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!

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. 

 

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!