Weezie & Daniel | Memphis Country Club "Weezie Wonderland" Wedding

When I met Weezie and Daniel for the first time to take their engagement photos, I walked away so excited. They had amazing chemistry and every shot showed their true love for each other. I could not wait for the wedding and it did not disappoint!  These two are so adorable together and it conveyed in the images. 

"My bridal party made the day very special. I had girls who I have gone to school with since I was three years old, to friends from college, to friends I’ve made since moving back to Memphis, to old and new family. No matter how long I have known them, they all showed me nothing but love and encouragement that weekend. When we were getting ready, they gave me a box full of notes and pictures of us from different phases in my life. It was so thoughtful of them, and I will always look back through those notes and think of how special they are to me." - Weezie 

"Daniel and I wrote notes to each other to read before our first look. Throughout the course of dating, Daniel always wrote me notes on notebook paper. It’s kind of a ‘thing’ of ours. I loved when I opened up his note on our wedding day, and it was written on notebook paper. It made me smile!" - Weezie

"Daniel and I wanted the day to be a fun celebration of our love and commitment to each other. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the wedding details, because there are so many of them, but we always kept going back to the thought “at the end of the day we will be married”. That perspective made the day much more fun and exciting than stressful." - Weezie

"What made our wedding so special was that Daniel and I truly felt so loved by every guest at our wedding. It was overwhelming how supported and encouraged we felt by our family and friends that weekend. The fact that so many of our family members came from all over the world to celebrate us was just awesome. We had family there from Canada, Amsterdam, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Alabama, Virginia, East Tennessee, and more! It was such an honor to have them all there." - Weezie

"I had not really thought about the details of my wedding until I met Daniel. All the sudden, I started thinking about that day and what it would not only look like but what it would feel like. I wanted to make sure that our love was at the center of the celebration. I definitely felt that way on our wedding day!" -Weezie 

"Right before our vows, Daniel’s dad, his best man, dropped the rings. He recovered quickly by picking them up and acting like he was going to throw them into the congregation. It was so funny! I needed a laugh because I had been so teary and emotional up to that point of the ceremony, and the rings were unscathed!" - Weezie

"The wedding was everything I dreamed of and more because of our wedding planner, the amazing Mona Dunlap. I loved working with her, and she did such a great job listening to my vision and bringing it to life. While we were getting ready the day of the wedding, my bridal party went and took a sneak peak of the venue while our vendors were setting up and called it a “Weezie wonderland” because it was so “me”! I was so thankful for all the work Mona put into our wedding day to make it so special!" - Weezie

"My dad and I decided just two weeks before the wedding that we would take a couple dance lessons for the traditional Father-Daughter Dance. Those lessons were so fun and such a sweet time for us to spend together before I got married. I would not trade that time with my dad for anything!" - Weezie

One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Weezie's cousin tear up the dance floor to "Walking on Sunshine".  I promise, every time I hear that song I will remember how much fun she was having dancing to this song.  She truly was walking on sunshine!   Keep an eye on her, because she makes more appearances during the night!

"When I threw the bouquet, I couldn’t really see behind me because of the bright stage lights. I threw it, and it went straight into the ballroom chandelier. Thankfully I got to try throwing another bouquet and missed the chandelier the second time! " - Weezie

"We wanted to have an Elvis come to the wedding to add a little Memphis flavor to the night. We were going to hire somebody, but my brother offered. He rented an Elvis costume, and it was hilarious! I thought he was just going to pose for pictures with wedding guests, but he went all out. Daniel and I had no idea that he was going to dance on stage or sing Rocky Top with the band. We absolutely loved it, and it was one of the highlights of our night. Go Vols!" - Weezie

"Daniel and I want to thank my parents and his parents for making our wedding weekend so very special. They made our dreams come true, and we appreciate them more than I think they will ever know!" - Weezie

Dress: Maggie Louise | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: Mens’ Warehouse | Cake: Lee Sanders | Venue: Memphis Country Club | Designer and Planner: Mona E. Dunlap Events | Flowers: The Garden District | Invitations: RSVP | Rentals: White Door Events and Liz Luxury Event Rentals | Music/Band: DMP | Rehearsal Venue: Bounty on Broad | Videographer: Message in a Bottle Productions | Caterer: Memphis Country Club | Hair: Jenna Talarico and Lindsay Howell | Makeup: Make Up by Kendrick

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby & Joe | Memphis Chickasaw Country Club Wedding

Sometimes you just know when you are working with good people.  Shelby and Joe definitely fit that description.  They are so kind and easy going that the whole day was relaxed and fun.  

