It was a cloudy Saturday morning as Stephanie began getting ready for her wedding. All of her bridesmaids had arrived and room transformed from a meeting space into a makeshift salon. Hair curlers and flat irons sprouted from power outlets while various bottles and compacts spilled out of makeup bags.]
The wedding was at the beautiful Travellers Rest in south Nashville, the historical 1799 home of judge John Overton. I love shooting in places like these. There are always interesting elements that make it fun to photograph. Like the super tall windows! Or the antique wall decor. Earlier I had captured Andrew Jackson looming over the preparations. (He and Overton were close friends.)
While Stephanie sat in the far corner having her foundation applied, I moved around placing the large window directly behind her in the frame. Then adjusted my settings to account for the light streaming in. Click.
As soon as I pushed the button, I knew that this was going to be one of my favorite shots from the wedding. The composition was right. Soft, natural light poured through the window. And the figures were in the perfect positions. There was no directing or adjusting, everything just fell into place.
What makes this shot even more special is that the makeup artist is Stephanie’s maid-of-honor, her sister. It was clear from the laughter at their own inside jokes, to the little glances they shared throughout the day what a deep bond they had.
And that’s what the wedding celebration is for: sharing your incredible joy with family and friends. Making some of the best memories of your life. Even when Andrew Jackson crashes the party. ;)