A Grand Hotel Point Clear Engagement Who doesn’t love a good proposal story?! I know I can’t get enough of them! Each one is unique and I always love hearing my brides tell them. Hayden carefully planned how he was going to propose to MaryClair. It all started with a faux dinner plan. When Hayden […]
Who doesn’t love a good proposal story?! I know I can’t get enough of them! Each one is unique and I always love hearing my brides tell them. Hayden carefully planned how he was going to propose to MaryClair. It all started with a faux dinner plan.
When Hayden suggested they grab a drink at Bucky’s at The Grand Hotel beforehand, MaryClair wasn’t suspicious. Even though going out for a drink before dinner was sort of out of the norm, MaryClair says she’s never one to turn down a good cocktail, so she was game for heading to Bucky’s before dinner at The Supper Club. She didn’t see that this was actually a ruse to get her to The Grand Hotel. Unbeknownst to MaryClair, Hayden had been to the hotel a few days beforehand to select the perfect proposal spot. He even lined up a photographer to capture the moment!
After drinks at Bucky’s, it was time to head to dinner. MaryClair thought it was strange that Hayden chose to park at the opposite end of the hotel property from Bucky’s, but she still didn’t realize she was in for a big surprise! It was nearing sunset when they arrived at the spot where Hayden planned to propose.
MaryClair said it finally hit her what was happening when she saw Hayden pull a ring box out of his coat pocket. He got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife! It wasn’t until after she said “YES!” that she realized the photographers that had been nearby taking photos were actually there to capture the proposal!
Thinking this was this best surprise she could ever imagine, they headed to MaryClair’s dad’s house. But the surprise wasn’t finished yet! Hayden had arranged for all their family and friends to be there to celebrate with them. How sweet is that?!
MaryClair and Hayden’s love story began in high school – they met each other when they were students at McGill-Toolen Catholic. I love a high school sweetheart love story, especially when it’s connected to my own alma mater. MaryClair was so easy to talk to the first time I chatted with her on the phone. I instantly knew we were going to have fun working together. When I finally got to meet Hayden at the engagement session, he was exactly as I imagined – so friendly and equally easy to talk to. I can tell that wedding day is going to be so much fun!
Since Hayden proposed to MaryClair at The Grand Hotel, it was perfectly fitting for us to return there for engagement portraits! MaryClair is an interior designer, so of course she knows how to choose a color palette for their outfits. I loved that both of her outfits were the perfect compliment for the scenery at The Grand Hotel. I told her that I was wishing I had a skirt like the one she wore for her first outfit. It was so cute and perfect for twirling photos!
I seriously love this skirt! See what I mean about it being PERFECT for twirling! Can’t wait to see these two on the dance floor on their wedding day!
We had spectacular weather for shooting on the bay! When the light gets nice and soft just after sunset, I am in photographer heaven!
We used up every ounce of light on this beautiful May evening! I think it might be the last of our low humidity days. Summer is definitely here!
Makeup + Hair by Brushed and Blushed
Dress | Cecilie Copenhagen
Skirt | H&M
Blouse | Endless Rose
Earrings | Vivian Drew
A Midtown Mobile Engagement Session I love when I’m able to do a session at a location I haven’t been to in a while. Yes, I have a lot of favorite locations that I shoot at frequently, but there is something about shooting at a location you haven’t been to in a while that feels […]
I love when I’m able to do a session at a location I haven’t been to in a while. Yes, I have a lot of favorite locations that I shoot at frequently, but there is something about shooting at a location you haven’t been to in a while that feels brand new. It makes you see things with new eyes, even if you also track down your tried and true spots!
The last time I shot on this beautiful street in midtown Mobile, it was for a maternity session for my cousin and his wife! They have since had both the baby boy they were expecting in those photos and a little girl. Needless to say, it had been a while since I’d gotten to shoot in this neighborhood! I knew Jacki wanted to include their dog in some of their engagement portraits. I also knew the street they lived on was lined with beautiful oak trees. So I suggested that we start the shoot there before heading to a nearby park. Jacki and Chase loved the idea and it worked out beautifully! This street is seriously magical!
