This intimate backyard wedding was such a blast to photograph. Piper and Josh are two of the very best people I've ever had the pleasure of working with... so much so that we will now most definitely be lifelong friends. As down to earth as they both are, they still managed to keep this shindig classy (see fancy porta-john photo below). I love them.
Piper and Josh, here's to many years of laughing your asses off at each other. You are wonderful together and have the best support system in the friends and family around you. Treasure it all. You're very lucky to have found and kept one another. XO
Wedding Dress - Arzelle's
Wedding Event Coordinator - Meredith Strange
Floral Arrangements - Import Flowers
Catering - Edley's BBQ
DJ - Snyder Entertainment
Musical Selection - Buffy Lawson
Rolling green countryside, bright yellow sunflowers, and touches of vivid blue made this Mint Springs Farm wedding an event to remember...
Mary and Chris, I loved every second of your wedding day. I had so much fun hanging with your sweet families and dear friends. Thank you again for letting me take part in your magical day. May you be happy together until the end of time. XOXO
Many thanks to all of these fabulous vendors that helped make Mary and Chris's wedding day so very perfect.
Venue/Flowers/Catering/Cake: Mint Springs Farm
Videographer: Beyond the Still Image
Hair: Patience Moore
DJ: Chuck Roberts
Dress: Oleg Cassini
A gorgeous wedding in the wonderful land of Oz......
Many thanks to all of these wonderful vendors that helped make Colette and Ariel's wedding day magical.
Venue: Oz Nashville
Wedding Planner: Russell Green
H&M: Marz Makeup and Hair
Videography: Cameron Childs
Flowers: Green Finch
Dallas is a total individual and I love her to bits. To celebrate her burgeoning adulthood we met up at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. With it's mix of art, history, and all things original, the location fit Dallas perfectly. The girl has an amazing spirit, an intoxicating laugh, and a kind heart. I can't wait to see how she decides to live her life. However she chooses to live it, she will most definitely do it laughing.
Dallas's parents: You guys are such a breath of fresh air. Dallas is a lucky girl!
Ariel and Colette's relationship began with friendship. The two started working for the same company about 5 years ago and officially met after they had been working together for about 5 months. It was halloween and Ariel had dressed up (in a skin tight leotard) as black spiderman...needless to say It caught Colette's attention! Colette was in a four year relationship at the time and was starting to realize that the current path she was on was not a good one. About two years into her friendship with Ariel she ended things with the ex and soon after found herself falling in love with her best friend. In Ariel's words, he "stole Colette from some loser." She was in total denial at first because she didn't want to ruin their friendship, but when Ariel finally confessed his undying love for her, or in his words that he "really really really liked her," she couldn't help but tell him that she felt the same. Three years later here they are. Two beautiful people insanely in love and engaged to be married in October of 2013.
Colette and Ariel, thank you for letting me photograph your friendship. You guys were awesome to work with and obviously made my job super easy! Narrowing down the images, for me, was very hard! Big shout out to Marz Make-up and Hair for her talents on hair and makeup. You da best, girl!
I photographed Georgette and Charlie (and their two sweet dogs) on a perfect fall day in Pulaski, TN. These two hotties are getting married on the West Coast next year. Going back and forth with Georgette was super fun and a photographer's dream. She loves photography and had a clear vision of what she wanted out of our shoot. Charlie is a super nice, laid back guy. He was also totally into everything I was asking him to do (haha). Charlie has made a career of playing baseball, so naturally we had to take advantage of a local baseball field. For part two of our shoot, Charlie's wonderful parents let us use the beautiful land surrounding their rustic log cabin home. We roamed around the property for sweet spots and found them pretty easily. Ponds, barns, tractors, colorful forests......we found it all. This couple's vibe was as perfect as the scenery. Charlie and Georgette, it was so great meeting you and spending time with you. Looking forward to seeing those SoCal wedding photos! xoxo
I recently particpated in a bridal show hosted by the McConnell House, located in historic downtown Franklin. The McConnell House is a beautiful venue full of charm and history. It was the perfect place to host a bridal show. If you are unfamiliar with bridal shows, they are a great way for engaged couples to meet with multiple vendors in one location. Usually they are a bit overwhelming, chaotic, and oversaturated with vendors, but I enjoyed the intimacy of this bridal show. High quality vendors, a reasonable number of brides, and old fashioned cocktails made for a very enjoyable day. I photographed the fashion show and also had a little fun with the models afterwards. Below are a few highlights from the show. It was such a blast getting to know the other vendors and also the new brides. Here's to next year's wedding season!
