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!
We love an intimate backyard wedding so much! As a photographer, it's always so inspiring to shoot in a location we've never been. For the bride and groom, it adds so much personal detail to their wedding day. They can honestly say no one else has ever gotten married in that place before! I love that. They are also more comfortable in their own surroundings, and it lends a relaxed, stress-free feeling to the whole day. That's exactly the kind of wedding day Catherine and Tyler planned.
There is only one word that jumps to mind when I look back on Ashley and David's Loflin Yard wedding day... FUN. Yes, I know "fun" is such a simple, three-letter word. It's not complicated, extravagant, or pretentious. It's exactly what it says it is, and so are Ashley and David. Their day was fun because they decided it would be stress-free and about them. And as you look at their laughing faces in almost every photo, you will be able to see that they are simply fun people. Their day was fun because they are fun.
The odds were against these two ever meeting. They didn't go to the same school or work at the same place. They weren't even from the same town. But chance would have it that they would meet. They would bump into each other serendipitously, and...
There wasn't one single tear all day long. This joyful downtown Memphis Cadre wedding was reserved only for laughs, grins, and merriment. Sam and JT giggled and teased during their First Look on the Peabody rooftop, where each of them turned in a full circle for the other to see. Their bridal party was overflowing with loyal friends who made sure there was always an inside joke handy. Later, as Sam made her way down the isle toward JT, excited at the sight of his bride, gave her a playful cat-call whistle. Comfortable in each other, in their relationship, and now their new marriage, these two wanted only to celebrate!
Tennison and Shea's love story is a brand of fairy tale all their own. Of all the people who could have set them up, Tennison lucked out with someone who truly had her best interest at heart: her dad. Shea is the son of her dad's co-worker, and he knew that by the way that he treated his own parents that he was a good guy. When her dad mentioned it to him, Tennison ran to Facebook to find a photo of Shea. She later reminisces, "I know it's silly, but as soon as I saw his photo, I just knew he was the one."
Anne-Sophie is just as her name sounds - smart, beautiful, sophisticated, stylish, and French. At least, she comes from a French family. One of the joys of first meeting her and her mother was her mom's accent. I could have listened to her all day! Since Anne-Sophie was very busy with med school during most of her engagement, her mom was very involved in the wedding planning. Ed and I got to know her right alongside Anne-Sophie and Dalton, and we are so glad! Like Anne-Sophie, her mom is such a sweet, generous person. We loved getting to know both families during this gorgeous formal Cadre wedding!
Common ideals, activities, and interests are important for the longevity of any relationship. Like most couples, Kaitlin and Eric like a lot of the same things. They enjoy being outdoors, and they both have a particular affinity for the beach. Sometimes describing themselves as foodies, they appreciate good meals and drinks, especially when sharing them with each other. However, they also know, and respect, that they are different. It is their variations that make them distinctive and balance their relationship!
Catherine had seen my Instagram feed, so she already knew I was a sucker for succulents. She may have had an advantage before we even first spoke, though it was an unnecessary one. Catherine did not have to charm me by mentioning her mutual love of succulents. I fell in love with her right away for so many reasons, among them her honest love of marriage and commitment, her penchant for organization, her dazzling smile, and the obvious affection she felt for her fiancé. Although, a mutual love of succulents sure didn't hurt!
Michelle and Matt are, above all, best friends. Like friends, they spend a lot of time together, doing things that friends do. They are comfortable grabbing a beer or a cocktail and watching the game. In fact, they always stock up on Memphis Grizzlies tickets so that they don't miss their favorite team play. They both enjoy being outdoors, and they are always active. Their friendship is very important to them, and they nurture it to keep it growing.
And yet, they are so much more than friends.