Thursday, October 24, 2013
Graceful. Soft. Sweet. That was my first impression of photographer, Amy Nicole of Amy Nicole Photography, when we bumped into one another at Houston Station's Venue Crawl. She left a positive impression. I wanted to know more about her, her brides and her work.
It was weeks later, over coffee, that I realized my first impression was right. She is genuine and kind. She's a lot like her photography - soft, simple, natural and unforced. And, she's a lot like her brides and grooms - unfussy about their wedding but very focused on marriage, family and memories.
Creating everlasting images for a couple's memory box is important to Amy Nicole, who got started in wedding photography after finding her grandparent's war love letters. Those letters, combined with her own recent wedding, fueled a desire to help other couples see the importance of not just hiring a professional photographer but also printing photos and creating albums that their grandkids will someday enjoy.
Get to know Amy Nicole Photography via my interview. Should you find that you're also drawn to Amy's personality, philosopy and style, invite her to capture your love story and to produce timeless, professional photos for your first, family heirloom.
It's also worth noting: Amy is new to Nashville and has wedding dates available. Right now, she's a huge value only because she's new. Soon, she will be "that" photographer that's a splurge. She's one to watch. I guarantee it.
Amy, tell me about your photography.
I’m a natural-light wedding photographer who creates timeless, joyful and authentic photographs.
How many years have you been in business?
I’ve been shooting for about six years, but officially started my business in 2012.
How did you get started in weddings?
I shot a few weddings in college for friends, as I was introduced to the wedding world through some photographer friends. Boy, have I fallen in love. I got my start in photojournalism, so I’ve always felt a draw to telling stories and meeting new people.
What do you like most about weddings?
I strongly believe in the beauty of marriage and I find it such an honor and joy to be a part of a couple’s life on their wedding day. It’s a day of joy, laughter, family and celebration! I absolutely loved my wedding day and to be chosen as the photographer for someone’s wedding takes on a whole new meaning to me now.
What is your service philosophy?
I’m an intentional photographer who seeks to capture stories in their graceful simplicity. With a background in photojournalism, I strive to create timeless and emotional photographs that couples can share for years to come. I also believe in true, hand-held photographs and heirlooms. I include photographs or an album in each wedding collection, as I want my couples to have something to share and treasure for all the years of their marriage. I believe in simple life and simple love. I work creatively and unobtrusively so that couples can indulge in the day without an ounce of worry. That doesn’t mean I’ll sacrifice moments, rather, I’ll be capturing the moments they may have missed. I’ll get the details they’ve worked so hard on, but I’ll catch the emotions they may not have expected.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
As mentioned above, I strive to create heirlooms for my couples. I love marriage and I want my couples to have real keepsakes to pass down and share with their children. It’s an opportunity for me to tell their story and for my couples to share their story. I think in a world of convenience and technology, we’ve lost the art of creating and sharing tangible documents of our lives.
What attracts brides to your service/company?
My art, my joy and my love to tell authentic stories is what I believe attracts brides. My style is a mix of photojournalism and portraiture, which creates emotional photographs. Beyond that, I truly love what I do and am very thankful to be doing it. I’m easygoing and I’ve been a bride recently, so I can empathize and be a friend through it all. I also have a very intentional, yet laid-back approach.
What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?
Couples would say that they chose me for my storytelling approach and my belief in real photographs and heirlooms. I would say they also enjoyed the comfortable and easygoing atmosphere that is part of the Amy Nicole Photography experience.
Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?
I’ve found many of the couples that are attracted to Amy Nicole Photography love timeless photographs and are genuinely excited about their marriage more than their wedding. They tend to be relaxed with a sense of humor and totally in love!
How should brides and grooms contact you to learn about your wedding services?
Company Name: Amy Nicole Photography
Main Contact: Amy Cherry
Phone Number: 615-601-0624
Email Address: email@example.com
Follow them on Twitter: @amynicolephoto
Become a Facebook fan: Amy Nicole Photography
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I've often read that humans are paralyzed by too many choices. If we're offered 50 ice cream flavors, we are initially excited by all of the choices, but often, we end up choosing vanilla.
After years of serving the luxury, Nashville bride, who was willing to pay for gourmet flavors, Bill and Deanna realized that the "vanilla" bride was not hiring a videographer and was later regretting not having a video from her wedding. For the vanilla bride, who is often overwhelmed by all of the choices and costs, they created Vanilla Scoop Video.
Vanilla Scoop Video is all the video you need and nothing more.
This is a no brainer. No options to weigh. No sacrifices. No remorse over spending too much for all of the bells and whistles. No regrets for not having a wedding video. Vanilla Scoop Video is a simple decision. Starting at only $495, it's not going to break your wedding budget, but it will give you a simple video of your ceremony to enjoy, over and over - your grooms entrance, your bridesmaids, your entrance, your vows and all of the ceremony's emotion.
You won't regret spending $495, but, I promise you, you will regret not investing in one of the few things that remain long after your wedding day.