A special thanks to Destinee Geasley, McConnell House's event coordinator, for organizing such a fantastic event!
Fashion Show vendors:
Venue: The McConnell House
Photography: Nikki McFadden
Videography: John Jordan Films
Other participating vendors:
Sweet tea, barbeque, cowboy boots? Check. Flawlesss couple, happy faces, golden light, gorgeous weather? Check x4. Elijah and Erica, your backyard country wedding was simply perfect. Thanks for letting me capture it. Here's to forever and ever and ever.
I only stayed to photograph the ceremony, but snagged this one of Elijah and Erica joining the reception. Comfy post wedding attire is where it's at.
I recently spent a sunny Saturday morning hanging out with the Lantz family. They are such an attractive bunch! And lots of fun too! Swinging on swings, four wheeling, hanging out in a viper, talking to cicadas, swimming…they packed in a ton of fun stuff while i was there! This made me and my camera very happy. The names of these gorgeous and very talented children are Jayden, Makena, and Kelton. They are super duper beautiful…all three of them. Serious model quality stuff going on here. Thanks so much for letting me capture your sweet family.
XXVI (I do not love you…)
By Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Leigh and Stephen….you two are a magical couple. Thank you so much for letting me in on this day. It was honest and absolutely beautiful. Blessings to you both. Enjoy forever together. <3
Today was one of those drizzly overcast days (which I happen to LOVE) that are best spent wandering aimlessly about. I spent a few hours out at The Factory in Franklin, waiting for a client to arrive. As I walked around the exterior of the building, I was surprised by all of the goodness I found to photograph. If you’ve never taken notice of all of the unforeseen beautiful little parts that make up The Factory, go visit and pay attention. I love all of the old textures and random set ups. Both indoors and out. I only got my camera out for a few minutes, and I only took a few shots outside, but the inside of The Factory is pretty neat too.
Earlier this month, I photographed Tasha and John's intimate backyard wedding. From the time I arrived until the party was over, these two were so calm and easy going. A Corona or two may or may not have aided in that (but hey, whatever)! Everything about this wedding was simple and meaningful. You can never go wrong with that combination. Stunning bride, dashing groom, gorgeous children, homemade food....you made my job easy (and yummy)! Thank you so much for including me in your day. Cheers to you! xoxo
This shoot took place near Radnor Lake during that magical hour when the sun is setting, casting golden color everywhere. Sweden did an AMAZING job working it for me (she's never ever modeled before), and Marz did such a gorgeous job with hair and makeup. And let's not forget about that fabulous dress. Drooool. So pretty.
Model: Sweden Perkins
Hair and Makeup: Marz Makeup
This past Saturday, my colleague Marz Makeup and I collaborated on a showcase at Wedding101. We invited brides-to-be to come out and get their make-up done. In addition, each bride walked away with a sweet swag bag, before and after shots, and their names went into a drawing to receive a free engagement session (complete with hair and makeup!) We had so much fun with these ladies and invite you to come to our next showcase on Saturday, April 21st. For further details or to reserve your spot, please contact me! So. much. fun. Thanks to all of the participating brides that came out! You were all wonderful!
Marz is pretty amazing at doing her thing. She gave each girl a subtle, yet enhancing look. I love her! See before and afters below.
Jamie + Simon's cozy backyard wedding took place this past September in Ohio. What I LOVED about this wedding was that everything was coordinated by Jamie and her close family members. The tables were beautifully decorated with flower arrangements that Jamie herself helped out with just hours before the wedding. Jamie's aunts hosted the wedding and helped with the food, wine, and entertainment. What made the evening particularly special was the presence of Simon's family and friends. Simon, his parents, and two close friends traveled all the way from England to witness these to love birds make it official. His best friend Stu came in from Shanghai and his brother flew in from Spain. Jamie and Simon are both so incredibly blessed to have such amazing people in their lives. And to have each other!! Well wishes and hugs to both of you. Enjoy living happily ever after!!
