A wedding over 40 years in the making

Greetings ~

Gosh it’s been awhile since we have been around these parts – wedding season has been in FULL swing and we have been out and about every weekend with some amazing couples creating some most MAGICAL memories.  Now if  you follow us on instragram or facebook you may remember this photo that we posted a few weekends back

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Upa and Karl – A Winter Wedding

Greetings ~

Just before the holidays kicked into high gear we had the opportunity to spend some time with Upa and Karl as they created their MAGICAL day!  Here are some photos courtesy of Alex Derry Photography

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The new Mr. and Mrs.

Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~

Courtney and Krisie

Michelle and Cade ~ An August Date to Remember

Greetings ~

There is nothing that makes me happier than to see wedding photos in my inbox from fabulous photographers!  And this week is no exception.  Michelle and Cade were married at Kings’ Chapel in Arrington TN – once their ceremony was complete they were off to Vanderbilt Legends Clubhouse in a 1964 Sunbeam.  Here are some of their MAGICAL photos courtesy of Complete – I think these will tell the story far better than any words!!

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Congratulations once again Michelle and Cade ~ we were honored to be a part of your MAGICAL day!

Wishing you a MAGICAL day from the heart of Music City ~

Courtney

Wedding Traditions:The First Look

As I (Mary Ann) have had the opportunity to work so many different weddings, it has come to my attention that doing a ‘first look’ is becoming more and more common. The more traditional thing for a wedding is that the groom does not see his bride until those doors open and she walks down the aisle toward him. In today’s age, grooms are even going with their brides to pick out the wedding dress! I always thought the dress was to be one of the biggest surprises on the day of the wedding. In order to save time, it is becoming very common for the bride and groom to meet at a time before the ceremony, fully dressed, and see each other for the first time by themselves, instead of being surrounded by all their friends and family. This is a very intimate time between the couple that is shared between just the two of them. This way, it is easier to get a lot of the photos taken before the ceremony even begins so that they don’t spend so much time on pictures later on in the day. This makes it so that your guests aren’t waiting around for very long and you can mingle with them without having to worry about taking your photos because you’ve already gotten them out of the way! So the big question is, to do a first look or not to do a first look?

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My Favorite Things

One of the first weddings I (Mary Ann) had the pleasure of working was of Trey and Ahna Adcox at King’s Chapel last month. Although it was a long, hot day in Arrington, I loved the small country wedding setting that was set up that day. There were many things that I liked about that wedding, but I will share just a few that I really loved:

1. The centerpieces-

The centerpieces for this young couple’s reception were what I like to call “Pinterest Perfect.” They were various colored and shaped wine bottles that were cut in half, then had various bows and ties wrapped around them for decoration. They even added some glitter to the bottom of some. The bows were made from lace, burlap, and different ribbons. There were so many of them that we were able to have about five per table. They were all different heights and widths, not one was alike but they all came together when you put a cluster of them on the table. The head table had its own set, including the name “Adcox” glued to one, and their wedding date on another. After filling the bottles halfway with water and adding a simple floating tea light, these centerpieces added a beautiful rustic charm to the clubhouse reception room.

2. The ring exchange-

This is the only wedding that I have been to where I have witnessed an exchange of purity rings from the bride and groom. This is something we don’t see as much in today’s society and it was very refreshing to witness this from the young, beautiful couple. Trey and Ahna had been wearing these rings for quite some time, symbolizing the importance that “true love waits.” As it came time to exchange the purity rings for their wedding rings, they slid them onto a ribbon that they were both holding onto and vowed to give these rings to their future children. This definitely touched my heart and was the most memorable part of the ceremony for me. I may or may not have shed a tear or two…

3. Opening the doors

I had the pleasure of standing at the chapel doors right before Ahna was about to walk down the aisle to her future husband. Watching her and her father exchange “I love you’s” in the midst of tears was an image that has stuck with me. He was about to give her away, and she was about to start a new life with Trey, but your father is the first man you love. Being very close to my father as well, I couldn’t help but tear up as I opened up the doors for her and her dad to walk down the aisle in front of all their family and friends to her future husband and his future son-in-law.

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