Posts Tagged ‘nashville wedding photographer’

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"

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.



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!”


© Bledsoe Photography

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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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 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! 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 which like all other vendors listed above I found on”

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?

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.”

Erin & James’ wedding in the flood! 5.1.10 Nashville Wedding Photography

June 6, 2010

Some couples worry about rain on their wedding day, especially when the ceremony is planned for outdoors. Well…how to you plan around a wedding in the midst of the great Nashville flood of 2010? Here’s how: You just do it!
Erin & James were total troopers! Their outdoor location by the waterfall at The Baber House at Kennesaw Farms was tented and the rest of the night’s party was kept indoors. No amount of road closures, wind, lightning, or flooding was going to keep this couple’s big day from happening.

However, I won’t lie…the drive home that night was terrifying!

Here are a few shots from the rainy day =)

© 2010 Bledsoe Photography

Loni & Brandon ~ Hendersonville, TN wedding ~ 10.10.09

October 19, 2009

Brrr! It was the first super chilly day of fall as Loni & Brandon tied the knot in Hendersonville. We planned to shoot the wedding party photos after the reception at a nearby park…only to find a huge fall festival going on. Luckily there was another nice spot not far away, so everyone braved the chillbumps after an interesting ride in an H2 limo. *Note: H2 limos don’t really fit on a truck-and-boat lined road.*

Thanks for hanging out in the cold, ya’ll!

Michelle & Tim’s wedding ~ Nashville, TN ~ 8.29.09

September 23, 2009

Details, details, details! I love the little details! Michelle & Tim worked with Jennifer Milam of Reveal Event Style to create a posh setting for the wedding and reception at the home of Michelle’s parents in Green Hills. The weather was perfect and we took advantage of the beautiful sunshine poking through the shade trees on the property. These two were a pleasure to work with!

The customized fans were adorable!

Love this shot of Michelle’s mom and her grandma!

Mr. Ross’s living room was turned into a ballroom! And what a beautiful cake by Dulce Desserts.

No detail was left unattended. The lanterns and chandeliers were gorgeous!


Michelle’s mom was the life of the party! I love this shot of her dancing with her daughter and dad cheering them on in the background. Sweet!


Thanks M + T!

Heather & Matthew ~ 7.25.09 ~ Gallatin, TN wedding

August 11, 2009

I’ve often said that once you’ve lived on a tour bus with someone, you are family. By that definition, Matthew is family! We met when we both worked with a touring music festival that was the brainchild of his father, Jeff, in ’03 called ShoutFest. Some of my very best friends and long lasting relationships have come from that tour and ShoutFest will forever have a soft spot in my heart. **sigh!** I miss the road!

Matthew met Heather in bible study class at their church (how presh!) and never looked back. They were married at Long Hollow Baptist’s Gallatin campus. I was honored to be their photographer, and I thoroughly enjoyed the SF03 mini-reunion!

“No matter what, we’re gonna have fun!” ~ Jeff Roberts