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Michelle + Cameron’s Franklin Engagement Session by Rebecca Renee Photography

Monday, September 18, 2017

Confession - I absolutely love The Factory! I go there at least once a week and cannot get enough of the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. It's my neighborhood hangout and that's why I was so happy when Becca Stoll of Rebecca Renee Photography shared Michelle + Cameron's engagement session with me! The industrial setting was perfect for their casual vibe and I love how Becca captured their fun side. And in more exciting news - their photographer Becca is now engaged as well! Congrats to her & along with Michelle + Cameron! See the rest of their fun-loving shoot below...

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Cameron + Michelle

The Factory at Franklin

By Rebecca Renee Photography

From the photographer, Becca of Rebecca Renee Photography: These two lovebirds were winners for my yearly giveaway! They livened the shoot by popping a bottle of champagne! They were going for an industrial look. He proposed to her in Nashville last September. She thought they were going to a Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) meet and greet, but he totally surprised her! Their friend was hidden and turned around and played the guitar and sang "Marry Me" by Train, while another friend captured photos. They have been together for 6 years. They are both from the Chicago area but met at college in Winona, Minnesota.

Thank you so much for sharing Cameron + Michelle's photos with us, Becca! You can check out more of Becca's work on her website at RebeccaReneePhoto.com and also follow her over on Instagram

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Get to Know Jenna Henderson: Digital + Film Photographer in the Nashville, TN Area

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

When hiring your wedding team, what do you look for most? For me, I looked for talent, experience, and most of all, personality. I wanted my wedding professional team to totally get "us" as a couple and understand the vibe we were going for in our wedding. And today, I want you to get to know one very talented and fun wedding photographer right here in the Nashville area. Her name is Jenna Henderson! Her work in digial + film photography is some of the best work I've seen here in Nashville and she has years and years of experience working in weddings under her belt. You've definitely seen her work on the NBG Instagram feed as well as our greenery Today in Nashville segment... Jenna even took my familiy portraits recently and I could not be happier with the outcome! Jenna pushes the boundaries with her creativity and rest assured, you'll be left with the most amazing photos highlighting the biggest day of your life. Plus, how freaking adorable is Jenna's family?! Keep reading to learn more about Jenna and how you can hire her for your wedding!

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Tell us about your family, where you're from and some of your hobbies!

Jenna: Our little family of four consists of me, my husband (of 12 years) Joshua, and our sons. Clark is 5 and just started kindergarten, and Oliver is 7 months old! We live in Bell Buckle, TN; we love it here because it's quiet and has lots of gorgeous views, and we're super close to my family and the family farm. When we're not working or at school, we tend to just hang around the house with the kiddos, building legos, watching TV, etc. When Joshua and I get a date night, we love a long, tasty dinner out and a movie, typically an action flick.

How did you get started in weddings? When did you know photography was your career path?

Jenna: I bought my first camera when I was a sophomore in high school. By my senior year, I was already taking on client work. After graduating, I attended Lipscomb University for a couple of years on the journalism path, because I didn't want to be a starving artist! But, I couldn't deny my calling to photography, so I transferred to finish my degree in photography, started working full time for myself right away, and I haven't looked back since. Weddings have always been a natural fit for me. I shot my first wedding when I was 19! I love the theatrical nature of weddings; it's the ultimate one-night-only performance. I also love the movement involved, and the challenges of never knowing what can happen over the course of a wedding. And I'm a people person! I really enjoy working with all kinds of people, and weddings bring together all types.

Tell us more about Jenna Henderson Photography and the philosophy behind what you do.

Jenna: My approach to weddings is to look at the big picture (no pun intended). I know there are so many facets to a wedding, and I'm trying to make sure I photograph everything in a way that tells a complete story of the day, so that when these images are shown to someone who wasn't there, such as future children/grandchildren of the bride and groom, they can really get a feel for how life was, what this wedding was like, and all the emotions that were felt through the course of the day. Because I'm thinking about these photos and how they'll be viewed in the future, I'm trying to make sure to shoot as beautifully and timelessly as possible to avoid having the photos become a distraction because the shooting style is too trendy. I'm also investing time and energy into making sure my clients walk away with actual, physical heirlooms, whether it be a fine art album or framed photos or even just proof prints. I refuse to let this ever changing world of tech upgrades come between us and our memories. A print is forever!

Why do you love working with couples on their wedding day?

Jenna: I feel one of my best strengths is my ability to direct. So many times, my clients will tell me how nervous they are to be in front of the camera, or how they don't know how to pose or what to do. I always take that as my personal challenge, to make sure my couples feel comfortable and look amazing, so they truly love their photos (and themselves in them!).

What are some of the most special moments you've encountered at weddings you've shot?

Jenna: The most special moments are always the quite, private ones. Some of my favorite moments have been when I've been photographing an elopement, and I'm the only one there to witness the start of a marriage. I don't take that lightly, and I work extra hard to make sure I'm telling the story as it should be told. It's always an honor to be the one and only wedding guest.

What attracts couples to work with you and what separates you from other photographers?

