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Favorite Photo – Subtle Yet Sublime Jan 31st | Favorite Photo

When Peter & Whitney photograph weddings you get two slightly different vantage points, and that’s why I wanted to share this photograph of Peter’s.

This image comes from the rainy day wedding of Christal & Michael. The setting of this shoot is subtle yet beautifully sublime, and Peter really did a fantastic job capturing the natural essence of the subject and surroundings. Another one of my favorite photos.

To see more of Christal & Michael’s wedding click HERE.

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The Nashville Photography Class Jan 31st | The Nashville Photography Class

I am very excited to let you all know about the unveiling of The Nashville Photography Class. As you know Whitney has been teaching photography classes for quite sometime now, and we are enrolling for our February courses right now, so be sure and sign up as space is limited.

The Nashville Photography Class will offer multiple classes, covering many different photographic areas, and spread out over the year. There will also be an accompanying web series on our site with the occasional video-tutorial and how-to blogs. We are so excited that Whitney is going to share her immense knowledge and tips n’ tricks!

Right now we are offering two different courses (that are great when taken in conjunction with each other) next month; Camera Basics and Lighting, Composition, and Posing. Camera Basics will show you the basic manual operation of your camera. Whereas the second course is designed to teach you the skills to work with natural light and posing your subjects. To get more information on The Nashville Photography Class please visit the website by clicking HERE .

To reserve your seat in Whitney’s Intro to Photography Classes on Camera Basics and/or Lighting, Composition, & Posing please contact us today at info@doveweddingphotography.com or 615-730-7716

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A Taste of Home: Southern Wedding Favors Jan 28th | Wedding Tips

I can’t reiterate this enough, keeping it local is a fun and trendy way to give your wedding favors a boost of ‘cool’. Not only does it give your out-of-town wedding guests a little taste of your stomping ground, but it can also be a stress relieving way to spend some time with your fiance during the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding.

Take a day trip to Lynchburg and visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery and snag some tipsy cakes, visit Bell Buckle in June for The RC Cola & Moon Pie festival and pick up the obvious, or go have breakfast at the world famous Loveless Cafe and be sure to bring home some biscuit mix and jam…your guests will love it! Point is, you can still have a good time (and get a full belly while you’re at it) while picking out your wedding favors. If all else fails, pick up some southern knickknacks and have a nice relaxing breakfast at your local Cracker Barrel. Hence where I took the photo this morning over a nice plate of eggs, grits, fried chicken, & bacon…mmmmm

The south, especially Tennessee, has a long list of local and unique wares that are sure to please. Show some Southern Hospitality with your wedding favors. Here are some great places to start:

Loveless Cafe
Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Goo Goo Clusters
Moon Pies
RC Cola
Tennessee T-Cakes
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate
Hatch Show Print
Spirit of Nashville Prints

     
chris: @Lindsey: I know right...you really can't go wrong with a 'Welcome' bag from your city. Nice addition with the wine. Just curious, was the wine local as too? (Jan 28th - 12:05 pm) Lindsey : We did this for our out of town guests. When they arrived at their hotel room for our wedding weekend, we had a goody bag waiting for them filled with loveless cafe jams, Goo Goo clusters, moon pies, wine, a postcard from the spirit of Nashville collection and a map of fun area attractions. Our out of town gusts told me how much they loved their Welcome to Nashville bag!! (Jan 28th - 10:59 am)
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Favorite Photo – Oil Painting or Photo? Jan 27th | Favorite Photo


Being that I’m the new studio & marketing manager for Dove Wedding Photography, I spend a lot of my time going through Whitney’s portfolio. I’m looking for submission materials, blog images, and samples for brides. When I say I see a lot of photographs in a day, I’m not lying…I see A LOT.

But that’s o.k., because Whitney is pretty much awesome and her work never ceases to amaze me. I was digging through her portfolio looking for a bridal image to submit to a blog and got slapped dead-in-the-face with one of Whitney’s photographs.

This photograph is easily on the most beautiful images I’ve ever seen. It almost looks like a High-Renaissance era oil painting. I seriously had to do a double take! But I loved it so much I just had to share it…enjoy!

     
Jessica: That gave me chills when I read that it was a photograph!!!! That is beautiful-she's awesome! (Jan 28th - 12:43 pm)
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Vendors We Love – Ladybug Blessings Jan 20th | Vendors We Love!

There’s something extremely endearing about personalized gifts….mugs and back-packs aside. Something that lets the receiver know you were thinking of them, and them alone. Now lets take that personalized gift and make it hand-made! Looking for wedding party gifts, something to say I love you, or accessorize in an awesome way? Ladies and gents I give to you Ladybug Blessings!

