When I first spoke with Myesha on the phone, she asked me if I had ever seen Sex and the City. Right then I knew that we could be bffs! As we talked about our love of Carrie Bradshaw, New York city, and Mr. Big, we fell into an easy rhythm that usually comes with years of friendship. And yet I had never met her! I’m always blown away by how lucky we are to meet so many amazing people while doing what we do. Especially when there’s a pair of Manolos involved!
He bounced on the balls of his feet while he waited to see her. His eyes sparkled with excitement and, already knowing the answer, I asked if he was ready for his wedding day. “SO ready!” he replied with a huge grin. We could feel the anticipation pouring off him in waves. He didn’t have any of the usual groom nerves, and cold feet were certainly not in the equation. This man was simply ready to be married to the love of his life! George loves Taylor with a fierceness we rarely see. It was obvious to everyone who shared the day with them that Taylor makes George insanely happy, and she would do anything to make him happy.
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!
On most days, when Amy walks into a room, there’s a noticeable shift in the brightness. Her smile lights up the darkest places, and people naturally gravitate toward her. She is a stunning beauty, but she doesn’t know it, and that’s the best kind. But more than that, Amy is nothing but heart.
By the time their wedding day came, Temi and Michael had really already been married for nearly two months. They had a traditional Nigerian wedding… in Nigeria. So they may have been legally married, but Temi had to return to her home in the states, and Michael remained behind to tie up loose ends in Nigeria. So, while they were technically married, they still didn’t have much time together, nor were they even in the same time zone!
Kevin loves Kellie. A lot. You can tell by the way he looks at her, by the gentle way he holds her, by the way his face lights up when he’s near her. But even if it wasn’t such an obvious kind of love, you would still know how much he loves her. You would know, because he moved halfway across the world to be with her.
Morgan and Antrell were married on one of the loveliest autumn days! It was one of those days that were a refreshing change to the summer’s previous hot weather. They exchanged vows on the banks of the Mississippi River, overlooking the water, with their closest friends and families in attendance. The ceremony was a perfect reflection of their love – full of laughter and tears of joy!
Katie and Steven know what’s important, and the rest they don’t worry about. They know they love each other above all else. They know who their closest friends are, and who they want to surround them in their lives. And they know the support of true family, whether by blood or by deed.
Their wedding day was a true reflection of this philosophy. They had spent their time planning. They put the most effort into the things that mattered most. The only thing that really mattered at the end of the day was that they were married. And maybe it was because of this attitude that the day ran so smoothly. Not one thing was overlooked. Even with a quick trip to fetch the lanterns that they had forgotten to bring to the venue, everything stayed right on schedule, with time to spare. It was a low-key, easy, beautiful day. Just like they wanted. Just like them. And at the end of it, they were married.
Katie and Steven had their outdoor ceremony and reception at the Memphis Lichterman Nature Center, and it was the perfect wedding location for this beautiful, sunny fall day.
The leaves on the trees were the perfect shades of red and yellow. My favorite for photos!
I love that both Katie and Steven have red hair! Valarie Powell did an awesome job making Katie into the perfect bride.
I adored Steven’s tie!
Katie and Steven chose to see each other before the ceremony, and their First Look was filled with tender moments and excited laughter. Ed’s shot below is my favorite:
Because they saw each other before the ceremony, we had plenty of time (and light!) to roam the beautiful trails and gardens for creative wedding portraits.
Katie, you are beyond stunning.
Katie’s maid of honor came from Japan for the wedding, and she brought Katie this special Buddha for good luck. The locket is a special family heirloom.
One of my favorites! The branches above this spot on the trail made the perfect arbor, and the sun lit Katie and Steven beautifully.
Nothing better than a leisurely stroll on your wedding day when you have a beautiful location on a perfect day!
The wedding party was amazing, and one of the most helpful group I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with! Katie and Steven know how to choose their friends.
Katie was escorted down the isle by her two uncles.
Right after the ceremony, we rushed to the beautiful red bridge over the pond for a few shots of Katie’s and Steven’s first married moments during sunset.
The reception was decorated beautifully in their easy-going, naturalistic styles.
I’ll end with this shot of their First Dance. A perfect way to start a new life!
Katie and Steven, thank you. Thank you for being so awesome. For being you. We are honored to have shared in your magical day, and we know that there are not two people more suited for each other than you! I can’t wait to hear all about the cruise to Mexico!
To see more photos from Katie’s and Steven’s beautiful fall wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow. Here’s to red heads. And knowing what’s important. And the perfect autumn day. Cheers!
It was the first cooler day after a scorching summer. Not exactly a cold spell, but pretty comfortable compared to usual temperatures in the South. The light was low and beautiful, and it was a perfect day for a wedding!
Megan was as cool and collected as they come while she was preparing for the day. And she never stopped smiling. She smiled knowing her husband-to-be was just down the hall, getting dressed and ready to see her. She giggled at private jokes that she shared with her closest friends. She smiled as she walked down the isle toward her groom, and she positively grinned as she walked back down with her husband. Afterwards, she beamed at her new husband as they entered their reception, hand in hand in marriage for the first time.
Megan’s smiles are infectious. So Steven smiled right along with her. All day long. She smiled because Steven makes her happy. And that makes him happy.
What better way to start a wedding day than with an amazing pair of blue heels!?
I nearly jumped for glee when I saw that Megan had chosen lots of lace for her wedding ensemble. Classic and beautiful!
The day’s festivities began at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where her mom, sister, and friends helped Megan prepare for the day.
Megan and Steven chose to see each other before the ceremony, and he simply lit up when he laid eyes on Megan! Steven, usually so cool and collected, couldn’t help grinning when he saw her.
After sharing their tender moment together, we went right into some portraits. Special thanks to my daughter Morgan for being a fantastic reflector holder.
While I was shooting from another angle, Ed grabbed these shots, and I adore them!
Megan, you make a stunning bride!
Of course we had to get details of that lace back. Gorgeous!
I love Steven’s nonchalant-ness. Ed’s photo on the right.
Dude, you clean up gooood!
I always love pretty arches. Especially with a pretty couple!
Ed’s shot, and I’m jealous.
Megan had the best group of girls to stand by her all day! The blue is for the Memphis Tigers, of course. Steven is a huge fan.
These are seven dapper men, ya’ll.
There’s just something that I LOVE about this photo Ed caught of the girls hanging out while the guys were having their turn with photos. It’s just fun.
I’m always partial to Catholic weddings!
I love it when we’re able to capture two different angles during a ceremony! Ed was stationed in the balcony while I was a bit closer.
The ceremony was beautiful and traditional…
Megan and Steven held their reception on the campus of the University of Memphis. Where else for all that blue?
The First Dance…
Eat, drink, and be married!
Ed’s view of the grand exit.
Megan and Steven, thank you so much for giving us the honor of capturing your love. You are a beautiful couple, with a beautiful ceremony, on a beautiful day! Your friends and family were the best and made our job so easy. Welcome to married life!
CLICK HERE to see more photos from Megan’s and Steven’s gorgeous wedding.
Here’s to tons of smiles. And pure happiness. And Tigers blue. Cheers!