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Classic, Neutral Cadre Wedding

He bounced on the balls of his feet while he waited to see her. His eyes sparkled with excitement and, already knowing the answer, I asked if he was ready for his wedding day. “SO ready!” he replied with a huge grin. We could feel the anticipation pouring off him in waves. He didn’t have any of the usual groom nerves, and cold feet were certainly not in the equation. This man was simply ready to be married to the love of his life! George loves Taylor with a fierceness we rarely see. It was obvious to everyone who shared the day with them that Taylor makes George insanely happy, and she would do anything to make him happy.

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kathleen + joey: joined. a memphis golf course wedding.

The day started with pouring rain. But the clouds and puddles didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit. Kathleen was a very calm bride, and she laughed all day long. She was overjoyed to marry Joey, and as long as they were married at the end of the day, then that’s all that mattered. Right before portrait photos were scheduled, the sun came out and the clouds parted. The rest of the day was clear  and gorgeous, and I’m convinced it was just for them!

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anureet + nathan: a memphis indian wedding, part 2.

He climbed onto the horse as it started to drizzle, but no amount of rain could dampen his spirits. He had just wed his bride in a traditional Sikh Indian ceremony, and now it was time to celebrate. His groomsmen followed behind during the baraat, laughing and dancing their way down the street toward the reception location and Nathan’s new family.

Nathan was carried inside upon the shoulders of his friends and family, where he changed into his tuxedo. To celebrate the union of two different cultures, Anureet and Nathan had a short exchange of vows following their Indian ceremony. Why wed only once, when two ceremonies are twice as nice? On this day, Anureet and Nathan were blessed with twice the joy, twice the beauty. Twice the love.


The exchange of vows ceremony and the reception were both held at Esplanade Memphis, and Amelia Carkuff did an amazing job with the space!


Anureet entered with both her parents, while Nathan waited patiently.

Anureet stayed in her traditional Indian lehenga for the ceremony, but she changed her hair for something a little more elaborate.

Nathan’s face showed his joy clearly.

Married (again)!

A congratulatory hug.

Since Nathan had changed out of his Indian garb, we stepped outside after the ceremony for a few more portraits.

The rain held off just long enough for us to get through photos.

Nathan, I can’t decide which outfit complements you more! You make one dapper groom.

And Anureet! Rawr.

Anureet’s henna took 8 hours to complete, but it was worth it! Gorgeous!

The entire wedding party was so supportive, and a blast to be around!

The room at the Esplanade looked amazing! Special thanks to L and J Productions for the beautiful florals, and Muddy’s for the delicious cupcakes!

The toasts provided perfect entertainment, with the right mix of laughter…

and tears.

Anureet and Nathan started the dancing with a tender First Dance.

But then she and her dad got the party started right! I keep telling Ed that if were ever to have a vow renewal, we’re having an Indian wedding. These people know how to party!

I’ll end with this photo of Anureet and Nathan celebrating their love, supported on the shoulders of their loved ones. Literally.

CLICK HERE to see more images from Anureet’s and Nathan’s multi-cultural wedding day. Also, be sure to check out Part 1 of this post.

Here’s to getting married. Twice! And being carried through celebrations, whether by horse or shoulders of family. Cheers!


in the mix: my human light stand.

My husband is amazing. And after last weekend’s wedding, I truly know how lucky I am.

Weddings never go as planned, even when planned down to the minutest of details. So we’re used to going with the flow and rolling with the punches. Such was the case at our last wedding. The wedding party was announced rather suddenly at the reception, and I hadn’t had a chance to set up my off-camera light stand. The bride and groom went immediately into their first dance, and I was heartbroken. The first dance is a big deal to me, and one of my favorite parts of a reception. But I didn’t have the extra light that I needed. The couple was exposed correctly, thanks to my on-camera flash, but the background was dark and bland.

Ed must have seen the disappointment on my face, because my photos suddenly started getting better. I look over at him, and I see that he was sacrificing his own on-camera flash to act as my second off-camera flash. He had set it up to sync with my camera, and was acting as my human light stand.

I may or may not have cried just a little.

Not only is he a fabulous husband, but he is a wonderful second shooter, coming to the aid of the main shooter when she needed it the most. You can see him holding the flash in this photo of the mother-son dance:

So that I could get beautiful photos like this:

(ISO 400, 50mm 1.2 lens, f/2.0, 1/125 sec.)

And this:

(ISO 400, 50mm 1.2 lens, f/2.0, 1/125 sec.)

Thank you, honey. Thank you for being the perfect husband and the most wonderful second shooter. And for knowing when I need you. And for always being there when I do. Cheers!