A Grand Hotel Point Clear, Alabama Wedding Oh February! This is a month that can be quite contrary on the Gulf Coast. One day it’s 70 degrees (or 80!) and the next it’s windy, rainy and in the 40s. Of all the months in the year, I think this one is the least predictable, which […]
Oh February! This is a month that can be quite contrary on the Gulf Coast. One day it’s 70 degrees (or 80!) and the next it’s windy, rainy and in the 40s. Of all the months in the year, I think this one is the least predictable, which is somewhat concerning to all of us Alabama Gulf Coast wedding photographers. We hold our breath, waiting to see what the forecast will bring from one week to the next. I think that Katie and Trent must be living life right because they not only got a beautiful, sunny day for their wedding, but they also got clear skies and warm temps. Talk about the best of both worlds!
I first talked to Katie about her wedding one year ago and I knew when she told me of her vision for her day that it would be beautiful. All the planning by the amazing vendors that were part of this wedding made the whole day flow so smoothly. Every detail was just perfect! Katie has such an elegant and classic Southern style. From her blue Tori Burch flats, to her custom velvet ring box, and her exquisite stationary suite, I was in bridal detail heaven! And don’t even get me started on her gorgeous gown! It was perfection!
As we made our way to the First Look location, Katie told me how excited she was to see Trent. I love that First Looks allow the bride and groom to spend most of their wedding day together instead of apart. When Trent turned around and saw Katie for the first time, he was literally speechless, but his smile showed all the happiness in his heart. I think there were even a few tears. It was the most beautiful moment and one of the sweetest First Looks I’ve photographed.
Narrowing down my favorites for this post was so hard because when you have a venue as beautiful as The Grand Hotel, you just have so many wonderful options (even when the property is undergoing a major renovation!). We had to walk quickly around the property to hit all the spots we wanted to shoot in, but we did it! Katie and Trent, thank you for having me be part of your wedding day! I am so thankful to have worked with y’all and know you have many years of happiness ahead of you!
I pretty much died of happiness when I saw the wax seals for the invitations. Officially obsessed.
Katie wore this gorgeous gold panda ring that belongs to her mom. The ring has special sentimental meaning for Katie and the moment her mom slipped it on her finger for her wedding day was such a beautiful moment to witness.
And Trent gets the award for the coolest bow-tie ever!
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Second Photographer | Debby Faught
Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy
Wedding Planner | Jenna Rachel, Jenna Laine Weddings
Venue | The Grand Hotel, Point Clear
Caterer | Hayley Turner, The Grand Hotel
Florist | Wildflowers
Cake | Couture Cakes
Makeup & Hair | Becca Townley
Band | Peek
Rentals | Soho Events and Rentals
Bride’s Shoes | Tori Burch
Tuxedos | Jos. A. Bank
Groom’s Bowtie | Brackish Bowties
Calligrapher | Southern Calligraphy, Jane Dolan
Invitations | Empress Stationery
Flowers for Valentine’s Day I have always loved flowers (except for lilies…hello allergies!). When I was a teenager, I started buying Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine and I always drooled over the gorgeous floral designs that filled the pages. Back in those days I never dreamed I would become a wedding photographer! There wasn’t even the […]
I have always loved flowers (except for lilies…hello allergies!). When I was a teenager, I started buying Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine and I always drooled over the gorgeous floral designs that filled the pages. Back in those days I never dreamed I would become a wedding photographer! There wasn’t even the hint of such a dream in my mind. When I did start photographing weddings, the bouquets quickly became one of my favorite details to photograph. I just love seeing how a bride’s bouquet matches her personality (because I think they always do!).
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing some of my favorite bouquets categorized by style for a little wedding inspiration. This is just a small selection of favorites because, honestly, this post could be three times this long if I posted all the bouquets I love. If you’re in the midst of planning your big day, I hope seeing these beautiful creations gives you some ideas for your own bridal bouquet. And if you’re like me and just love flowers, this is my little Valentine’s gift to you!
For the traditional, classic bride that wants a timeless bouquet, I am absolutely in love with the all white (or mostly white) bouquet designs. Soft and elegant, these bouquets are usually full of gorgeous blooms like roses and hydrangeas (two of my favorites)! They are also great for highlighting special heirlooms like brooches, rosaries, lockets and other family heirlooms that brides may want to attach to the bouquet stem.
If you want to make a statement with your bouquet, select one full of dramatic blooms. Dahlias, peonies and ranunculus are some of my favorites that I see in these types of bouquets! I also love when bouquets of dramatic blooms have a soft color palette of creamy pinks, whites and soft yellows, or are totally seasonal (again, I’m obsessed with flowers!). These bouquets stand out as works of art and definitely have a wow factor.
At the opposite end of the spectrum from the all-white bouquet is the fun and cheerful colorful bouquet. I love it when brides incorporate their wedding colors into the bouquet. When there is a hint of the bridesmaid dress color in the bridal bouquet, or a color that is complimentary to the bridesmaid dress color, it really creates a cohesive look in the bridal party portraits.
