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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!”
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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

 

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!”

©2010 Bledsoe Photography

Julie Anne + Clay ~ A rustic wedding-A rockin’ reception! ~ 8.21.10 ~ Nashville Wedding Photographer

September 24, 2010

I was so happy to be chosen as J+C’s photographer, especially after learning about the reception band they had booked!  After chatting awhile, I realized that I went to high school with the band’s lead singer.  Such a small world!  Be sure to check out the awesome music of John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives.

Julie Anne and Clay met as students at Miami University.  After college, Clay’s dream of becoming a Navy Submariner took him all over the country while Julie’s dream job was unfolding with her sorority, AOII in Nashville.  After a brief break apart, the couple reunited and realized just how vital they were to each other.  I can’t give this sweet story the justice it deserves, so I’ll let Julie Anne tell it in her own words:

“…on the first day of 2010, Clay gave me a locket his grandfather had given his grandmother during WWII while he was a pilot in the South Pacific.  She had worn it on her wedding day and he wanted me to know it’s significance to his family and to him.  I started to cry because it was a beautiful gift and I was so touched he was giving me something so important and personal.  I didn’t think there was anything more to the gift, but when he told me to open the locket, there was a note inside that said, ‘Julie will you be my wife’ and Clay was down on one knee saying incredible things about us and wanting to be together always in our lives.”

Awww!

Coordinator or Wedding Planner: Details by Margaret

“Having a day of coordinator was such a great help and we were lucky enough to have two! Margaret and her assistant Kelly. They were both willing to help with all the final details that needed to be pulled together the day of (setting up chairs, putting out bottled water, making sure all the set-up was perfect) and really helped with our stress levels the week/weekend of the wedding. They were a great help!!”

Contact:  Margaret Tolbert, margaret@detailsbymargaret.com

Hairdresser: Tamara McCray from Streets Salon. Make up artist: Delisha also from Streets Salon.

Bride’s dress designer – Ulla Maija (Tatiana – is the style of gown).

“The dresses came from Catan’s Fashions in Strongsville Ohio.  It was important I found my wedding dress with my mother up in Ohio, so we got it there while I was visiting my home state!”

Florist – A Village of Flowers in Hillsboro Village.

“The flowers were gorgeous and she was able to work within our budget without any trouble, which was wonderful! I would definitely recommend picking a flower budget far less than what you think you need to budget for and trying to see what will work to get it there. Melanie was very willing to work with us to achieve this. Pretty flowers were important to us, but sadly most of them get thrown away at the end of the night and they’re all gone in a week!”

Contact:  Melanie – villageofflowers@aol.com

Wedding Location & Contact – Moonshine Hill, Leiper’s Fork

“We wanted to get married outside in the open and so we found Moonshine Hill (which is not a full service venue and required more work on our part to ensure we had everything set for an outdoor wedding that would go smoothly – including details like having the property sprayed for mosquitos, a portable toilet brought in, and a tent rented as our rain plan – which very luckily we didn’t have to use! Ann, the proprietor, was so helpful though in being readily accessible to assist us in thinking of the details that needed to come together.”

Contact:  Ann Johnson  615-500-1234 stay@moonshinehill.tv

“Overall, we wanted to create the feel of a ‘backyard wedding’ that we were hosting and both venues allowed us to achieve this on a bit larger scale than we would be able to have done at a friend’s home.”

“Cori of Social Graces in Hillsboro Village designed our invitations and wedding programs and they were fantastic! We wanted to do something different that expressed our personal style and she was able to turn our vision into the perfect printed details that accented our wedding. She also created a design for matching water bottle labels and her attention to detail and great personality were fantastic to work with. It was fun to have customized and personalized designed invitations that were truly one of a kind!”

Reception Location: Lillie Belle’s (Franklin).

“We couldn’t have been happier with our location choices. Lillie Belle’s is designed as a full service garden wedding location and reception venue, but with the charm of a gorgeous Victorian home.”

Contact:  Bud Carman– budc@comcast.net

“Instead of having a wedding band, we hired one of our favorite artists who we love seeing play venues around Memphis. It was great fun to expose our family and friends to their music and we had an incredible time dancing!”

Caterer: Constant Cravings Catering (for the rehearsal and dinner).

“The quality of the food was incredible (people are still raving about the smoked gouda shrimp and grits and as most of our guests were from out of town, it was a new experience for them to try grits! We did assorted desserts instead of wedding cake and the chocolate used on the chocolate covered strawberries was divine. Suzette was even able to find a delicious recipe for ‘Tres Leche’ cake, a specialty we wanted to serve in small pieces. As major foodies, it was really important to us that what we served our guests was exquisite and delicious and they achieved this for us!”

Contact:  Suzette Lane – request@constantcravingcatering.com

“After knowing each other for such a long time we make an incredible team and both feel so lucky to have married our best friend in the whole world. We love being husband and wife!”

