Annie and Jack live in Brooklyn, and opted to get married at Annie’s parents’ home on Mobile Bay. The setting was equal parts Southern oak, sunset beach and totally magical. These two couldn’t stop smiling, and as I was editing I realized that I have never seen so many group hugs at a wedding before! Their tribe clearly loves to love, and this wedding day reminded me how contagious that is.
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.
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.
Okay, I've got to tell y'all the story of Ashley and Alex. They live in San Fransisco. Ashley called me up months before the wedding and said that Alex had proposed nearly a year prior with an "amazing surprise proposal," and that they just hadn't gotten around to actually planning the thing yet because, well... sometimes life gets in the way. So Ashley decided to plan a surprise elopement during their trip to New Orleans in May. She'd reveal the secret on the plane to NOLA. We kept things hush-hush.
Fast forward to the end of March. Ashley tells me that everything's still a surprise. A couple weeks later, she emails. "The cat's out of the bag": Alex had started planning another elopement in SF, so she had to be let in on the secret.
Like, you can't make up a better story than that. Two people each planning their elopement. Real life FTW.
A&A got ready together at an AirBNB in Central City on Sunday morning, then rode the St. Charles line streetcar to the Quarter. We walked to Jackson Square for an intimate ceremony with just a few friends in attendance, then had champagne and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. A short, sweet, simple thing that was definitely one of my favorites to date. "Small but perfect," as Ashley put it.
Also, happy Pride, everyone!! 🌈
Koby and Kristen's Shelby County Courthouse wedding in Columbiana pushed the envelope of "courthouse wedding." The Shelby County Courthouse has a cute little gazebo out back, and Kristen planned every little detail of this intimate wedding. The couple arrived at the courthouse with enough time to fill out their paperwork, then had a super sweet ceremony at the gazebo (with several employees watching from the windows and commenting on how this was the prettiest wedding they'd seen there!). Afterwards, Kristen and Koby filed their marriage license and cheered as they exited the front door. Dinner followed at Seasons 52.
I am always so thankful when small parties like this invite me to capture their wedding day. Big, boisterous affairs are so fun, and intimate weddings are exciting in very different ways. There's usually a softer, quieter energy and that shows through in the photographs. Kristen and Koby's wedding was soft, quiet, and so, so sweet.
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!