Jon and Athena eloped in a tiny chapel in Nashville, and we spent all afternoon taking photos at some of their favorite places. Nashville elopement portraits can look like a million different things. Some courthouse elopements naturally unfold as an afternoon walking around downtown. Elopements at Cheekwood are often spent enjoying the gardens. We went to a few Nashville staples, photographed on digital and film. See some photos and read more below. Planning an elopement of your own?
Jon reached out to me initially about their full-sized wedding in the fall, but then asked me about taking their elopement portraits in Nashville in the summer. It sounded like a dream! They wanted to visit a few different places around Nashville so I helped them plan. My first idea was to start somewhere colorful to celebrate, whether drinks or coffee, and while describing their aesthetic my first thought was Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. It’s been in Nashville since the 1950s, a small ice cream stand on the west side. So we showed up, them in their elopement clothes to take some portraits with ice cream under the fun, colorful signs. The next spot we went to was Centennial Park, a beautiful and expansive park in the center of town. Their friend brought Jon and Athena’s two dogs to join in for portraits which was sweet. Some family portraits before the two read their private vows on a wooden swing in the shade.
Jon and Athena’s elopement portraits were special to them, and my hope as a photographer is to help you come up with an elopement plan that is equally unique to you. Interested in seeing more? Check out some more elopement inspiration from Colorado. To learn more about my approach, click here.