As we were meandering along the sidewalk, I recalled a spot down the street that had what I consider to be the most perfect tree for portraits. It is perfectly situated to let it some glowy light through it’s big leaves. I was so glad I sought out this tree again because it was in gorgeous Golden Hour light once again! I’m sure Jacki and Chase thought I was crazy when I literally clapped my hands upon finding the tree again…but, y’all, when the light is good I just can’t contain my excitement!!!
After a quick wardrobe change, we headed to a nearby park for the second half of the session. I love this park, but it is one of those locations that I forget about. In fact, I think I’ve only shot there once before, which seems so crazy since the light there was gorgeous!
Both of the dresses Jacki wore for her engagement session were beautiful, but her second dress (which was her favorite) was a show stopper! I LOVE dresses that have movement to them because they photograph so well on camera. They also help create a more romantic look to the portraits because they will float in the breeze. I had so many people message me on social media asking where this dress came from after I shared sneak peeks from this session. Jacki kindly shared the information with me, which I’ve included at the bottom of this post.
I had so much fun working with Jacki and Chase. During the shoot we found out that we have several mutual acquaintances. It once again proved that Mobile is the biggest small town imaginable. Chase and I are both graduates of McGill-Toolen Catholic and since the park was right across the street from the legendary canon that is tied to the Murphy/McGill football rivalry, we of course had to chat about some of our favorite McT memories!
Jacki and Chase, thank you for such a fun session! I can’t wait to work with you again on your wedding day!
Jacki’s dress is by Zimmerman. It is currently available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Matches Fashion.
A Bienville Square Engagement Session Last year on Halloween, I was photographing Jill and Cooper’s wedding at the bluffs above Fairhope Pier. It turns out that Haley and Aaron were getting engaged at the same time, on the same day, at Fairhope Pier. When Haley told me the story, I told her that we must […]
Last year on Halloween, I was photographing Jill and Cooper’s wedding at the bluffs above Fairhope Pier. It turns out that Haley and Aaron were getting engaged at the same time, on the same day, at Fairhope Pier. When Haley told me the story, I told her that we must have barely missed running into each other because we took some portraits down at the pier after the ceremony, just before sunset.
That particular day was a gorgeous one on Mobile Bay. Even though the pier had been damaged from recent hurricanes, Aaron found a beautiful spot, got down on one knee and asked Haley to be his wife! A photographer, who was hidden from their view, captured the moment on camera.
Like me, Haley is a Spring Hill College graduate. She and Aaron are planning a St. Joseph’s Chapel wedding for this fall. I am so excited to have another wedding on my calendar at this church this year. It’s truly one of my favorites!
For their engagement session, Haley, Aaron and I met up in Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. This was my first time shooting at this park since it was ravaged by a hurricane last year. I was so excited to see all the new spring growth on the beautiful oak trees. This Mobile landmark is starting to shine once again and I was so glad we ended up doing the session at this location. The light on this day was so dreamy!
A Grand Hotel Spring Engagement Carrie and Adam were one of the first couples I met with via FaceTime chat last spring. At the time, we were all still getting used to pandemic life. I remember being worried about being able to connect with potential clients via phone call because I was so used to […]
Carrie and Adam were one of the first couples I met with via FaceTime chat last spring. At the time, we were all still getting used to pandemic life. I remember being worried about being able to connect with potential clients via phone call because I was so used to meeting with people in person. It turns out that if your personalities mesh, you can definitely find that out via the phone too!
I knew two minutes into our FaceTime chat that Carrie, Adam and I were going to get along great! These two are just so darn sweet! I loved hearing them both tell the story of how Adam proposed, especially because these two are both great storytellers! And the proposal sounded like it was straight out of a movie.
