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Jennifer & Rhett

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It has become a tradition, driving to New Orleans to photograph beautiful weddings for this special family. Also in tradition, the wedding was at the church where Jen’s parents were married. Jen and Rhett were so kind and delightful to work with, and we had a fantastic weekend as shows in the pictures. Preparations took place at the bride’s home, wedding at Holy Name of Jesus Church, and the reception was at the New Orleans Country Club.

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Hannah and Nathan

Hannah and Nathan’s wedding was special for us on so many levels – special enough to fly half way around the world early to make sure we made it to the rehearsal. . .a wedding where our girls walked down the aisle with her and I replayed countless moments of our life in Birmingham over in our head as they walked through the day. We had been there from the beginning, from Hannah’s first days at Samford to conversations about her friend Nathan, to big changes that rocked her world and brought depth and tears and searching to our friendship, to the moment when she admitted that she thought she might be falling in love with her best friend. . . And then, while she traveled, we got to know the humble, deep thinking, laid back man that had won her heart. We watched from the other side of the world and waited, praying for their hearts and their lives and I jumped up and down when I saw the proposal. It was an honor and a privilege to document this day, and we hope you can see the laughter, comfort, and celebration that came when Hannah’s vivacity met Nathan’s steadiness in a day to promise forever. . .

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Jessica & Joel

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An amazing weekend from Michigan football to rooftop rehearsal dinner to ceremony and reception in the amazing Detroit Opera House. It is a distinct honor to have a couple fly me around the world to shoot for them – so much trust involved from their end – and for me it was so, so worth the trip! Definitely one of the kindest couples, family, and friends I have worked – it is a blessing to meet new people and instantly feel accepted and at home. Thank you also to my good friend Kevin Roberts for making the long trip up from Birmingham to shoot with me.

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Jessica & Brandon

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Back home for a fun weekend shooting with great friends – thank you Anita (AK Brides), Hannah, and Nathan. From Kenya to Seneca – definitely worth the trip. A wonderful couple – many, many laughs and a beautiful wedding.

Thank you Jessica and Brandon & congratulations!

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David and Theresa Fleming - David we LOVED these pictures. You captured so many special moments and the quality is superb. We look forward to seeing
the rest of the pictures. It was great seeing you again. Hannah was a delight to have in our home and have as the second shooter. Thank you for making this special time so wonderful for all of us. –David and Theresa

Miriam & Steve

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Our first Kenyan wedding, and a delight it was. One of my favorite aspects was simply being able to photograph freely! We see so many photogenic people and amazing faces every day at the hospital, but it is often not appropriate to take pictures. The wedding is completely different, where the expectation is for everything and everyone to be documented.

The photography approach is slightly opposite of America, where I’m used to being in the back of a church. We were working alongside a media team who had video lights set up in close proximity to the bride and groom at all times, so it was great for picture taking during the ceremony and really feeling part of the event. There is much singing and dancing, from the groom’s family arriving at the bride’s house first thing in the morning, to dancing into the wedding ceremony, to dancing into the reception. Gift-giving was a significant part of the reception, with different groups from the community offering different presents. . .the picture in the post above is miriam tossing wheat and putting a traditional Kikuyu basket on her head. There were still quite a few familiar elements like the vows, cake cutting, and bouquet toss (to All the Single Ladies). We are grateful to Miriam and Steve for having us as part of their celebration!

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