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Mobile bay area wedding photographer

Hannah + Trey | Married


December 14, 2017

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St. Margaret of Scotland Wedding | Foley, AL

It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and I was just leaving Mass when it started to rain. Then, as if it was a holiday movie, the rain turned to snow and began falling steadily. Everyone was in awe of the sight. SNOW. In Mobile, Alabama. In December. Has it ever happened before??? Not in my lifetime. The lights from the Christmas tree in the rectory shone brightly across the parking lot. It was magical and something I’ll never forget. If you’re not from the Deep South, or other warm climate where it rarely snows, then this probably sounds most unexciting, but for us Mobilians it was something that won’t soon be forgotten.

I never thought I’d be worrying about icy road conditions due to snow when Hannah and her mom contacted me about photographing her December wedding nearly a year ago. Down here December can be pretty mild weather-wise, so the snow was was nice surprise and made the whole wedding day seem like a winter fairy tale (even if most of it had melted away by Saturday morning)! I mean, just look at the adorable Hotel Magnolia, where the bridal party got ready ahead of the ceremony. It looks just like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie (confession…I’m a total sucker for all their predictable holiday romantic comedies). The fact that there was still snow on some of the rooftops in town when we pulled up to the historic hotel was just too amazing. You can even see it lingering on the church’s rooftop in some shots I took at the beginning of the day!

This was truly a timeless and elegant wedding. From Hannah’s gorgeous gown and Trey’s classic suit, to the beautiful ceremony at Our Lady of Scotland Catholic Church, and the oh-so-adorable teal going away car, it all came together so perfectly and was such a joyful celebration. The whole day, everyone kept saying how much Hannah and Trey love each other and that love really shone through every detail of their day. I have so many favorite moments from this day that it was very hard to narrow them down for this blog post. I was especially excited that we were able to take bride and groom portraits at all three venues that were part of this wedding day! Side note, Hannah deserves a major shout out for bearing the cold in her strapless dress for so many of their “Just Married” portraits. She didn’t realize until they got out of the car at the reception venue that she had left her fur wrap at the church! Thankfully, one of her bridesmaids came to the rescue with a wrap for the shots we took down by the water at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach because it was quite chilly down by the water.

Hannah and Trey, thank you so much for having me be part of your wedding day! It was an honor to document all these special moments for you! I hope you’re off having a fabulous honeymoon trip!

I love having a second shooter with me on wedding days and the next two photos show why! Jacob took the first black and white photo below seconds before Hannah and her dad came down the aisle. I was already inside the church and captured the second photo. There’s never a way for a photographer to be two places at once and having a second perspective helps to tell the full story of the day.

Can we just talk about how adorable this car is???

Hannah braving the cold weather for the majority of their “Just Married” photos. I think we can all agree that it was SO worth it!!!

Two of my favorite shots taken by my second shooter, Jacob. ­čÖé

The band’s energy was absolutely infectious! The dance floor was full the entire night!

Two very important people are missing from this last photo and they are my second shooter, Jacob Bennett, and my assistant, Allyson DeMouy. I’m so thankful to work with them both and couldn’t do my job to the best of my ability without such a dedicated team.


Getting Ready Venue | The Hotel Magnolia

Ceremony | St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church

Reception | Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach

Florals | Deborah Mixon

Cake Artist | Jamie Smith

Hair Stylist | Christi Norris

Band | Norris Dates & Power Surge

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

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