I read something once that has managed to stick with me for a long time. Wedding rings are beautiful things – they are shiny and sparkle when new. Diamonds catch the light and play it across nearby surfaces. They are, I think it’s safe to say, the most coveted piece of jewelry there is. But an old, worn wedding ring is even more beautiful. Each scratch represents the time you’ve spent with your soulmate. Each ding tells a story. The more flaws the ring has, the more beautiful it is. Because it stands for something bigger than us. Kanesha and Bates know from experience just how true that is. They may be having a wedding coming up soon, but they already wear their rings, because they’re already married.
I’m going to be straight-up honest in today’s post. This beautiful little civil service is one of our very favorite weddings ever, but it didn’t start out that way. It was the hottest day of the year so far, over 100 degrees! The bride’s hair was nearly ruined the day before. The groom really wanted a ceremony in the courthouse, but no judges were available. Instead, we would be at a law office, with no idea what the location or light would be like. My heart sank. I was beginning to wonder if we should reschedule. Things just weren’t going our way. Then we arrived at the location.
Instead of flowers, he brought her a gold star. Everyone does flowers. Cody wanted to impress Tiffany, and give her something that would last and that she would remember. And, okay, maybe he was trying to get a laugh out of her too. Cody is a funny guy, laid-back and lighthearted, and girls love a guy who can make them laugh. It worked, as Tiffany has been charmed by him since the beginning!
Emily had been waiting for this summer break for a long time. She’s a high school teacher (she taught our daughter, Helen!), and every year, she gets even more excited about the end of the school year than the kids! But this year, she packed her last bag a little more quickly than usual, and hurried out the door with a bit more hustle than the year before. This year, she had even more to look forward to. As soon as school was out, she was marrying her best friend! When she returns to school in the Fall, she will be a Mrs. instead of a Miss. Nothing could dampen her end-of-year spirits! Not even a little rain.
Today is a very special day on the blog! We always consider ourselves lucky to get to do what we do, but when we get to photograph friends, it’s an extra blessing! Most of Memphis may know Natalie as a top finalist on So You Think You Can Dance or as a cast member of Wicked, but to us, she is “Miss Natalie,” the one person who probably spends almost as much time with our kids as we do! Natalie is the competition director at our dance studio, and she is the one in charge of making our kids (and tons of others!) into the great dancers that they are turning out to be! We couldn’t be more grateful for her, so when we heard she was getting married, we were first in line to “audition” for the role of photographer! All cheesy puns aside, we are thrilled to be able to document this time in her life, and we can’t wait for the wedding!
Anthony and I had been planning this for months. We even had super secret code words and hand gestures. Just like real spies. But when the day arrived, and then THE MOMENT, I think we were just as nervous as he was! Maybe more. See, Anthony knew he would be marrying Shavonn. He couldn’t imagine a life without her. So he planned to ask her to be his wife. On camera! Our cameras.
“All in.” That’s what I always remember when I think about Erica. It has been over a YEAR since we first met with her and her lovely mom. That first time we spoke, sipping coffee, we all just hit it off perfectly. The more we talked about her wedding plans, the more excited we all got! At the end of the meeting, Erica turned to her mom and said, “What do you think?” Her mom gazed back at her and said, “Let’s do it! I’m all in.” And I fell in love with them both.
The first time we ever met Samantha and Slay, we knew we had to shoot their wedding. Yes, they are amazingly good looking. I mean, just scroll down a little. Did you see her??? It’s completely unfair that one person can have that many good genes! But that’s not the reason. Not even close. We always care way more about what’s on the inside than what’s on the outside. And their outsides have nothing on what’s inside! They both have amazing hearts that were built to serve others. They are some of the most caring, selfless people we’ve ever met, and we love them for that!
There are so many things to love about an engagement session! But one of our very favorite things about them is that we get some one on one time with our couples, and really get to know them better on a personal level. Not only does this make us better equipped to photograph them on their wedding day, but it starts building a relationship so that we can truly call them friends later! It had been awhile since we first met with Taylor and George, so we were eager to hang out with them and learn more about how they love. We were in for such a treat!
Weddings usually tend to be all about the bride. Gorgeous gown, fabulous florals, beautiful bridesmaids (see what I did there?). We all know this, and most grooms are perfectly comfortable with it. However, you can’t have a wedding without the groom! Though he may be completely willing to give up the decision making process, he should be encouraged to take part in some of the choices for the day. The groom’s cake is a perfect way to get your groom involved in the wedding – it’s all about him! Seeing as how today is May 4th, I thought this post was particularly appropriate for today! Read on to see some groom’s cake inspiration… and May the 4th be with you!