Happy. Happy is the word that best describes Diana Clair and Brian's amazing wedding day! When they walked down the isle of their family church in West Memphis, Arkansas as the newly minted Mr. and Mrs., a full gospel choir enthusiastically sang "Oh Happy Day." Diana Clair even had the phrase inscribed on some of her wedding details. Both of them smiled throughout the entire day, their happiness so obviously written across their faces. And it was contagious - they naturally make everyone around them happy! Most of all, it is easy to see how happy they make each other. We are so excited to share this wedding today, and all the JOY that went with it!

We have such a treat to share today! This Memphis Southern School of Optometry wedding was definitely one for the books. There was almost too much awesomeness to handle! Almost. I wish I could share absolutely every detail about this beautiful day, but I would quickly run out of space. Grab a seat, and get comfortable. This one is a long one, friends, and with good reason!

We had been looking forward to this wedding for a long time! Ever since we photographed their surprise proposal in Memphis, we were so excited for the moment when these two would officially seal the deal. We knew they both had style, but even we were unprepared for the amount of awesomeness that filled this day. We traveled to a little town in Georgia, where we were thrilled to discover one of the most beautiful wedding venues ever! Tryphena's Garden is like a little Italian villa, Georgia style, filled with gorgeous plantings, hidden paths, and formal lawns. It is the perfect place for a wedding, and a photographer's dream!

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!

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!

Oh friends, we have such a treat for you today! I'll go ahead and warn you ahead of time... this is a very lengthy post! I had so much trouble narrowing down my favorite photos. I love them all, and they all tell a part of the story of this incredible day. Now comes the hard part - trying to figure out what to say about this amazing, classic Memphis Hunt and Polo Club wedding. While I love words, and I love to talk, trying to find the right words for all the awesomeness that happened on this day is going to be a challenge. But I'll give it my best shot...

Oh, you guys! The blog looks SO pretty today! We are so excited to share this past weekend's Davies Plantation Spring outdoor wedding with you. We learned three important things at this one:

  • Friday weddings are awesome (we may be biased since we got married on a Friday ourselves!).
  • EVERY wedding reception should have an Hora Loca!
  • Weddings are twice as fun when they're in English AND Spanish.