Zanthia + Caleb

Sweet September wedding season is in full swing, and this weekend I was in Blount Springs, Alabama for a pretty, intimate wedding at the beautiful Blount Springs Chapel. Zanthia & Caleb had a lovely ceremony and spent the day with the people closest to them who traveled from near and far. Surrounded by hills, lakes, and streams, the venue had a vintage elegance, almost as if time has skipped right over it. Zanthia and Caleb both share a love of nature, and felt like they were able to fulfill all their hopes and dreams for their day with this perfect spot. They reached out with just a few weeks to spare, and I’m so glad they did! More to come!

Maggie & Chris

I’ll just go ahead and let you know that I won’t make it through editing their wedding without tearing up all over again. Chris and Maggie are two of our dear Nashville pals. Chris and his siblings grew up with Rob in grade school. Their families are very close, and have the sweetest friendship. Maggie was a Nashville transplant from Colorado, who I quickly loved because of her warm smile and hospitable soul. I don’t know if the world is quite ready for the love (and delicious treats) that will pour out from the Hare home.

They wanted a purely documentary wedding experience, which was a joy for me. I got to watch the beauty unfold in front of me, and felt none of the Southern pressures for posing and poise. The day started with a tender breakfast with the ladies, then we moved to a park right down the street where Maggie and Chris go on walks together. Every aspect of their ceremony and reception was centered around their values of honesty, depth, hospitality, and community. It was an honor and a joy to tell your wedding day story, my friends. I can’t wait to share the whole day with you!

Venue: Woodland Hollow at Annie Acres Farm // Planning: Cassie Boggs (love you)

Catering: Actual Food Catering // Coffee: Crema // Sound: Austin Gray // Piano: Jay Griffith

LeAnn & Jeremy

Last weekend we celebrated LeAnn and Jeremy with a proper Kentucky stable wedding at the beautiful Highland Stables, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The southern sun and humidity were out in full force, but this crew rolled with the heat and had a party. LeAnn entered and exited the ceremony in a beautiful horse drawn carriage and we took their portraits on a hill side right at sunset - does it get any dreamier than that?? They also included so many sweet and hilarious kiddos in their wedding. Take note of how the boys felt about all of the tenderness during the ceremony. I've been cracking up all day while editing. 

 

Grace & Alex

Nestled in the beautiful Alabama pine forests, the tiny town of Goodwater Alabama has hosted not one but two weddings joining an Alabama girl to a British boy. Their wedding hash tag was #gritsandbrits18, which is a hilarious nod to Grace's southern American heritage, and Alex's homeland. Their wedding had all of the best of both worlds - kilts, bagpipes, homegrown flowers, cheese grits, mashed potatoes, and a proper lesson in Scottish folk dancing. These two are adventurous, hospitable, and just downright sweet. We finished up the bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits just in time to run inside to escape a momentary downpour, and it felt like the skies had parted just in time for us to get all of the photos we needed. We were all on our toes, saying prayers the rain would hold off during the ceremony. When 5:00 rolled around and it was still sprinkling, we put up our umbrellas, wrapped up my gear, and had the most delightfully romantic ceremony in the beautiful summer rain. Grace and Alex's joy shined right through as they got soaked during their portraits. They laughed, and spun around, ran through the fields, and enjoyed each other so well. Rob chased behind me with the umbrella, carrying all of my bags, and really giving every ounce of help he could. (Thanks a million, my love.) Their reception was a wonderful collaboration of cultures and stories and it was such a delight to dance the night away with them. To top it all off, Grace's brother shot off fireworks over their lake and it was a dreamy, tender moment to finish the day. I'm grateful for the love and hospitality I got to witness with you all. Thanks for choosing me to celebrate with you! 

Haley & Jakob

Haley & Jakob are married!! Now, I ditched Twitter a while ago for my mental health, but these two are a perfect example of the good that can come from witty banter on the internet. Yes, they met on Twitter and they're perfect and I love them. Their Columbia, MO wedding was intentionally held at the church they attend together, and a local park as a sign of solidarity to the community they've built in the city. (And - I might add that Columbia, MO is a pretty sweet city to visit.) Haley and I are friends from college, along with two of her bridesmaids, which made the bridal party super special. We danced around, made her model pose in a gorgeous bright hallway while all of us squealed, and then took moody portraits of Haley and Jakob in an old school house. One of my favorite moments from the whole day was Jakob laugh-crying when Haley walked down the aisle. All of us were in tears. 

It was a sweet, sweaty, dreamy day, and I'm so thankful to have been there with you guys. Three cheers for true love and friends! 

Allison & Abhay

Allison & Abhay's wedding was a PARTY. The two day wedding weekend started with their Hindu ceremony at the Sri Ganesha Temple (Check out the mini preview on my Facebook page! Full preview coming soon!). Being able to witness two families and cultures coming together in such an intentional way was deeply encouraging. I realized how often we focus on just the couple and forget about the joining of two whole families! Both of their ceremonies celebrated the legacy of faith, culture, and joy they have both come from. They included so many thoughtful details that helped acknowledge their families who weren't able to be with them, and the many little things that brought them together. Saturday's ceremony was held at Green Door Gourmet, and I can't say enough flowery things about how wonderful this venue is. The staff was a joy to work with (shout out to Briana for being the best), and the grounds were gorgeous! To top off the whole day, Abhay rode into the ceremony on a scooter surrounded by drums, music, and a crowd of dancing friends and family. If you weren't planning on viewing the whole preview for some silly reason, at least scroll down to see his entrance! It was incredible!! We danced and laughed the night away, and I just had the best time with them and their wedding party. Both Allison & Abhay are the sweetest and most thoughtful people you could ever be around, and I'm so thankful I got to spend the day with them!! Many thanks to the amazing Kristi Woody for assisting me!