You guys. I have GOT to start doing better with my blog! Between April and now I’ve shot 13 beautiful weddings and have so much pretty to share. With a slower summer for now, I’m going to do my best to get caught up, and you can hold me to it! I’m pretty pumped to be sharing Cara and Gage’s perfect spring day at The Stables at Russell Crossroads today.
This lovely wedding was my first wedding of April and the kick start to all 13 of those weddings mentioned above and I really don’t think I could’ve had a better way to start the full crazy season. Cara has been such a pleasure of a bride to work with. She’s originally from California and Gage is from South Carolina, but the military brought them to south Alabama. They planned a destination wedding for one of my favorite spots in the state and hired a killer team to bring an amazing vision to life. Their families and friends flew in from all over the country to help celebrate their day but the guest count stayed cozy, so it felt like one big reunion. It was such a fun day to be a part of.
Speaking of killer team, hoooooly details you guys. Cece Designs really knows how to throw down on some gorgeous floral arrangements! Cara’s stunning gown from Bel Fiore was to die for and I’m a sucker for a pair of Badgley Mischkas. Kim always brings her A-game when it comes to wedding cakes, and Cara’s was as lovely as it was delicious! I loved the cupcakes all around as well. I loved that Cara had more than just chocolate bars for her s’mores station (doesn’t a Reese’s s’more sound divine?) and my photo loving self was obsessed with the polaroid guest book station! One last favorite detail- since Cara is a nurse and Gage is in the military, they exchanged Qalo wedding bands instead of real ones. So practical for these two, and so thankful for both of their services!
Cara and Gage chose not to have a first look and see each other before the ceremony, so my first favorite moment of the day was when they had a non-reveal, where they stood on either side of a door to still be able to share a moment together. They held hands and had a blessing prayed over them. When they finally got to see each other, the love they have for each other was immediately felt, I’m sure most intensely between them, but across the crowd and for myself. I think Gage’s face says it all and one of my favorite images of the day was when he finally had his bride on his arm (his face was a little soft focus as it was a quick shot, but I don’t even care, because I loved it so much, and plus sometimes I like soft focus images). We had the most AMAZING sunset romance session and of course that was a huge favorite for me! Goat noises all around am I right? Try not to make them when you see those photos. They had a choreographed first dance and then a dance party that lasted for hours, ending the night in a BALLOON DROP! SO cool!!!
Cara and Gage, I had so much fun with you guys and your friends and family being a part of your perfect day! I hope you are loving your photos and will always love them. And thanks as usual to my go to fab second shooter, Kristen!
Such a stunning bride, seriously!!!
Gage’s face pretty much says everything. And the soft focus favorite I mentioned above is right below! Loooove!
A very curious flower girl in what was going on!
Since there was no first look, we did all the portraits after, starting… now!
Kristen got this shot ^ and it screams Cinderella to me. So magical.
Did I mention how much Christy and Kim know how to throw down!?
Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue: The Stables at Russell Crossroads | Gown shop: Bel Fiore | Tux rental: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral design: Cece Designs | Cake: Cakes by Kim | Catering: Springhouse | Videography and DJ: On-Site Productions | Hair and makeup: Studio Red | Coordination: Vanessa Johnson