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!

I say it all the time, because it's so true: our favorite thing about our job is that we have new friends when the wedding is over. But with Kristi and Matt, we ended up with new friends before the wedding! We got along so well with them right away. And when they pulled out three bottles of flavored tequila after their engagement session and invited us to stay for cocktails, we sealed our friendship right then and there! Since that day, we have shared more cocktails, and even more laughs. We looked forward to their wedding not only as photographers, but as friends! We're so thrilled to be sharing this one today!

Oh friends, we have such a treat for you today! I'll go ahead and warn you ahead of time... this is a very lengthy post! I had so much trouble narrowing down my favorite photos. I love them all, and they all tell a part of the story of this incredible day. Now comes the hard part - trying to figure out what to say about this amazing, classic Memphis Hunt and Polo Club wedding. While I love words, and I love to talk, trying to find the right words for all the awesomeness that happened on this day is going to be a challenge. But I'll give it my best shot...

I knew I loved Tiffany right away when she was not afraid to hug me when we met. I'm a hugger, so for me, that was a great sign! But what I didn't know at the time was how much I would fall in love with both her and Cody's whole families. Ed and I are big on family (four kids. duh.), so when we saw how close these two are with their families, that sealed the deal. By the end of the day, we considered ourselves honorary family members, and you can never have too much family!

There are some couples that, every once in awhile, come along and make us realize how lucky we are to know them. That make us better. That care more about others than anything else. That, even on their own wedding day, on a day that's supposed to be all about them, somehow make it about everyone else. Michelle and Joe are that kind of couple.

Karen and Derek knew they were destined for each other when their first date lasted 9 hours. They started off as so many get-to-know-you encounters do: at a local Starbucks. The conversation was going so well that they decided to upgrade their location to a nearby vineyard. They enjoyed wine, tours, and enough personal anecdotes that at the end of the day, they had spent close to 9 hours together.

I firmly believe that the couples that Ed and I get along with best are those that have similar values as our own. I think that's true for a lot of relationships, actually. We easily build a rapport and intuitively know what is most important to them. This makes photographing their story and their important moments so much easier! Ed and I have been married long enough that we can tell you in an instant what is most important to us: family, friends, and living a good life to the fullest. We love to celebrate anything (we don't need much of an excuse for a party!), and as long as our loved ones are near, we're good.

We have a large family. And I don't just mean us. Yes, two parents and four children is not exactly small, but when you count in grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nephews, it gets even bigger. The best bonus of a big family? Instant party! Jessie's 15th birthday snuck up on us over the weekend, so we were especially thankful to all our family who came and made it so special for her!

It's always a challenge to get all my kids together for a photo. They're almost never all home at the same time, and if they are, there's always so much going on that taking a group photo is just not on the todo list. So you'd think with us all being on vacation, getting a family portrait would be a little easier. Well, it is... but only a little.

It's been a long time since we had a real family vacation. Ed and I travel a lot, and I am grateful for that, but most of that traveling is work-related and without our kids. We were a bit naive last year and thought our trip to Ft. Walton for dance nationals would count as our family vacation. We ended up spending so much time at the Convention Center for competition (plus it rained the whole week), that we didn't get much time for relaxation. So this year, we decided to do things differently.