Cocktail hour is a very important part of every wedding. And believe it or not, the reason has very little to do with cocktails! Whether you're serving signature concoctions or non-alcoholic Southern staples like sweet tea or lemonade, the drinks are only there to disguise the real purpose of cocktail hour!
Every year, Ed and I try to go to at least one photography conference or workshop. We always want to keep growing, and we know that there is always something we can improve. We've been doing this long enough that we know we have the technical knowledge to make a well-exposed, nicely composed photograph. But that's not enough for us. We always strive for creative, beautiful, fine art photography. If nothing else, these learning experiences are great for creative inspiration!
Elle and Vince met in college, and because of this, they will never tire of intelligent conversation! They both studied Classics. Vince now teaches Latin to high school kids in Mississippi, and ponders classic Greek architecture (especially columns). Elle loves Greek, her many animals, and being a student. So much so that she plans to sit in on a class or two after graduation. They both love books and knowledge, and I love them for that!
One of my favorite things on a wedding day is when the bride and groom exchange notes before they see each other. It is the perfect way to say everything you know you will forget to say, the perfect way to keep the importance of the day at the forefront of your mind, the perfect way to build anticipation for that moment when you finally see each other.
Molly and Spencer were meant to be... but it took awhile for them to realize it. They had known each other for years. In fact, if you ask them, they can't remember a time when they didn't know each other. They had friends that knew each other and they would often bump into each other, but it took years for them to look at each other as something other than friends. When they did finally arrange a date, Spencer had to cancel due to a torn achilles tendon. Molly thought he was making it up to get out of the date, until he showed up at the next one with crutches. Sometimes the best relationships start off slow.
Michelle and Joe met at an event that she was coordinating. A friend introduced them, and they talked for only a minute before she had to run off and prevent some disaster or other from happening. But a minute was all it took. Joe couldn't get her out of his mind, and she didn't forget him either. Later, when he called her up for a date, she readily agreed. He took her to a local restaurant, Hog & Hominy, and there began their mutual love of good food... and each other.
When Lori and Kenny met for the first time, they were both at the same birthday party, but with other dates. They introduced themselves and chatted for a bit, then went their separate ways. But later, Kenny didn't forget Lori. The next time he needed a date, she immediately popped into his head. He messaged her on Facebook, and they began chatting. Lucky for Kenny, Lori didn't forget him either. It wasn't long before they were each other's permanent dates.
When Brenda and I were chatting about and planning her engagement session, she knew that she wanted to include her puppy, Nica. Photographing pets is always a challenge, but we love incorporating these lovable family members when we can! Nica was a bit shy, but perfectly behaved. I've learned that the best way to take photos of pets is to be fast! Nica would only look at us for a second at a time, so it was imperative that we were ready when she did.
It was right about this time of year last year when we took Kristin and Ken's engagement photos. Christmas is their absolute favorite time of year. They had just purchased a new house, and they had it decorated to the nines for Christmas. They braved the cold and lingering ice for some of my favorite winter photos ever!