Jenna: I think a lot of brides are first drawn to my work because of its aesthetic. I feel like my work is timeless, beautiful, sophisticated, and heartfelt. Then, I think brides are drawn to me because of my personality and attention to detail; I always try to give every client the royal treatment, and brides appreciate my level of service.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Jenna: Some fun facts about me: my boys are named after super heroes (Clark = Superman; Oliver = Green Arrow). My husband and I have matching white ink tattoos. I love sushi, a good whiskey cocktail, and cheesy action movies, but I hate drinking coffee, mushrooms, and spiders. I can't sing or do math, I'm not a morning person, and I love Valentine's Day. I've photographed over 200 weddings, some while quite pregnant! And I'm a film + digital hybrid photographer. I think that about covers it!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

Thank you so much for sharing all about you + your business with us, Jenna! You can check out more of Jenna Henderson's work on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!

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Seth + Hannah’s Downtown Nashville Anniversary Photo Shoot by Swak Photography

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mark those milestones! So early in the wedding planning process, we seem to capture every moment - from engagement photos to bridal portraits to your full on wedding photos. All too often we forget to capture the years past our wedding date - our anniversaries! And that's what Seth + Hannah decided to do on their lucky 7th wedding anniversary. There's no 7 year itch with this couple, you can see from their photos how their love has grown and is still on fire today! Plus, Hannah opted for a black and white jumpsuit that is everything... how sharp do they look?! Did I mention Seth is also a Nashville area wedding photographer? Check out his work here! And with a Nashville rooftop view, what more could you ask for? Oh yeah - a pink smoke bomb! Yep - photographer Carrie of Swak Photography went there and made this shoot even cooler (if that was even possible!). Check out all the couple's 7th anniversary photos below! 

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Seth + Hannah Farmer

7th Anniversary Shoot

5.23.17

From the photographer, Swak Photography: Seth and Hannah celebrated 7 years of marriage with a classy Downtown Nashville shoot complete with a little smoke bomb action :)

Thanks so much for sharing these special photos with us, Carrie! You can check out more of Swak Photography's work here on her website and also on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Honeymoon and Post Wedding, Photography, After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

JeriLynn + Stephen’s Arrington Vineyards Engagement by Smash Studios Photography

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's getting to be that time of year when the weather is perfect for a visit to Arrington Vineyards! The romantic setting is perfect for a proposal in the Nashville, TN area, a romantic picnic for two, or even your engagement photos! JeriLynn + Stephen opted for the latter and had their photos shot among the grape vines. I love how Ashley of Smash Studios Photography directed this shoot - with fun props and ring photos to die for... see them all below and hear straight from Ashley on what it was like to work with the couple!

 

JeriLynn Miles + Stephen Reed

Engagement Session

Arrington Vineyards

8.7.16

From the photographer, Ashley of Smash Studios: Stephen and JeriLynn met in the fall of 2010 while attending Austin Peay State University. They both ended up transferring to different schools on opposite ends of Tennessee, but remained close and talked daily. After two years, Stephen finally convinced JeriLynn to go on a date with him, and the rest is history. After three years of a long-distance relationship, Stephen moved to Nashville, where JeriLynn is a teacher. One Friday afternoon, the principal called JeriLynn to his office for a meeting (which terrified JeriLynn) to distract her; upon her return, she found her third grade class holding signs that spelled out "Future Mrs. Reed", with Stephen down on one knee. JeriLynn and Stephen chose the beautiful Arrington Vineyards for their engagement session, and the weather could not have been more perfect. Despite a rainy forecast, the sun shone, and the grapes were in full bloom on the vine. After a beautiful afternoon in the sun, we ended their engagement session with a pop of the champagne bottle, and a drink for all! Their wedding is in August 2017 at Loveless Cafe.

Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos with us, Ashley! You can check out more of her photography work at SmashStudiosPhoto.com and also on Instagram!

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Ashley + Hayden’s Romantic Garden Wedding by Zoe Life Photography

Friday, August 25, 2017

Classic garden weddings are so romantic! Ashley + Hayden chose to tie the knot at the beautiful Blackhaven Wedding Gardens under a gazebo. The couple was not only surrounded by botanical flowers and plants, but also with close family + friends. Ashley started with a neutral color palette and added pops of sky blues and pinks. The May day was a spectacular site to see with personalized touches and Zoe Life Photography captured their day so well! See her photos below along with her take on the couple and the day!

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Ashley Brooks + Hayden Cochran

Blackhaven Wedding Garden

5.7.17

Wedding Team:

Venue, Linens, Planning | Blackhaven Wedding Gardens, Wendy Johns

Photographer | Zoe Life Photography

Event Designer | The Bride

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist | Ashley Burns (The Beauty Hall)

Florist | Fresh by CarryAnn

Caterer | CJ’s Catering

Cake and Desserts | Jenifer Goode

Dress Designer | Mori Lee

Shoes | Coach

Jewelry | Kay’s Jewelers

From the photographer, Zoe Life Photography: Ashley and Hayden met as 16-year-olds sitting across from one another in high school English. They both had crushes on one another, but were too shy to do anything about it, so they became friends instead! Years later, during a summer break during college, they reconnected and went on their first date and fell in love!

They choose neutrals for their wedding colors (light grey, white, and blush pink with some greenery). Ashley wanted a soft, romantic theme for her wedding. They chose Blackhaven Wedding Garden for their venue location, and were married on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon in May, surrounded by their closest family and friends.

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, Zoe! You can check out more of Zoe Life Photography's work here on her website and also be sure to give her a follow on Instagram!

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