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Caroline + Burke - Adventure Engagement Shoot

One of our favorite things about wedding and engagement photography is hearing how our couples met. Without fail, there's always some twist or happy coincidence that brought everything to fruition and Caroline and Burke’s story is no different. A Nashville native, Caroline was attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!) and Burke had just moved to the area from the great state of Washington. Burke had connected with one of Caroline’s friends online and one night when they decided to meet up, she decided to bring Caroline and another girlfriend along. After a night full of conversation, they could both tell there was something more there but due to various circumstances their inevitable romance would be limited to a vibrant friendship for the next several weeks. Then, late one night after many hangouts and bonding sessions, Burke in a now fateful Facebook message confessed his love and adoration. The rest, as they say, is history.

When they contacted us about shooting their wedding and engagement photos, we jumped at the opportunity. Both are very much into nature and adventuring, so we knew they would be up for something unique that required a little work. After several weeks of less than stellar weather, the rain subsided and the clouds broke giving way to perfect weather for what we had in mind. Early Saturday morning, we met just outside of Kingston Springs and ventured down the beautiful backroads of Tennessee to Narrows of the Harpeth State Park. Caitlin and I had been to the Narrows several times, but neither of us had done a legitimate shoot there before. Needless to say, it was well worth the wait…and the effort! We were all a little sweaty and sore when we wrapped, but these images will last a lifetime and reflect the essence and grandeur of their love.

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Jessi + Alessio - Winter Engagement Shoot

I have been meaning to write this blog for several months but life got busy and I failed to do so after sharing the images with this lovely couple, forgetting about it until now. As much as we Tennesseans complain about our cold winters (I know, I know…we have it pretty easy considering), I’m sure in a few weeks when the ridiculous southern heat and humidity are in full swing we’ll miss those blue hued winter days. As for me, when I’m a hot sweaty mess this summer (which in reality is now spring through fall), I’ll be dreaming of Jessi and Alessio’s January snow day session!

Jessi and I first met working on a dramatic Christmas musical (though looking back it was totally a comedy of errors) many years ago and as fate would have it, she is now my step-sister. Though I would never say it to her face (because we always give each other a hard time, especially in regard to our hair similarities), she is probably one of most loving and genuine individuals I know. Not only is she supremely talented on the stage, but she arranges florals like no other.

Alessio hails from Venice, Italy and met Jessi while they were both working in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother is originally from New Orleans, however, after vacationing in Italy at the age of 21 and meeting his would be father she decided to make the move across the pond. Wanting to see his mother’s birthplace, Alessio made the trip over to the good ole US of A and what was supposed to be a three month trip turned into six months. After returning to Italy that October, he knew he had to return and decided to venture back over to pursue his interests in American film. Then one night something magical happened that would change their lives forever.

Both had been working on the set of ABC’s Astronaut Wives Club for several months as stand-ins and had met everyone on set except for one another. One day, Jessi showed up late to the theatre they were filming at and noticed a name on the set list she hadn’t seen before. “Who is Alessio?” she asked a friend. “You haven’t met Alessio, the Italian Stallion? Oh, you’re going to love him!” her friend replied. When Jessi saw Alessio on set, she went up and introduced herself, but with his limited English he couldn’t say too much. They ended up spending that evening in the theatre getting to know each other and she shared with him her favorite musical, A Light in the Piazza. They watched clips of her favorite song from that show, ‘Passeggiata”, which means “a walk” in Italian. That night as they parted, Alessio asked her if she would like to take a passeggiata with him later that weekend; how could she resist? 

A few days later, on December 5th, they took a walk through New Orleans taking in the Christmas lights and enjoyed an Italian meal - though Alessio was a bit disappointed in our “Italian” food. He would recreate this special moment when he proposed to her two years to the day later, except this time her family and friends would be there to enjoy it with them. Thankfully, I had my camera and a GoPro on hand when I got the call it was happening that day and I was able to throw together a proposal video for them. When our first and only snow day of 2017 hit in January, I gave them an early morning phone call to see if they wanted to brave the cold weather and make even more magic happen - luckily they did and these images are the result!

