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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!