Northwest of Nashville has nestled the town of Adams, Tennessee. Tranquillity would be a short drive for Nashville couple Kristen and Gabe; it would be the perfect place for their family and friends to celebrate with them - their love, devotion and union. We arrived at the modern building adjacent to greenhouses and gardens, and we were greeted by the cutest flower girl ever. Her essential flowery duties also included being sentry, making sure the bride would be safe from prying eyes (except for mother of the bride and photographer). Kristen's dress features a gorgeous train, trim silhouette and beautiful details, completed by classic white pumps.
Kristen would be ready soon, so Gabe completed up his attire and walked with his groomsmen to the nearby greenhouses. They provided the perfect place away for their portraits and camaraderie. Their suits were done in a fine navy blue (awesome color for a wedding; the dark blues contrasts well with any color).
With the guys finished, we took the girls out to the backyard woods where we took their portraits and got ready for their first look. The bridesmaids' dresses are cool and in a classic summer pallete finished with beautiful bouquets.
Seeing her bride for the first time in her wedding dress is one of the highlights for a groom so I was so glad when they decided on a first-look. It allows the couple an intimate time with just themselves. The first look allows for much more time for the bride and groom to do portraits and have a bit of calm before the big ceremony and party. It's probably the most relaxing and peaceful time for the bride and groom during the whole day.
Kristen and Gabe had a wonderful ceremony attended by loving parents and friends. There are great moments in a ceremony.. flower girls gently dropping petals, the father of the bride gently giving her away, a grooms reaction to seeing his bride walk down the aisle and finally, a sand ceremony and finally, the first kiss.
After the ceremony, good planning can provide ample time for lots of hugs, family pictures and hanging out with your wedding party with fun photos. The time with your bridesmaids and groomsmen is special and while we do many standard poses, it's fun to just try something different; in this case, the guys engaged in a push-up competition for the bride's compliment.
The party officially begins with a series of first dances: the bride and groom, the bride and father and the groom and his mom. There must be honest and touching things discussed between dancers because they are filled with the most reflective emotion and boisterous laughter.
There are many events at a reception but I'd like to highlight the garter retrieval and toss. Gabe was determined and he succeeded; this one is for him. Some of the guys were less excited about winning the garter, however.
Kristen and her bridesmaids showed everyone else how it's done at the dance floor.
The night continued with more dancing. One of the favorites was a generation dance where all couples went to the dance floor and stayed based on their couplehood's longevity. The winning couple (the two who have been together for the longest time) was given the microphone and gave the Kristen and Gabe some time-tested advice. Dancing continued during the night with appearances by the YMCA and the train. The celebrations continued even with the couple's beloved 4-legged companion hitting the floor as well. Finding the right DJ is super essential; they are the lifeblood of your party and can control the mood by mixing the right songs to taste.
Thank you Kristen and Gabe and your family for having us photograph your wedding; and thank you to all the wonderful vendors who provided the drinks, music, food and many details for the couple and guests.