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning? “My favorite part was daydreaming of the perfect details that added personal touches to the wedding.  Actually Clay thought of many more of these than I did, but including them really felt we were having ownership and adding character to our events.  For example, we used some of our favorite records instead of a guest book and had guests sign the white insert sleeves with their good wishes and put “Love and Honor” on our water bottle labels, which is part of the words to our alma mater of Miami University where we met.  Least favorite part of the planning was the stress of getting so many details done and Clay and I getting huffy with each other as we were planning (which really caught us by surprise!).  We both wanted everything to be so perfect, and that added stress that we sometimes took on each other.  Planning everything so closely together was a blessing, but also a challenge for us.  Overall though, it all turned out so well that even our tifs were worth the final result of the perfect weekend for us!”

The most memorable moment of your wedding day? “The time we had alone after our ceremony was wonderful.  We had a morning wedding, for fear of the Nashville August heat, and an evening reception, so the time in between was a really special several hours.  One of my favorite parts was going to lunch at Mellow Mushroom with Clay.  I changed out of my wedding dress for our exit from the ceremony so we wouldn’t draw too much attention.  It was fun to be under the radar so quickly following our marriage and just having lunch together.  We spent some time in a church in downtown Franklin and then walked along the main street and then took our pizza back to Moonshine Hill and had lunch at the cabin there, just the two of us.  I think it really helped us take in the events of the morning and get ready to celebrate that evening.”

What you would change, if anything? “We got a little stressed during cocktail hour and dinner trying to visit with everyone and making sure everything was set and ready to go (which of course it all was).  I wish we would have relaxed a bit during those two hours – but once we headed outside after dinner and had the toasts and our first dance.  The details melted away again and we were able to relax and just enjoy the day.  There’s no reason to stress about the little things!”

Where your budget was best spent? “Our band.  Instead of having a wedding band, we hired one of our favorite artists who we love seeing play venues around Memphis.  It was great fun to expose our family and friends to their music and we had an incredible time dancing!  Also, our photography!  Shanell you did such an incredible job and our pictures are fantastic.  Afterall, the flowers die, food is eaten and the day is over eventually, but the memories of it all are captured in those pictures and we will have those forever.  In addition, I can’t tell you how much we appreciated your stealth and subtle ways of taking pictures in a non-obtrusive manner. You were able to capture everything we wanted you to capture that day, while staying completely out of the way of what was happening.  You were amazing!!” (THANKS, JULIE!!!)

Any advice for future brides? “Honestly, one of our best decisions was to keep the wedding as small as we possibly could.  We had around 65 guests and it was just the right amount to truly spend quality time with our closest family and friends on such an important weekend.  We were able to invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner (and all but about 10 of them were able to join us!).  Guests from both sides and all parts of our lives got to make a weekend out of it and get to know one another.  I’ve heard so many brides say, ‘the day just flew by, I hardly remember it!’ and for me it wasn’t that way at all.  I think this was in great part due to the size of our guest list.  It was a difficult task to make our list small and there were family members and dear friends who were not on the final list (which was tough!).  But ultimately, it really allowed our wedding to be about us and spending time with a small enough group to really get to enjoy each moment and each person who was there with us.”

Thanks for all the info, Julie Anne!  It was a pleasure.

© Bledsoe Photography


Tara & Thomas ~ 8.14.10 ~ Nashville Wedding Photographer

September 8, 2010

It seriously felt like a sauna the day Tara & Thomas said “I do” in Nashville!  But thanks to wonderful planning by the folks at The Standard, every detail was taken care of so our bride and groom could keep their cool and enjoy their day.

Tara and Thomas’ son, little Thomas was their ring bearer and show stealer.  He wanted to be just as much a part of the wedding as mom and dad!  Such a cutie pie!

Tara filled me in on a few planning details so I could share them with other brides.  I’ll add them as we go along!

Caterer/location – The Standard at the Smith House

“Everyone raved about the ballroom and building, such a unique venue.”

“Billy is the events coordinator for The Standard.  I do not have enough good things to say about him. He was fantastic and went the extra mile for us!  He made our wedding beautiful and took care of everything!  He made the fabulous Chicken Riggie’s himself, a Utica, NY original which is my hubby’s hometown and favorite meal!”

David’s Bridal for wedding dress and Maid of Honor’s dress.”

“Glory at Suite One Salon did my hair.  She is great!”

I love this shot of big Thomas and little Thomas as they watch Mommy walk down the aisle.

Sweet family!

Family dance.

A dance with Daddy.

“Wedding cake was purchased at Publix.”

This kid was a great dancer!

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning: “I highly recommend finding a location, such as The Standard, that provides everything you need.  I could not have dealt with finding linens, forks, china, etc. all myself.  This made the planning part much easier!  All we needed to do was provide flowers, which we did ourselves and a cake!

