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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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It’s been a mere 7 months since I published a blog…woah!!!  Summer, fall and winter were wonderful seasons full of lots of amazing sessions, weddings and happy faces!!  While we struggle through winter in the South, I’ll try to take advantage of a lighter schedule and share some of the beautiful people I was lucky enough to photograph!!

Holly & Nate were married in September at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN!  This was my first time to shoot at CJ’s, and I adored it!  Take one quick glance through these photos, and it’s easy to see why!  The beautiful bridal suite, gardens and pavilion made for the perfect setting for their day.

Holly & Nate are one of the most precious couples.  They don’t live in Nashville, so I’d only met them once at a planning session.  It was evident to me at that first meeting after being around Holly for just a short time that she’s one of those people that wants to make sure that everyone around her is enjoying themselves, has what they need, and is comfortable.  She’s truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. When she told me about their plans to read letters to one another during their first look, I knew there would be tears…and not just from them.  It was one of my favorite moments of the day, but definitely not the only time that tears were shed.  They had a heartfelt ceremony, wonderful toasts, and an overall fabulous evening.

Thank you guys for choosing me to capture your day!!  It was such an honor!  Enjoy some of my favorite images from their day!

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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!

 

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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!

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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 hillsides..one 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!

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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!

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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.

    Sincerely,
    Kathy RobertsonReplyCancel

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