Joanna and Jonathan's elegant DIY wedding was such a pleasure to photograph. Not only was it magical from the perspective of a wedding photographer, but it was deeply special as Joanna has been my dear friend for many years. Joanna and I both share a love for encouraging artists in our creative processes, finding ways to be together in our creativity and nurturing growth in ourselves FIRST before we focus on production for the needy world around us. We founded an arts collective called "Elysian" and in the process became closer friends and creative allies. As Jonathan walked into her life, the love they felt very quickly for one another was evident to all, and as they unite their families we get to witness and be blessed by it just by being near their peaceful loving presence. I must admit I may be a bit bias, but photographing this serene wedding was one of my favorites to date.
Joanna and Jonathan relied on the gifts and talents of their friends and family to create a rustic garden wedding. They used Airbnb to rent out their lovely house venue in downtown Franklin TN, Joanna's friend Natalie created the food, Katie Williams did the flowers and was overall Wedding Co-ordinator, and Joanna herself made a lot of the decorations. Her dress is from Reformation.