Heels and Handshakes Headshots

Over two days last week I photographed 45 different women's headshots for Nashville's Heels and Handshakes Group! Heels and Handshakes is a meetup group for women that work in the event industry. I so enjoyed getting to know all the women that I haven't worked with before and loved seeing all the women that I photograph for in Nashville's wedding industry. Above are some of my favorites! HUGE thanks to Mallory Liebman for doing makeup on more than half of these! Special thanks to The Reserve and Noah Liff Opera Center for letting us use their spaces and their beautiful natural light (complete with air conditioning).

70th Birthday Party in Albany Kentucky - Glen
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This year has been the year of photographing non wedding events and last weekend I was hired to travel outside of Nashville to Albany, KY for Glen's 70th birthday.  The party took place at the couple's lake house on Dale Hollow Lake and was executed, planned, and designed by Glen's daughter. Karen is professional planner in California and she transformed her mom and dad's garage into a stunning dinning hall. 

Besides the fact that this was a gorgeous location, it was amazing to photograph such an intimate event for a man that is obviously very loved. "Lifelong" friends (some for 50 years) gave toasts and shared stories. Kevin Ashworth of Louisville's 610 Magnolia prepared a private feast in the couple's kitchen and the night ended with good friends, Walker and Kays, playing Jazz on the back patio. Happy Birthday, Glen! 

Planning & Design: Volare Events
Catering: 610 Magnolia
Print Design: Script Mercantile (Katherine Ross)
Flowers: Monticello Florist
Lighting/Draping: Nashville Audio Visual
Rentals: Music City Tents
Linens: La Tavola
Jazz Band: Walker & Kays

Tofu Cauliflower Vegetable Korma Recipe

I LOOOVE Indian food. It is quite possibly my favorite type of food. Yesterday after successfully avoiding the gym I decided that I wanted to make a veggie korma and while sitting outside my closest Kroger in Nashville googling for a recipe (because that's the smart way to do it), I found this one from Yummy Beet. It is really easy and seriously good. I opted to serve it over cauliflower rice to make myself eat even more veggies. If you don't like tofu she has an option for chickpeas instead! Click HERE for Yummy Beet's recipe! I took a quick photograph of the dish but I didn't take too long to arrange it because it smelled way too good and I couldn't wait any longer to eat it. 

Sophisticated Nashville Engagement Session - Justin & Aleisha
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Tiffanie of Elliott Events told me that I was going to love these two and she was so right. Aleisha and Justin and I met for the first time at their engagement session and I instantly knew that they were going to be a lot of fun to work with. We started off the session at Noah Liff where we took advantage of the modern architecture. Don't you love Justin's red suit and Aleisha's classic black dress???  After that we moved on to the walking bridge to get some golden hour light with the Nashville Skyline. I'm so excited with what we got and cannot wait until their wedding! Please enjoy their sophisticated Nashville engagement session.

Childhood Home Farm Engagement Session - Anna & Josh
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No this is not Sarah again. This is her identical twin sister Anna and her fiance Josh. I'm photographing both of their weddings next year and I'm so excited that I get to work with their families twice in one year!

For Anna and Josh's engagement session we met at the farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee where Anna and Sarah grew up. We crawled down to the creek, drove through fields, and pet cows. It was pretty fantastic. Josh came up with a new catch phrase for me to tell my couples to look at each other "lovingly and longingly". Please enjoy their engagement session at Anna's childhood home. I cannot imagine how amazing it was to grow up there!

Percy Warner Summer Engagement Session - Sarah & Mitchell
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Sarah and Mitchell met through mutual friends while on vacation. Sarah was on a girls trip with some of her friends and Mitchell was on a guys trip. One night, the girls met up with the guys and after hanging out with Sarah for a bit, Mitchell was smitten. He pursued Sarah from a distance for a year before he moved to Nashville and a few weeks ago he proposed! 

Last week we went to Percy Warner Park in Nashville to photograph their engagement session. Despite it being a humid and hot July day, they were both troopers! I can't wait to photograph your wedding next year, guys! 

In Home Boulder Colorado Lifestyle Session - Sarah & Simon
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The day before Sarah and Simon's Backyard Wedding in Boulder, Colorado I photographed an In Home Lifestyle Session of the two of them in their living room. They had just come from the court house where they had a private wedding ceremony. They were "just married" giddy and kept trying out the terms husband and wife. It was incredibly sweet. Once we finished at the house we went to a nearby park and then the location of their first date! Of course we included the fabulous Rosie, the Min Pin baby of the family.

Sneak Peek Intimate Clarksville Backyard Reception - Erika & Joseph
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Every once in awhile you are contacted for a wedding three weeks before a wedding date and sometimes they are in a couple's beautiful backyard on the Cumberland River. Usually not, but sometimes. Erika & Joseph met at work and knew right away that they had something special. Last Friday with Erika's children as the biggest part of their wedding party, they were married at Grace Community Church in Clarksville. It is the summer of tiny weddings for me (I love it) and at Erika and Joseph's ceremony they only had 20 people present. After I photographed their ceremony and portraits we traveled to their home where they met more guests. With the help of Lauren from Randi Events, they transformed their backyard into a romantic reception venue. Please enjoy this sneak peek of Erika and Joseph's Intimate Clarksville Backyard Reception!

