Haley + Bryant : November 19, 2017

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With this weekend behind me, I can finally look back and really enjoy what an experience Haley and Bryant’s wedding was. Haley is one of my best friends, and I was so excited when Bryant asked me to spend the day and photograph her on a scavenger hunt that ended with him down on one knee. This was back in September, and soon after Haley threw me the curve ball of making me a bridesmaid as well as her photographer. This seemed like it would be tough, but manageable. Fast forward just a couple weeks and suddenly I’m maid of honor and the wedding has been moved from next fall to less than two months away! Helping Haley plan her big day while also dealing with my busiest season of the year was no easy task, and I definitely didn’t think I was going to make it a time or two. But thankfully, the big day came and went without a hitch (except for me forgetting Bryant’s ring at the altar– OOPS!) and even though the weather was chilly, you could practically feel the love radiating from these two. I love their first look and the portraits that followed, where you can see how much fun they were having just being together and forgetting all the stress that had come from planning.

I couldn’t have managed this day without help from my second shooter Logan, who took charge during the ceremony and reception when I had other duties, and my friend/assistant Joanna who I jokingly referred to as the maid of honor’s maid of honor– she saved me so many times throughout the day! Haley and Bryant’s beautiful venue was Sweet Seasons Farm in Valley Head, which is one of my most favorite places to shoot. In addition to their wedding guests, the farm’s sheep also made appearances during portraits and the ceremony. One of my favorite moments of the day was watching Bryant and Haley share part of their first dance with Bryant’s son Brayden –such a special moment to signify them officially becoming a family. Haley and Bryant, I love you guys so much and I am so happy that you let me be a part of your wedding day, and your lives.

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Hilary + Tyce: November 11, 2017

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I can’t quite put into words how unique and special Tyce and Hilary’s wedding day was. It was my first time shooting at Lazy G’s in Union Grove and I was amazed by all the beautiful scenery tucked away in the woods there. In addition to the laid back location, Hilary’s border collie Lily played a big part in the big day, roaming the grounds as she pleased and even walking down the aisle with her mom. This was also the first wedding I’ve ever shot where my bride was on crutches! That’s right, Hilary recently had knee surgery and was in a brace, but she was a total champ and went without her crutches for their first look as well as their walk down the aisle. One of my favorite details from the day was Hilary and Tyce’s cake topper, which a friend of Hilary’s made depicting the happy couple and Lily, too– so cute and thoughtful! Hilary and Tyce tied the knot at 1:17 pm on 11/11/17 so I’m pretty sure no one will ever forget their ceremony time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congratulations to these two special people and best wishes for the future!

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Darien + Kyle: November 4, 2017

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You can’t find views like the one at Guntersville State Park Lodge just anywhere, and that’s just one of the many reasons that Darien and Kyle’s wedding day was so gorgeous. Their entire day was spent with a stunning view of Lake Guntersville, including a ceremony and reception in one of the lodge’s ballrooms with giant windows overlooking the water. I think these two had the best wedding weather of any couple so far this year, as they were blessed with a sunny, warm autumn day. Darien and Kyle both have model good looks so of course taking their portraits was a breeze! They also had two of the most cooperative little wedding party members I’ve ever worked with, who made sure the rings were kept safe and the petals were tossed in the best possible way! The red, burgundy and gold color palette was perfect for a fall wedding and beautifully complimented all the surrounding foliage. We ended our time with Darien and Kyle with a bubble blowing send off and some sunset portraits– a sweet ending to a beautiful day!

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Briley + Dakota >> October 14, 2017

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Briley and Dakota’s big day wasn’t your typical farm wedding, but it was so perfect for these two! With no wedding party besides their adorable, littlest family members as flower girls and ring bearer, this couple held a family-only ceremony, then celebrated with all their friends at a fun reception! The festivities were held at Fort Payne’s Coal and Iron Building which was so perfect for a small ceremony followed by a larger reception. All of Briley and Dakota’s portraits were done on Dakota’s family’s farm on Lookout Mountain and we even had some photo bombers (their cows!) I love how every detail stayed true to just who Briley and Dakota are, and I think that made their day that much more special! Thank you Briley and Dakota for having us there on your wedding day, and congratulations on becoming Mr. and Mrs. Wright!

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Jessi + Ethan >> October 7, 2017

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This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing the union of two of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. I met Jessi right before our senior year of high school when she and I participated in the Junior Miss pageant together. I can still remember her talking about her boyfriend at the time, Ethan. Spoiler alert: she married him. Yep, Jessi and Ethan have been together for almost TEN years! Not many people can say they married their high school sweetheart, but these two beat all odds and tied the knot on Saturday in Mentone.

The festivities were held at Cragsmere Manor, with a stunning view off the bluff of Lookout Mountain. Jessi talked about how important it was for her and Ethan to get married in their hometown, surrounded by the people they loved and the environment they fell in love in. To add to that, most of their wedding vendors just happened to be super talented friends of the couple! I was lucky enough to be their photographer, even after that time I totaled my car with Jessi in the passenger’s seat (I’m still really sorry about that!)

I absolutely love the images we captured, but I can’t wait to see The Film Poets’ video from the day– you just have to hear their wedding vows to understand. Jessi and Ethan’s ceremony featured scripture, Friends quotes and Star Wars references and basically, it couldn’t have been more perfect for them. Congratulations to Jessi and Ethan– I know you two are having an amazing time in Italy right now!

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