This is the initial get-to-know-you process where it may feel like an awkward first date, but I promise you this helps us both get to know each other and it also gives you and your fiance time to ask me all the questions about my intimate + elopement wedding package!
If we meet in person, let's go to a local donut shop!
After our first meeting, you'll have a better understanding of what wedding package is the best fit for you and your fiance. Once you determine your perfect package, I'll send you a contract and you'll sign it with a deposit for your wedding date! Then we can begin the process of planning your...(scroll to next page)
(If you book an intimate wedding package) This is when we get to plan out your engagement session with your loved one! An engagement session gives you and your hunny time to work on those gorgeous and radiant save-the-date photos! (All of my Nashville sessions include a hair and makeup artist)
This most likely is your first wedding you have ever planned, and planning a wedding may seem overwhelming! But do not fret, I am here to help out with all the vendor recommendations! I have compiled a list of the best of the best wedding vendors in Middle Tennessee that I will send over to you. In addition, I will send a full PDF of tips on how to plan your wedding day out like a BOSS!
When your wedding day comes, rest assured we will have your photography timeline pre-planned out with the other vendors and hopefully coordinated with your wedding planner. Your only job is to enjoy the day and soak in EVERYTHING. Have a great day and eat that cake! Then within 60 days I will deliver your radiant, timeless and gorgeous wedding portraits for you to have as a legacy for your home!
Kelly & Matthew
Hair and Makeup: Kati Edge Hair and Makeup Nashville // Venue: Hidden Creek Farm Weddings // Wedding Planner: Brenda Morrow of ToMorrow's Memories // Florist: Of The Fields Floral Design // Cake and Desserts: Dulce Desserts Nashville // Linen Rentals: The Wedding Plate // DJ: Nashville Party Authority // Catering: Two Fat Men // Wedding Gown: Olia Zavozina // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids// Men's Attire: Street Tuxedo // Wedding Officiant: Chance Dillion // Wedding Details: Etsy
Photographer: Dolly DeLong Photography // Venue: Clementine Hall // Coordinator: Adriel Nutter – Adriel Nutter Events // Wedding Gown: Posh Bridal //Videographer: Benjamin McCain of Silver Lining Productions // Hair and Makeup: Kati Edge //Catering: Amerigo- (Nathan) // Florals: T villager Designs // Cake: Dulce Desserts // Officiant: Chance Dillon // Rentals: Please Be Seated // Reception Band: Top Tier //Ceremony Music: Viva La Strings // Transportation: Matchless Transportation
aj & lauren
Photographer: Dolly DeLong Photography // Wedding Planner: Brenda Morrow of ToMorrow’s Memories // Florist: Amy Bond // Wedding Venue: Hidden Creek Farm Weddings //Cake: DunkBakes // Hair and Makeup: Hair.Doo.Nashville
// Food & Catering: Currey Brook Farmhouse // Design: Amy Nelson
David & Laura
Josh & Callie
Hair & Makeup :: Bridal Beauty by Kathryn Coursey / Florist :: Morna Mae Floral & Design / Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator :: Simply Golden Events/ Rings :: American Jewelry Co. / Gown designer/retailer :: The615Bride Sarah Smith / Invitations :: CloverPaperCo. / Wedding Cake :: Baked In Nashville / Venue :: 14.TENN Nashville / Groom's Tuxedo :: Street Tuxedo / Rentals :: Liberty Party Rentals
"Dolly was friendly, smart, interactive, HELPFUL, and made us look like models. She was so sweet to all of our family and friends and made everyone feel comfortable (and look amazing) in the photos. She also let us do our bridal shoot after the wedding and traveled all around Nashville with us to take mural shots. She stuck to our budget and delivered fantastic products! She's one of the best out there!"
- Alisha & Colton
"She was so sweet to all of our family and friends and made everyone feel comfortable."
"Dolly is incredible, so talented and sweet. I recently got married and Dolly was our photographer for the day. We had a limited budget but Dolly was willing to sit down and talk with us to discuss our needs. She's very patient and understanding.
She was not just our photographer. Dolly went above and beyond to make sure that the day would go smoothly and as stress free as it could be. Way way way before the wedding, Dolly would meet with us in person to chat and to get to know each other. It made the day less awkward. It definitely didn't feel like a stranger was just staring at us with a camera, it felt like a friend was taking our pictures! She also worked with us on a timeline that was a lifesaver on the wedding day. My husband and I thought of Dolly as our semi wedding coordinator. She's so on top of her things!
Definitely book Dolly!!!! She will be your friend through the whole wedding planning craziness (we were so not organized and Dolly, being the boss mom, definitely kept us on track). "
We love Dolly!"
- Elijah & Thu
"She was not just our photographer. Dolly went above and beyond to make sure that the day would go smoothly and as stress free as it could be."
If you want someone who will help you feel at ease who doesn't take herself too seriously--yet takes her work seriously--look into working with Dolly! Her rates are reasonable, her warmth and friendliness are infectious, and she does great work! In addition to photographing my wedding, she did engagement and family photos for my fiance, his kids, and me! Her engagement session came with a hair and makeup artist, which made the experience even more magical!