The majority of the day was at Shelby's home where everyone just hung out and chilled, exactly the way Shelby and Joe wanted it.

"One thing that made my wedding day so special was that the entire bridal party got ready at my parent's home. When I was in middle school and high school, my friends and I would typically get ready at my parent's home. So being able to get ready at my parent's home for my wedding day made it extra special. At the start of the day, it just felt like any other time my friends and I were getting ready and eating at my parent's home. It was fun to be able to share in that experience with my friends one last time before getting married." -Shelby

"It did not feel like my wedding day at all. My friends were getting their hair and makeup done, while I was stuffing my face with food. Then it was my turn to get my makeup done, but it still did not feel like my wedding day. Then I move to the next chair to get my hair done. I'm eating, drinking, and getting my hair curled when suddenly Joseph from Garden District walks in with the bouquets, and I scream. At that exact moment, it finally hit me that it was my wedding day, and I was getting married later that day!" - Shelby

"My bridal party had Ole Miss friends, St. Mary’s friends, and family friends. Every one of my bridesmaids was so special to me, and I couldn’t have imagined getting married without her by my side." -Shelby

"I definitely had dreams of getting married when I was little. I wanted to get married at Christ Methodist and have my reception at Chickasaw. I knew I wanted a lace dress with a train and a long veil. I always hoped the day would be magical and perfect, but I never could have imagined a more perfect day nor marrying a better man." -Shelby

"I value tradition. I wanted my wedding to reflect a traditional wedding. I did not want anythng super trendy in my wedding. I wanted to look back at my wedding later in life and still love everything about it. My favorite color has always been pink, so the flowers reflected that with different shades of pink in everything." - Shelby

"One interesting dream was something that Joe actually had. Ever since he was younger, he always thought that a white dinner jacket was a great look (most likely because of James Bond). This made him always want to wear that for his wedding. While I wouldn't allow him to wear it for the ceremony, he switched into it for the reception and I must say, he looked good in it!" - Shelby

"Joe's mom fell the day before the wedding, right before the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner. She went to the ER and was diagnosed with a fracture in her knee and had to be placed in an immobilizer and was on crutches/in a wheelchair. However, this did not stop her from being a part of the special day and enjoying every moment. A really special moment surrounding this was when she and Joe got up and had their first dance. It was incredibly sweet and I was so happy that they were still able to have that moment together!" -Shelby

One of my favorite shots from the night is the garter toss.  If you look closely, everyone is pointing a someone.  Even the gentlemen that caught the garter is pointing at the camera!  It made me laugh out loud when I saw it. - Ann-Marie

"Our wedding photographer was amazing and the best ever!!!!! In all honesty though, every vendor was amazing and helped make our day so special and amazing! From the flowers to the food to the photographer to the hair and makeup, I wouldn’t change any of it!" -Shelby

Shelby and Joe, thank you so much for allowing us to be part of this special, fun day.  You guys rock and I am so excited to have new friends.  You are very blessed with wonderful friends and family.  We wish you many years of happiness and love!!  - Ann-Marie & Sophie

Dress: Maggie Louise | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: American Tuxedo | Cakes: Cakes by Mom and Me | Venue: Christ United Methodist Church and Chickasaw Country Club | Planner and Designer: Mona Dunlap Events | Flowers: Garden District | Invitations: RSVP Stationers | Rentals: White Door Events | Music/Band: Dance Street from RAM Entertainment | Rehearsal Venue: Grove Grill | Hair: Anna Van Winkle | Makeup: Makeup by Kendrick

Ally & Sean | Simply Elegant Castle Hill Oxford Wedding

Ally and Sean's wedding has to be one of my favorites so far for 2018.  It was simply elegant.  Ally did such an amazing job planning her wedding on a budget.  She's a girl after my own heart.  She chose a venue which is beautiful in itself with no need to go overboard with decor, and even made decorations by hand from Goodwill finds. You will see from the images that everything turned out so perfect and amazingly beautiful, you would never know she had a budget!  

