Anna and Nicolas’s joyous summer afternoon wedding celebration in Brentwood, Tennessee was such a delight!
These couple blended diverse family traditions (Anna’s family is Polish heritage, Nicolas’s is Brazillian) to create an atmosphere of love and happiness. Having already taken their formal wedding vows at the LDS Temple in Franklin, Anna and Nicolas centered this day around a simple, ring exchange ceremony at the historic Cool Springs House.
Their first look
We met that day in the Temple garden and the flowers were bursting with color. The day was sunny and bright, which can sometime be a challenge! However, by using the right angles of light, we created so many beautiful portraits! Although Anna and Nicolas had taken their sacred vows inside Temple the day before, they had not seen each other’s wedding attire. So they really wanted a “first look,” which is always so fun to photograph! Giggling with anticipation, Nicolas’s sister and brother-in-law guided the groom to the garden. Nicolas was blindfolded and could not see a thing! As you can see in these shots, he removed the blindfold was overcome with happiness! Afterward, we had planned enough time to create sweet, romantic wedding day portraits around the garden.
Summer Wedding Celebration at Cool Springs House
Finally, it was time to join family and friends at the Cool Springs House in Brentwood. We hopped in the car and drove about 20 minutes to Brentwood’s Crockett Park. I have to say, this wedding venue is one of my favorites! Everything is close at hand, which makes logistics a breeze. Yet, there are so many beautiful scenery possibilities! Anna and Nicolas adorned the rustic barn in a simply, classic style, with baby’s breath, greenery and trailing white roses. A bagpipe processional began the ceremony, where the couple exchanged rings and finally a kiss. Then we created memorable family and friend photographs for nearly everyone who had traveled so far to attend!
Food and music are universal languages
Inside the house, guests had their choice veggies, cheeses, and a fun candy station with takeaway goodie bags! Anna and Nicolas had their first dance in the shade of the patio, and soon guests were kicking up their heels as well. Though many of Nicolas’s family spoke Portuguese, there is no universal language like music! And along with music, nothing binds folks together like great food! All the guests seemed delighted the Kabob Bus food truck which arrived to offer up plenty of tasty options.
Evening sunset glow
Finally, as our time was winding down, Anna and Nicolas were enthusiastic to step away for a few more private, romantic portraits, which always makes my heart sing! The timing was perfect — just as the sun was fading behind the trees. In these photos, it’s easy to see the genuine love in their eyes and to sense their relaxed, happy feelings as their amazing summer wedding celebration drew to a close.