Courtney & James Greenhouse wedding at long hollow gardens | Nashville Artistic Wedding Photographer | Anjeanette Illustration Photography

Congrats Courtney & James!!!

 

Two weekends ago I was blessed to shot a lovely greenhouse wedding at the absolutely amazing Long Hollow Gardens in Gallatin- just a few moments outside of Nashville, Tn. Courtney & James were so awesome and relaxed they made me feel part of the family. The day was golden sunshiny warm, but perfect, with a lovely breeze and sweet clouds that hit right in the middle of the ceremony.  Elegant touches like the cellist for the ceremony and acoustic guitar during cocktail hour set the mood- and again the backdrop of a wildflower garden and nursery was so lovely. The folks at Bacon & Cavier had some killer ginger mules to refresh everyone after the service 'in the round'. Or so I heard! It was a delight working with spunky and fun planners Corinna Lindsey Weddings. Enjoy the photos!

Beyond ecstatic to have Courtney and James wedding published in Nashville number one Wedding & Inspiration blog for engaged couples- Ashley's Bride Guide! I have to give the credit for amazing detail planning to the bride, I have never had a wedding picked up so fast for publication (we are talking minutes after submission- the couple was still on honeymoon in Thailand!) Check out the wonderful blog and C&J post here

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First Look- such an intimate and romantic few moments. Usually the ONLY moment a couple has alone before they exit at the end of the night! Well alone except for me

(and I am quiet & capture from pretty far away)

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Nashville Artistic Wedding Photographer Southern Greenhouse wedding Anjeanette Illustration Photography
Nashville Artistic Wedding Photographer Southern Greenhouse wedding Anjeanette Illustration Photography
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Real Bride | Danielle | Anjeanette Illustration Photography

Hey, since the wedding ceremony is now officially over I get to release these photos on my way to the reception, right? Congratulations Danielle & Eddie-happy wedding day!

Bridal sessions are so difficult- stunning ladies, happy smiles and radiating joy, gorgeous light andlocations...and I cannot show off any photos until after the wedding! Such agony! An amazing day and young woman, what I love about Bridal sessions is the opportunity for the bride to wear the dress more than once while getting ALL the images she and myself want- without rush or jitters. Just enjoying the dress, the moment of peace, and the daydreams of the future!

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Cheekwood bridal session
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wedding photography Nashville Gallatin Hendersonville Tennessee
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Chris Lang Evans, North Carolina artisan photographer has some great thoughts on why a bride should do an bridal session before the wedding day. 

"Bridal portrait sessions are a great way to see a sneak peek of how you will look on your wedding day. You have put so much time into your decisions...dress, hair, jewelry...it is fine tuning the moment of your big entrance. Time is on your side. There are no worries if the schedule gets a little behind...as we already created and awesome bridal portfolio."

Bridal Portrait sessions are a great way to see a sneak peek of how you will look on your wedding day. - See more at:

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Photographed at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

 

 

Real Wedding Anniversary | The Pick Inn | Nashville Wedding Photographer Anjeanette Illustration

Happy Anniversary Laura & Jeremy!

Can you believe it has almost been a year?

No matter what the weather had planned that day, the bride and groom were just giddy about getting married to their best friend. Laura and Jeremy met in college and had a long courtship, and this couple was well prepared and planned for a long successfulmarriage. They were so sweet and in love and I just know they will remain newlyweds for many years.

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Nashville Area Artistic Wedding Photographer | Anjeanette Illustration Photography
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Nashville Area Artistic Wedding Photographer | Anjeanette Illustration Photography

Nashville Area Artistic Wedding Photographer | Anjeanette Illustration Photography
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Nashville Area Artistic Wedding Photographer | Anjeanette Illustration Photography
wedding photography Nashville Gallatin Hendersonville Tennessee

We had a beautiful first look session beside the swing & barn at their venue The Pick Inn in Gallatin, TN. And nothing like an overcast day to bring out rich saturated colours- and deer. We had a large crowd of four legged witnesses for the first time Jeremy set eyes on his bride before the ceremony.

