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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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Candi and Ryan had a fabulous wedding on Sunday. The ceremony was in Wightman Chapel at the amazing Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. SBC has beautiful arches, windows, stone, and woodwork that make it a beautiful wedding venue. A photographer could spend several hours exhausting all of the stunning photo spots there. Candi and Ryan did choose to see each other before the ceremony and do all of the formal group photos - a decision that lets couples spend more time together on their wedding day and get more great photographs together.


Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

While candid shots can capture the action and mood of the day and are a very necessary part of wedding coverage, I do love a beautiful portrait.

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

While most of the day was very relaxed, Candi and Ryan were excited to run through their recessional and bubble exit (although Ryan had some trouble keeping up).

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

After a few night portraits, we headed to the reception at Maggiano's Little Italy. As perfect as Scarritt Bennett is for ceremonies, Maggiano's is an excellent choice for a reception. Although they don't seem to have room for really large crowds, the food ranks right up there with some of the best wedding food I've ever had, and they definitely don't skimp on the serving sizes. Although most of the guests seemed to be too full to even eat another bite, I always appreciate a good dessert, and there were lots of delicious choices. There was even a "bleeding armadillo cake" just like in the movie Steal Magnolias. After the couple cut the cake, Ryan ceremoniously presented the tail piece to a special guest.

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Although there wasn't any real cake smashing going on, Candi did manage to smear a bit of icing on Ryan's face. She proceeded to cleaned him up with a napkin, but he took a quicker route to cleaning the icing off of her.

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

The guests were treated to a fun photo slideshow from the couple.

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

Some wedding crowds go a little overboard with the bells on the tables, but this group rang them just often enough. When you hear bells, you know there's a great photo opportunity.

Nunley/Hammonds Wedding October 5

With the beautiful venue, sweet and happy couple, and amazing food, it really was a great wedding day. After a road trip through the North East (which is beautiful this time of year), the couple will be heading to Hawaii where Ryan will be reporting for duty at Pearl Harbor. As part of the armed forces, they both deserve our respect and gratitude, and I was very honored to have been a part of their important day.

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Nashville, TN

Friday, October 26, 2007
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My friends Tiffany and Randy just celebrated their third anniversary. The couple had a destination wedding in Gatlinburg. The ceremony was held at one of the many little wedding chapels in the area, and the reception was at a mountain cabin that they had rented for the weekend. Before getting ready for the ceremony, Tiffany presented her children with wedding day gifts. Her son received a pocket watch, and the girls were given rings to commemorate the day. They're a great family, and I've been fortunate enough to keep in touch with them even though they live in Nashville. Last fall they all came to Knoxville so that I could do a few family photos and senior photos with Rachel.

Tiffany's son Austin was so proud to walk his mother down the aisle.
Manning/Raines Wedding Anniversary October 23
Manning/Raines Wedding Anniversary October 23
Manning/Raines Wedding Anniversary October 23
Manning/Raines Wedding Anniversary October 23
This particular venue ushered all of the guests into a closed room after the ceremony so that we couldn't disrupt their photos with the couple. I snapped one through the window anyway.
Manning/Raines Wedding Anniversary October 23
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Nashville, TN

Friday, October 26, 2007
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In 2005, I photographed the garden ceremony of Elizabeth and Robert at Riverwood Mansion in Nashville.

Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22

Riverwood has beautiful gardens and a few different locations for outdoor ceremonies. Elizabeth's father is deceased so her brother walked her down the aisle.

Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22
Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22
It is surprisingly common for someone to drop one of the rings during the ceremony. Robert dropped Elizabeth's ring, but then she mistakenly put his ring on the wrong hand.

Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22

Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22

Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22

I'm not a big fan of long lists of formal group photos, but I usually do a photo of the couple with their immediate families and one with their extended families. The extended family photo doesn't include every possible relative though. It includes parents, grandparents, siblings, and the siblings' spouses and children. Elizabeth has a lot of siblings which made for a large group!
Marquardt/Spinelli Wedding Anniversary October 22
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Nashville, TN

Thursday, October 11, 2007
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I'm still taking applications for a free bridal portrait session on October 28. I saw something on the news today about how they've drained the lake in Cumberland Mountain State Park so that they can work on the Byrd Creek Dam. The park is just south of Crossville which happens to be on the way to Nashville, and it looks like a cool location for a photo shoot. I'm not 100% sure they'd allow people to walk around in the empty lake bed, but I'll call and check if anyone from the Knoxville/Chattanooga area is interested in traveling to Crossville for the session. There will be at least two other photographers involved, and we're sure to get some really cool photos.
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Monday, October 8, 2007
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What a weekend! I've spent most of today catching up on email. The electricity in my community was out for several hours on Thursday so I wasn't able to be online. Then I left early on Friday for a trip to Florida where Marcus and I photographed Sarah & Danny's awesome beach wedding (check back later this week for pics). The wedding was Saturday, but the couple woke up early Sunday for a sunrise couple session on the beach. We all got a little wet, and I'm not sure that I'll ever get all of the sand out of my equipment. It was a lot of fun though, and I'm excited about the photos we were able to get. Special thanks to Sarah's sister Allison (one of my 2006 brides) for letting Sarah use her veil.

I had a "trash the dress" session set up with a bride for later this month, but she has a scheduling conflict and isn't going to be able to do it. I'm really disappointed, especially after the fun that I had with yesterday's session so.... I'm looking for a replacement. To qualify, you must already be married and be willing to get your dress dirty, wet, and/or possibly damaged. You must be available on October 28 for the session which will take place in the Nashville area. I prefer to have a couple (no tux required), but I will shoot a bride alone.

There will probably be a couple of other photographers involved so we may be able to shoot more than one bride. If you are interested, please send me a photo of you in your wedding dress along with a short explanation of why you want the session and any location ideas you may have. The deadline for applications is October 18 so don't delay!
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