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.
Sam and JT have such a fun love story. As every good love story should be, it perfectly embodies their relationship. Theirs is one composed of lots of laughs. Like, lots. These two just can't help but to have fun around each other. Sam told me that their favorite thing to do together... is nothing. Because even when they are doing nothing, they enjoy each other's company. They have an uncanny knack for turning nothing into something fun! As you will soon see, this includes their urban Memphis engagement session. I don't think we've ever had a session filled with so much joy and mirth!
We met Ashley and David over drinks, not too long ago. As one drink turned into two, then dinner, Ed and I knew we could talk with them all night long! We couldn't wait to see them again for their downtown Memphis engagement session. We knew it would be full of fun and laughs, and we were not disappointed! I have never made a secret of my favoritism for laughing photos. Ashley and David filled and surpassed my quota! And for every one of these joy-filled photos, Ed and I laughed twice as much.
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.
You'd think a relationship between a doctor and a lawyer would bring a lot of stress, formality, or meticulousness into life, or maybe even all three! But Claire and Andrew are the exact opposite. Though she is a doctor and he is a lawyer, they are more casual than reserved, relaxed instead of stiff, and easygoing rather than demanding. They are professional when they need to be, but they also know when to leave the stress behind and have a great time! Their University Club wedding brought out the best in them both, and they smiled and laughed their way through a beautiful, perfect day that mirrored their relationship.
Hannah wanted an English garden feel to her wedding, and I can say with complete confidence that she got it! Her and AJ's Dixon Gardens wedding was filled to the brim with flowers, sunshine, plants, and a classic, sophisticated vibe... just like an English garden! They could not have chosen a better date or location for their gorgeous day. Sit back and relax, ya'll, cuz this is gonna be a long one!
Anne-Sophie and Dalton have been in a long-distance relationship for most of the time they've been together. They are also both medical students, so free time is rare and precious. These two know bestt how to make the most of every minute that they are in the same city. They squeeze in visits when they can, and they make every second count, even if it's just sitting on the couch binge watching the latest Netflix show. We were so happy that we could find a time to get them together in Memphis for their engagement session, and we loved watching them soak up every minute together!
Ed and I are always so uplifted when we shoot weddings that are simply classic and clearly all about the marriage. This beautiful silvery blue winter wedding at the Cadre was definitely one of those! Alicia and Charles are so in love. They are a gentle, quiet couple, and to watch them together is to know that they will be making each other happy for a very long time. From their sweet First Look to the way they sought out each other for a quiet moment during their festive reception, it was obvious that they are right at home in this new family that they have built together.