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.

"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!

They don't do serious. They don't do sadness or tears (except happy ones!). They don't do drama, or too much, or too little. They never stop talking. They never stop laughing. And these are only a FEW of the reasons we love Erin and Donny so much! Their officiant described them best during their wedding ceremony when he said, "Not only do Erin and Donny LOVE each other, but they sure do LIKE each other a lot! And they like doing life together." Yes. That.

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to be invited to take part in Memphis' first Big Fake Wedding event. If you're unfamiliar with this event, the Big Fake Wedding is a collaboration of so many talented wedding industry vendors who come together to create an unforgettable real vow renewal for one lucky couple. There was so much pretty I didn't know where to start! And the topper on the not-so-proverbial wedding cake? Holly and Richard, our real couple for the day, are the sweetest people ever! We could not have asked for more. They are both stunning, but more than that, they truly have serving hearts, and their love for each other and everyone else just radiates from them! It may be called the Big Fake Wedding, but it certainly was a Real one to us!

One of the first things I tell couples when we meet with them is that Ed and I are a goofy couple, and we love to laugh. So, chances are, if you are the kind of couple that would rather watch a comedy over a drama, have no problem acting silly in public, and/or are not embarrassed by big belly laughs, then we would get along great! Mary and Stuart are exactly our kind of people! We spent all day with huge, dopey grins on our faces and the laughter came so easily and never stopped. Their wedding day was a giant reflection of the kind of people they are - bright, loving, and full of joy!

It's no secret that we love elopements! They're short, sweet, and all about the marriage. It might be your first inclination to think that going through security, then waiting in line, only to sit in a quiet courtroom, might detract from the romance of a wedding day, but you'd be mistaken! All those things only add to the excitement and anticipation. A wedding at the courthouse is just like a wedding anywhere else. There's a real bride, a real groom, a real (and ultra legal!) officiant, and after the real vows, there's a real marriage. Michelle and Terrence decided to simplify their day and focus on their marriage. They had a beautiful wedding day, with all the things that they wanted, but without the things they didn't.

I think it's safe to say that until this day, we had never met a groom that was this excited to marry his bride! He beamed. He laughed. And yes, he cried. He cried big, unabashed, joyful tears that he was not ashamed to have streaming down his face. When he first turned around and got his first glimpse of her, he broke down, sobbed into her shoulder, and then looked at her and said, "you are just as beautiful as I knew you would be." She stroked his face and hugged him hard. Together, they held each other and promised to love each other forever, before the vows were even said. They set the tone for their colorful day - a day full of love, promises, faith, and beauty. Insane beauty! Wendy made the loveliest bride, and David's devotion to her was just as delightful to witness. What a way to start our 2016 wedding season!

It's a big day on the blog today! We're sharing all our favorite 2015 wedding images! Be warned, though, this is a looooong post! There are nearly 100 photos that we've chosen as best of the best. Read on to see a whole year of images all wrapped up nice and pretty!

Oh, how we love elopements! We're not exactly sure how elopements came to have the stigma that they sometimes carry. We know how they are sometimes pictured as two rebels running off together despite family disapproval. But perhaps that's what makes them exactly what we think they are.... romantic. Detra and Fred have very loving, approving friends and families. No running away together here! They simply wanted to focus on their love, without all the planning and preparation that weddings require. They wanted to be married NOW. So they did. And now that their families have been informed (and surprised!), we can finally share the photos of their beautiful day!