Mr and Mrs. Knechtel couldn’t of had a more magical wedding. Wait til you see this venue!
You may remember Johanna and Niko’s adorable engagement photos and the story of how Johanna and I became fiends. (You can find that link HERE.) I was so excited when Johanna wanted me to go back out to the Nashville area to photograph their wedding at the amazing Covey Rise Mansion in Mount Juliet, TN. Johanna gave me permission to do whatever I wanted and have fun experimenting. That’s one of the best things a photographer can hear!
Johanna and her bridesmaids had a beautiful bridal suite to get ready in – complete with a fireplace, massive bathroom, and claw foot tub. It was every girl’s dream. The men had their own bachelor pad to hang out in, watch some football, play pool, and warm up by the fire. The whole bridal party was so much fun and it became clear during the wedding speeches how important Johanna and Niko’s friendship is to all of them. What a blessing to be surrounded by such solid relationships!
Johanna’s father married Johanna and Niko which made for touching moments and sweet laughter. There was also a special musical performance by Niko and his groomsmen that was breathtaking. Not only did it give me chills but it was a moment of complete worship and praise to God. It was clear that this marriage was circled around Johanna and Niko’s faith in Christ.
Covey Rise was the perfect venue. With a gorgeous mansion sitting up on the hill overlooking a pond, there were many options for picturesque moments. The reception was filled with amazing food,dancing, some Bulgarian influences (from Johanna’s past), and lots of family love. Johanna and Niko were met with a surprise when it was announced that Niko’s mom had recorded a song for them to dance to at their reception. Both of them were shocked and I believe everyone in the room was a little teary eyed over this special moment. The reception wouldn’t have been complete without a one-of-a-kind cake face smash or Johanna’s brother catching the garter! The night ended with a beautiful sparkler exit and hugs from each parent before they drove away.
Enjoy a sampling of their special day and don’t forget to leave them some love at the end!