was absolutely beautiful.

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

Ashley: Our favorite moment from our wedding day was when we got to see each other for the first time. We did a first look and most pictures before the ceremony. I was anxious before seeing him and once I did, I felt so much better! It was such a sweet moment I'll always remember.

Thanks so much to The Scobeys and to Ashley and Randal for sharing the photos and more about their day with us! You can find more of The Scobey's work here on their website and also on Instagram here. Happy Friday!



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Lily + George’s Sweet, Eclectic Wedding by Jessie Holloway Photography

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This is the story of two med school lovebirds who put so much hard work and dedication into their careers to finally rejoice and celebrate marriage! Lily + George wed at Homestead Manor in April of last year with mint details, romantic elements and cultural traditions. The details of the day are so beautifully shot by Jessie Holloway Photography - they are totally Pinterest-worthy! From Lily's illusion back details on her dress to the moment when George teared up seeing his bride during their first look... the images take me to that very time and place to feel all the emotions of the day. See all the beautiful photos along with an excerpt by Whitney of A Delightful Day below...


George + Lily Yang

Homestead Manor


Wedding Team:

Wedding Planner | A Delightful Day

Photographer | Jessie Holloway Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Homestead Manor

Florist | Fresh Nashville

Cake + Desserts | Dulce Desserts

DJ | Cosmo Creations

From the planner A Delightful Day: It was honor to help bring peace in the midst of a busy season for these two love birds planning a wedding, graduating from medical school and preparing to move to Cincinnati to begin their residencies as doctors. Though they were studying and packing up, Lily and George remained full of joy and were still very hands on with the details of their big day! This beautiful spring day perfectly combined their Chinese heritage while bringing in local elements that unified their family in America and overseas. Take a look at a few glimpses from the sweetest day! 

Thanks for sharing this wedding with us, Jessie! You can find more of Jessie Holloway Photography's work here on her website and also here on Instagram!


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Derek + Sasha’s East Nashville Foodie Engagement Shoot by SheHeWe Photography

Monday, July 10, 2017

This pet-loving, mural posing, foodie couple is engaged! And SheHeWe Photography captured Derek + Sasha's personalities + relationship perfectly out in East Nashville. From playing around with flour to snuggling under the sun, Derek + Sasha's fun-loving side shows! The cute airbnb they rented for the shoot is so dreamy and the colorful mural portraits they took around the neighborhood are so fun! Check out all the fabulous photos from SheHeWe below... plus you'll find out why eggs are of importance in their relationship in our interview with Sasha below! 




Derek + Sasha

East Nashville Air Bnb

Photos by SheHeWe Photography

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

Sasha: My sister had planned an Easter egg hunt at my parents' house for her two little boys the day before Easter (2016) and asked Derek and I to come along for the fun. As she followed the boys around snapping pictures, Derek pointed to the top of my parent's driveway and said there might be more eggs up here and had me go with him to look. He spilled his heart to me on the walk there, and I was met with "Will you marry me?" spelled out in Easter eggs as he got down on one knee. Of course I said yes! When we went back inside, both of our families were waiting on us for a celebratory dinner.

How many guests are you expecting?

Sasha: Around 325

What’s your approach to your wedding budget?

Sasha: Although I won't say our exact budget, I will say that we had to increase it after finding out just how expensive wedding vendors can be. My sister's wedding was 9 years ago, and my mom has said prices have largely increased since that time. We are using it as a guide but definitely have some flexibility, we are splurging on the things that are important to us, while still trying to be budget conscious and finding ways to save where we can.

Who have you hired for your wedding team so far?

Sasha: We have most of our vendors booked already. Our wedding is in June so its getting to crunch time!

What’s your wedding style?

Sasha: I'd say our style is urban and elegant. Our reception is at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY where both Derek and I grew up. We love the modern appeal of the museum, and are incorporating a crisp lined looked from our flowers to our graphics.

Tell us about your engagement session. Where did it take place?

Sasha: Our engagement session was a lot fun! We rented an airbnb in East Nashville for a kitchen to use, and also took pictures around the five points area. We were afraid it might be a little awkward, but ended up just being a lot of laughing and fun.

What’s the significance of the location(s)?

Sasha: We told Jim & Ilde our vision for the shoot and they brought it to life. We told them about ourselves and that it wouldn't fit our personalities to stand in a field for a photoshoot, and that we would love to do something food related, so they recommended East Nashville to us. The kitchen we were in for that part of the shoot was rented via airbnb. We also really wanted our dog, Warren, to be in some of the pictures and they were happy to do so!

What was it like working with your photographer?

Sasha: They were awesome. Although we had FaceTime'd a few times prior to our shoot, we met in person for the first time the day of our engagement pictures. They were like instant friends, really laid back and fun. We felt comfortable around them and so it was easy to take the pictures and have fun with it.

What did you like most about the session?

Sasha: I loved that Jim & Ilde cared about what we told them we wanted and made it happen. I also liked how fun and easy it was to take pictures with them, they gave us direction when we needed it but also just had us goof around and the pictures turned out amazing.

Thanks so much for sharing these fun photos with us, Derek, Sasha + SheHeWe! You can check out more of SheHeWe's portfolio here on their website and also here on Instagram!




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