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If you're anything like how we were when planning our own weddings, you've probably been on basically every wedding site there is  trying to find the perfect vendors for your big day & thinking to yourself 'ok, this is like a lot of information... how am I ever going to choose one.' Girl, we got you! We have soooo been in your shoes! So we want to get straight to the point, make it easier on you & help you out to see if we are the right fit for you & your fiance!

Are you looking for super traditional "old-school" style posing? (You know, the chin-here-leg-over-tilt-sideways-stand-upside-down type of posing?). We'll be honest, we don't love being put into stiff pretzel-shapes ourselves, which means we aren't going to do that to you. So, if that's what you are wanting, no hard feelings, that's totally fine - there are awesome photographers who specialize in that but we're probably not the right fit for you.

But, if you're all about that candid life & wanting help with minimal directional posing and heavily guided interactive prompts allowing you to move, laugh, & make you & your boo feel like your authentic selves.... well, that's where we shine! We want you to feel free to laugh unapologetically with your sorority sisters, pop champagne with your fiance just because & to embrace all the little moments. Rest assured, we've got you covered! You'll still get the formal family photos as well as super fun ones with your wedding party!

So, if you're reading this & nodding like 'yasss girl, I don't want to feel stiff in my photos' then let's grab tea or coffee...

hey, girl, hey!

Are we the right fit for you?

(hot or cold, your choice)!




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3 Hours, 6 Hours, 8 Hours, or Full Coverage - Every couple is different & every wedding is different. We can help you create a custom Wedding package so you get exactly what you need!

How long are you there on the wedding day?

Yes! We offer discounts to active & retired military, servicemen and women,
Disney Cast Members, & Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sisters.

Do you offer any discounts?

Absolutely! Almost all of our couples do!

Can we add a 2nd Photographer?

You bet we do! Our bags are already packed, where are we headed? 

Speaking of destination weddings... do you travel?

Yep! We offer several designs and styles.

Can I print my Save the Dates and Invitations with you?

Couples Portraits, College Seniors, Personal Branding & Lifestyle Sessions. But, we know some awesome family, maternity & newborn photographers we would love to share with you!

Do you photograph anything else?

Yes! Absolutely! It's important to us as a professional business that we protect our clients, ourselves, our camera equipment. Safety first!  We are happy to provide this to your venue upon request.

Do you have liability insurance?

Once you drop us a line to connect we will reach out to you via email with more details & set up a time to chat [in person at our studio in Murfreesboro, via phone, Skype or FaceTime - we work with a lot of couples planning long distance] about #allthethings and get to know each other because we believe that creating a genuine relationship between you & your photographer is important. We will be with you on one of the most important days of your life - so, you better enjoy our company, haha! 



Step 1 - Let's Connect!

After we all decide it's a perfect fit & you can't imagine your day without us there, the next step is to save your date on our calendar! And that part is super simple! You've decided which Collection you want, we will send you an online contract & invoice and go over payment options. To officially become an Ivory Door Couple we require a signed contract & an upfront retainer between $500 - $1500, depending on your Collection total. Then the date is yours - woot woot! Your balance is due 30 days before the wedding day.

Step 2 - Save Your Date!

Nervous about being in front of the camera, unsure what to do, had a horrible past experience, not sure how to stop feeling completely awkward? Honestly, that's totally normal! This is the #1 thing couples express concerns about when we first meet. Engagement Sessions are the perfect way to alleviate that unease & warm up in front of the camera - think of it like a practice before game day. We'll teach you what you need to know so you'll be a pro! And don't worry, we'll help you choose the season & location.

Step 3 - Engagement Photos

Your dress should be back from alterations about 2 months before your wedding, making that the ideal time for your bridal portraits. You'll also be doing a trial run of your hair & makeup, it's kismet! We've had brides realize that they can't walk because the hem is still too long, or that their bouquet was not what they were expecting - it helps to see everything from head to toe all put together. Plus, moms & grandmothers love seeing you & reflecting on their own bridal session prior to their own weddings.

