Lisa and Justin had a beautiful fall day at the Sonnet House – the home of our favorite tree in the world :). Lisa and Anita (AKBrides) had planned every detail of the day impeccably – from the personalized wine glasses, to the hand knit flowers on the cake table, to the seamless infusion of burlap, pinks, and champagnes. Carol of Lillie’s Flowers complemented everything beautifully with flowers in dusty pink and white, and old fashioned restored church pews lined the ceremony aisle. Lisa and Justin wandered around the beautiful grounds with us without any concern or complaint and Justin mastered the veil “floof”. They had moments of goofiness and abandon and Lisa’s face would light up as she glanced our way “this,” she said, “is us.” – and they trusted us completely to capture it all.
We have been back to the Sonnet House every few months for our entire time in Birmingham and I got a little nostalgic as we drove in for this wedding. . we have had amazing couples, met amazing friends, and loved making incredible images for our brides and grooms there. We are so glad Lisa and Justin gave us a chance to return again. John and Angela of MainStreet were beside us to capture the day in video; Rabbi Barry performed a beautiful ceremony; Happy Catering filled everyone’s bellies, JAMM entertainment kept the party going; and they left in Coat’s Classic Cars’ beautiful Rolls Royce for a few more pictures in front of Tutwiler before they went out with friends to continue the celebration
Shooting weddings can be stressful – trying to be several places and taking several different pictures at once, being on guard every second against missing an important moment – it’s always fun, but many days it is a ton of work. Every once in a while there comes a time where everything is easy, from the weather, to the venue, to the families, to the band playing bluegrass the entire time you’re taking pre-wedding pictures, great late-afternoon light, a field full of clover for portraits. . .Anna & Hunter’s wedding was one of those amazingly peaceful days.
Hunter and Anna had their wedding at Swann Lake stables, which is the most beautiful barn you’ll ever see, on a perfect 75 degree afternoon. It was beautiful and intimate, with mostly family, close friends, and their pastor from Hunter Street officiating the ceremony. Act of Congress played the music during the ceremony and reception – they are absolutely fantastic. B&A catered the party, P.E.W.S brought in the pews, Jackie Robinson from RawwBeauty did Anna’s makeup, Lynn Cummings second-shot with me, and PastryArts created the fantastic wedding cake (I can’t imagine how tedious it was to write 1 Corinthians 13 around an entire cake!).