"Our wedding was so special because 90% of the guests that were there were from up north, (Ohio, New York, etc).  For some of them, it was there first time in Mississippi/the deep south.  It meant so much that they traveled so far to be a part of it." -Ally

"We met in college, but didn't start dating until years after we had graduated.  We were friends and had secret crushes on each other but both had people we were dating from back home so nothing came of it.  Sean reached out to me a few times after college but we were living in different cities and I didn't really entertain talking to him further than "hey how are you".  He finally reached out to me one final time and pretty much put it all out there.  Told me that he felt like "I was one that got away".  He asked me to meet him somewhere in between where we were living (he was in Arizona at the time and I was in Buffalo), I agreed.  Sean pulled out the big guns and booked a trip to the Cayman Islands. We were together ever since." -Ally

The bridal party consisted of Sean's two brothers, father, two sisters, Ally's sister and brother, and many more friends and family from all over.  I love it when a wedding feels more like a family reunion than a wedding!

Ally and Sean held their wedding in the beautiful back yard of Castle Hill at sunset.  

"My uncle married us which made everything so much more intimate and special." -Ally

"I love simplicity.  I wanted my wedding to be understated and light. I made all my decorations from good will finds, it was fun turning old trinkets into something special." -Ally

Ally and Sean, thank you so much for letting me be a part of such a special day.  You guys make a stunning couple and I am so honored you chose me to capture this beautiful moment. - Ann-Marie 

Dress:  Martina Liana - Bliss Bridal in Buffalo NY | Bridesmaids Dresses:  Vera Wang in biscotti - Davids  Bridal | Tux: Vera Wang - Jos A Bank | Cakes:  Lisa Whitehead | Venue & Catering: Castle Hill | Coordinator: Emily Burton | Flowers:  Mimosa | Invitations:  Callahans Quickprint | Rentals: Details | Music/Band:  Vault Entertainment | Rehearsal Venue:  Thacker 564 | Hair :  La Rousse - Dallas Nut | Makeup: La Rousse

Maegan & JQ | Taylor Mississippi Plein Air Bespoke Wedding

As a photographer, I have the opportunity to meet so many different personality types.  I love a couple that likes to laugh a have a good time. It makes my job so much easier because I am able to capture their joy by laughing and having a good time.

I knew from the moment we took their engagement photos that this Maegan and JQ was after my own heart.  You will see their rich sense of humor in the photographs from their wedding day.  We had so much fun and I hope their love translates in the images. 

"I loved that we used a lot of family history in our small details. My “something old” was my grandmother’s ring,  “something new” was a handkerchief hand embroidered by my mother and tied around my bouquet, “something borrowed” was my mother’s earrings, and “something blue” was my father’s eagle pin from his time in the Air National Guard. The tablecloth for my cake table was crocheted by my great-grandmother. One of JQ’s gifts was a shadow box with his great-grandfather’s jacket and a photo of his great-grandparents. JQ was named after his great-grandfather (JQ is Jim Q, IV) and we will be living in his great-grandparents’ house." -Maegan

"One of my bridesmaids stopped me before we started pictures and asked if I wanted to wear her bracelet. She told me that it had Jessie’s handwriting printed on it with “All My Love”. Jessie was a wonderful friend who passed away a few years ago and it meant the world to me to have a part of her with me on our wedding day!" -Maegan

JQ's crazy Rylee socks were the inspiration for all the guys to have crazy socks that matched their personalities.  The groomsmen wore hand-made wooden carved bow ties made by Bowtie Teddy, Oxford, MS.

