Archive for July, 2010

Gentry Faith is here! ~ Nashville Newborn/Baby Photography

July 26, 2010

Congrats to Adam and Angela on the birth of their first baby, Miss Gentry!  She was born on June 2nd, weighed 7 lbs, and was 19.75 in. long.

We shot a newborn photo session in the Nashville studio, as well as some shots at A & A’s new home in Lebabnon, TN.  (Watch new episodes of House Hunters on HGTV to see them on their house search.)  I love the pink and green colors in Gentry’s nursery.  It’s so bright and cheerful!

She is such a precious little girl!  Big thanks to A & A for continuing to let me capture their life’s most memorable moments.  I love you guys!

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Jennifer + James ~ 6.12.10 ~ Knoxville Wedding Photography

July 24, 2010

Jennifer and James were married at Magnolia Manor just outside of Knoxville, TN.  After shooting Jennifer’s sister, Julie’s wedding in Nashville last year, I seriously feel like part of their family!  My favorite part of the day was seeing just how precious and tender James is with Jenn.  So sweet!

Jennifer answered a few questions about planning, vendors, and her journey to wedded bliss with James.

View their engagement session here.

"Absolute Salon in Oak Ridge did my hair and make-up. I liked the atmosphere of the salon and the people are all very nice. You have to go in knowing exactly what you want, but they listen to you and do their best to make sure you are satisfied. My curls did fall out after our ceremony, but I think it was more due to the hot/humid weather than anything else."

"I found my dress (by Allure) at White Lace and Promises in Knoxville. They don't have a large selection, but they have some beautiful dresses for brides who don't want to travel to Nashville. I wanted something very simple and elegant and found the dress on sale as a sample. It was a few sizes too large, but their seamstress was amazing and made the dress fit perfectly!"

I love it when couples choose to have a "first sight" meeting before the ceremony. They still get to have that *gasp!* moment, and shooting photos beforehand allows them to get to their reception quicker!

"We held our ceremony and reception at the Magnolia Manor in Lenoir City, and were very happy with how everything turned out. The owners are two sisters, one who lives in the house on the property and does most of the planning and one who does the flower arrangements. We weren't exactly sure how everything would come together, but in the end we loved the flow of the evening."

"Our bridesmaid gowns were from David's Bridal."

Tux Rental: "Men's Wearhouse"

"We used Oliver's Restraunts and Catering in Oak Ridge. The owner, Larry Garner, is a friend of my dad's and the food was excellent! I wouldn't have known this; however, if they had not sent us to our hotel with takeout boxes filled with a sampling of all of the food. We were so grateful to them, because we had not eaten anything the entire night! The food presentation was beautiful and we were really pleased with everything!"

You know you make me wanna SHOUT!!

1. Favorite and least favorite part of planning: FAVORITE: I liked the early stages of planning where you can worry about the small details.  I really love the website,, and had fun shopping through the online vendors for some elements to add to our day that I hadn’t seen at a lot of other weddings (i.e. ring bearer bowls from Paloma’s Nest, embroidered handkerchief for dad by Embroidery by Linda, birdseed favors by Nature’s Favors, feather flower hairpin by Powder Blue Bijoux, etc.). LEAST FAVORITE: I was planning our wedding from Pennsylvania, so although I am thankful everything turned out really well in the end, it was hard being so far away.

2. Most memorable moment of our day: The most memorable moment of the day for me was seeing my husband so emotional during our vows.  In the 5+ years that we have been together, I have never seen him like that and even now when I think about it I get teary eyed.  I also loved the father/daughter dance.  My dad has been a member of a band since before I was born, and I had always envisioned he and I dancing to his band playing “My Girl” at my wedding.  It turned out exactly as I had imagined (and Shanell captured the most beautiful black and white picture of it!)!

3. what you would change, if anything: The WEATHER! Oh my goodness, was it HOT! We were determined to have an outdoor wedding and hoped that by having it in the evening the temperature would cool down, but unfortunately it did not.  However, we were soooo thankful the rain held off and I think eventually everyone got over the heat and had a great time.

4. Where your budget was best spent: definitely photography and flowers!

5. Any advice for future brides: Reserve a moment the morning of your wedding day to take a deep breath and remind yourself to take everything in.  It is true what everyone says, it really does go by so so fast.  Remember the true reason for the day and be thankful you have everyone you love gathered together in one place…enjoy that!


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Bella’s 2 year session ~ Nashville children’s photography

July 20, 2010

I have had the honor of photographing miss Bella since she was in utero.  (Literally!  See here!)  She is growing up so fast *insert sad face* so it was off to Spring Hill, TN to shoot her 2 year session on her turf.  With the help of daddy Brent, Elmo, and the Wizard of Oz, her smile and personality were beaming.  Bella loves to read books in her purple bedroom and play outside in her playhouse, so I was sure to capture her where she likes to be most.

Here are a few of shots.  Thanks B+D!

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Crystal + Kurt ~ 6.5.10 ~ Cookeville Wedding Photography

July 19, 2010

Crystal and Kurt were married at Southern Hills Golf and Country Club in Cookeville, TN.  It was sweltering hot and we hoped the few showers that passed through would cool the day down, but it only made it more humid!!  But, as most photographers would agree, I’ll take heat over rain any day.

I loved C+K’s turquoise/brown/cream color scheme.  The favor bags were handmade and the adorable cake was made by Crystal’s sister, Tiffany.

Honestly, I’ve never seen a bride have more fun at her wedding.  Crystal was all smiles and laughter, but her personality really came out on the dance floor!  (I have a fun little collage at the end of the blog just for you, Crystal!)

Thanks for letting me capture your day.  xoxo

(See C+K’s engagement session here)


For you, Crystal.  You rock!

Bledsoe Photography

Jessica & Jeremy ~ Nashville engagement session

July 19, 2010

Jessica & Jeremy will be getting hitched v. soon!  We dodged the rain to get some shots downtown only to be let down when we realized the Southwest Airlines “Nashville” mural had been torn down.  Boo!  =0(

Here are a few of my faves.  Congrats and best of luck J + J!


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Morgan’s Bridal Portrait Session at Cedarwood ~ Nashville Wedding Photography

July 19, 2010

Now that the wedding has past, I can post Morgan’s bridal portraits!  We shot her session at Cedarwood in Nashville, the same location as the wedding.  Since I’m so behind on blogging, I’ll get right to the photos and add some comments along the way.


This is the perfect photographic description of Morgan's life! Air National Guard member, runner, bride and native Tennessean!

I LOVE this old truck at Cedarwood. Such a great "prop!"

Such a cute gal!

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