Archives: 2009/04

Baby Isaac Apr 27th | Babies

Jenn dePaula has been my friend since my freshman year of college, way back in 1995. We were both music majors at a small school outside of St. Louis. Jen lived in Iowa and I lived in South Dakota. So, it was natural for us to carpool home during breaks. It’s amazing that we both ended up in Nashville and still see each other regularly. Her husband Marcus is one of my “co-workers” at The Village Chapel. I work with the youth and he runs the sound, video, website and fixes all kinds of things.

Like Whitney and I, Jen and Marcus met at The Village Chapel. They were married shortly after us. We had the honor of photographing their wedding and now, Whitney had the honor to photograph their newborn baby Isaac.

Isaac is the most expressive baby I have ever seen. I’m really not sure what goes on in that head of his. While processing these photos, all kinds of laughter have been coming out of the Dove offices. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as Jen, Marcus, and the entire Dove team has.

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The Rescue Apr 23rd | Main

For those of you familiar with Dove Wedding Photography, you know about our efforts to work in rescuing the children of Northern Uganda from being abducted and forced into being soldiers. We contribute with our finances and our time through a couple organizations. One, which is Invisible Children.

Since September 2008, the Lord’s Resistance Army has had a renewed will to spread terror by murdering over 600 and abducting more than 160 children to fight amongst its ranks. More than 104,000 Congolese have been displaced since Christmas, in attempts to escape the LRA forces.

Invisible Children, along with other organizations, believe an international effort to apprehend the LRA leader, Joseph Kony, and rescue his child soldiers is the most viable way to end the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.

This Saturday, Whitney and I will “abduct” ourselves, along with thousands of youth and young adults around the world, to bring awareness to this situation. If you would like to join us or learn more about the event taking place in Nashville, visit

Of course we will also be taking photographs for Invisible Children and we will be sure to share those with you after the event.

- Peter

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Dove in Bridal Guide Apr 21st | Announcements

Every now and then different websites have asked to use images from the weddings we photograph. We are always glad to share these images that we love so much. With much excitement, we found one of our favorite photos in the current issue of a newsstand magazine: Bridal Guide!

A couple years ago we had the honor to photograph Amber Housley’s wedding. Many of you may know Amber from A Delightful Day event planning. She had a gorgeous bouquet created by Fresh By Carry Ann. Bridal Guide’s most current issue features an article on flowers and chose to show off Amber’s bouquet as part of the feature.

I must admit, our image is hard to find in this huge magazine, but we are very excited to be featured in our first national publication. Stay tuned to our blog over the next few months as we promise to show off some more magazine features. We recently photographed cover stories for two magazines that will be released sometime this summer. One was very interesting to say the least, but I will keep you in anticipation as to what it is.

- Peter

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Amy & Chris: Wedding Sneak Peek! Apr 21st | Weddings

This past weekend we had the opportunity to photography Amy & Chris’ amazing downtown wedding! Amy was stunning and stylish, and we had so much fun the entire day. Here is one of my favorites from the day!
You can see more from their day by clicking here!
- Whitney
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The Beach – The Boys! Apr 21st | Personal

Well, I hope you are ready to laugh! Even though the boys actually did play a little bit of tennis while we were there, most of their time was pretending to play tennis while we photographed them! This is their version of extreme sports.

Phil going for it!

Peter looks like he’s moving with a jet pack on this one!

Not sure what this means…

They’re studs.

Yup, a lot of laughing going on that day.

Sean Smack!

This trick didn’t work too well…

We got yelled at after this attempt… but it was worth it!

Poor Peter… :)


And that is the end of our beach trip. I hope you enjoyed it, even a fraction as much as we did!

Be sure to check out Mindy & Phil, Mel & Sean, and Adrienne & Chris’ blogs for even more laughs!

- Whitney

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The Beach – The Girls! Apr 20th | Personal

So I’m finally getting around to posting these shots that Peter took from the beach trip, and I can’t wait to show you mine! They will be next. It’s not that I think mine are better, but guys just tend to be funnier to look at than girls! At least most of the guys I know :) So we started out at Target to buy sweat bands for the guys, and us girls decided we should get in on the fun as well. At first it was going to be just hats. And then we added are pet dogs. And then came the sunglasses, shoes, make-up… You know how it goes with girls! It was like playing dress up again, but we all had our husbands there taking photos of it all! I hope you enjoy our ridiculousness!

It was actually very hard keeping a straight face… Head over to the Mclellan’s Blog to see how Peter got this shot!

Lounging by the pool, without a care in the world!

Adrienne’s fuzzy slap bracelet! I didn’t know they still sold them!

Mindy’s pink poodle was the best.

Mel rockin’ it out!

My fantastic orange hat… I need to figure out ways to wear it more often!

Alrighty, there are even more hilarious photographs to come, so stay tuned! And be sure to check out the above links to see our friend’s photos from a different angle!


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We Have a Winner! Apr 20th | Announcements

Thank you to everyone that entered the contest for the free wedding with Erin. We loved reading everyone’s unique stories and what you are planning to do for your wedding. It was a tough decision, but we have chosen our winner. Drum roll please….Congratulations to Ericka Bingham and Bobby Blackwell!! We not only loved your sweet story, but we also liked the fact that you are donating money to an organization that is important to you in lieu of guest favors.
Here is their story:
My name is Ericka Bingham and my fiance’s name is Bobby Blackwell. We are both students at Lipscomb University, but we began dating nearly four years ago when we were still in high school.

