The early October wedding of Christy and Andrew in Nashville was personal to me. As much as I was looking forward to it as another exciting wedding event to photograph, I was more excited by the fact that in the run up to the big day, I had the chance to get to know the couple more closely and build a connection that made their wedding all the more meaningful for me to capture.
Aside from the many common friends and connections that we share through the thread of wedding referrals that led Christy and Andrew to me, back in June, they warmly welcomed me in Nashville to do their engagement session and showed me all the hospitality they could offer. I had so much fun getting to know them closely while doing their urban themed engagement photo shoot.
I also got to connect with Andrew even more closely when, a couple of months later, he spent a weekend with me in Dallas second-shooting an Indian wedding. One interesting thing that came about from this visit is that Andrew, a photography buff himself, hit it off with my son who had recently taken interest in photography. When we encountered some last minute changes to the wedding photography plans, Andrew suggested that my son join me in Nashville to assist in photographing his wedding.
As his first wedding photography gig, this meant a lot to my son who poured his heart into doing a good job to impress me and, of course, the groom who believed in his potential. The sentimental dad in me was thrilled to have my son as my apprentice and companion on this trip. It meant the world to me to see his innate talent at work for the first time all thanks to Andrew.
Wrapping up their wedding journey that started exactly one year ago when Andrew proposed to Christy in the most romantic setting in the Yosemite National Park with the Half Dome as their backdrop, the couple tied the knot in Andrew’s beloved hometown’s St. Verena American Coptic Orthodox Church. Two other venues of choice for the Nashville wedding were the Union Station Hotel for the bridal party’s getting-ready and the Marriot at Vanderbilt University for the reception. The Nashville Union Station was one of my favorite spots for the day. It’s full of character and offered gorgeous vintage backdrops for the romantic shots of the bride and groom.
From beginning to end, the wedding day was full of warm and happy vibes, but nothing was more inspiring than capturing the sweet and joyful couple, so genuinely in love, celebrate tying the knot surrounded by a close knit community of family and friends.
Congratulations to Andrew and Christy and here’s to celebrating their big day with some of my favorite picks from their wedding album.