Erin + James // San Juan Capistrano Destination Engagement

As a wedding photographer, one of the perks of my job is travel. So when we started planning Erin + Jame’s Southern California engagement session, I dreamed of hazy golden light, dramatic seaside cliffs, and Spanish-style architecture.

Erin + James live in Los Angeles, and via Skype (and lots of emails) we planned for photos at some of my favorite nooks in of Orange County. We started their engagement session at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission is over 200 years old, and has been on my bucket list to photograph there since I first toured it back in 2009.

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I LOVE that Erin + James chose more formal attire for their session. The clothing elevates the (already beautiful) surroundings and allowed for some really dramatic photos. (I’m seriously obsessed with Erin’s BHLDN dress—the colors were amazing and the velvet accents added the perfect amount of sheen!)

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Hannah + Alan // Mooresville, Al Creekside Plantation Wedding

There’s something so special about a Creekside Plantation wedding. After driving past the gate, you’re met with sweeping vineyards, huge oak leaf hydrangeas, and a 170 year old plantation home. It’s breathtaking. Hannah + Alan’s wedding ceremony was set on the front steps of the mansion, and the afternoon light couldn’t have been more perfect. But what made this day shine wasn’t just the venue, or the flowers—-it was in the personal touches from everyone they loved. Hannah’s mother helped plan the wedding and made the cakes, her aunt did all the hair, and the day was filled with excitement and love.

Hannah + Alan—-Thank you SO much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. It was such a beautiful day, and I’m truly honored to have been there to document it!

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Venue: Creekside Plantation
Floral Design: Nip and Tuck Florist
Videographer: Woodnote Media
DJ: Music Machine
Catering: Zoe’s Kitchen
Hair Stylist: Judy White (the bride’s aunt)
Makeup Artist: Christy Dunn
Bakery: Lawanda White (the bride’s mother)

Lindsay + Matt // Westin Bridge Street Wedding

I was beyond honored when Matt and Lindsay asked me to photograph their wedding. I went to high school with Matt, and it’s always amazing to be able to reconnect (especially with a fellow musical theater friend). Last summer, they traveled down from their home in Boston for a week and we scheduled their engagement session. After battling rain (and subsequently switching up locations), I got to meet Lindsay and spend a bit of time inside their relationship. For the following year, I looked forward to what I knew would be an incredible day!

Lindsay and Matt’s Westin Huntsville wedding was SO much fun! After their first look, we were met with a flash rain storm and headed back in for the bridal party photos. Luckily, the skies cleared just in time for their outdoor courtyard ceremony.

1 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer2 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer3 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer4 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer5 Westin Huntsville wedding photographerThere’s something magical about the beginning of a wedding day. It’s the calm before the craziness, the ceremony, reception—it’s quiet. In this time, I get to  focus on all the little details that you’ve worked so hard to curate for this day (the rings, invitations, cuff links). I sit back and watch the morning unravel. Some of my favorite portraits lately have been of the groom getting ready. The anticipation and excitement in his face, the smiles, the nervous laughter as he straightens his tie. These are the kind of things that make my job incredible.

6 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer7 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer8 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer9 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer10 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer11 Westin Huntsville wedding photographerI’m loving Lindsay + Matt’s first look in the courtyard—-so sweet and emotional!

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41 Westin Huntsville Wedding Photographer42 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer43 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer44 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer45 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer46 Huntsville Al Westin wedding PhotographerOnce the reception gets going, I usually try to sneak outside with the couple for some sunset (or sometimes) twilight photos—the string lights at Bridge Street made such a beautiful backdrop for us.

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Thanks to all of the amazing vendors who made this possible!

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Westin
Event Producer- Sugar Rock Events / Kris Clark
Floral Design – Kris Clark
Videographer – Daniel Hamby
Hair Stylist – Twiggy Romei
Bakery – Riverstone Cakes & Confections
Reception Band – Az Izz
Rentals/Ceremony Chairs – All Needz Rentals
Make-Up Services – Ulta

 

Allison + Zac // Annabella at Cedar Glen Wedding

Allison and Zac are the kind of couple that seem to take life in stride. From their relaxed getting ready portraits, to their quietly sweet first look, it made for such a fun day! Their Annabella at Cedar Glen wedding was shared with close friends and family in the back garden and allowed for an amazing focus on portraits (my favorite)!

