It was a beautiful fall day at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens to photograph the adorable McKenzie kids.
It was a pleasure photographing Nashville top designer, Jonathan Savage’s personal home decorated for the holidays. His Christmas tree was appropriately dressed in shades of his branded Savage Interior Design orange with Hermes bags under the tree for extra holiday cheer. His pup Artie was even in the holiday spirit for our shoot. Cheers!
Designer: Jonathan Savage Interior Design • 615.244.5674
PHOTOGRAPHY | Heather Durham
FLORAL DESIGN | Lisa Smith, Thorne & Thistle
DAHLIAS | Stone Hollow Farmstead
TABLE SETTINGS| Robin Wilhelm, Tea and Old Roses
CAKE ARTIST | Amanda Hinton, A Joy Cakes
CALLIGRAPHY | Melissa Gullatte, Gracefully Made Art
INTERIOR DESIGN: Lisa Flake, Caldwell Flake Interior Design
ARCHITECT: Eric Dale
BUILDER: Paul Davis, Ruff Reams Building Co.
We all love to decorate our homes for the holidays in a way that reflects our personal style; and every year, it’s nice to fill in and add to what we already use with a few fresh, new finds. Over the years of my career as an art director and photographer, I’ve had to style many photo shoots, so it’s fun when I get the time and opportunity to style my own home.
I stick with an airy palette of white, gold, greys and shades of green when decorating for Christmas. I also love the juxtaposition of mixing metals and luxurious textures like velvet, fur, and wool with organic elements like cedarwood, magnolia leaves, succulents, seeded eucalyptus, pears, artichokes and herbs. Try using a chunky wool or fur throw as a tree skirt instead of the typical store bought ones. One year I used a few yards of velvet fabric as a tree skirt. And, you can never have too many pretty, flickering candles in woodsy scents. Don’t forget to load up on white tealights for mercury glass votives and tapers for timeless wooden candlesticks like these and these!
Each year I purchase a live tree, garland, wreath and paper white flowers, because I love the softness and smell of fresh greenery in the house. I prefer to support local nurseries, like Collier’s in Birmingham, but since there’s not one near where I live now in Franklin, I purchased some at Costco.) In addition to using garland on the stair banisters, lay it across your dining table as a runner with mercury glass votives and taper candles scattered throughout. Given that decorations only stay up for about 45 days, and I don’t do after Christmas sales to buy ahead for the next year, I try to find new looks that are affordable. It might be just to add Christmas spirit in another room of the house like a playroom or study. Here are my picks for simple “freshen ups” and “fill-ins” to holiday decor this season. Hope you find a bit of inspiration for your own home. Cheers!
1.Anthropologie Snow Capped Candles | 2.Live Paperwhites in Reclaimed Box | 3.Velvet & Linen Reindeer Pillow | 4.Ivory Fur Stockings | 4.Flocked Pine Christmas Tree | 6.Gold & White Geometric Mug Set| 7.Turkish Dish Towel | 8.Christmas Botanical Print | 9.Chunky Wool Throw (use as a Christmas skirt) | 10.Mercury Glass Taper Candlesticks | 11.Live Olive & Eucalyptus Wreath | 12.Haus Interiors Mountain House Blue Spruce & Cedarwood Candles
Liz, Thomas and their families were an absolute delight to work with and I’m thrilled to share their lovely Nashville wedding day. Liz was a stunning and graceful bride in her Pronovias gown at West End United Methodist Church, which was a beautiful setting with its wood arched atrium and old stone. Thomas owns an extensive collection of country music vinyl, so their reception at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was the perfect choice. He was all smiles while we were doing their portraits at Walk of Fame Park and inside the museum. The Event Hall, on the top floor of the museum, boasts beautiful views of downtown Nashville from its wall of windows. I love it when Nashville gets all dressed up and Jayne Bubis Events did an amazing job!
PHOTOGRAPHER | Heather Durham
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER | Emily Kicklighter
PLANNER | Jayne Bubis
CUSTOM INVITATION DESIGN | You’re Invited
FLORAL DESIGN | Terry White
WEDDING GOWN | Pronovias from Lana Addison Bridal
HAIR | Michelle Clark
MAKE UP |Val Cole
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Street Tuxedo
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | Watters and Watters
CAKE ARTIST | Dessert Designs by Leland
CEREMONY VENUE | West End United Methodist Church
RECEPTION VENUE | Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville TN
ENTERTAINMENT | The Downtown Band
VIDEOGRAPHER | Loomis Films
Most people would say it was serendipity that I met Kensington Moore, a talented young Nashville singer-songwriter and former contestant for Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice. However, Kensington and I believe it was perfectly planned that our paths would cross.
This summer we did a quick shoot in Franklin’s Westlight Studios, that resulted in her choosing one of the images for the cover of her new single “Can’t Be Shaken” which releases tomorrow, September 22nd. Be sure to grab it on iTunes, Spotify or Google Music. Pre-order available now.
And I have to share a funny story about this shoot…A big storm had blown through Franklin the night before and the power company was working on the lines; so while we were shooting, the power in the studio went off for about 30 minutes…no air, no fan for hair, no lights, no music. She literally was getting dressed with the flashlight on my phone. But, it didn’t mess up our mojo! We used the available natural light in the studio and kept rolling. I love what we got as a result!
Kensington has an incredible voice, but even more importantly a beautiful heart and message to share. Congratulations on your new single Kensi!
Welcome to the world Elle! You and your sisters are just beautiful!