The most memorable moment of your wedding day: “Walking through the door and seeing my soon to be husband and our 2yr old son waiting for me at the end of the aisle.  They were so precious together and I will never forget that moment.”

What you would change, if anything? “I would change the time of year of the wedding, August is HOT!”  (~ Amen to that, Tara!!)

Any advice for future brides? “Don’t stress out about the little things, no one notices what color your table linens are or what kind of fork they held.  Your guests will be having so much fun they will never take notice of all the small stuff you stressed out about.  Also, make sure your wedding coordinator or venue coordinator understands you and what you expect.  Billy, the coordinator for the Standard, was wonderful to work with and made sure he had a clear picture of what we wanted on our wedding day.  Finally, RELAX, eat, and enjoy your wedding!”

THANKS, TARA!!

© Bledsoe Photography

www.bledsoephoto.com

Heather + Michael ~ Knoxville Wedding Photography

September 2, 2010

Heather and Michael were married June 20th on the Clinch River at Flatwater Grill in Oak Ridge, TN.  As usual for a June wedding in Knoxville, it was a smoking hot day and I think I lost about 5 pounds just sweating.  I can only imagine what the guys were feeling in those tuxes!

I’ll get right to the photos–such a pretty blue sky that day!

I love the prayer circle!

Again, surrounding the couple in prayer.  Beautiful.

Flatwater Grill has excellent food and a gorgeous location with indoor and outdoor event facilities.

Great centerpiece idea!  3 Engagement photos in a tri-fold frame with a candle inside to illuminate them.  Pretty!

Michael may or may not be a sports fan…

…and a closet Backstreet Boys fan.

© Bledsoe Photography

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, www.etsy.com, 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!

THANKS, JENNIFER!!!

Bledsoe Photography

www.bledsoephoto.com

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)

DANCE COLLAGE ALERT!

For you, Crystal.  You rock!

Bledsoe Photography

www.bledsoephoto.com

Morgan & Michael ~ A Rainy Delay! 5.30.10 ~ Nashville Wedding Photographer

June 17, 2010

Sometimes you gotta wait it out. And that’s just what we did as the rain fell at Cedarwood for Morgan and Michael’s big day. Luckily, M+M had decided long ago to have a “first sight” meeting before the ceremony so we could do many of the photos beforehand. Because soon after we wrapped the wedding party photos, the rain came…and came…and came! I think the ceremony ended up starting about an hour and a half later than planned, but the Cedarwood staff just did a switcheroo and had the cocktail hour before the ceremony while we all waited for the storm to pass. It was great!
I love to see a couple roll with it and M+M did just that. And when the sun returned, they were hubby and wifey. =0)

HUGE thanks to planners Christa Harris and Linda Wright at Cedarwood!

Morgan provided us the vendor info and answers to our favorite questions:

Gown: Mon Cheri dress bought at Bridals By Elena in Severna Park, MD

Florist: Cedarwood Florist (on-site)

Hairdresser and Make up, name of salon:  Sara Andrick (of Relache Salon– before the flood, that is!)

The most memorable moment of your wedding day: “This Kiss After the Vows – Perfect!”


Ladies: Floor length gowns in ocean blue stretch charmuese by the Dessy Group

Tux Rental: Mens Warehouse





Cake/Bakery: PattyCakes (Organized Through Cedarwood)

Caterer: A Dream Come True Catering

I love this shot of Morgan and her dad dancing. So sweet!

Yeah, so I like to play with light and exposure.


“To the windooooooow, to the WALL!” (I don’t remember if that was the actual song, but it looks like it works!)

    Here is some more vendor info and Morgan’s suggestions and advice for future brides:

We used Gray Line Nashville for transportation from the hotel to Cedarwood for our guests staying in the main hotel. They were perfectly professional and most importantly, ON TIME.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Opryland/Airport. They were really great with helping us after our initial wedding hotel got flooded!

Our ceremony music was played by Rob Higginbotham. He learned an acoustic version of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” for our bridesmaids/groomsmen processional!

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning:
FAVORITE: We loved working with the professionals that we hired! We know that the folks at Cedarwood live, eat, and breathe weddings every weekend. It’s what makes them PROS and so good at what they do. In three and a half hours, we essentially planned the whole shindig from cake napkins to menu selections to decor to invitations with NO drama. They paid attention to so many details that we would have never been able to capture while stressing to plan a wedding on my own states away. Even better, they made our wedding special for us, so there was NO cookie cutter feel!
Least Favorite: That the whole party goes by SO quickly once it’s here!

The most memorable moment of your wedding day:
This Kiss After the Vows – Perfect!

What you would change, if anything:
We would have REMEMBERED the “guest book” which was a large engagement photo of us that we had framed and matted for our guests to sign. No we don’t have a true record of everyone who attended, sad face.

