Jennifer and Mike

Nashville is a great place for a destination wedding. If your guest, friends, and family are traveling from different locations anyway, why not invite them to a celebration in the heart of Music City? The options are endless for venues and vendors offering everything from outdoor barn weddings - some of which offer cozy Bed and Breakfast accomodations for out of towners, historical homes, Botanical Gardens, Country Clubs to beautiful Hotel weddings (Opryland Resort) or Chapel and Cathedral weddings. Travel arrangements are easy with Nashville International Airport available. The area has some of the best Caterers and Wedding Cake designers in the region. If you like good food, you're going to love Nashville where you can treat your guest to a sit down meal with everything from carved roast beef, filet mignon to a buffet with waffles and hot chicken. 

Jennifer and Mike did just that, a destination wedding! So much fun and such a beautiful day! They chose the Cathedral of the Incarnation for their ceremony. Their family and friends filled the pews as Mike saw his bride walking down the aisle, radiant and beautiful holding onto the arms of her Mother and Dad. There were so many beautiful moments as the priest who officiated spoke to the couple and the congregation. After the release of doves, the couple and the wedding party left in a party bus for Riverfront park to have a few pictures of the heart of the city for their collection. One of their guests actually traveled hundreds of miles by boat, so of course that picture was a highlight. Terian Farms was the perfect choice for the reception. The grounds offer a nostalgic indoor barn perfect regardless of weather conditions. We also loved the horses and beautiful country scenery. Their evening was full of good food, smiles and laughter and dancing. Well-wishers lined the side walk with sparklers as these two made their exit for the evening. Congratulations Jennifer and Mike! 

Happy Father's Day!!!

As a wedding photographer, I wanted to share some of the amazing Father - Daughter moments I've had the privilege of witnessing. This in no way measures all of the emotions but in some way does show how cherished and important the bonds can be between a Father and child; the letting go and the gaining of new family that follows. 

I am forever envious of the bride whose Father tears up as he sees his daughter as a bride or holds her up as she walks toward one of the biggest decisions in her life or laughs and dances with her in celebration at the reception. I dreamed about those moments but was one of those brides that reality struck and did not have the luxury of sharing that day with my Dad. My heart is forever moved to experience these moments through the camera lens knowing if it had been possible, my Dad would have done the same. 

"Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too"  - John Mayer 'Daughters'

Happy Father's Day!!!   

(Blog by Carolyn)

Sonia and Joseph

It's all about love, family, and happily ever after. The details Sonia chose were exquisite. It's always an incredible privilege to be invited to be a part of someone's wedding day from beginning to end. The excitement of preparing for the day, the planning that leads up to the day, the nervous expectation of everything running smoothly and yet the calmness of knowing your love waits for you. 

Saint Catherine's was filled with guests as Sonia walked down the aisle with her Dad. The moments to follow were a witness to a life beginning together, two souls joining from this day forward. 

The Reception was an incredible celebration of a day well planned. Congratulations Sonia and Joseph!

Carol and Jim

The first words of the lyrics to Etta James' immortal hit 'At Last'..."At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song..." pretty much sums up Carol and Jim's beautiful wedding day at The Legends Golf Club.  Even though rain threatened, Legends offered a beautiful covered outdoor area for their ceremony. Carol and Jim chose Nashville for their destination wedding and Carol designed beautiful details for her day including boots filled with flowers to line the aisle. The food and reception area was perfection along with the outdoor patio games like Jenga, Four in a Row, Tic Tac Toe and more. Later, after the meal, cake, and lots of dancing the couple had Krispy Creme Donuts delivered hot! How do you top that? You have a sparkler send off with a vintage red mustang waiting to drive you away!!! Congratulations Carol and Jim!!!!

Rebecca and Hunter

Rebecca and Hunter choose Baskin Wedding Chapel at Brentwood Baptist for their ceremony. The moments leading up to the wedding were full of friends and smiles. Some of my favorite emotions were: 1) the first moment her Dad saw her, his little girl, now a bride, 2) When she and Hunter exchanged gifts and held hands around a door without seeing each other, 3) And my absolute favorite, when Hunter saw her walking down the aisle towards him.

