Continuing on with recapping some of the sessions we didn’t have a chance to share the second half of last year, we’re excited to share Mary’s bridal session at East Ivy Mansion! Mary and Shaun were absolutely a dream to work with during their engagement and wedding. They are so sweet together, and we had the best time with them and their friends and family! Shortly before the wedding we met up with Mary and her mom (and her fantastic hair and makeup artist, Chadd!) in Nashville to create some images of Mary in her bridal gown. First, how freaking gorgeous is Mary? Second, I was completely in love with the movement of her dress. And East Ivy was such a gorgeous setting! Bridal sessions are such a sweet, southern tradition, and a great time way to stretch out the wedding day fun a bit, plus spend a little extra time with your mom or close friends!

On to a few of our favorites!

Mary-you are gorgeous, inside and out! Thank you so much for hanging out with us and giving us the opportunity to create for you!

Hope everyone is having a great week, and thanks for stopping by the blog!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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Happy Monday, everyone!

We’re excited today to share some favorites from Brittney and Nick’s Nashville engagement session from the end of August! It’s been so fun to go back through and catch up on these sessions we hadn’t had a chance to share with everyone yet. With snow flurries yesterday, it’s so crazy to look back to this session, when it was approximately 95 thousand degrees outside 😉

Brittney and Nick are so ridiculously sweet together! They met during college on spring break through mutual friends, and didn’t originally realize that they actually both attended the same school, and had both grown up in Clarksville. They’ve been inseparable ever since! For their engagement session, they wanted photos that really captured who they are and their personalities, their sweet and funny sides. To be able to look back at these photos and see who they really were during this time (which is one of our favorite things about engagement sessions)! It was so fun hanging out with them and seeing the way they look at each other, and how much they care for each other (and their adorable pup, Owen, who is a huge part of their lives!). Also, shout out to Brittney’s friend Anna for coming along and braving the heat to help out with Owen during the session!

Brittney & Nick-Thanks so much for hanging out with us and being so awesome! We absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with you all in June!! It’s going to be here before we know it, and it’s going to be amazing!

Hope everyone is having a great week, and congratulations to all the recently engaged couples out there starting out on their wedding planning adventure! If you’re looking for natural photos of real moments for your wedding day, we’d love to chat with you!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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Today seems like another good day for a personal post! I can’t believe it’s been two years since we were sitting at our kitchen table making plans for our upcoming adventure to Scotland and Iceland! I’ve been wanting to share these photos forever, but as I’ve discovered with personal photos, if we don’t get to it right away, it’s so hard to make the time to come back to them. But today is the day! So a little bit of throwback Thursday with our adventures in Scotland on the blog today. We took literally thousands of photos, so trying to bring that down to a reasonable number and get just a little snippet to share with you all was a daunting task!
Everything about this trip was completely and overwhelmingly amazing. Scotland is such a magical country! A little bit of real talk haha: this was our first trip overseas and my nerves and stress levels were absolutely through the roof! I didn’t want to miss anything, and I wanted to do the trip right (and also jetlag is killer!!)! We got off to a bumpy start with running into a curb while trying to drive on the “wrong” side of the road in the tiny streets of Edinburgh, destroying our tire and hubcap of our rental car. But after getting a replacement, it was on! We loved exploring the streets of Edinburgh (and the view of the castle from our AirBnB!) and hiking Arthur’s Seat (where the light was the thing dreams are made of). After a couple days in the city, we headed north, with a stop in St. Andrews and Anstruther on the way.
The relaxation we felt immediately upon entering St. Andrews was incredible. Such a slower pace than Edinburgh, and so, so needed. This sweet city by the sea is absolutely gorgeous. Then it was on to Anstruther for what I’m told is the best fish and chips anywhere (not being a fish person, I couldn’t tell you, but Chris definitely loved it!)! Then it was up through the Cairngorms to a farm outside of Inverness, our home base for our explorations for the next several days.
Going through all the photos again just really strikes me how much the landscape varies throughout the country, and how stunning it all is. We put 1500+ miles on our rental car, so we saw a LOT of it, and it was almost hard to take in (even now, through the photos!). From the city of Edinburgh to the rolling hills leading to St. Andrews by the sea, through the Cairngorm mountains, to Loch Ness, and the wildness of the glens. The mountains of Glencoe, and the castles and the sheep and the towns. And Isle of Skye seemed to pretty much have all of it in one place!
I first visited Scotland with my family when I was in 5th grade, and my dad was there for a business trip. I have such clear memories of the way the sun shines over the hills (I’m telling you, it’s dream light!), and visiting Edinburgh castle. We did a lot of driving on that trip too, but as a 10 year old, the idea that the journey IS the destination was a little lost on me 😉  haha! It was also site of some of my earliest photography memories. I remember just blowing throw rolls of film in my little point and shoot, until my parents had to stop me before I used too much film haha. Getting to return with Chris and explore together was everything I dreamed it would be, and we cannot wait to go back, and dig in even more. Get to know the country even deeper, instead of taking just such a broad overview. Hike in the mountains, sit in the cafes a little longer.
I think the biggest lesson from this trip is something I’ve learned while looking back. Even though there were a lot of times I was stressed out to the extreme during this trip, it was still amazing, and it didn’t hold us back. Instead, it lead to an incredible amount of growth. The kind that can only come from getting outside of your comfort zone and trying something new. The differences I see in us between this trip and between our trip to Paris a few months ago is incredible, and just makes me so excited to see how we continue to grow and change through life and adventures together  <3
So for now, we’ll share just a few of our favorites from the trip, and hope it inspires you to take your own adventure! Images are a mix of digital camera, iPhone, and film.