Ladybug Blessings is the custom hand-stamped jewelry brand of the always crafty Kristen Nelson. I was able to catch up with Kristen yesterday for an interview and a little glimpse into her blossoming business. To pick-up some of her amazing pieces please visit her website, facebook, or etsy profile.

How long have you been designing these hand-made crafts & what led you to make custom jewelry?
I started about a year and a half ago when I found myself wanting to buy the hand stamped jewelry and realizing I could do them myself. There is quite a bit of start up cost to purchase all the supplies but I do not regret it. I love making all types of handmade goods and crafts and this was just another way to express myself.

Walk us through your construction process…what inspires you?
Everything! I can see a quote or a picture and I immediately have an idea of a necklace or other craft item. I always have to carry a notebook around with me for me to write down all my ideas in. I wish I had more time to actually work on everything that comes into my head, hopefully one day!

What audience do you mostly cater to, do you have a niche clientele?
I have had lots of people contact me but if I had to pick the most common people who order from me I would say they are between the ages of 30 and 45 and are ordering for their friends or family members. My mother/grandmother necklaces are very popular and I get a lot of repeat orders from that. It is also not uncommon for them to come to order something as a gift and then order one for themselves!

How has your business grown since you started?
I had no idea how it would go when I started but I absolutely love how often people contact me. I really rely on word of mouth and local orders. I love sites like etsy and also have my own blog/website but I find that with hand stamped jewelry and unique items people want to see what they are ordering and have me show them different options before they commit to anything. I like being able to show them different styles, lay things out for them etc. so that they really know what they are getting before they purchase anything. I think my customers enjoy the fact that I am willing to meet with them, have them come to my house etc. so they can truly understand everything before I make anything.

Where do you see the business going in 2 years?
I definitely hope to still be doing this in two years and I plan on growing it. I think now that I have over a year behind me I know that it is something that people enjoy and will continue to buy. So now I need to focus on advertising and growing my business. I also hope to start doing craft fairs and home shows. I have always been worried because most items are custom made but I think having some samples and pictures would do quite well!

Do you have a philosophy, or mission statement your company stands behind?
I do. Not so much a mission statement but a philosophy of how I run my business. I strive to create only items that I would feel comfortable giving as a gift. I am not going to be making things half way. This is why I make sure I solder (seal) all of the jump rings and other items. In addition, if someone is not satisfied with their purchase I am willing to work with the customer to make sure they leave happy and wanting to recommend my company. A business only exists because of others who recommend it and it is important not to forget that.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about your company?
In addition to jewelry I also do sewing items including letter shirts, tutu shirts and other unique custom items. You never know what I may come up with!

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Good Morning & Hello Jan 19th | Announcements

First off, I have to thank Whitney for that wonderful introduction! I am truly honored to work with such talented people…and Peter’s not too bad either. However, I did want to update you all on the goings-on in the office and all the exciting things we have planned for the coming year. Soon, we will have TONS of new features and posts being released daily, such as; Featured Vendors, Local Spotlights, Detail of the Day, Photography Tips, and much much more! In the meantime you can continue to see our work and ‘sneak peaks’ here on the blog, but please don’t forget to stop by and say hello on our FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER.

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Introducing Chris Jan 14th | Uncategorized


We are excited here at Dove to start this year off with an introduction to a new team member! Chris Foust has been with us for a few months now, working with our new clients and behind the scenes building our web presence. Already his hard work and creativity has helped many of our wonderful brides to be published on several blogs! He has also created even more ways for us here in the office to keep in contact with you through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You are going to see a lot more of Chris around here, and we know you will love him as much as we do!

Sadly though, there is a second half to our announcement. Audrey, our current studio manager, will be leaving us this year. We can’t imagine Dove without her, but are so excited about the new opportunities that have opened up for her! She will always be family to us, and we will miss her immensely. Chris will have big shoes to fill, but we’re confident in his abilities.

We are looking forward to a new year full of wonderful opportunities that we can’t wait to share and pass on to all of you!

Whitney Carlson

     
chris: Thanks Gregory. I'm very excited! (Jan 14th - 04:48 pm) Peter Carlson: @Gregory Byerline: You are too kind! (Jan 14th - 04:04 pm) Gregory Byerline: Welcome, Chris. You've landed at a great company. Peter & Whitney are pretty much awesomeness personified. Best wishes to Audrey too. Great team. (Jan 14th - 03:04 pm)
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