About this Vendor
Timeless, Heartfelt, and Beautiful
Moments. Family. Love. Laughter. You want a fabulous and experienced photographer to be by your side to capture the most beautiful wedding photos you can imagine. You want STUNNING, timeless images of your wedding, & the entire day documented so that you don’t forget a single moment. You'll have those timeless photos that will remind you of all of the precious moments, but also surprise you of moments that you didn't even realized happened (because you were having too much fun to notice!). We have fun with you on your special day and take some of the stress away. We shoot candids all day, casual portraits in-between, and all of the heartfelt details! 30 years from now you’ll get goosebumps and teary eyed looking back at your day - this is our #1 goal. Check out my website to see more!
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Modern, Vintage
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Online Proofing, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums, Photo + Video
The Best!!Reviewed on 9/21/2014 Cortney H
Melanie & her husband Josh are absolutely the best!! My husband & I enjoyed working with them so much on our wedding day. They provided a sense of calm amidst the frenzy of the day and really helped keep us on track time-wise. They were never intrusive and somehow managed to be right there when we needed them to snap a shot of friends/family during the reception. Plus the pictures are GORGEOUS!! I have already recommended them to friends with upcoming weddings. Melanie is already booked for one of them, but was gracious enough to provide a list of other photographers. YOU NEED THEM AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS. Seriously.
Melanie was an absolute pleasure to work with!! Her personality and attention to detail was impeccable!! It was so nice to not worry the day of the wedding just from meeting Melanie at our engagement session and from texts and talking on the phone i had 100% confidence she would capture every memory we wanted. And I couldn't believe it when k saw the pictures that she by far exceeded my expectations!! our photos are absolutely beautiful!! Everyone I have shown is in complete amazement of just how perfectly she captured moments. I have already shared her info with many people, so you brides out there better book her quick! ;) Thanks again Melanie for being so fantastic, and capturing all the beautiful moments of our wedding that we will cherish forever <333
Wonderfully professional and perfectReviewed on 10/07/2014 April K
Melanie Grady is a wonderful photographer. So many aspects of her business intrigued my husband and I. When we met her for the first time, she showed us a full wedding album she had done. This was perfect for us to see because after that, we had a prefect idea of how she would document our wedding. She was a wonderful fit to what we imagined our wedding pictures to be. On my big day, Melanie arrived on time, she took beautiful "getting ready pictures" and she kept all of the bridal party calm yet on time. At the ceremony, her and her husband were like ninjas. I did not see them at all; they were not intrusive and yet got every perfect angle of each perfect moment. I was amazed! Throughout the rest of the day, Melanie and her husband kept us on schedule but never made us feel rushed. They made us laugh and took wonderful pictures. They were both troopers for our reception (which was in a barn on a 90 degree day). Somehow all of their pictures made each of our guests look perfect despite all the sweat from dancing all night! My husband and I and many of our guests were so pleased with their work. We would recommend Melanie Grady Photography to absolutely anyone who wants their wedding day to be captured through wonderful pictures. No special moment went un-photographed. Thank you Melanie for all of your hard work! We were blessed to have you capture our perfect wedding day!
Choosing a wedding photographer was one of the hardest decisions for me. I knew that many decisions throughout the wedding planning process wouldn't really matter after the big day. However, pictures would be something I could look back on forever! I spent weeks to months researching photographers in the Nashville area and talked with many friends about their experiences. I found Melanie's information on the Knot and sent an inquiry. She quickly got back to me with information on packages and pricing and wanted to set up a time to meet. I was trying to plan the wedding from 9 hours away so we ended up having a phone conversation. She seemed super easy and fun to work with and it just so happens that she was free the day of my wedding AND also the one weekend I would be in town for engagement pictures. When I got our engagement pictures back I was blown away by the pictures she took of us in Downtown Nashville - I knew she would do an excellent job with the wedding. I was right, I absolutely loved all our pictures and was surprised by how many she had edited and uploaded to our online album for us to look at. She spent the entire day with me and my bridesmaids taking pictures leading up to our wedding and was right with us throughout the reception. I am so glad we chose Melanie to photograph our wedding and I cannot wait to see our wedding album!
