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First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

Monday, May 14, 2007
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Happy second anniversary, Mandy & Justin!

Mandy Wright & Justin Bailey had one of those wonderful wedding days when everything comes together perfectly; lovely weather, gorgeous venues, delicious food, fragrant flowers, live music, and a loving couple.

One of my favorite aspects of the day had to be the venues that were chosen. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery in Alabama - one of those historic, Gothic churches with characteristic stone exterior, stained glass, arched doorways, and a high, wooden-beamed ceiling. Afterward, the wedding party hopped on a trolley and traveled to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for an elegant reception. It is a modern, classy building with beautiful grounds and an outdoor ampitheater that doubles as a waterside dancefloor.

The cathedral added to the ceremony's elegance.

Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14

Mandy had 9 bridesmaids, several of which were her sorority sisters.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Dress and ring detail. I love long veils and had fun photographing Mandy's.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Right after they were declared husband and wife, Mandy & Justin walked outside and into a magnificent flood of sunlight.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
The groom's cake was a delicious chocolate mud cake with a (chocolate) golf ball on top.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
It takes a real man to carry his wife's shoes for her.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
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Maryville, TN

Sunday, May 13, 2007
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On a sunny day in May 2006, Heather Snell married Jonathan Anderson at Ridge Vallery Farms in Maryville. The weather was beautiful for their outdoor ceremony, and the colors (blue sky, green grass, pink dresses & flowers) were so vibrant and happy.

The girls wore pink and carried gorgeous bouquets with tulips, Gerber daisies, and roses. Heather did the flowers herself, and they couldn't have been more beautiful. She even incorporated peonies, my favorite flower, into her bouquet which was tied off with ribbon and a pretty pink brooch. She also had the most beautiful veil that I have seen.

After some hors'devours, cake, and dancing inside, the guests saw the couple off in a cloud of bubbles.  The sun was finally getting low enough in the sky for some nice outdoor photos so Heather and Jon circled around and came back to do a private photo session. Although it wouldn't work with weddings later in the day, doing photos after the reception worked out perfectly for their afternoon wedding. I'm so glad that we had the extra time as we were able to get some great couple photos and really take advantage of the beautiful weather and venue.

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13
Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13
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Annabella at Cedar Glen, Huntsville, AL

Sunday, May 6, 2007
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Kimberly Daniels and Wilburt Carson had an outdoor ceremony and reception last year at Annabella at Cedar Glen in Huntsville.

Kim could win an award for her wedding details. She thought of absolutely everything: the punch, the flowers, the wishbowl cards, the cake, the bridesmaid dresses, and every possible decoration. It all matched in her happy wedding colors of pink & orange.

The groom looked very handsome in a white suit and pink tie while the groomsmen wore tan suits with orange ties that matched the bridesmaid dresses. I love when couples add a little of their personalities into the wedding, and the attire was very sophisticated but fun, much like Wil & Kim.

The weather was almost perfect (just a few sprinkles near the end of the night), and Annabella has a lovely, open area for the ceremony as well as a large, shaded area for the reception. Once the sun went down, everyone moved indoors for cake and dancing.

The wedding party included 3 precious little flower girls and very cool little ringbearer. I noticed during the ceremony that he seemed to be posing for all of my photos. This little guy could be a model one day. He certainly likes the camera.

Daniels/Carson Wedding Anniversary May 6

Daniels/Carson Wedding Anniversary May 6

Daniels/Carson Wedding Anniversary May 6
Daniels/Carson Wedding Anniversary May 6



Engagement sessions are a lot of fun and a great chance for me to get to know couples before the wedding day. I think it goes a long way in making everyone more comfortable and relaxed for wedding photos once they've been through an engagement session with me.

The engagement session that I did with Kim & Wil was even more rewarding than usual. Wil used the opportunity to surprise Kim with a gorgeous engagement ring.

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St. John-Neumann Catholic Church, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, May 6, 2007
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Katherine Lefler & Ethan Lefebvre, a very sweet, young couple, were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. John-Neumann in 2005. After getting ready at a friend's house nearby, Katherine was loaded into a car (not always an easy task in a wedding dress) and driven to the church where she was escorted down the aisle to Ethan.

After the ceremony and some formal photos, it was time to drive to the reception at The Holiday Inn Select Cedar Bluff. The reception featured a sit-down dinner, a live band for dancing, and several toasts that brought both tears and laughs. Everyone had a great time, but eventually it was time to for the couple to make their grand bubble exit and head up to their room.

Not long ago I had an email from Ethan's mom who told me that Ethan & Katherine now have a little boy about to turn 1! I'm pretty sure that they're my first wedding couple to have had a baby, but they live out of state where Ethan is flying for the Air Force. I'm so happy for them and only wish that they lived closer so that I could take photos of them all.

Lefler/Lefebvre Wedding Anniversary May 6
Lefler/Lefebvre Wedding Anniversary May 6
Lefler/Lefebvre Wedding Anniversary May 6
The cake was a beautiful color and had words (joy, peace, love) scrolling around one of the tiers.
Lefler/Lefebvre Wedding Anniversary May 6
Lefler/Lefebvre Wedding Anniversary May 6
Lefler/Lefebvre Wedding Anniversary May 6
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Heritage Park, Townsend, TN

Friday, May 4, 2007
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On Saturday afternoon, Lisa Mynatt and Justin Stinnett had their wedding at Heritage Park in Townsend.

Lisa was a very laid back bride. She didn't want a fru-fru dress with a long train and didn't spend long hours worrying over every possible detail. She focused on what was important to her and put together a really beautiful wedding.

Her bouquet from The Flower Pot had blue & white hydrangeas. The bridesmaid wore a sapphire colored dress, and the cake from Village Bakery had matching blue ribbon and hydrangeas around each tier. Her halter dress came from Budget Bridal by Connie.

Although they had planned an afternoon ceremony on the grass with a scenic view of the mountains, the weather didn't cooperate. No worries... they just moved the ceremony into the covered pavilion. However, as is often the case with showers in the mountains, the rain didn't last long. The rest of the day was sunny and beautiful.

After the reception and a few photos with the couple, Lisa & Justin went to Gatlinburg to spend the rest of the weekend with some of their closest family and friends. The couple had rented Mountaintop Mansion in Gatlinburg Falls Resort. It is an awesome place with a theater, game room, 2 hot tubs, and 9 bedrooms. If you're ever planning a family reunion, this is the place to go.

Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Lisa & Justin did see each other before the ceremony. It didn't really help the timetable much because it started raining soon after, and most of the photos had to be done after the ceremony anyway. It did give them more time together though, and I think it's nice to share more of the wedding day together. Otherwise, Lisa would have just been sitting in a room hiding and being nervous for over an hour.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
I like to get some time alone with couples so that we can do a few romantic photos. When you have guests watching the photo session, it's difficult to relax and focus on each other. Obviously these two were having a hard time ignoring the onlookers.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
This was a great moment. In her excitement, Lisa threw the bouquet over everyone's heads and into the field.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Justin is an avid fisherman and even had a pole along on the wedding day.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
The couple had a bubble exit from the reception.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28
Although she has very traditional taste in photography, I did talk Lisa into doing a few not-so-ordinary photos.
Mynatt/Stinnett Wedding April 28

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