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Classy Clark Opera Memphis Wedding

One of the very first things Akeilah said to me was, “Our friendship brings the playfulness, craziness, and the candid moments that make us love each other the way we do.” Her wedding to Antonio was centered around family, but it was this friendship and interaction between the two that made it so memorable! Their small family has grown with the introduction of their daughter and with her, their relationship has grown in love and respect for the other. These parents have waited many years to become an “official” family by tying the knot at the elegant and modern Clark Opera Memphis Center. Their wedding was as beautiful as they are, and their reactions while walking down the aisle proves it all!

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A Tryphena’s Garden Georgia Wedding

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!

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Bright and Colorful Memphis Wedding

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.

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Courthouse Wedding

melissa + josh: a memphis courthouse wedding

We recently got the chance to photograph our first courthouse wedding, and we can’t wait to do it again! I’ve always thought that civil ceremonies are so intimate and sweet! It’s a private affair, with only a few family members and friends. It completely removes all the stress and (most of) the planning that a formal wedding involves, and makes it all about the couple. It really concentrates on the most important part of wedding… getting married!

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deanna + michael: a shelby farms wedding.

I love Fall weddings! The weather is cooler, the light is lower and warmer, the colors are vibrant, and nature is splendidly beautiful that time of year! There is no better time in the South for photographers!

Deanna and Michael were married under a large tree next to a shimmering lake in early November. Their day could not have been more perfect… for them. They included a little bit of who they are in every part of their day. They chose an outdoor park ceremony at Shelby Farms because they love to be surrounded by nature. Continue Reading…

nicole + trey: joined: an opera memphis wedding.

It was no secret that we were really looking forward to Nicole and Trey’s wedding. After meeting them for the first time, we knew that we would be fast friends. The engagement session sealed the deal, and later we even helped them decide on their wedding day signature cocktails. Well, at least we helped them drink them! Nicole and Trey love strongly, laugh often, and fully participate in life. It’s clients like these that we love to work with – the ones who become lifelong friends.

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kathleen + joey: joined. a memphis golf course wedding.

The day started with pouring rain. But the clouds and puddles didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit. Kathleen was a very calm bride, and she laughed all day long. She was overjoyed to marry Joey, and as long as they were married at the end of the day, then that’s all that mattered. Right before portrait photos were scheduled, the sun came out and the clouds parted. The rest of the day was clear  and gorgeous, and I’m convinced it was just for them!

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annie + larry: joined. a heartwood hall wedding.

We all started the day unsure of how it would go. Clouds filled the morning skies, and rain was threatening, though none had fallen yet. But as the time drew nearer to to moment when Annie and Larry would devote their lives to each other, the sun had come out, and the day was beautiful. It was the first of many signs that this day was meant to be!

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ebony + travis: joined. a destin beach wedding.

Ebony and Travis are the kind of people that the world needs more of. They love with abandon and don’t care who’s watching. They fill their cups full and live life as if there’s no tomorrow.

They just make their own world, and everyone is so happy in it.

Ebony and Travis tied the knot in Destin, on sun-soaked sand with the sound of crashing waves behind them. They pledged their lives and love to each other, cried tears of joy, then ran off together down the beach in a euphoric display of happiness. Their day was a perfect reflection of who they are as a couple. Weather, circumstance, and fate all came together to obey their every whim, and no couple deserved it more.

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Ebony and Travis chose to see each other before the ceremony, and I’m so glad that they did! Not only did they have the sweetest First Look ever, but we got the chance to schedule 2 hours for portraits while roaming Destin for the perfect photographs!

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I adore the excitement on Travis’ face when he saw Ebony for the first time.

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Because they had a destination wedding, we wanted to make sure we captured some of the tropical beachiness of Destin, and that included lots of Spanish Moss! It’s always been a dream of mine to capture a bride and groom underneath a canopy dripping with the stuff. I was in heaven!

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Ebony, you are stunning. That is all.

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Travis knows how to work the camera too!

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The bridal party was so much fun, and completely dedicated to Ebony and Travis!

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Look at that pure joy that Ed captured on Ebony’s face! Sigh.

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Married!

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Because we did all of our photos before the ceremony, we had time afterwards for just a few more on the beach in amazing sunset light, right before the sun sank below the sea.

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Yes. They are this adorable ALL the time!!

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Ed took my favorite reception photos. These two are his. Grrrr. Hate it when that happens! 😉

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Ebony and Travis, thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for not being afraid to be in love. Thank you for making this day all about you, and for allowing us to be a part of it. It was truly an honor!

Here’s to kissing when everyone is watching. And not caring. And running off down the beach, in love. Cheers!

amanda + kevin: joined. a memphis wedding.

Amanda and Kevin have a kind of classic, timeless love. They love the way a man and a woman are meant to love, with everything they have and their whole hearts. They make each other better and are complete when they are together. They share all the important things, and they make all their decisions as one. They love not only each other, but their families, with a fierce strength. Together, they are trusting and kind, honest and genuine, happy and fun. Everything they should be. Everything they need to be.

Over the past year, Amanda and Kevin have slowly made the transition from clients to friends in our lives. On their wedding day, we got the rare pleasure of not only documenting their love, but watching two of our good friends pledge their lives to each other. Though the forecast predicted rain, the day could not have been more beautiful and sunny. It was a welcome, gracious surprise. As are they.

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Amanda and Kevin chose to see each other before the ceremony, and their First Look was full of happiness!

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Amanda’s dad got unexpectedly choked up when he saw her in her wedding dress. I love this moment between the two of them!

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After the First Look, we traveled to an offsite location for gorgeous portraits and wedding party photos.

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Love this moment when the ladies photobombed the guys’ photo!

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Amanda’s mom couldn’t hold back her tears when she put the veil on right before the ceremony.

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Ed caught this amazing moment between Amanda and her brother after becoming Mr. and Mrs.

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We took a few minutes before the reception for more portrait photos right before sunset, and I’m so glad we did! These were my favorite from the entire day.

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Amanda and Kevin, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day! Your love is truly an honor and a joy to witness. I can’t wait to hear all about Mexico! Drink a margarita for me!

Here’s to classic and timeless. And an unexpected sunny day. And clients who become friends. Cheers!

// Event Venue: Club Windward // Floral Design: A Garden Secret // Makeup Artist: Kendrick Simpson // Hairstylist: Megan Paginini // Wedding dress: All About Weddings // Wedding Cakes: Cakes by Miss Peggy //