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Taylor + Marshall // George’s 217 Wedding

Taylor and Marshall celebrated their Sheffield, Al wedding in style. They began the day at their reception venue, Georges 217—-which embraces it’s old, downtown elegance with raised ceilings, chandeliers, a polished wood bar, and a cozy back-courtyard. It made for the perfect place to get ready!

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I loved all of the beautiful details throughout the day. Taylor chose a custom bridal hanger for her wedding dress. A personalized hanger is one of my number one recommendations to brides. It’s so much better to photograph a wedding gown when it’s taken off the basic, plastic hanger!2 sheffield al wedding georges 2173 sheffield al wedding georges 2174 sheffield al wedding georges 2175 sheffield al wedding georges 217Isn’t this bridal suite GORGEOUS? It was awesome getting to watch Colleen Gagnon work her magic on Taylor’s makeup.

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I’m loving Marshall’s GQ-esque getting ready portraits. He looked so stylish in his navy suit and brown shoes. 12 sheffield al wedding georges 21713 sheffield al wedding georges 21714 sheffield al wedding georges 21715 sheffield al wedding georges 217

First Look time – this is one of my favorite parts of the day. Choosing to see one another before the wedding ceremony is a beautiful way to share a private moment together (before the hectic pace of the day begins). It also allows for more bride and groom photos, and posed/family photos before the ceremony leaving you to have fun with guests after! 16 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look17 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look18 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look19 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look20 sheffield al wedding georges 21721 sheffield al wedding georges 21722 sheffield al wedding georges 21723 florence al wedding24 florence al wedding25 florence al wedding26 florence al wedding27 florence al wedding

The reception room was beautifully designed by the George’s 217 staff. Tall floral centerpieces perched above the tables as lit votives and crystal chandeliers filled the room with warm, glowing, light. No detail was left undone.  28 florence al wedding georges 217 sheffield wedding29 sheffield al wedding30 georges 217 wedding sheffield al31 georges 217 wedding sheffield al32 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood33 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood34 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood35 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood36 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood37 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood38 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood39 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood40 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwoodAfter the ceremony, Taylor and Marshall had arranged for a trolley to transport their bridal party back downtown for the reception. I’m so thrilled we were able to play with this a little bit. The driver was super accommodating, and even parked on a street where we could have a clean backdrop—yes please! Stacey from One Day to Treasure kept the day flowing smoothly (which allowed us lots of time for photos).41 sheffield al wedding trolley pictures42 florence al wedding trolley pictures43 sheffield al wedding trolley pictures44 florence al wedding trolley pictures45 florence al wedding trolley pictures46 sheffield al wedding trolley47 florence al wedding trolley48 sheffield al wedding pictures49 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al50 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al51 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al52 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al53 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al54 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield alAfter dinner, the party really got started! I had the pleasure of photographing Taylor’s sister’s wedding back in 2014, so I KNEW I was in for a dancing-heavy wedding. These guys were insane! It is SO much fun when guests really cut loose at the reception. It makes for the best photos!55 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al56 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al57 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al58 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al59 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al60 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al61 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield alAll day, I’d been scheming up a way to utilize the gorgeous bar in the George’s lobby. Towards the end of the night, I convinced Marshall to round up a few groomsmen for a photo idea—I’m so very glad he did!62 georges 217 wedding bar63 georges 217 wedding exit64 georges 217 wedding exit65 georges 217 wedding exit
Ceremony Venue: The Chapel on Oakwood

Reception Venue/Catering: George’s 217

Coordinator: One Day to Treasure

Florist: Tuscumbia Florist

Bakery: Yummies Bakery

DJ: DJ Keeks

Hair: John Walls

Makeup: Colleen Gagnon