The Experience

Melanie Grady is an Award winning Nashville Wedding Photographer creates beautiful, timeless, heartfelt wedding and engagement photography. Available for destination weddings worldwide, The best nashville wedding photographer,  southern wedding, destination wedding photographer, tennessee wedding, amazing southern wedding photography,P I N I T

From our first consultation to hanging your wedding portraits proudly in your home, you’ll get the absolute best wedding photography experience available. I am passionate, professional, and organized… but also totally laid back.  The entire experience is easygoing and stress-free. I take my work very seriously, and care so deeply about each family I am blessed to work with.

I believe wedding photography is an art. Bearing witness to and creatively capturing all the memorable moments of a wedding day is a privilege. I love everything about it!

You and your family are my top priority when photographing your wedding. I also focus on the details of your day and all the hard work you put into planning the picture perfect atmosphere and setting, but long after your wedding day is over, the photos you are going to cherish are the ones with the friends and family you love best. That hug your Grandma gave you with a tear in her eye. The pride and love on your Dad’s face as he dances with his little girl. The undeniable electricity between you and your love as you walk down the aisle as a new married couple. I want your wedding images to move you… to make you FEEL.

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family heirlooms

Your wedding images will become family heirlooms that last long after we are gone. They’ll be passed down from generation to generation and have immeasurable value to your loved ones. This is why choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions that you can make.

I am very passionate about my clients having tangible photo products from their wedding. These images and memories are too important to leave on a hard drive somewhere. How will your great grandchildren ever see your beautiful wedding day if you don’t have an album, a portrait, or prints? I’ll work with you to choose from a large product line that includes heirloom archival wedding albums, framed portraits, gallery wrapped canvases, and much much more.

Since we live in a digital world, all of my couples do receive a custom designed case and USB flash drive with their digital wedding images. This allows you to archive your memories digitally and also share your favorite wedding images easily with friends and family online. All of your images will also be on a password-protected online gallery, from which you and your family can easily order professional prints and products.

 

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 let’s meet

We’ll start with a chat or a meeting when it’s convenient for you.  I love to invite my potential clients to my photography studio in historic Cross Plains, TN.   You’ll have the chance to view entire wedding galleries, signature albums, and custom wall art… while we get to know each other.

We’ll talk about the details of your wedding that you (may) have planned so far! (I want to hear all about it!) It’s important that you feel comfortable with and trust your wedding photographer—you’ll be with them your entire wedding day.

Once you decide that you love my work and our personalities are a great fit, we will go over all of your exact wants and needs, and come up with the perfect package for you.
The straightforward details: A signed agreement and a $500 deposit reserves your wedding day on my calendar. It’s easy—I send you the agreement online, and you can pay directly online or send a check.
Wedding dates are booked on a first-come, first-served basis and I accept a limited number of weddings each year in keeping with my commitment to provide my couples with the absolute highest level of service and attention.

 

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engagement session

Most couples incorporate an engagement session into their experience. If you do, we will first set a date for the shoot, and then choose a location based on your style and your dream photo shoot. (There are no restrictions like you may have on the day of your wedding!) We’ll have an awesome time capturing your love and getting you comfortable in front of the camera and working with me. You’ll then feel super confident on the day of the wedding and you’ll have beautiful portraits to show the kids someday how fun you were before you were married.

 

The engagement shoot, like your wedding day photography, will be primarily natural and candid. I will guide you and help you look great, but I really want you to just be yourselves. I will give you an environment in which to feel comfortable and romantic…and give you a real chance to bask in the excitement of the journey you are on together.
You’ll have about 40-80 final edited images from the engagement session. I can help you choose enlargements, gift prints for parents, and framed wall art from the session. I can also design a custom album or mini accordion book for you of your favorite images. I also offer an engagement guestbook album for your guests to sign at the wedding. You will be able to download all of the final edited images so that you have them archived digitally and you can share online!

We will have another in-person or phone consultation about 2-4 weeks before your wedding and we will finalize all of the details. Those details include the portrait locations, your family formal shot list, and the timeline.

At any time during your wedding planning, please feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions or concerns that you might have! I love helping in every way I can.
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the wedding day

Your all-day, all-inclusive coverage includes 8 hours of photography on your wedding day.  For most weddings, 8 hours is sufficient for comprehensive, full wedding day coverage.

(Additional hours of coverage may be purchased if you have extensive needs on your wedding day or if you’d like rehearsal coverage.)

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The night of the wedding, I upload all of your wedding day images (3,000+) and I make a backup copy of everything for safety.
I usually post a teaser or two on Facebook (within a few days of the wedding) to congratulate you and to get you really excited for the rest of your images!  Your friends love seeing you, too.
I choose the best, and hand-edit around 600-700 individual images for you.
You’ll receive your images via a private online gallery about 4-8 weeks after your wedding.  The gallery is very easy to share with friends and family.  They can view all of your photos, and they can also buy their own prints if they’d like.  You can also download your images from the gallery.  You’ll provide me with your favorite 3-4 images so that I can start designing your USB case.  As soon as you approve of that design, it will go to print, and you will have that custom case and USB drive soon after.
If your package included a signature album, I will ask you to choose your favorite 45-75 images to use in the album.  I’ll get to work on designing your album as soon as I have those favorites.

 

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sample wedding day timeline

12:15pm
Photography coverage begins with the bride’s details (wedding gown, shoes, jewelry, invitation, and any other sentimental items), followed by the final touches on the bride’s hair and makeup.  Then we will photograph the bride getting into her gown surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids/mother of the bride.  We finish by taking portraits of the bride and each bridesmaid individually and with everyone together… also any family members that may be present.  We also love capturing Dad’s face when he sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding gown.

12:45pm
Photography coverage of the groom and his groomsmen begins.  We will take some portraits of the groom as he finishes his preparation, and then we’ll photograph him and each of his groomsmen individually.  A few group shots and candids conclude this coverage.

1:30pm
Guys leave hotel for the church

2:15pm
Ladies leave hotel for the church

2:30pm
Photographers prepare for the ceremony

3:00pm
Wedding ceremony begins – We photograph the ceremony in a very respectful manner and try to be as unobtrusive as possible.

4:00pm
Formal portraits at the church. I will align everyone and take the photos, while my 2nd photographer will help organize people and assist.
This usually includes immediate families of bride and groom, bridal party, and portraits of the bride and groom at the altar

(I’d love to stress that I truly enjoy family formals and I feel that they are so so so important to have gorgeous professional photos of you and your family on your wedding day!)

4:30pm
Portraits of the bride & groom and the entire bridal party will take place at a pre-determined location.
This happens while your guests are having cocktail hour at the reception.

5:45pm
Photography coverage starts at the reception with the set-up and details
(cake, favors, center pieces, etc).

6:00pm
Wedding party + bride and groom’s introduction into the reception, followed by cake cutting, first dances, toasts, a blessing, and dinner.

7:30pm
Photography coverage captures dancing, party/group photos, and candids.

9:00pm
Photography coverage concludes.   I leave with a happy heart and very special new friends.