The details of this wedding day, like so many things this year, evolved several times over the course of a few weeks. I have been so impressed with brides this year! They have all really shown so much resilience and flexibility. Jennifer and Melvin are no different. They just wanted to be married and join their families. Everything turned out perfectly beautiful! I know this day was exactly what they wanted, global pandemic or not.
The pandemic certainly has changed a lot of the way we live our lives these days. I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. Businesses all over the world have had to change and adapt, including ours. I may be a little biased, but I think engaged couples, along with high school Seniors, have had to endure the biggest bummers that this year has brought. They have had to plan and celebrate experiences that only come once in a lifetime, in a year of restrictions so heavy that they are sometimes hard to bear. And yet, they all continue to surprise me by not only making the best of current circumstances, but turning this year into something never to be forgotten. Not for all the bad things, but because of all the good.
We recently shot the sweetest, most emotional intimate wedding in Oxford. Hanna and Trae decided that they didn't want a big wedding. They considered a courthouse elopement, then a friend offered to let them use his land for their short ceremony. They knew right away that it was the perfect decision for them, and it was a gorgeous place for their ceremony and portraits!
Ed and I felt an immediate kinship with Heather and Brandon. They are basically a younger, cuter version of us! Heather is an ecologist, and the guys had to stop us girls from talking scienc-y things all day. On the other hand, Brandon works in the tech field, like Ed, and they could have lengthened the day with their own conversation. They have the same ideals we do and hold fast to love, marriage and family. Their courthouse wedding was simple, romantic, and the perfect representation of their relationship.
We have such a special love story to share with you today! One of our favorite things to shoot is a courthouse wedding. Elopements are all about marriage! It's a way for two people to say they want to be together forever, but they don't need a big event to celebrate their love. When they ask us to be there with them, it's the highest honor! Having us there means that these memories are priceless to them, and they want each moment documented in the most beautiful way possible. We think courthouse weddings are so romantic, and Celia and Jeff's wedding day was no exception!
Courtney and Josh never had any real wedding photos. They tied the knot officially with a romantic elopement. When they returned home, they had a celebration to share their new marriage with friends and family. So when Courtney came to me about doing some portraits of the two of them, we were more than honored! The first time I talked to her, she told me that she wanted some beautiful wedding photos that she would be proud to hang on her walls. She joked that the "third time's a charm," and we hope she's right!
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 know I don't need to say (again!) how much we love elopements! Remember this amazingly fun yellow and grew courthouse wedding? Michelle and Terrence are a great couple, and we had such a good time with them! Their courthouse ceremony was short, but oh so sweet! They were such great sports wandering around downtown Memphis with us afterward for their portraits. We got to know them better, shared quite a few laughs, and grabbed some awesome photos!
I'm going to be straight-up honest in today's post. This beautiful little civil service is one of our very favorite weddings ever, but it didn't start out that way. It was the hottest day of the year so far, over 100 degrees! The bride's hair was nearly ruined the day before. The groom really wanted a ceremony in the courthouse, but no judges were available. Instead, we would be at a law office, with no idea what the location or light would be like. My heart sank. I was beginning to wonder if we should reschedule. Things just weren't going our way. Then we arrived at the location.
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.