Leigh & Perry

Leigh and Perry had a beautiful wedding at the Southwood House in Tallahassee. I’m happy anywhere with Spanish Moss, a beautiful bride, and a happy groom (Perry was so excited!) – it was a wonderful day! My favorite wedding band, the Negotiators, made the trip from Birmingham to rock the reception and Sheila Melton (based in Tallahassee) coordinated the wedding and she and Leigh’s uncle put in tons of work to make sure everything was perfect despite a little rain.

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.

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.

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.


One of the blessings of my job is to connect with family and old friends. Sami’s older sister Jenine was a friend from high school – I photographed her wedding several years ago at Sullivan’s Island, and absolutely love being around their entire family – they are fantastic people and it was definitely a delight to make the trip to Florida for Marisa & Sami. I will say Sami loves Marisa sooo much. . .it was so readily evident in the way they interacted and it made for fantastic pictures.

The Moorings club was fantastic – I loved the ceremony site – open, with tons of light. Right after the ceremony they gave us a golf cart to ride around to different parts of the island – so nice to be able to create some stellar pictures!

As evidenced by the pictures, this was a REALLY fun reception. Lots of dancing, cigar rolling, and over-all, tons of fun!

My very favorite detail was the exit – Marisa & Sami left the reception by boat – what a fun idea, especially with the “just married” sign on the boat. It’s one of my all-time favorite pictures!