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Meet the Ivory Door Team!

Here's the spot where we're supposed to talk about how our only desire since before we could even walk was to be a photographer... probably sounds familiar, right? Ha! Yeah... that is so not our story.

And honestly, photography isn't our main passion (gasp, that's right, we just said that!).  People are. 

The relationships that we make with our clients is what drives us and is the reason we love what we do. The type of connection that feels like we've been friends forever - because who wants to hang out with a stranger on their wedding day? Don't worry, not only do we connect well with parents but wedding parties love us too! What can we say? Our couples & their families always rave that we're a perfect balance, the best of both worlds, because we're just straight up professional & fun! 

it's ok, you can creep on us

(YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO)

I'm Mahlia. (Muh-lee-uh). Owner. Lead Photographer.

Boutonnieres Pinned - too many to count
Photographed Weddings & Sessions in 11 states & 2 countries.

While I was born & raised in Oregon, I'm a Southern girl at heart, I drink my tea sweet & I promise I will say y'all way too much (actually, is that even possible?) I attended Montana State University (go bobcats!) where I studied graphic design, joined the Greek system (any guess what house I'm in?), and discovered that it's freaking cold in the Northwest! So I zipideedoodah'ed myself all the way down to the Sunshine State to defrost & work at Disney World. I was a tour guide at The Great Movie Ride where I also occasionally hijacked vehicles dressed as a 1920's gangster & I launched people into space at Star Tours (yes, we own lightsabers). Pat & I are Disney World Sweethearts... yep, we met & fell in love while working at the happiest place on earth (did we just hear you say awww?).

Hey y'all!

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Mahlia

hi there!

I'm Pat. Owner. Videographer. Pizza Aficionado
(I take that last one pretty seriously)

Veils Tossed - too many to count

Nashville felt like home the very first time we visited, but I grew up in the ice of Michigan (when we meet I'll totally point on my hand exactly where I'm from... if you're familiar with MI you'll understand. If you're not... you might just look at me like I'm a crazy person). I went to college for broadcasting, which is where my video journey began. I believe that family time is the very best quality time and that Christmas can never come too soon. When we travel, I always buy an ornament for our tree to remember the trip. I may or may not respond in gifs... like a lot. Remember how Mahlia mentioned us meeting at Disney World? I worked with her at both locations plus Kilimanjaro Safaris and more than 8 other cast roles! If you want to talk Disney, I'm your gu(y)ide. (See what I did there?)

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My Love Language?
Queso - err.. I mean, Acts of Service & Quality Time

A few of my Favorite Things...
If it's teal or sparkly I will love it unconditionally! Mango or avocado? Sign me up! Hedgehogs, pandas, flower crowns, making travel plans at 2AM, board games, wine, & aimlessly browsing Hobby Lobby are all things that feed my soul. Chances are, if it aired on the CW I've watched it & then binged it again on Netflix. There are few things in life I cherish more than quality time with my grandmother (we play Scrabble).

My Favorite Part of Wedding Day?
First Looks. Either with your fiance or daddy & daughter, I'm all in! Or watching mom, her eyes brimming with tears of joy and pride as she zips her daughters wedding dress.

My Super Power & Hidden Talent?
Binging 2 seasons of Gilmore Girls in 1 day? j/k, but I can spin a rifle & toss flags high in the air because #ColorGuard

reverse, reverse

cha cha again

My Love Language?
Pizza (remember?) .... Quality Time

A few of my Favorite Things...
If it's a movie or podcast, you've got my attention! And if it's a podcast about movies then you are really talking my language. Watching ESPN or a Marvel movie with my dad. Setters of Catan, searching for our next cruise, being an Uncle, The Beatles, rum & coke, & debating who shot first (I mean c'mon it was definitely...).

My Favorite Part of Wedding Day?
The unexpected in between moments, the totally offscript, candid & completely unpredictable, hysterical & priceless memories.

My Super Power & Hidden Talent?
If you're headed to a trivia night, you want me there. Just trust me on this. Although, I should clarify, you want me on your team - not someone else's. 

Pat

I'm Deb. Associate Photographer. Yoga Teacher.