Where your budget was best spent:
Photography and Flowers!

Any advice for future brides:
Don’t be afraid to say “no” to all of the gracious offers of help/advice/assistance in your planning adventures if you don’t need them. It’s not an indication that you’re unappreciative.

Thanks guys! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you both. I hope the Dominican Republic was wonderfully restful and D.C. treats you both well! xoxo

Jade & Nathan ~ 5.22.10 ~ Nashville Wedding Photography

June 9, 2010

Twas a HOT day in Hohenwald when Jade and Nathan tied the knot. Our plans for outdoor photos in the field at their reception site were thwarted by the big flood–the road to the field had been washed away! Luckily Jade’s aunt hosted the reception in a tent at her home and all was well and beautifully decorated, I must say.

I will share Jade and Nathan’s vendors and reviews below the appropriate photos. It’s always helpful for other brides to hear who was great and who was not so great to work with!

I had a great time at this wedding! Everyone was so happy and fun. Thanks, J+N!


Gown:  “Petals & Lace (Nashville) –Pronovias, loved my gown and would not have traded it for any other…however this shop does not cater to brides.  My experiences there over the last 9 months leads me to believe it is much more a pageant/prom dress shop than anything else.  I would not recommend brides shopping there…or if you find a dress you love there go look for it somewhere else that understands the stress and importance of timeliness for the perfect bridal gown.”

Bridesmaids gowns:  “Arzelles -After Six  I choose After Six because of the style and the designer carried both a pink and orange I loved which was tricky!  Ideally all maids dresses would be purchased where the bride’s dress is however Petals & Lace did not carry After Six so I went to Nashville’s favorite and most well known Bridal Shop, Arzelles

Hairdresser:  “Lori Smith –Hair Ect… Hohenwald, Tennessee. Had a great time getting ready in a beautiful environment.  The owners fixed a table for snacks and drinks and we even commanded the music throughout our time there.”

I love Jade’s face when she sees her gift from Tiffany & Co.! (Good job, Nathan!)



Jade wanted a photo of three generations–love it!

Reception Location:  My Aunt and Uncle’s front lawn!  Thanks Aunt Gypsy Jo and Uncle Gary!

Cake:  “Chad Everett owner of ChadCaters.com. The cake was exactly what I asked for and tasted as great as it looked!  I would definitely recommend C. W . Everett Cake Co. out of Hohenwald, TN.”

Caterer:  “Ribbons of Chocolate.   owner/contact Pam Hogancamp 615-449-4368 or 931-334-9639 (cell) super friendly, excellent service, received tons of compliments on the food from our guests, very flexible on payment schedule and budget friendly! Would choose Ribbons again and again!”

Rentals:  “All tables (including bars), basic linens (white) and chairs along with a 40 x 80 pole tent were rented from The Event Line , Contact Kasey Hellyer 770-544-9266 ext 2″


Entertainment:  “The Joel Brown Band…located out of Clarksville TN.”

How’s this for a grand exit? Wow!


Tux Rental:  “Men’s Warehouse.  Wonderful number of locations however you must order in person and pay in person can not order or pay over the phone…which seems crazy but we had several out of state groomsmen so it was the best option for our guys.”


Your favorite and least favorite part of planning?
“Favorite-choosing gifts/favors for hostess and bridal party….least favorite-paying for all those gifts!
etsy.com is the best place to get personalized gifts and favors…I got the stickers for our honey jars from MAUpromos, the font itself was set up by a separate vendor jaimelody and the adorable charms on all my bridesmaid’s bouquets were from spaina and the handkerchiefs shown are from ccbgknikolick. Also a big hit was personalized stamps which I gave to my husband’s aunts for hosting a bridal tea for me…it was a more expensive hostess gift than some of the others I gave but the party they threw was expensive as well…anyways everyone loved them I order the stamps from lovetocreatestamps.com which like all other vendors listed above I found on etsy.com”

The most memorable moment of your wedding day?
“There are so many but probably when my groom shoved a gift in my hand when we were standing with a door between us…needless to say I was surprised by the look on my face.”

What you would change, if anything?
“Nothing.”

Where your budget was best spent?
“Photography of course! It’s all you have left after the I-do’s and memories! For real though, we opted to spend a bit outside our budget and forgo a videographer and we are so glad we did. I have friends who did not LOVE there wedding day photos and I can’t imagine that. I feel so lucky to have found someone who really captured the moment of our wedding.”

Any advice for future brides?
“Ask for more than one bustle button to be sewn to your dress… I could have used a spare after my husband stepped on it 5 mins into our reception! And turn your cell phone off (if you are not too much of a control freak!) and allow questions to go through someone else in your bridal party other than you so you don’t miss the magic of the day on trivial details.”