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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

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



You guys!!  This baby boy!!  His smile and those bright eyes just light up a room!!  His big sister has always been the same way, and I love any chance that I get to photograph them!!  This session was all about he and his mommy!  I encourage all moms to be in photos with your littles!  You will never ever regret it, even if you’re not 100% happy with yourself at the time!  The simple, playful, unplanned, happy moments are irreplaceable in my opinion!!   I’m not sure I’ve ever blogged all black and whites from a session, but I just love them and I hope you do too!!



  • Gwendy Shaw - February 27, 2015 - 4:10 pm

    I agree with you, THIS BABY BOY! The photos are great (as always) so glad you photograph two of my sweet “grands”.ReplyCancel

In honor of the snow that we are supposed to see later today (and the sleet that is currently falling), I decided that today would be the perfect day to share just a few images from a snowy maternity session!  We have not had any measurable snowfall in / around Nashville in several years!!  Every little mention of snow gets us all so excited for what might be, but usually the forecast is wrong and we end up with nothing but flurries!  A few weeks ago, as we were headed to Clarksville for a birthday party, the snow began to fall.  It snowed the entire time we were there and by the time we headed home, the flakes were gigantic and falling rapidly!  We woke up to about a 1/2 inch of snow the next day, which definitely isn’t much, but was the most we’d seen in quite some time!  Lucky for me, I had this maternity session scheduled for early Saturday morning!   The snow made locations that I’m very familiar with look completely different! It was such a fun change from my norm, and I love the way these turned out!  I photographed Autumn and Justin’s wedding in October of 2013, and I was ecstatic when I heard they were expecting!  Sawyer will be here soon, and I can’t wait to meet him!  Stay warm you guys!!


Melanie & Colin are getting married this coming August in Memphis, but I had the opportunity to shoot their engagement session here in Nashville!!  I won’t say it was warm December day, but thankfully, the sunshine was beautiful and these two brought their own heat!! They are not only a beautiful couple, but were super fun to be around as well!!  We walked all over downtown and found different nooks to shoot in and then crossed the bridge for some of my favorites!!  I love that they chose outfits that were completely opposite,  and I want couples to know that dressing up for part of your engagement session is not only ok, but encouraged if it fits your personality and style!!  Here’s a peek at just a few of my favorites from their downtown Nashville engagement session!


  • China - January 13, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    Beautiful session and couple! These images are just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Jyn Armstrong - January 14, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Such a magazine worthy couple.ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - January 14, 2015 - 11:09 am

    Wow stunning!! Beautiful couple, perfect poses – get this featured!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - January 15, 2015 - 11:36 am

    These are marvelous! I love their outfit choices, too!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - January 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

    so so very lovely! the adorable and locations are so perfect together! gorgeous jobReplyCancel