Cause a Batman-Brun wedding don't stop! I recently traveled to Tennessee to capture my friends Jordan and Tyler as they finally took the plunge. I've worked with Jordan in the past and played a bit of soccer with both of them, so it was an easy decision when they asked if I would come down and spend a day and night in the country with them. We started the day at a beautiful church in Hendersonville, Our Lady of Lake. The ladies got Jordan perfected, the gents patiently waited for instruction, and dad anxiously awaited his little girl in a tradition he knew nothing about. He said after our first look with tears in his eyes (because of course!), "I didn't know this was a thing you could do, but I really appreciate you offering to do this." It's one of the most emotional moments of the day. I usually have to take deep breaths myself to steady my hands when dad sees his baby as a bride for the first time.
But despite dads effort to be the most adorable moment of the day, he was trumped by Tyler's reaction to seeing Jordan. With a gorgeous setting surrounding us at every turn, it wasn't hard to find a spot to get some photos of just the two of them. This is the first time I've photographed the two of them together, and their chemistry is undeniable. Their attraction to one another is obvious, although that could be in part to Tyler's constant announcing of his admiration of his *WIFE's beauty, but mostly because they truly make each other happy. Their wasn't a moment in the day that they weren't smiling, laughing or winking at one another. #couplegoals for real.
Now, when I say this was an amazingly entertaining and fun wedding, I feel like I'm not doing it enough justice. I've been racking my brain and even googling searching obscure words that could potentially even halfway do this event justice... but I don't think anything exists. It was beautiful, welcoming, hilarious, loving, emotional, energetic, perfect, and one of the biggest groups of photogenic people I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know. They allowed (encouraged) me to light stuff on fire, and let me pose them as if they are a Norwegian death metal band, which is quickly become one of my most favorite shots I've ever orchestrated. The gentlemen had no hesitations when I requested they choose their own pose for one of the their shots with the groom and believe it or not, I only had to not post one of those poses due to the level of inappropriate!!! Way to go guys!
We did some family photos before the wedding itself so we could really enjoy the party after the kiss. We celebrated the official union in a Catholic ceremony. The architecture was a real bummer, as there were so many obstructions and restrictions, I couldn't move much... now please re-read in your most sarcastic tone because holy cow- what a BEAUTIFUL venue! I had NO restrictions whatsoever any the natural lighting made balancing my lighting a breeze.
After the ceremony, we headed to a farm in Portland, Tennessee, where the most impressive tent was erected in the middle of a field (See Reeds Event Rentals!). Jordan and Tyler had mentioned that if I wanted to camp out, I would be more than welcome to as most the guests would be doing the same. After careful consideration, I ultimately chose to stay in a hotel, but looking back, it would've been really killer to spend the night in the middle of the country. There was beer, wine, the freshest pork ever, PIES GALORE, epic sunsets, laughter filled speeches, dancing, dancing, more dancing, a million stars, keg stands, and a bonfire that lasted longer into the night than I ever could. Thank you all involved for embracing me so effortlessly- you were an absolute blast to work with, thanks for partying. And especially the Batman and Brun families, I hope I caught everything you wanted and more. <3