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    Hi!! Thank you SO much for visiting my blog!!! I try, as often as I can, to post glimpses into recent sessions, weddings, and personal ramblings (or photos of these two kiddos of mine) when the mood strikes :)!! So grab your drink of choice, settle in for a bit and click around til your heart is content! If I can help you in anyway, get in touch! I'd love to chat!

    photo by Sara E. Rose

It’s been awhile since I posted…well anything, but I have SO much to share!!  Finding the time to actually sit down and do it is the problem!  Wedding season has been phenomenal this year.  It’s, no doubt, been my favorite year ever, and I can’t wait to get those up on my blog!  I’ve also been photographing engagements for lots of couples that are getting married in other parts of the country!  These two are getting married next June in Michigan, but chose to do engagements while they’re still both in Nashville.  Since Chris proposed on the Pedestrian Bridge, they wanted to be sure to include that in their session.  You guys, there is just something magical about sessions in downtown Nashville at sunset and I always forget just how amazing it is until I get started!!!  There are definitely some hard things to deal with (traffic, parking, LOTS of people), but everything good far outweighs all of that!  I could make a list of the things that make it fabulous, or I can just show you the photos that do all of the talking!!


  • Ashley Durham - September 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

    These are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Peters - September 22, 2015 - 3:56 pm

    Hi! I just recently got engaged and am looking to get engagement pictures done, preferably sometime in October when the leaves begin to change. I was wondering if you would have any availability. Thank you!ReplyCancel

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on my blog yet, but back in February, my friend, Wendy Hardin (who also happens to be a photographer), decided to look at a potential studio space in The Mill at Lebanon.  We were pretty much sold from the get go and we moved in on March 1st!  The past 3ish months of being there have been fabulous.  I’ve started doing almost all of my newborn sessions in our new space, and I absolutely love having everything in one place (and out of my house :), lots of props to choose from, and amazing light no matter what the weather!  It’s also been a great option for some older babies as well!  I haven’t shared a newborn session from the new space and wanted to do just that!  I’d love to share some photos of the space as well, but that will have to be another day, or feel free to come by and peek in the window any time!

Carson was the best little guy!  He slept like a champ, and he also had the most perfect newborn complexion ever!!!  I love how his session turned out!!  Enjoy a few of my favorites!




You may remember seeing Kristin & Austin’s engagement session at Bottom View Farm on the blog a few months ago or even Kristin’s senior photos from several years ago!!  It’s hard to believe she’s a married woman now!!  I knew from their engagement session how perfect these two are together and absolutely couldn’t wait until their wedding day!  The wedding was also held in Portland, TN at Bottom View Farm.  The plan had been for the wedding to be outside and the reception to be in the barn.  The skies weren’t fully cooperating that day, and it sprinkled on and off all day long, so the decision was made to move the ceremony into the barn as well.  Marc with Vera + Harper Events did a fantastic job setting the stage for a perfect Tennesee barn wedding and then doing a quick change to the reception set up!  Thankfully, we had enough dry weather to do all of the photographs all around the property of the farm before it poured rain during the reception.

When we were at Bottom View for Kristin & Austin’s fall engagement session, the pumpkin patch was in full swing!  Since their wedding was held in May, they were in prime strawberry season!  To celebrate the sweetness of the season, Kristin used lots of strawberry details in her wedding décor.  Lester Farms provided the strawberries seen here and they’re SO yummy!!  I was lucky enough to take some home with me and whipped up homemade strawberry ice cream!!  I’m already looking forward to next year’s strawberry season!

I say this all of the time, but I genuinely loved being a part of Kristin & Austin’s wedding day.  These two knew very quickly that they were meant to be together, and their excitement about spending forever together is fun to watch!!  Enjoy a little glimpse into their perfect wedding day!

Thank you to Marc at Vera + Harper for making the day flow so smoothly!

Yummy cupcakes & cake by Lil Cakes

Catering by Michael’s Café

DJ Tick Bryan





I shared on my Facebook page this past week a feature that Ashley’s Bride Guide had on their site of Marian and Keenen’s wedding, and then I promised to blog their fabulous wedding on my own blog because there are SO many amazing moments from their day that weren’t included in the post, and you guys just need  to see them!!  However, I realized that I hadn’t blogged Marian’s bridal session either!!  She was such a gorgeous bride, and I loved the light, the colors, and let’s not forget this seriously stunning dress!!!  Her Maggie Soterro gown from The White Room was the palest blush color, and oh so perfect!!!  I was completely obsessed!!  I had to share just a few of these before I share their wedding, so bridal today and wedding next week!!  Stay tuned!


  • Melanie Grady - June 8, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    What a gorgeous bride and beautiful bridal portraits!! I love her veil and the lighting is scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Svoboda - June 9, 2015 - 12:45 am

    wow. absolutely gorgeous. every little detail. i LOVED looking through these. and that golden light you captured as the backdrop streaming through the trees…..soooooo beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin L - June 10, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Wow wow wow! These are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - June 10, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    She’s stunning!! Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - June 11, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Love all these photos!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - June 12, 2015 - 5:39 pm

    Oh my goodness, she’s stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Ayla - June 12, 2015 - 9:04 pm

    Oh my she is absolutely adorable! And that dress! Oh that dress!ReplyCancel

  • tracy - June 14, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    Stunning bridal portraits! I love her veil!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon C. - June 14, 2015 - 10:34 pm

    Such a beautiful timeless look! Stunning pictures.ReplyCancel

  • monica - June 15, 2015 - 1:12 pm

    wow.. she is stunning!!ReplyCancel

Chelsea and Greg’s intimate wedding was held at The Mitchell House in Lebanon, TN.  I’m so ecstatic that more events are being hosted at this gorgeous local venue.  The white columns and classic Southern charm make it such an ideal location!

I’ve known Chelsea just about her entire life!  I remember going to her house with my mom to see her as a tiny baby, and then babysitting she and her brother when they were children.  She was such a precious little girl that has grown into a remarkable young woman, and I’m so happy she and Greg found each other!!  Seeing her as a bride was a bit surreal, but also simply amazing.

The getting ready process is always the part of the day I look forward to most.  I love the anticipation of stepping into the gown and seeing the whole look come together.  Many times, it’s also one of the more emotional parts of the day.  Close family and friends surround the bride, helping her with every little detail.  It seems that everyone’s minds are flooded with memories and emotion, and I won’t lie, sometimes I get choked up too.  These images of Chelsea with her sweet mom as she gets ready are some of my personal favorites from the day.  She was the epitome of elegance in her Paloma Blanca gown WITH POCKETS from The White Room!  I don’t know when they started putting pockets in gowns, but in my opinion, it’s the best thing ever!!

Chelsea and Greg chose not to do a first look, so after the ceremony, we stuck around The Mitchell House for a bit and took our time photographing these two!  As soon as we finished up, the skies opened up and it rained the rest of the night!  I’m so thankful it held off so we could take advantage of so many beautiful spots.  We, then, headed to Nashville to the Sheraton Music City, where family and many more friends had gathered for the reception.  It was such a fun evening that I’m so grateful to have been a party of!  Congratulations Chelsea & Greg!  Thank you just doesn’t seem adequate for allowing me to be a party of this special day!!


Special thanks for the vendors that helped make this day spectacular!

Ceremony Location:  The Mitchell House

Reception Location:  Sheraton Music City

Florist:  Brenda Moss – Moss’ Florist

Band:  Craig Duncan Orchestra

Wedding Cake:  Crystal Elegance

Bridal Gown:  The White Room

Second Shooter:  Chip Sprague