Archives: 2010/05

Kim & Rashad’s Nashville Wedding May 26th | Weddings

Wow! It get’s hard to narrow down your favorite photographs to a wedding that was so much fun. Kim & Rashad are the nicest, most friendly, couple you will ever meet. Whenever I’m around them, I instantly feel like I’m around old friends. They came in a couple weeks ago to view their wedding images with Rashad’s parents and we spent the evening laughing! It’s people like this that make our jobs the greatest.

This was was easily the largest party of groom’s-men I have ever photographed. Everyone is not even showing up in this photograph. I think Rashad had around 15 guys who filled the roll of groom’s-men, ushers, ring-bearer and fathers.


A few of the flower girls experienced a long day and it was hitting them already by the ceremony.

If you know me, you know I love my Chucks apparently Kim does as well. Yet another reason to love this two people.

Here are a few of the details from the amazing day. Thanks to A Delightful Day Event Planning for of course being wonderful, Maples Wedding Cake for a gorgeous cake, Rhonda Patton for her stunning florals, Hutton Hotel for their beautiful facility, Sweet Life Designs for the lovely paper goods, & McNeal Wedding Films for being a joy to work with.

Tracy: Beautiful series of images. The flower girls are so cute. I absolutely love the pictures of the shoes. Great job. (May 29th - 05:35 am) Peter Carlson: Thanks everyone for your kind words! Rhonda & Lynette: I've said it before and I will say it again: We love working with you. Thanks for helping they day be so great! (May 28th - 06:19 am) Rhonda Patton: Such a beautiful couple and adoreable pics - job well done guys (as usual)! You truly captured Kimberly and Rashad's vision!!! (May 27th - 11:46 pm) Sarah: These pictures are great! I love the brown chucks with the wood steps at Hutton. What a cute couple! (May 27th - 10:22 pm) Lynette: Love these photos!!! And love Kim and Rashad!! What a fun night! It doesn't get much better than this! (May 27th - 10:03 pm) Jess: These are awesome! I love the one of the flower girls-and I love their shoes! My favorite is the picture in the elevator and the one of them about to dance-so cute. Okay I have lots of favorites! (May 27th - 03:47 am) Rhonda Hendricks: Great pics!! Love that cake from Maples! Beautiful black & white bouquet! (May 26th - 10:10 pm)
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Nashville Photos For The Flood May 18th | Announcements

We are so excited to be participating this weekend with Photos for the Flood! Sarah Gilliam has graciously and creatively set up this fund raiser to help victims of the fund. Both Erin and I will be participating as well as many other photographers in the Nashville area. Here is the description from Sarah:

After the flooding in our wonderful state, I’m sure many of you want to help those affected by flood. Maybe you have already, or are unable to roll up your sleeves or you were affected, too.

Please join me, my favorite ice cream shop- Pied Piper Creamery and my fellow photographer friends in a benefit for the victims of the flooding.

The sessions are 20 minutes (booked every 30 min) from 9 AM- 5 PM on Saturday and from 10 AM-6 PM on Sunday.
100% of the proceeds will go to the Nashville Area Red Cross and Hands On Nashville.

There are NO rules for this shoot- take advantage of the talent, folks- this could easily be your engagement photo, 1 year pictures, updated family photo, senior picture, pet portrait… Just know that you have 20 minutes. :)

Bring some props, bring a friend, bring a giving attitude!!!

Pied Piper Creamery will be donating 25% of their profits from this weekend to these organizations as well. So grab a homemade waffle cone and a homemade icecream for the road, for bribery, whatever ;)

Here are a list of the incredible talents donating their time:

Abby Gray

Amber Vongsamphanh

Andrea Behrends

Jessica Winn

Kate Crafton

Kristen England

Melanie McLellan

Sara Rose

Shea Halliburton

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Downtown Nashville Wedding May 13th | Weddings

Kristin & Eric are one of the most fun couples we have photographed. This was the perfect wedding to start the 2010 wedding season. I knew I would love these two when Eric tried to negotiate a deal that involved paying for their wedding photography with Star Wars toys.

We had so much fun goofing around with little props like Eric’s monocle and a little army man that came with a Transformers action figure Kristin had recently given him. Of course Kristin presented Eric his wedding gift in a sweet Optimus Prime gift bag.

