Happy Friday, everyone!

How about a fall wedding with tons of love and joy to kick of your weekend? We’re so excited to share some favorites from Kate and Mike’s Belle Meade Plantation wedding at the end of October! We had the best time getting to know Kate and Mike through their wedding planning process, and I love the way they just can’t stop smiling when they are with each other. These two are so truly full of joy, and have so much love for each other and for the friends and family, who they were just SO excited to celebrate with on their wedding day!

Kate and Mike met really because of an ice storm. An ice storm kept Kate from going on a trip she had planned, and so while she was stuck at home, she decided just for fun to check out the Tinder app, just to see what the big deal was. Mike was one of the first people who popped up for her, and once the weather cleared, they met for a drink and spent hours together. Once Mike met Kate’s dog Olivia (she approved!), the rest was history! Their wedding day was such a wonderful celebration. Kate’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and one thing he said really stuck with me. He said to always hold on to the cabin. Kate and Mike live in an awesome and peaceful cabin that we got to see during their engagement session, but he went on to say that no matter what the physical place looks like, that we should always keep a place where we can focus on each other, away from the distractions of social media, work, etc. A place to stay connected. And I just thought that was really beautiful.

Their heartfelt ceremony was of course followed up by an incredible party in the crisp fall evening, and could not have been more perfect!

On to some of our favorite images of the day!

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Congratulations, Kate and Mike! We are so happy for you all, and thank you so much for having us along to document the adventures of your engagement and wedding day! Your wedding was the perfect way to close out our 2016 wedding season–so full of joy from every angle! Hope you had an INCREDIBLE time in Paris!

Big thanks to everyone who helped make it such a beautiful and perfect day, including: Coordination/Styling/Floral Design: Big Events, Inc. | Venue: Belle Meade Plantation | Cake: Dessert Designs | Catering: G Catering and Events | Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau | Tuxes: Street Tuxedo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair and Makeup: Parlour 3 | Jeweler: Walton’s Antique Jewelry | Invitations: You’re Invited | Reception Music: Music City Sound

Thank you all for stopping by the blog, and hope your weekend is full of adventure!

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Hello, friends!

How about a little bit of love to lighten up your election day? We’re so excited today to share some favorite images from Ben and Jill’s NYC adventure engagement session, which happened to take place on the very weekend Ben proposed! We were so excited when Ben called up Chris and said he was planning on proposing, and were over the moon when he said he wanted us to be there to document part of the weekend. Ben was the master schemer, arranging not only for he and Jill to travel to NYC, but also surprising her by bringing in their parents! They all met up for brunch, where they surprised Jill, then later that day, Ben proposed on the Bow Bridge in Central Park! The next day we flew in and got to explore the city with everyone while we documented a bit of their adventures and captured the spirit of the weekend on a most perfect fall NYC day!

Ben and Jill are so incredibly sweet together. They met at work, and after a conversation at happy hour that lasted for hours, knew they wanted to get to know each other better. Fast forward to now and these two are engaged, in love, and just love doing life together! They’ve already shared many adventures, and also just love enjoying the little things of day to day life together, with lots of laughter and teamwork. Family is so important to them both, so it was perfect that they also got to be part of such a milestone weekend!

On to some of our favorite images of the weekend!

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Congratulations, Ben and Jill! We are SO happy for you both, and can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for the two of you together  🙂 Thank you so much for inviting us to take part in and document such a special weekend–you two and your families made us feel so welcome, and we had such a great time!

Happy election day everyone!

Much love,

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“Paris is always a good idea.” –Audrey Hepburn

Today, with the fall light streaming in through the windows (and maaaaybe a Christmas movie on tv) just seems like the right time to share a personal post on the blog. It’s been a crazy and an incredible year, filled with so many lovely couples and families who have invited us in to document their stories (and we still have a few more to share soon!) and the joy of their wedding days. We are so incredibly grateful for each and every one of you!

It’s also been a hectic personal year, filled with workaholic tendencies and other stresses. It seems like a million years ago that on a rainy day in February we booked flights to Paris with airline miles that were going to expire soon. I frequently forgot that we would be going, and when we finished up our final wedding of the season, my to do list was still approximately 3 miles long, and my brain couldn’t even comprehend what was coming.