"It rained all morning! I had been joking for weeks that it would snow on our wedding day due to the late winter and crazy weather we had been having! I just kept telling myself to prepare for the worst and then it would be okay! Well it rained all morning but I remained calm. I knew everything would work out so it didn’t really matter to me if it rained or not. Plus I heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck: a wet knot is almost impossible to untie. The sun finally came out in time for pictures but then it started raining again about an hour or so before the ceremony. We dug up the bottle of bourbon (that was supposed to keep the rain away) and took shots with the wedding party. Then the sun came out and it was gorgeous for the rest of the day! The sun peaked through the clouds just as I started down the aisle! It was perfect!" -Maegan

"When I met with Ann Marie with Details and discussed our vision, she immediately named it “Rustic Elegance”. This made perfect sense as it captures our relationship. JQ is outdoorsy and I am more refined. The old, reclaimed wood and exposed brick along with the beauty of the Chapel and the Mill were perfect for us! Adding simple touches of greenery with white candles and soft white and pale pink flowers tied it all together!" -Maegan

The band kicked off the festive Cinco de Mayo party with a round of tequila shots to commemorate the perfect wedding day.  

"When my dad was a teenager, he invented this dance called “The Post Hole Dig”, kind of along the lines of “The Lawnmower” and “The Sprinkler”. We told him that we wanted him do it at the reception, but he kept saying he wouldn’t. Well, he surprised us all (and himself) when he got out in the middle of the dance floor and showed us how it was really done!" -JQ

"All of the vendors were perfect! Everyone was so accommodating and made sure our wishes were met! Planning a wedding while entering a doctoral program, working two jobs, and renovating a house is not easy! I could not have done it without everyone’s help!" -Maegan

Maegan & JQ, thank you so much for allowing me to share such a fun day with you and your families!  You guys are so great together and I know your marriage will be amazing.  A couple that laughs together, stays together!  Never take that for "granite".  *hugs* - Ann-Marie

Dress: Low’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses:  |  Cakes: Bride’s cake – Church Street Cakery-Newton, MS |  Venue: The Chapel and the Mill at Plein Air | Flowers: Twisted Twig | Invitations: Matilda Ruth Designs  | Rentals: Details | Music/Band: The Soul Tones | Rehearsal Venue: Taylor Grocery | Caterer: A&N Catering | Hair & Makeup:  | Bowties: Bowtie Teddy (Teddy Mullins)

 

Lindsey & Tyler | Southern Spring Cadre Wedding

Lindsey and Tyler have such amazing friends and family.  The whole wedding day was filled with laughter and good times.  All week Lindsey and I were planning around the "what ifs" of rain, but it actually held off and made for some beautiful photos!  

But before I share wedding day, I just have to share some from Lindsey's bridal session at the Memphis Botanic Gardens.  Lindsey made such a stunning bride, I was glad we could get some beautiful sunshine photos of her before the wedding.

The wedding day started out at the Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis.  The hotel has so much style that Sophie and I knew exactly where we wanted to do the dress shot.  The elevator walls were covered in records which was so cool and made the perfect shot.  I also stepped out of the box and shot the ring and shoe details on top of a black laqured surface in the bathroom. 

"Tyler and I were both born and raised in Memphis, but we didn’t cross paths until we ended up in the same calculus class during the fall of our freshman year at Alabama. Despite sitting a row or two apart from each other the whole semester, we didn’t officially meet until winter break when we were at a mutual friend’s house. He later offered me a ride to Knoxville for Boxing Weekend – where all great love stories begin – and when we returned to Tuscaloosa, he asked me out on our first date." -Lindsey

After their first look on the rooftop of the Madison Hotel, Lindsey and Tyler's bridal party went downtown for some shots at Court Square.

"The whole weekend was so special for both of us! It was truly the most amazing experience having so many loved ones from both near and far and from the many different stages of our lives gathered in one place to help us celebrate."- Lindsey

Lindsey and Tyler's downtown Memphis Cadre reception was beautifully staged and designed by her wedding planners, WED Memphis.

