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I feel like it’s totally appropriate that Holly and Roach’s wedding be the next one to be blogged, considering Holly and I basically became instant friends in a matter of minutes, and have since traveled to Chicago together for a for-fun trip since their wedding. Yep, you read that right! Holly and I met a little over a month before her wedding to chat details and instead we talked about all the nerdy things we love (mostly Pokemon). We met for lunch the next week and planned wedding details, shot this stunner of a day a few weeks later, and now we still see each other regularly. I’ve had lots of clients turned friends, but not like this one! Plus Roach is a catch and these two make quite the pair. I’m pretty pumped to be sharing their wedding at the Kress Building with everyone. (ps- my kids are back in school thank goodness, blogging on the regular is coming back!).

Holly and Roach have been together for over seven years and have some precious pups together. This past fall, Roach decided to pop the question and marry this pretty lady! Life happens and was busy, which is why we didn’t meet up to talk wedding things until a little over a month before the big day. I was so glad they chose a Sunday date and we were able to work everything out! Holly had a specific vision for her wedding, but not so much in the form of details. She was most excited about having all of their family and friends in one spot. They wanted a big party full of laughs, hugs, and dancing. Which is honestly what most people want from their wedding, but being surrounded by such a big group of people who loves this couple SO much really made me see why this was so important for Holly and Roach. They have an amazing support system (that loves to dance!)!

As far as the look of the wedding, Holly wanted something outdoors and both her and Roach really wanted something downtown and in the middle of the city. The Kress Building rooftop was basically perfect for this (and the weather ended up being that perfect spring weather, which made everything that much better). I had been to the Kress Building for another project before but this was my first wedding there. The rooftop really set the vibe for the whole day and brought Holly’s vision full circle.

My favorite details from the day were 1- that. dress. So good! I’m pretty sure it was made just for Holly. And 2- that. bouquet! It was created by another Holly, owner and designer of Rosegolden. I loved Roach’s details as well- that classic white jacket and his Alabama visor that he wears basically all the time (no surprise that it stayed around for most of the wedding day!), roll tide. I can’t not mention their signature drink too- grapefruit margaritas!? And, seeing the skyline for our beautiful city all night long was a pretty great addition to the day.

My favorite moments were of course all the romance. The first look was just as much full of laughs as was the rest of the day, which is very true to Holly and Roach’s relationship. Of course sunset romance was dreamy, especially because these two got into it and brought all the lovey goodness. For the ceremony, Holly and Roach had two of their friends be the flower girls, which was amazing! And their first dance, you would’ve thought they choreographed the whole thing, but really they’re just awesome dancers.

In the midst of this awesome day, Holly realized that the petit fours she ordered from Savage’s Bakery didn’t get picked up. Savages is closed on Sundays, so the entire Birmingham community gathered together through social media to find someone who could get in to pick them up- and guess what? They got them and they were at the wedding! Desserts saved. NBC 13 did a news story on it and everything. It kinda came full circle too, because Asha who picked them up ended up being a model in a styled shoot last week! Such a small world.

Well, I’m writing this post late at night and I feel like I’m probably starting to ramble. If you even read this far, you’re awesome. Before I hit the end, just want to give a quick shout out to Mary Fehr for second shooting with me on this one!

Now for the fun part- these gorgeous photos. Holly and Roach, I’m so glad our paths crossed and the friendship we’ve created. It was beyond a pleasure to be a part of your love story and I hope you always remember how much fun your wedding was when you see your photos. Cheers to lots more fun and an amazing marriage! Love you guys!

 

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And a penny in her shoe.

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Love Holly’s shadow in that one

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^ one of my favorite shots of the day, Roach’s face y’all.

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The BEST flower girls EVER with the best fanny packs ever.

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YOU. GUYS.

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I think you can tell that these guys have been together a while. Twin faces.

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mmmmm golden hour

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You guys know I’m a sucker for a silhouette… this one’s a good one.

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And, there’s the visor! And the first dance.

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There are SO many dance photos. So many. I went through and just picked out a few favorites! It was such a fun party.

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Holly and Roach didn’t have a formal exit, so we just did a few night romance shots to wrap up the day.

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And it was all kindsa perfect. <3

 

Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue: Kress Building Rooftop | Getting ready venue: Tutwiler Hotel | Hair and makeup: Irrelephant | Bridal gown: Paloma Blanca | Gown shop: The White Room | Tux: Bar III | Florals: Rosegolden | Catering: EastWest | Desserts: Krispy Kreme, Edgars, Savage’s Bakery | DJ: Adam Johns, BG Radio

Happy Wedding Wednesday, friends! Spring wedding season is officially here and it’s got me super busy, as I expected! I cannot wait to share all of the pretty that has come and that is coming in the next many weeks. I actually have two double weekends coming up (four weddings in eight days, miiight die), but because of that I decided not to book any additional appointments next week. I’m hoping to have a blog marathon next week because of that, so hold me to it! For today, I am excited to share this stunning Historic Rucker Place wedding with Liz and Andrew. These two could not be a sweeter and more beautiful couple.

