Mary Wesley & Bradley’s Engagement Session in Birmingham, AL

I was so excited to finally meet Mary Wesley & Bradley (and her sweet parents) a few weeks ago for their Engagement Session at her parent’s ranch in Birmingham, AL. We connected over our love for the University of Alabama. I can’t wait for their fall wedding; and, of course, as all true southerners do, they considered the football schedule. It’s not on a Saturday home game. Roll Tide! 🙂 Can’t wait to spend the day with these two on October 5th. It’s going to be so much fun. I love them already!

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Kaycee & Bobby Engagement Session at Historic Ross Bridge Park

These high school sweethearts are getting married in May at  The Barn at Shady Lane! I enjoyed getting to know them at their engagement session on a beautiful fall afternoon at Ross Bridge Park.

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Kathryn & Jackson are Engaged!

I’m so excited for this couple! I photographed Kathryn’s sweet family last summer at Rosemary Beach.  (You can see that post here.) So, I’m thrilled beyond words that they asked me to photograph Kathryn and Jackson’s wedding! These high school sweethearts and Auburn graduates are so ready to become husband and wife.

But first, I want to share their Engagement Session we photographed late last fall at Kathryn’s family ranch, where the wedding reception will also be held. I absolutely love photographing couples in a place that has such meaning to them…especially when it’s home. Kathryn has dated Jackson since high school, so he has spent almost as much time at her family’s ranch as she has!

We were blessed with an perfect fall day and amazing golden light for their session. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed capturing this sweet and fun couple, who puts the Lord at the very center of their relationship. Can’t wait for March 21st! It’s almost here!

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Keighlee & Brent

I was so excited to get to photograph this Keighlee and Brent, who are newlyweds just shy of their one year anniversary. Love that they brought along their pup too! Keighlee was my daughter’s 5th grade teacher and she was quite the rock star! My daughter had to come along on the shoot “to help”. Definitely one of those teachers she will always remember fondly. Thanks Mrs. Buchanan!

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Mary Joyce & Britt’s Lake Martin Wedding at Children’s Harbor

Mary Joyce asked me to shoot her wedding alongside her cousin Russell, a talented L.A. based wedding photographer who flew down south to capture her wedding day at Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor. It’s always fun to collaborate with other photographers, especially ones from different areas of the country. We exchanged stories about how our shoots are similar and different from the west to the east coast. I know I’m a little bias, but I think Russell fell in love with all of our trees and open spaces here in the south, since he’s used to shooting in more urban settings. He exclaimed about how peaceful it was being in the country and I completely agree. Every single time I’m at the lake, all stress seams to just melt away.

Mary Joyce and Britt met when they were kids, so their wedding day was a beautiful celebration of their already time-tested love. Their color palette of coral and khaki was perfect for a June nuptials! I loved the bridesmaids one shoulder dresses, and the boys looked dapper in their polka dotted bow ties. Mary Joyce and Britt were blessed with sunshine, blue skies and fluffy clouds as they said their vows in the Children’s Harbor Chapel, then moved outside to have their first dance on the dock near the lighthouse. Later, family and guests were treated to lawn games of bocce ball, croquet, ladder golf, horseshoes and corn hole before the bride and groom’s sparkler departure by boat. Such a sweet couple and I enjoyed spending the day with them.  Best wishes to these Auburn grads…

 

May you always walk in sunshine
Slumber warm when night winds blow
May you always live with laughter
For a smile becomes you so

May good fortune find your doorway
May the bluebird sing your song
May no trouble travel your way
May no worry stay too long

May your heartaches be forgotten
May no tears be spilled
May old acquaintance be remembered
And your cup of kindness filled

Read more: Eddy Arnold – May You Always Lyrics | MetroLyrics

(“May You Always” by The McGuire Sisters)

Mary Joyce & Britt's Lake Martin Children's Harbor Wedding

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Caroline and Luke are Engaged!

I could hardly wait to share Caroline and Luke’s images with you. I enjoyed getting to know them better while we walked around Oak Mountain State Park on a beautiful May afternoon. They didn’t need any direction from me, because the way they looked at, and talked to each other, was enough for every image to speak volumes about their love and adoration. I’m thrilled about photographing Caroline’s bridal session in a few weeks and then her wedding day in July!

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Greer & Bill’s Grayton Beach Wedding

Bill and Greer’s wedding in Grayton Beach, Florida, is a love story of redemption and the promise of hopeful future for two families combining as one. God is so good, His ways are perfect and we can trust and rest in that completely…always. And, speaking of trusting, Bill and Greer planned their wedding in just a little over a month’s time with five kids to take care of in the meantime. Impressive is an understatement! I’ll let the images tell their rest of their wedding story. It was simply beautiful…

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As I was editing , I found these images…a sweet surprise taken by Jana, my amazing second shooter. I love a group hug.
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Photography: Heather Durham | Floral Design: Donnie Sasser | Catering: Greer’s Catering | Cake: Olexa’s | Golf Cart Rentals: SoWal Beach Buggys |
Reception Venue: “Absolutely Grayton” home, 30A Escapes | Second Shooter: Jana Sobel, 205 Photography |
Gift to Groom: Faceless Angels Painting, Donnie Sasser, Two Blessings Boutique

Mary Kathryn & Andrew, Engaged!

I met Mary Kathryn and Andrew last year at the highest point overlooking Lake Martin. I was having my 40th birthday weekend at the lake and my friend Jennifer and I went to the overlook to check it out since we had never been before. Of course my camera came along. As we were standing there admiring the view of the lake, a couple walked up from the hiking trail. We started up a conversation and they told us they were students at Auburn. It was one of those times when you just like someone the moment you meet them. I could tell they were dating, so I asked them if they wanted me to take a quick photo of them and email to them. It was late afternoon light that I just couldn’t let go to waste. 🙂 I took the photo, we chatted a little more and then went on our way. When I got back home I emailed them the photo. That was it. Then, almost exactly one year later I received a phone call from Mary Kathryn letting me know they were engaged and she wanted me to shoot their wedding! Yeah, situations like this are just what I refer to as “a God thing”. I just love how He orchestrates circumstances and people to be in each other’s paths….and this time it was a literal path!

Here are some of my favorite images from their engagement session at Aldridge Gardens. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding this June in Auburn!

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Hannah + Barry

Hannah and Barry had a small wedding on the beach recently; so when they got back to Birmingham, Hannah contacted me to take some casual portraits of them as newlyweds. She said she really wanted a barn and field type setting for our fall session together and I knew the perfect spot. When we met at our location and she showed up in a Free People lace dress, I knew it was going to be a picture perfect day! I enjoyed getting to know them as we walked through corn mazes, hay bails and sunflower fields! I love shooting in the fall!

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Missy & Wes’s Wedding is Published!

It’s always excited to be published! Missy & Wes’s wedding has been published in the latest issues of Alabama Weddings and the Shelby County Reporter. Thank you Alisha Crossley Photography for asking me to shoot their beautiful wedding with you!

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