Archive for November, 2010

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:

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.



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!

Jessica + Adam 10.16.10 The Stables in LaFollette, TN – Knoxville Wedding Photography

November 7, 2010

Jessica & Adam were married at The Stables in LaFollette, TN.  With their friends, family, and 5 year old daughter as the flower girl, Jessica and Adam said “I do” under a beautiful stone trellis as a waterfall trickled behind them.  It was such a gorgeous fall day!  Loads of sunshine and bright blue skies…the perfect weather to vow forever ❤ ❤

I loved Jessica’s choice of flowers and OH THOSE SHOES!! I kept telling her that if those sassy heels end up missing, don’t come looking for me!  (And they were my size too…just a testament to my willpower and general distaste of theft)  =0)

After a precious ceremony, photos, and a yummy dinner courtesy of Ramsey’s catering, the couple ran through sparklers and took a few minutes to ooh and ahh at the fireworks that graced the southern sky in their honor.  What a send-off!

Jessica was kind enough to share her thoughts about planning and vendors with me so I could pass her knowledge on to you!  Enjoy!

Enzoani Blue wedding dress hanging from trellis
“I purchased the bridal gown(Enzoani Blue), bridesmaids dresses (Bill Levkoff), and flower girl dress (the owner hand maid her dress) from Wedding Wonderland in Knoxville, TN.”

Wedding Wonderland

benjamin adams wedding shoes on a chandelier

benjamin adams wedding shoes

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beige and white bridal bouquet

Embroidered wedding date inside dress.

Bride's reflection in mirror.

"Hairdresser and name of salon: Crystal Daniels from Hair Etc in Tazewell, TN"

Hair, Etc.

Bride holding groom's wedding ring.

Groom straightening his tie.

"Tux Rental: Tracey's in Middlesboro, KY"

Groom fastening cuff links.

Wedding at The Stables in LaFollette, TN.

"I would have to say the budget was best spent on the photographer (of course!) and the cement pillars that we stood in front of for the ceremony. We purchased those in Corbin, KY and had them shipped in and assembled at the location because they weighed around 5,000 pounds!"

Bride and Groom kissing.  You may kiss the bride!

"My most memorable moment was definitely seeing the smile on Adam's face when I stepped outside..It made all those nervous butterflies in my stomach go away, and I just couldn't wait to get down the aisle to him."

Bride with her bridesmaids on the hill at sunset at The Stables in LaFollette, TN

Bridesmaids bouquets.

Groom and groomsmen group photo.

Groom and groomsmen shot from the ground.

Flower girl and ring bearer dancing.

"...our daughter dancing throughout the whole ceremony..Everyone loved that!"

Bride and groom at sunset at The Stables in LaFollette, TN.

Wedding party skipping into the sunset.

wedding cake with purple flowers, inside of The Stables in LaFollette, TN,

"Caterer: Ramsey's Catering out of Knoxville." "Cake/Bakery: Bobbi Mangus from Ewing, VA"

Photo booth at wedding

"Having the photobooth was also a good choice..All the guests loved it!"

Foster’s Photobooth

Fireworks at wedding reception.

Fireworks at wedding reception at The Stables in LaFollette, TN.

Flower girl with her mom and dad, the bride and groom.**I had to do a Christa collage!  She was such a trooper and made her mommy and daddy very proud!**


Thanks, Jessica!  Here is some additional advice from today’s beautiful bride:

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning? “My favorite part of planning would have to be the planning itself..I liked being able to see the results from all the hard work! My least favorite part would have to be all the stress, it can make you crazy!!”

What you would change, if anything? “I would have used a different florist!!  Although everything turned out beautiful, he was very unprofessional and unorganized!!  Also, I would have changed the position of the sun, lol..It was brutal!!”

Any advice for future brides? “My advice for future brides would be to slow down and just enjoy the whole experience!  Also, don’t let the little things get you stressed out because in the end it will all turn out great!”

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