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It was 5:50 am, Sunday morning… my body felt like it had barely recuperated from the wedding we shot only 5 hours before. I could feel the last bit of ache in my legs, slight headache from not getting enough sleep, and I rolled over to look at my sound asleep husband and I asked myself…

Why did we agree to do this again?

As we dragged ourselves out of bed, put clothes on our weary bodies, brushed our teeth and headed off to Starbucks for the coveted Carmel & Vanilla lattes, we began to wake up…

Thirty minutes later we found ourselves at the Habitat for Humanity build site. The cobwebs in our brains diminished and we could feel the excitement as we joined all the other volunteers for the morning safety meeting as we prepared ourselves for BUILDING A HOUSE!

Yes, you heard that right – Zach and I helped build a house! This is my second time doing this with Habitat, Zach’s first – and we really had a great time. Zach and I are a part of a group – TWESA (Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association) and the group signed up to help support and build a home for Ayalew and his two sons.

This is Ayalew!

We’ll show some pictures from the day and then share a bit more about what exactly Habitat for Humanity is/does for those who may not know.

This is a view from the neighboring house where only the foundation has been laid… so far!

Name tags for all – very important!

Getting our Fierceness on! (Me, Kathy with Kathy with Kathy Ziegler Art & Photography, Amanda with Evan Baines Photography)

More safety instruction..
(the sole woman in this photo is Vicki from Branching Out Event Florist)

Getting our work aprons!… or whatever they are called. I’m sure there’s a more manly name for them… (David, owner of Blue Tone Music)

Safety first! Evan (from Evan Baines Photography) was our designated on-site Safety Coordinator. Evan has intense training from his former life as a Special Forced Medical Sergeant in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the US Army! Sooo if you ever want a wedding photographer/medic – he is your man!!! Evan was prepared for the worst (a cut finger)… and also made sure no one passed out from the heat :)

Being instructed!
(Side note – Harvey to my left is 81 years old and has helped build over 250 Habitat homes. He still volunteers his time and skills to Habitat to this day!)

Following instructions!

What a man..


(Ritch, wife of Erin who you will see coming up who works for Blue Tone Music)


(one of Habitat’s lead instructors on the site)


(Atik and his wife in the blue from Stoneybrook, if I remember correctly, Erin from Loews Vanderbilt, and Ayalew the homeowner)


(Susie from Susie’s Sweets)


(Patti from Hilton Garden Inn)


(Nelson, husband of Jacqueline of Jacqueline’s Bridal, and Jack of Silent Light Images)


(Erin who works for Blue Tone Music)

The window installing team! Yes, we actually put the windows of the house in… amazing, I know..

Stocking the water – very important!!

(L to Right, Patti, Mary Weary of Menu Maker Catering and Christine from Think Like A Bride)

Superman


(top 3 people, Pam with Ribbons of Chocolate, Ayalew, and Christine!)

And the group!!

We had a blast and are so glad that we went!

For those who don’t know, Habitat for Humanity International is an “international, non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world.” All of the homes are built from volunteer labor and donations. Habitat houses are sold to partner qualifying families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The cool thing is the homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

Most importantly Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Pretty cool!!

To read more about Habitat and how it works, check out their fact page.

Hope you all enjoyed the photos! If you are interested in helping out with a Habitat build (we would love to get a group together and do it again!) or want to donate, comment below or shoot us an email!

A house that love built

Ayalew pausing for a moment taking it all in.

(**Note** If you found this post from a browser search, feel free to visit the photographer’s area on our website to view the most current information on our Nashville photography and lighting workshops).

Earlier this month, on April 11th, began the start of our Spring 2009 Photography workshops!

A few comments from the day…

Thanks for the workshop – it rocked!!!

It was awesome and I learned alot!!! Thanks you guys, for everything!

It was a blast

I cannot thank-you enough for the instruction you and Zach gave in the workshop… thank you, thank you, thank you again!

Here are just a few pics to highlight the shooting part of the day…

Goofing off…

Most of the group at the end of the day!

Click here
to see some of the work of one of the class attendees from the workshop – MD of Laidlaw Photography!!

We are so excited about the IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop this Sunday! It’s going to be a full class and we are pumped!!!

Just a reminder that we have officially added an additional IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post workshop for Monday, May 18th for $199. To register please visit Gray Photography and go to our Workshop web page!

Apr
24
2009

A Nashville Engagment Session

by Jody on April 24, 2009, posted in Featured Weddings

Ah! What a busy week and a busy weekend to come!

Remember this lovely couple?

Their wedding is tomorrow and we can’t wait for it!!!!!!!! Stay tuned for a sneak peek next week from the big day at Cheekwood!

So excited for you, Eli & Ashley Carol!

Apr
22
2009

A Nashville Wedding Sneak Peek – Rich & Amy!

by Jody on April 22, 2009, posted in Uncategorized

This past weekend we shot the wedding of a super awesome couple – Rich & Amy!! Their wedding took place at the beautiful West Meade Mansion and was coordinated by the AMAZING Mary Natalie. More on this amazing gal on the full blog that we do!

The wedding day couldn’t be more perfect and yes, even the rain held off for us until late at night.

Here is a sneak peek of their gorgeous and elaborately planned wedding – enjoy these for now!!

By the way, the bride totally looks like Julia Styles in some of her shots!!


Love the colors of the bridesmaids dresses!


The groom and groomsmen working the tails!


The bride and her mom!



The reception took place by the pool and tennis courts…


Love this look on the brides face during the first dance!

That’s all for now – just enough to keep you coming ;o)

Enjoy Hawaii you two!!!!! Can’t wait to hang once you get back!!!

Apr
21
2009

A Chocolate Filled Adornments Open House!

by Jody on April 21, 2009, posted in GP on other Blogs

Want to browse the latest in custom made jewelry and invitations, while mingling with other wedding professionals, brides and their families?

Want to have some delicious fresh, handmade, European style chocolates from the Schakolad Chocolate Factory?

Want to speak directly with the designers who will be in house INCLUDING Charlie Thompson maker of Titanium Wood Inlay rings while listening to the live music from Jack Grant?

Want to be the recipient of the Adornments give-a-way of a pendant to one lucky attendee?

If so, come to the Adornments Open House THIS Sunday (April 25th) from 2-5 pm at the Factory in Franklin (2nd floor)! It’s going to be an awesome time!

Hope to see you there!

For more information visit the Adornments Blog!