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!! 🌈
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!!!
Lisa and Paulo live near Boston, but flew down to Alabama to get married where Lisa grew up. The ceremony and reception were both held at Wills Creek Vineyard & Winery in Attalla, where the muscadines were ready to harvest. The smell of ripe muscadines hugged the bride and groom throughout the ceremony, and let me tell you. It was divine.
Courtney and Edward shared a lovely wedding ceremony at the Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile. Courtney's son walked her down the aisle through a sea of family and friends. The newlywed couple beat the heat by cruising to their reception at the History Museum of Mobile in a silver Chevy Bel Air. This evening in Mobile was the perfect sort of gathering before Courtney and Edward set off on their honeymoon!
Megan and Mike's Naches wedding at American Homestead was just a dream. Megan grew up in Yakima, Washington, while Mike hails from Alabama. (He and I worked at The Crimson White, The University of Alabama's student-run newspaper, together back in college—roll tide!) Guests from Washington, Alabama, and elsewhere celebrated together in Mike's second home-away-from-home. What a night!
Ye and Greg's wedding at The Ledges in Huntsville was eye candy from the time we arrived until they said goodbye at their sparkler exit. A warm, sunny day set a fairytale-like scene for a host of beautiful moments and embraces. Ye's family live in China, so the ceremony was cast live over a webcam for those who were unable to attend. Ye Facetimed with her mom right after the ceremony, too! All in all, we had a beautifully sweet day.
If I had to tell you the most prevalent motif of Shelby and Lewis's wedding day, I'd simply say "hugs." The couple have so much affection for their friends and family (and each other!) that they couldn't help but express it by wrapping up mom, dad, a sibling, or a friend in their arms. My people are huggers as well, so it was refreshing to see so. many. awesome. hugs. You'll notice them in the photographs below.
Rebecca and Jason's wedding at The Nest in downtown Birmingham had all the accoutrements of a fantastic house party, which was exactly the ambiance they sought. They wanted guests to feel like they'd been welcomed into their home for a special night. Jason poured champagne as guests arrived, and he and Rebecca greeted friends and family with big hugs. The evening was full of laughter and warm embraces, and was such a fitting celebration for such a welcoming, friendly couple.
Emily and Hunter decided they wanted to have an Oak Mountain State Park engagement session to precede their destination wedding in North Carolina this summer. After what seems like weeks of dreary, cold days, we were greeted by sunny skies and perfect hiking weather for our visit to Peavine Falls. It was a perfect break to celebrate their engagement and to make some memories.