A Fairhope Alabama Engagement Mary Emma is such a sweet bride-to-be! I knew she would be a joy to work with after five minutes of chatting with her at her consultation. It turns out that she is also the cousin of one of my 2018 brides! I love when I have the opportunity to photograph […]
Mary Emma is such a sweet bride-to-be! I knew she would be a joy to work with after five minutes of chatting with her at her consultation. It turns out that she is also the cousin of one of my 2018 brides! I love when I have the opportunity to photograph multiple weddings within the same family. It is such a treat!
We originally planned this session for early spring, but when the Stay at Home orders came in, we were forced to reschedule. On top of that, Mary Emma works in healthcare, so while most of us were hunkered down at home, she was working a very busy schedule! Clay was also working overtime, as his job in construction is also essential work. I am so thankful that we were able to find a new date on the calendar for this session!
Mary Emma suggested we do their session in her neighborhood and I loved the idea! I was slightly familiar with the area, but had never been on this particular street before. I was so blown away by the beautiful spots we had to shoot in! This is exactly why I love shooting on private property! I would have never known about this hidden gem of a location if it weren’t for Mary Emma suggesting it as an option.
On top of having a beautiful location to shoot in, we also had the dreamiest golden hour! I was doing a happy dance in my mind the whole time I was taking these photos. After we finished up in the neighborhood, we hopped in the car and took a short drive to Mary Emma’s friend’s bay house for our second location and ended up getting to see a beautiful sunset. It was the perfect engagement session combination!
A Wilmer Alabama Maternity Session A little old house sits at the end of the drive on the land her grandparents own. Cassie’s grandparents purchased it years ago from her great-grandfather. But the house was her great-great-grandmother’s before that. If you’ve lost count of how many generations that is, so have I! I remember when […]
A little old house sits at the end of the drive on the land her grandparents own. Cassie’s grandparents purchased it years ago from her great-grandfather. But the house was her great-great-grandmother’s before that. If you’ve lost count of how many generations that is, so have I!
I remember when my aunt and uncle lived in this house when they were newlyweds. It’s the place they called home when they brought both their children home from the hospital. I was 10 years old when Cassie was born and I remember Aunt Gina and Uncle Stan preparing the tiny nursery ahead of her arrival. I remember all of us older cousins being so excited to meet the new baby! Memories like that are what make this session so extra special.
I hadn’t been to the old house since my aunt and uncle moved out of it years ago. While Cassie and Will have definitely done some updating since they moved in, the bones are still the same. I got such a sense of deja vu as I stepped onto the front porch. How exciting that the next generation will also call this little house home!
Cassie has been part of my photography journey since the very beginning. She patiently posed for me when I was first learning how to use a camera. When I started my business, her high school senior portrait shoot was one of my first “official” sessions and in 2017 I photographed her wedding. So many memories documented and I think this is the happiest one of them all!
The day of this session we had the most beautiful weather and golden light! I had been wanting to shoot a roll of film I’d been hoarding for a while, but was just waiting for the right time to use it. Always up for a creative adventure, Cassie was once again patient with me while I reacquainted myself with my film camera. Fingers crossed at least a few of the frames turned out! I’m shipping them off to the lab this week, so we will just have to wait and see!
I know Cassie and Will are going to be wonderful parents and I am so excited to meet their baby girl when she arrives later this summer!
A Bayside Spring Wedding Thirty days before Sally and Travis’s wedding we weren’t sure what life was going to look like come Memorial Day weekend. Would we still be under a Stay at Home order? Would Sally and Travis be able to have their family and friends join them for their celebration? All the unknown […]
Thirty days before Sally and Travis’s wedding we weren’t sure what life was going to look like come Memorial Day weekend. Would we still be under a Stay at Home order? Would Sally and Travis be able to have their family and friends join them for their celebration? All the unknown can be stressful, but Sally told me that she knew for certain that on May 23rd, no matter what, she was going to marry Travis. Yes, she was going to be sad if all their family and friends couldn’t join in for the celebration, but the marriage was the most important thing to her. If there is one thing I feel the time in quarantine has done, it’s that it has made us all see even more clearly what is truly important.
When the Stay at Home order was lifted, we all started to get a little hopeful that Sally and Travis would be able to have the wedding they’d long dreamed of. These two have been together since Sally asked Travis to be her knight during Mobile’s Mardi Gras season in 2016, but their families knew each other long before then. They’d planned this day for nearly a year. I prayed they’d get the beautiful celebration they’d imagined and I’m so happy to say that they did!
Sally’s favorite color is blue, which also happens to be my favorite color, so of course I was in love with her color palette! After exchanging vows in the little white chapel that is next door to Sally’s family home, she and Travis celebrated with friends at an outdoor reception at her parents’ house. It was such a beautiful setting! Who doesn’t want to be near the water on Memorial Day weekend?! Speaking of the water, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see their grand exit!
I have so many favorite memories from this day! There was just so much love and joy for this sweet couple. Everything was perfectly coordinated by Brooke and Jeanne, the amazingly talented ladies behind Events Detailed. After so much uncertainty about whether this celebration would be able to happen, I was so happy that these two got both their dream wedding celebration and perfect weather to dance the night away under the stars. Congratulations to the newly Dr. and Mrs. Goodloe and cheers to many years of happiness!
Sally’s father planted this row of blue hydrangeas last year in anticipation of this day. They made the perfect background for portraits! Blue hydrangeas also happen to be one of my favorite blooms!