They now own a floral company here in Nashville called Wildflowers, LLC and if you are in need of any type of floral work you need to look them up! They seriously have some of the most amazing arrangements I've ever seen. Visit there website, www.wildflowersllc.com, and give them a like on Facebook here!

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Hannah + Waylon - Spring Showers Engagement Shoot

I first met Hannah nearly a decade ago while working a show at Pull Tight Players, a small community theatre located in Franklin, TN. At the time, I wanted to pursue a career in acting and we quickly bonded over this shared interest. Hannah was one of the most talented actresses in the Nashville area and was a triple threat - actress, singer, and dancer. If there was a show opening, you could safely bet she was a part of it. We both ventured to New York to follow this dream - she lasted and I didn't. After graduating from the prestigious NYU with a degree in Musical Theatre, she ventured to West Virginia's The Greenbrier, a resort in White Sulphur Springs, where she was a full-time performer. Always looking for another stage, she found Greenbrier Valley Theatre and began auditioning and performing. Enter Waylon. 

Hailing from New Martinsville, West Virginia, Waylon worked behind the scenes at Greenbrier Valley Theatre wearing numerous production hats throughout his time there. He was always around the theatre and encountered Hannah on a regular basis during rehearsals and shows. As is typically the case in the theatre world, everyone knew each other and after a while their mutual friends began to play matchmaker. "You and Waylon should date..." "I think you and Hannah should hangout..." They both played it cool and time continued to pass without any action, but one day all that changed and something just clicked. They began dating in 2013 and after a few years (and numerous shows) they made the move to Florida. Fast forward to this past Saturday.

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Hannah had contacted Caitlin and I earlier this year about photographing her wedding. She had seen our work and wanted someone she felt comfortable with behind the camera. Her wedding day was still available and knowing just how much fun the ceremony and reception would be, we couldn't say no. Still living and performing full-time in Florida (if you're ever at Walt Disney World, Universal, or SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment look her up) we set the date of April 22nd for the engagement shoot with the hopes that any April showers would hold off long enough for us to get some great spring shots. A week out the forecast wasn't looking good, but if you've ever lived or visited Tennessee, you know this can change very quickly. They drove through the night on Friday after her final show of the day and made it to Tennessee after sunrise on Saturday. The rain which had been falling consistently for several days wasn't going anywhere. As this was the only time we could shoot, we had no choice but to use the rain and get creative. Running on very little sleep and copious amounts of Diet SunDrop (Hannah's favorite) we met at the Factory at Franklin and began shooting. Like most couples, they warned us that they weren't sure what to do in front of the camera and weren't the most photogenic. Lies. After a few minutes, we were all laughing and it was by far one of the most fun and comfortable shoots I've been a part of. Not afraid of getting a little wet, we moved outside to Downtown Franklin's Main Street and made a little Singing In the Rain magic. Because they were flexible and allowed us to be creative with the circumstances given, we were able to capture moody, yet playful images that are both timeless and unique. We are counting down the days until they say I do, and after this past Saturday, we couldn't be more excited!

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Running on very little sleep and copious amounts of Diet SunDrop (Hannah's favorite) we met at the Factory at Franklin and began shooting. Like most couples, they warned us that they weren't sure what to do in front of the camera and weren't the most photogenic. Lies. After a few minutes, we were all laughing and it was by far one of the most fun and comfortable shoots I've been a part of. Not afraid of getting a little wet, we moved outside to Downtown Franklin's Main Street and made a little Singing In the Rain magic. Because they were flexible and allowed us to be creative with the circumstances given, we were able to capture moody, yet playful images that are both timeless and unique. We are counting down the days until they say I do, and after this past Saturday, we couldn't be more excited!

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