With a little help from mom, the groom gets ready to see his bride. Michael and his groomsmen will soon walk down the paths around the Parthenon here in Nashville, a park called Centennial. The Nashville version is over 2500 years newer than it's Greek counterpart, but it's a full-sized replica down to each detail. The surrounding gardens would be a great spot to take their photos and spend a little time before the wedding ceremony. Suit by Flip.
The bride shares laughs and smiles with her bridesmaids at her wedding day. A bride has never complained about having 'way too many portraits'. A wedding day is busy but set aside 30 minutes to an hour for your bridal portraits. Apart from the photographs to cherish that dress, they are ideal and quiet moments to relax and reflect. Dress by Alfred Angelo.
I'm a little biased because I'm a father of a growing young lady but dad and daughter moments are among my favorites to photograph during a wedding. I was so happy to hear that Rachel wanted a first look with her dad; they are a cherished moment for both. A girl's first true love is for her father.
Michael sees Rachel in her dress for the first time. He holds her hand gently after putting the wedding ring on her finger. They exchange vows and enjoy their first kiss. Greenery abound during the summer months and lights strung along the red brick wall, the Centennial Art Center makes for a simple and beautiful location for a wedding ceremony.
How often do you have all your families and friends all in one place! Make sure to take awesome family pictures with them; we can make them fun; I promise!
You grew up with them, they have seen you at your worst and your best and stuck with you throughout and now they are dressed to the hilt for your wedding day! Aside from your traditional bride and groom and wedding party group photos, I think it's important to have a picture with each of your bridesmaids or groomsmen. (I like to give each one a headshot/portrait as well. New Facebook profile photos are great thank-you gifts.)
Congratulations Michael and Rachel!
The table settings (Liberty Party Rental, Tablecloths by K's), the flowers (Geny's Flowers & Bridal), the invitations (Midtown Printing) and the cake (Plum Good Pie) - those are the little details you want to remember your perfect wedding day. Thank you to Wildberry Catering for the fantastic food.
The first dances are a highlight for everyone. Michael and Rachel started followed by the bride and her father and the groom and his mother.
The in-between moments are just as important as the main events of a wedding. Weddings are full of happy smiles, fistbumps by dad and family being themselves! And as this classic wedding comes to a close, guests enjoyed dancing (music provided by Teacher's Pet Band and Alan Stoker). Here is a final tip - sneak out 15 minutes during the party and ask your photographer for some night time portraits; they are often a little different and give you a short break to enjoy each other in-between the dancing. Finally, Michael and Rachel are a couple who appreciate the arts holding their wedding in an art center so here is a creative spin on the wedding rings photo.
Thank you for all the vendors who made this happen. Jason Bihler - thanks for assisting and second shooting this wedding with me! And a special thank you to Lauren Glass for your work in planning and coordinating; it all worked so smoothly!