Candace & Hugh’s McMinnville Portrait Session


Earlier this summer while we were in Tennessee, we shot a beautiful portrait session with Candace & Hugh near their home in McMinnville.  Candace had emailed about booking a portrait sessions because the last pictures she had of her and Hugh were from their wedding nearly ten years prior.  We knew it was definitely time for an update.  We decided to do their session in the areas surrounding their home because it had absolutely breathtaking views of the hilly country side.  We fell in love with the rural fields and barns and all the golden sunlight trickling through the trees that day.  Below are a few of our favorites.  We hope you enjoy!

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  • Jess, 08.18.09:
    Jess : What a good lookin couple! Love that field, I can't imagine living there, it's so beautiful!!!
  • audrey, 08.18.09:
    audrey : beautiful sweet sunny images! i love the way you worked WITH the sun. super talented people you are!
  • jamie delaine, 08.18.09:
    jamie delaine : you rocked this shoot out! loving it.
  • Beth, 08.18.09:
    Beth : GORGEOUS light!! love them all! :)
  • Megan Beth, 08.18.09:
    Megan Beth : Melanie...! These are gorgeous!! The location, the colors, the couple...you guys did an amazing job on this e-session! I'm in love with the last one, def my fav!
  • Kellie Kano, 08.18.09:
    Kellie Kano : Love the shadow shot!! Perfect yummy light, guys. Great stuff.
  • Mel McLellan, 08.18.09:
    Mel McLellan : Beautimous!
  • Steph, 08.18.09:
    Steph : You guys rock it as always. I wish this location was in Jax! :)
  • Rebecca Whitney, 08.18.09:
    Rebecca Whitney : These are SO gorgeous!!! And what a beautiful couple!!!
  • Melanie, 08.18.09:
    Melanie : Thanks everyone. We loved the location and the sun was very very good to us that day. I agree Steph... I wish we had locations like that here in Jax as well. Such is life here in the swamp. ;)
  • Suwanee, 08.19.09:
    Suwanee : Amazing shoot! Love the vibrancy in each one of them. Just Perfect!
  • GrayPhotography - Zach & Jody : Just came across your site and wanted to say hi! Nice work! - JG
  • missphomphoto, 08.28.09:
    missphomphoto : lovely, lovely location and photos!
  • Andi, 09.16.09:
    Andi : Love these! Light and settting is awesome.. where was this shot?

Things that make us smile… Jenn & Kelvi


I cannot get over how sweet and wonderful our clients are. After Jenn & Kelvi’s wedding, Brad and I started packing our gear and getting ready to call it a night when our lovely couple gave us this adorable lantern style candle holder with a card inside thanking us for all of our hard work that day. It made us feel so special and appreciated. How sweet it is to think that amidst the whirlwind of their own wedding day, Jenn & Kelvi took the time to think about us. Knowing the impact we have on our couples and their families on one of the most important days of their lives brings us so much joy. Not only do we let them into our hearts but they let us into theirs as well. We work in a business of emotions. Each wedding day, we lend our hearts fully to our clients so that we can see their wedding as it is meant to be seen. The love, the joy the laughter and everything else that comes together to make their day so special. We are there to see it and live it first hand. There is no way we can create art from these feelings and memories if we do not open ourselves to it. It is so good to know how much it means to our couples that we were there loving, and laughing along with them.

Thank you Jenn & Kelvi.  You guys are the best! :)

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Jenn & Kelvi’s Palm Valley Gardens Wedding | Ponte Vedra, FL Wedding


I cannot tell you all how excited I am to finally blog this gorgeous wedding!!!!  I’m not going to lie, this was literally the HOTTEST wedding we have ever shot.  Jacksonville had temperatures well over one hundred degrees this weekend but we didn’t let it stand in our way.  This wedding was nothing short of fabulous.  There was an abundance of love and joy as friends and family from all over the country came together to celebrate this amazing couple.  Jenn & Kelvi held their ceremony and reception on the grounds of one of Ponte Vedra’s newest wedding venues, Palm Valley Gardens.  The lush gardens and rustic features of the Palm Valley house complimented Jenn’s wedding perfectly.  The ceremony took place under a large oak tree overlooking a small pond just behind the house.  Afterward, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing under the moonlight to the accompaniment of the Mystery Band on the back patio.  It was truly a dream wedding for such a beautiful couple.  We just adore these two and love every minute we have gotten to spend with them.  They are one of those couples that come along and have such a strong love for one another that you cannot help but be affected by it.  Jenn & Kelvi we feel blessed to have been a part of your lives on such a beautiful day.

