Emily’s ‘Chihuly’ Bridal Portrait Session ~ Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Nashville, TN

January 10, 2011

Just wanted to share a few shots from Emily’s awesome bridal session that we shot back in October at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.  (Yes, October.  That’s the only thing that stinks about bridal sessions–I can’t show them off until after the wedding!!)

Luckily the Chihuly exhibit was going on during the same time so we got to take advantage of the beautiful blown glass art that was set up throughout the gardens.  Gorgeous!

Check out the blog for Emily’s wedding to Mr. Matt B. here.

"Bride (Emily) at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride's earrings, wedding jewelry"

"Bride in front of stone wall at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Engagement Ring against stone wall"

"Bride under stone arch at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride on stone staircase at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride in front of the columns of the Cheek Mansion at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride on staircase at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride with Chihuly art at sunset"

"Bride with Chihuly art at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

"Bride under wisteria at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens"

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Emily + Matt ~11.20.10 ~ Nashville wedding photography

January 10, 2011

Emily & Matt were married at Owens Chapel Church of Christ in Brentwood.  It was such a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, and the little flower girl, Lily stole my heart!  I will share some of the best of Emily’s bridal portrait session in the next blog.  She was such a beautiful bride!

"Owens Chapel Church of Christ"

"Wedding Programs"

"Groom's boutonniere"

"Buttons on wedding gown"

"Wedding dress hanging on red church door"

Wedding Gown:  Bridal Warehouse

"Wedding shoes in front of Owens Chapel Church of Christ"

"Putting veil in bride's hair"

Wedding Hairdresser:  Bethany Kirby at Studio Gaven

"Flower girl hugging bride"

"Groom straightening his tie"

"Bride with veil over her face"

Wedding Makeup:  Bobbi Brown Cosmetics at Belk

"Bridal bouquet of white roses, orange roses, green hydrangea"

Florist:  Angela Sadler Floral Design

"Father walking bride down the aisle"

"Couple reciting vows during the wedding ceremony"

"The kiss"

"Hugging after wedding ceremony"

"Bride gives high five to her flower girl"

"Bride and groom pose in front of red door"

"Bride and groom outside of Owens Chapel Church of Christ"

"Bride and groom laughing"

"Bride hugging groom in sepia"

"Smiling flower girl, Lily"

"Ring bearer holding ring pillow"

"Wedding cake"

Wedding Cake:  Stephanie Felts at The Sweetest Day

"Monogram on wedding cake"

"Collage of reception food, favors"

"Wedding rings on top of favor canisters"

"Bride and groom entering the reception at Hilton Suites Brentwood"

Reception:  Hilton Suites, Brentwood, TN

"Flower girl dancing at reception"

"Kids gazing at the bride"

"Bride hugging her guests"

"Flower girl holding a piece of wedding cake"

"Flower girl blowing bubbles"

"Bride and groom's grand exit with bubbles"

Emily was kind enough to share some of her thoughts on planning below.  Thanks, Em!!

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning? “Favorite- bridal pics.  Least- picking reception venue.”

The most memorable moment of your wedding day? “Waiting for door to open for me to walk down aisle.”
What you would change, if anything? “Would have invited few more people.”
Where your budget was best spent? “The church (Owens Chapel).”
Any advice for future brides? “Have a short engagement….less stress!”

Gil Elvgren Pin-Up Sessions ~ Knoxville Pinup & Boudoir Photography

December 28, 2010

I have some really brave friends!

A few months back during one of many girls nights, my friend Maria broke out her awesome new calendar with Gil Elvgren’s pinup art on it.  We had the idea to try to loosely recreate a few of his paintings in photos.  We had a ton of fun trying to find props and clothing.  By the way, someone help me find an old school yellow telephone!

Huge thanks to my models Maria, Abby, Jenna, and Nada.  And to our awesome makeup artist, Candle Kincade for making everyone retro-beautiful!

Contact me via Smitten Boudoir to schedule a pinup or boudoir session.

"I'm Not Shy, I'm Just Retiring (Too Much Champagne)" 1947Gil Elvgren’s “I’m Not Shy, I’m Just Retiring (Too Much Champagne) 1947

"My version of Gil Elvgren's 'I'm Not Shy, I'm Just Retiring (Too Much Champagne)' 1947"

"Gentlemen Prefer . . .? (Gents Prefer) 1963"Gil Elvgren’s “Gentlemen Prefer . . .? (Gents Prefer)” 1963

"My version of Gil Elvgren's 'Gentlemen Prefer . . .? (Gents Prefer)' 1963"

"Gil Elvren's 'Partial Coverage (Flashback; Sunnyside Up)' 1960"Gil Elvgren’s “Partial Coverage (Flashback; Sunnyside Up)” 1960

"My version of Gil Elvgren's 'Partial Coverage (Flashback; Sunnyside Up)' 1960"

