Lesley & Sean

Leslie and Sean had a wonderful wedding in Auburn at the end of August. Some of my favorite moments – the fist bump with her dad before the ceremony, the flower girl walking backwards down the aisle as she watched the petals fall, the blanket Leslie made for Sean as his wedding present (Arianna made one for me when we were married and I’ve loved it ever since. . .although mine doesn’t have Saw’s BBQ on it!), and our ride around the golf course to take pictures before the reception.

Thanks Kevin for coming to shoot with me, and thank you Lesley and Sean – you guys are wonderful and it was an honor to be a part of your wedding!

Brooklyn & Chris

Last Saturday was one of those days that came together without a hitch – perfect light, a gorgeous venue, impeccable planning, and a bride and groom who trusted us completely. We shot Brooklyn’s sister’s wedding abotu 2 yearas ago, so when we got to the Lake House to take getting ready pictures, we had fun finding our pictures all over the place. . . This wedding was at The Stable’s at Russell Crossroads and we were a little giddy with all the places to take another shot – at one point, Chris said – “you’re addicted to awesome pictures, aren’t you?” – You could say that :).

the Sonnet House

There are a few wedding venues in Alabama where we return again and again, always excited about the possibility of the land and the light. . .the Sonnet House is one of those places. We’ve taken some of our favorite pictures we’ll every take there – and Jared, Corey, and Candace are always fantastic about, well, everything.

Dads and their daughters. . .

The brides’ dads almost always look a slight bit lost in the finery and and chaos of a wedding day – I love the sweet glances before walking down the aisle – the look of pride mixed with slight disbelief that this beautiful woman is their little girl – or the determined look away and the pursed lips holding tears at bay. David and I talk often, too, about the comfort, familiarity, and relaxation that we see with the daddy daughter dances in contrast to the newness and excitement of the first dance as husband and wife. The tight grasp of the hand, beaming smiles, and emotion are so palpable and on display in a rare moment of public thanks to a man that has shaped so much of this woman’s life.

Finally, though, they always make me think of my dad – he’s the strong, silent type – always present, always ready to step in with strength and assuredness and a sixth sense about when we need a tight hug, a reassuring word, a corny joke, or just something to be fixed. My sisters and I all joke that we married different versions of my father, seeking out the characteristics that nurtured us and we know bring out our strengths and cradle our weaknesses. The last few pictures are my sisters with my dad – with laughter, passion, and arms wrapped in prayer. A few glimpses, as he showed us daily, that he loves us a “hoho bunch”.

Happy Father’s day to all of our brides fathers and the men who have stepped into their lives either from birth or through twists in life along the way. Hope you enjoyed just a few of our random moments captured in pictures

-ari (and david)

ps – i had a LOT of trouble narrowing this down! i’m so sorry if i missed people. . . i had literally 10s of thousands of pictures to go through!!

Wren & Ethan

Wren and Ethan had a stunning wedding at the Mitchell Plantation in Bell Mina, Alabama last weekend. . .Wren had planned out her details impeccably – and walking into the soft peaches and corals of the day was seeing her Pinterest board brought to life. Their ceremony involved many of Wren’s mentor’s and friends and we loved documenting the connection and compassion they had with their guests. (The perfect light, fields with huge trees, and sunset surrounding the plantation were pretty fantastic too 🙂 )