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    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


    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

    Wardrobe: Arzelle's and Street Tuxedo

    H&M: Marz Makeup and HairBishop's Salon and Day Spa

    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.


    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


    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 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

    Dress: Lazaro


    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!!


    Female model: Rachel Roddick

    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

    Bride's Shoes and Clutch: Capezio and Anthropologie

    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!