Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tom & Lucy: Married! (Ocean Springs, Mississippi Wedding Photography)

I'm finally ready to share another wedding with you, blog readers! This one's the most anticipated of all for me, because Tom and Lucy are not only a precious and beautiful couple I've had the pleasure of photographing--they are also my dear friends! It was such a joy to share this monumental day with these two lovebirds. 

The bride and some of her bridesmaids began their day at Shear Attitude Studio

It was fun to watch the progress of these elaborate hairstyles. Lucy's even required the use of a metal coat hanger! 

I made sure to get a shot of the lovely veil before she put it on. It was her "something borrowed" and belonged to her "big sister" from her sorority!

Of course, there were more gorgeous accessories for me to capture when we arrived at the Gulf Hills Hotel to finish up the preparations.

Lucy's mom, sister, and friends were so attentive. I know she felt pampered, and I loved seeing these sweet moments through my viewfinder.

Meanwhile, my husband was at Tom's house to photograph his getting-ready process, which, of course, was much simpler. He even had a few spare moments to tickle the ivories. That amazing grand piano was his wedding gift to Lucy! I'd say he's a keeper!

The anticipation mounted when we arrived at our church, which looked as beautiful as ever despite the pouring rain.

The bouquets by Lady Di's were perfect.

And check out Lucy's ring! I'm kind of in love with this shot of it on the piano.

Putting the dress on was a team effort--clearly a labor of love.

And so worth the effort!

Look at this stunning bride! She really was glowing.

We couldn't venture off the covered patio because of the rain, but I love how these portraits turned out nonetheless. 

In fact, I like it that you can't even tell it's raining in the background, because that's how it felt, too. So much sunshine in these smiles that I barely noticed the clouds!

I've got sunshine... on a cloudy day.... (Sorry. But you know you were singing it, too. ;))

Beautiful, aren't they? (Just don't mention to Tom that this is Kentucky blue. ;))

Lucy and Tom chose not to see each other before the ceremony. I'm usually a big proponent of a "first look," but I must say that sticking to tradition made for some fun suspense in these moments right before the worship service began. I felt like I was in on a juicy secret! 

And I know they were happy with their decision when this big moment came.

It was a heartfelt and Christ-centered ceremony. Rev. Scott Castleman did a fabulous job including personal anecdotes from his time with the bride and groom, illustrating how clearly their love for one another is founded in the love of Jesus for us, His church.

One thing I wish more people did at weddings? Congregational hymns! I had never taken photographs while singing before, but when I heard the organ start playing this tune, I knew I could not keep quiet.

Great things He hath done, indeed!

The rain let up just long enough for some quick group photos outside, and I could not be happier with the results. The color of the dresses against the rained-on foliage is so fantastic, and I even love the shiny wet cement. :) It's the perfect setting for this stunning wedding party!

Reception time! The ballroom at Gulf Hills was decked out and ready for a party!

The first dances were adorable.

And the food was plentiful and delicious. I had seconds. (Thanks, Broome's Catering!)

RuffWater Band provided fun, high-energy music that kept the dance floor full all evening.

There were a lot of impressive dancers showing their stuff.

But Sarah the junior bridesmaid was my favorite. :)

The cake from French Kiss Pastry was as tasty as it was pretty. I can still taste that strawberry filling.

I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all. :)

The bride and groom were swept away in a gorgeous antique convertible, the perfect getaway for this traditional southern affair. 

It was a beautiful, joyful day, and I feel honored to have been a part of it. But the wedding, I know, will pale in comparison to the marriage. These two are the real deal, and I can't wait to see how God uses their union. Congratulations, Tom & Lucy! To God be the glory!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tricia and Clayton's Classy Coastal Wedding (Fairhope, Alabama)

When I arrived to photograph Tricia and Clayton's May 17th wedding in Fairhope, one of the first things I heard was the bride asking, "Did you see this beautiful day the Lord made for us?" It made me smile, and it was so, so true. Emma's Bay House provided the charming setting for these nuptials, but it was the view of God's creation every which way that was truly magnificent. 

I was singing "This is the Day" in my head while capturing these pretty details. There was so much to rejoice and be glad in, indeed!

When I first met Tricia and her sweet mom a few months ago, they were eager to tell me about the dress, which had been worn by Tricia's mom, her aunt, and her late maternal grandmother. How amazing is that?! What a beautiful way to feel connected to their family legacy. 

Can you believe this old dress still looks so good? It can only be described as timeless.

Perhaps this family connectedness was part of the reason Tricia was so calm and collected on her wedding day. Being surrounded by her girlfriends definitely helped, too.

The traditional rose bouquets were perfect for this classy affair.

I was a little obsessed with the classic pink and blue combination the bridesmaids were sporting.

Look at the joy on this bride's face! 

Her parents were beaming, too.

Not to mention the whole family. There's not space to share all the precious family portraits, but I can't resist letting you in on this moment between Tricia and her grandfather. He was sharing memories from the first wedding day that featured this dress, and they got a little choked up in the best way possible. (Confession: me, too.) 

The groom was not thrilled about having his picture taken, but I think he forgot about the camera for a moment when he saw his beautiful bride. 

The wedding party looked so classy...

...and the outdoor ceremony overlooking Mobile Bay could not have been more picturesque.

Earlier, I had overheard one of Tricia's cousins explaining to her paternal grandmother (Nonny, I believe) that the wedding was outside, not in a church. Nonny did not miss a beat before offering a correction: this spot right here is a church. And it sure was! There may not have been a steeple or an altar, but Tricia and Clayton were united in matrimony on holy ground.

The reception celebrating their union was full of sophisticated details...

...from the place cards and centerpieces to the guest book and artwork.

Guests savored a hearty southern meal provided by Bay Gourmet Catering...

...while they took in the stunning views of the garden and the sunset.

The view from the balcony was my favorite, and I am so glad that my fabulous second-shooting husband captured the first dance from up there!

The golden hour light was fleeting, but the party was just getting going!

Check out these dance moves!

I was impressed. 

After all that aerobic workout, I'd say these folks deserved a piece of this lovely nautical cake. What a tasty way to end this sweet, sweet day.

Congratulations, Tricia and Clayton! Wishing you a long lifetime full of love.