A Downtown Mobile Cathedral Wedding
Happy New Year friends! I’m so excited to celebrate this first day of 2020 with a preview of Annie and Chris’ beautiful December wedding! While I didn’t meet Annie until she contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew her sister and eldest brother in high school. We weren’t in the same grade, but Mobile is one big small town, especially if you attended Catholic school here. Going back to my high school years, if there was one thing I knew about the Annie’s family, it was that they are strong in their Catholic faith and fiercely loyal University of Notre Dame fans. I realize that’s technically two things, but I think they sort of blend into one for the Duffey family.
Annie and Chris both attended Notre Dame, as did all of Annie’s siblings and her brother-in-law. Talk about an amazing accomplishment! I love that their love of the Irish was infused into several details of the day. They began dinner with an Irish blessing and even invited a bagpiper to come to the reception to play the Notre Dame alma mater! It was amazing!
All in the Details
Heading into wedding day I knew that Annie was very detail-oriented. We had many conversations beforehand about the timing of everything, which was extra important since she and Chris were not seeing each other before the ceremony. I love that Annie thought this through in advance, leaving us some daylight post ceremony for the portraits that included both the bride and the groom. We did have a little rain towards the end of portrait time, but Annie and Chris didn’t let that dampen their joy one bit. Thankfully, the porch at the Cathedral provided us the right amount of protection from the rain.
Each moment of this day was full of intentionality. From the beautiful music that filled the Cathedral, to the custom artwork Annie created for the day, to the toasts shared over dinner – every element truly captured this sweet couple and their love for one another, their faith, their families and, of course, the University of Notre Dame.
A Perfect Ending
I’d been shooting for 14 hours when the clock struck midnight, but the dance floor was still full. No one wanted this party to end! When the last song was announced, everyone formed a circle around the dance floor. With their arms linked, they sang along to “Piano Man” at the top of their lungs. Chris led Annie to the center of the circle, spinning her around the floor for one last dance. It was a moment I don’t think I’ll forget. To bear witness to such joy is a privilege. I loved capturing every minute of this day. I cannot think of a better way to close out my 2019 wedding season! Congratulations Annie and Chris!
I love this moment between Annie, her sister and her two nieces!
Annie did all the artwork for her wedding! I am blown away by her talent!
I love this capture by my second photographer, Toni, just minutes before Annie walked down the aisle.
The sweetest flower girl moment EVER! Just look at how excited these two are!
Another one of my favorite moments of the day and definitely one of my favorite photos from the ceremony.
Y’all, this ballroom looked like something straight out of a winter fairytale! I was in photographer heaven photographing all these beautiful details!
This officially marked my first wedding with a bagpiper!
I loved seeing so many friends and past clients at this wedding!
Chris dancing with his sister at the reception was the sweetest moment!
Annie and Chris shared one final dance together after the guests headed outside for the exit. Best idea ever!
Second Photographer | Toni Goodie
Photographer’s Assistant | Katy Rasp
Videographer | Robbie Reynolds
Reception Venue & Catering | Renaissance Riverview Hotel, Mobile
Florals | Lenae Denson, Cleveland the Florist
Cake | Couture Cakes
Hair Stylist | Becca Townley
Makeup Artist | Elisabeth Wells, Studio 33
Band | Emerald Empire Band
Lighting | Willow Bridge
Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux
Calligraphy | Mike Macaluso and Kirby Anne Plessala
Artwork | Annie Duffey Ruflin