Kristen is a self proclaimed ‘Military Brat” who has lived all over, including Germany when she was a young girl. Sean is from Mobile, Alabama, but they both currently live and work in Dallas. So the question became, “Where in the U.S. will we get married?” They decided to choose a city that was a fun destination and an easily accessible distance for their friends and family to travel. They decided on Nashville and The Cordelle with accommodations at The Westin.
Kristen chose a beautiful, yet simple wedding gown design by Truvelle, based in Vancouver, Canada. The bridesmaids wore a soft color palette of complimenting pastel hues by Jenny Yoo. Bella Petali did a beautiful job dressing up The Cordelle with lovely florals, and I’m a fan of any caterer who serves biscuits at the reception. Thank you Mariposa’s Catering!
Here are some of my favorite images from Kristen and Sean’s wedding day in Music City. You’re going to love their First Look. Sean’s reaction was priceless.
PHOTOGRAPHER | Heather Durham
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS | Jana Sobel & Colt Fetters
VENUE | The Cordelle
WEDDING GOWN | Truvelle from A and bé Dallas
VEIL | Hushed Commotion NYC
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham
GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Joseph A. Bank
FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN | Bella Pateli
CATERING | Mariposa’s Catering
CAKE ARTIST | Susie’s Sweets, Susie Dennison
HAIR & MAKE UP | Brittany Massey
RENTALS | The 12th Table
ENTERTAINMENT | Tim Tyler and Lane Wood
The Byers family made a lasting impression on me the first time I spent an entire day with them. One of the very first weddings I ever second shot was for their oldest daughter, Sarah. And last year I photographed their family all together at Rosemary Beach, which you can see here.) So, when they asked me to photograph Sarah’s younger sister Kathryn’s wedding, I was thrilled. Both girls chose to have their receptions at their home, because of all the memories it holds and the love that they have there.
When I walked in the front door of their home the first time, I immediately felt the warm hospitality and closeness of their family. There is joy and laughter and hugs. Artwork that the five Byers kids have done over the years is lining the hallway to their rooms. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” —Joshua 24:15, hangs over the back door to remind them who they live for as they come and go. As adult children, they still play basketball in the driveway together. This is a family you want to spend time with. As a mom myself, I’ve asked Dana, the matriarch of the family, parenting advice and she’s readily given it, quickly and humbly adding that “parenting is not without mistakes and you have to learn from them as the Lord’s grace fills the gap”. This family holds a special little place in my heart. As I look ahead to my children as young adults one day, I hope that they will be close and want to come home as much as the Byers kids do.
Kathryn and Jackson were high school sweethearts, so where he picked her up for their first date is also where he left with her for their honeymoon. Sweetness. You can see their engagement session here. Their wedding day was just perfect and I’m so thankful they asked me to be a part of it. You can also see their wedding published on Borrowed & Blue. Here are some of my favorite moments…