What an amazing artist! We found Melanie almost by accident and from the very first phone call, I knew that she was the photographer that I could trust to capture all of the special moments of our wedding day. Since we live in Pittsburgh, we had a lot of phone calls and emails to plan things out, but Melanie was always available and easy to reach. Her attention to detail throughout this whole process was incredible. From the thoughtful Christmas card and framed wallet photo from our engagement session to the pre-wedding care package, Melanie was so thoughtful and made us feel so special. She was a trooper on the day of the wedding when things (and family members) didn’t always go according to plan. We are so happy that Melanie agreed to shoot our wedding!
Okay y'all. If I could give this fantastic lady a million gold stars I would do it! My husband Adison and I started off our relationship with Melanie when I randomly found her online and asked if she was willing to shoot a fly-by-night engagement shoot for us in our favorite city (Nashville, TN) on our spring break trip. She responded with "I will do just engagements for you, sure. But you're gonna love the pictures and want to book me for your wedding, I promise." BOY was she right. Our engagements turned out fantastic so we booked her for our wedding to which she came ALLLL the way to Fort Worth, Texas for. She brought her hubby as her second shooter and they made a trip out of it. We got amazing wedding pictures and they got to see a city they'd never been to! I tell y'all this so you can see that Melanie will travel to take your pictures! Don't let location limit you. Booking Melanie for our wedding was the best decision we made because my photos were THE most important and biggest priority to me. She made sure I got all the photos I wanted. I trusted her to do her job and she ran with all her natural skills. She's so incredibly creative and her eye and attention to detail is amazing. She's the kind of photographer that takes the photos all brides look at in magazines and go "Can that be me?". With Melanie behind the lense it can, ladies! My husband and I are both relatively awkward in front of a camera so it was important to me that we had someone we were comfortable with, Melanie was perfect for that. By the end of it all I think we even had a little fun with photos, too! Point blank: Melanie cares about you and your wedding. She really likes being a part of your special day and invests in her clients. She helped guide me and my timeline on the day of my wedding. Overall I just can't say enough good things about her. I consider her and her family friends as well as vendors. Now that my husband and I are planning a move to Nashville... Melanie WILL be our future family photographer. She's officially my go-to for photo needs if I can help it. If you book Melanie I can promise you will not be disappointed. In fact - she's not just someone you pay for pictures, she's an investement in your wedding and your life. Thanks for everything, Melanie. XOXOX The Dolches
Stop reading and just book Melanie. You won't regret it. Photography was important to me and I wanted someone who had a great eye for detail and creating beautiful compositions. I felt confident that Melanie was up to the task based on her work I saw online. And I'm happy to report from personal experience that she's everything we hoped for in a photographer and more! Melanie has a great eye for light (and I'll always now stick my chin out from now on like a turtle thanks to her). We planned our wedding out of town and only met her via phone before booking her for both our engagement shoot and wedding. I knew after our engagement shoot that we had definitely made the right choice! Melanie has a calming demeanor, is easy to work with, and made us look good! We just received some images from our wedding and they turned out beautifully and we've already received so many positive comments from family and friends.
From the minute I met Melanie, I knew that I wanted her to photograph our engagement and wedding photographs. Melanie made me feel at ease, excited and confident that the photographs were going to be everything that my husband Rich and I dreamed of! Her studio is covered with photographs and albums to show you exactly what style photography she shoots. I went to college for art, so I was very picky when looking at photographers online, but the minute I saw Melanie’s photographs, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Working with Melanie for our engagement photoshoot was as easy as can be. Rich and I were a little nervous, neither of us really like being the center of attention. Within five minutes we couldn’t stop laughing because Melanie made us feel so comfortable being in front of the camera. And let’s just say, the photos turned out better than I could ever imagine!!! I have an entire photo wall in my house just of our photos in the gorgeous cotton fields (ask her about this location because it is divine!) Come to our wedding day, and it was nothing short of perfection!! Melanie and her husband Josh made everyone in the wedding party comfortable, and kept us on time without feeling like we even had a schedule. By this point we were so at ease with Melanie and Josh that taking our couple photos were so much fun. At the reception Melanie and Josh just blended in with the crowd. I never noticed them taking photographs, but every time I wanted one taken with friends or family they were right there when I turned around. Getting to relive your wedding day over and over again is the best thing I can describe, but getting to relive it with such beautiful photographs is a blessing. I would recommend Melanie to every single one of my friends!!
