The details of this wedding day, like so many things this year, evolved several times over the course of a few weeks. I have been so impressed with brides this year! They have all really shown so much resilience and flexibility. Jennifer and Melvin are no different. They just wanted to be married and join their families. Everything turned out perfectly beautiful! I know this day was exactly what they wanted, global pandemic or not.
The pandemic certainly has changed a lot of the way we live our lives these days. I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. Businesses all over the world have had to change and adapt, including ours. I may be a little biased, but I think engaged couples, along with high school Seniors, have had to endure the biggest bummers that this year has brought. They have had to plan and celebrate experiences that only come once in a lifetime, in a year of restrictions so heavy that they are sometimes hard to bear. And yet, they all continue to surprise me by not only making the best of current circumstances, but turning this year into something never to be forgotten. Not for all the bad things, but because of all the good.
When Covid-19 hit, Tennison and Shea considered many different options for their wedding, which was originally scheduled right in the middle of what turned out to be a quarantine. In the end, they decided that they weren't going to let a global pandemic keep them apart. They went ahead with their originally scheduled wedding, but with lots of unique changes. We are so glad they did! Ed and I agree that their wedding day was even more special due to the circumstances. They will definitely never forget it!
We recently shot the sweetest, most emotional intimate wedding in Oxford. Hanna and Trae decided that they didn't want a big wedding. They considered a courthouse elopement, then a friend offered to let them use his land for their short ceremony. They knew right away that it was the perfect decision for them, and it was a gorgeous place for their ceremony and portraits!
We love an intimate backyard wedding so much! As a photographer, it's always so inspiring to shoot in a location we've never been. For the bride and groom, it adds so much personal detail to their wedding day. They can honestly say no one else has ever gotten married in that place before! I love that. They are also more comfortable in their own surroundings, and it lends a relaxed, stress-free feeling to the whole day. That's exactly the kind of wedding day Catherine and Tyler planned.
There is only one word that jumps to mind when I look back on Ashley and David's Loflin Yard wedding day... FUN. Yes, I know "fun" is such a simple, three-letter word. It's not complicated, extravagant, or pretentious. It's exactly what it says it is, and so are Ashley and David. Their day was fun because they decided it would be stress-free and about them. And as you look at their laughing faces in almost every photo, you will be able to see that they are simply fun people. Their day was fun because they are fun.
Kaitlin and Eric are the kind of couple that is a dream to photograph. They can do everything. They are everything. Romantic. Funny. Sweet. Tender. Fun. Laughing. Crying. And they look great doing it! As you scroll down, you'll see exactly what I mean.
There wasn't one single tear all day long. This joyful downtown Memphis Cadre wedding was reserved only for laughs, grins, and merriment. Sam and JT giggled and teased during their First Look on the Peabody rooftop, where each of them turned in a full circle for the other to see. Their bridal party was overflowing with loyal friends who made sure there was always an inside joke handy. Later, as Sam made her way down the isle toward JT, excited at the sight of his bride, gave her a playful cat-call whistle. Comfortable in each other, in their relationship, and now their new marriage, these two wanted only to celebrate!
Anne-Sophie is just as her name sounds - smart, beautiful, sophisticated, stylish, and French. At least, she comes from a French family. One of the joys of first meeting her and her mother was her mom's accent. I could have listened to her all day! Since Anne-Sophie was very busy with med school during most of her engagement, her mom was very involved in the wedding planning. Ed and I got to know her right alongside Anne-Sophie and Dalton, and we are so glad! Like Anne-Sophie, her mom is such a sweet, generous person. We loved getting to know both families during this gorgeous formal Cadre wedding!
Catherine had seen my Instagram feed, so she already knew I was a sucker for succulents. She may have had an advantage before we even first spoke, though it was an unnecessary one. Catherine did not have to charm me by mentioning her mutual love of succulents. I fell in love with her right away for so many reasons, among them her honest love of marriage and commitment, her penchant for organization, her dazzling smile, and the obvious affection she felt for her fiancé. Although, a mutual love of succulents sure didn't hurt!