Celia and James

Celia and James had an absolutely beautiful wedding in Decatur last week. We had tons of time with them to take photos, and Celia had scouted out the best routes to walk from place to place to make sure we would pass by her favorite magnolia tree from when she was a girl and the idyllic columned houses with beautiful gardens.

I loved her dad escorting her from the hotel to the church for her first look, the bridesmaids in short black dresses they felt beautiful wearing, the stunning purple bouquet and lavender details, and the way James would kiss Celia’s forehead and she would relax into his arms.

In the service, the pastor read a message from Celia describing her relationship with James as a daily experience of grace and of her hope for that in their marriage. . .it was wonderful reminder as we walk into the busyness of wedding season. Welcome to their wedding day. . .

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Ali & Derek

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Ali & Derek’s wedding was our last wedding of 2013, and it was a perfect way to end the year – the elegance of the Old Decatur Courthouse, the fun of a night stroll to the Brick Store; the simple perfection of Ali’s details of blues, oranges, and lots of candlelight; the goofiness and sincerity with which they approached the day, and the certainty we were the right people to be documenting their day.

Addie & Neil

Addie and Neil’s wedding in New Orleans was an amazing combination of thoughtfulness, memories, the culture of New Orleans, and community. We walked into the house the morning of the wedding, meeting them for the first time, and felt as if we had known them all our lives. We love how this process of taking pictures gives us the chance to capture anticipation, joy, and the subtleties of relationships, all while creating new friendships and relationships ourselves. . . Welcome to Neil and Addie’s New Orleans wedding at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park!

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!

Brendyn & Stephanie

Brendyn & Stephanie’s wedding was very special for us for several reasons. First, St. John’s Lutheran church is where Arianna grew up and where we were married a little over 11 years ago – at the same age as Brendyn and Stephanie! It was so fun to watch them standing where we stood, making similar promises and watching the tears and smiles on their faces. I hope this is a beginning of a fantastic adventure for them, just as it was for us! Second, Arianna’s dad performed the ceremony, which is always a special for us. Last, Brendyn’s family generously did the catering for Arianna’s sisters wedding 10 years ago, and we hope these pictures in some small way can serve as a thank you for that and all the other ways they supported her family and the church over the years.

Congratulations, you two – we’re so excited for you and know there is an amazing future ahead of you!