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’ve known Caitlin for years. When our girls were small children, Caitlin and her family lived down the street from us, and she spent a lot of time at our house. Now she’s all grown up and getting married (that makes me feel so old)! We were absolutely thrilled that she called us after she was engaged, although we wouldn’t have given her much of a choice, haha! We had to reschedule this engagement session due to a typical Memphis popup storm, but I’m so glad we did! The weather this day was bright and sunny, just like Caitlin’s smile!
These two are getting married on Saturday. Like, in two days. Like, in “get your act together and do the blog post already, Amy!” We are SO excited to witness the beginning of their new journey, and if it’s anything like their Memphis engagement session, we know the wedding is going to be fabulous!! In the meantime, we are so excited to share their engagement session!
“All in.” That’s what I always remember when I think about Erica. It has been over a YEAR since we first met with her and her lovely mom. That first time we spoke, sipping coffee, we all just hit it off perfectly. The more we talked about her wedding plans, the more excited we all got! At the end of the meeting, Erica turned to her mom and said, “What do you think?” Her mom gazed back at her and said, “Let’s do it! I’m all in.” And I fell in love with them both.
Well, it’s the Monday after Christmas, so that means back to work for me. But around here, that doesn’t mean that the Christmas decorations come down and the Christmas spirit grinds to a halt. We keep it going for as long as possible! We had such a wonderful holiday, with a house full of love and family. We had lots of laughs, a billion hugs, and even a few happy tears. I wouldn’t change a thing.
They went to the same college. They both spent time in South America. At the same time. They both speak Spanish fluently. They have the same music tastes and the same interests. They have so much in common, and yet they had never met.
It wasn’t until Michael was moving to the area when he finally met Deanna. Although she was a little out of his preferred age range, he made an exception, because everything else was so perfect. They had their first date at Huey’s, a Memphis icon, and he immediately dismissed the age difference. He loves that she loves what he loves. He loves that he can talk to her in Spanish. He loves that she is the only one who can consistently beat him at SongPop. She loves that he is calm and quiet, and balances her emotional upheavals. She loves that she can talk to him in Spanish. She loves his maturity, balanced by his carefree spirit and his easy smile.
They simply complement in each other. In fact, when they talk about each other, they each use the word complement when referring to the other. Without knowing.
When Michael knew that he wanted to be with Deanna forever, he planned a picnic in the park, right around her birthday. After they had wine and cheese in the warm sun, they strolled through the wooded trails. It was in a clearing where Michael took Deanne’s hand and began telling her all the things he loved about her. Not realizing what was happening, she teased him, “what, are you proposing or something?” Her smile quickly turned to tears as he dropped to his knee and asked her to be his wife. In her surprised glee, she managed to squeak out her assent.
Deanna and Michael will be tying the knot later this year, but wanted to recreate their special proposal for their engagement session. We met at Overton Park for our own version of their picnic.
Their awesome picnic basket was a gift from a family member. Ed’s photo on left.
Deanna knows how to bring out the best in Michael.
My favorite! Deanna and Michael are so natural in front of the lens.
Another favorite. Complete happiness and peace.
After the wine, we strolled through the woods to try to find the clearing where Michael proposed. We never did, but we had fun looking! This may or may not be the spot where I commented on how much I loved the trees without all their branches. Branches, people! That’s what came out of my mouth instead of leaves. It was entertainment for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.
I must confess, I never knew there were trails at Overton, but you can bet I’ll be going back! It was beautiful nature.
But Deanna and Michael sure did dress it up!
The light through the trees could not have been more beautiful. But not more beautiful than Deanna!
A heart carved on a fallen tree. How perfect is that?
Deanna and Michael, thank you for spending the afternoon with us! We need to go back and find that clearing! We loved learning your story, and definitely agree that you both complement each other perfectly. We can’t wait for the wedding!!
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Here’s to Spanish. And being the perfect complement. And overlooking age. Cheers!
She is timeless, and he loves that about her. She lives and loves passionately, she can make anything fun, and she never goes out of style. On her wedding day, Jennifer wore her grandmother’s wedding gown, and made it look like it was created just for her. Like her, the dress is classic. Beautiful. Ever fashionable.
Jennifer also loves horses. She had wanted her own horse to be included in the wedding somehow, but when plans didn’t work out, Jared knew she was disappointed. While Jared knows he has to share a bit of her attention, he knows he never has to compete for her heart. So, as a surprise, he produced and donned a rubber horse mask so that she would know her horse was there in spirit. He leaned down and whispered in her ear, this way you will have a few photos with your horse. And she loves that about him.
On a beautiful summer day, Jennifer and Jared declared their love for each other, with perfect details that represent their love. Simplicity. Natural elements. Beauty. Timelessness.
Jennifer’s and Jared’s wedding was held at Heartwood Hall, and the girls’ preparation began in the main plantation house, with a beautiful wedding gown and sparkling chandeliers. Jennifer wore her grandmother’s dress, which was created especially for her and is one of a kind.
Jennifer wore her mother’s garter, so there were three generations of weddings represented!
Jennifer, you make a stunning bride!
Meanwhile, Ed was with the guys, who were getting ready in the old plantation slave quarters (seems appropriate, doesn’t it?).
Jennifer and Jared chose to see each other before the ceremony, and Jennifer had to work hard to hold back tears.
Jared was obviously overjoyed at the sight of his bride.
We then took time for some bridal portraits around the lush Heartwood Hall grounds.
I loved the details of Jennifer’s ensemble.
A panoramic photo near the lake…
I loved the simple beauty of Jennifer’s bouquet! Kevin Griffin (the FedEx Flower Guy) did an amazing job with all the florals!
And the girl can work the camera! (Ed’s photo on the left)
Jared, you clean up pretty good too (Ed’s photo on right)!
The wedding party was awesome all day long, and the flower girl was the cutest thing ever!
Even the guys were rocking it!
Ed captured one of my favorite guy shots (left).
I was LOVING this gorgeous light!
The ceremony took place in the barn, and it was all decked out for the occasion.
Okay, when I said this flower girl was the cutest thing, I wasn’t lying. I might be a bit biased, since I have three girls of my own, but she was adorable! She passed out flowers to all the ladies sitting on the isle. How cute is that?
The ceremony was full of tender moments….
I whisked the happy couple away for 5 minutes of sunset photos before the reception.
My favorite shot from the entire day! Sigh.
So happy to finally be married!
Meanwhile, guests were enjoying cocktail hour by the pool.
the barn underwent a quick transformation to get ready for reception mode.
SO many fantastic details!
The First Dance….
the reception was full of lively entertainment all night long.
Jennifer and Jared had a great time with their families and friends, but at the end of the night, they only wanted to be together.
Jennifer and Jared, I know you had a great time in Hawaii! Jennifer, I hope you kept those daisy-clad toenails buried in the sand! I can’t wait to hear all about it! Thank you SO MUCH for allowing us the honor of capturing your wedding day. It means more to me than I can express, especially since Jared is quite the photographer himself!
CLICK HERE to see more from Jennifer’s and Jared’s beautiful summer wedding. Here’s to timelessness. And classic beauty. And thunderstorms that hold off until the reception is well underway. Cheers!