After getting ready at Union Station Hotel, we had a quick bite to eat, spent a little time photographing around the hotel and then moved to the ceremony location,the elegant Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, for a little more photography.

The night ended in downtown Nashville with the sweet sounds of the 80′s cover band Max Headroom at the newly renamed Patron Platinum Club.What a great couple! We wish yall did not have to live out of town. Thanks for making the night so much fun!

Jon Bufkin: I stinkin' love monocles! Great photos guys. (Apr 26th - 02:56 pm) Peter Carlson: For Real! You guys are super fun to be around. Thank YOU for such a fun night. (Aug 16th - 06:44 am) Kristin: How funny - I am just looking at these on your site. Such a fun night! thank you both for everything. (Aug 14th - 06:08 pm) Whitney Carlson: Thanks so much Jen!!! (May 26th - 07:56 pm) Jen Creed: SWEET! These are so fun, and beautiful! (May 14th - 10:18 pm)
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CJ’s Off The Square Flood Benefit May 11th | Announcements

CJ’s Off The Square has an amazing idea for brides, grooms, and wedding vendors!

Here’s the scoop: Come to CJ’s Off the Square this Thursday, May 13th anytime between 6-9 pm and bring any item from your gift registry or a Target, Home Depot or Lowe’s gift card and join in the celebration of generosity that is spreading throughout Middle Tennessee. Pretend you are going to a wedding…but instead of bringing a gift for the happy couple, you will be bringing a gift for a family in need who will be very happy to receive these basic household necessities.

Who says re-gifting is tacky? This is an easy way to “gift back” to families who have lost so much. And who really needs three toasters anyway?

Don’t have a gift registry? Bring a gift card! Your gift will mean so much to so many!

Complimentary valet parking will be provided and all of the fabulous food, drinks and decor you have come to expect from CJ’s Off the Square will be ready and waiting. There is no better way to celebrate their 5th Anniversary and the grand opening of their new event pavilion than “gifting” back to the community that is such an important part of CJ’s. We do hope you can join us for this very special evening and help our community recover. See you Thursday!

Register HERE for the Gift Back Gala!

CJ’s Off the Square
218 3rd Avenue North
Franklin, TN 37064

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What a week it has been May 07th | Personal

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

To say that this has been a rough week for Nashville and its surrounding areas would be an understatement. For those of you that don’t know, we had a record 13.57 inches of rainfall over the course of two days resulting in what is being called a 500-year flood. The Cumberland River spilled over its banks flooding not only Downtown Nashville and one of our water treatment plants, but also many homes and businesses. The rising water quickly destroyed historic landmarks and bits of this city’s history. For thousands it can only be summed up as complete devastation.

All of us at Dove were very fortunate and survived with little to no water damage. However, many of our friends and neighbors were not so fortunate. They have spent the last week ripping out soaked drywall and carpeting, and sorting through water- logged possessions.

What has amazed me the most over the last week has been the spirit of hope and resilience that has permeated throughout Middle Tennessee. A grassroots movement, entitled “We Are Nashville”, has emerged banding people together to support each other, and bring our city back to its feet and greatness. It has truly been a beautiful sight to behold.

So I am sure you are wondering why I am telling you all of this on a wedding photography blog. We need your help! I am blogging about this because it seems that people outside of Nashville have not really been made aware of the dire situation that we are in.

If you live in this area and are able to volunteer there are some great places where you can get information on opportunities. Hands on Nashville has been organizing volunteer opportunities all week, and will continue to do so over the course of the next several weeks. The folks at Nashvillest website have done a great job of listing other organizations that are putting together volunteer efforts and how you can get hooked up with them.

If you do not live in the area, but are compelled to help, we can always use monetary donations. You can donate to the Red Cross of Middle Tennessee online, as well as by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief. You can also donate to the Tennessee Emergency Relief Fund, The Salvation Army or Second Harvest Food Bank.

I wanted to leave you with a few images from this past week.

Carpeting, drywall and baseboards from the inside of a friends basement apartment.

Volunteers getting ready to sandbag in Metrocenter

A flooded Opry Mills Mall, and the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A flooded Nashville neighborhood on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

As you begin your weekend, please keep all of Tennessee in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the recovery and rebuilding process.

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