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! 

 

Allison & Aron

This year has taken me to so many beautiful places, but West Virginia and Pennsylvania may take the cake. On the drive up I realized that I don't know anything about this part of the country, and the landscapes totally took me by surprise. The leaves were already changing, the morning fog was slowly lifting, brown and cream cows were dotting these little bubble-like hills everywhere, and the roads wound through gorgeous mountains for hours and hours. We will definitely make a point to visit again with time to explore. Allison & Aron's wedding was tucked away by a river in the tiny town of Confluence, PA. The Paddler's Lane Retreat  was the perfect setting for a wedding. They stayed in the Bed and Breakfast for several days leading up to the wedding, which seemed to be such a restful and wonderful idea. The rolling river was so calming, even when a load of paddlers float by. The details everywhere were so captivating and I loved talking with the owners and learning about how they've transformed the property over the years. Allison and Aron both have such a wonderful group of friends and family that sure know how to throw a celebration. We had such a lovely time, and are SO thankful you guys chose me to drive all the way up to celebrate with you! Thanks a million to Natalie Hotaling for coming down from Pittsburgh to assist me! Three cheers for marriage! 

Abby & Chad

Abby and Chad's St. Louis wedding was first and foremost a celebration of a pretty awesome duo committing their lives to each other, but it was also a lovely reunion of college pals that I haven't seen in quite a long time! Their wedding venue couldn't have been more perfect for their love of both the earth and history. The DeMenil Mansion, built in 1848, is a magical place, full of gorgeous greenery and immaculately preserved historic furniture. Each room had so many amazing details, I had to keep myself from wandering around and remember that I did indeed have a timeline to follow. My favorite moments during Abby and Chad's wedding were the portrait times with just the two of them. Abby isn't one to give you a fake smile and pretend like she's having a blast - - unless she genuinely is having a good time! Getting to hang out with both of them was such a joy because their love is hilarious and tender. It's the honest kind of love, that makes you want to be more real with the world around you and worry less about how other people are perceiving you. That's something I've always admired about Abby, and the best friend we share, Natalie. They love people hard, but don't give a lick about what people think about them at the same time. The words loyal and compassionate echoed through the different speeches and conversations throughout the weekend, and everyone seemed to be there to affirm that these two coming together was providential. Hanging out with the wedding party and reminiscing about college days made me realize just how far we've all come, but also how familiar those college days still feel. I was super honored when Abby initially inquired, and have been looking forward to this day ever since! 

Also, it's a well-known fact that I'll probably cry at every wedding at some point, and it's usually a grandparent that gets me. Abby's granddad breaking it down on the dance floor melted me completely. It's capturing those moments that gives me life. I love my job. And this wedding was the best. How did I get to do this for a living? Thank the Lord. 

Congrats Abby and Chad! Happy first week of marriage! 

Allison & Nick

Let me just start this post by telling you that Allison and Nick are fabulous and incredibly multi-talented. Allison HANDMADE her gorgeous, jaw dropping wedding dress AND Nick's golden suit! All of it. By hand. While planning a wedding and working full time. Can I get a round of applause?? I mean just look at them. 

Ahem. I'm fine. 

Both of them were a sight to see, but because they're fabulous, they also booked a venue with a breathtaking view and access to See Rock City! Grandview at See Rock City has a beautiful indoor space, and the outside terrace looks over all of Chattanooga. It kinda makes you wobble a little when you walk down the hill. It's situated right on the side of the mountain immediately next to See Rock City. After the ceremony we walked over to take their portraits on the cliffside while the guests enjoyed drinks on the patio. The swinging bridge was definitely swingy, but they were bold enough to tackle it and I was shaking with excitement by the time we were finished. 

I'm so excited to show you this quick little preview and I'm thrilled to get started on the rest! 

Nina + Matt

When Nina and I met 4 years ago, I was working on a farm in rural North Carolina and she popped in for a little while to serve with us. I remember marveling at how cool, hip, and kind she was. Fast forward to a few months ago when I was SO HAPPY to get a message from her asking about wedding photography! They brought me up to Virginia to hang out with them for a few days in the super sweet little town of Ashland, just north of Richmond. The morning of the wedding I got to explore the town a bit and found a delicious little cafe to sit and make a plan for the day. 

One of the things I loved about Nina and Matt's wedding was how special the ceremony was to both of them. A lot of times the reception steals the show, but for them, the intimacy and intentionality of each aspect of the ceremony was what they wanted people to experience the deepest on their wedding day. They had an Anglican service, with scripture readings, prayers, worship, and blessings. They didn't even let not one, but TWO rowdy trains stop them from having a peaceful moment with the Lord to begin their marriage. The reception was lively, and beautiful, with wonderful food and a whole lot of dancing. They also had bubbles and games for all of the kids who attended, so of course I spent some time documenting all of their hilarity. 

I loved every minute of Nina and Matt's wedding, and wish we lived closer to each other so we could hang out! The only downside to destination weddings is that you eventually have to go home, and part with all of your new friends. Thank you both SO MUCH for your kindness, and I can't wait for you to see the rest!