Step 4 - Bridal Portraits

About 2 months before your wedding we will send you your wedding questionnaire. Based on your responses we will create your wedding photography timeline for you. After all, we're kinda pros at the details of a wedding day! Of course, we also will meet again about 2-3 weeks before the wedding to go over the timeline, make any necessary adjustments, and our favorite part - answer any questions you have about the big day, even if they aren't photo related!

Step 5 - Timeline Planning

Y'all get married. That's right, it's finally here!! Eek! We're pumped too, we've been counting down the days with you & it’s officially time to celebrate! We will do our best to help you stay on track with the timeline game plan, but it's your day & we want you to live in the moment! After all, the most important thing to us is that you look back on your wedding day and remember all of the joyful moments - because weddings should be more about fun than fuss. Oh, and we'll show you how to cut the cake!

Step 6 - The Big Day!!

We believe in having family heirlooms in addition to your Online Gallery, so we will invite you & your immediate family into our studio for a fun filled viewing party. We'll go through all of your fabulous photos together. You'll remember the sweet moments & laugh at your relatives crushing the dance floor. Your family will awww... at your couples portraits & you can think yassss #nailedit! Each of you can decide which unique keepsakes you would like from our menu - including albums, wall portraits, & canvases. 

Step 7 - Viewing Party

After the wedding day y'all will take time to just be present and enjoy the moments together as husband and wife. You will also have private access to our Ivory Door Brides Facebook group where we share exclusive petite sessions. Our petite sessions are mini photoshoots at an amazing rate & expand outside of our normal offerings so we can offer you maternity photos, lifestyle sessions, family photos, holiday photos. Plus, your annual anniversary session!

Step 8 - What's Comes After?

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we love y'all,
we want to meet you!

Aww, shucks, we're blushing (well, Pat might not be, but Mahlia totally is). Fabuloso, let's hang out! 

We understand that wedding photography is a lot of things, but it is primarily an investment in your family legacy. After your cake has been devoured, your loved ones head home and your sparklers dim you will want to be certain that the details are preserved so you never forget your first best day ever as newlyweds. You deserve to have authentic photographs that feel as real as you! 

Ivory Door offers a range of wedding coverage including photography, videography, photobooth, albums & prints!  Elopement photography begins at $900 and traditional wedding photography coverage begins at $2655. 

Please Note: We only accept a limited number of weddings each year. Contact us to find out if your date is still available!


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are you thinking to yourselves..

sentimental about family heirlooms

traveling to new destinations & nostalgic trips to disney

enjoy trying new foods & cooking together

deep love for their alma mater & loyal to their fraternity

date nights in cuddled on the couch & group date nights out

plan wedding details around their love story

excited to hit the dance floor & celebrate with loved ones


want a photographer that instantly feels like a friend

laugh unAPOLOGETICALLY and notice the little details

enthusiastic about their best day ever & want to set aside time for a first look, sunset, & night photos

high school and college sweethearts


"We absolutely LOVED Ivory Door! My now husband really doesn't like getting his picture taken and after the engagement pictures, he was all smiles and said he actually enjoyed it! We were THRILLED. It was so great to get to know Pat & Mahlia before the actual wedding day so we felt comfortable with them. They are so fun and easy going. I was laughing pretty much our entire engagement shoot. Our wedding photos recently arrived in my inbox & we are so in love with them. Mahlia doesn't over pose your photos & is incredibly quick (which was a big help with my little nephews). We had a photo booth at our wedding, & our guests had a blast! They brought a ton of fun props & even my Grandpa got in. Highly highly recommend!"

Duck Pond Farm, Lascassas, TN


"If I could rate Ivory Door Studio higher than 5 stars, I would. When Hurricane Florence made its way into Middle TN. They were on site within an hour of me giving them a phone call to have pictures taken earlier due to rain. Y’all—within an hour! Flexible is an understatement I'm completely blown away by the images they captured & the awesome quality. I sat on the couch all day looking through these & kept saying over and over again how much I love them! 100% recommend for any photography needs. You will not be disappointed."

