16 Nov lori + eric: joined. a downtown memphis wedding.
Together, they have evolved into people that perfectly complement the other. Lori brings beauty and spice to Eric’s life, and he adds tenderness, compassion, and selflessness to hers. Their wedding was nothing but a true expression of who they are. Balking tradition and incorporating the things – and people – that matter most to them, their day was a celebration of love, individuality, and family.
Lori and Eric were married on a chilly evening in downtown Memphis, but despite a little rain, they were in high spirits. Laughter reigned the day. Even their ceremony was filled with laughter that only celebrated who they are. At the end of the night, in a Tunisian-inspired room filled with candlelit lanterns, the laughter wrapped around them and carried them long into the night, and onto the beginning of their life together.
Lori and Eric began the day at the Westin on Beale. The blue piano was perfect for their jewel-tone wedding!
I have known Lori for many years now, so it was a joy to photograph her wedding. She made an even more beautiful bride than I thought she would!
Lori and Eric chose to see each other before the ceremony. While Lori was finishing up final preparations, Eric was downstairs, eagerly waiting to see his bride.
His reaction clearly shows his excitement!
Eric did something that I’ve never had a groom do before: after ooohing and aaahing over his bride, the first thing he asked for was a photo. Eric, you are a man after my own heart!
We started with a few portraits in the lobby.
They are so happy!
It drizzled rain for most of the day. But during our portrait session, the rain quit for about 15 minutes, so we ran outside to take advantage of the brief dry spell. Ed’s photo on left.
Ed captured this tender moment…
Lori laughed all day long, as she has the prettiest smile!
Lori. Stop. You’re killing me.
Then it started raining. Again. So back inside the lobby for a few more portraits. Lori made the brooch bouquet herself. Each of her bridesmaids gave her a special pin to add to the (heavy!) bouquet.
I’m always a sucker for a glossy piano.
Next, we traveled a few blocks to the historic church for their ceremony. Eric couldn’t take his eyes off his bride after she made her way down the isle.
The ceremony was full of tender moments, personal words, and lots of laughter!
The reception was held at the Calliope Room downtown, and it was decorated perfectly with Lori’s affinity for color and Tunisian flair!
The First Dance…
The toasts were a perfect combination of touching and hilarious.
Ed captured this photo that I think describes the night perfectly.
Lori and Eric, we can’t thank you enough for allowing us to capture your love! The entire day was filled with joy, laughter, and every bit of it was you. We are truly honored to have been a part of it. I can’t wait to hear all about Fiji!!
CLICK HERE to see more photos from Lori’s and Eric’s wedding. Here’s to bringing sunshine to a rainy day. And Tunisian lanterns. And laughter. Cheers!