Special thanks to all their vendors:
Planning & Design: Lauren from Randi Events
Florals: Branching Out Event Florist
Seating: Please Be Seated
Rentals: Music City Tents
Catering: G Catering
Video: SheHeWe

Sneak Peek Boulder Colorado Intimate Home Wedding - Sarah & Simon
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I'm trying so hard not to write a dissertation on this wedding. I met Sarah years ago when she was interning for Angela Proffitt and I took her headshot. Not long after, she took a job with The Collection, the company that I was photographing for. She was the Diana to my Ann(e). She was around when I met Taylor, she got chiggers at sessions when I got chiggers and when she moved away, I missed my Sarah. This girl was one of the main reasons that I stayed sane at my wedding. She oversaw setting up my reception and I didn't have to lift a finger. So when she called me and told me that she wanted me to photograph her tiny wedding (can we start calling them that) in her backyard in Boulder, Colorado, I could not wait to be involved.

About a year ago Sarah and I were chatting on the phone about this awkward dinner that her roommate was making for her and this guy that her roommate wanted to set Sarah up with. She was mortified by this idea and could not imagine a more awkward situation. Well that awkward dinner led Sarah to the love of her life. Sarah and Simon are literally perfect for each other. It's undeniable. 

Last week I flew from Nashville, Tennessee to Boulder Colorado for their Intimate Home Wedding and Reception. I photographed a lifestyle engagement session in their home on Thursday and their vow ceremony and reception on Friday. They wrote some of the most poetic and beautiful vows I have ever heard and had a spontaneous first dance in their living room with no one around. Also Rosie, their Min Pin who was also my friend in Nashville, was an active part of their day. 

I'll stop there. Please enjoy the Sneak Peek of their Boulder, Colorado Intimate Home Wedding.

Special thanks to all of their vendors:
Hair: West End Salon
Makeup: Tru Skin
Wedding Dress Designer: Willowby by Watters
Dress Shop: Boulder Bridal
Reception Dress: Mod Cloth
Florals: Fiori Flowers
Catering: Savory Cuisines Catering
Chair Rental: RC Special Events

Happy 4th - Styled Shoot with Elle Event Style
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Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful time eating and lighting things on fire with your family and friends. I wanted to share this mini 4th of July inspired styled shoot that Leah from Elle Event Style and I did a few weeks ago at Arrington Vineyards. Leah did an incredible job with this design. I loved everything from the alternating patriotic placemats with the melamine plates that looked just like paper plates to the "Let Sparks Fly" sparkler favor and the best and only macarons that I will ever eat. You can read more about the design in this Nashville Bride Guide Post.  

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Arrington Vineyards Weddings
Design and Style: Elle Event Style
Rentals: Liberty Party Rental
Macarons: Baked in Nashville (I don't even like Macarons and I couldn't stop eating these)
Florals: Forget Me Not Flower Shop and Design
Paper Goods: Darby Cards

Sneak Peek Intimate Ravenswood Mansion Wedding - Courtney & Danny
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This past Saturday was Courtney and Danny's Intimate Wedding at Ravenswood Mansion in Brentwood, Tennessee. They hired me to stop by for a few hours and capture their getting ready, portraits, ceremony, and a tiny bit of a reception. Check out how elegant this intimate wedding was! It was beautiful and sweet and I am so happy that I got to be involved!  

Special thanks to all of their vendors:
Venue: Ravenswood Mansion
Day Of Planner: Amanda Bledsoe
Florals: Brentwood Florist
Wedding Cake: Homestyle Bakery
Rentals: Music City Tents and Events
Catering: Brentwood Catering
Band: Groove Addiction Band

Centennial Park Family Session - Robin & Shujah
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Three years ago, I photographed Robin and Shujah's wedding at Cedarwood. Thanks to how happy they are and their flower dog, Taj, I took some of my favorite photographs that year. So when Shujah contacted me about purchasing a surprise session for Robin for Mother's Day, I was overjoyed to be working with them. If you know me at all you know that two of my favorite things are dogs and babies and when they brought me this adorable chubby cheeked little boy to photograph, I fell in love. To this little one, all us where chopped liver when his big brother Taj was nearby. He thought Taj was the most hilarious thing ever. I hope you enjoy our Centennial Park Family Session in Nashville! 

Sneak Peek Intimate LDS Wedding - Katie & Craig
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Katie calls Craig her unicorn- her magical mystical creature that she didn't think existed. They met 10+ years ago in a completely different state and realized that they lived a few counties apart. Years and years past when Katie reached out to Craig on Instagram. Once Craig realized that it was the cute bubbly girl that he met so many years ago, they started talking and by Christmas they were engaged.  

I got to photograph this lovely couple this past weekend. Because they were married in private ceremony at the LDS Nashville Temple, I did not photograph their ceremony. But I did get to photograph Katie getting ready, their portraits, and their reception at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. I hope you can feel the excitement of these two in these photos. I thought Katie was going to burst because she was so happy. Craig couldn't stop taking iPhone photos of his beautiful bride. It was incredibly sweet and I'm so glad that I got work with these two. 

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