"Our florist Deedra Stone was SO amazing to work with! The one thing I remember always wanting at my wedding reception was a room full of beautiful flowers, and Deedra far exceeded anything I could’ve ever dreamed of!" - Lindsey

"All of our vendors went above and beyond to make this weekend one that we will always remember! Our planners, Kathryn and Patti with WED Memphis, didn’t overlook a single detail and made sure the whole weekend went off without a hitch. The food by A Moveable Feast was absolutely delicious!! And Kipp with Kipp Cakes! We had so many people ask for her contact info after the wedding. We may not be able to wait ‘til our one-year anniversary to have another bite of her delicious cake!" - Lindsey

After you work weddings for over ten years, you start to develop relationships with vendors.  I can honestly tell you that Al from Al Paris and the Heartbreakers ALWAYS puts on a good show.  I'm pretty sure he tried to catch my hair on fire at this one, but he does such a great job entertaining the crowd.  We even got a visit from Little Richard.

"We couldn’t have asked for a better band than Al Paris and the Heartbreakers! Right after we got engaged, we were advised to book them early, and we are so glad we did! They were absolutely incredible!" -Lindsey

"Our wedding weekend was so much more than we could have ever imagined! We owe a huge thank you to our parents for all that they did to make this weekend so memorable and perfect! And another big thank you to our wonderful, talented, helpful and patient videographers (VMWeddings Studio) and Taylor Square Photography for capturing these special moments for us!" -Lindsey

Lindsey & Tyler thank you so much for allowing us to capture your special day.  You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to do life with!  Congrats!! - Ann-Marie 

Dress: Rivini gown from Maggie Louise Bridal Boutique |  Alterations: Bonnie Roelofs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: American Tuxedo | Bride and Groom Cakes: Kipp Cakes | Wedding Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church | Reception Venue: The Cadre | Coordinator: WED Memphis | Flowers: Deedra Stone Designs | Invitations: Debra Califf with Something So Write | Calligraphy: Katherine Crosby | Band: Al Paris and the Heartbreakers | Ceremony Music: Aaron Foster | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Central BBQ Downtown | Videographer: VMWeddings Studio | Caterer: A Moveable Feast/Hog Wild | Hair: Whitney Everett Gicking and Melissa Simpson from Ryan Patrick Salon | Makeup: Kendrick Simpson and Tracey Russell  | Preparation Accommodations: The Madison Hotel

 

 

 

 

Claire and Spencer | Annesdale Elegant Spring Wedding

Claire and Spencer's April wedding was quite a cold one.  If you've read my blog, you understand that the weather here in the Mid-South has been a little bonkers over the past two months, but I never expected it to be sleeting!  

We had the day to shoot at the reception venue, Annesdale Mansion, which has been on my venue bucket list for a long time.  A little cold couldn't slow us down.  Fortunately, Claire and Spencer (and their bridal party), were all troopers and we were able to get some phenomenal shots. 

First, the Memphis Country Club rehearsal dinner must be mentioned.  Claire and Spencer are so lucky to have such amazing family and friends.  They showered them with funny stories, warm well-wishes, and even some loot to prepare them for their upcoming marriage.  But my favorite part was when Spencer's grandfather sang to Claire and played the harmonica! 

"Spencer and I met in badminton class during my freshman year and his junior year at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. We didn’t really talk much until his fraternity’s Glory Days party after my sorority’s jungle mixer. Our first official date was attending the school’s Fancy Dress together that year, which we all describe as “College Prom”. We ended up going together as dates to Fancy Dress all 4 years I was there!" -Claire

"One of the most special moments of the weekend was when my mom gave me her great Aunt Kate’s diamond ring that she had reset with two sapphires on either side of the center stone. I was in awe! She kept telling me I didn’t need to worry about my “something blue”, but I had no idea! I was blown away. After getting dressed, my brother then surprised me with a beautiful double strand pearl bracelet, and the tears just kept coming!" -Claire

"During our first look, Spencer and I exchanged wedding gifts. After he gave me some beautiful pearl drop earrings, he had me open a larger box. Inside was a note from our future Corgi named Randall and a stuffed animal version of him. I can’t wait to meet Randall this summer!" -Claire

Despite the cold weather, we were able to get some STUNNING shots of Claire and Spencer on the grounds of Annesdale. Elizabeth Heiskell was so gracious to bring Claire her fur stole to wear during the photos to keep warm. 

