Nashville, TN Wedding Photographer, Chesley Summar Photography bio picture
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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!

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Before I share Meghan & Lee’s fabulous Nashville wedding, I have to share some of her bridal portraits.  We shot these at one of my favorite Nashville venues, Riverwood Mansion, and it didn’t disappoint.  Her custom Olia Zavozina gown was so classic and just perfect!!  Meghan was a stunning bride, and you don’t want to miss the photos of she and Lee’s wedding!  Stay tuned!  Have a great day!



Brooke and Tim are getting married today!!  What looked like it might be a rainy Saturday has turned into the perfect day, and I’m so excited for their wedding!  I never shared their engagement photos from this winter, and figured today is the perfect day!  Brooke has classic style and I can’t wait to see how that translate to her wedding.  No doubt it will be gorgeous!! Be sure to keep an eye on my facebook page in the coming days for previews from their wedding!


On my way out to Amanda’s parents’ home the day of Amanda and Ryan’s wedding, I was immediately taken by all of the gorgeous scenery.  It’s amazing to live in a part of the country where winding country roads, untouched hillsides, and farmland area always just a couple of miles away.  During my every day activities, I often go about my business not thinking about how extraordinary it all is, but wedding days are different.  My mind is most often reeling on the way to weddings, I ride in silence taking in the scenery, thinking about those small details I don’t want to miss, and praying to be present and that I can do a good job!  This day was no different, and I sometimes long to live out on one of those gorgeous day maybe!

Amanda and Ryan are from totally different parts of the country.  They met at a wedding of a mutual friend, and have made a long distance relationship work ever since!  This wedding day was the culmination of so many things, but to be on the road to finally being in the same place would definitely be at the top!   Even though the South is super sad to be losing Amanda, I have no doubt she’ll represent us well up in Minnesota!  This wedding day was a wonderful celebration of both of them, and to have so many friends and family travel from other states to be present is a true testament to the type of people that they are!

Hair and make-up were done at her parents’ home before heading to the church!

nashville-wedding-photographer-001nashville-wedding-photographer-002nashville-wedding-photographer-003nashville-wedding-photographer-004Once everyone was ready, we made the short drive to the Hartsville United Methodist Church.  A quick word of advice…don’t ever follow someone who lives on those windy country roads down them.  They’ll lose you in a heartbeat :)!  Amanda and Ryan opted not to do a first look, so we made sure to keep them hidden from one another and took advantage of the downtime by photographing some of the bridal party and family.  Then it was time for the wedding!  During the ceremony, Amanda’s niece, Morgan, decided she’d like to share the spotlight for just a bit.  She totally cracked me up, and I definitely snagged one of my favorite flower girl photos ever!nashville-wedding-photographer-005nashville-wedding-photographer-006nashville-wedding-photographer-007nashville-wedding-photographer-008nashville-wedding-photographer-009nashville-wedding-photographer-010nashville-wedding-photographer-011nashville-wedding-photographer-012nashville-wedding-photographer-013nashville-wedding-photographer-014nashville-wedding-photographer-015nashville-wedding-photographer-016nashville-wedding-photographer-017nashville-wedding-photographer-018nashville-wedding-photographer-019nashville-wedding-photographer-020nashville-wedding-photographer-021nashville-wedding-photographer-022nashville-wedding-photographer-023nashville-wedding-photographer-024nashville-wedding-photographer-025nashville-wedding-photographer-026nashville-wedding-photographer-027nashville-wedding-photographer-028nashville-wedding-photographer-029nashville-wedding-photographer-030nashville-wedding-photographer-031nashville-wedding-photographer-032Once the ceremony finished, we headed back to the farm for portraits and the reception!


Amanda gave the most heartfelt speech during the reception.  It brought tears to many eyes, including mine!  The part that got me the most was definitely when she talked to her mama!


Thank you guys for allowing me to capture this wonderful day!  I always say this, but it’s always true!  It’s such an honor to do so!

Special thanks to the following for making this day even more amazing!

Second Shooter: Kate Anthony

Bride’s Attire:  The White Room

Florist:  G and L Garden Center

Catering:  Wildberry Catering

Wedding Cake:  Publix Bakery

DJ:  Hawk Specialty Services

  • Kathy Robertson - April 22, 2016 - 3:15 pm

    Hi Chesley,

    I wanted to tell you what a phenomenal job you all did photographing Amanda and Ryan’s wedding and reception. These pictures look so, so, so great! I am really anxious to see the rest.

    Will give you a great recommendation any day.

    Kathy RobertsonReplyCancel

It’s been awhile since I blogged a family session, but there’s no better one to blog!  I first met this family when their daughter Rylee was a newborn, and I’ve been lucky enough to capture lots of fun times since then!  Reid is the happiest little guy, and Rylee can carry on conversations with me like an adult, which always makes me laugh!  We had a beautiful morning for their session!  Here are just a few of my favorites!  Happy week friends!


  • Hannah yandell - September 18, 2016 - 4:35 pm

    Hello, I am looking for a photographer to photograph my family. What are your prices?ReplyCancel