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! 

 

 

Caleb & Amy

The intentionality and reverence found in traditional Anglican wedding ceremonies mirrors the way Caleb and Amy interact with the world. Their ability to take seriously the responsibility and jobs they have been given is only made better by the fact that they're truly able to laugh at and with each other. They're goofy and hilarious, compassionate and virtuous. And those elements of their personalities sang throughout the day. The ceremony was not your 15 minute sweet southern ceremony - but an entire service centered around celebrating the faith they hold true, and the hope they carry into their life together. I loved the challenge of both documenting the story of their ceremony, and the encouragement to step back and participate during the certain parts that they wanted to be completely reverent. As you'll be able to tell from the photos after the ceremony, the room was filled with joy, tears, and just a whole lot of really happy friends. It was an honor to step into your lives for a day and tell this wonderful story! Can't wait to share the rest with you all! 

Nick & Laura

Laura & Nick's Sunday wedding at Green Frog Farms was filled with lavender, happy babies, the BEST pup, and a zillion delightful people. They didn't cut any corners in how they planned their day to be truly and uniquely them. Laura and Nick are thoughtful, hilarious, and confident, which made the day flow by like a sweet summer breeze. Laura's Dog, Tennessee Williams, was definitely a highlight of the evening for all of us. During the ceremony he sat in the back, wagging is tail any time Laura looked his way. We snuck off for a few minutes at sunset and literally ran through the field laughing and cheering. The tenderness was just too much at times, and I definitely shed a few (or more than a few) tears during the father daughter dance. Still, after 10 years in the business, I can't make it through a single wedding without tearing up. It was a lovely celebration and I'm so thankful to have been a part of it! Three cheers to Courtney Searcy for assisting me. Some of her lovely images are below as well! 

 

 

Andrew & Jennifer

When you take a step back and think about all of the tiny moments in life that lead us on the path to find the person we will love, it really is such an unimaginably huge deal that any of us ever find each other! And that is especially the case for Andrew and Jennifer. They grew up in missionary families in completely different cultures, and found each other in college at a little university in Tennessee. Though seemingly opposite in the surface ways, their stories and interests aligned and they've created such a beautifully deep and diverse community around them. The wedding was held at the Memphis Vietnamese church Jennifer's father pastors, and it was a sweet and intimate celebration of the different communities they grew up in. They gave their guests handmade wooden coasters from a small village in Africa, and held a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony to honor their families. As you'll be able to tell from the pictures, everyone was just BEAMING and so HAPPY. I had such a lovely time taking their portraits because they have such a great time just being with each other. Andrew and Jennifer - - thank you for choosing me to tell your story! I hope all of us can learn from your joy, contentedness, and compassion. Enjoy these and the rest to come!  

Katelyn & Jeff

Summer wedding season is in full swing! My official start to the busy season kicked off with this gorgeous wedding at White Oak Farms! The brand new venue is just a little ways away from Jackson, and I've been excitedly watching it's progress in anticipation of this last weekend! It was thoughtfully created to be the perfect space for entertaining, and it was a blast to work in. Katelyn and Jeff are super fun to be around, and the way they make each other laugh made me tear up on more than one occasion. They hired an incredible team of vendors which made their wedding even more special. I felt like I was in the presence of royalty working alongside Southern Sparkle Event Planning, because Krisy is the best of the best around here! Everyone was incredibly happy and laid back, and we just had a grand ole celebration complete with a rainbow at the end of the evening. Thank you all for welcoming me into your wedding day, and letting me tell your story! More photos to come!