Liz reached out to me roughly a month before her wedding desperately searching for a photographer, with the date coming up so soon! Luckily I was open and we were able to meet and square everything away. When we first met, she had planned on a wedding at her home church, but after tons of complications and not being able to have her vision fully filled, she found what was actually her perfect venue- Historic Rucker Place. I was super pumped about that, because it happens to be one of my favorite spots in town as well! Being the superwoman she is, she was able to pull everything together last minute and have a stunning wedding that looked like she had been planning for months. So glad I got to meet this great gal and that we are still friends today!

You all know how much of a sucker I am for great florals, and those were easily hands down some of my favorite wedding details. Laure at LSL Event Design knows her stuff and created some of my favorite work I’ve seen her do yet. Liz’s stunning Allure gown was another favorite detail. It was the perfect gown for her. I also really loved the gold wedding bands (I don’t see a whole lot of yellow gold anymore and it was refreshing!), Liz’s Badgley Mischka shoes, and the beautiful food display by another favorite, Savoie Catering. Top all of the pretty off with lovely music from Act of Congress, and we had an A++ wedding!

My favorite moments of the day include the beautiful ceremony in the garden. Liz and Andrew are so enamored with each other and seeing them together for the first time today took everyone’s breath away. They chose not to have a first look and Andrew’s face when he saw his bride for the first time was priceless. Since they had an earlier ceremony and shorter reception, we scheduled their romance shots for after the reception. It’s a great option for all brides with a wedding earlier in the day! All the guests were gone and we had the whole place to ourselves. We also got to see Rucker Place’s newest room, the Tuscany Room, which had previously been used as office space. You guys, it was SO gorgeous! We got to really time our time with romance shots and Liz and Andrew were able to relax a little before driving down to the beach for their honeymoon.  Romance is usually always my favorite part of the day, but collaborating with Laure and this lovely couple, we were able to get some of my favorite romance shots of 2017.

Check out the photos below!

 

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Aren’t those rings gorgeous!?

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Beautiful hair and makeup from my dear friends at Rawwbeauty!

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LOVE that floral design!

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One happy and excited groom!

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The wind just slightly pulled Liz’s veil out and it stayed just like that. Perfection!

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Yep. That guy went so hard for that garter that he ripped his pants. hahaha

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Annnnd, let the romance begin!

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Sometimes I let my dark and moody side out for a minute, and it usually does not disappoint.

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Liz and Andrew, thank you SO much for having me as a part of your day. I loved working with you guys and can’t wait to see you again soon!

 

Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue: Historic Rucker Place | Bride’s gown: Allure | Gown shop: Diane’s Formal Affair | Hair and makeup: Rawwbeauty | Florals: LSL Event Design | Catering: Savoie Catering | Cake: Savage’s Bakery | Band: Act of Congress

Well, as you can tell, I missed Wedding Wednesday last week. Oops! Life happens, you guys. Life is very real with three littles, I’ll tell ya. But that’s okay, because I busted it to get Hiba and Jonathan’s wedding finished up this week so I could share it for today! I am absolutely in love with this Aldridge Gardens wedding.

Spring is officially here, but Hiba and Jonathan’s wedding was really my first one to kick off spring season just a few short weeks ago. My only March wedding (wait for it… five weddings coming in April!) but definitely one to remember! Jonathan and I went to Montevallo together and have known each other for years. We always hung around the same crowd but never knew each other super well. Hiba used to work with Bryanna, whose wedding I shot and who did these stunning florals with her new company Vera Flora Design (brides, check her out!). Bryanna introduced me to Hiba (via phone and email to start since she had moved to Austin) and we put two and two together that we kinda already knew each other! She and Jonathan had been together for over four years and hearing her talk about their life together was insanely sweet. Because of the long hours between us, we weren’t able to meet but a couple of times before the big day, including three days before the big day when we got together for a quick engagement session! It was golden hour dream time for the engagement, which I was even more glad for when the whole wedding day was overcast. We kinda got the best of both worlds. I goat noised through that entire session and can’t wait to share more of those images as well.