Male model: Ezra Carey
Bartender: Mitch Scheuermann
Hair/MUA: *Marz Makeup and Hair
Floral and Event Design: *Reveal Event Style and Art Dog Production Company
Venue: *The McConnell House
Bridal Gown: Watters Bridal
Groom's and Bartender's Attire: *American Tuxed0
Invitations: *Designs in Paper
Cake: *Silver Box CakeDesigns
Alcohol Bottles: Corsair Artisan Distillery
*Contributing vendor courtesy of Wedding 101
Nikki McFadden: "The theme of this styled wedding shoot was originally inspired by the hit series "Mad Men". As I researched the 50's, I was particularly drawn to the roles that both men and women played into in order to maintain a "happy household." My intention with the bride and groom was to create multi-faceted characters. The couple is playing along with society's rules, but with discernible rebellion. Our bride is enticed by her groom, but bored with his expectations of domesticity. Our groom is a strong silent moneymaker, but is also passionate about his lady."
Marz Makeup: "I drew my inspiration for the bride's makeup and hair directly from the show Mad Men. I followed the makeup and hairstyles of Christina Hendricks who plays Joan Harris in the show in conjunction with studying various makeup and hairstyles of the era."
Reveal Event Style: "As an Event Designer, Jennifer E. Milam of Reveal Event Style, approachs every creative project with the same philosophy... we are not just creating pretty parties or weddings, we are contributing to the heritage of how people of every generation entertain and how that reflects us as a civilization. Just as we view fashion or interior/architectural design which denotes particular eras, so doe the way in which we entertain. Which is why the "Mad-Men" photo shoot with Nikki McFadden was one I could not pass up! With a back ground in set decorating for television and film this fed so many of my natural instincts when designing per a particular style to truly capture the feel of this place in time when men were dashing and ladies were effortlessly polished (Kudos Marz!) - a little idealistic with a splash of vermouth! The scene was set in McConnel House with little more needed than a few props and floral details to convey this particular wedding look... the martini was a defined feature to any proper cocktail party set in the 1960's so detailing with just the right stemware and bar accoutremont was first on the list. Then the flowers, which I studied the bridal bouquets of epic brides such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor as well as the common brides of the '60's. What I discovered was simplicity, highend but understated floral selections, a few embellishments mostly tufts of tulle flourishes and minimal mechanics to complete the craft. The gentleman's choice not necessarily in keeping with the tradition of an element from the brides bouquet, was most often a single white carnation. The song " White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation" kept running through my mind! But as it were this was the going trend and that is how we kept it! The table setting was also in keeping with the times. Very classic and proper nothing diverting to a convey the couple's personality but solidarity to good manners and all around good taste. Flowers again were simple and neat. Conservative floral selections set in beautiful heirloom crystal would have been the choice for any proper bride of that day. How pleased we were that the flash of red in the Peruvian Lilies perfectly complimented the invitation set on the pressed glass accent plate! Along with these traditions, was veiled with the sultry smoke from an elegant cigarette poised over a classic typewriter as a nervous groom mills over his written vows. When you have the right vendors collaborating nothing is impossible!
How we would love to add in the savvy of a client's personality into this look! We were so thrilled to be a part of this particular shoot! Thank you so much Nikki!
This past Saturday, Marz Makeup and I hosted another successful day of mini makeover sessions at Wedding101. Each of the participating brides walked away with a pre-consult, a full face makeover, and a swag bag full of goodies. On top of that, their names were entered into a raffle to win a free engagement shoot, complete with makeup and hair! Marz did a flawless job, as usual. These ladies had such gorgeous naked faces to begin with, but Marz has a way of knowing exactly how to enhance a girl's natural beauty without taking it too far. No woman wants to walk down the aisle looking like something straight off of "Jersey Shore." No sir. Most women just want to slightly exaggerate the beautiful features they already have, which can be tricky if you, like me, haven't really had much of an education in makeup. Most of us do what we are comfortable with, not necessarily what looks best on us.
To the participating brides: We know you are all crazy busy with life and wedding planning and we are so grateful you chose to spend part of your Saturday with us! Marz and I had so much fun! We loved how confident each and every one of you were. Any woman that allows a photographer to shoot her bare-faced is a bold woman. You all deserve some extra loving from those future grooms tonight. xoxo
Check out these gorgeous faces! From top to bottom: Andrea, Hilary (MoH), Liz, Megan
"I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.".....Pablo Neruda
Beautiful words for a beautiful couple. Rarely does love like this manifest itself in such a healthy way. You know it's true love when the bride-to-be, Rea Frey, lounges around with her fiance, Alex Holguin, on her wedding day; picking up her dress only 3 hours before showtime and leaving herself only 2 hours to get ready because, well, none of that crap matters when you are in love. Everything about the evening was intimate and all about them. The only way it should be. Co-shot with my talented husband, Eli McFadden.