I love seeing past clients at weddings! How has it almost been a year since Ann and Joseph’s wedding?!
Loving this shot by my second photographer, Toni!
Second Photographer | Toni Goodie
Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams
Planning + Design | Events Detailed, Brooke Guesnard + Jeanne Hunt
Videography | John Lestrade, Take Two Video Pro
Ceremony | Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Catering | Rob and Brady Berglin
Florist | Jubilee Flowers
Invitations + Calligraphy | Soiree Signatures
Graphic Design | Sally i Creations
Cake | Pollman’s
Hair Stylist | Adelaide Styling
Makeup Artist | You Need Blush, Courtney Matthews
Rentals | Port City Rentals
Band | Compozitionz
Second Line | Excelsior Band
Lighting | Willow Bridge Inc.
Bride’s Gown | Wedding Belles New Orleans, Amy Kueschel
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids, Amsale
Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Francia’s Formal Affair
A Magnolia Springs Engagement Mary Catherine and I first met at a wedding! She was a bridesmaid in Sharon and Brandon’s wedding, as well as in Annie and Christopher’s wedding. I love working within the same friend circle for multiple weddings! It’s fun getting to know couples and their friends over all the different wedding […]
Mary Catherine and I first met at a wedding! She was a bridesmaid in Sharon and Brandon’s wedding, as well as in Annie and Christopher’s wedding. I love working within the same friend circle for multiple weddings! It’s fun getting to know couples and their friends over all the different wedding days. By this point, I feel like she and I are old friends as well!
Several months ago, Mary Catherine contacted me about wedding photography. After already getting to know her at two previous weddings, you can imagine how sad I was to tell her I was already booked on her wedding date. Who would have ever thought that all these months later we’d be taking engagement pictures of her and Russell the day after they were supposed to get married?! These are crazy times for sure, but one bright spot has been the fact that the change of Mary Catherine and Russell’s wedding date led us to working together after all.
When Mary Catherine and Russell made the decision to postpone their wedding to later in the summer, she sent me an email asking if there was a chance I was available on her new date. Thankfully, that was one of the few dates that hadn’t been taken by the weddings I’d already rescheduled for my spring 2020 brides. I am so excited to be able to work with Mary Catherine and Russell, not only because I already know I will love working with their bridal party on wedding day, but because they’re just such a sweet couple.
For their engagement session, Mary Catherine and Russell chose Magnolia Springs. Russell’s grandparents used to live in this sweet town and he and Mary Catherine frequently visit the area to kayak. It’s also the place where Russell proposed! I love that they chose a location that is special to them for these photos!
I’ve been to Magnolia Springs before, but was really only familiar with one area for photos. Russell and Mary Catherine showed me some of their favorite spots and I loved incorporating those into their session. At one point, when we were shooting near the water, something made a big splash just a few yards from where we were. I was standing on the ladder that connects the pier to the water, just one step from being in the water.
We turned to look at the splash and then it occurred to me that there were possibly alligators in the water. Random fact, I’m fascinated by alligators, but I definitely don’t want to be hanging out near the water if they’re close by! Thankfully, we saw no actual alligators and we continued on to our last location, where we discovered an amazing field and a hint of golden hour light. Such. A. Dream!
I love working with joyful couples! I know that wedding day with these two is going to be so much fun and it will be here before we know it! Enjoy some of my favorites from their Magnolia Springs engagement session!
A Bella Sera Gardens Spring Wedding Cassidy and Noah weren’t able to have their large wedding celebration as they planned on their wedding day. Due to the uncertainty with the coronavirus and the limit on gatherings being lifted so close to their wedding day, they decided to go ahead with a small ceremony and reschedule […]
Cassidy and Noah weren’t able to have their large wedding celebration as they planned on their wedding day. Due to the uncertainty with the coronavirus and the limit on gatherings being lifted so close to their wedding day, they decided to go ahead with a small ceremony and reschedule the big celebration for another date. This would give guests time to make travel plans and, hopefully, time for the virus to get more under control. This has been the decision many spring 2020 brides have had to make.
I was so happy to be able to document this beautiful wedding ceremony for this sweet couple and their families. I arrived at Bella Sera Gardens an hour before the ceremony to take a few getting ready photos beforehand. Cassidy and Noah had planned to share a First Look initially, but when the celebration was shortened to an intimate ceremony with only their immediate families present, they decided to save the big reveal for the aisle. When Cassidy and her dad arrived at the outdoor chapel, the sun burst through the clouds and filled the space with warm rays. It was gorgeous!
After the ceremony, I had the luxury of taking couple portraits without having to race to get to a reception. We also got to use spots we likely wouldn’t have used had guests been present on the grounds. I’m definitely spoiled after having the entire space to ourselves! We were also fortunate to have everything timed perfectly with Golden Hour. The light at Bella Sera Gardens is BEYOND DREAMY during the hour or so before sunset. I’m still pinching myself over how gorgeous the golden glow was that night!
Cassidy and Noah are planning a big celebration with family and friends for later in the summer. I look forward to celebrating with them again on their second wedding date! I know it will be so much fun!
Cassidy and Noah shared a first dance after the ceremony. It was such a sweet moment!
Just look at this dreamy light! Yes, I was doing a happy dance in my mind!
Venue | Bella Sera Gardens
Videography | Rovy Lopez – RL Films
Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal – Fairhope, AL
Groom’s Suit | Dillard’s
Bridesmaid Gown | Azazie
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