The sanctuary was beautiful and I loved the piano prelude. The wedding party stood beside these two as they said 'I do', creating a beautiful memory full of support and love. The sun streamed through the windows as the ceremony ended and these two walked down the aisle together.

They chose Old Natchez for their reception. There's nothing like a jump for joy on the green overlooking a the beautiful range. The bubble exit  and a sunset portrait completed the day. These two were full of joy and blessed with family and friends as they celebrated. Congratulations Rebecca and Hunter! (Happy Anniversary!)

Samantha and Corey

Okay, I'm a little behind on blogging (like a year and 3 months!!) but seriously this was an amazing day and deserves a highlight. Samantha and Corey's wedding day was beautiful! They chose Opryland Hotel for their venue. The Bridal suite overlooked the conservatory from the top floor and offered tons of ambiance and natural light. The day was full of smiles as Samantha and her Dad walked through the garden to the Gazebo. Corey and Samantha exchanged vows with family and friends in attendance. After formal portraits, Corey and Samantha enjoyed romantic moments by the waterfalls for a few images before their Grand Entrance into the Magnolia Ballroom. Check out their wedding day. Congratulations Samantha and Corey.

Allison's Senior Portrait Session

Meet Allison. She is a beautiful young lady and we were so excited to get to work with her on her Senior Portraits. Allison is highly involved at her school, and has shared Field Commander duties for her school band this past year. The shoot was done at a local farm, and Allison especially wanted to incorporate her family's two horses. That turned out to be quite an interesting experience and we were delighted with the results. The evening sun was just perfect for this shoot and, as you can see below, the results were stunning. We would like to thank Allison and her mom for letting us be a part of this special event and we'd like to wish her all the success in the future.

Ryan Photography is one of Nashville's premiere providers of fine portraiture and event photography. Being owned and run by the husband-wife team, we are the only family-run wedding vendor who is capable of top-tier Photography, DJ, Lighting and Photo Booth service, using our own team of highly-qualified team members (no sub-contractors necessary). Your event deserves nothing less than the best and our clients are the most discerning in the Middle Tennessee area. We would love to speak with you about your event. For a no-obligation, in-person meeting, please call us today at 615-390-2784.

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Jessica and Chris' wedding - Jon Haven Farms, Lascassas

You couldn't have asked for a more perfect day or a more perfect event for this beautiful couple. Jessica and Chris chose Jon Haven Farms for their fall wedding and we're so thankful they allowed us to provide Photography and Photo Booth service for them.

Jon Haven Farms is located in a very rural setting, with a gorgeous open area, back behind the event hall. The ceremony has held outdoors, complete with deep blue skies and white clouds. After exchanging vows, the couple and their guests moved inside for dinner and reception. We want to wish the happy couple all the best in their future together.

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Maureen and Justin, Cathedral of the Incarnation and The Hutton Hotel - Nashville TN

Maureen and Justin are one of the most perfect couples, you could ever hope to meet. She is so sparkly and full of life and Justin is is her rock of quiet strength. Their wedding day began at perhaps the most beautiful place in Nashville to get married; The Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Their ceremony was a full-length mass, complete with multiple speakers and readings given by both the Priest and the families. The lighting was absolute perfection, as you can tell by the photos below. After the ceremony was over, the couple did a butterfly release on the front steps of the church. Afterwards, they were whisked away by a horse-drawn carriage, over to the Hutton Hotel for their reception.

The reception was gorgeous, complete with amber uplighting and a gorgeous lighted monogram. In the foyer area we also provided a Photo Booth, which was a hit with the guests. DJ Ed was the resident mixologist for this event, and he never fails to impress. We would like to thank Maureen and Justin for allowing us to provide photography, DJ/MC, Lighting and Photo Booth service for their wedding. We wish the happy couple all the very best.

