Vendor of the Week: Hannah Elaine Photography

  • August 1, 2014

“I want people to look at their photos and really remember how they felt at their wedding, not just how they looked.” Hannah has the creative ability to capture candid moments and beautifully display them through her photography. Her talent caught out eye in the way that she photographed the 2nd Nashville NotWedding back in June and we are pleased to feature Hannah Elaine Photography as our Vendor of the Week.

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Describe your photography style.
My style is a mixture of photojournalism and creative portraiture. My overall goal is always to capture real moments with people. Even when doing the posed or staged photos in a wedding I’m always looking for that moment in between the “cheeses,” when a couple exhales, they look at each other, giggle at something somebody said. I studied in a documentary photography program in Amsterdam and, though I wasn’t planning on getting into wedding photography at the time, the candid, in-the-moment approach I learned there has really served me well in my approach to weddings. I want people to look at their photos and really remember how they felt at their wedding, not just how they looked. 

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Every minute I can spend on the road traveling is a minute well spent. I have a perpetual travel bug and, luckily for me, my job affords me a lot of out of town work. I’m shooting my first international wedding this year and I absolutely cannot wait and hope that leads to more work of its kind. Another little known fact, I kind of have a super hero power: I can read books at super-human speeds. I will absolutely devour a good story and am always reading at least four books at a time. It is one of my all-time favorite things.

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List three of your favorite small businesses and why they are on your list.
Amazig Leather Goods: Amazig buys insanely beautiful handmade leather bags and accessories direct from the North African artisans who craft them, and then sells and distributes them here in the US. I have personally spent a lot of time in Morocco so this business is near and dear to my heart. In addition to creating a fair market place for the Imazighen people to sell their goods, Amazig Leather also reinvests a portion of their profits back into the community through economic initiative programs and providing their artisans with small business loans to allow them to further develop their businesses. Rad!

Batch Nashville: They have been so phenomenal working with me to come up with perfect gift packages for my clients, which are scoring me some serious brownie points. They make me look way cooler than I actually am. Aside from that, they’re doing a really cool thing by getting locally-made artisan products from all over the south out to the masses. If you ever need to buy a gift for someone who already has everything, look no further.

Parnassus Books: I don’t know if this exactly counts as a small business, but Parnassus is Nashville’s extremely successful independently owned bookstore. As I mentioned, I’m obsessed with books so you can imagine the appeal here. Shopping at Parnassus is always such a positive experience. Every employee is so kind and knowledgeable. Their blog, “Musing,” has been pure fuel for the fire of my book addiction with their constant stream of incredible reading recommendations. They know how to run a business right!

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How do you find balance in your personal and professional life?
My husband and I can both work from anywhere and we both travel a lot for our jobs. The combination of those two factors allows us a lot of flexibility. If he’s got a gig in Seattle, or I have a wedding on the beach, we just pack up the computers and go together. We don’t have kids yet so believe me when I say we are taking full advantage of this set up.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
I loved every part of being a NotWedding vendor. However, hands down, the best part of my experience is all of the “friendors” I made. There were so many high-quality Nashville wedding professionals involved in the event and I was able to spend time and work with so many of them. Since the event, several of us got together over cocktails and are making plans to stay connected, keep working together, and keep everyone on each other’s radar. I think I’ve made some long-term connections and there is no price tag on that kind of value.

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Photo Credits:
Maile Lani Photography (Headshot) | Hannah Elaine Photography

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The 1st Charlotte NotWedding: Old-Fashioned Romance Styled Shoot

  • July 31, 2014

Intentionality was the fuel behind this gorgeous styled shoot and wow, it is just oozing from these photos. Rustic beauty, a natural setting and an old-fashioned good time make this shoot one for the books. Tyler LaCross of LaCross Photography pulled this group of talented vendors together to create around old-fashioned romance – and we couldn’t think of a better way to prepare for the very 1st Charlotte NotWedding. Tyler shares some of his thoughts behind the shoot below. 

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“Old-fashioned romance was the theme we wanted to portray with this shoot. In a modern age, when we are so connected to one another through social media, it is easy to satisfy our inner desire for real human connection in superficial ways. We wanted to challenge couples to disconnect from their day-to-day, leave smart phones behind and pursue each other the way their grandparents did, by spending quality, intentional time together.”

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Photography: LaCross Photography | Styling + Design: Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Blushing Hair & Makeup | Desserts (Macarons + Key Lime Pies): Sugar Euphoria | Flowers: Nectar | Vintage Items (Lace Runner, Suitcases, Camera, Wine Glasses): Vintage Charlotte | Pillows: Two Peaches Design | Invitation: Coppia Creativa |  Wine: Shelton Vineyards

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 1st Charlotte NotWedding on August 7th, please visit the event page

The 2nd Charleston NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • July 23, 2014

Nonchalantly located under an overpass on the “way north” end of King Street, this industrial space called Butcher & Bee is one of the only BYOB joints in town. Quaint, quirky, and oh-so-delicious…we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the 2nd Charleston NotWedding. Thanks for being so good to us, friends – and a big thank you to The Click Chick Photography for capturing the night!

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Photography: The Click Chick Photography | Venue, Catering + Cake: Butcher & Bee

The 1st New Orleans NotWedding: Wedding Weekend Farewell Brunch Styled Shoot

  • July 22, 2014

The matron of wedding etiquette, Emily Post, says “Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.” And y’all, does New Orleans have character! This garden, this fabulous gold tablecloth, these ridiculously amazing florals and that signature cocktail…your guests might never leave.

New Orleans photographer, GK Photography, collaborated with some pretty talented vendors to host an al fresco post-wedding farewell brunch. Such a perfect way to continue the wedding weekend festivities and send your guests off in style. This lively and colorful event makes us even more excited for the very first New Orleans NotWedding. Valerie of Sapphire Events shares some of her thoughts on the creative inspiration behind the styled shoot below.

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“Even as the confetti has settled on a successful wedding celebration, the festivities are still not over! Here we have a farewell brunch featuring breakfast in a lush garden environment, complete with cajun Bloody Marys and plenty of vitamin D. Styled by Sapphire Events, we have two resort-wear looks that the bride could don as she makes her way to say final goodbyes before hopping on a jet to a tropical honeymoon destination with her groom!”

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Photography: GK Photography | Design + Styling: Sapphire Events | Venue: Beauregard-Keyes House and Gardens | Hair + Makeup: Bleu, a Blow Dry Bar | Wardrobe + Bracelet: Haus 131 | Shoes + Hat: Feet First | Sunglasses: Krewe Du Optic | Linens: Nuage Designs | Flowers: Kim Starr Wise | Candles: Luminous Events | Invitations: Scriptura | Chairs: West Elm

Check out the behind-the-scenes footage from our media partner, New Orleans Wedding Magazine.

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 1st New Orleans NotWedding on July 30th, please visit the event page.