The Byers family made a lasting impression on me the first time I spent an entire day with them. One of the very first weddings I ever second shot was for their oldest daughter, Sarah. And last year I photographed their family all together at Rosemary Beach, which you can see here.) So, when they asked me to photograph Sarah’s younger sister Kathryn’s wedding, I was thrilled. Both girls chose to have their receptions at their home, because of all the memories it holds and the love that they have there.
When I walked in the front door of their home the first time, I immediately felt the warm hospitality and closeness of their family. There is joy and laughter and hugs. Artwork that the five Byers kids have done over the years is lining the hallway to their rooms. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” —Joshua 24:15, hangs over the back door to remind them who they live for as they come and go. As adult children, they still play basketball in the driveway together. This is a family you want to spend time with. As a mom myself, I’ve asked Dana, the matriarch of the family, parenting advice and she’s readily given it, quickly and humbly adding that “parenting is not without mistakes and you have to learn from them as the Lord’s grace fills the gap”. This family holds a special little place in my heart. As I look ahead to my children as young adults one day, I hope that they will be close and want to come home as much as the Byers kids do.
Kathryn and Jackson were high school sweethearts, so where he picked her up for their first date is also where he left with her for their honeymoon. Sweetness. You can see their engagement session here. Their wedding day was just perfect and I’m so thankful they asked me to be a part of it. You can also see their wedding published on Borrowed & Blue. Here are some of my favorite moments…
Photography: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Ceremony: Faith Presbyterian Church | Reception: Private estate | Planner: Beverly Andrews | Floral Design: Lillie’s | Cake Artist: Sherry’s | Catering: Sherry’s | Bridal Gown Shop: Something Blue | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Tuxes: Mr. Birch | MUA: Alex Ledbetter | Hair Stylist: Tera Thomas | D.J. Geoff Carlisle, JAMM Entertainment | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited