It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day it my favorite holiday. I adore all those shades of pink, red, and purple. Flowers makes me happy. Chocolates work too. Last year, I got the opportunity to work with the always stellar team at CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin. As you can see, the inspiration for this styled shoot revolved around a modern, elegant wedding in shades of plum. Once I saw the finished photos, I couldn’t help but think of Valentine’s Day. I adore all the “little touches” in this shoot from the feathers peeking out of The Enchanted Florist created centerpieces to the brown-sugar rimmed toasting glasses. Per my request, The Bake Shoppe created a stunning cake with a peppermint center … my very favorite flavor. They even let me take home the leftovers. And notice those delicate pink cookies on the dessert table? Yeah, my grandmother made those especially for the shoot. I also loved this dress provided by The Bride Room. It possessed so much movement and flow … it almost had its own personality. The groom’s slim-fit tux by Street Tuxedo complimented it perfectly. I shot the styled shoot with my EOS3 and Porta 160 film. A special thank you to 100 Layer Cake for featuring this shoot on their blog, which you can see here. Would you like some more wedding inspiration? Then check out my wedding inspiration Pinterest page.
A wedding necessitates a lot of moving parts … the bride, the groom, their families, the wedding party, the florist, the caterer, the planner, etc. But when you choose an all-in-one creative and planning solution like the one offered at Mint Springs Farm, things often run a bit more smoothly. The southern wedding venue is located in Nolensville just south of Nashville. Andrew and Alexa married there in June of last year on a gloriously overcast day that never produced much rain … just gorgeous clouds. I’ve been blessed to photograph this family for years. I also shot Alexa’s senior portraits, as well as her engagement session in a cotton field near Murfreesboro and her bridal session at Carton Plantation. (Look for it in an upcoming blog.) She’s a sweet, fun redhead, who’s usually got a big smile on her face. Despite a large wedding party of 22 people, the folks at Mint Springs helped us float seamlessly from one location to another. They even provided a limo and various golf carts to help us get around. I’m especially fond of the juxtaposition of the rustic – the hay bales, the barn, the vintage truck – with the modern elegance of the bride’s dress. Want to talk about ways we can create a creative, timeless wedding photo experience for your big day? Just email me.