The nuptials and reception were full oflaughter, and happy tears. And the blessings raining down from heaven made for an amazingly dramatic photo at the end of the night.

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wedding photography Nashville Gallatin Hendersonville Tennessee
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The nuptials and reception were full of  laughter, and happy tears. And the blessings raining down from heaven made for an amazingly dramatic photo at the end of the night.

Congratulations again Mr & Mrs Batson!

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This image can also be seen as featured on THE SOUTHEAST'S FINEST VENDOR DIRECTORY
 

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AJ was amazing!! She was so organized and on top of everything leading up to the wedding. She answered my thousand questions and made me feel very comfortable with the process. On the actual wedding day, things were chaotic, as we were one of the lucky couples to have an outdoor wedding on a rainy day! AJ stayed so calm and positive despite all the last min changes to our schedule/plan. It helped us to stay calm as well - which meant everything to me! Most importantly, the photos were beautiful. We loved her so much & were grateful to have her be a part of capturing our day. Thank you so much for everything! - Laura B.

Laura and Jeremy's wedding by Nashville Artistic Wedding Photographer Anjeanette Illustration Photography also featured on the Mrster blog and this awesome article Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: How To Deal With Rain On Your Wedding Day

Real Wedding | Bridal Session | Maytanee at Monthaven

A few weeks before the big day Maytanee and I met up for a killer bridal session at Monthaven, home of the Hendersonville Arts Council. We had fun exploring the historic homes rooms full of antique settees and mantle pieces, as well as amazing paintings and other artwork from local Tennessee artists.

This image can also be seen as featured on THE SOUTHEAST'S FINEST VENDOR DIRECTORY

It was so hard to sit on these images and wait to show off gorgeous glowing Maytanee! I am releasing these today because this beauty married her man Mark Saturday- enjoy these while I prepare the rest of the weekends photographs which include a traditional Thai engagement dowry ceremony at her home, as well as an American ceremony and reception at Monthaven.

Thank you to Dana Sherlin Farley for wedding planning and

Ashley May for makeup artistry!

Don't miss out on getting to wear your dress more than once! Bridal sessions are included in most of my wedding packages- Test out your hair and makeup, feel like a star, and have a special session just for you- or trade it for a sexy trash the dress after the wedding session with your new husband later!

Engagement Session featured on In Love In The City blog!

Os excited that Maytanee and Marks Fall Engagement session was featured on In Love In The CIty! Colorado city girl and amazing photographer Ashley has an amazing blog full of wonderful work- I am very honored to be a part of that collection of amazing city photographers!

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Here are a few extra images from the session because I cannot release the amazing Maytanee's bridal session photos- I am so excited to show them off!

Cannot wait! 15 days until the wedding of this lovely couple!

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Hendersonville Tn Wedding photographer Anjeanette Illustration Photography
Hendersonville Tn Wedding photographer Anjeanette Illustration Photography
Hendersonville Tn Wedding photographer Anjeanette Illustration Photography
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The Tennessean and The Star News Feature: Finding the best Photographer for your wedding

This is copied word for word from the Tennessean article by Hollie Deese, for the Sumner county Wedding Issue Spring 2015 :)

January 29, 2015   Hollie Deese, For Sumner County Publications, The Tennessean

People put a lot of pressure on themselves to make sure they get the absolute best pictures on their wedding day, and for good reason. After all, it is probably going to be one of the more pricey affairs they’ll ever have on a day they look absolutely incredible. Good photographic documentation is necessary.

Choosing a photographer whose work you love is easy — just look at their portfolio. But finding one who you won’t mind being around for maybe 8-10 hours, shooting intimate moments of the big day from getting dressed to first kiss, is another matter. That’s why meeting in person before booking is key to getting it right.

