Friends, you have never seen a sunset until you have seen it in the California hills! There is something extra special about the light in California, especially when you watch the last of the day’s rays sink below the trails in the distance and reflect itself on the brilliant water below. Fair warning: this is a long post! I have soooo many photos to share today from our time in Sacramento!
When we first met with Emily and Trey, they told us that they didn’t want a traditional wedding. With that, we loved them right away! Then Emily said what she really wanted was an intimate, laid-back dinner, where a wedding just happens to take place in the middle of it. We loved them even more! The best part? They got exactly what they wanted.
We LOVE Southern Weddings, and we have such a sweet one to share today! There’s just something so special about Southern hospitality, the soothing sound of cicadas in the trees, and sweating glasses of iced tea and lemonade. Add into the mix a gorgeous fairytale bride in a lacy ballgown, stunning flowers in dripping cascades, and the most ADORABLE flower dog ever, and we are in photographer heaven!
Sometimes it rains on a wedding day. Sometimes, it even pours. When life surprises you with unexpected thunderstorms, you have a choice. You can be as dark and foreboding as the rain clouds, or you can be the bright, sunny day that chases them away. When LaQuitta and Mario woke up on the morning of their civil wedding ceremony, rain clouds were threatening in the distance. By the time they were saying “I do,” the rain was thundering down outside. But their smiles never waned and their attitudes never darkened – they were married, and that’s all that mattered! They had eyes only for each other and cared only about their start of their new life. And because of them, this day was all the right kinds of sunny… on the inside.
I say it all the time, because it’s so true: our favorite thing about our job is that we have new friends when the wedding is over. But with Kristi and Matt, we ended up with new friends before the wedding! We got along so well with them right away. And when they pulled out three bottles of flavored tequila after their engagement session and invited us to stay for cocktails, we sealed our friendship right then and there! Since that day, we have shared more cocktails, and even more laughs. We looked forward to their wedding not only as photographers, but as friends! We’re so thrilled to be sharing this one today!
We’ve known Caitlin for years. When our girls were small children, Caitlin and her family lived down the street from us, and she spent a lot of time at our house. Now she’s all grown up and getting married (that makes me feel so old)! We were absolutely thrilled that she called us after she was engaged, although we wouldn’t have given her much of a choice, haha! We had to reschedule this engagement session due to a typical Memphis popup storm, but I’m so glad we did! The weather this day was bright and sunny, just like Caitlin’s smile!
These two are so stylish! Morgan told us that Jeremy was the more fashion-forward of the pair. After meeting them and spending an evening with them, we think that they are both equally fashionable! We lovelovelove a groom that dresses up for the engagement session! When Jeremy showed up in a tie, vest, and jacket, we knew we struck gold, but he went above and beyond with a pocket square and fancy socks! Morgan made his right arm look so good with her classic, dressy style. We always recommend dresses for our ladies, but she one-upped us when she pulled out the red-bottomed shoes to match! If you’re looking for fashion inspiration today, you’ve come to the right place!
We made an instant bond with Erica and Travis. We felt attracted to their genuine and sweet hearts, but when we learned that they met and fell in love not far from the place that Ed and I did, we loved them even more! I have always wanted to photograph a couple in the Mississippi Delta. Ed and I began our lives together in the Delta, so when Erica and Travis told us that they wanted their engagement session there, we were totally on board! It felt so good to get back to our roots!
These two are getting married on Saturday. Like, in two days. Like, in “get your act together and do the blog post already, Amy!” We are SO excited to witness the beginning of their new journey, and if it’s anything like their Memphis engagement session, we know the wedding is going to be fabulous!! In the meantime, we are so excited to share their engagement session!
When a bride and groom choose to take us out of the state with them for their wedding, that means a lot to us. When they choose to treat us like family, include us in pre-wedding festivities, and text us sweet messages when we arrive, that means even more! Laura and Joseph were the couple of honor for their Santa Rosa Beach wedding weekend, and yet, they made sure to be a host to everyone, even us. There’s no one else we would have rather spent a weekend at the beach with!