"Gil Elvgren's 'Skirts Ahoy!' 1967"Gil Elvgren’s “Skirts Ahoy!” 1967

"my version of Gil Elvgren's 'Skirts Ahoy!' 1967"

"Gil Elvgren's 'Wish You Were Near' 1969"“Gil Elvgren’s ‘Wish You Were Near’ 1969”

"My version of Gil Elvgren's 'Wish You Were Near' 1969"

Thanks, girls! L-R: Abby, Maria, Jenna. (Nada not pictured)

©2010 Bledsoe Photography, Smitten Boudoir

Allie & Mommy ~ My favorite Kiwis! ~ Nashville children’s photography

December 13, 2010

Allie and her mommy, Sarah wanted to do a secret mommy-daughter session for daddy.  So before they took off on a cross-country tour with Rapture Ruckus, (daddy’s the manager) we stole a couple of pre-tick-or-treating hours on Halloween and headed to Brentwood.

Allie brought her essentials:  a purple cowboy hat, a tu-tu, and her bunny costume.  What more could you need, right?

It’s been awhile since the session, but now that everyone is back in New Zealand for the holidays, I think it’s safe to share a few favorites from the day.

Personally, I believe Allie is one of the most beautiful, precious little girls in the world.  But I’m biased…she is my godchild!

Happy Holidays to all my Kiwi friends!

***And to Allie, Auntie Newwie wuves you vewwy much! xoxo***

"Allie in her purple cowboy hat and tutu"

"Allie and mommy tossing fall leaves"

"Allie giving me a pouty face"

I’m a sucker for that pouty face!

"Allie and mommy have a cuddle"

"Allie and mommy"

"Allie posing in her tutu in front of a door"

"Allie in her bunny costume for Halloween"

She kept hopping around and yelling, “Hop, hop, hop!”

"Allie holds her bunny ears"

Every time we said, “Hold your ears up!” she grabbed her own ears inside the bunny suit.  Finally got it right!

"Allie getting kisses from Mommy"

"Allie giving kisses to Auntie Nellie"Kisses for Auntie Nellie too!

Love you, kiddo. xoxo

©2010 Bledsoe Photography

It’s Christmas, baby! ~ Knoxville newborn photographer

December 9, 2010

I’ll be officially blogging the Lowe Family session later, but I had to share this precious little 8-day-old monkey RIGHT NOW!

Welcome to the world, Baby J!

Need family or baby photos in Knoxville?  Gimme a buzz.

"Newborn Baby in a Santa Hat"

"Newborn Santa baby in a Santa Hat"© 2010 Bledsoe Photography

Amy + Scott’s Engagement Session ~ Knoxville engagement & wedding photographer

December 7, 2010

If I got to choose, I would have sparkling blue eyes just like Amy’s.  She and Scott chose UT Botanical Gardens for their engagement session location and I love shooting there! If  you have never been, check out their Christmas events like the Holiday Express.

I cannot wait to shoot Amy and Scott’s wedding in May!

"Amy and Scott in front of a sunlit tree at UT Gardens"

"Amy and Scott smile in the sunlight"

"Amy and Scott laugh under the trees at UT Gardens"

"Amy and Scott kiss under the arbor at UT Gardens"

"Amy and Scott snuggle under the arbor at UT Gardens"

"Amy and Scott with the vintage truck at UT Gardens"

"Amy and Scott cuddle in the back of a vintage truck at UT Gardens"

"Scott kissing Amy at UT Gardens"

"Amy and Scott inside a drainpipe at UT Gardens"

"Close up of Amy's engagement ring"

"Amy and Scott snuggling"

"Scott holding Amy in the sunlight "© 2010 Bledsoe Photography

The Wards ~ Nashville & Knoxville Lifestyle Photography

December 2, 2010

I’m trying my best to catch up on editing and blogging weddings, but I wanted to share a few shots from this fun lifestyle / couple session with the Wards.  Luckily they were up for anything and didn’t mind walking all over downtown Nashville to find interesting spots and good light (just my kind of people!).

Thanks, S+W!

"Couple snuggling on railroad tracks in Nashville"

"Holding hands on the Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville"

"Kissing in front of a No Loitering sign"

© 2010 Bledsoe Photography

Cassandra + Aaron 10.23.10 Nashville wedding photography

November 17, 2010

Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted a backyard with a secret garden.  Alive with color, buzzing insects and shimmering lights.  Well, Cassandra and Aaron have their own version right in their backyard in Nashville.  What a perfect place for their wedding!

C + A chose peacock feathers and colors as a decorating theme.  Their wooded lot was strewn with twinkle lights, chinese lanterns and origami cranes.  As the sun set, their guests danced beneath a beautiful full moon.

Even my sister/assistant leaned over and said, “This is the kind of wedding I want!”  Sure kid.  As soon as you turn 30.   =)

Here are some highlights of the day.  Cassandra has some vendor advice and suggestions below.  Congratulations Cass & Aaron!

"Wedding gown hanging in a tree"I LOVE Cass’ gown.  So classic!

