Erica and Andrew were married in his family’s church in Ashville, almost an hour northeast of Birmingham. Everything about their wedding day was intimate and family-centric. The absolute delight on this couple’s faces after their ceremony says more than words can about how excited they were to be married.
Nicole and Michael live in Boston, and they decided to get married in Michael's hometown of Atlanta. Both their ceremony and reception took place at the Piedmont Garden Tent on a day that threatened rain until (seriously) it started pouring when the bride and groom kissed. Y'all, this day was so filled with moments that it was hard for me to choose which photos to include here. Pictured below are a first look where the bride ran to her groom, vows shared between the couple privately, Nicole giving shoutouts to friends and family (and Michael's PhD advisor) as she walked down the aisle, and Nicole hugging her wedding cake because she LOVES sprinkles. This woman wears her emotions on the outside, and I love it. (Although from that list it might sound like she stole the show, Michael's huge grins and cool calm made my day over and over, too, in a subtler way.)
When I talked with Nicole for the first time last summer, she shared something that I hope holds true in the photographs that follow. She told me something like this: “We noticed that a lot of photographers have beautiful pictures from weddings, but they're pretty pictures in which you could interchange people and it wouldn’t make a difference. But the people in your photos couldn't be exchanged for anyone else. I was looking at your pictures, and all the people in them made me happy even though I don't know them.” So, I hope these pictures make you happy even if you don't know this amazing pair.
Peyton and Bruno are so stinkin' cute together, and I couldn't be more happy about that because I'm Peyton's cousin! It's always an extra joy to photograph the wedding of someone you love. They were married in the cute chapel at Tannehill State Park, and invited their families and closest friends to join the occasion. After the ceremony, Peyton and Bruno's crew meandered down to the road to the schoolhouse and ate a delicious home-cooked dinner (Bruno made Brazilian beef stroganoff!) and an evening of good conversation. Congratulations, love birds!
Looking through these images from Christi and Peter's wedding, I am struck by how simply, wonderfully, absolutely happy they look when they're together. That's something that I noticed during their wedding weekend, too—they seem to be on the same level, ready to take on the day together. It's like the patches on their second line umbrellas that say, "Together or not at all." And if they're together, they're gonna be smiling.
Christi and Peter live in San Fransisco traveled to New Orleans to have an intimate destination wedding. They hosted 21 of their friends and family on a chartered St. Charles line streetcar for their ceremony, then the Kinfolk Jazz Band led the crew to dinner at Restaurant R'evolution. I think you'll see from the images that follow that Christi and Peter created a day that spoke to their souls in all the right ways.
I can't think of a better post for St. Patrick's Day than this couple (other than an Irish wedding!) because y'all. Erica and Chad know how to party! After a super sweet ceremony officiated by a friend, The Right On Band filled the New Orleans Country Club with an amazing performance that had the crowd dancing all night. This was the biggest, most laid back party and I loved it. Everyone was so comfortable doing their thing, even when the pink afro wigs were handed out at the end of the night, and I think it speaks volumes about Erica and Chad, their families, and the people they choose to surround themselves with. I wasn't one bit surprised by the great vibes last Saturday after getting to know Erica's family--her father and step mother might look familiar if you've been keeping up with me for a while, since I photographed their surprise wedding about a year and a half ago. Hope you enjoy the images from this gorgeous wedding.
Courtnie and Daniel are two of my closest friends. They were some of the first people I met in college, and throughout the more-than-a-decade I've known them, they've been inseparable. They are treasures individually, and together they definitely exceed the sum of their parts. So it's hard to put into words how much of a privilege it was to be invited to be the only person present at their vow renewal this December in Joshua Tree National Park.
They had a big wedding, so for their fifth wedding anniversary they wanted to go it alone. On the appointed day, we explored the national park, made some pictures, and at sunset we found our mark. Witnessing C and D read their vows was one of the most emotional things I've experienced. Witnessing them take a step back to examine their relationship and take time to say those big-picture things that often go unsaid was a reminder that relationships take work. Acknowledging that work and its value is a powerful thing, it turns out.
So before I get too mushy gushy on you, check out some pictures.
Betsy and Richard planned their wedding day with a simple schedule and lots of down time, which meant that I had a chance to play around and get creative! They held their ceremony in the chapel at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, and the reception followed in the BPC fellowship hall. Betsy exudes a combination of creativity and elegance that you just don't often encounter. Together, she and Richard share these smiles that start small and ever-so-gradually grow into those giant-mouth-agape-my-heart-has-wings grins and you didn't even realize it was happening. What a treat!
Sarah and Brandon held their ceremony and reception at Haven in downtown Birmingham, and throughout the day our emotions ran the gamut. From pure calm to holding back tears (and letting them go) to extreme excitement, we saw it all. After their short and sweet ceremony, guests headed to the reception and danced and laughed for the rest of the night!
Mary Lauren and Rick hosted their short and sweet ceremony on the back porch of their family's cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia. With the stunning view of the mountains in the background and a little sweat on all our foreheads (it got hot all of a sudden when it was time for the ceremony!), the two said their vows, kissed to seal the deal, and brought everyone inside for toasts and dinner. The intimate group of friends and family spent the rest of the afternoon laughing on the porch, visiting and having a nice, laid back time.
Jessica and Kyle had an intimate ceremony in the glorious, glowing afternoon light at Ashland Place United Methodist Church. The sanctuary of this church almost feels like you're stepping back in time: it feels small (in the best way) and dark, except for the warm light coming in through the stained glass windows. After the service, the couple welcomes their guests into their new home for a backyard reception. Jessica and Kyle wanted to hang out and chill out during their reception, and that's exactly how things went down. We hung out in the yard, watched the Auburn game in the living room, ate Jessica's Granddaddy's chocolate cake in the kitchen, and chit chatted all evening. It couldn't have been better.