Betsy & Mastin

Guest blogger, Ari, here again. . .hijacking the blog to talk about Betsy.

Betsy knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding – from the white ranunculus in her bouquet to the cherry blossoms on the tables to the bridesmaids in black dresses they picked out, to the chapel at Furman, to her aunt’s vintage Priscilla of Boston lace dress. Everything complemented and didn’t compete with the Marine uniform Mastin, his father, and many of his groomsmen so proudly wore.

Mastin had been deployed to Afghanistan for much of their engagement, so I hadn’t had a chance to meet him yet. She and Mastin were wonderful about giving us time to take pictures around Furman, which I loved – first because it gave us time to create something really special for them, but also because I got to see first hand just how much Mastin loved one of my best friends.

The wedding was at Furman University and the reception was at the Huguenot Mill in Greenville, SC.

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Amy & Ken

Amy and Ken’s wedding was my first wedding of the year. We had a beautiful day at Samford – Amy and Ken gave us time to wonder around in the winter light right after the wedding. I love those moments of the day when it sinks in for the couple that the wedding is over and they are married.

Amy had great details everywhere – some favorites were the white tulips for her bouquet and the Phillies groom’s cake complete with edible grass. The ceremony was at Samford, and their reception as at “the Club”. Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market did all her flowers.

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Erika & Charles Barrett

Guest blogger, Ari, here. . .getting to shoot weddings with my husband is always amazing, but it’s extremely special when I get to help him shoot for a friend.

Erika’s wedding weekend was an amazing combination of Southern hospitality, impeccable planning, and photos that come easily when a bride and groom are a perfect fit. When we were running backwards to catch the second line on Royal, he turned around and said to me “This is the most fun I have ever had taking pictures!” We cannot thank them enough for trusting us with their wedding (our first and hopefully, not last, in New Orleans) and welcoming us into their lives.

Their first look was in Pirate’s Alley. Their wedding was in St. Louis’s Cathedral, and the reception was at Latrobe’s. Kelly Sherlock was their fantastic wedding planner.

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Kristin & Eric

Bringing a photographer from Birmingham to San Francisco to photograph a wedding with 30 guests – Kristin wondered if it was crazy! But it ended up being one of my favorite weddings ever – they had the ceremony in Eric’s parents living room, his Dad grilled dinner (with Salmon he caught in Alaska), and took a trip around the city that morning to take some amazing pictures (yay for a clear day in San Francisco!!). It’s pretty amazing to receive as much trust as Kristin and Eric put in me, definitely an honor! Also, Garrett, if you’re out there reading this, thanks for your help taking pictures (he took #14 – amazing picture!!)

The wedding was in Alameda, just outside of San Francisco, and we traveled to Golden Gate park, the Palace of Fine arts, and a bayside park in Alameda to take some pictures before the wedding.

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Mary and Dustin

If you’re a twenty-something in Birmingham, you’re probably friends with Mary Ivey Edgar – she’s one of those people that everyone knows and loves. Mary and Dustin are happy, goofy, and full of love for each other and everyone around them – it was an easy wedding to photograph! Also part of the fun was seeing Mary’s brother and his wife Ashley, whose wedding I shot several years ago. It’s always an honor when families ask me to shoot another milestone!

Their wedding was at First Methodist in Birmingham and the reception at the Avon Theater. We also took a walk to a park downtown to catch some of the fall color – fall came late this year, and the leaves were still gorgeous in mid-November.

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