Candis and Keith have waited a long time for this day. And so have their boys. More than anything, this wedding day was about celebrating family, and there's nothing I love more than a family-centered wedding! Candis and Keith's children may be young, but they knew exactly how important this day was. An especially moving song during the ceremony made these two little boys melt into tears. They didn't care who saw them. Overwhelmed with emotion, they wiped at their eyes. Then they wrapped each other and their parents in a long hug, on the altar, finally a family. That is what this entire day was about!
I had been waiting to meet this girl for months! Catherine doesn't currently live in Memphis, so we had our initial meeting over the phone. Even though we couldn't see each other, we just clicked! You know how phone calls can be difficult when you can't see body language? We didn't have that problem. We bonded over succulents, love, and Southern charm, and I just couldn't wait to meet her face to face! We finally got our chance when she and Trent were in Memphis for the holidays. We scheduled their winter engagement session while they were here, and we lucked out with a sunny day!
Ed and I have been looking for an excuse to go to Old Dominick Distillery, so we were thrilled when Elizabeth and Sam wanted to do their engagement photos there! I mean, obviously, Ed and I are always on board for anywhere that may have a good cocktail hour, but I was so excited to find that their rooftop is filled with succulents!! If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I am obsessed with succulents! The whole space is such a cool venue, and we're so glad we got to share our first time there with these two lovebirds!
This chilly downtown Memphis winter engagement may have been the coldest one we did all year! Susan and Brad were are rockstars! Not only did they tolerate the cold temperatures while smiling for the camera, they did it without complaining once! We were able to get the last of the Fall leaves in a few of the photos, then finished up with the holiday lights along Main Street. Ed and I loved every minute we spent with them! These two are the sweetest people, and we already know how lucky we are to have them in our lives.
Oh, you guys! I am SO over-the-moon excited to share this session today! I can't tell you how long I've been wanting to photograph a couple in a canoe. In formal clothes. In the lake. At sunset! It takes a special, adventurous couple to give us the trust and freedom for this type of shoot, and we found it in Val and Reed! They were not afraid of getting a little wet, and just WAIT until you see them standing up in the canoe! This one was one of our favorites for so many reasons!
Emily's smile was the first thing I noticed about her. She has that kind of smile that means every inch of it, that lights up her whole face. You can't fake a smile like that! I knew as soon as I met her that Emily was a kind, genuine person, just like her smile. I also knew that Trey was lucky to have her, so he must be pretty special too. He didn't get to come to that initial meeting, so we were eager to meet him at their engagement session to see if he was as great as Emily. It turns out that he is just as warm and caring as we had suspected. These two make such a great pair!
Our 2017 wedding season has officially begun! We kicked off the year with an amazing couple. Sabrina and Gary are a classic duo, with style all in the right places (wait until you see her shoes!). My favorite thing about them is their romance. Gary can't go 5 minutes without kissing her, and Sabrina has a shy smile that she saves for only him. I think you'll notice as you scroll through these photos how easily they are themselves in front of the camera, and I love that!
After spending so much time apart, Kimel and Greg were beyond ready to get married! Greg was stationed away from home during his career with the U.S. Army for much of their relationship, so he and Kimel were not only loving long-distance, but communication was limited. Kimel had also moved far away from her Memphis home, so she was also separated from her family. To say that they were both ready for a fun, wedding reunion with all their loved ones was an understatement!
There's nothing like a classic, traditional wedding! A simple diamond solitaire, a lace gown, a sheer veil, classic black and white, and red roses speak more about a couple than it may seem at first. They say love, above all. They say simplicity is a gift. They say relationships will never go out of style. They say their lives will always have a splash of color. They say that coming together with family, friends, and loved ones is all they need.
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!