Okay I’m gushing and having word vomit as I usually do when I start trying to talk about my weddings and couples. I guess this one I’m particularly excited about because it was SO much fun! Hiba is literally one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and she welcomed everyone (including many extra guests!) with open arms. In the midst of wedding day chaos, she remained completely calm and if she stressed over anything, no one saw it! Not even me, with a camera in her face half the day. She and Jonathan chose not to have a first look prior to the ceremony and saw each other for the first time that day as Hiba was walking down the aisle. You guys, Jonathan’s face. Just wait for it. After the knot was officially tied and we took about a billion family photos, we settled down for some romance, right before one of the most lively receptions I have been to in a while! Even I was on the dance floor! Well, that’s not really a shocker to most of you, but I guess I was just really feeling it that unusually warm Sunday evening. You’ll catch a quick photo of me and some friendors in this post if you look closely enough!

My favorite details are pretty much all of Hiba’s bridal details. Her Theia Couture gown from Village Bridal, her bouquet and flower crown from Vera Flora, her blue shoes and pressed penny inside, her mother’s earrings, the rings given to her by not only Jonathan but also by his grandmother… she was truly a vision. Jonathan looked pretty dapper as well! I loved their wedding cake and groom’s cake aka doughnuts at the reception (with the play on the Simpsons, you’ll see!) and all of the beautiful linens provided by one of my favorite folks to work with, Decor to Adore. And even though I didn’t manage to get food shots (sorry, kill me), Savoie Catering killed it as always! Lastly, can we talk about how awesome the hashtag #gettingvazirius is?!

My favorite moments were all of the ones when Hiba and Jonathan got to be together. The ceremony and romance of course (romance is always my favorite), but even in the midst of a mile long family list, they stayed right by each other’s side. Even through a wild party of a reception, they were almost always right next to each other. Everyone already knew how much these two adored each other, but seeing them side by side from the time they were able to forward… that’s what it’s really about you guys, true love! Hey, I’m allowed to be cheesy and gushy, I’m a wedding photographer. ;)

 

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Can Hiba stop being so perfect and showing the rest of us up? I mean… dang.

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I’M DEAD. SO GORGEOUS.

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One of my favorite images of the day next… happy sigh.

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And those stunning half face shots too. I can’t.

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Pretty mismatched pink bridesmaids wore wristlets instead of carrying bouquets, a great way to stay cost effective and still keep the pretty!

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These guys are a bunch of goofballs. Shout out to the fab moms below!

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Guests. Let me give you a little PSA. And this isn’t just to Hiba and Jonathan’s guests, but to anyone ever who might possibly attend a wedding anytime in their future. If the bride or groom ask for their wedding to be UNPLUGGED… please, PLEASE honor their wishes. Put your phones down. Put your cameras down. Engage in the moment and show the couple of honor your FULL attention. What are you even going to do with that photo on your phone? Be the first to post to social media to say congratulations? Do you think they really care about that? I’ll tell you the answer- it’s no. They don’t. They want to see YOU, not your phones.

Sorry to rant on and on for a minute, but I see it every single time I’m shooting a wedding (including this one, when they asked for it to be unplugged, and people still pulled their phones out). If you want to read more about unplugged weddings, check out this post on Huffington Post. Brides, if you’re looking for a kind but clever way to tell your guests to not even touch their devices, check out this post on Offbeat Bride. Guests, just be considerate. It’s all I’m asking. Because I promise my camera will see you if your phone is out, and the couple you came to see doesn’t want to see your phones in their photos. And, to be clear, I’m mainly talking about the ceremony and things like the cake cutting and first dances. After that, please take all the selfies and snapshots you want and share. Just don’t kill the bride and groom’s photos. Please. PLEASE. Thank you.

I’m done now. Stepping off my soap box. Please continue enjoying the rest of this beautiful wedding!

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Those lovey dovey eyes! Meant to be.

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Now THAT is a good looking group of friends, you guys!

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Really didn’t have to tell them much of what to do. Yes, we had just had engagements a few days before, but these two are so enamored with each other that they naturally acted this cute and perfect. Love!

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May the party begin!

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Love this tradition passed down on Hiba’s stepfather’s side of the family- singing to Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Bing Crosby while everyone dances circles around the bride and groom! So special.

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Above: we cute! Below: wouldn’t be these guys if there wasn’t any shotgunning!

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Okay Jenese, I’m ready for your wedding girl!

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You too Juan!

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At the end of the night, a last dance is something that can be really special. With the help of Amanda, Chae, and Allegra, we sent the guests to prepare for the sparkler exit while we quickly pulled candles from the tables to create a circle of love for Hiba and Jonathan to share their last dance in. It almost wasn’t possible, but came together perfectly. A great quiet moment as one of the last memories of the day for these cuties!

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And, maybe one of my favorite sparkler exits ever! I absolutely love the way the colors came out in these, that Jonathan is carrying the bouquet, and whoever decided to blow some bubbles too, well, I thank you for that! Hiba and Jonathan, thank you both SO much for having me as a part of such a magical day! I wish you many years of wedded bliss and can’t wait to see you again in the future.

