Shea & Natalie {March 16, 2019}

Wow - this one hit me straight in the heart. At every wedding I usually have a moment where I’m practically in tears because of how much I LOVE all of the tenderness and joy that surrounds people on their wedding day. I just can’t help it! But this wedding in particular sunk me to the floor. Mostly because Natalie and I have been friends since she was in middle school, when I joined the new tiny church her family was starting. And Shea and I are kindred feelers who became fast friends right from the start. I think we all knew they were meant for each other long before they did, which has made it really fun to watch them grow together and make plans for forever. Not to mention my love for the whole entire wedding party - some of my best pals, sweetest sister, and new friends! We had a true Downtown Jackson party with the ceremony at our church, City Fellowship, and the reception around the corner at the Aneas Building. They created a beautiful charcuterie table with handmade boards by Shea’s grandfather (much of which had been greatly enjoyed by the time we got in there) along with chocolate milk and donuts, cake, coffee, and LaCroix - - what more could a human need?? No one danced harder than the kids, who showed us our age real quick by never tiring of the tunes.

I just really love every one of you all and count it such an honor and a privilege to have this job. Enjoy this little feelings fest! More to come!

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!