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Published: Enchanted Brides Magazine!

by Jody on January 22, 2009, posted in Published/Accolades

We had the privileged of having some of our images showcased in the Winter/Spring Issue of Enchanted Brides Magazine for Middle Tennessee! If you have yet to read their magazine or visit their site, you most definitely need to check them out!

Tyler & Sarah Enstice Wedding

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Coordinator: Gail Vandygriff
Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting

Florist: Branching Out Event and Florist

Venue: Loews Vanderbilt

Meagan & Jerry Grosvernor’s Wedding

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A Delightful Day Event Planning
Venue: Cheekwood

Nashville Event Lighting
Design: Sweet Life Designs

Music City Tents & Events
Flowers: Vintage Florals

One of our images was also featured in an advertisement by our friends at Ambrose House! Our pic is the one of Joel & Michelle smooching away!

The people who run the Ambrose House are a great group of people who have renovated this 1890 venue in East Nashville, which is able to accommodate and group size up to 60 (seated) to 85 (standing) guests. This venue is available for corporate events, training seminars, weddings and receptions, as well as diners and social gatherings.

Anyway, just wanted to share!!


Rent Your Wedding Cake?

by Jody on January 20, 2009, posted in Vendor Spotlights

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all enjoyed your day off yesterday in honor of the great Martin Luther King, Jr and all he did for our country and the equality of people.

Today we want to share with you some more yummy looking cakes that we shot a little bit before Christmas! For those of you who attended the bridal show on Jan 3rd in Nashville, you might have seen these cakes unveiled in the flesh at Shara’s booth (Cakes By Shara).

It’s amazing how much cakes have evolved over the last few years. When we got married all we really saw were boring old cakes one after the other. We ended up having our cake dipped in chocolate and decorated with bright colored roses (see non-pro photo below) because we didn’t want any white, boring looking cakes.

These days the options seem to be endless on what you can do! The cake wasn’t made yet when we did our shoot with Shara, but at the show, she had a groom’s cake of a Wii gaming system!
We’ll start with my (Jody’s) favorite :)

This cake below is referred to by Shara and her daughter as “The Happy Cake.” So appropriate we think!

Or you can go for a little more upscale look.

We have quite a few phenomenal cake makers here in Nashville. TN brides are lucky!

For those who are looking to save $$ on their cake and maybe spend more on other areas of their wedding, Shara has created a rent-a-cake! To read more, visit her site, click on “About Cakes By Shara” and then “Rent-a-Cake”!


Some Website Love

by Jody on January 16, 2009, posted in Uncategorized

Thanks for all of your comments and continuing comments that we have received on our new website!! We put a lot of work into it and it’s great to hear positive feedback! We just got word last night, that our site, built through ShowIt Sites made the top 20 of all the sites built with ShowIt Sites and now has been entered into a contest for the public to vote on the top 5 best sites out of those picked. If you are a member of David Jay‘s Open Source Photo photographer’s forum then you can vote !

Below are a few comments we have received on our site from friends, vendors, and fellow respected photographers:

IF I COULD REALLY YELL THIS OUTLOUD I REALLY WOULD! HOLY FREAKIN CRAP YALL!!!!!! THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME! WAAAAAY BETTER THAN ANYTHING I HAVE SEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME. I’M SO GLAD TO HAVE MET AND WORKED WITH YOU! We look forward to working with you many more times in the future. Thank you so much for all of your support and I hope you have an AMAZING 2009! Keep up the great work. I’m a big fan!!!!

-Jay with Maples Wedding Cakes, One of the top cake makers in Nashville who we have worked with

Shut up…we freakin love it!!! Great job guys!!

- 2Duce2 – Some cool videographers we know!


Intro video – awesome

transition videos – awesome

Pics – awesome

bio section – awesome!

- David Jay – One of the top 15 wedding photographers in the world (named by wedding photojournalist Association) the brains behind the program we built our site with, marketing & business genius, international lecturer, photographer, and savvy entrepreneur.

Okay… seriously. It’s AMAZING. I know I just sent you an email saying the same thing… but really… it must be said here. I think it perfectly captures your spirit – your love – your skill – your art. I was so excited to see one of the clips from when I filmed you guys, too :) oh, and the climbing pictures… too fun :) It’s perfect!

-Kristine Neeley, Former Bride, Our Intern, aspiring photographer, and great blogger

The new site is cutting edge!!! it’s tight…

I so love it!!!! It really exudes your style!!! :)

-Rhonda Patton with Rhonda Patton Weddings- a great decor and florist who we have worked with!

OMIGOSH YOU GUYS IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!! Ahhhhh…I’m shouting because it’s AMAZING!! You two are so super cute and watching that just reminded me of why I ADORE you both so much (as if I needed reminding!).

- Justin & Mary Marantz,One of the fastest growing businesses on the east coast, amazing photographers, speakers, people, and the list goes on…

Ever since I stumbled across you guys I have been following your work it so inspiring and absolutely FANTASTIC! Your website is jaw dropping! I have never met you guys, but after viewing that website I felt like I have known you forever. It was so great that I want my hubby to re propose to me that you guys can shoot our wedding. WOW is all I could say.

-Tanyell- one of our awesome blog stalkers!

Amazing site guys!!!

Nice work!

-Steve DePino – a great photographer we admire and respect

Ohhh!! I LOVE it!!! It is really cool- so who was the brains for this? LOL! what neat effects, and cool look! Congrats!

-Mary Natalie,Super cool wedding planner who we are pumped about the weddings we are doing with her this year!

Once again, thanks for the great comments! Have an awesome weekend!!


A Birthday with a Giant Green Gorilla!

by Jody on January 15, 2009, posted in Personal Fun

Zach and I had a nice time with our little anniversary celebration get-a-way! It was nice not to think about work (well, we tried as hard as we could), and to not worry about our email or anything. We closed our celebration out by attending the birthday party of one of our soon-to-be brides! Yes, her birthday was last night, but today is her real birthday!!!!! Happy birthday Amy!!!!!

You may be wondering why she is snuggling so close to a giant, green gorilla… Well, readers, it was the combined effort of all her friends who enabled her to get this new and furry buddy at Dave & Busters!

It was partially in part to this crazy & addictive game… which really it’s not even a game, but with Eric’s mad skillz, and some help from a few others, quite a few tickets were contributed to Amy’s Green Gorilla Fund (he was over 6,000 tickets.. can’t remember exactly how much :) .

The cutest part of the evening was Amy had quite a few extra tickets and offered some to a little kid who had like 5 tickets. He later came up to her and gave her a hug thanking her for what she did. Awwww… it was so cute!

Of course, I had to get my photo taken next to it.

…and then Jeff, desperately wanted to be friends with him as well…

Amy, we hope to see Gorilla at the wedding in April… :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Welcome to Part II of our photography Tips & Tricks with awesome couple, Blake & Andrea!

OK, so this shot (which is one of yours truly) is completely different than Part I from Blake & Andrea’s wedding, and is frankly very different than what you see with most modern wedding photography and we are going to talk about why. Now the pose and composition are obviously not something new, but the lighting and depth of the shot are and that is why it is not something you see a lot of at weddings. Lit shots like this one usually are not done because they take too long to set up, require lots of powerful lights which are heavy, and can be too in-your-face for some clients. So how do you solve all of those problems at a wedding so that you can get this kind of a shot that is really different and really cool? [click to continue…]