 

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Stephanie and Brad's wedding - Private residence, Bowling Green, KY

We recently had the pleasure of working with this delightful couple, Stephanie and Brad, for their "out in the country" wedding, just outside of Bowling Green KY. The location was a really cool location. An actual, working tobacco barn, complete with a corn field that surrounds it.

The day was quite stormy, which yielded some spectacular wide area shots. Just as the ceremony was about to begin, a huge rain storm set in. As they finished the ceremony, the rain abated, leaving a beautiful rainbow for everyone to enjoy.

We provided both photography and DJ for this event and DJ Rob worked his magic to create the perfect ambiance for this event. We would like to wish the happy couple all the best in their future together. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part.

 

 

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Sheri and Scott's wedding at The Lighthouse, Hendersonville TN

This was such a fun wedding, with two of the most beautiful people you can ever hope to meet. The weather was absolute perfection for their outdoor wedding, lakeside. After exchanging vows, the couple and their guests moved upstairs for a delicious dinner which was prepared by the venue's expert staff. After dinner, everyone moved downstairs for the reception, where DJ Russ kept the dance floor full. The couple had a special "moonshine tasting" which was a huge hit.

One thing to be aware of though. There is a huge lake monster in Old Hickory and he (she?) decided to make an appearance during our portrait session. Beware the lake monster! (wink wink)

 

Morgan and Matt, Five Oaks Golf, Lebanon TN (Wedding and Reception)

This week we had the honor to provide photography and DJ/MC for Morgan and Matt's wedding, held at Five Oaks Golf in Lebanon. This is a beautiful facility, which has a large porch area that overlooks a gorgeous valley area. The day turned out to be quite stormy (always good luck for the newlyweds), so the ceremony was moved to the porch area, behind the ballroom. One thing that was unusual was that, after the ceremony, it started raining quite heavily. As soon as it stopped the couple was delighted to see a double rainbow.

After the ceremony, we moved inside where DJ Rob presided over a major party. The couple's families were great to work with and helped to keep the dance floor full, all night long.

 

Loren and Josh, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN (wedding and reception)

We recently had the privilege of providing photography and DJ/MC for Loren and Josh's wedding, held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.

The Cathedral is probably one of THE most beautiful ceremony spaces in the Nashville area. The stunning architecture and the soft, natural lighting make for a perfect setting for a couple to begin their lives together.

After the Ceremony was over, the couple moved over to the church's reception hall. DJ Russell pumped up the energy and kept everyone dancing, throughout the evening.

 

 Having a bit of "jump fun" with the bridal party.

Having a bit of "jump fun" with the bridal party.

Caitlin and Jordan's wedding, Readyville, TN

Meet Caitlin and Jordan. Two ultra-sweet individuals who recently exchanged vows at The Corners on the River, in Readyville, TN. We were fortunate enough to be able to provide photography and DJ for their event.

The house at this property is historic, and simply gorgeous inside. The photos were beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better subjects. We had the chance to do their engagement photos, several months back, and they were stunning. The wedding certainly proved to be more of the same.

DJ Ed provided the evening's entertainment and he's the consummate professional, when it comes to mixology. The special dances were beautiful and the weather was simply perfect. Be sure and check out the sunset shot below. It was stunning.

 

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Sonia and Joseph (engagement session) Nashville TN

Meet Sonia and Joseph. Aren't they just adorable? We just love, love, loved doing their engagement photos, down by the Shelby Street Bridge. This property is so picturesque, and has so very many looks to it. It's our favorite spot for city skyline sessions.

Sonia and Joseph are two of the sweetest individuals you can ever hope to meet, and they seem utterly perfect for each other. We are looking forward to their wedding, next Summer. Please wish them well with us.

 

 Sonia and Joseph, enjoying a beautiful Nashville skyline.

Sonia and Joseph, enjoying a beautiful Nashville skyline.

