Jennafer & Michael’s Cuscowilla Wedding

Hello friends! We’re on a roll around here with all the blog posts we’re trying to catch up on! Very excited to share some of our favorite pictures from Jennafer & Michael’s wedding today 🙂 Jennafer and I grew up together – her little sister and I were practically inseparable growing up and Jennafer was like a big sister to me. She and Dusty were even roommates at one point before he and I got married 🙂 So, it was quite an honor for us to be part of her wedding day. She and Michael are so perfect together and we just had the best time with them. It really is so much fun being a part of someone’s day like that when they are practically family. Their wedding weekend was held at the gorgeous Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in GA. Such a beautiful place for a wedding! It was so much fun and relaxed with everything all in one place.

It was a beautiful day full of laughter and celebrating. The Finesse Band was amazing and kept everyone on the dance floor. And seriously– how amazing is Jennafer’s dress?! Thank you to these fabulous vendors and a huge thank you to Jennafer & Michael for trusting us with your wedding day memories:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee

Flowers: Designs by Kent

Bride’s Dress: BHLDN – Designer: Catherine Deane

Band: The Finesse Band

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Yes, Leslie did get in the pool for this shot. It was the only way. 😉

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Friday Favorite | What we’re working on

Happy Friday everyone!! We’re busy busy over here and so excited for everything we have going on! Just thought we would show you a small sneak peek of some of the wonderful sessions we’ve done recently. Materniy pictures in East Nashville with Kitzie & Ben, family pictures in Franklin with the Overbays and engagement pictures in Spring Hill with Tyler & Madison! It’s such an honor to be a part of capturing these special memories 🙂 It’s really fun for us now that we’ve been through all of those stages- engagement, pregnancy and family life. We know how important each of those life stages are and we know how important these pictures will be to our clients.

Check back for more from each of these sessions soon!

**Also- our Spring Mini Sessions are booking up fast- please email us today at hello@leslieanddusty.com to reserve your spot!!

Kitzie & Ben’s maternity session in East Nashville

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Kitzie. You’ve always been stunning but you are EXTRA gorgeous as a glowing mama! 🙂

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Kitzie and Ben don’t have a name picked out quite yet for their little man so they’ve been calling him Biscuit 🙂 Love it!Maternity_Pictures Nashville_Maternity_Pictures

 

Family pictures in Franklin with the Overbays (Parker is a total ham. It was so fun just to let him do his thing and capture this sweet family!)

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Engagement Pictures with our sweet (and TALENTED) friends Tyler & Madison:

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Using Pinterest (in a positive way) to plan your wedding

Hello there friends! Well, if you haven’t read yesterday’s post/rant about Pinterest you should check that out first. I really hope I didn’t offend anyone. I had quite a few people saying they felt the exact same way but part of me feels like maybe I should clear a few things up:

  • By no means do I hate Pinterest. I think it can be an awesome tool and a great place for learning some really cool stuff, gathering great ideas, etc.
  • I also want everyone to know I love weddings with tons of details, and all those perfectly planned and executed ideas. I just want to urge people to make sure that whatever you’re doing that you’re being true to yourself!
  • I also don’t want our clients to feel like they can’t show us things they like on Pinterest. Please do! Just take the time to really think about what you like/want from your photography and why you feel that way. Is it a picture you genuinely connect with or just a shot you feel like you have to have because everyone else is doing it?

With that said, let’s talk about some great things to remember when using Pinterest to plan your wedding:

Gathering a big picture board of inspiration. Obviously there is no shortage of ideas, photo shoots, and real weddings to gather inspiration from. During the beginning stages of planning your wedding you might not know exactly what your vision is. Go ahead and pin everything that you like! The great thing about having everything on one board at first is that it allows you to see everything in a big picture way. Then you can start narrowing down your ideas and making your vision come together. This is so fun! Maybe once you have this ‘big picture’ board done with a few pictures then you can start building more detailed boards for each area of your wedding. Revisit this board and edit it (delete pins) to really narrow things down to what you want.

Narrowing down the things you want for each category of your wedding day. Maybe once you have your big picture board done then you can start building boards for each category. You’ll be able to use these to show your wedding vendors your ideas, things you love and hope to have. I just urge you to use what you see as inspiration. Don’t feel like you have to completely replicate everything you see! Make it your own.

Start following other wedding vendors and experts. You’ll be able to see what these professionals think and it’s a great place to start when looking for ideas. These wedding vendors do this for a living and can offer you a unique perspective. Hire a wedding planner. You won’t regret it. Then allow them to use your boards to help you plan a wedding that is unique to you as a couple!

Try not to micromanage. I know this is going to really ruffle some feathers but I want you to know- your vendors really do care about your wedding. We’re professionals at what we do and we want your wedding day to be absolute perfection. If you’re picking true professionals for your vendors then you don’t need to worry about each and every last detail. Use pinterest as a way to make sure you and your vendors are on the same page. Once you know they understand your vision, take a step back and allow them to do their job. You’ll be so happy when you just trust your vendors and enjoy your wedding planning process!! 🙂

Be realistic about your budget. Let’s face it. Some of the things you find on Pinterest are totally over the top. Just be mindful of this if you’re on a strict budget (most of us are!).

Turn. It. Off. Once you’ve pinned what you need for inspiration and you’ve shown your vendors what you want them to see…it’s time to take a break. Seriously. Turn it off. If you allow yourself to just keep pinning you’re going to drive yourself crazy (your fiance and your wedding planner too ;)).

I know wedding planning can be totally overwhelming. Please please please though- enjoy the process! It really can be fun if you just stay true to who you are as a couple, hire the right people and take a step back to enjoy it!