This cafe was just downstairs from our Edinburgh AirBnB. Crucial for jetlag recovery!

Photo regret: While Chris was eating his fish and chips, there was a group of people who asked to take a photo for them. They were actually from the states, and we had a great chat with them. There was an older Scottish gentleman that I so wish I had asked if I could take his portrait! His white beard and sparkling eyes and very sailing looking jacket and cap was so perfect for the setting. I can still picture him exactly!

The farm where our AirBnB was outside of Inverness. Best. Ever. I still check occasionally to make sure it’s still listed, because we cannot wait to go back!

We also made some new friends via Instagram, who were kind enough to take a chance that we weren’t stalkers, and agreed to do an adventure session with us! They are the best and we love still keeping in touch via Facebook and Instagram!

Loch Ness.

Where Chris stuck his face in. He survived from Nessie…this time 😉

Road trip snacks!

We hiked back to see this bridge, where they filmed the train scenes and also the lake scenes from the Harry Potter movies, the Glenfinnan viaduct. Shortly after getting started on the trail, it started to pour rain, and then hail! We were laughing hysterically as we tried to get our camera gear into the dry safety of Chris’s bag, then get our rain gear out and get ourselves covered. It was so invigorating and probably one of my favorite parts of the trip!

Going back and hiking this spot at Old Man of Storr is absolutely at the top of my must do list!

Another favorite part of the trip. Sunset at Kilt Rock, with the most unbelievable light!

Happy adventuring, everyone!!

We are so honored to find out this week that we have been chosen as one of the best Nashville wedding photographers (as voted by other vendors) for 2017 on Borrowed & Blue!

From Borrowed & Blue:

THE BEST OF B&B 2017 AWARDS ARE LIKE THE MICHELIN GUIDE FOR WEDDINGS, AND WE’VE GOT YOUR STARS RIGHT HERE. PUT ON YOUR SHADES―THESE WINNERS ARE PLENTY BRILLIANT.

A Best of B&B award is the equivalent of a Michelin star in the wedding world: it identifies only the most talented, well-respected vendors in all of Nashville. How do we know? The winners have been chosen by Nashville vendors themselves. It’s a royal feast of planning insight: know-how taken from those in the know. So check out the medal winners (including special categories like Rising Star and Most Valuable Vendor) to find out the most exceptional wedding whizzes from the past calendar year.

Scrolling through all the winners just gives me so many warm and fuzzy feelings–so many of our very favorite Nashville vendors are included! Makes it even more special to be amongst such great company. Congratulations to all the winners, and many thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Check out the full list of Nashville winners here!

Happy Friday, everyone! If you’re recently engaged (congratulations!) and looking for a wedding photographer for your upcoming wedding, we’d love to talk more with you! You can contact us at jen@jenandchriscreed.com, or through the contact form here on the blog, or via our website! We can’t wait to hear more about what you’re planning, and more about your favorite adventures!