I heavily relied on reviews when choosing our vendors so I'm going to try to be as specific as possible about Melanie Grady photography, 1. Professionalism- Melanie showed up on time to all events, responded promptly to all inquiries, and overall just knew what she was doing in terms of the actual photographing/lighting/etc. to make things go smoothly 2. Day of- We were nervous because we hadn't met with Melanie prior to shooting our wedding & I didn't know if we (bride & groom) would be awkward when taking photos. Melanie made it as all seem so easy/flow nicely. We truly felt like we just got to be 'us' and enjoy the day. Melanie's assistant (Lizzie, I believe) was also great with our junior brides. They were getting a little restless during some photos and the assistant pulled them aside to do their own 'shoot' aka keep them busy- she was extremely helpful, and both of them just seemed to 'get it'. 3. Friendliness- I cannot tell you how well Melanie made everyone feel at ease throughout the whole process. She was always present taking photos yet wasn't obtrusive to anything that was happening. 4. Photos (end result)- we could not be more thrilled with the photo quantity or quality that Melanie provided us. We believe she captured the true essence of our day and got some genuine smiles from everyone Overall: professional, pleasant, and EXCELLENT quality work. Would recommend to everyone! If you are teetering on spending a bit more for a photographer, Melanie is DEFINITELY worth it.
Melanie is an AMAZING photographer! We loved having her capture our wedding day. She went above and beyond to make sure we got all the photo opps we wanted. Very artistic and very professional.
Let me just start by saying, hands down, Melanie is AWESOME! And her work is beautiful. She is so sweet and down to earth that she becomes more than just your photographer, she becomes your friend! She is so easy and great to work with and truly cares about getting the perfect photos for you and what YOU want! Not only that, but you get to see all of your images within a few weeks after your wedding, where as other photographers take months and i would know bc several of my friends got married this year too and couldn't believe how fast i got to see ALL of my photos! So how can you beat someone who's super friendly and sweet, shoots clear, pristine, and amazing images, AND doesn't take forever to get those images to you? Exactly, you can't. I couldn't have asked for someone better than Melanie to capture the most important day of my life in pictures!
Melanie was so lovely to work with! I put a lot of time into finding a photographer who would capture not just what our wedding looked like but also what it felt like, and I'm so happy I picked Melanie! She made it really easy to book her and make a plan for our day, and she also gave us lots of options to work within our budget. I also loved how quickly we were able to see our photos. The day after (yes, less than 24 hours) Melanie posted a selection of edited photos for us to see and share with everyone. After that it was just a couple weeks until we could see all the photos (we had hundreds of beautiful ones, I have no idea how we're going to choose which ones to frame). I would recommend Melanie to anyone, we loved working with her and we love the photos from our wedding. Five stars!
Wow,where do I even began. Melanie exceeded my expectations as my photographer. She is such a joy to work with,she listens to what your vision is and adds her amazing eye and it turns out magical! She makes you feel so comfortable and is so professional. What more could you ask for. I love my photos and everyone else does too. Hands down she is simply the best!
The decision to use Melanie as our photographer to was an easy one. Right away we felt comfortable with Melanie because of her organized, professional, considerate, and easy to get along with attitude. We were also particularly drawn to her timeless approach to photography, and her incredible ability to capture emotion. Melanie’s talent and attention to detail brought out so many emotions as we looked through our wedding pictures, because not only did she capture the sweet and intimate moments, but she also captured the moments that made us laugh out loud. In addition to the beautiful pictures that I will treasure for a lifetime, Melanie also provided me with a stress free wedding day. Thanks to her incredible organization and her easygoing personality, this once stressed out bride got to fully enjoy her day with zero stress at all! What a blessing! Overall, I am beyond pleased with my decision to use Melanie as my wedding photographer and I would highly, highly recommend her.
Melanie recently photographed my daughter's wedding in Columbia, TN. My daughter's wedding was beautiful, the most beautiful wedding and Melanie captured the essence of the wedding in her photos. Alisha and Adrian look like models from the pages of a magazine in their wedding portraits. I know my little girl could not be happier with how the pictures turned out and as a mom I am thankful she had Melanie to help her through the planning process. I live many states away from my daughter and I know she had great peace of mind with Melanie as her photographer.
All I can say is, I'm thrilled she travels for weddings! I traveled to my friend, Alisha's GORGEOUS wedding recently and can I say hands down the images on Melanie's blog of alisha's wedding are phenomenal. The natural light and the way she edits the photos are perfection. I am beyond impressed and think they're the most beautiful wedding photos ever!
