Ashley & Jason


I received an email from Ashley about this time last year saying they asked a venue who was the best photographer in Alabama. . .and they said Unplugged Photography. No pressure, huh? But one of the reasons I think the last few years have been so great is that people hire us with really high expectations and consequently give us the freedom to take amazing pictures. Case in point, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a huge place, but we all walked to the bamboo forest, and the resulting pictures were awesome! Or the sunset pics. . .we were driving to the reception and saw a cool sky, so Ashley and Jason ran across the street with us to take a few pictures at railroad park.

It’s funny how one detail can bring an entire wedding together. . .and the detail for Ashley and Jason was something I’ve never run across at a wedding before = beards! The long jackets that the guys wore, the ascots. . .they looked so vintage and awesome. Also, I loved the bridesmaids dresses – the detail on the bottom is great!

They released butterflies during the ceremony to honor Jason’s father who passed away last year. . .the picture of the lone butterfly in the sky is one of my favorite pictures ever in terms of simplicity and symbolism.

Ashley’s mom grew up planning weddings, and it was really cool to see how all the details of the day fit together. The ceremony was at the Botanical Gardens, reception at B&A Warehouse, Mandy Majerik did the flowers, Mallory Wilkins did the planning/design, the night pictures are at the Tutwiler, and Jason’s friends played music for the ceremony and reception (holy moly, they were talented!).

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Ginelle & Brandon

Timing. . .I would definitely attribute it to God, because things work out so frequently for me at the exact right time. Ginelle mentioned to me that she wanted to do her bridal pictures somewhere near Birmingham with a view of the mountains. . .there are a couple of spots, but it’s not like we live on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I heard about a new venue a few days beforehand. . .I hadn’t even seen pictures of it, but I drove down and it definitely had a sweet view. We took bridal pictures there, had the greatest sunset ever, and Ginelle changed her venue to have the wedding at Autumn Ridge. . .and the wedding was fantastic as well!

Things that I loved – Ginelle’s dress – wow. Brandon getting emotional – I love it when big, tough military guys cry, definitely a sign of a good heart. Wedding venues with a great sunset view – Autumn Ridge is great for that. The lanterns – really tricky to take pictures of, but they were so cool! The barbie-doll game – Ginelle had a barbie, Brandon had a Ken doll, and they when asked question they would raise their doll to answer. Very cute idea.

People I worked with for this one – Autumn Ridge, Carlos at Total Entertainment, Carol at Lillie’s Flowers , Coats Cars , becky at beckysbrides

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Angela & Lee

Angela & Lee’s wedding is one of a string of friends in Leeds that I’ve photographed over the past few years – it started with Matthew & Danielle, then Jordan & Jarrett, and now Angela & Lee. Working with people you know is always fun, it turns the wedding into a time of catching up with old friends.

A couple of things I loved about this wedding – Angela’s hair – I’m a big fan of sweepy bangs (no idea what the technical term is) – it looked awesome. The Sonnet House – always a great place to shoot with the great prep rooms, tons of green space, and the huge oak tree. The Vintage Rolls Royce from was a surprise from Angela’s dad, and it was awesome. . .and what a cool driver. How cute that the flower girls were allowed to go barefoot! Angela’s brother performed the ceremony, and it was amazing. . .it’s always special to have family involved. Carlos from Total Entertainment did the lighting, snow (in August!), and confetti which made for a great exit picture.

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