Archives: 2009/02

Feature on Pictage’s Blog! Feb 28th | Personal

Be sure to check out our interview on Pictage’s blog. You just might find some tasty little tid bits about me & Peter!

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The Quiet Blog- but not for long! Feb 25th | Personal

Things have been quiet around here- Peter was sick last week, and I caught the bug this week. I’m actually lying on the couch, coughing and coughing as I type this. I wanted to say hello, and let everyone know that we have some SUPER EXCITING new things coming up that we can’t wait to release! Winter is typically slow for wedding photographers, but we have been working hard preparing for this upcoming year. That’s about all I can muster up right now, but you will be hearing more very soon!


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Friday’s Finds with Audrey – Invitations Feb 21st | Personal

Wedding invitations can be a tricky thing. I say that to mean, while they are a necessity for your wedding and you want them to be unique and reflect your style, they can get really expensive really fast. Once you start adding in envelopes, reply cards, reply envelopes, etc?the bill can add up quickly. This was my conundrum when searching for invitations.

I wanted them to be special and unique, but I didn’t have the money to go to a stationary store and have them designed. While on the hunt, I fell in love with some custom, hand-made invitations in the most unexpected of places?eBay! eBay has a lot of auctions for custom invitations. You will of course have to sift through a lot of the junk, but if you have the patience you can find some real gems on there.

One of my favorite sellers is net1graphicsdesign2bup, out of Chicago. They make hand-made invitations and have a lot of colors to choose from so that you can customize them to fit your color scheme. But of course the best part is that their invitations are $3 or less per invitation set. As a side note, if their auctions have ended, you can always use the contact seller through eBay and email them. Here are a few of my favorite invitations that they make?

Chocolate & Pink Invitation:

Another place I have discovered that does wedding invitations is Hatch Show Print here in downtown Nashville. If you are not familiar with them, they are one of the oldest working letterpress shops in the US. They also make all of the show posters for performers that play at the Ryman. While I do not have a photo to show you of a wedding invite they have done, I have visited their shop and their invites are truly unique and truly Nashville. And best of all?.inexpensive! You can check out their site for more information.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and please let me know if there is a specific ?find? you would like me to blog about.


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Final Photo Class for the Year Coming Up! Feb 19th | Personal

Our final photo class will be held February 28th & March 1st with our shoot on March 7th. The class is $199 and includes a delicious lunch on both Saturdays, intimate instruction on camera basics, lighting, and composition and a final shoot with a bride and groom! As you can see from the photographs from our students, you will come out with a wealth of knowledge to help you, whether you want to start a career in photography or you want to learn how to take amazing photographs of your kids! Please e-mail Audrey right away if you are interested. Her e-mail is I look forward to seeing you there!

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One of the many reasons I love my husband! Feb 18th | Personal

Peter is one of the hardest working men I know and I have always admired this about him. After working all week without a break, he ended it by spending all night Friday with the youth group at our church. Peter works part time as the Youth Director, and is so good at it. He continued until 8 the next morning! After sleeping on Saturday, our Valentines date that night, he got up again on Sunday morning to help me with photographs. He then worked the rest of the day with youth group, and finally stopped at 9 pm that night. Wheww….

Well, since then it has caught up with him and he came down with the flu Sunday night. He is still sick today, but it always seems to work like that. It takes a bug to take him down!

But really what I love the most is that as hard as he works, he would drop anything for me. And if he doesn’t have to work, his favorite thing is to just hang out and be with his friends.

Here’s to the love of my life, and my sweet valentine. I hope you feel better soon!

Take a peek at our flowers and yummy homemade cheesecake from our fun, relaxing Valentine’s evening.
(from iphone)


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Friday’s Finds with Audrey Feb 14th | Personal

One thing I love about looking through other people’s wedding pictures is seeing all of the personal details that make that wedding unique to that couple. The pictures that I always love looking at are the ones of the cake. I LOVE cake! But more importantly, I love all of the different cake toppers that couples choose for their specific cake. From the ever classic initial, to the more traditional bride and groom? I love them all!

Recently I was reading a blog post on that had some cute ideas for cake toppers from different sellers on that are a little more fun and quirky. If you are looking for a unique cake topper for your wedding then Etsy is definitely the site to check out.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

From Etsy seller Cotton Bird Designs:

From Etsy seller elleFdesigns:

And of course, I thought I would leave you with what my cake topper looked like. :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


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Intro to Photography, round 2! Feb 12th | Personal

We had such a great time this past weekend in our second Intro to Photography class! We spent the first weekend learning the basics of the camera so that everyone can work their camera’s manual settings. What does it mean to be able to work your camera manually? It means you can see an image in your head, and know just what to do to make it turn out! We also discussed all different forms of lighting, composition, and posing with opportunities throughout the day to practice these things. The second Saturday was a full day shoot, where we put all of these practices into place! I’ve gone through and edited some of my favorites from each student in the class, and I think their work is excellent! It was a very intense two weekends, but it totally paid off in the end! The great thing is, the students can take the skills that they have learned and use them in whatever avenue they are interested in, not only weddings. First, here is a shot of us hard at work:

But it wasn’t just hard work, it was a lot of fun too!

Now… on to the the photographs!

Last, but most certainly not least, I want to thank our friends Winston & Freya for being excellent models for the day! Also, a huge thank you to Cedarwood for allowing us to come out and explore their property, which is beautiful all times of the year!


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Bride’s Choice Award Winner! Feb 10th | Personal

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that Dove Wedding Photography has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards?!

In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. That means Dove Wedding Photography is one of the very best wedding photography studios.

Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews.

?We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,? according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. ?This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.?

Dove Wedding Photography would like to thank our past clients for speaking on our behalf and helping us win the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award!

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Laura & Michael- Married! Feb 05th | Personal

We had a blast hanging out with Laura & Michael on there wedding day! They were married at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville, TN. Here is a shot of their beautiful rings.

I love this one of the girls helping Laura putting her dress on.

Laura and Michael saw each other before the wedding. You can tell Michael is really excited waiting for. They also used this time to exchange their wedding gifts. Perfect!

The girls, the guys, and the whole group.

Laura and Michael were troopers… it was toasty in the car, but they made it through. Doesn’t Laura have a great smile!?

Just before the wedding.

After the ceremony, I just had to grab some images in this great area with wildflowers.

Their reception was at the Fly Cultural Arts Center in Shelbyville, TN. It made for a great reception location. Laura has such a classic vintage sense of style and it was reflected in everything from her beautiful dress to the flowers that were used. These are some of my favorite moments from her reception.

Thank you for letting us take part in your day!


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