Franny & Tucker - Intimate backyard wedding

I could gush all day about how INCREDIBLE this wedding was. From the perfect couple to the incredible vendor team to the amazing people who were included in the day. One of the coolest things about Franny & Tucker's wedding day was that Franny's goal was to embody their relationship and personalities in the most genuine way. They used 7 words as guidelines for their wedding day:

Joyful :: Simple :: Original :: Playful :: Unpretentious :: Inclusive :: Imperfect

Wedding Planning : Handley Breaux Designs
Florals: Wildflower Designs
Catering: Shindigs
Cake: Magic Muffins
Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited
Specialty Rentals: Market 46

Marilyn & Michael - Engagement

Something I get asked about a lot is wardrobe for engagement sessions. I am pretty sure everyone has a different take on what you should wear/how you should look but here are some of my thoughts on the subject. 

First: Coordinate, don't match. We are so past the days of jeans and a white tee on the beach! You wouldn't go out to dinner in matching outfits, why take photos in them?

Second: Be comfortable! Marilyn and Michael both dress fairly nice in their everyday lives so wearing heels and a dress for her and a sport coat for him worked. But if you aren't usually one to sport the 4 inch heels and he feels stiff in a tie, I'd say skip the "fancy" look and go with something that you feel yourself in. Your man can look just as nice in great jeans and a polo as he would in a full suit. 

Third: Pattern and texture are great!! When choosing a pattern remember that the tiny polkadot dress may not show up as well in photographs as a larger print would, but also don't go too crazy when mixing your patterns as a couple. Marilyn's bold floral print popped and Michael's striped shirt was a great subtle accent. 
If you are choosing to wear solids, think about texture of your fabrics. Marilyn's navy lace dress looked amazing in photos and the fabric of Michael's jacket was just enough to accent! You can also layer solid colors to create a good texture, throw on a sweater or a scarf over your top. If you get tired of it or want to change the look it's an easy change! 

Lastly: Dress for your season but stay classic. Remember that engagement photos are a great time to get photos of you and your fiancé being yourselves that you can have forever. Just because it is winter doesn't mean you need to be in huge puffy coats, earmuffs, scarves, furry boots and the whole shebang holding coffee mugs in a pile of fake snow. There is no need to be in costume to have your photo taken! Remember, be yourselves and be comfortable! 

Kaitlin & Ben - Wedding

Adorable details, excellent planning and plenty of time were the recipe that made this wedding so beautiful and fun for me! 

Kaitlin chose to show her and Ben's personalities through fun details spread out throughout the day. Custom monogrammed dress hangers, an adorable velvet Mrs box, lace garter set with "tag you're it" embroidered on it were just a few details to greet me upon my arrival. The day continued with the help of the incredible American Village staff and strategic planning expertise of the girls of M. Elizabeth. I was given a ton of time to explore the American Village grounds with Kaitlin and Ben in order to get all of the amazing portraits they were wanting, followed by plenty of fun moments with the bridal party groups  (I'm talking 2 hours for portraits!). More beautiful details popped up for the ceremony as a stunning string quartet played and an amazing Dorothy McDaniel floral centerpiece set the backdrop for the couple to exchange vows. After the ceremony I was given MORE TIME with the couple to take sunset photos! Oh I couldn't contain the joy! After that it was on to the reception where, I'll let you guess, there were MORE amazing details! Custom cornhole, adorable pillows with southern sayings, pretty signage and the most adorable pie table set the stage for fun and dancing. 

Now I am not typing all of this out to say that every wedding needs a ton of details, this wedding really had a normal amount of details. What was so wonderful was how well everything was spread out throughout the day. Ample time, the right amount of planning and coordinating, and carefully chosen details spread throughout the wedding day created such a beautifully well rounded and memorable experience! 

Venue: American Village
Florals: Dorothy McDaniel
Planning: Something Blue by M. Elizabeth
Makeup: Makeup by Mel
Second Shooter: Deanna Leras

Christy & Cris - Wedding

I am feeling especially blessed today. I am quite close to wrapping up edits for all of my summer weddings (which also means lots more blog posts coming!) and I have no plans this weekend! That may sound crazy to a lot of people but for the past 25 weekends I have had weddings, photo sessions, something to do and/or something already planned for me.  Don't get me wrong, every one of those things were amazing! But the introverted side of me has been screaming at me to just be still and enjoy some solo time and time with friends (if they haven't disowned me yet). Oh and Spike would really love that too ;)  

Speaking of friends, this couple deserves all the love and celebration in the world! When my sweet friends Christy and Cris asked me to photograph their wedding I was absolutely ecstatic! There is no greater honor to me than being able to photograph a friend's wedding. I am a-okay being a photographer over being a guest if it allows me to help you remember your wedding day in a way that is special to you. These two exchanged vows on the most beautiful misty morning (it's good luck and the light is beautiful!) at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve! Surrounded by family and friends, their ceremony and reception were a true testimony of the Lord's love. Christy exuded joy and beauty as she walked down the aisle to Cris. Every element of their wedding celebration included their family and friends, down to the food, setup, decor, music, etc. All these elements made the day even more special and genuine to Christy and Cris.