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So, I (Joel) love the Fox Theater. LOOOOOOVE the Fox. Apart from being one of my favorite places in the world, it is also one of my favorite places to shoot. It ticks all the things I love most in a place…1) dark, 2) incredibly stylish, 3) extra challenging, and 4) lends itself to incredibly opulent photos. Oh, and it’s very challenging…in case I did not mention that, and if I did it bears repeating. When shooting in a place like this, you need a couple that will be both patient and willing to let you do what you need to do to get the images they want. That might seem like a given, considering they booked the venue for how amazing it is and hired us because of our photos, but on a wedding day, there are SO many moving parts and so much anticipation and excitement that it can be challenging for couples to make room for what they wanted when there were in the planning process. That’s just par for the course and part of our job of balancing the long-held wants with day-of realities. With Natalie and Nick, though, they were 100% on board with whatever we wanted to do, and it made the work not only incredibly productive but also so much fun.

We first met Nick and Natalie in person at their engagement session a few months before their wedding. They live in Tenessee where Nick works in the aviation industry and Natalie is an amazing stylist. Even though we did not have a lot of time with them in person before the wedding, we had a great connection with them right away. It was insanely cold on the day of their engagement session, so our time together huddled around a radiator helped. Also, when they told us they were having a full-service espresso bar at their wedding, we knew we were meant to be together (because I am a huge coffee nerd, since we own a coffee shop and all).

The wedding day was incredible. And, the coffee bar came in very helpful because I was very sick that day! (just the regular flu…not the coronavirus. and even though it was months ago, I am not contagious through the internet, so stay calm). One of my favorite moments was during Natalie and her dad’s dance. They had a woman sing a song for them that she sang at her parents’ wedding! Father-daughter dances always make me emotional…even moreso now that I have a daughter, but this one really nailed me.

Here are some of my personal favorites from the day. Hope you enjoy them. Special thanks to the incredible Madeline from the Fox who not only referred this wedding to us, but is an incredible event manager and makes our lives and jobs SO much easier. She’s the best!

Joel

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Ok, here it is…the wedding that I (Joel) had been dreaming of shooting since early in my wedding career. The Fabulous Fox Theater is one of my favorite places in the world, and I knew that one day, I would have the chance to work there.  I had the chance to work there a few times for non-wedding sessions for fun, but I never wanted it to do that. As much as I wanted to shoot there, I wanted the photos to mean something more than just for my own “artistic expression.”  I wanted them to be important…I wanted them to mean something to a couple and for them to be the photos they have with them for their entire lives. When we first met with Andrew and Linnea, I told them this…I wanted them to know that even though we barely knew them at the moment, it meant a lot to me. I had a feeling the whole time that the people we photographed in there were going to two very special people.  After spending a while over coffee with these two, I knew they were even more special than I had hoped.

Linnea is an energetic, ball of fire and Andrew is a calm and collected tower of stability and strength. Between the two of them, they made such a loving and engaging couple. We had so much fun at their engagement session and laughed a ton (including us getting a huge kick out of Andrew’s obsession with interesting footwear).  We had known that Andrew had lost his parents when he was only 19, and it became clear how important family and friends were to both of them…it all came up in conversation time and time again when talking about their big day. When the day came, it was even more clear how much everyone there meant to them. For example, they wanted to be there for all of the cocktail hour so they could spend as much time talking and celebrating one on one with their guests as they could. It meant we were not going to have as much time for photos as we usually recommend (especially in a place as challenging for photography as the Fox), but it was so important to them…so it became important to us.  We were able to pull them out of the reception for a few more bonus photos, so it worked out perfectly.

Here are some of our favorites from that day, and we could have posted hundreds more. Such an incredible day and I feel like we were smiling as much as they were most of the time. My favorite moments of the day were the things that they did to remember Andrew’s parents (like using the cake topper from their wedding with a photo of them on the cake table), seeing how much Linnea’s family has taken in Andrew as their own, and Linnea doing her dance with her father to “The Wizard” by Uriah Heep. I know the word gets throne around a lot in the wedding industry, but the day truly was perfect. I am so glad that we could be there to share it with them and their family and friends. It was an honor.

Huge congrats to you both! Hopefully, these photos do a small part to show how amazing you are.

Joel Conner

P.S. Thanks to Madeline and all the staff at the Fox for making the day turn out like it did!

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