Francie & Smylie’s Vestavia Country Club & The Club Wedding, Birmingham AL

The absolute best part of my job is the couples I meet. I’ve been blessed with the kindest brides, grooms, families and wedding parties who make the day so much fun.

Francie and Smylie met when they were 15 and 16 and have the sweetest story. They are both from Vestavia Hills (Birmingham AL), where my family lived for 10 years before moving to Nashville, so we have lots of mutual friends. Smylie grew up on Vestavia Hills Country Club golf course, learned how to play the game there and now plays on the PGA Tour. I’m always excited when I can photograph a couple where they have a connection to a place that holds so many memories, so I was thrilled we were able to do their First Look and portraits at VCC.

Francie worked with  Mariée Ami to plan her wedding with an amazing vendor team (see complete list at the end of this post). She was such a pleasure to work with from day one; and when the wedding day weather forecast included a tornado warning and her portraits were interrupted by thunderstorms, she was calm and full of grace, without even one word of complaint. She radiated joy all day, from getting ready at her family’s home to their sendoff at The Club in a golf cart, of course.

Francie has a lifestyle blog and Instagram account  @Fairwayfinds. Follow along as she shares travel adventures and healthy living finds while on the PGA Tour with Smylie. Francie signs off with each blog post “Always finding joy,”. Yes, she is, and her wedding day had so much of it!

Francie and Smylie, thank you for choosing me to be a small part of your beautiful wedding day! Best wishes for a lifetime of health, happiness and birdies!

You can also see their wedding published on Brides.com.

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Image above as seen in  June 4, 2018 issue of Sports Illustrated
and online in USA Today, Golf Week and Golf Channel.

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Kristen & Sean’s Nashville TN Destination Wedding at The Cordelle

Kristen is a self proclaimed ‘Military Brat” who has lived all over, including Germany when she was a young girl. Sean is from Mobile, Alabama, but they both currently live and work in Dallas. So the question became, “Where in the U.S. will we get married?” They decided to choose a city that was a fun destination and an easily accessible distance for their friends and family to travel. They decided on Nashville and The Cordelle with accommodations at The Westin.

Kristen chose a beautiful, yet simple wedding gown design by Truvelle, based in Vancouver, Canada. The bridesmaids wore a soft color palette of complimenting pastel hues by Jenny Yoo. Bella Petali did a beautiful job dressing up The Cordelle with lovely florals, and I’m a fan of any caterer who serves biscuits at the reception. Thank you Mariposa’s Catering!

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PHOTOGRAPHER | Heather Durham
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS | Jana Sobel & Colt Fetters
VENUE | The Cordelle
WEDDING GOWN | Truvelle from A and bé Dallas
VEIL | Hushed Commotion NYC
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham
GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Joseph A. Bank
FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN | Bella Pateli
CATERING | Mariposa’s Catering
CAKE ARTIST | Susie’s Sweets, Susie Dennison
HAIR & MAKE UP | Brittany Massey
RENTALS | The 12th Table
ENTERTAINMENT | Tim Tyler and Lane Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Megan & Andrew’s Rehearsal Dinner at The Haven, Birmingham AL

Megan & Andrew’s Rehearsal Dinner at Haven was beautifully designed by Hothouse Design Studio & Prophouse Birmingham. It was a wonderful celebration of time-tested, lifelong friendships and the adoration of close knit families. I was blessed and inspired by the kind words I heard spoken about Megan and Andrew. They are wonderful examples of true friendship. It was a lovely evening.

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Julie & Derek’s Surprise Wedding at a Friend’s Private Home in Mountain Brook, AL.

 

Julie and Derek disguised their wedding as an Engagement Party and surprised all of their family and guests when they revealed the real reason for the gathering at their friends’ home. And, we made our own sunshine for their portraits outside late into the evening. It was fun keeping their secret and capturing their nuptials. Such a sweet couple and I wish them the very best!

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