Ryan Photography is one of Nashville's premiere providers of fine portraiture and event photography. Being owned and run by the husband-wife team, we are the only family-run wedding vendor who is capable of top-tier Photography, DJ, Lighting and Photo Booth service, using our own team of highly-qualified team members (no sub-contractors necessary). Your event deserves nothing less than the best and our clients are the most discerning in the Middle Tennessee area. We would love to speak with you about your event. For a no-obligation, in-person meeting, please call us today at 615-390-2784.

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Amber and Michael - Hermitage Golf Course

Meet Amber and Michael. We were honored to be a small part of their wedding recently at Hermitage Golf Course. It was in mid-June, and hot outside, but the weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding. The club was kind enough to lend us several carts and we did their first look, out near the lake in the center of the course. After pre-ceremony portraits, the ceremony was held on the old 9th green, next to the club-house pavilion. It was a gorgeous setting for an absolutely perfect wedding and we would like to wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness together.

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Altie and Ross - The City Winery

We just love these guys crazy. Meet Altie and Ross. We were honored to provide wedding photography, DJ, Lighting and Photo Booth service for the wedding. The ceremony was held in Goodlettsville, at the First Presbyterian Church. After the ceremony was finished we all headed downtown to The City Winery for their gorgeous reception.

This was The City Winery's first wedding reception, but you sure couldn't tell it. This venue is premium, and they handled everything with ease. Congratulations to the lucky couple. Thanks for letting us be a small part of your special day.

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CHEEKWOOD BOTANICAL GARDENS - ALLEN & PATRICIA

Love is for the young at heart and these two definitely fit that description. Meet Allen and Patricia. We recently had the privilege of photographing their wedding, held at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville. We began the day at the historic mansion on the property. This place is an absolutely stunning setting to capture the elegance of our lucky couple. From the spectacular views of the veranda, to the majestic staircase and piano rooms, this is a venue like no other in the Nashville area. 

After finishing family portraits, we moved outside to the Burr Terrace garden for the Ceremony. The day was absolutely perfect, with the most gorgeous clouds you can imagine. The ceremony was officiated by Patricia's sister. After the ceremony, everyone moved over to The Pineapple Room for an elegant dinner, which was prepared by the excellent Cheekwood staff. 

Please join us in congratulating this lucky couple.

 

MAUREEN AND JUSTIN, ENGAGEMENT SESSION

We are absolutely in love with these photos. We started this session off in Gallatin at Lock 4 Park. They have the cutest little dog, who instantly became the star of our shoot. The double-seater bicycle was also a nice touch. Great idea, guys. This park also has a very special significance. It was where Justin got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life. After our fun at the park, we headed to downtown Nashville to the Shelby Street bridge for more of an urban feel. The lighting was absolutely perfect and we were so pleased with the results.

Please join us in congratulating such a beautiful couple on their up-coming marriage.

Emily and Kenneth's Wedding (Scarritt-Bennett and Musician's Hall of Fame)

These guys were just too much fun. Meet Emily and Kenneth. We were honored to provide Photography, DJ, Photo Booth and Lighting for their wedding day. We started the day out at Scarritt-Bennett, one of Nashville's most premium wedding venues. After spending some intimate time, getting ready, they had their first look in the main sanctuary. The grandeur of this hall is stunning, and certainly made for a gorgeous back-drop for their "First Look".

After the ceremony, the couple move everyone over to the Musician's Hall of Fame for their off-the-hook reception. DJ Ed was our spin-meister and kept the floor jumping all night long. We would like to thank the couple for allowing us to be a part, and we wish them both all the happiness in the world.

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Ryan Photography is one of Nashville's premiere providers of fine portraiture and event photography. Being owned and run by the husband-wife team, we are the only family-run wedding vendor who is capable of top-tier Photography, DJ, Lighting and Photo Booth service, using our own team of highly-qualified team members (no sub-contractors necessary). Your event deserves nothing less than the best and our clients are the most discerning in the Middle Tennessee area. We would love to speak with you about your event. For a no-obligation, in-person meeting, please call us today at 615-390-2784.

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