We have such a treat to share today! This Memphis Southern School of Optometry wedding was definitely one for the books. There was almost too much awesomeness to handle! Almost. I wish I could share absolutely every detail about this beautiful day, but I would quickly run out of space. Grab a seat, and get comfortable. This one is a long one, friends, and with good reason!
We LOVE Southern Weddings, and we have such a sweet one to share today! There's just something so special about Southern hospitality, the soothing sound of cicadas in the trees, and sweating glasses of iced tea and lemonade. Add into the mix a gorgeous fairytale bride in a lacy ballgown, stunning flowers in dripping cascades, and the most ADORABLE flower dog ever, and we are in photographer heaven!
I always tell my grooms that Ed has their backs. I'll admit it. As a girl, I sometimes tend to get carried away with the bride. I mean, 90% of the wedding day is all about the bride, right? But one of the reasons I have Ed on my team is to remind me that the groom is in fact 50% of the day. You can't have a wedding without the groom!
We all watched the sky with anticipation. The weather was predicting over 80% chance of rain, and both the ceremony and reception were planned for outdoors. Lori and Kenny had taken a leap of faith and decided against the extra tent for the ceremony site. Rain or shine, they were getting married outside! Lori had a photo of her and Kenny's grandparents, who couldn't be with them, wrapped tightly around her bouquet, and Kenny later said that it was due to them that they had such great luck with the weather.
It's been awhile since we've done this series, and I don't know why! I always love showing and talking about my favorite photos that Ed takes, so we're going to be bringing this back, hopefully regularly! *crossing fingers*
There are some couples that, every once in awhile, come along and make us realize how lucky we are to know them. That make us better. That care more about others than anything else. That, even on their own wedding day, on a day that's supposed to be all about them, somehow make it about everyone else. Michelle and Joe are that kind of couple.
We knew we loved Bethany and Zac the minute we met them! Bethany has style in abundance, and a sense of humor that keeps everyone laughing all day. Her smile lights up the room, and she is the most loyal friend. Her determination is enviable. Zac is tender and quiet where Bethany is outgoing and boisterous, in all the best ways. He is extremely heartfelt and generous, and just recently raised over $200,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. Yet Zac is fun-loving, while always taking charge when needed. Together, they make a mirthful, organized team. In short, they have everything they need, and they compliment each other perfectly!
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!