Stone Gate Farm, Murfreesboro, TN

jessica + dan

"Choosing Ivory Door Studio to photograph & video my wedding was one of the best decisions I made. They were the best to work with! I live in OK, so we had a long distance relationship to plan all the details. But, they made it incredibly easy! They set up Skype calls & quickly responded to every request. I felt like we were friends before we even met in person. We had a blast shooting with them on the day. They truly captured the day perfectly. I can't say enough about this sweet couple and how talented they are! Thanks you two for everything!"

Drakewood Farm, Goodletsville, TN


"We LOVE Ivory Door Studio! We had the best experience with them for our wedding! They are very professional, but are super personable with you and your family throughout your wedding day. They walk you through your wedding process and will check in to see if you have questions about anything. We think so much of them and are so pleased with their work! And the photobooth rocks!! WE. ARE. DYING. We love [our photos] so so so much! "

The Pick Inn, Gallatin, TN

Carrie + travis

"I literally just died of happiness! Thanks for having the courage to start your own business so we can reap the rewards of your talent! Thank you for making the day perfect! Thank you for being so go with the flow! We had the PERFECT day!"

The Cool Springs House, Franklin, TN


“I first met Mahlia during sorority recruitment, we pledged AOII together and I am honored to be her sister. When my husband proposed, I jumped on the opportunity for her to fly to Montana and capture our big day. She has a vision for every photo and this unique ability to bring it to life. Her talent for creating visual stories along with an artist eye for the smallest details are what make her one of the most talented photographers. She & Pat gave us beautiful memories. I look forward to our 5 year anniversary session, we are repeat and loyal customers.”

Private Estate, Laurel, MT


"My husband and I cannot even begin to describe how amazing our experience with Ivory Door Studio! Not only are they extremely talented and helpful and organized for your wedding day, but they are compassionate and loving people who genuinely want to make sure your day is the best one yet! Gorgeous photographs, creative shots. Choose them for your special day, you won't regret it!"

Travellers Rest Plantation, Nashville, TN


"It took me a day to process how beautiful these are! My mom showed these to her coworkers and one said 'please don't show these to my wife because she'll think this is how all photos should look and I don't want to disappoint her.' You should really have your work in magazines. It's always so breathtaking. We both agreed our favorite photoshoot was our first anniversary. I had on a white lace dress and Anthony a maroon suit. BUT that WAS our favorite one until NOW. THIS ONE BLEW US BOTH OUT OF THE WATER!!!"

W.O. Smith Music School, Nashville, TN


"Mahlia has such a great eye for capturing people in their natural element, but making their natural beauty and joy come to life within her pictures. We laughed and giggled through the entire photo shoot. Not only were they the utmost professionals, they were fun and flexible. I have raved about our pictures to everyone and all of our family have been over the moon with the quality. Some are sweet, some silly, some serious. If you're considering them, don't even hesitate. You'll get incredible pictures from these sweet souls."

The Publick House, Boston, MA

ally + frank

"Yayyyy! Thank you SO so much!!! We are overwhelmed with all of the wonderful moments that you all captured from our special day! We cannot thank y'all enough! I can't stop looking at all of them!! So much love 😍"

Cannery ONE, Nashville, TN

"Amazing! So glad we went with Ivory Door for our photos. I never noticed them at our ceremony but they came back with amazing photos. My in laws are not the easiest to deal with (like herding cats) but they were amazing and dealt with my crazy in laws! " - Amanda

"WE ARE JUST DYING AND CRYING OVER THESE!!!! THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH! You have know idea how much these mean to us!" - Morgan

"Thank you guys again so much for capturing our special day. The pictures definitely exceeded all my expectations!!! I still can not get over how beautiful they all are" - Christa

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