Elizabeth Nord, photographer and owner of Elizabeth Nord Photography, recently hosted a wonderful, one-day photography workshop at Chez. The photos from the Love In The City Workshop captured wedding moments and decor details beautifully while also highlighting the elegant architectural details and natural light at Chez. We were so impressed with Elizabeth’s work that we selected the staircase shot below for our print advertising campaign! We are pleased to highlight Elizabeth and her work in the Chez Vendor Spotlight series. Check out our interview below.
Name: Elizabeth Nord
Title: Owner/Photographer at Elizabeth Nord Photography
Specialty: Weddings, proposals, engagements, and anniversary photography sessions
CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?
E.N.: Since 2011
CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
E.N.: I capture the most precious memories and emotions, so that you and future generations can relive those moments forever.
CHEZ: What sets you/your company apart from others?
E.N.: I am an energetic, dedicated, and creative photographer that looks at every detail to make sure my couples look their absolute best. I do everything in my power to keep them stress-free and having fun throughout the wedding day. Often times, brides are really stressed on the morning of the wedding day, but time and time again they tell me “Oh good, Liz is here. I can breathe now.” They trust me and I love that my presence calms them.
CHEZ: What does your typical event day look like?
E.N.: I am typically at a wedding day between 8-10 hours, sometimes more depending on my clients’ needs. I start about an hour before she is to start putting on her dress, which is typically when hair & makeup is being finished. I usually end after about an hour after open dancing has begun. A typical wedding day with me includes lots of fun, laughs, and dancing.
CHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?
E.N.: I typically cry during either the first dance, a first look with the bride’s father, or one of the speeches. Those get me EVERY. TIME. The moment that has stuck with me the most was when the groom danced with his aunt in lieu of his mother who had recently passed away from cancer. It was a touching moment that had the whole room in tears.
CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?
E.N.: The most unique request I’ve ever received was when my couple had to put down their dog the day before their wedding day. We had talked about having a photo of them with their two dogs, so it was a surprise when they told me on the wedding day that there would only be one dog joining them. It was incredibly sad and the groom was really upset about it. Later that evening, he asked if I could Photoshop his dog into one of the portraits that they took that day. It turned out to be a beautiful photo that he was grateful to have, and being a dog lover myself, it was my honor to create it for him.
CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?
E.N.: I love the trend of mini dessert options like small lemon meringue pies or banana foster “shots”. I also love the trend of a donut wall. I’m obsessed.
CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without.
E.N.: 1. My husband 2. Dogs 3. My friends
CHEZ: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone planning an event?
E.N.: Delegate! For the little things that you may not care as much about, delegate a friend or family member to care of it for you. Often times, they are more than willing to help. You just have to tell them what you need help with. Delegation will help you SO much with stress throughout the wedding day planning as well as on the actual wedding day. Take the time to enjoy your wedding day instead of worrying about the little things that aren’t going as planned. This is also where an amazing wedding planner comes into play! You will not regret hiring one!
CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you.
E.N.: 1. In the 9th grade, I sang at Carnegie Hall in New York in a women’s choir 2. I was married at the age of 20 and have been with my husband since I was 16. 3. I am from Tennessee and lived on a farm there, surrounded by 30 acres of land, 28 dogs at one point, and multiple other animals. Although I was born in the country, I love city life!
CHEZ: What do you love most about Chez?
E.N.: I love Chez’s ultra modern style. I especially love the glass staircase and it’s gorgeous floor to ceiling windows. And above all, I love the people that work at Chez. I’ve never met a nicer group of people at a venue!
Thanks Elizabeth! We look forward to working with you again very soon.