The best weddings, to us, are the ones that celebrate family. A brand new family forms the minute a bride and groom say "I do." Two already existing families are joined into one. One family gets a new daughter. The other, a new son. Together, these families spend a whole day rejoicing over love and togetherness. Elizabeth's and Sam's day was all about family. Their siblings stood beside them in the wedding party. Elizabeth's mom was by her side the entire day, sneaking in hugs wherever she could. She shared a special heart-wrenching First Look with her dad. Sam's dad helped him dress in the morning. Elizabeth's grandmother ministered their communion during the ceremony. They were both surrounded by the ones they love the most all day long, and that is what truly made this day so special.

She raised her glass high, a sentimental smile on her lips and her eyes glistening with pride as she looked at her sister. For the entire day, she had been almost as happy as the bride, if such a thing were possible. Now, with only a few hours left, she began to tell the crowd in a loud, confident voice that her sister had been waiting a long time for this day. She had waited for true love, for someone who would respect her, honor her, support her, and be her equal in her life. She had waited for the right man. She had waited for this man. And today, they were celebrating at her sister's wedding for all the right reasons. They were celebrating marriage.

We have such a special love story to share with you today! One of our favorite things to shoot is a courthouse wedding. Elopements are all about marriage! It's a way for two people to say they want to be together forever, but they don't need a big event to celebrate their love. When they ask us to be there with them, it's the highest honor! Having us there means that these memories are priceless to them, and they want each moment documented in the most beautiful way possible. We think courthouse weddings are so romantic, and Celia and Jeff's wedding day was no exception!

We are so excited to share this gorgeous Memphis Columns wedding with you today! This was the last of our 2017 weddings, and it was one for the books! If I could clone this wedding and shoot it over and over, I would in a heartbeat. Everything about it was perfect. There were happy tears, lots of hugs, and TONS of laughing (and the sweetest daddy daughter First Look)! Every detail was beautiful. Best of all, Morgan and Jeremy have hearts of gold, and we are so proud to call them friends. This wedding was definitely the grand finale of our year!

With our new website makeover, I'm a little behind on blogging. I'm starting to catch up, and today's post is a great way to dress up the new blog! This Davies Plantation wedding was back in the Fall, when it was still hot outside. It's so hard to remember the heat when there is snow outside right now. I feel like I'll never be warm again! But Caitie and Robert were amazing and completed rocked their portraits, despite the temperatures. We're so excited to share these with you!

Of all the different kinds of weddings we shoot, the ones at private residences are always a favorite! It's one sure way to have a wedding like no one else's. Marisa and Paul are a couple like no one else, and they would have had a unique wedding no matter where it took place, but their venue choice only added to their originality! They celebrated their love at Paul's grandfather's gorgeous farm in Mississippi. It was the perfect place for their union, and offered them the opportunity to really showcase who they are as a couple. We absolutely love them both, and unsurprisingly, we loved every detail of their wedding. We are so thrilled to share it with you today!

We love when a wedding day is all about the marriage. Not the flowers, the food, or the big party at the end. But the opening page of a love story, one that will last a lifetime. This wedding was one of those. When Erica turned a tearful face to Travis and promised to be as patient, kind, and loving as he has been to her, we knew she meant every word. And when he vowed to keep her safe, to support her, and to always love her, there was no doubt that he spoke the truth. This day was only a formality, because they had already devoted their hearts to each other long ago. They understood that the party at the end was really only the beginning, and that made it so much more than a celebration!

Courtney and Josh never had any real wedding photos. They tied the knot officially with a romantic elopement. When they returned home, they had a celebration to share their new marriage with friends and family. So when Courtney came to me about doing some portraits of the two of them, we were more than honored! The first time I talked to her, she told me that she wanted some beautiful wedding photos that she would be proud to hang on her walls. She joked that the "third time's a charm," and we hope she's right!

There's always a point in the wedding day when I know for sure that a couple is meant to be together. It may be something special the officiant says during the ceremony, a telling story during toasts, or even a quiet giggle or look that the couple shares when they think they're alone. Laura and Chad's day was full of little moments like these, but the one that really stuck with me happened when Laura was opening her gift from Chad. She pulled out a gorgeous necklace that he had chosen for her, and with glistening eyes, said, "he knows my style even better than I do!" It was a little thing, perhaps, but that simple gift said, without words, how much he knows and understands her.