Jordan and Chris were married during a magical ceremony in the woods at Aldridge Gardens. The day began calmly with comfortable chatter, and by the end of the night that milieu hadn't changed much. The couple, their family, and their guests seemed dedicated to visiting and getting personal. Sweet moments abounded. This charming, laid-back wedding was sweet as can be!
From the day I met Annie and Grant, I knew their wedding would be a special one for me. These two are part of my tribe, those folks who just get you without even trying, and vice versa. Plus, come on. They're so cute together. Reserved or rowdy (and they are both), these two are a clear match. Their wedding ceremony at Aldridge Gardens was heartfelt, funny, and joyful. At the reception friends, family, young, old, seriously everyone, danced their butts off for hours. This day was equal parts sweet, delicate, raucous, and just plain excitable. I feel so fortunate to have shared the experience. Congratulations!!!
Carolyn and Greg's wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart Chapel, and their whole wedding day in general, struck me as one of the most heartfelt days I have experienced in a long time. The couple live in New York City, and they decided to have a destination wedding with Mobile Bay as its focal point. As the sunset appeared over the bay, music from the Smoking Time Jazz Club set the mood for a spectacularly dreamy evening.
Chrissy and Nick used to live right above Jackson Square, so it made perfect sense for their wedding ceremony to take place there. They were married in front of St. Louis Cathedral, surrounded by a small group of family and friends, and then were joined by the rest of their party at Tableau for a larger reception. The intimate ceremony allowed the couple to have the time with their immediate families that was super important to them. Afterward at Tableau, even more family and friends enveloped them. (I heard that some guests even sneakily watched the ceremony from balconies surrounding the Square!) The group second lined to Hotel Monteleone for the afterparty. We had a blast at this wedding!
I'm admittedly late to the game here, but if I make a post about 2015 before my first wedding of 2016 (which is this weekend) it still kind of counts as 2015, right?
Last year was full of big life changes for me: I relocated from New Orleans to Birmingham right after Mardi Gras. Commuted back to NOLA to work for a good six months after the move, while I made connections and booked clients in Birmingham for weddings and corporate jobs. (I still commute to NOLA on the regular—ain't nothin' gonna keep me away for too long.) Stopped relying on second shooting and odd freelance jobs to pay the bills. Got used to eating my parents' cooking (and taking leftovers home) at least once a week. Re-integrated into the everyday lives of some of my best friends in the whole world. Made connections with some of the most amazing clients ever. The list goes on and on, and it would be a complete lie if I told you that last year was easy. 2015 was the best year yet, and it was also soul-crushingly difficult. I'm glad it's over.
Last Sunday evening, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network hosted local farmers, chefs, and diners for their Graze: Birmingham fundraiser at Avondale Brewing Company. ASAN put on a great event and the farmers and chefs cooked up some absolutely delicious food. I volunteered to provide event photography for ASAN, one of my favorite nonprofits. The network is committed to promoting sustainable agriculture in Alabama, and if you'd like to learn more about them, check out their website at asanonline.org.
Because local, sustainable agriculture is something I wholeheartedly believe in, I am offering a dollar-for-dollar discount on any corporate event coverage (or wedding coverage) for donating to ASAN! Donate up to $250 to ASAN (including the cost of your Graze: Birmingham ticket), and I'll kick that much off the cost of any photo services booked by December 31, 2015.