My wife and I hired Melanie for our recent wedding. Her husband Josh hung out with us guys while Melanie did photos with the girls before hand, Josh was a great guy, fun to work with and my groomsmen and I liked having a guy to shoot pictures with us. My wife, Alisha could not be happier with her decision to hire Melanie. We both love our pictures. Thank you Melanie and Josh for making my bride so happy.
We chose Melanie as our photographer because she had done such a great job with my friend's wedding. Having great pictures was really important to me and we were Not disappointed! Melanie went above and beyond to make everyone comfortable and keep everything organized. She was even kind enough to take the time to help me with the day of timeline! Her and her husband made the day go so much more smoothly. They were very professional and helpful. I don't feel like there are enough words to do justice to how amazing she was. Our pictures came back quickly and were as fantastic as I hoped they would be. We love them so much! I think her photos really speak for themselves, but I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Melanie just did my friend, Alisha's, wedding, and I can honestly say they were the BEST pics I have ever seen! I'm actually quite jealous that I didn't know her for my OWN wedding! Ha! She captured not only the moments, but even the MOOD of the wedding in her still shots. Truly perfection!
Melanie Grady is an artist, magician, fairy godmother maybe? She was the first vendor I booked for my recent October wedding and by far the best choice for my wedding second only to my Groom! She not only captured the most amazing moments from our wedding and provided us with amazing engagement photos... she went the extra mile by encouraging me through my wedding planning process, surprise messages in the mail and even zipped up my wedding dress and put my veil on me. I mean if that isn't a fairy godmother, I don't know what is! She was truly a blessing to me during the process of wedding planning and her GORGEOUS images will adorn the walls of our home for the rest of our life. Put your mind at ease and book Melanie Grady, I absolutely can promise she'll deliver photography magic!
Melanie is amazing! I am not from Tennessee and was concerned about finding vendors out of my home state and without any referrals. Melanie made everything fun and easy from our first informational call. She was extremely informative and professional throughout my wedding planning. She went above and beyond to make everything special leading up to and on the day of. Not to mention, the photos turned out better than I could have imagined! She made the day look magical and I have received several comments that our pictures should be in a wedding magazine! Thanks Melanie :)
Melanie is AMAZING! She did such a wonderful job with our engagement photo shoot. She made us feel relaxed, comfortable and cared for. Since we were new to the area, Melanie had location suggestions, and she was able to accommodate all of our requests. Our photos were ready in just a week, and she delivered beautiful shots that were able to capture our love story perfectly. Our personalities came through and Melanie is a whiz with posing and lighting, making even the most staged photos look natural. We received over 100 edited photos, with a link to download our favorites and share with our loved ones. She also has a great line of save the date cards and invitations to choose from. I would HIGHLY recommend Melanie for any photo shoot!!!
Melanie was the best!! Our engagement and wedding photos were perfect!! And she was so easy to get along with and to work with. She got our photos back to is quickly and they were everything I dreamed of!! Thank you Melanie for everything!!!
Absolutely the best wedding photographer! That might sound cliche or an exaggeration but it is 100% accurate. Melanie goes above and beyond to capture all of those "once in a lifetime moments" that you get to re-live every time you look at your images. She did an incredible job with my engagement, wedding photos and albums. Not only is Melanie great to work with but her quality of work and her attention to detail is superb! There were many aspects of my wedding day that made it one of the best days ever and having Melanie as our photographer is definitely at the top of the list.
Melanie truly is the most amazing engagement and wedding photographer! She was an absolute joy to work with and went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect. At the last minute, Melanie was even able to find a second shooter for us when our wedding timeline got crunched. She captured so many beautiful images for our engagement pictures and on our wedding days. Our family and friends were so complimentary of her work! Melanie was our absolute favorite wedding vendor to work with and you'll not be disappointed!
Meet The Owner
I was an aspiring photographer in the dark room during my high school years. After earning a business degree and working a few years in corporate America, I re-connected with my long lost love of the art of photography and began to re-learn all of the technical aspects, as well as study the art of portrait and photojournalistic photography. I've been a wedding photographer for 6 years now and have been published in print and online both locally and nationally. I've studied with world renown wedding photographers and hope to be yours! :) Oh, and I'm also happily married, & a mother of two!