We met on Saturday, October 15, 2005, at a mutual friend’s birthday party. The second that I walked in the door and saw him, I gasped, “Who is THAT?!” before I could even catch my breath. Luckily, he looked at me and smiled. I spent the entire night sitting and talking with him. I found out that his sixteenth birthday had been on Tuesday, October 11, and my seventeenth birthday was the following Tuesday. So we met during the week that we were both sixteen-years-old. Although we attended different schools and churches, we had many different things in common. Unfortunately, he was riding home with a friend and they left the party before I could work up the courage to ask him for his telephone number.

I spent the next few days wondering if I had made the same impression on him as he had on me. I got my answer on the following Friday. I was in the marching band in high school and he came with a friend to our football game because he knew I would be there. I was so shocked to see him that when he tapped me on my shoulder, I turned around and just hugged him before I could think to say anything! After that evening, we began talking on the phone and soon planned a date. He was coming over to my house after school to meet me in order to go out to eat and then to a friend’s house.

When I saw him that evening, I was very surprised. He had brought me a dozen white roses- my favorite flower. At this point in my life, even with my previous boyfriends, I had never had anyone bring me white roses. To this day, he will occasionally surprise me with a dozen of my favorite roses just to say, “I love you.” It meant a lot to me that he had done that, but he also showed his character to me in another way that night. When my father had come home from working on my grandmother’s house, Bobby introduced himself and spoke with him briefly. My father had to leave soon after. We were about to leave the house and when my mother was telling us to have fun eating dinner, Bobby insisted that she come along with us. He did not want to leave her at home while my father had left to finish remodeling the house. I do not know very many young men who would sacrifice the first date in order to have dinner with the girl’s mother, as well. He was so kind-hearted that night, and he still shows a high level of respect and gratitude for my parents. Unfortunately, he was raised by his grandparents and has not had a close relationship with either of his parents. However, he has been very close with my parents throughout our relationship. I appreciate how well he gets along with my parents as well as how my parents have treated him as they would their own son.

Since we began dating our sophomore and junior years of high school, we knew that marriage was in our future at an early age. It was never a topic that was avoided. We have been comfortable talking about anything and everything throughout the past few years. On October 17, 2007, the evening before my nineteenth birthday, my father had a heart attack. He was in the hospital for nine days and had open heart quadruple bypass surgery. This event shook my foundation as an individual, but it helped shape my current world view. It also drew me closer to those in my life that I love. Bobby and I realized that life is to be cherished as well as enjoyed, because our time is limited and we have no ultimate control over our time here. I knew without a doubt that I want my father to be alive and well in order to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. About eleven months later, Bobby asked my parents for my hand in marriage. On my twentieth birthday, Bobby proposed to me. He woke me up with flowers and spoke the most beautiful words. It was the perfect moment- intimate, private, and real.

Bobby and I have a wonderful relationship. He is my best friend. We want this to be reflected not only in our wedding photos, but throughout our ceremony and reception. We want it to be simple, timeless, and romantic. I have enjoyed the entire planning process, but look forward to planning more when classes are over at the beginning of May. My mom was helping me look for different photographers in the Nashville area and found your website last week. I would love to work with Dove Photography for many reasons. But most of all, I respect and support the fact that Dove is involved with helping with the Invisible Children cause in Africa. I think that even though Dove Photography works with weddings, it is important that the “invisible” children are recognized and supported in the process. A wonderful wedding day for someone in America might mean another homeless, hungry evening for an invisible child in Africa who is simply trying to survive and keep from becoming a child soldier. These horrible aspects of our world are often overlooked, and it is important to me that Dove Photography is willing to donate and help.

I also plan on making a donation in lieu of favors at my wedding. My grandmother passed away on February 27, 2009, of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, the doctors did not diagnose her until the beginning of February and she was already in stage 3. The following three weeks passed
too quickly and before I realized it, her time on Earth was fading. She had smiled and said that she was definitely going to be at my wedding, and although she is no longer here I know she will be there in Spirit. Along with having a memorial picture on a table for her, I will also donate to support the fight against ovarian cancer through an organization such as Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Should I be fortunate to be the wedding of choice, I would be able to use the extra money in my donation.
Congratulations again Ericka and Bobby! We can’t wait to be a part of your wedding day!

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The Beach Apr 02nd | Personal

We just returned from spending a couple of days at the beach with several of our photography friends. I actually hate to say “photography friends”, because really they have become dear friends whether photography is involved or not. However, you can’t get a group of photographers together without it being quite obvious that we all love being behind, and often in front of the camera! Here is a peek of day one, and all the silliness that came with it.

Peter… uhhh… being Peter,

The incredibly serious Phil of Phindy Studios
His lovely wife Mindy, documenting the action.
Sean of McLellan Style showing off his super powers.
Yes, we are married to grown men.
Peter was the only one to brave the water…
Watching Peter…
Laughing at Peter…. (this is the lovely Mel, Sean’s wife)
The next day, we headed to Lambert’s, home of the throwed rolls.
This is Chris and Adrienne of Chris and Adrienne Photographers. It was Chris’ birthday, and he was offered a kiss over the intercom at the restaurant!
Peter, once again, being Peter.
I have one more to show, just as a taste of what is to come from Day 2 of our trip… I’ll just say, we played a lot of dress up, and took a lot of photographs!
- Whitney
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