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Mobile bay area wedding photographer

Joan + Will | Married


December 20, 2018

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A Trinity Episcopal December Wedding

Joan might just love being organized as much as I do. I was chatting with some of her friends at the reception when one pointed to the timeline I was holding and asked, “Did Joan make that?” I told her the info packet I was holding is something I make for all my weddings. Her reply was, “that is so Joan.” And that is why I loved working with this sweet bride so much! She and I are definitely cut from the same cloth when it comes to liking schedules and being organized.

Joan told me when we first met to discuss the details of her day that she was nervous about the timing of things. She didn’t want to have to worry about the schedule on wedding day and she didn’t want to feel rushed. Working on the photography timelines with my brides is something I love to do. When you have a good timeline, the day just flows so smoothly and you can fully embrace all the moments. I love that Joan chose to get ready at her family home, surrounded by her best friends. Loryn, Meg, Abby and Brittany are the sweetest ladies. It was my second time to work with them all too, which made the day extra fun.

I knew that Joan would be emotional when she and Will shared their First Look. She told me beforehand that she was probably going to cry. As soon as Will saw Joan he started tearing up as well. I love when both the bride and groom need a tissue to dab away the tears. I also love that these two soaked in the moment and took some time to talk to each other in the privacy of the courtyard at Trinity Episcopal Church before moving on to portrait time.

Even though it’s December, we were lucky to have a mild forecast the day of this wedding. It wasn’t too hot, or too cold. Joan had the most delicate Cathedral-length veil that blew gently in the December breeze. During their “Just Married” portrait time after the ceremony, Joan said to Will, “I’ve got to get my veil shot!” Will replied, “Is that a thing?” I could barely contain my excitement over the shots we were getting, so I was all squealing like, “OMG it’s totally a thing!!! And this is the best veil ever!” I’m sure Will thinks we were crazy, but he totally went with our enthusiasm, which I loved.

Joan and Will, thank you for having me be part of your special day! You were my first engagement session of 2018 and my last wedding of the year. It’s crazy how fast the months in between flew by! Enjoy my favorites from your day! To all my 2018 brides and grooms, thank you for trusting me with your special memories. Thank you for giving me the best job in the world! It has been an honor to be by your sides on your wedding days.

This was one of the sweetest First Looks I’ve ever photographed!

I love this shot my second photographer, Chad, captured! Joan’s joy is infectious!

I was glad I had tissues in my camera bag because both Joan and Will forgot to bring any out for First Look. The tears were definitely flowing!

Can we talk about how gorgeous these bouquets are? Elizabeth’s Garden always does such beautiful bouquet designs!

We all needed tissues again after this Father-Daughter dance!

I photographed Loryn and Hart’s wedding last year. It was so fun seeing them and their family at this wedding. I’m so excited for them because next year they will welcome a little one to their family!

Surprise! I meant to get the story on this moment, but I didn’t! If someone reading this knows, please tell me in the comments. My second photographer and I heard squeals of excitement. Then this happened. How sweet are these moments?!

What a wonderful year it has been and this was definitely a great way to end the fall wedding season! I’ll be introducing you to some 2019 couples in January. In the meantime, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Second Photographer | Chad Pugh

Ceremony & Reception Location | Trinity Episcopal Church

Florals | Elizabeth’s Garden

Cakes | Rosa Eli Arellano

DJ | Gulf Coast Jams

Hair Stylist | Cindy Denson

Makeup Artist | Jackie Merlau

Invitations | Minted

Bride’s Gown | The Bride & Groom, Allure Bridals

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse


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