I’ve been in love with the idea of Paris for quite a long time. I couldn’t tell you exactly when my obsession started. Was it the Madeleine books? Photos I saw in middle school? Stories from my high school French teacher? I’m not sure, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an ache to visit Paris some day. We landed in Paris amidst a pea soup fog after sleeping maybe an hour during our overnight flight, and took an Uber to our apartment in the 6th arr. As we entered the city, the fog began to lift and we got our first glimpses of this magical city (and just a brief view of the Eiffel Tower peeking through the last of the fog as we passed an open street). It was unbelievable. After a brief nap we ventured out, and all I can say is that the city truly was every bit as magical as I could have imagined.

Our five days there were full of laughter, reconnecting, rest, coffee, baguettes, and lots of magic. I’m not sure if I have ever been anywhere that not only lived up to the hype, but fully exceeded even my wildest dreams and expectations. Just walking the streets and taking in the light and the history was incredible and awe-inspiring. On our final day, we made our way to the Eiffel Tower for sunrise, and I just sat there and soaked in everything we had experienced. I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude and the beauty of the trip and our time together. I think some part of me never really expected that I would make it there. And to be there with Chris and having that time to reconnect and the joy he had in watching me experience everything…it was just more than I could have dreamed.

That entire day was perfect. We followed up our sunrise Eiffel Tower trip with possibly the best breakfast of my life at HolyBelly (a freaking adorable restaurant started by the cutest couple from Australia, where everyone was in Halloween costumes and the music was blasting–I’ll never forget the vibe in there!), wandering down through Le Marais to Notre Dame, to Shakespeare & Co. to browse through the books, through the Latin Quarter, then grabbing a baguette to snack on while we rested at Luxembourg Gardens. We watched the sun set outside The Louvre, then returned to the Eiffel Tower for it’s hourly sparkling lights, which everyone greeted with a cheer. We ended our day back outside Notre Dame, to cross over Point Zero–a small geographic marker from which the distance from Paris all other places are judged, and which has become a place for many different good luck rituals and other symbolic gestures. We crossed over it as a promise to return one day.

We returned home rested and relaxed, ready to embrace the slower pace of winter and the little things in life. Refilled and ready to continue caring for all our wonderful clients (and reminded that you can’t pour from an empty cup!) and each other.

So I just wanted to share some photos (a mix of iPhone and “real” camera), mainly for us to have a documented record of our trip, and to not let these memories just waste away hidden on a hard drive because I was “too busy” to handle our personal memories with the same care we take for our lovely clients (and we’ll definitely order prints soon–printed photos over files any day!). So cheers to memories, to rest, to love, and to Paris!

Oh….and you might notice we had a little tag along with us for this trip. Bébé will be joining the team in early February (and he definitely loved the baguettes and crêpes!)  🙂

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À bientôt, Paris.

Cheers to following your dreams  <3

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  • November 7, 2016 - 8:44 am

    Bev - These pics are amazing!!! I love the heart-shaped tree in the 2nd pic. I am so happy for your new addition to arrive. Love you bunches, Bev P

  • November 7, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Amy Cherry - Yay, yay, yay! So glad it was a wonderful trip!

  • November 7, 2016 - 9:09 pm

    Mike - Thank you for sharing these pictures! Best blog ever!

Hello, everyone!

Today we are excited to share more of our favorite images and moments from Mallorie and Brian’s scenic fall wedding at Barn in the Bend! Mallorie and Brian are two incredibly joyful people, and we had such a great time getting to know them and documenting their wedding day. Mallorie and Brian met while both living in Florida (although about an hour and a half away from each other). They had an incredible first date, and the rest was history! They absolutely adore their sweet pup Ari (who got to make an appearance at the wedding!), and spending time outdoors (and also just hanging out watching a good movie!). They were so excited to have all their friends and family join them in Nashville, and even though the hurricane did it’s best to throw a wrench in the plans for friends and family from Florida, it was still an incredible day! Mallorie made pretty much all the decor for the reception (which was beautiful!), including sewing the penants that hung over the ceremony site and criss crossed the barn! We loved seeing how Mallorie and Brian’s smiles never left their faces once they saw each other, and how much they were enjoying having all their favorite people in one place.

On to some of our favorites!

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Congratulations, Mallorie and Brian! We are so happy for you both, and hope you’re having an amazing time on your honeymoon! Thanks for having us there to document all the joy of your wedding day!

Thanks to everyone who made it such a great day! Venue and Coordinating: Barn in the Bend | Catering: Martin’s BBQ | | Reception Music: Nashville Party Authority | Flowers: Cottonwood Floral | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Collection 

Thank you all for stopping by the blog, and I hope you have a great week enjoying the beautiful fall weather!

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