Every Day We Make It, We'll Make It the Best We Can

It's Monday.  I don't think it matters what kind of job you have...when Monday's roll around, don't be surprised to be in a bit of a funk.  I just got back in town from a delightful trip to Nashville and am having a hard time trying to get back into my workflow and checking things off the task manager!  I took my Panasonic Lumix LX3 with me on my trip and decided to review some photos today to see if anything stood out.  Although I'll blog on some other photos from the trip, the one photo that really stood out to me today was from my tour at the Jack Daniel's Distillery with Mike and company.  We discovered this sign at one of the small cabins along the tour, and it just so happens to be a quote from Mr. Jack Daniel himself: It's the perfect quote to get me inspired today.  Whether you make whiskey, take photos, are having a not-so-hot Monday, or are having the best Monday ever...just make your day and what you do the best you can for today.

Blog post...check!  :)

Lauren and Ryan’s Very Merry Wedding – Part Two!

As promised to follow up their first blog post, here's Lauren and Ryan again at their awesome reception, held at Amberleaf Events in Gallatin, Tennessee! I had never heard of Amberleaf Events (even being a Hendersonville native), and I have to say I was very impressed with the space! I loved the lighting they used on the walls and that there were two stories to the building. It really lent itself to some great aerial photos of people dancing! My favorite shots of the evening may have been the ring bearer breaking it down on the dance floor, but I also really love one of the final shots I got of Lauren and Ryan at their special send off! Imagine me, running backwards, just firing away as fast as I can trying to get something as all of these petals are being thrown everywhere! It's definitely one of those "I don't know how I got it, but I got it!" shots! Thanks again to Lauren and Ryan for being such an incredible couple to work with! I hope I get to photograph you both again in the new year!

P.S. I forgot to mention my obsession with their cake (of which there are several shots below). Isn't it amazing?! Snowflakes!

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Lauren and Ryan’s Very Merry Wedding - Part One!

I can't say enough good things about my final wedding couple of 2010! Lauren and Ryan are honestly two of the sweetest people I have ever met. They're completely head over heels for one another, and there's no denying it in their photos! I know there are some couples that love to pose out photos in a very serious manner, but these two just can't help themselves! They're the giddiest couple and it shows all over their faces! :) You may remember this adorable couple from their engagement session back in the stifling hot summer of Nashville. Fast forward a few months, and we're up to their winter wedding in December! The day was incredibly cold and rainy, but inside one of the oldest churches in Hendersonville, we were all quite warm and happy! Lauren and Ryan decided to do all of their wedding photos before the ceremony and I thought they turned out lovely! We got to photograph their first look (which I love to do!), and got some great photos of the family, wedding party, and some seriously adorable photos of the ring bearers! Lauren and Ryan really decked the place out in a winter theme, and I love how they brought in their own Christmas trees as the backdrop to their ceremony. They were gorgeous! The ceremony itself was just beautiful, and with the assistant of one Mike Boggs, we managed to get some great photos of the couple!

I hope you love the photos below! They certainly get me into the Christmas spirit, and I hope they do the same for you! Enjoy!

Lauren's grandmother wrote her a special note that she wore in her shoe while she was getting married:

First look series!

THE first look:

The ring bearers cracked from the pressure. What's a bride to do?

The fake bling presented to Lauren during the ceremony:

Lauren winking at Ryan during the prayer:

The newlyweds! Merry Christmas! :)

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!



Lauren and Ryan's Nashville, Tennessee Engagement Session!

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Nashville, TN and getting to photograph a very old friend of mine, Lauren! Lauren and I were friends in elementary school...we had classes together, had slumber parties, and even made Snoopy snow cones in the summer! We lost touch out of high school, but reconnected eventually through the powers of Facebook! Lauren shares a love for photography like myself, so we correspond about it frequently...and when she recently became engaged she contacted me about shooting her wedding! I was super excited as Lauren is seriously one of the sweetest people on the planet and I knew, without a doubt, her fiance Ryan had to be as well! I was totally right when I met she and Ryan down at the Capitol building in downtown Nashville for their engagement shoot! We started off at the War Memorial and worked our way around the side of the Capitol and eventually on one of the Capitol's lawns. Lauren and Ryan are incredibly detail-oriented, and had some of the best ideas for what they wanted in their shots. They even brought signs announcing their engagement and noting their soon-to-be married names! I loved it! Their shots turned out pretty incredible, and I am just so elated to shoot their wedding come December. Thank you to Lauren and Ryan for an incredible shoot! Enjoy the photos below!

Thanks for looking!