I was lucky enough to connect with Amelia and Quinton through mutual friends. These two live in Nashville and hiring a photographer all the way in Idaho is a compliment I’ll never, ever forget! I’ll never forget receiving Amelia’s initial email and our first phone call. We only chatted for twenty minutes on the phone, but everything about her vision, her joyful attitude and sense of humor, and the way she talked about Quinton made me fall for this couple. I usually try not to get too attached to prospective clients until they’ve made it official with me, but I knew right away that whoever got to photograph their wedding day would be the luckiest wedding photographer in the world. Thankfully, the feeling was mutual because Amelia and Quinton asked me to be their photographer the very next day for their NYE wedding, and I remember jumping up and down with joy!
Amelia and Quinton met through mutual friends while Amelia was going through some challenges in her personal life. Quinton showed up for her as a friend and supported her through it as a best friend first. He made her laugh, stayed up for hours talking to her on the phone, and when they met up, Amelia felt more herself. I absolutely loved hearing the story of how they met and built a strong foundation of friendship before they fell in love. When they finally came together, their love blossomed and they created a safe haven for one another filled with dogs, yummy cocktails, and love. I love it.
Amelia said she always envisioned having a New Year’s Eve wedding. Prior to her wedding, her mom and her thrifted dozens of vintage clocks and dreamed up a cozy evening Black-tie wedding. They bought party hats, confetti, glitter- the works! They wanted a dreamy intimate romantic ceremony and a party that would go all-out glamorous and last all night.
The morning of their NYE wedding, I showed up ready for the party of the year in Nashville. When I arrived at the beautiful bridal suite, Amelia was getting ready with her best friends and surrounded by Chik Fil A nuggets. My kind of bride. 😉 Amelia wore an incredible dress by Hayley Paige from The Dress Theory and her bridesmaids all wore black dresses with accents of gold.
In true wedding day fashion, the weather took a turn on their wedding day and it started to pour rain the moment I arrived at their venue. However, we decided to take full advantage of the incredible wall-paper and moody lighting in the restored church where they held their wedding. I took portraits of Amelia and her bridesmaids in front of the beautiful wallpaper in her dressing room and then we snagged a few more in a beautiful room with exposed brick. It was seriously stunning. As a primarily outdoor photographer, it was such a fun challenge to shoot strictly indoors!
After hanging out with Amelia, I headed to Quinton’s getting ready suite downstairs. He and his gentlemen were playing pool and sharing cigars and whisky when I arrived. Quinton wore a tuxedo that was entirely 100% velvet and he absolutely rocked it. We snuck the guys outside when we had a short break in the weather to take groomsmen photos outside against the geometric wall. We rocked it and snuck back inside!
I’ll never forget the perfect glowy ambiance that set the stage for Amelia and Quinton’s ceremony. Without any natural light or overhead lighting on, they lined the aisle with white candles and chose low lighting on stage. It was so moody and romantic. They cried when they shared their vows and everyone in the room was laughing when they inserted their own jokes and personal anecdotes into their vows.
Once pronounced husband and wife, we took the wedding party outside for some outdoor wedding portraits! Amelia brought clear umbrellas and we decked out the wedding party with umbrellas. The overall effect of the umbrellas and crazy wind brought so much fun to their wedding party photos. Everyone was laughing and in good spirits as we fought with the weather.
After portraits were over, these two danced the night away. We partied all night long and I felt truly lucky to feel so welcomed by all their guests and family. When midnight struck, we all counted down together and threw confetti. Amelia and Quinton kissed at midnight and ended their wedding night the best way possible- with end of the night grilled cheese and a send-off with fake snow!
Two days later, we continued the wedding festivities by taking more portraits around their neighborhood in East Nashville. We ventured to one of their favorite dive bars and shared burgers and cocktails. It was 25% taking photos and more hanging out than anything. These two gave me a short tour around East Nashville and took me to some of their favorite bars. We got to laugh and hang out as friends and finish their wedding weekend recounting all the memories of their wedding day. It was so special to extend their wedding day experience with portraits and a food and bar tour in the place they call home!
Thank you so much you two for sharing your world with me and inviting me into your lives. It was an honor I’ll never ever forget!
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