We wish you lots of love, happiness, and adventures together.

War Eagle!

Below are some of our favorites from the day.  Be sure to watch the slideshow to hear one of my FAVORITE songs ever and to see more of the incredible details from this wedding.

Venue – Palm Valley Garden
Flowers – Liz Stewart Floral Design
Catering – The Perfect Pear Catering Company
Band – The Mystery Band

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Jenn’s bouquet was incredible.  We all know I adore peonies and thanks to Liz Stewart Floral Design, peonies were everywhere.  I was in floral heaven.

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I’m positive that Kelvi cannot take a bad photo.  He is an absolute natural in front of the camera.

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Seriously… are the groomsmen smokin’ hot or what?! I LOVE this shot of Brad’s.

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Hello gorgeous!!!! This is one of my FAVORITE shots.  Jenn looks stunning in my humble opinion. (True story: both of my favorite shots from this wedding are Brad’s shots.)

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Jenn made sure her guests were all prepared for whatever Florida threw at them.  Insect repellant, fans and ice cold water bottles were at the gate as guests walked to the ceremony site.

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Little known fact… I am a sucker for flowers floating in water.  Something about it just makes my heart go pitter patter! Even better if its a peonie in water!

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How gorgeous is this wedding party?!  They were so amazing at making the Florida heat look like a breeze.

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The catering by The Perfect Pear Catering Company was absolutely phenomenal!  I know the last photo is of the set up but I really really like it.  Its so clean and earthy and makes me happy.

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I love this shot of Jenn’s dad.  He looks so dapper in his tux.  Very James Bond.

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  • Corinna Hoffman, 08.12.09:
    Corinna Hoffman : Awesome, guys!! Love the details and textures in the background :)
  • Kristen Weaver, 08.12.09:
    Kristen Weaver : So I love everything, but something about the last shot is so beautifully commercial! Love it :)
  • Zach Henson, 08.12.09:
    Zach Henson : Awesome job! The one with the groom and groomsmen by the rock wall is sa-weet!!
  • Megan Beth, 08.12.09:
    Megan Beth : Melanie...THESE ARE AMAZING. May just be my favorite wedding you've shot!! And the images of just her...STUNNING! Great job guys!
  • ohana photographers, 08.12.09:
    ohana photographers : sizzzzzzlin hot!!!! will not attempt to chose a fav, but i do love that last shot!
  • Becka @Studio222, 08.13.09:
    Becka @Studio222 : Wow guys. This is phenomenal!
  • Kathryn Brown, 08.13.09:
    Kathryn Brown : Just beautiful- love the location :)
  • Mel McLellan, 08.13.09:
    Mel McLellan : Awesome awesome guys! These are rad. :)
  • Jackie Beale, 08.13.09:
    Jackie Beale : you guys are masters at using texture :)
  • Erin, 08.13.09:
    Erin : Um, hello...those guys look like tux models! Love the the pics guys, looks like a lot of fun!
  • Star Bradshaw, 08.13.09:
    Star Bradshaw : You outdo yourselves every time! Beautiful work as always!
  • Melanie, 08.13.09:
    Melanie : Thank you guys so much. It was a gorgeous wedding and seriously I cannot give this wedding party enough credit for being out in that extreme heat and not complaining. They were all so amazing. The only thing hotter than the weather this weekend was this wedding! haha.
  • Steph, 08.13.09:
    Steph : WOW! What a great place to get married. You images are gorgeous, I can't pick a favorite, but I do love what you did with the shoes. Awesome guys!
  • Barb Hayes, 08.13.09:
    Barb Hayes : Thanks for the wonderful memories and great celebration of you two. It was awesome...and lots of fun.
  • Beth Morgan, 08.18.09:
    Beth Morgan : Love...love...love! I too adore peonies :). My wedding will be planned around when they are in season (I'm hard core).
  • sharon manning, 11.03.09:
    sharon manning : love the pic. the place was wonderful... loved it..
  • Odete Bartolec, 11.02.11:
    Odete Bartolec : I absolutely love the amount of creativity you bring to the table... your work is inspiring and constantly fresh! Keep up the great work...

Hale Portrait Session | McMinnville, TN


Another one of the fabulous families we got to work with while we were in Tennessee was the Hale family.  When we first met them, Claire wasn’t quite sure what to make of us.  She seemed a little bashful to begin with but within 5 minutes she was racing around the park and doing her own thing as if we weren’t even there.  Here are some of our favorites from their session.

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she really liked the splashing from the fountain

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I love this shot!

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