Talking with Katie about her wedding day, one phrase that stood out to me that she used was “pure joy.” The way Katie and Art were so excited to see their story come together, for their families to join as one, to celebrate all love, and just to see the joy of the day was so inspiring. The day dawned hot and humid (hello, Nashville!), and gave way later to heavy storms, but “pure joy” was still the perfect way to describe every second! The rain made it perfectly imperfect in the most beautiful way, in the way that only life can be. Staring down a possible forecast of rain for your outdoor wedding can be daunting for any bride, but Katie shared the sweetest story with me about how she came to have peace about whatever would happen and to find the joy in it. I won’t even attempt to re-tell it, but I just love how intentional these two are about their lives!

And that’s pretty much why we love Katie and Art! We had the best time getting to know these two through their wedding planning and their This is Us engagement session in Chicago. They planned an incredibly sweet wedding ceremony at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, followed by a super fun reception at Ruby! There were nods to Art’s Ukrainian heritage, and tons of laughter and love. With so many incredible moments it was pretty much impossible to narrow this down to a reasonable number of images, but here are some of our favorites from the day!

Katie wore her mom’s veil, and I love her mom’s hands in the photo on the left

Congratulations, Katie and Art! We are so incredibly happy for you both (and Saidee!!), and were honored to be there to document your wedding celebrations! Thanks to you and your families for being so sweet and welcoming, and such a joy-filled inspiration!

Also thanks to the absolutely incredible team who helped make it all happen! Special shout out to Kelly and her team at Kelly Dellinger Events for being so on it with the rain plan! Planning & Styling: Kelly Dellinger Events | Ceremony Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens | Reception Venue: Ruby | Floral Design: Amanda Jerkins Design | Hair & Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty | Catering: Clean Plate Club | Music: Cosmo Creations | Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Dress Shop: BHLDN | Tuxes: Jos A Banks | Trolley: Hello Trolley | Stationery: Ink Nashville 

Thank you all for stopping by the blog and sharing in the joy! We’ve had an incredible spring and will have more weddings to share as we get caught up during our short summer break! Then more awesomeness coming your way later this summer and fall! If you’re a bride planning your wedding, and you don’t want to have to worry about if your photographers know how to handle if it rains on your wedding day, we’d love to chat with you!

Happy adventuring!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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It’s an old Southern tradition that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the spot where you are getting married, you’ll have good weather on your wedding day. Missy and Nathan did, and the weather could not have been more perfect for their Graystone Quarry wedding! And getting to dig it up after the ceremony and share with your friends? Priceless! (Even if it does spill halfway out as you’re digging it up!)

Missy and Nathan are so sweet and easy going together. We loved getting to know them (and their dog, Bella!) during their engagement session and throughout their wedding planning process! They actually first met in 7th grade, and even went to their freshman homecoming dance together. They went to different high schools and colleges, but kept in touch over the years. They officially began dating in 2008, and have been together ever since! When they began planning their wedding, they completely fell in love with Graystone Quarry (which was still under construction at the time!), and how unique it was for Nashville. They were so excited to spend the evening celebrating with friends and family, and it truly turned out to be a stunning celebration!

On to just a few of our favorites from the day! And fun fact: We’ve had one other couple that we know of who buried a bottle of bourbon for their wedding day: Kyle and Wil. And Wil was actually the officiant for Missy and Nathan’s ceremony! Always such a joy to see our past couples alongside our newest couples!

Congratulations, Missy and Nathan! We are so happy for you both, and loved getting to document your beautiful celebration! We can’t wait for you to see all of your images!

