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. […]
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. 🙂
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
Fairhope, AL Cotton Field Engagement Cotton fields are hitting their peak this time of year. Southern snow, as some call it, fills the fields across Mobile and Baldwin counties. It’s a beautiful sight to see and a great spot for taking pictures, but it can be hard to secure permission to shoot in cotton fields. […]
Cotton fields are hitting their peak this time of year. Southern snow, as some call it, fills the fields across Mobile and Baldwin counties. It’s a beautiful sight to see and a great spot for taking pictures, but it can be hard to secure permission to shoot in cotton fields. Cotton is a livelihood for many farmers in our area and it’s so important to be respectful of their crops, so I’ve long had a policy of not shooting in cotton fields without permission from the owner of the land. When Maggie told me she had secured permission for us to shoot at a friend’s cotton field, I could have jumped for joy! What is more dreamy and romantic than engagement portraits in a field of white cotton?!
I pulled into the driveway of this gorgeous property just before Maggie and Ross arrived and I instantly knew it was going to be an amazing session. Not only was the cotton field perfectly nestled among some beautiful trees, there was an orchard on the property that was also a beautiful location! Yes, we ended up with two amazing locations in one place! On top of that, these two perfectly coordinated their outfits for their location all the way down to the flowers that Maggie wore in her hair.
These two have such fun personalities, so when they casually mentioned during their session that they can do the lift from Dirty Dancing, I wasn’t sure if they were joking or not. It turns out, they could probably be on Dancing With the Stars because they can definitely do the lift and looked fabulous doing it too! Seriously…be sure to scroll through the whole post to see those shots!!!
Maggie and Ross, I can’t thank y’all enough for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I know your wedding is going to be both beautiful and fun!
And then this happened…YES, these two nailed the lift from Dirty Dancing and it was FREAKING AWESOME!!!
A massive thank you to Meggs Eggs for providing us with such an amazing location!!!
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Spring Hill College Engagement I was getting my lenses settled in my bag when I heard a voice say, “Are you Elizabeth?” I looked up and saw Katie and Trent walking towards me from the parking lot. It’s always fun meeting my clients for the first time, especially when we’ve previously only spoken on the […]
I was getting my lenses settled in my bag when I heard a voice say, “Are you Elizabeth?” I looked up and saw Katie and Trent walking towards me from the parking lot. It’s always fun meeting my clients for the first time, especially when we’ve previously only spoken on the phone. I had realized that I wasn’t sure what Katie looked like as I got out of my car. I have walked up to the wrong couple when meeting clients for an engagement session before…lets just say that some spots are very popular and it can sometimes be hard to spot the right couple! As I walked over to meet Katie and Trent, a beautiful yellow lab led the way in the greetings. With a name like Dixie I couldn’t help but love this sweet puppy right off the bat. 🙂
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since Katie and I first spoke on the phone about her wedding, but the time has flown by! I remember her telling me about how Trent proposed to her while they were in Nashville for New Year’s Eve last December and how much she was looking forward to the wedding, which they were planning for after she finished up with Law School and studying for the Bar exam. Needless to say, Katie is one busy lady, so their engagement session was our first opportunity to meet in person and it was so nice to finally put faces with their names! These two both have such calm spirits, which I think they have definitely transferred to Dixie because I’ve never been able to get so many different portraits with a puppy at a session before. I was AMAZED at how cooperative Dixie was and we didn’t even bribe her with a ton of treats!!! I told them she was trying to steal the show at their session. Haha!
Katie and Trent, I am so looking forward to photographing your wedding this winter! Thank you for such an amazing session and for trusting me to capture these memories for you!
I doubt I’ll ever tire of taking portraits on the Avenue of the Oaks at Spring Hill College, but sometimes it can be a bit tricky to shoot there between the traffic and other photoshoots going on a the same time. Somehow we got lucky and got this area completely to ourselves minus a few cars that passed by and despite the day starting out overcast and cloudy, we ended up with some lovely golden light for the late afternoon!
