I am so excited to be sharing this wedding with you all todayMeredith and Nate’s wedding was our final wedding of 2012, and we couldn’t have picked a better couple to close the season! It meant so much to us to be there with them. Meredith was a bridesmaid in a wedding we photographed in 2011, so it was an honor for her to have chosen us, and the way their families welcomed us in throughout the wedding weekend was just so awesome. It was such an emotional and beautiful day, full of love, but also remembrance for those who couldn’t be there.
Meredith and Nate met through mutual friends, who somewhat sneakily set them upAfter meeting and chatting over the next few months, they finally went out on a date, and the rest was history! They love to just be together, which you can tell by the way they look at each other. They are so sweet! The wedding was in Atlanta, with the reception at the gorgeous Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and I’m excited to share some (ok, a lot!) of our favorites with you!
Meredith carried her brother’s pin on her bouquet in his memory
Meredith and the girls got ready at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel
Absolutely adore this sweet moment Chris captured of Meredith and her dad, just before they walked down the aisle!
I loved their navy and green details, especially the apple place cards! I also loved the frames they had set up with wedding pictures of their family and wedding party!
Delicious desserts by Zest Atlanta
Congratulations again, Meredith and Nate! Thank you so much for welcoming us in to your family on your wedding day, you all are awesome! And a shout out to all the wonderful vendors that made it happen: EllyB Events, Zest Atlanta, Unique Floral Expressions, and Daily Sip Studios.
Thank you all for stopping by the blog, and I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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One morning last July, we awoke to the ever obnoxious sound of the iPhone alarm, beeping way too early after a night spent packing (last minute of course). It was still dark outside, and we were on our way to Portland. We have this funny little quirk when we travel. You see, months before the trip, when booking plane tickets, we always think “Hey, it’s no problem to take the earliest flight! Then we get there early and get practically the whole day to explore!” Forgetting of course, that that means getting up some time in the middle of the night, waking up the dear friends who graciously offered us a ride to the airport, and checking in while it’s still dark haha. Dear friends, we are not morning people. Not even a littleBut there’s something about the idea of an adventure, of going somewhere we’ve never been that makes me book that early flight every time, and sleep be darned!
So this particular trip, we were on our way to Portland for the What If Conference. While waiting for our connecting flight in Las Vegas (after a harrowing 20 minutes when we realized that we left our laptop sitting in the food court, running back, and luckily finding it unscathed…) we talked about how we really couldn’t miss the chance to get out and see the Oregon coast, even though we didn’t have a ton of time before we had to meet people that evening. So after boarding the plane, I’m trying to book us a rental car before the flight attendants give me a dirty look for not turning off my phone. We arrive in Portland, get our rental car, and we were off. And I am stressed. We’ve been up for all hours, we’re on a tight schedule before we have to be back, and, oh yeah, we’re speaking in front of a bunch of people we hugely admire in a few days and need to keep preparing. We don’t have time to do this.
But then, we get out of the city. The giant evergreens loom up on either side of the road, more green than I could have imagined. And the stress began to melt away. We were together. We were exploring new places–one of our favorite things to do. As we arrived at Cannon Beach and stepped out into the crisp air, I felt myself just begin to come alive. It was the perfect reminder to slow down and take a deep breath, and enjoy the inspiration that is all around. A reminder that we have to take time for this, because these are the experiences where we come alive, and our creativity recharges. We don’t have time not to do this.
A few favorites from our trip:
Doing what we love bestNote the tired circles under the eyes in the bottom left haha. Also note the irony of the locals in shorts and bathing suits and us in jackets, because it was FREEZING compared to Nashville in July! (For the record, I’ll take those Oregon temperatures any day!)
Why yes, yes that is the rock formation seen in the Goonies
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”–Howard Thurman
(Thanks to our friends Jenn and Dave for telling us that quote!)
So…what makes you come alive? Have a wonderful rest of the week friends
Happy Monday, friends!
