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If you're anything like how I was when planning my own wedding, you've probably been on basically every wedding site 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, I got you! I have soooo been in your shoes! So let's get straight to the point, make it easier on you & help you out to see if we are the right fit for you & your fiancé!

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?). I'll be honest, I don't love being put into stiff pretzel-shape, which means I'm not 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 I'm probably not the right fit for you.

But, if you're all about that candid life & wanting help with minimal semi guided 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! I'm all about that candid life too, I want you to feel free to laugh unapologetically with your sorority sisters, pop champagne with your fiancé just because & embrace all the little moments. Rest assured, we've got you covered! You'll still get the formal professionally grouped and posed 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)!

epic candid moments

natural semi guided posing

professional family portraits

colorful bright dramatic photos

Capturing real life moments as they unfold. The emotional tears, the laughter, the hugs, and all the little moments in between. We pride ourselves on seeing those special moments and documenting them as they unfold. 

Most everyone is a bit unsure what to do in front of a camera, no worries, we are there to help!  We give you semi guided prompts that allow you to interact together and poses to give you direction and still feel natural and authentically you in your photos. 

This is an important gathering! Ensure that you have mantel worthy family photos. Our experience ensures that groupings are professionally put together, well lit, and flattering. From just 2 people to groupings of 50, we're ready to get everyone organized!

We're all about vibrant dramatic photos throughout the entire day but our couples make sure to set aside time at sunset for colorful pictures as well as night time photos. These are great moments for the two of you to relax and soak in the moment.




bridal portraits

wedding galleries

You found the Pretty!

Ivory Door Studio has been a staple in the Nashville Wedding and Event industry for a decade, through that experience we have  established ourselves as one of the best Nashville wedding photographers because of our professionalism and photography experience. We love lighting. We bring our own discrete photography lights which allow for us to capture dramatic portraits throughout the day. Have a spot at your venue that you love but has essentially no light? Family photos inside a dimly lit church or with stained glass that you want featured in the photos too? No worries! We've got you covered no matter the setting because we can make our own light as needed.

Lighting is especially important for darkly lit receptions. We love and utilize the ambient light from uplighting, chandeliers, windows, and candles but pair it with our flash and we are able to capture all of that design details and light you and your guests so everyone is seen clearly. Afterall, you are investing in your photos, you will want to be able to see everyone and everything clearly, haha!

And when we take our flash outside at sunset and even after dark for night photos, it allows us to create truly special images for our wedding clients.  When we are outside in the daytime with the beautiful sun coming through, we are absolutely going to use natural light as well. With us, you get experience and knowledge for the best photos no matter the time of day and what the natural light looks like.

It's all about that light, baby!

Why do your photos look so colorful and different from a lot of other photographers?

We don't like cheesy

unless we can eat  it!


"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

why our couples love us

Authentic & Joyful Photography

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! 

Please Note: We only accept 2 weddings a month.
Elopements begins at $900 and wedding photography coverage begins at $2900. 


are you thinking to yourselves..

let's be friends!

let's be friends!

Now Booking 2023 + 2024 Soul Mates

frequently asked questions

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?

the ivory door experience

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ally + frank

kirstin + jamie

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Rural fall wedding at
JOn haven Farm

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Murfreesboro Wedding Photographer
The hunt for your ideal Nashville wedding photographers can seem really intimidating at first when you realize just how many there are in Middle Tennessee. It's important to find the right fit for you as a couple. You are going to chat with your photographer a lot during the months leading up to the wedding, you'll spend time together for your engagement photos, bridal portraits and any other sessions you include in your Collection including day after, rock & trash the dress, and more. Plus, you'll be spending the entire day of your wedding together! We value every moment we spend with our couples. Our Nashville based couples are fun and enjoy images that reflect that joy but are also elegant and creative. One amazing compliment we constantly hear from our clients is how relaxed we made them feel, that they actually have fun during their engagement session and can't wait to spend their wedding day with us. In fact, they return for yearly anniversary photos with us! We are based in Murfreesboro, TN but we love to travel and serve all of Middle Tennessee - including Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, & Belle Meade. We have even photographed weddings in Montana, Kentucky & Florida as well. We have traveled through Tennessee including Knoxville. As international photographers we service destination weddings, engagements, proposals including Disney World & Belize.

Nashville Tennessee Photographers
To us, Wedding Photography is about Connection. We chose this specific path to specialize in because we truly love the connections we make with our couples. From the first moment we meet them, through the planning process, engagement session, wedding day, delivery, & into their anniversary sessions. We truly connect and make friends and love seeing the joy that our work brings to a couple & their families. Then when we photograph their friends weddings years later, we immediately reconnect when we see a past couple. Personal connections are just as important as emotional connections. When you truly capture a moment there is no explanation that needs to accompany the image - because the photo itself tells the story. You connect to it. It could be a photo that isn't even one of your own but a complete strangers & when you connect with that image and it triggers a memory from your own past, that is what is truly amazing. 

Nashville Wedding Photographer
Our business is based on community. We want to cultivate and inspire our couples to become friends with us, as well as friends with one another. We believe that there is power in finding like-minded people and connecting with them. Our business & the community we are designing stands for creativity, authenticity, & style that reflects & expresses without words. We believe in having fun and being yourself no matter who is in the room. We believe that inspiring others and paying it forward is important to ones own happiness. We believe in the joy of a sunset and the love of a best friend. We believe in great light, unforeseen adventures, & the romantic moments. We believe in supporting quality people, products, & relationships. We believe that emotion drives the most important moments, and we believe in the importance & responsibility of being there to preserve those emotional moments. We believe that every couple is unique but we all have commonalities that make us want to commune together. That is why we stand for & believe in the community to we designing.

We are Pat & Mahlia Dooley, and we are Nashville Tennessee wedding photographers. Ivory Door Studio’s mission is to impact the lives of our couples through authentic & viable personal connections, tangible products, a personalized wedding experience and quality service that exceeds expectations. Ivory Door Studio has been established and operating in Murfreesboro Tennessee since 2014. Since our doors opened we have had the pleasure of photographing ceremonies nationally in states including Montana, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee & Florida. We capture portraits primarily in natural light while implementing professional lighting when needed. We have experience working with flash to curate beautiful reception photos, intricate detail pictures, and outdoor night portraits.

Ivory Door Studio primarily serves Middle TN including Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Franklin, Belle Meade, Nashville, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga. We have traveled for destination weddings in other states including Orlando, FL - Portland, OR - Bowling Green, KY - Bozeman, MT - & an engagement session in Belize!

Mahlia & Pat have had the pleasure of working with numerous couples from outside of the area. We have had clients choose Nashville as their destination wedding venue. They & their loved ones have flown in from states such as Illinois, California, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, & Connecticut.