If you have find yourself choosing between the items that you want now (the dress, the flowers, the cake) versus the video that you will cherish forever, Vanilla Scoop Video might just be the solution. Contact Bill and Deanna of Vanilla Scoop Video at 615-473-2625. Oh, and if you LOVE wedding videos and they were a -must have- for you from day one, then you may want to consider their full service company instead, First Dance Pictures.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Netra is a dedicated follower of AshleysBrideGuide.com. She called me in search of a must-have linen that she'd seen online. We chatted about the linen and her wedding. We talked for over an hour. She told me that she'd seen a piano cake designed by The Cupcake Collection, that I featured months ago, and knew they were the ones to create a surprise treat for her groom. She seemed more excited about her groom's cake than her own bridal cake!
The groom's cupcake tower:
During wedding planning, Netra's then fiance, Mark, was laid back and allowed her to take the lead when it came to making wedding decisions. He supported her and her preferences. But, it was important to Netra that Mark knew he mattered and that their wedding day was not just about her. She wanted a groom's cake that spoke to one of his loves, Kappa Alpha Psi.
She met with Mignon and Netta, at The Cupcake Collection, and explained her vision. She gave them free reign and The Cupcake Collection took it from there.
The theme: Kappa Alpha Psi
The concept: A cupcake tower versus a groom's cake. The tower would offer a variety of cake flavors for guests and different elements of the theme.
The flavors: Red Velvet, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Sweet Potato, Wedding Cake
The look: 175 cupcakes on a custom stand; red cupcake liners provided by the bride; edible fraternity shields, candy canes and diamonds - all created by the baker; paperweight letters
The result: Mark was not only surprised, but he LOVED his cupcake tower. Some of his fraternity brothers were a bit jealous, but, Netra got the wow that she sought for Mark. It was his favorite part of the wedding.
The bridal cake:
The groom's cupcake tower was certainly meant to be the focal point; she wanted her groom to be the star. But, she also didn't want a boring cake. She wanted something small, but stunning enough to wow. She described her style and cake vision to the designers at The Cupcake Collection and they created an initial sketch. It wasn't her. It was grand and over the top, which they thought she'd like based on their conversation. It would certainly turn heads, but Netra didn't like it.
The Cupcake Collection asked Netra to relinquish control and trust them to do what they knew best, design cakes that their clients love. Once Netra did, The Cupcake Collection went back to the drawing board. Instead of depending solely on her descriptions, they went to her Pinterest boards where they saw her style visually: elegant, sophisticated, modern with jewel-toned, beading and chevron as design elements. They combined her words, her pins and her personality to sketch a cake that Netra loved!
The theme: Sophisticated Elegance
The concept: A memorable, custom cake stand that combined the bride's favorite elements along with a cake tier
The flavor: Wedding Cake
The result: Netra loved her wedding cake! The stand has become very popular with other Nashville brides at bridal shows.
Netra's wedding was photographed by Roland's Photography.
Monday, October 21, 2013
This Friday and Saturday (October 25 and 26), Tennessee brides will get the chance to try on designer gowns by Kelly Faetanini. Arzelle's is hosting the designer's Spring 2014 Trunk Show where Kelly will be on hand to personally help you find the dress of your dreams.
Appointments are appreciated. Call the gals at Arzelle's at 615.327.1020.
Photos: Designer's Facebook page
Friday, October 18, 2013
When Wedding 101 asked the Nashville Zoo to serve as the venue for their style shoot, there was no hesitation. Yes! Kindell, Amanda and crew at the Zoo were excited to show Nashville's luxury brides the beauty of their natural space and just how magical it can be, especially when placed in the hands of creative Nashville wedding professionals.
With Great Gatsby meets Water for Elephants as their inspiration, every hand-picked vendor added their own interpretation and made this style shoot remarkable. The concept, a brainchild of two Nashville planners, Camie Occasions & Savoir Faire Weddings & Events, lent itself to many areas of the Zoo. Those areas included the historic home, the pavilion, Botswana and the Elephant Exhibit. No area was off limits as these pros turned the Nashville Zoo into the perfect palette, in its full, natural beauty or ultra-styled to the max.
As you can imagine, when working with animals you must be patient and creative. It's not easy but Elizabeth Jean Photography and John Jordan Films did an incredible job capturing every scene and detail.
This photo alone is what sold me on a Nashville Zoo wedding. Combining ultra modern seating and a ceremony with the elephants in the background - creative genius! With a truly visionary team, the sky is the limit.
I must add a disclaimer: The couple's session with the elephants was a full production that required heavy assistance from the Zoo's staff. Unfortunately, this level of assistance is not customary. The photos serve for inspiration purposes only and are not likely to be recreated. Sorry!
The dynamic, Great Gatsby themed team was assembled by Wedding 101 and included:
Event Venue: Nashville Zoo
Photography: Elizabeth Jean Photography Wedding
Venue: Nashville Zoo
Event Design: Camie Occasions & Savoir Faire Weddings & Events
Catering: Taste of the Wild
Bride’s Dress: The Spoiled Lady
Groom’s Attire: American Tuxedo
Cake: Sweet Face Cakes
Floral Designer: Greenfinch Floral Design
Makeup: Christi Smith Makeup Artist
Paper and Invitations: Darby Cards
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Southern Events
Rings: Platinum Jewelers
Videography: John Jordan Films