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.
I read something once that has managed to stick with me for a long time. Wedding rings are beautiful things – they are shiny and sparkle when new. Diamonds catch the light and play it across nearby surfaces. They are, I think it’s safe to say, the most coveted piece of jewelry there is. But an old, worn wedding ring is even more beautiful. Each scratch represents the time you’ve spent with your soulmate. Each ding tells a story. The more flaws the ring has, the more beautiful it is. Because it stands for something bigger than us. Kanesha and Bates know from experience just how true that is. They may be having a wedding coming up soon, but they already wear their rings, because they’re already married.
Because Atina and Drew live out of town, but were planning a Memphis wedding, I talked with her over the phone a few times before the big day. She explained that they were having an Egyptian Coptic Orthodox wedding and asked if I was familiar with the ceremony. I wasn’t, so she explained it perfectly… “Have you ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Well, it’s like that, but Egyptian instead of Greek.”
We recently got the chance to photograph our first courthouse wedding, and we can’t wait to do it again! I’ve always thought that civil ceremonies are so intimate and sweet! It’s a private affair, with only a few family members and friends. It completely removes all the stress and (most of) the planning that a formal wedding involves, and makes it all about the couple. It really concentrates on the most important part of wedding… getting married!
Amanda and Kevin have a kind of classic, timeless love. They love the way a man and a woman are meant to love, with everything they have and their whole hearts. They make each other better and are complete when they are together. They share all the important things, and they make all their decisions as one. They love not only each other, but their families, with a fierce strength. Together, they are trusting and kind, honest and genuine, happy and fun. Everything they should be. Everything they need to be.
Over the past year, Amanda and Kevin have slowly made the transition from clients to friends in our lives. On their wedding day, we got the rare pleasure of not only documenting their love, but watching two of our good friends pledge their lives to each other. Though the forecast predicted rain, the day could not have been more beautiful and sunny. It was a welcome, gracious surprise. As are they.
Amanda and Kevin chose to see each other before the ceremony, and their First Look was full of happiness!
Amanda’s dad got unexpectedly choked up when he saw her in her wedding dress. I love this moment between the two of them!
After the First Look, we traveled to an offsite location for gorgeous portraits and wedding party photos.
Love this moment when the ladies photobombed the guys’ photo!
Amanda’s mom couldn’t hold back her tears when she put the veil on right before the ceremony.
Ed caught this amazing moment between Amanda and her brother after becoming Mr. and Mrs.
We took a few minutes before the reception for more portrait photos right before sunset, and I’m so glad we did! These were my favorite from the entire day.
Amanda and Kevin, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day! Your love is truly an honor and a joy to witness. I can’t wait to hear all about Mexico! Drink a margarita for me!
Here’s to classic and timeless. And an unexpected sunny day. And clients who become friends. Cheers!
// Event Venue: Club Windward // Floral Design: A Garden Secret // Makeup Artist: Kendrick Simpson // Hairstylist: Megan Paginini // Wedding dress: All About Weddings // Wedding Cakes: Cakes by Miss Peggy //