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Debby + Richard | Engaged


January 24, 2018

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A Midtown Mobile Engagement

They met at a wedding. She was the photographer. He was the brother of the bride. Just before the ceremony was about to begin, she took her place at the front of the aisle near where he was sitting. She looked down and noticed his lobster-printed socks and commented that they were nice. He thanked her. It was their “meet-cute” moment. Fans of the movie The Holiday know exactly what I’m talking about.

Before I tell you the rest of that story, I’ve got to back up a bit to fall 2016. Debby and I met online in a Katelyn James Photography workshop. I posted my introduction to the workshop Facebook group and Debby commented saying she was also a Mobile girl. We met up for coffee and immediately became friends from that first day of meeting in person. Since then, we’ve had many coffee meetings. We’ve chatted about our dreams and struggles as small business owners, our families, our friends and her adorably cute puppy Elliot. Debby has even helped me shoot several weddings and at nearly every one we worked together she would joke that one day I would photograph her wedding…but she just needed to find a groom first.

One day over the summer, Debby and I met up for coffee at our favorite meeting spot, Mars Hill Cafe. As I sat down, I asked her how she’d been since the summer busy season had slowed down. “I met a guy,” she responded with a blushing smile.  It was that day that she first told me about Richard. And I knew from that first time she mentioned him that she was head over heels in love.

The day Debby told me she and Richard were officially engaged, I was just so excited for my sweet friend. The best part was hearing her tell me the story of his proposal, which was captured beautifully by our friend and fellow Mobile Alabama wedding photographer Anna, of Anna Filly Photography. Surprising Debby by popping the question in Auburn and arranging for both of their families to be present to celebrate with them afterwards was no easy feat! Debby is very close with her sweet Momma and getting everyone to Auburn without Debby getting suspicious was a miracle! Fortunately, the proposal went on without Debby guessing Richard’s secret plan. When he presented her with the engagement ring that he designed for her using stones that belonged to her mother and her paternal grandmother, she was one hundred percent surprised.

I know this sounds like a love story out of a movie, but it’s real. It’s so lovely to see my sweet friend find such a wonderful guy to spend the rest of her life with that totally gets her. When Debby told me she and Richard wanted me to be their wedding photographer, I felt so honored. I also knew these two would be so much fun to photograph! We planned to incorporate both their love of ice cream dates and Debby’s love of historic homes into their session. Our first stop was Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe in midtown for some lifestyle portraits. Then we headed to The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion for some dreamy, romantic golden hour portraits. We had photographer’s dream weather and so of course I shot until we used up every ounce of light.

Richard and Debby, I had so much fun photographing your engagement session. Thank you for trusting me to capture these special memories for you! I can’t wait to celebrate with you on your wedding day in April! It’s going to be amazing!!!

Richard wore the same lobster-printed socks to their engagement session that he was wearing at his sister’s wedding! How cute is that?!

I am officially obsessed with this puppy portrait of Elliot. This little guy is just too lovable and too cute for words!

This beautiful ring was created by Lou’s Jewelry of Mobile. I love that it incorporates heirlooms from Debby’s family in the design!

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Debby’s hair and makeup is by the talented Mallory Gleason of Root 43 Salon.

  1. Debby says:

    Goodness Elizabeth, you’ve outdone yourself! I laughed (at Elliot’s faces) & I cried over how lovely your words are. These portraits are stunning. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Beyond excited to have you as my very own wedding photographer! 🎉

  2. Jen says:

    My best friend for the past ten years has finally met her match! I always prayed for the man she would end up, and I’m so happy Richard came at the perfect time. 💜

  3. Liana says:

    This is such a beautiful blog, Elizabeth! You captured their personalities and beauty SO PERFECTLY! She knew what she was doing when she chose you. Cute story about how you & Debs met, too!

  4. Meg Eubanks says:

    Beautiful photos! I swear Debby is the cutest and I love to hear that her encounter with her wedding photographer was just as magical as it’s suppose to be for every bride! Cannot Wait to see how beautiful the wedding day will be and and how stunning the photos will be!

  5. Haley Baker says:

    Gorgeous blog and gorgeous photos! These photos so perfectly and beautifully capture my best friend and the man of her dreams. Like, aren’t they just the cutest?!??! I can’t wait to celebrate with them on their special day and show off my repertoire of awkward, 80’s esque dance moves!

  6. Chelsea Gamble says:

    These two are absolutely stunning & Elizabeth, you captured every moment perfectly! I loved your reference to The Holiday (such a fan!) as I keep saying this love story of theirs really IS movie-material. I scrolled through picture after picture in awe of your talent & inspired by their story. That is one happy happy blog post my friend ☺️
    I can’t wait for the stories & moments & memories to be captured on Debby & Richard’s wedding day!!! A day quickly approaching… am I right Debby? But who’s counting?!? 😉

  7. Brittany Townsend says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. My best friend deserves every second of living out her fairy tale, & these photos perfectly capture the magic that is Debby & Richard’s relationship. It’s like I can feel the love they share when I look at this album. Excellent job!

  8. Paige McAuley says:

    Wow these are amazing photos!! You captured Debby and Richard so perfectly. Debby- you are so beautiful inside and out!! I love seeing your joy in these pictures 🙂

  9. Meredyth says:

    Sweet Jesus, these are so beautiful!!!! Debby and Richard have such a sweet love. What a marvelous thing it is to be in love and see it so clearly depicted through lovely images. So very excited to join you on your special day! This is the start of an awfully big adventure!

  10. Tyra Christian Busby says:

    All the pictures are fantastic! I am so excited that i get to be a part of their journey through the pictures. I have known Debby and her family all my life. I actually was her babysitter when she was a tiny tyke. These pictures show she is just as sweet now, as she was then. I have no doubt Richard is just as sweet also- after all, she said yes!

  11. Maury Molyneux says:

    These are all so beautiful! So happy for Debby!!

  12. Sharon Segura says:

    Debbie and Richard,
    Every one of these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures. Lots of love sent your way from all the Segura’s.

  13. Jaky Broussard says:

    I’ve known Debby her whole life as I was maid of honor in her parent’s wedding. Debby’s made my children’s Christmas pictures for years. I’ve always known God was preparing a special guy just for Debby. The love she and Richard share is so evident in these beautiful photographs.

  14. Allie Ratcliff says:

    These are so beautiful. So happy for my sweet friend, Debby!!!

  15. Sandy Bryant says:

    Love all the pictures!
    You did a wonderful job capturing the love that Richard and Debby share. I do believe their story is Hallmark material. I look forward to the wedding day.
    Thank you, Elizabeth, for being such a great friend to Debby. We need to have coffee the next time I am in Mobile.

  16. Belinda Kuhn says:

    Loved the pictures and the love story! Congrats Debby and Richard !

  17. Abbie McAuley says:

    Debby you are gorgeous and these pictures are stunning!!! Seriously the most beautiful story between you two. So excited for you and Richard!!!

  18. Dana Cullum says:

    Elizabeth, you have captured “two sweet loving hearts” in your photos. You never know how or when your soulmate will come into your life; it’s all in God’s great plan. As Richard’s mom, I am so happy for Richard and Debby as they begin this beautiful journey into a new chapter in their lives.

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