Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tanya + Aaron: Wedding

We've had a dicey run with weather here in the Nashville area lately, and last Saturday was no exception. We were fortunate, however, that other than a few sprinkles the rain held off for Tanya & Aaron's beautiful outdoor wedding on the family farm in Franklin. I think one of the most touching moments for me was when Tanya walked from the house to the ceremony with her daughter, and Aaron went out to meet the two ladies at the end of the aisle. The trio walked down the aisle together, as a new family. It was a wonderful symbolic gesture, and really tells the story of this great group of people.

Thanks to all the vendors whose hard work made the day go off without a hitch!

Wedding Planner: Marcia Husband
Floral Stylings: Knestrick by Design
Tents/Party Rentals: Liberty Party Rental
Wedding Cake: Publix of Franklin
Event Lighting: Tech Works
Ceremony Music: The Marty Crum Quartet
Reception Music: The Clarence Dobbins Revue
Catering: Namie Mason
Limo: Valet Parking Management & Transportation

Please click on the images for a larger view!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bouncing Baby Buckley

Baby sessions can be extremely trying if the star of the show decides to be temperamental. However, my job is a breeze when my subject is as friendly and happy as Buckley.

Photo-shoots are even more fun when the clients provide a superb home-made brunch as part of the session! That was some French toast Diane!


Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I'm just going to take a moment out of our regularly scheduled programming to wish you all a happy Memorial Day, and remember my 5th Special Forces Group brothers who never came home. Forget politics or other divisive topics: each of these men believed in the best of the American dream and gave his life for the ideals of freedom and justice.

The motto of the Special Forces Regiment is De Oppresso Liber: "To Free The Oppressed."

De Oppresso Liber, brothers. I hope the team room fridge up there is stocked with plenty of cold ones.

SSG Ayman A. Taha
SSG Gary R. Harper
SFC Brett Walden
SSG Matthew Kimmell
CPT Michael Tarlavsky
SSG Paul C. Mardis
SSG Aaron Holleyman
SGM Michael Stack
MSG Kevin Morehead
MAJ Paul Syverson III
SFC William Bennett
SFC Daniel H. Petithory
SSG Brian C. Prosser
MSG Jefferson D. Davis

As you enjoy your Memorial day, Please take a moment to reflect on those who gave their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daniele + André: Wedding

Damp weather couldn't dampen our spirits on Saturday as Daniele and André tied the knot at St. Henry's church. As a photographer, I look at situations like rain as an opportunity for interesting and unique images. The 5th shot in this set is one of my favorite pieces of photojournalism this year: Daniele being helped into the church by the chauffeur holding an umbrella, while her father holds the door.

I also feel like this is an excellent opportunity to give a shout out to my good friend Dave Nuding with Nashville's Blue Tone Music group. Having a good band or DJ at your reception can really make an impact on how your party runs, and the Blue Tones are among the very best I've seen. I've known Dave for a while through TWESA, where he coordinated our spring Habitat for Humanity build, but this was my first time actually working with him. The Blue Tones have a well-deserved reputation for excellence.

Among the emotional high-points of the day were almost certainly the serenades: Daniele and her father are both supremely talented musicians. First, Mr. Caroleo grabbed a guitar and performed a beautiful rendition of "Always" for his daughter, and then she took the stage in turn and captivated the entire hall with her amazing voice, styling the classic "My Romance" for André. The pair capped off their performances for the evening with a stunning version of "Unforgettable."

Thanks to Daniele and André for making me a part of their day, to Amber Housley for her help and excellent job coordinating the occasion, and to all the other vendors who made the day such a success!

Wedding Venue: St. Henry Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The University Club of Nashville
Wedding Coordinator: A Delightful Day Event Planning
Floral Design: Rhonda Patton Designs
Cake: Maples Wedding Cakes
Band: The Blue Tones
Stationary & Paper Details: Sweet Life Designs
Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting
Ceremony Musicians: Nashville Chamber Players
Limousine: Matchless Limousine
Guest Transportation: Anchor Tours