Big thanks to the wonderful team who made everything so beautiful for Missy and Nathan, including: Venue/Planning/Styling/Design: Graystone Quarry | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply | Bride & Bridesmaid Hair: Taylor Shifflett | Makeup, MOB & MOG Hair: One10 Beauty | DJ: Premier | The Entertainment Company | Catering: Chef Penelope | Cutting Cake: Ivey Cakes | Stationery: Blush Paperie and Minted

Thank you all for stopping by the blog, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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We always say that doing a little something to get out of your comfort zone for your engagement has a big payoff! Lauren and Jonathan’s sunrise session at Cedarwood Weddings started off with waking up WAY early in the dark, but totally paid off with a gorgeous misty lake and some beautiful sunshine! It was a chilly morning (hard to believe it was only a few weeks ago as we stare down highs in the 90s today!), and Cedarwood’s Mooncake Lake was totally bringing the Pacific Northwest vibe–which was a perfect fit since Lauren and Jonathan first met in the PNW. Lauren and Jonathan met through work and started off as friends first (isn’t that the best?!). Last year, after spending their relationship long distance, they were looking for a place to move together, and decided on Nashville after visiting. And they love it here! They will be celebrating their wedding at Cedarwood later this year, and we are just so excited for them as they begin on this new adventure together!

These two are so sweet and just so genuinely enjoy each other, and are so full of joy. We had an incredible morning exploring Cedarwood with them, so keep scrolling to see some of our favorites!

Lauren and Jonathan–Congratulations! We are so excited for you all! And thanks for getting up so early to hang out with us  🙂  You guys are awesome!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend! We are off to shoot a wedding this afternoon, so keep an eye out this week on our Facebook and Instagram for a sneak peek!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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  • May 25, 2017 - 6:37 am

    Linda - Such great work! We love having you shoot at Cedarwood!

What do you do when there’s a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms for your wedding day and you’ve planned an outdoor ceremony?

Melissa and Adam’s wedding day fell on one of the rainiest weekends I can remember in a long time! Melissa said if it was going to rain, then she wanted it to really commit, and did it ever!  They made the decision to move their ceremony into the barn, and the rain didn’t even a little bit put a damper on the sweetness of the day. I love how they just rolled with the weather, and since after years of shooting we’ve encountered just about every lighting scenario there is, we were able to create beautiful images capturing all the sweet moments of their day. All Melissa and Adam had to think about was how excited they were to get married and begin their lives together!

But let’s start back at the beginning! One day, years ago, Melissa was sitting in the hair salon (the very salon below, where the girls got ready), when her hairdresser, Jordan, said she knew someone Melissa just HAD to meet. Melissa resisted and said she didn’t want to meet anyone, but while she was sitting under the hairdryer, Jordan snuck across the hall to tell Adam about Melissa. They talked for hours, and met again the next night for hours, ending with about 48 fla-vor-ice pops on a picnic bench, and the beginning of a love that would turn into forever.

Two things really stuck out to me after we first met Melissa and Adam. The first is how intentional they are about remembering the details of their story. We loved hearing about how they first met, the day they knew it was true love, and all the special memories they share together. The second is how much they love their people! We heard so many stories about the friends and family that would be surrounding them on their wedding day (in person and in spirit!), and they were just SO excited to celebrate the night away with everyone. They especially shared a ton of stories about Grandpa Wally, who we were so excited to finally meet! And when the weather forecast kept holding strong for rain for the wedding day, their friends were there to cheer them up by saying they would take a boat if needed! Luckily, it didn’t get quite that crazy  😉

On to some of our favorite images from the day!

Congratulations, Melissa & Adam! We are so excited for you both as you start out on this new adventure, and loved every rainy second of documenting your celebrations!

Many thanks to Kimberly Strong, florist-turned-wedding coordinator extraordinaire who took such great care of everything and everyone! And to the team at Loveless barn! Venue & Catering: Loveless Barn | Florist & Coordinator: Kimberly Strong | Dress Shop: The White Room Too | Tuxes/Suits: Jos A Bank | Cake: A Little Birdie Told Me | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Music: Melodie Chase for the Silver String Quartet | Reception Music: JD Music | Video: Justin+Hannah

Thank you all for stopping by the blog! If you’re planning a wedding and want to enjoy your day without having photos interrupt your day, we would love to talk with you and hear about what you’re most excited about for your wedding!