- Laura & David
"her warmth and friendliness are infectious, and she does great work!"
1) HOW LONG ARE YOU THERE ON THE WEDDING DAY?
MY PACKAGES BEGIN AT 4 HOURS, BUT IF I AM NEEDED FOR ADDITIONAL TIME, IT IS $300 PER HOUR. THE FINAL TIMELINE WILL BE DETERMINED AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. NOTE: I ONLY SHOOT INTIMATE WEDDINGS OR ELOPEMENTS.
2) YOU HAVEN'T DONE A WEDDING AT MY VENUE. IS THAT OKAY?
TOTALLY! I FREQUENTLY WORK AT NEW VENUES, AND I HAVE ALL OF THE NECESSARY INSURANCE. I AM ALWAYS UP FOR A NEW LOCATION!
3) DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING BESIDES WEDDINGS?
YES. BESIDES WEDDINGS, I ALSO PHOTOGRAPH FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY AND PERSONAL BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY.
4) DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
5) DO YOU MEET WEDDING CLIENTS BEFOREHAND?
YES. MY GOAL IS TO GET TO KNOW YOU, THE CLIENT, SO THAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE AND AT EASE AROUND ME. WE WILL COVER A LOT OF THE FAQS AT YOUR CONSULTATION (EITHER IN PERSON OR DIGITALLY).
6) WEDDING TIMELINES - ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
YES! I WILL BE SURE TO GO OVER YOUR WEDDING TIMELINE WITH YOU AND DISCUSS EXPECTATIONS OF THE TIMELINE A MINIMUM OF TWO TIMES BEFORE YOUR ACTUAL WEDDING DAY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS IS YOUR WEDDING, AND I WANT TO CAPTURE ALL OF THE PHOTOS YOU WANT. PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT THE WEDDING PLANNER, SO I ASK THAT ALL MY CLIENTS CONNECT ME WITH THEIR DAY-OF PLANNER OR SOMEONE WHO IS HELPING OUT WITH THE TIMELINE.
7) SHOULD WE HAVE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
TOTALLY UP TO YOU! SINCE IT IS AN A LA CARTE OPTION IN MY PACKAGES, IT’S YOUR DECISION. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A TRADITIONAL SAVE THE DATE, AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IS A GREAT OPTION! PLUS, MY ENGAGEMENT PACKAGES COME WITH A HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST!
8) DO YOU WORK WITH A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
YES, BECAUSE THEY HELP ME CAPTURE ALL THE MOMENTS OF YOUR INTIMATE WEDDING OR ELOPEMENT, I ALWAYS HAVE SOMEONE WITH ME. MY SECOND PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ALL TALENTED PROFESSIONALS, AND I TRUST THEM TO COVER ALL THE ANGLES AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT SHOTS.
9) DO YOU EDIT ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS? CAN WE HAVE THEM DELIVERED IN RAW FORMAT?
YES, I EDIT ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS, BUT NO I WILL NOT DELIVER THEM IN RAW FORMAT TO ANY CLIENTS. YOU ARE ALSO HIRING ME FOR MY EDITING STYLE AND TRUST THAT I WILL SEND YOU THE BEST-CURATED IMAGES. NOTE: I AM NOT ABLE TO RE-EDIT IMAGES AFTER SENDING THE FINAL GALLERY. IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOSHOP REQUESTS (E.G. A T-REX CHASING YOUR WEDDING PARTY), THEY ARE $25 PER PHOTO. I WORK WITH A THIRD-PARTY VENDOR TO HANDLE ANY SPECIAL EDITS.
10) HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU TYPICALLY DELIVER?
BETWEEN 300-400 EDITED IMAGES (BASED OFF OF A 4-HOUR INTIMATE CEREMONY OR ELOPEMENT)
11) DO YOU TRAVEL FOR ELOPEMENTS OR INTIMATE WEDDINGS?
YES! I AM HAPPY TO TRAVEL FOR INTIMATE WEDDINGS OR ELOPEMENTS, I ONLY ASK THAT YOU COVER TRAVEL COSTS. IF YOUR WEDDING IS IN A DIFFERENT STATE, I WOULD LOVE TO CHAT! REMEMBER, I ONLY SHOOT ONE WEDDING A MONTH SO PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!
12) WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
ON A TYPICAL WEDDING DAY, I HAVE TWO FULL-FRAME CAMERAS ON ME (SOMETIMES THREE), AND I HAVE SEVERAL LENSES I USE DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION. I AM ALSO CONFIDENT USING SUPPLEMENTARY FLASH IN CASE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH NATURAL LIGHT AT THE CEREMONY. ANY ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL ALSO CARRY FULL-FRAME PROFESSIONAL CAMERAS. IN ADDITION TO DIGITAL, I ALSO SHOOT WITH A FILM CAMERA.
13) WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
I ONLY TAKE ONE WEDDING A MONTH, AND I OFTEN BOOK WEDDINGS A YEAR IN ADVANCE. IN OTHER WORDS, THE SOONER THE BETTER.
14) DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY?
I DO NOT, BUT I HAVE LIST OF RECOMMENDED PROFESSIONALS FOR THE NASHVILLE AREA.