Alex and Ali, Nashville Enagagement Session

After photographing Ali's older sister's wedding and Ali's senior portraits a few years ago, I was thrilled when I got the call that Ali was engaged! Her family has been so sweet and supportive. When I met with Alex and Ali they said, "We're open to whatever you think will look great! We're looking for something a little different than the whole 'field, barn, girl in boots' deal" and I knew we were going to be a perfect fit.

Proposal story: After meeting at a Christmas party through mutual friends, Alex proposed a year later at the same Christmas party through a rigged white elephant gift.

Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore
Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore

"Ali is really funny to me. She was very shy at first but I made the decision early on to pursue her and it's been beautiful to see how she's opened up." - Alex

Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore

"Alex is incredibly blunt in a good way, he is always making people think about a different side to something. He's also really a sweetheart, who may or may not think he's way funnier than he is." -Ali

Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore

I absolutely loved getting to photograph these two. They were constantly making me laugh. We enjoyed exploring up and down the creaky staircases of Marathon Village and then headed outdoors onto the streets of Nashville with a tandem bike that was Ali's parents.

Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore
Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore
Nashville Engagement Photography Rachel Moore

Alex and Ali are getting married this August at the Bridge Building here in Nashville. I cannot wait to get to photograph their wedding!

Laura and Jonathan's Engagement Session, Carnton Plantation and Downtown Franklin

Laura and I met in home group though our church, The Village Chapel. She is a bright, beautiful girl who moved here after college to be a school teacher. Our home group feels like a family, so I was thrilled for Laura when she got engaged and wanted me to take their engagement photos. I got to meet Jonathan, her other half, and loved witnessing their sweet relationship. Laura wanted the engagement session to be in Franklin, where she has family history. Her Mom was born and raised in Franklin, her grandfather and great-grandfather were both County judges, and there's a family farm in town still running as well. We started at the lovely Carnton Plantation, then ventured into Downtown Franklin. Laura will be getting married this summer back in TX and moving there to be with Jonathan afterwards. We will miss her dearly!

Carnton Plantation Engagement Session
Carnton Plantation Engagement Session

Jonathan and Laura met their Junior year of high school in TX, Laura got to be really close friends with Jonathan's sister, and got to know his family that way. Some sparks flew on their Senior trip to LA, but they then went their separate ways to college. They got back in touch, tried dating long distance, and got back together again when Jonathan's brother in-law was set on in. "Dating Jonathan has been the most fun and natural thing. The Lord has been so faithful in both of our lives and it was been amazing to see the work He did in both of us to bring us to this place today."

Carnton Plantation Engagement Session
Carnton Plantation Engagement Session

"We got engaged on October 11, 2013 at Arrington Vineyards. After months of lies and secrets, Jonathan had my family and his flown in to be a part of the big day. -- When we arrived, my dad was waiting for me and walked me up to where Jonathan was waiting. I knew what was going on once I saw my dad, but could not wrap my head around all of it. Jonathan had typed a letter that he read to me. I was humbled by the words that he used to describe me and how he promised to love and care for me like Christ loves us. He had a blanket with our names on it and the ring waiting. He got down on one knee and proposed. Our family and close friends were waiting near by and some were hidden in the vines getting pictures of the whole thing."

Caldwell and Carolyn, Nashville Engagement Session

"Even though we both went to Ole Miss for undergrad we didn't meet until Friday August 19, 2011, two days after I moved to Nashville for graduate school. I had a couple girlfriends from Ole Miss that already lived in Nashville and they invited me over that night.  Next thing I know I hear a booming voice and a ton of laughter. The man producing all this racket comes stomping, knees high, in to the living room where I was. He turns around, sticks out his hand and says 'Hi, Caldwell Lucas' in the deepest southern accent I'd ever heard."

Fast forward to 2013, here's a snippet from Carolyn's story of the proposal.

"All of a sudden as we're approaching the First United Methodist Church (his family's church) I noticed there were some flowers in a vase on the steps. My first thought was that someone had put them there in memory of a loved one but as we passed all of sudden Caldwell stops and says "Oh, what's that?" and at that moment I knew. He then proceeded to almost push me on to the steps and said "you should read that" where a card and the flowers were waiting. I opened the card which read "Will you marry me?" and turned around and he was on one knee! All of a sudden he tells me to look across the street and I see his little sister had captured it all on camera and then around the corner comes both our families. We had dinner at Cork and Cow to celebrate."

Nashville Engagement Session
Nashville Engagement Session

"Our favorite thing to do is go back to Ole Miss and spend time in The Grove for football games with our friends and family. When we do get some free time we like to spend it with our friends cooking out, or hanging at home with our awesome dog Koda. We really love to find great restaurants with a cool atmosphere and a great wine list."

Nashville Engagement Session

Caldwell and Carolyn are getting married October 2014 in Nashville.