“Communication with your photographer is the most important part of figuring out what you want and what you can expect,” says Anjeanette Ridner Hoer of Anjeanette Illustration Photography in Hendersonville. “See the photographers portfolio, meet up with ones you like, ask questions, just get to know them.”

In-your-face photographers

With the rise in popularity of candid shots, photographers can get pretty up close and personal with the couple and their guests. This can result in some incredible shots, but the sometimes-aggressive style also can cause some seriously cranky guests. It’s best to know up front what to expect.

“Each photographer will have their own shooting style, so it’s important to find out what will work with your wishes,” says Ridner Hoer. “Weddings are serious affairs as well as the largest parties of your life. Because of the emotional and serious nature of the commitment two people are making before their families, I do feel my job is to be a silent observer. I am there to record your memories and as such should not be in your face or conspicuous.”

She will, however, make herself known when it comes time to wrangle unruly groups together for the necessary posed shots and suggests groups get as many done before the service as possible in order to maximize celebration time.

“I will potentially use my ‘mom’ voice so that your time is handled smoothly and efficiently and you can be on your way to a cake and dancing,” she says.

To give even more time back to brides to celebrate, she is even asking all of her future brides to do wedding portraits before the wedding day once the dress is fitted. “Of course, those will be kept under lock and key and certainly not released until after the wedding,” she says.

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Cell phone use

Over the past decade there has been a new and highly invasive guests at weddings, and that is guests’ cell phones. Love them or hate them, they are not going away, although more and more brides are asking guests to not use them during the ceremony, some even going so far as to have guests check their phones for many reasons. Some just want their guests to be present in the moment. Others don’t want social media flooded with images before the reception even starts.

But many more couples are realizing that a guest with a cell phone can ruin any number of key moments from the wedding, a wedding they are paying a decent amount of money to a professional to capture for them.

“Many memories have been ruined with excited relatives snapping away with camera flashes,” she says. “I may not be able to Photoshop out a large pink bedazzled iPad from the front of your first kiss.”

She has even shot a wedding where a well-meaning relative videotaped the entire ceremony with his phone — by standing directly behind the officiant.

“There was no way for me to discreetly ask him to shift a bit, and so he is in every single ceremony photo,” she says. “His phone is literally right between their heads.”

Instead, she suggests guests save the camera phones for the reception when all the action happens and the photographer can’t possibly catch it all.

“I cannot be everywhere for all the fun moments all around the room, and they will be so fun to look through and share with the happy couple later,” she says.

Preparing a Plan B

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Even the best laid plans can be derailed, and the weather can be the top wild card for brides who attempt an outdoor affair. That’s why it is important to choose a photographer who can quickly adjust to any situation.

“Check with your venue for rain or inclement weather spots and double check that there are also various spots for wedding photos and ceremony areas that you like,” Ridner Hoer says. “See it for yourself, and make plans for a large tent regardless of the forecast. Another outdoor concern is bright sun and harsh shadows if you get married at high noon. Make sure your photographer has experience with a variety of weather and indoor or outdoor lighting conditions.”

She says it’s more than OK to ask for photo samples from weddings in similar situations to yours and take into account the time of day for the ceremony.

“Research sunset times and ask your photographer about the ‘Golden Hour,’ the best time for outdoor photos,” she says.

If all else fails she comes equipped with pretty umbrellas and a positive attitude.

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“Know that something weird will happen on your day,” she says. “Some little thing may not work, or someone may be late. The schedule is probably going to run over somewhere at some point. A candle may not light. Deep breaths — it’s all going to be beautiful. Remind yourself that nothing silly like that is going to destroy your wedding.”

“I am an available light photographer- meaning I use BOTH natural light and flash photography for rich saturated images and beautiful skin. I like artistic textures and overlays on your images. Know what a photographers portfolio looks like to see what you can expect at YOUR wedding! Know what people look like in your photographer’s portfolio, but please do not ask them to change their shooting style or you to a size that is not your own."

