Laurel and Chris love each other, and they love pizza and beer. So when it was time to get married, they kept it elegantly simple and then partied at the Tailgate Brewery with all their best friends and family (Enjoying Nashville's best of small batch, locally brewed beer and pizza).
Laurel started her wedding day at a nearby hotel with her mom and closest friends. I love these moments of seeing a bride get ready. The traditional 'wedding dress shot' is the dress usually hanging by itself; I love wedding dress shots that incorporate the family or friends.. in this case, two important girls carry her dress from the elevator full of anxious anticipation for their best friend getting married. The little details are important, but they don't have to be so obvious. Laurel checks herself in a special compact given by a loved one.
Meanwhile, Chris gets the finishing touches done and waits for Laurel. He preferred to be in solitude; it's a special moment when a groom sees his bride for the first time.
The first look is an oppurtunity to stand back to back and bask in the anticipation (both for the bride and groom). It's a special moment that a couple will treasure forever that no one else (sans photographer) witnesses.
Chris and Laurel exchange their vows attended only by the officiant and their parents. Hidden in many of Nashville's treasured forests... it was peaceful and wonderful.
Posing doesn't have to be boring and they can be as authentic as you'd like...
Brides... always allow extra time just for portraits for yourself. It's great moment to breath the light and add a moment to medidate on your day.
And then the party...
The pizza...lots of pizza.
Be surrounded by those you love and who loves you.
The couple take a break from the festivities and enjoy a beautiful sunset right outside...
Thank you for everyone who contributed to Chris and Laurel's wedding day.. Karina Kent did beautiful makeup and Anna Williams does magic with hair. Elope in Nashville was the officiant. Jason for being an amazing second photographer (another one for the books!). And of course Tailgate Brewery for hosting us and the amazing service, pizza and drinks!