Trains fluffed - too many to count
Photographed Weddings & Sessions in KY, TN

As a former journalist, I bring that deep love of storytelling into my wedding photography through my photojournalistic approach. I like to focus on moments mixed with minimally guided posing to allow you to interact together and feel like yourselves.

My husband and I had a quite the romantic meeting. It all began in a classroom at MTSU, I was sitting listening to my Broadcast Journalism professor only to find myself constantly distracted by someone kicking my chair. Eventually I finally turned around only to discover that this was his smooth move to get my attention, haha, boys.

Hello friend!

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My Love Language?
Coffee and Yoga

A few of my Favorite Things...

Snuggles with my cat, warm snickerdoodle cookies, sunsets on crisp winter evenings, that first fresh cup of coffee after waking up, yoga in the morning.. and evening, pretty much any time. Blues and jazz music, late night games of Scrabble with my family, snuggling up with a great book and a warm vanilla chai tea. Taco Tuesdays.. Wednesdays.. and Thursdays. Catching up with Jake Peralta, Rosa Diaz, Amy Santiago and the rest of Brooklyn Nine Nine.

My Favorite Part of Wedding Day?

Getting Ready. The rooms are flooded with giddy anticipation, everyone is surrounded by their closest loved ones. The candid photojournalistic moments flow and there are so many sweet, special moments that naturally unfold.

take it back now y'all...

(turn it out)

Deb

Brittany

Assistant & Photobooth Attendant

Wife & mother of 2 sweet children. My husband & I hired Ivory Door for our own wedding in 2015 & I'm thrilled to be working alongside the team now! I'm growing my passion for photography too!

Abigail

Assistant & Photobooth Attendant

I moved from the Big Apple to Nashville with my best gal pal and have been loving it here in Music City! I am one half of The Wanderlust Girls. Fashion, Music, & Travel are my jam!

Peyton

Assistant Photographer

Wife and fur baby mama of 2 pups; Kenai a pomsky & Nala a German Shepherd. I picked up a camera when I was in high school and loved the creative freedom I found within. 

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our TOP 10  
TV SHOWS

Oy with the poodles already! If you love the Gilmores we're going to get along together like Rory + books, Lorelai + coffee, and Emily + #throwingshade.

Gilmore Girls

1

I'll be there for you, on your wedding day. Ha! If you know Monica's field hockey name, Chandlers job & all the steps to the Routine then we may be your lobster.

Friends

2

We'll be your person for you on the wedding day.
And can we also chat about who you are shipping?

Grey's Anatomy

3

Cheyenne, Garrett, Glenn... Not to mention every single time they cut to something random that customers are doing in the store.

Superstore

4

HODOR! ... Also, if you're planning  GoT wedding, we need to talk, like yesterday. Because not only is Winter coming, but so is your wedding!

Game of Thrones

5

Basically, all things Kristin Bell. Because we don't care if she's a Marshmallow or in Heaven. We enjoy every moment of her brilliance all the same.

Veronica Mars & The Good Place

6

7

It may have only gotten a few episodes but there is a reason it's a fan favorite. Plus, this is the first show Pat & Mahlia bonded over while dating.

Firefly

8

Umm... hello, time traveling and an epic romance?!
Claire is one clever, brave and super lucky woman!

Outlander

9

Rosa is an inspiration to all.
And we are totally living for the annual heist & the full bullpen!

Brooklyn Nine Nine

10

“It is pretty spectacular. Though ‘spectacular’ takes on a much different meaning once a person’s met you.” Oh, Midge, how we adore you!

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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mexican food

Just in queso you were wondering, we love tacos.

rainy days + board games

Pat     Clue | Mahlia & Deb     Scrabble

ice cream

Mahlia     Mint Chip | Pat     Vanilla | Deb     Praline

avocados

I know the guac is extra, so am I.

slice of pizza

Pat      Meat Lovers | Mahlia     Pineapple | Deb     Spinach

sweet tea

Hello... is it tea you're looking for?

movie nights

Deb     North by Northwest  |  Mahlia      Fast & the Furious   |  Pat       Casablanca

baking

We knead cookies

game time!

Pat    Portal | Deb    Pinball  | Mahlia    Board Games