It was a simply splendid Fall day in Nashville for Brian + Liz’s big southern wedding at Traveler’s Rest Plantation. It was a beautifully elegant, outdoor ceremony under the Ginkgo Trees in front of the old plantation home, followed by a smashing reception in the reception hall on the grounds.
These two are wonderful friends, and I was completely honored to have been chosen to capture their day. We shot their Downtown Nashville Engagement back in the Spring, and I was eager for their wedding day!
The people they chose to stand alongside them couldn’t have been anymore perfect. A grand mixture of all of their siblings, and closest friends, celebrating one very loved couple. The Bride’s Alfred Angelo gown was made for her, and was a stone cold stunner my camera couldn’t get enough of.
The new Parkers opted to start the festivities with a First Look, and I must say given the close ties to the couple I too was teary eyed as they embraced for the first time. THAT’s my favorite part ya’ll! It used to be, and partially still is, that first glimpse the Groom catches of his blushing Bride, but that First Look Hug that doesn’t seem to end has quickly tied it. After that moment it’s as if the whole weight of the day fades away.
We knocked out most of the portraits before the ceremony, and after a few quick portraits, and family formals we were off to the reception. I love a good dancing Bridal Party…especially a dancing Bride and Groom, which reminded me of the first night I met Liz when she proved she could hang with our crowd, and our severe boot scootin’ prowess, at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. I knew then that she was Parker’s “keeper” 😉 These folks have moves ya’ll!
My favorite part of the Reception was the “Generation Dance” where couple’s stayed dancing the longer they’d been married. The winners were a precious couple who’ve been married for 63 years, with the runners up coming in close with 61 or 62! The seasoned marriage pros doled out tried and true marriage advice of “Never go to bed mad”, and “Laughter, lots of laughter” as a few secrets to wedded bliss. After watching them all dance though, I’ll add “dancing” to that list as well ya’ll! 😉
After a wicked cool Glow Stick Send Off we all waved good-bye as Mr. and Mrs. Brian & Liz Parker drove off into the night. Thank you both so much for allowing me to not only feel like a guest, but to do what I love most, and capture the start of your new life together! Prayers and belief for a lifetime of blessed marriage!
Big shout out to all the brilliant vendors who helped make Brian and Liz’s day spectacular:
Fellas Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Bouquets and Bouts: Denise Barnum
Caterer: Menu Maker Catering
Rental items: Southern Events
Cupcakes: The Cupcake Collection
Wedding Coordinator & Reception Decor: Jennifer Yockey