More tips from a photographer

To achieve lasting images, Anjeanette Ridner Hoer of Anjeanette Illustration Photography in Hendersonville offers up the following:

1. “Have confidence in yourself, happiness and a real smile is the best advice I can give. You are beautiful. Period. All anyone is looking for is that smile and sparkling eyes as you come down the aisle. “

2. “In regards to makeup, I really prefer professionally applied makeup that is well set. Avoid using makeup you would not normally or have never used before, extra makeup that is not waterproof, and avoid shimmery glittery powders if you have not seen a professional photo of yourself with them before. They often appear glossy or shiny.”

3. “Yes, Photoshop is an awesome tool, but a wedding is a real live event, and you should want to be able to recognize yourself in your photos. I do not do severe heavy body work. I will remove a bulge that is not really you, but a product of a pose or dress seam. I make skin glow, and I pose and shoot to complement your beauty. I may do more or less Photoshop work than you know if I am doing it right.”

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4. “I am an available light photographer- meaning I use BOTH natural light and flash photography for rich saturated images and beautiful skin. Some photographers use one or the other exclusively. I like artistic textures and overlays on your images, and some photographers prefer none and do no alterations. Know what people look like in your photographer’s portfolio, but please do not ask them to change you to a style that is not your own. Or be prepared to pay additional edit fees if you want extensive work.”

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From Anjeanette:

I was so blessed to be contacted by Hollie Deese from the Tennessean, and she did a wonderful job of compiling and making sense of my answers! I did not have an opportunity for this interview to reference or cite the many photographers, articles and blogs I have read that I am certain influenced my answers. There are so much information and blogs on the subject when you Google it. There are many ways to find the right wedding photographer, and of course I would love to be considered as yours!

My gift to you: Unique Personalized Portrait Cake Toppers! From Nashville Wedding Photographer Anjeanette Illustration Photography

As both a fine art illustrator, painter, and photographer I am always looking for ways to utilize all of my passions. I have seen some adorable cake toppers recently, little clothes pin people on Pinterest actions figures, and unique items that convey the couples personalities so much better than a store bought, pre packaged plastic figurine!

How cool wouldindividual portrait cake toppers of the Bride & Groom be?

And I thought to myself "Hey Ayjey (my friends call me Ayjey_you can call me Ayjey, too. Let's be friends. Ok that got a little weird) ANYWAYS, I said to myself girl you are a portrait artist! What better way to personalize a memorable gift for your clients than a portrait?" Many of my clients I meet through word of mouth or through friends, and most I develop a friendship with. I truly get misty eyed when I photograph your vows folks.I get to be a part of and witness some amazing moments in peoples lives! Although I am your employee and vendor as a wedding photographer, I also like to give a little gift to each couple to express my happiness for them.

Because I am kinda cheesy that way, alright! I like you, I really like you!

My gift to my clients will be one of a kind portrait cake toppers

- I am just starting this and so excited! It may not be the perfect match for every wedding theme, however it is a fun memento of the day love turned your world upside down. Each custom cake topper will be cut out figures on heavy Arches cold press watercolourpaper stock, sized either 8x10 or 9x12 before cut out. After sketching and painting I will cut out and mount themto long bamboo skewer sticks so they are easily and attractively ready to place on the top tier cake. You will have original reception decor! These fun toppers would also be a whimsical grooms cake topper!

 

My July 2015 bride Jessica let me try the first set out on her! This couple is so much fun-Owen is a woodworker and blacksmith training at the Appalachian Center for Craft, and Jessica is the most "funnest" elementary uni-cycling teacher ever! This adorable couple is separated most of the week until their wedding, when they do get to spend weekends together they serve at church in the Lifekids area of Lifechurch.tv on Sundays! So excited for their life together. Thankful I will get to capture the wedding day as their photographer! I will prolly photograph these once we get them on the cake, I will keep y'all posted ;)

Here is Patch the Cat checking out the finished toppers- look above to see these on the cake!

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For fun here is the Wiki on Wedding cake toppers

 

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