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A Fairhope Alabama Engagement I arrived at our meeting place a few minutes early. I could see the moss blowing in the trees, but it wasn’t until the stiff wind almost blew my door closed on me as I was getting out of the car that I realized just how strong the winds were coming […]
I arrived at our meeting place a few minutes early. I could see the moss blowing in the trees, but it wasn’t until the stiff wind almost blew my door closed on me as I was getting out of the car that I realized just how strong the winds were coming off the bluffs. We started in one of my favorite spots, under the mossy oaks, but after struggling to hear each other over the howling wind, we decided to venture down some of the neighborhood streets a few blocks inland. As soon as we turned the corner down a side street, we felt immediate relief from the wind. Charley and Ethan were such troopers, totally trusting me as we made our way into streets I’d not shot in before. Let me tell you, we found some beautiful spots AND we still got some gorgeous shots along the bay. I just love the drama of the moss blowing in the trees and the golden sun painting the oak tree leaves so that they look like they’re changing color for fall.
I remember the day I met Charley at Carpe Diem, one of my favorite places to chat with brides-to-be. As she told me about Ethan, who wasn’t able to join us, her eyes sparkled. She pretty much knew he was the one for her the day they met, but what is even more special about their love story is that it wasn’t the first time their paths had crossed. As children, they knew each other, but before they were old enough to remember each other well, Ethan moved away. It wasn’t until a mutual friend told Charley, “I’ve got someone for you,” and reintroduced her to Ethan that their paths crossed again. From that moment, it was love at first sight. Isn’t that the sweetest story?!
I also love that Charley knows two of my 2017 brides, Jessica and Chelsea! All three went to Southern Miss and Chelsea was Charley’s grand big! These three girls actually remind me quite a bit of each other because they’re all classy Southern ladies who have such an eye for detail and are totally on top of all their wedding plans. Charley even Googled the sunset time for her wedding date before she met with me! I was seriously so impressed!
Charley and Ethan, thank you so much for a fabulous engagement session! I enjoyed spending the evening getting to know the two of you better and am so looking forward to being with you again on your wedding day!
Charley wore a pair of pearl earrings that belonged to her grandmother for her session. I absolutely loved incorporating these family heirlooms into some of her ring shots!
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St. Dominic Catholic Church Wedding | Mobile, AL The flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle and the processional music began to fade out. A slight pause followed. It was only a fraction of a second. I could see Jessica behind the tinted glass, holding onto her father’s arm, waiting for […]
The flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle and the processional music began to fade out. A slight pause followed. It was only a fraction of a second. I could see Jessica behind the tinted glass, holding onto her father’s arm, waiting for the doors to open. Then, the music began again. Trumpet Voluntary filled the church with such a jubilant and joyful sound that tears nearly burst to my eyes. This moment always gives me goosebumps. I looked back at Justin. His focused expression broke into a quiet smile and, as I heard the doors creek open and the sound of the congregation stand, I knew the sight of his bride was the only sight he was seeing as I took the photo. As Jessica made her way down the aisle, her smile beaming and just as joyful as the music, I knew that this moment was everything these two had been dreaming of for the past year.
It was over a year ago that I first talked to Jessica. I remember the day we had that consultation phone call as if it were yesterday. I love getting to know my brides really well and from that first phone call that we had, I could tell that she was going to be such fun to work with and photograph. When I met up with her and Justin for their engagement session, I felt as if I’d known them forever. I felt so honored to work with this sweet couple and am so very excited to share this preview of their beautiful fall wedding! Every single detail came together so beautifully. This was also my first time shooting at Azalea Manor and I absolutely LOVED the courtyard at this venue. When it was time for us to do golden hour portraits, we found the most beautiful ivy-covered wall right across the street, which happened to be right in the path of the most gorgeous, dreamy light I’ve seen in quite some time! Such. A. Dream.
Jessica and Justin, I cannot thank you enough for asking me to be part of your wedding day. It was such a beautiful celebration of your love and I felt so honored to be the one to document this special day for you!
Venue | Azalea Manor
Catering | Tyner’s Catering
Bride’s Gown | I Do Bridal & Formal
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
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