"Bride putting on mascara"

"Bride laughing with her bridesmaids"These girls were so funny!  I had a great time with them.

"Mom walking bride down the aisle"

"Brides hugs her mother"Sweet moment after Cassandra’s mom gave her away.  *tear*

"Groom seeing bride for the first time"Aaron never stopped smiling at his bride like this through the whole day.  Awww!

"Bride and groom using Skype during their wedding"Such a great idea…Skype the wedding for those who can’t be there.  Hi Grandma!

"Bride with her bridesmaids"

"Teal bridesmaid dress with corset back and peacock feather bouquet."

"Groom and his groomsmen"

"wedding party at sunset in Nashville"

"Bride holding a peacock feather and purple rose bouquet"

"Bride in her wedding dress"

"Bride wearing a peacock feather headband in her hair"

"Bride kissing her groom holding a peacock feather bouquet"

"Bride and groom walking from their ceremony"

"Groom dipping bride with a kiss"

"Wedding details: Peacock champagne flutes, peacock boutonniere, peacock centerpiece"Peacock feathers everywhere!

"Wedding reception details: wedding cake, food, flowers, guest frame"

"Bride and groom dancing beneath chinese lanterns"

"Full moon among hanging chinese lanterns"

"wedding rings on peacock feathers"

"Mr. and Mrs. Wiles"

"Bride and groom snuggle in the moonlight"

© 2010 Bledsoe Photography

Cassandra and Aaron’s vendors, suggestions and advice:

Caterer:  Sargent’s Fine Catering – Sherri Clark.  Very patient & helpful.

 

Wedding and Reception Location:  Our own back yard.

Florist:  Import Flowers – Lou Farrell.  Arranged by the bride & maid of honor.  Everything was done via email & Lou was awesome.

Cake/Bakery:  Becker’s Bakery – Jere.  Recommended by one of my bridesmaids, she got her wedding cake there 13 years ago. Awesome people.

Coordinator or Wedding Planner:  I planned it myself with the help of my bridesmaids.

Bride’s dress:  Bridal Warehouse in Goodlettsville.  Designer:  Allure.

Bridesmaids:  Designer was Alfred Angelo on both.  One came from a salon in Chicago; one was found online, brand new with tags, the seller was also in Chicago.

Mother’s dress: www.therosedress.com.

Tux Rental:  We bought Aaron’s tux at Men’s Warehouse in Mt. Juliet.  He’ll need a tux for a friend’s wedding in December & it was cheaper to buy one than to rent one twice.

Hairdresser and name of salon:  Jon Alan in Bellevue.  Mindy Gobble did my hair.

Makeup artist:  We did our own makeup.

Equipment rental:  Liberty Rentals.  Terri Tenut was awesome & really patient with me & all my questions.

Decorations were provided by ourselves & our friends.

Lights & lanterns were borrowed, maid of honor made the cranes.

Centerpieces were random glassware pieces, mostly bought at area thrift stores.  Some were mine.

Candles were from Michael’s.  Filler items were from area dollar stores, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc.  We put them together ourselves.

Invitations & programs were designed & printed by me at home.

Favors (wine charms) were made by me.

Sound system was provided by Greg Overman, music was arranged by me & was played on our laptops hooked up to Greg’s system.

Officiant was Rev Brandon Rich from Belmont, we got his contact info from the county clerk’s office.

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning? Favorite:  Seeing it all come together with the help of family & friends, we had a lot of help & it was fantastic.  Least favorite:  Spending so much $$! But we did it all on a budget & it was worth the work.

The most memorable moment of your wedding day? Seeing Aaron with that huge smile on his face as I came down the aisle.  I’ll never forget it.

What you would change, if anything? Nothing, the whole thing went off without a hitch.

Where your budget was best spent? Food, booze, & the photographer!  Guests always remember the food & drinks the most & we will use the awesome photos for the rest of our lives.

Any advice for future brides? Set a budget & stick to it.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box & do a lot of the work yourself.  Thrift stores are fantastic resources, especially if you are eclectic like me.  Borrow from friends & enlist them to help you.  Ask for recommendations, every vendor we used was recommended to us by people we trust.

THANKS, CASSANDRA!!  xoxo

 

Eli & Trey ~ Fall portrait session ~ Knoxville children’s photography

November 7, 2010

This is my third opportunity to photograph these rambunctious, adorable brothers.  Eli and Trey love to play sports and wrestle, so as with most little guys, getting them to sit and smile is almost impossible.  It’s best to let them be themselves and capture their true spirits…and every now and then get a serious pose!

Their beautiful eyes and dimples make my heart melt!

Love you, E+T!

"Hugging brothers."

"Eli and Trey"

"Brothers standing in a creek."

"Brothers huddle up."

"Boys Wearing Atlanta Braves Hats"

"Throwing Fall Leaves"

"Throwing Fall Leaves"

"Brothers walking through the woods"

"Posing with the trees"

"Looking up to big brother"Looking up to big brother.  Priceless!