Few things are more romantic and feminine than a cascading bouquet. For brides that love flowers, this is the ultimate bouquet design. These bouquets will also give you an arm workout, but they’re SO worth it! 🙂
While there are always new trends in the world of weddings, I will always love the classics. These bouquets are all Southern in their choice of color and bloom selection (you can never go wrong with hydrangeas, dusty miller, eucalyptus or roses). The scale of these bouquets is the perfect balance between large and small.
Which bouquet style is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!
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Historic Malbis Nursery Album I work with most of my brides and grooms for 12 months. From the time they book me as their Mobile Alabama wedding photographer, through the final delivery of their photographs, a whole year has usually passed, sometimes it’s been more than one year. But it seems to go by so […]
I work with most of my brides and grooms for 12 months. From the time they book me as their Mobile Alabama wedding photographer, through the final delivery of their photographs, a whole year has usually passed, sometimes it’s been more than one year. But it seems to go by so fast. I can only imagine what it must be like for the bride and groom! The wedding album is usually the final detail that I deliver to my clients. It is their first family heirloom. It marks the beginning of their story as husband and wife. All the months of work, all the hours shooting and editing, the friendships built with the lovely couples who hire me…it’s all contained in the pages of that book. Every time I flip through my sample album at a meeting, I feel that excitement of the wedding day all over again. I hope this is how my clients feel when they look through their album in five, 10, or even 50 years. I hope they smile, laugh and get a little teary-eyed when they flip through those pages.
I have mad love for wedding albums and always knew that I wanted to deliver an album that I absolutely LOVED, one that I would buy if I were a bride. I’m a very detail oriented person, so the fabric, the binding, and the print quality were all of utmost importance to me. I searched and searched for just the perfect album for what felt like forever. Then I discovered Red Tree Albums and I found that perfect book. As soon as I held a sample album in my hands, I knew it was the album I’d been searching for. It felt like it was made to last for generations!
I’m a girl who loves details and when I get a delivery from the album company, I feel like it’s Christmas morning. I practically hold my breath as I pull it from the box and gently flip through the pages. Rachel and Alex’s wedding album arrived a few days after I’d received my new packaging tags from Soiree Signatures (I’ll share more about these in a future post!). I was so excited to wrap this beauty up for my clients using my new tags, but I paused long enough for a mini photo shoot because I didn’t want to forget what this album looked like!
When I took these photos, it was mostly for archival reference, but then I thought it would be fun to share them here. I just loved how the design, created by Kari with Align Album Design, turned out. I also loved that Rachel and Alex chose the chocolate brown leather cover. My sample album is gray, so it was fun to see an album in one of the other colors! The chocolate brown was also a perfect fit for their fall wedding!
This is probably my favorite spread of the whole album! You would never know it had been pouring only about an hour before this from these portraits!
This is probably my second favorite spread! I love having the exit captured from two perspectives. My second shooter, Debby, took the photo on the top left page. I love that her perspective is that of the bride and groom, while mine is that of the wedding guests!
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A Fairhope, AL Engagement January has been the month of engagement sessions around here! I think it’s because things settle down a bit after the holidays are over. It’s a good time to schedule a session before spring arrives and everything gets busy again. This time of year can be a bit hit-or-miss with the […]
January has been the month of engagement sessions around here! I think it’s because things settle down a bit after the holidays are over. It’s a good time to schedule a session before spring arrives and everything gets busy again. This time of year can be a bit hit-or-miss with the weather in Mobile, Alabama. I was very thankful that I lucked out with nice weather for all of this month’s shoots, especially since three couples I photographed were traveling in from out-of-town for their sessions!
I first spoke to Megan on the phone last fall. She told me that she and Mason met through participating in the Young Life program in Tuscaloosa. I wasn’t familiar with Young Life, but Megan shared that it was a ministry for community and spiritual development that was focused on building strong relationships. She and Mason have both served as leaders for the college program, working to positively impact the lives of students at The University of Alabama who participate in the program at the college level. I love that they are both so passionate about that mission. There is such a need for strong community in our world today!
Megan and Mason are getting married on a family farm and we decided to do their engagement session at the same location. I absolutely LOVE shooting on private property! New surroundings are so inspiring! I could immediately see why Megan and Mason chose this beautiful spot for their wedding when I arrived for this session. It is quiet, peaceful and amazingly beautiful.
I followed the road until I came across the barn. It was perfectly nestled among some younger trees and right near a small pond. There was a little white chapel was perched on top of a hill a bit further down the road. It was a wonderful location for an engagement session. I was having a serious brain-overload of ideas! Plus, all I could imagine was how much fun it’s going to be to take bride and groom portraits of these two on wedding day!
Megan and Mason, I can’t believe I won’t be seeing you two again until May! I’m looking forward to seeing your wedding day vision brought to life. I know it is going to be wonderful!
I’m obsessed with these trees! They look so architectural when they’re all bare-branch. I can’t wait to see how different this spot looks in the spring! 🙂
Just look at that gorgeous blue sky!!! I’m still amazed that we saw sunshine at all!
And we got a tiny bit of golden light too!!!
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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 […]
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.