Today we’re excited to share some more of Jenna and Tom’s wedding from back in the fall, at Riverwood Mansion in east Nashville. Chris and I really enjoyed all the time we got to spend with Jenna and Tom throughout the wedding process, and as always, it was such an honor to get to celebrate with them on their wedding day. The very first time the four of us met, I could tell that we were going to hit it off…that we had to have something in common more than just the wedding. Then through the course of the conversation, we found out that Tom is a jazz drummer, and Jenna plays in an orchestra, and it’s like a lightbulb went off! Creatives and music people…we knew we liked them!Tom actually proposed right before they went to hear the Nashville Symphony play!
Their wedding day was on a beautiful fall day, and their deep purple color scheme was the perfect complement to nature’s own fall colors! It was truly a day full of family and celebration, and we can’t wait for you to see a few of our favorites!
A very sweet “first look” moment on the porch of the mansion
I’m still over the moon about this shot of Jenna! She is so beautiful, and the texture on the wall is to die for!
I was also crazy about Jenna’s modern purple bouquet, by our favorite florist, Hillary at Brocade Designs
Gorgeous and peaceful outdoor ceremony setting
So cute! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but the moments right at the end of the ceremony are always some of my favorite!
So many awesome details! Delicious favors from the Loveless Cafe, gorgeous flowers by Brocade Designs, Jenna’s awesome flats from Fossil, and calligraphy table cards (I’m in love!) by Hardink Calligraphy Design Studio!
Being music people, you know they chose an awesome band for their reception! 1st Generation definitely kept the party going!
And a beautiful and classic get away to end the evening
Congratulations again, Jenna and Tom! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your dayAlso a huge thanks to the team at Riverwood, A Catered Affair for the delicious food and dessert, Christi Smith for hair and make up, and Harpeth Trio for beautiful ceremony music.
Thanks for stopping by, friends! If you missed Friday’s post, keep reading to find out more about our Love is Enough sessions!
Some of my favorite memories of spending time with my family involve those late nights when someone pulls out the old box of family photos. You know the one–it’s usually a little dinged up, the pictures contained inside are in no order whatsoever, and when you start going through, there’s no telling if you’re going to see your parents during their dating years, yourself as a baby asleep on dad’s chest, or those embarrassing outfits from middle school. We’d all sit back and flip through various stacks, usually laughing hysterically at one family member or another, and reminiscing about all the trees that used to be in the yard, how ridiculously long mom’s hair used to be, or that time we went to Six Flags just prior to a tropical storm (no lines-it was awesome!). Sure, the posed school pictures and church directory photos make an appearance as well, but the most loved ones are the ones that show us doing real life things. The ones that show what real life looked like for us for that moment in time.
For Chris and I, that world of family picture night had been separate from the kind of photography we do for a long time. If you’ve been around our blog long though, you have heard us talk about and seen our pictures of the Richmond family. Being allowed the opportunity to document their story really awakened a hunger and urgency in us to document these real life moments not just for ourselves, but for our clients. It’s pushed us to be better in all areas–from our personal work to our wedding work and everything in between. There’s something so beautiful about all the little moments of now, in their own peaceful, chaotic, dinged up, adventure filled way. And that’s what Love is Enough is about. It’s about capturing what you want to remember most about a particular stage in your life–your son’s love of story time, the house where you live and love, your favorite spot in your new city, your daughter’s love of dress up. That maybe the house isn’t always perfectly spotless, but the hours spent in couch cushion forts are worth it. It’s not about the trendiest props, or wearing those fancy clothes you pull out maybe once a year, it’s about comfortable real life. Capturing the memories that will go in your own photo box, to one day be pulled out and reminisced over and laughed about
Whatever the size of your family–if it’s just the two of you, or maybe a dog or cat or 3, or a whole houseful of kids, we would love the chance to document your life! What are the things you want to remember most about your life right now, to pull out of that dinged up photo box 20 years down the road?
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