Looks like I’m not the only one with these thoughts. I love these ideas from Emily Humphries on Ashley’s Bride Guide. Check out her post: The Pinterest Affect: Don’t Let Pinterest Ruin Your Wedding. Amen Emily!

Happy Planning friends!

-Leslie

 

The guy’s perspective. Why Dusty loves shooting weddings

I (Dusty) absolutley LOVE this job!  First of all working with Leslie is AMAZING.  My parents ran a family business when I was growing up so it’s always been a dream of mine to run my own business one day.  Now it’s a reality and it couldn’t be more perfect working with Leslie.  I’m a big believer in doing work that means something and doing what you love. We plan to instill these principles in Davis so he can grow up and one day do the work he loves.  Relationships have always been very important to me.  I love getting to know our clients.  I love hearing their story and what brought them together.  Building genuine relationships makes our clients feel at ease and gives us a better opportunity to capture natural pictures.  Living these special moments with people is something that never gets old and delivering beautiful images is simply icing on the cake.I love shooting weddings with Leslie.  It’s so fun to hang out with the guys while Leslie is spending time with the girls.  I love getting shots of the groom and his buddies a few hours before the big moment.  I love getting shots like this of the groom before the ceremony. It’s a moment I remember from our wedding- writing Leslie a letter. I try to stay out of the way so the groom can feel comfortable.
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I love getting “guy” detail shots that Leslie might not notice.
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For some reason, I really like shoes…..I literally have more shoes than Leslie does…..I know it’s weird and I hate to admit it but it’s true…..that being said….I really like getting a shot of the bride and groom’s shoes together.
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I love seeing grandparents on the dance floor at a reception.  I love capturing this for the family to enjoy!
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In my opinion, the band makes or breaks the reception.  A great band knows how to get the party started.  I love taking shots of the band in action.
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We’re just really happy we get to do this for a living and get to be a part of people’s big celebrations!

-Dusty

 

{friday favorite} Barnsley Gardens Bridal Portraits

Happy Friday everyone! I’m excited to finally be able to share pictures from Katie’s bridal portrait now that she is officially Mrs. Lewis! We had such a great time at John & Katie’s wedding and I can’t wait to share pictures from that 🙂 John and I grew up together so it was really fun to watch him on his wedding day and capture all of the excitement. Katie was adorable and so excited to be marrying John. We had a blast at her bridal portraits.

Check out some of my favorites:

{friday favorite} Danielle & Michael Engagement

Happy Friday everyone! I’m officially back in the swing of things and very busy! I’m truly enjoying getting back to work and can’t wait to share all of the recent sessions we’ve done 🙂

Today I want to share some of my favorites from Danielle & Michael’s Nashville engagement session! This sweet couple was so much fun to work with and so relaxed. They are seriously cute and you can tell how much they love each other. It’s adorable 🙂 We’re really looking forward to their wedding at the end of June at Montaluce Winery & Estates in Dahlonega, GA. I’ve always wanted to shoot a wedding at a winery so I was more than excited when Danielle told me they wanted to book us! I seriously can’t wait for their big day. Thank you guys so much for traveling to Nashville for your engagement session! Check out some of my favorites:

Y’all. I didn’t do a thing to Danielle’s eyes. They’re just really that beautiful 🙂

{friday favorite} Meagan & Kevin’s Atlanta Wedding

Happy Friday everyone! Let’s take a break from Baby W posts today shall we? 😉 Although, we are getting SO close! I think this baby will be here soon so we’ll keep everyone updated!

Today, I want to share pictures from Meagan & Kevin’s gorgeous Atlanta wedding!! Dusty and I had such a great time shooting this wedding. We both went to UT with Meagan so it was quite an honor to be her photographers- and so much fun to see all of our friends! Their ceremony was at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and the unbelievably gorgeous reception was at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. They couldn’t have picked a more amazing location for their reception. This hotel is unreal!

Check out some (a ton) of my favorites from the day!

 

{friday favorite} Leiper’s Fork Engagement Session

Happy Friday everyone! I’m excited to share some of my favorite images from a recent engagement session in Leiper’s Fork, TN. I love this little, tiny town and all the great locations we were able to find! I met up with John and Katie (John is a good friend from growing up) and we had a great time! I’m very excited for their wedding next June at Barnsley Gardens in GA! John & Katie drove to Nashville for the weekend so we could do their engagement pictures. It was so much fun catching up with John and getting to know Katie! They are adorable and I can’t wait for their wedding!

Check out some of my favorites:

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I am so excited to finally be able to share these pictures of my friend Meredith! We did these bridal portraits at Barnsley Gardens. I absolutely love this place and can’t wait to shoot another wedding there later this year.

Check out some of my favorites of my beautiful friend:

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And of course when you’re taking pictures of a friend you’ve known your entire life there is bound to be a lot of laughing. So here are a couple of our ‘outtakes’ 🙂

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{friday favorite} Serenbe Engagement Session

Happy Royal Wedding Friday everyone! haha. I have really enjoyed watching all of the coverage from the Royal Wedding today! I am in love with Kate’s dress and I just think she is so beautiful. 🙂

Anyways— today’s Friday Favorite is a special one for me. 🙂 I’m so excited to share engagement pictures I did for one of my best friends from High School! Jenn and Allen are so wonderful together and I can’t wait to watch them get married! We met up a few weeks ago and did their engagement pictures at Serenbe in Palmetto, GA. This place is incredible!!! I was seriously on creative overload with all of the beautiful places for us to take pictures. It was such an honor to do these for a friend. I think I’ll say this every time one of my friends gets married!!

Enough talking— here are some of my favorites!

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