Carrie and Adam love the zoo and so she wasn’t suspicious at all when he suggested going there for a Sunday afternoon. It was the beginning of March, which happens to be Carrie’s birthday month and the month that kicks off spring, her favorite season. This would also be their first trip to the Birmingham Zoo after it had undergone a renovation. Carrie was excited about the zoo trip and not suspicious at all! She had no idea that massive planning had gone into this very special day!
Upon arrival at the zoo, Adam asked an employee if there was anything they shouldn’t miss with the new renovation. Carrie had no idea that this employee had been in on the proposal from the beginning. In fact, Adam had met with him multiple times to plan his perfect proposal!
Carrie was excited when the employee told them they could see the Lorakeet exhibit that was slated to open the next day. Leading them to believe they were having a “soft opening” of the exhibit, the employee also added that only two people at a time were allowed inside. Carrie was so pumped for the exhibit that even that didn’t strike her as odd.
The moment they stepped inside, Carrie saw a table set with flowers and full of picture frames. She walked over to it thinking it was part of the exhibit. It wasn’t until she saw the photos were of her and Adam that she realized what was happening!!! The next thing she knew, Adam was down on one knee asking her to be his wife! Carrie was stunned! And of course she said YES!
Y’all, I sat and listened to Carrie and Adam tell this story on that initial FaceTime call and I just felt like we were old friends by the time it ended. We planned their engagement session for March 2021 because Carrie just loves both the month and the spring season. She was really hoping for the azaleas to be in bloom when we did their photos. I was delighted when I saw there were still several blooming at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.
The day of this shoot also happened to be Carrie’s birthday. I love that we got to do these photos on her special day! I also love that Adam wore some sloth socks as a nod to their proposal story for these pictures! Y’all it couldn’t have been more perfect!
Y’all these two are so adorable that people who saw us taking these portraits started applauding!!!
Makeup Artist | Courtney Matthews
Hair Stylist | Becca Townley
A Perone Creek Farm Spring Session If I had to pick one word to describe this session, it would be MAGICAL! And it all started when Savannah asked me for location ideas for this session. Savannah told me that she and Michael would like a rustic location for their portraits. Then she mentioned that Michael, […]
If I had to pick one word to describe this session, it would be MAGICAL! And it all started when Savannah asked me for location ideas for this session.
Savannah told me that she and Michael would like a rustic location for their portraits. Then she mentioned that Michael, who is a musician, would like to incorporate his guitar into some of the images. That’s when I had the idea to reach out to Brenda, who owns Perone Creek Farm along with her husband, Jeff. I was fortunate to shoot at the farm last fall, for a story that ran in Mobile Bay Magazine. Brenda is a member of GypsySpark band and the magazine shoot involved music and food. The minute I arrived on the farm for that shoot, I knew it would be a beautiful portrait location. The fact that Michael is also a musician is what made this farm jump first and foremost into my mind for this session!
Thankfully, when I mentioned the idea of going to the farm to Savannah, she was totally game and so were Brenda and Jeff. As I pulled into the oak tree lined driveway on this gorgeous spring day, I nearly gasped out loud. The scene was like something out of a movie. The light was streaming through the trees and the azaleas were sparkling with their gorgeous blooms. I could barely contain my excitement! Then Savannah arrived in the most perfect creamy white dress and I knew we had all the ingredients for some dreamy portraits!
Savannah and Michael are such a sweet couple. From the first minute of meeting them, I could tell that we were in for a fun shoot. I love that they one hundred percent trusted me with this location recommendation, but also that they trusted my vision for the shoot once we were there. There is something about being in such a peaceful environment that is so inspiring! I loved every minute of taking these portraits. I was almost sad to see the sun set because that meant we were finished for the day!
Kelly + philip: a downtown mobile, al ceremony + bayside reception
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carolyn + neal: a sacred heart chapel ceremony + grand hotel reception
Carolyn + Neal invited both of their families to join them for a destination wedding on Mobile Bay. Sacred Heart Chapel captured Carolyn's heart when she first visited the area. Click to see this classic summer wedding!
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