You guys know what suckers we are for proposals so there will be lots of images to show for this one!

Jessica Harp and Jason Mowery were engaged a few months back and we were so excited when Jason asked us to come along to photograph the big event. Being in the music industry, they share a love of old country music so how perfect is it that they met at the Ryman? Jessica’s band (The Wreckers) was in need of a fill-in fiddle player and Keith Urban‘s fiddle player, Jason, was asked to help out. A couple of weeks later, he was made a permanent fixture both in the band (sorry, old fiddle player!), and in Jessica’s life. Jason decided to go back to where it all started to ask Jessica to marry him. Check out the montage at the bottom of this post for many more images…

Popping the question….


Obviously she said yes!


Where it all began…


The Ryman has so many cool little nooks and crannies!





After the Ryman, we walked around downtown a bit. Check out the slideshow to see the random dutch guy who came to chat with us. There was also a singing homeless guy who ended up joining a chase for a thief down the street. Only downtown! Sean and I don’t make it out of the Franklin bubble much so it was an exciting time! haha!


No story here – just a fun yellow wall… :)


What can I say? These kids are super cute, super sweet, and super talented – they just have it all! :) Check them out and keep your eyes peeled for Jessica’s new album coming in 08!

Jessica and Jason, thanks for sharing your infectious happiness with us. :)

– Mel


  1. Fred Egan on December 7, 2007 at 3:24 am

    Bro! Part of me wishes I was you during this shoot-cause the images rock and I LOVE Jessica Harp!!

    The other part is glad I wasn’t you because it’s Jessica HARP and I would’ve been star struck!

  2. Joan Evans on December 7, 2007 at 9:38 am

    You guys rock! …just stalking the site after a fun night. It is wonderful to be in such inspiring company!

  3. david&kimi baxter on December 7, 2007 at 11:55 am

    can it be??? is it possible?? more pics!!! love it! these rock the house! you guys are too much!

  4. K. Crafton on December 7, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Absolutely amazing…all of them! What a fantastic way to propose!

  5. Future Mrs. Mowery on December 7, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    We got a montage?? WOW! :) We love you guys and treasure these our photos SO much. It’s gonna be hard to top them at the wedding. Hmmm…do I smell a challenge? ;) Xo, J&J

  6. Bradford on December 7, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, these are amazing!!

  7. mel on December 7, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Fred – you are funny – you rock regardless. :) Hey Joan! It was great to see you last night! Stalk away and leave comments often pretty please! Davo and Kimi it is possible and it’s something we plan to do much more often now that things are starting to slow down. Glad you enjoy them! Kate – I know right? Wasn’t that great? We were very impressed with him. Hey Jess and Jason! We’re so glad you love them and we accept your challenge! Just be prepared to be super cute again ok? ;) Thanks Bradford! Tell Melford we said hello!

  8. jessica on December 7, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Jess is a very good friend of mine and I was waiting for this post! :) You guys are amazing and very inspiring (since I am also a photographer). :) Keep up the amazing work and I can’t wait to see the wedding pics!

  9. Michelle on December 7, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Absolutely amazing shots, really capturing them in the moment. Wonderful job!

  10. Marlena Wright on December 7, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    just when one thinks “wow, the mclellans can’t get any cooler than this” they prove you wrong!!! these rock, guys!

  11. Lucky Red Hen on December 8, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Beautiful pics and terrific composition! Love them!

  12. Lauren on December 8, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I LOVE the shot with her shoes and the reflection. Very creative :)

  13. mel on December 9, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Hey Jessica! Thanks so much. Hope to see you at the wedding! Michelle – you are too kind. :) Marlena – we are going to have to hire you to be our PR gal. ;) Thanks! Hey Lucky Red Hen – Thank you so much too! :) Thanks to you also Lauren! I heart shoes (even though all I ever wear is flip-flops…)

  14. Roxanne Benton on December 9, 2007 at 2:35 am

    Holy cow Sean & Melanie!

    I am the better for knowing you. You inspire me more and more each time I see your work.

    WOOHOOTY!!!!!! ;-)


  15. erin_hiwatari on December 9, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    this shots are amazingly beautiful! their love just spills out from them! what an amazing job…
    Jess and Jason, i hope you’re very happy! Congratulations!

  16. Jonilyn on December 10, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Wow! These are amazing! I love all the emotion that you captured in the your images!

  17. mel on December 10, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Hey it’s our canvas lady! Roxanne – thank you – you guys are awesome! Hey Erin and Jonilyn! Thanks so much! What can I say – they made it extremely easy on us!

  18. Rose on January 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Wow. You captured the moments so well. They’re so in love! Beautiful pictures!

  19. sarah on April 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve never seen SO many pictures of an engagement? Seems odd.

  20. mel on April 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks Rose! :o) The are a really sweet couple. Hey Sarah! There are many more but that’s pretty typical for us – especially if it’s a proposal in addition to an engagement session.

  21. Pearl Andrews on June 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

    these are great photos!!

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