Wedding Wednesday coming to you on Thursday this week because I decided to take my kids to the park and for snobiz yesterday instead of blogging. It was such a gorgeous day and I needed to spend time with my littles. #sorrynotsorry Really though, because yesterday with International Women’s Day, when I was deciding which wedding to blog this week, I wanted to feature someone who is really strong and has personally been inspiring and has meant a lot to me. That’s why I chose Kaitlin. Her wedding with Cody at Griffin Farms was really something special.
Kaitlin and I became friends when I was looking for models for a styled shoot. She and Cody were just the right fit for the style we were going for. It turned out that Cody and I had actually known each other for a long time (same elementary school and he was in January and Andrew’s wedding that I shot in 2011). At our styled shoot, Kaitlin told me that they weren’t sure if they were going to have a wedding photographer, that friends could bring cameras and take candid shots. She began to describe the vision for her wedding to me and I pretty much knew that I had to shoot it and that she was supposed to be my bride. After meeting a few weeks after the shoot, she was official! Kaitlin is a hair stylist at Orbit Salon in five points, so we got together for a much needed new do for me that summer. We continued to grow our friendship as the wedding drew closer.
Well, fast forward to the week of the wedding. I had been having a lot of issues in my personal life and everything kinda culminated and blew up just a few days before Kaitlin’s wedding. I was having what might honestly be the worst week of my life. I touched base with Kaitlin a few days before the wedding and because we had grown to be friends aside from just our working relationship, she let me open up and share and was so kind and compassionate (not to mention giving wonderful advice about my situation, because she’s awesome like that). I had been looking forward to her wedding for so long and was so nervous about pulling it together and doing the kick-A job I knew I was capable of but I was in such a slump. When I got to the house she was getting ready at, she gave ME a gift (y’all, she was the bride and was supposed to be receiving), a painting of a goat! She’s actually the one that coined the term ‘goat noises,’ which if you’ve ever shot with me, you’ve undoubtedly heard. Anyway, I feel like I’m getting redundant about the awesomeness of Kaitlin, but really, she showed me kindness and strength that I really needed that week and helped me more than she’ll ever know.
And while we’re on the topic of fabulous women, I’ve got to give huge praises to my TWO fabulous second shooters for this stunning day. Megan from Megan Forehand-Kennedy Photography and Bre from Say Bre Photography came to my aid for this wedding. I actually wasn’t even supposed to have a second shooter at all, but after the horrid week I had had, my two dear friends came to be with me at no charge to make sure I survived the day. They killed it of course, but aside from their talents, I am eternally grateful for their friendship.
I hope you’re not reading this and thinking I’m a total dud and that I can’t pull through after hard situations. Trust me, it is quite the opposite of that. Here I am, five months later, and have been pushing through to be the best version of myself I can be, not just for me, but more importantly for my littles. I have pushed myself personally and with my work, constantly growing and learning who I am in my life and in my art. I am thankful to YOU guys as well, for following my journey and supporting my business.
OKAY I’ll stop now. For real though, special shout out to all the ladies yesterday and every day!
Now let’s talk about this magic known as Kaitlin and Cody’s wedding. After visiting each of their getting ready houses to shoot prep, we decided to have the first look at Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, a special place for these two. Kaitlin at the last minute changed her dress from a vintage gown from the 70s covered in little yellow flowers to this stunning Free People dress and Cody had NO idea! The look on his face as he saw his bride was priceless. We stopped at one of my favorite fieldsy locations where I knew the goldenrod would be in bloom to pay homage to the gown that didn’t make it and for more romance shots before heading to the wedding venue, Griffin Farms, and the rest of the day went according to plan- portraits, ceremony, more portraits, and a wild reception! It was so much fun. All of Kaitlin and Cody’s friends and family were incredibly inviting and knew how to bring the party.
My favorite details from the day, aside from that gorgeous dress, definitely included that bouquet from Vera Flora Design! SO good. I actually picked it up from Bryanna to deliver and I gasped when I saw it. I’m already such a sucker for good florals, but this one was over the top. I also loved that Kaitlin and Cody kept their reception very low key and decided to have pizza for their reception food! Also, I always love mismatched wedding party, but these friends looked particularly dapper in their long floral gowns and different colored suits. I was swooning (still am).
My favorite moments are even more special than usual for this wedding. The first good moment was when I picked up the bouquet and bout from Bryanna. It was so beautiful and perfect for this couple. The good moments continued as soon as I walked into Cody’s grandmother’s home where the guys were getting ready. I walked in the door and his grandmother hugged me immediately, even though we had never met. Even though I was already stoked about this wedding, despite my hardships of the week, I knew right then it was going to be a great day. She offered me home cooked breakfast as well, and let me tell you, Cody’s grandma can throw down on some hot breakfast. They continued on when I got to Kaitlin’s aunt’s home where the girls were getting ready and Kaitlin gave me the lovely painting she made just for me. I don’t get gifts when I go to weddings. The gift for me is really just being there and being able to create art for my couples to have for the rest of their lives and to pass on for generations, but this was special to me. The first look these two shared was so sweet and I loved the way these two looked at each other. Having lots of extra time for romance early in the day was like a dream, and sharing it with two of my business besties was even better. Kaitlin and Cody wrote their own vows to each other and of course they were amazing (Cody is a lead writer for Weld, so he already had a way with words). Then a perfect golden hour and dancing the night away with friends… the favorite moments were kind of never ending.
So, if you’ve read this far, I’m sure you’re tired of reading. Take a look at this day. Get your heart-eyed emojis ready.
Love this painting made by Kaitlin hanging up in Cody’s grandmother’s home.
Bryanna really knows how to deliver her florals!
Kaitlin’s mom gave her these boots as a Christmas gift years ago. Since they weren’t really her style, Kaitlin saved them in her closet but never really wore them and was curious as to why her mom get them for her. Her mom passed away a few years ago and when looking for wedding shoes, she knew exactly what to wear. Such a special way to honor her mom on her wedding day.
This first look you guys. My heart pretty much melted.
Is she the cutest thing ever or what?
THOSE. DRESSES. !!!
Such a good looking group of beautiful friends.
These guys know how to have a good time!
Kaitlin and Cody had Little Caesars pizza as their main reception food- how cool is that? When you love pizza, you love pizza. Not to mention, it was incredibly cost effective!
Kaitlin and Cody, you guys are so special to me and I love y’all so much. So so glad I got to be a part of your amazing wedding day. And Kaitlin, thanks for being an awesome friend and being patient with me through all of my crazy that week. It really meant so incredibly much to me. I’ll be reliving your day over and over with these photos!
Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue: Griffin Farms | Bride’s gown: Free People | Bride and groom florals: Vera Flora Design | Additional florals: Kaitlin’s aunt | Hair: Clay Jones | Makeup: Andi Conchlin | Cake: Joe Babin