 

Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue: Aldridge Gardens | Florals: Vera Flora Design | Bride’s gown: Theia Couture | Gown shop: Village Bridal | Suit rental: Men’s Wearhouse | Caterer: Savoie Catering | Linen Rental: Decor to Adore | Videography: Dylan Lard and Chris Williams | Cake: ABL Cakes by Design | Cupcakes: Krispy Kreme | DJ: Party on a Budget

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.

 

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Love this painting made by Kaitlin hanging up in Cody’s grandmother’s home.

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Bryanna really knows how to deliver her florals!

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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.

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This first look you guys. My heart pretty much melted.

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Is she the cutest thing ever or what?

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THOSE. DRESSES. !!!

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Such a good looking group of beautiful friends.

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These guys know how to have a good time!

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Maaaaarrrieeeeeeed !

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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!

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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

Since I’ve made a personal commitment to blog once a week (happy wedding Wednesday, y’all!), the time seems to be flying more than usual. Wednesday sneaks up on me every week and the weeks are turning into months. Slow down, time! That’s alright, because it just means I get to bring you more beauty on a regular basis. Today, I’m sharing Leah and Prime’s intimate wedding at The Nest in Avondale.

Around this time last year, Ann Marie from Tres Beau Weddings and Tiffany from Studio Flower (amongst some other fine vendor folks!) put together a styled shoot at The Nest. It’s a cozy little space in Avondale and that was my first time shooting there. Leah went to tour the venue, saw the images from our styled shoot, and hired all three of us! We were able to recreate some of the elements of our shoot for her day (like the greenery arbor on the wall) but gave everything a flare of it’s own to help bring Leah’s vision to life. Leah and Prime are one of those super fun couples that you can see yourself hanging out with on a regular basis. They live downtown and love the city life, appreciate good music (which is a big deal to me!), and share a bond together that after spending some time with them, I know will last beyond a lifetime. Call me cheesy, but these two were definitely meant for each other.

Let’s talk favorite details. You guys know I’m a sucker for pretty florals and feminine touches. Well, Leah had all of that and more. Studio Flower totally KILLED IT on these florals. That bouquet?! So gorgeous! Leah’s Rue de Seine gown from Village Bridal could not have been more perfect. That dress was basically made for her. I loved her bridal jewelry from Twigs and Honey as well. For the ceremony, Leah and Prime chose to have just their family and closest friends in attendance, which I love. It was such an intimate setting. More friends came later for a big party, with a cocktail hour at Saturn while the room was flipped. I love weddings that incorporate so many surroundings. Avondale has so much to offer and it was refreshing to see Leah embrace that. Also, these guys chose one of the coolest wedding day hashtags: #itsprimetimeforawedding ! So great.

My favorite moments, aside from a personal ceremony, include Leah and Prime’s first look. Prime was so enamored with his bride, and rightfully so! After seeing each other and us snapping the moments, they asked us to excuse ourselves so they could have some private time on their own. We didn’t get to witness this of course, but I think it’s SO important for my couples to have some time to themselves on the wedding day. After all, it is all about you guys. Our photos could wait. I know they loved that moment most of all. Also, for The Nest to be a smaller space, they sure did fill it up with a fun party at the reception! Nearly every guest was breaking it down on the dance floor, and there were even some dance offs. Leah and Prime did a wonderful job choosing just the right tunes to fit the vibe of their day.

See for yourselves! This one’s a stunner that you won’t want to miss.

 

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Leah got ready at the Tutwiler before heading to Avondale.

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Beautiful AND so happy!

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Annnnd, cue the tissues. After the first look, we ventured to Avondale Park for romance and family photos!

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I’m dead over that bouquet. I literally can’t stop staring at it.

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These cutie siblings made the perfect flower girl and ring bearer. They are Leah and Prime’s niece and nephew.

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Signature drink? Pineapple jalapeño margaritas, Leah’s favorite! Made by the fabulous Savoie Catering.

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A quick thank you to my wonderful second shooter Bre at Say Bre Photography. Today’s her birthday, so she’s getting a shout out! Happy birthday, friend!

Leah and Prime, your wedding is one I will never forget! Thank you so much for having me as a part of it. Much love and many happy years to you guys!

 

Photography: j.woodbery photography | Planner: Tres Beau Weddings and Events | Venue: The Nest | Bridal gown: Rue de Seine | Gown shop: Village Bridal | Jewelry: Twigs and Honey | Hair and makeup: Laura Roberts | Florals: Studio Flower | Catering: Savoie Catering | Cake: Dreamcakes Bakery

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