Takesha & Shawn {Nashville Elopement Photographer}

I recently had a wonderful time capturing another elopement in Nashville, this time for Takesha and Shawn!

They had the sweetest  elopement at Ellington Agricultural Center, which was officiated by Elope in Nashville. These two lovebirds wanted this celebration of their marriage to be just the two of them. They had a great time spending the weekend in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel after their ceremony.

I loved working with them, and they were both so kind and fun to be around! Although this elopement was animal-free, they do have two boxers at home that they plan to bring from Indiana to Nashville next time they visit -- and I can't wait!

~ Mandy

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Jesse & Cody {Nashville Elopement Photographer}

There are so many reasons why I love elopements, especially ones like Jesse and Cody's recent elopement at the Riverwood Mansion! These two lovebirds came from Springfield, MO with a few of their closest friends and family to celebrate their marriage.

The Riverwood Mansion is a beautiful place to say your vows, and Sue with Elope in Nashville created a lovely elopement ceremony inside the mansion for Jesse and Cody.

After taking photos there, we headed into downtown, which was their first time in downtown Nashville! Although they don't have any pups yet, they were certainly checking out every dog we passed in town -- so I won't be surprised if one joins their family in the future! 

They also had a fun Friday the 13th invite and wedding ring case, so it's even more fitting to share it on Halloween! And just wait until you see her gorgeous hair which Cody did herself with the help of a friend!

Thank you, Jesse and Cody, for giving me the opportunity to capture such a special day for you.

~ Mandy

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Vendors: 

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal 

Veil: BlancaVeils

Bouquet and Boutonnière: The Blooming Corner

Her Wedding Rings: DesignByAndre

His Wedding Ring: HawkinsHandicrafts

Suit: John's Suit Shop in Springfield, MO

Invitations: HydraulicGraphix 

Hair and Makeup: Hair by Haille


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4 Ways to Include Your Pet on Your Wedding Day {Nashville Wedding Photographer}

*This article was also featured on the CJ's Off the Square blog.

I love it when my couples include pets in their wedding day. After all, they are family too! Here are a few tips on how to include them in a stress free way.

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1. Find a Pet-Friendly Wedding Venue

Not all venues are pet friendly so make sure you ask before you book if you want to include your furry friend. Even if the venue is pet friendly, make sure they are pet friendly to the extent you need them to be. If you want your little pup with you while you are getting ready, but the venue only allows him to be outside, it might not be the right fit for you.

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2. Designate Someone to Be a Pet Handler

The best advice I can give is to find a pet handler for your wedding day, since it really helps takes the stress off you! This can certainly be a guest, but it must be someone who won’t be in any of the formal photos so they can handle your pup without worrying about getting dirty, and they will be able to take them home at the appropriate time.

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3. Include Pet Decor

You can add an additional touch of pet love by adding pet decor in your wedding. You could have a pet related theme on your invitations. At the wedding you can add a take-home treat table, or you could even have a 'dog park' set up for your pup and any of the guest's dogs that attend your celebration! Consider including your pup in your engagement photos and display them at the wedding location as well.

4. Know Your Pet

Not every dog is up for a wedding celebration. Some pups get nervous in crowds and just aren’t going to be a good at walking those rings down the aisle. Please don’t try to force your pup to participate when you know they won't enjoy it. If I’m talking about your pup (and don’t worry, I have one of those as well) and you’d really like to include him/her, consider having that friend we talked about bring them in for a few photos with just the two of you!

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Mandy Whitley Photography is Nashville's premiere pet photographer. Mandy Whitley creates fun and playful photographs with pets and their people. She photographs portrait sessions, family sessions, couple portraits, and weddings - as well as just pets! To inquire about booking a photo session, contact Mandy!