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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:

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.



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

Paula & Ken’s wedding ~ Nashville, TN ~ 11.6.09

November 23, 2009

My friends Paula & Ken were married November 6th at Edgefield Baptist Church in East Nashville. They had a blue and red color scheme and the tallest cake I’ve ever seen courtesy of Sweet-N-Sassy Bakery! I couldn’t wait to photograph this wedding. P & K are so in love and it’s contagious!

Here are some of Paula & Ken’s recommended vendors:
Gown: Casablanca Bridal
Tuxedoes: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Melissa Marie Floral Design
Video: The Video Place
Organist: Albert Dittes (
Rentals: Art Pancake’s