When Anahi and Eduardo told us that they were having a traditional Mexican wedding, I was excited to break out my (very) limited Spanish vocabulary. What I wasn't prepared for was the amazingness that awaited us when the day arrived! Yes, there was lots of Spanish. But there were also aerialists, carnival dancers, stilt walkers, cotton candy, a Conga line, and an Hora Loca! The ceremony had sweet traditions we'd never seen too, including a floral lasso and the giving of coins. The day's music was provided by a very talented Mariachi band that had us wanting to dance all day long! At the end of the day, I was convinced that this was the most fun wedding ever!

This special couple has a talent that we discovered on their wedding day. One that is rare and hard to find. They can wrap themselves in their own little bubble and tune out the whole world, even while the whole world is watching them. While they are in their bubble, they are the only two people who matter. The “I love you’s” and meaningful glances that passed between them meant even more, because they were the only ones in the bubble. Their whole beautiful, elegant, Persain wedding was a culmination of that bubble, only brought to life for everyone to see!

The best weddings, to us, are the ones that celebrate family. A brand new family forms the minute a bride and groom say "I do." Two already existing families are joined into one. One family gets a new daughter. The other, a new son. Together, these families spend a whole day rejoicing over love and togetherness. Elizabeth's and Sam's day was all about family. Their siblings stood beside them in the wedding party. Elizabeth's mom was by her side the entire day, sneaking in hugs wherever she could. She shared a special heart-wrenching First Look with her dad. Sam's dad helped him dress in the morning. Elizabeth's grandmother ministered their communion during the ceremony. They were both surrounded by the ones they love the most all day long, and that is what truly made this day so special.

She raised her glass high, a sentimental smile on her lips and her eyes glistening with pride as she looked at her sister. For the entire day, she had been almost as happy as the bride, if such a thing were possible. Now, with only a few hours left, she began to tell the crowd in a loud, confident voice that her sister had been waiting a long time for this day. She had waited for true love, for someone who would respect her, honor her, support her, and be her equal in her life. She had waited for the right man. She had waited for this man. And today, they were celebrating at her sister's wedding for all the right reasons. They were celebrating marriage.

We have such a special love story to share with you today! One of our favorite things to shoot is a courthouse wedding. Elopements are all about marriage! It's a way for two people to say they want to be together forever, but they don't need a big event to celebrate their love. When they ask us to be there with them, it's the highest honor! Having us there means that these memories are priceless to them, and they want each moment documented in the most beautiful way possible. We think courthouse weddings are so romantic, and Celia and Jeff's wedding day was no exception!

He stood waiting patiently in the beautiful lobby of the Cadre Building. He looked around the room wistfully, taking everything in. The decorations. The flowers. The cake. He couldn't stop smiling. "I've never been married before," he said, "but I thought I was supposed to be nervous. I'm just excited! I can't wait to see her!" He had spent the last 8 years getting ready for this moment. Learning to love her. Growing with her. Making sure everything was right before he made her his wife. Finally, that moment was now.

We are so excited to share this gorgeous Memphis Columns wedding with you today! This was the last of our 2017 weddings, and it was one for the books! If I could clone this wedding and shoot it over and over, I would in a heartbeat. Everything about it was perfect. There were happy tears, lots of hugs, and TONS of laughing (and the sweetest daddy daughter First Look)! Every detail was beautiful. Best of all, Morgan and Jeremy have hearts of gold, and we are so proud to call them friends. This wedding was definitely the grand finale of our year!

With our new website makeover, I'm a little behind on blogging. I'm starting to catch up, and today's post is a great way to dress up the new blog! This Davies Plantation wedding was back in the Fall, when it was still hot outside. It's so hard to remember the heat when there is snow outside right now. I feel like I'll never be warm again! But Caitie and Robert were amazing and completed rocked their portraits, despite the temperatures. We're so excited to share these with you!