"We usually spend New Year’s at Spencer’s family’s home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so he proposed on the mountain while we were skiing on December 29, 2016. Little did I know, he and his sister Mary were trying to keep me from going in for the day while their mom was picking up my parents at the airport. Mary had taken me on a really long, hard run in an effort to stall, but I was so tired afterwards. Spencer convinced me to go on “one last run” where I asked him to please take me on an easy blue, nothing exciting – to which he laughed and said “are you sure you don’t want anything exciting?”. He pulled off to an overlook at the top of the run and popped the question, while Mary had been hiding behind in trees taking pictures. We skied down to the bottom of the mountain so we could meet his family and FaceTime mine – but when we got there, he surprised me again with having flown out my parents for the occasion! I was in tears." -Claire

"I think the thing that surprised us most about the weekend was the weather. We spent all week (or longer) checking the weather forecasts and praying for no rain. The forecasts did not look great leading up to our big day. April 7th turned out to be unusually cold for springtime in Memphis, and there were even a few snow flurries earlier in the afternoon. However, the clouds opened up and the sun came out right before the ceremony!" -Claire

"During the wedding, I was so nervous at the altar that, I forgot a line during my vows. I had to turn to the pastors and ask for them to repeat the words for me, and I’m pretty sure everyone in the pews laughed a little." -Claire

"For me, Annesdale is just so beautiful and historic, so I really wanted the décor to accentuate that with classic, elegant, and traditional design. I wanted mostly white flowers with greenery, and a unique, architectural floral design for the dancefloor. I was set on having a clear tent so you could see the trees and lights throughout the night. I also asked our wedding planner to help incorporate some French flair as a play on Spencer’s last name, Frantz, and our hashtag (#HiggyGoesToFrantz). We served macarons and French wine, Elizabeth Heiskell Events helped replicate the infamous burger from our favorite French restaurant in DC, Le Diplomate, complete with French and American flags. The furniture and linens all reflected that theme as well. I certainly have my mom, Beth Higginbotham, to thank for bringing everything to life and meticulously thinking through every detail to create her daughter’s dream wedding." -Claire

"All of the vendors were incredible and great to work with, but our wedding planner, Mona Dunlap, was the glue that held everything together and made our dreams come to life. She listened to each request with detail, helped cultivate my vision, and more than anything helped calm my nerves. I can’t thank her enough!  To no surprise, Garden District did an absolutely stunning job. They really listened to the vision I had in mind when I brought maybe 100 magazine clippings to our first meeting!" -Claire

The party continued even having a family friend of the Franz's, Dr. Randy Dickey from the Roanoke Supper Club, get on stage and sing "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay".  He even whistled the whole part!  It was pretty awesome!

All of Claire and Spencer's friends and former alum from Washington & Lee gathered for a group photo to commemorate the day. 

"The Infinity Show Band was AMAZING, but they definitely loved embarrassing us in front of the crowd. They even coaxed Spencer to sing “Let’s Get It On” after pulling us onstage, and I’m really glad he was wise enough to drop the mic after the first verse and dance with me instead."-Claire

"The bouquet toss somehow turned out perfectly. I was really aiming for my cousin, Kristi. My other cousin, Amy, had given me a brief, but serious pep-talk on how I HAD to throw it to Kristi. I tried to tell her that I was just hoping to toss it in the general direction of people, but she wouldn’t take any excuses. To my surprise, Kristi actually caught the bouquet. I was so shocked and excited that I jumped in the air and undid my bustle." -Claire

"Spencer and I want to thank his parents for organizing an amazing rehearsal dinner and post-toast and my parents for giving us the wedding of our dreams.  The entire weekend was beyond perfect, and we are so thankful to have such loving parents." -Claire

Spencer was accepted to Harvard Business School starting this Fall, so the two of them will be moving from Washington, DC to Boston at the end of the summer (with Randall, the Corgi, of course!).  

Spencer and Claire, congrats on such a beautiful wedding.  I know your future together will be absolute magic!  Thank you for allowing us to share such a special event with you and your families! - Ann-Marie 

Dress: Monique Lhuillier, purchased at Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Washington, DC | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, purchased through Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: Oak Hall in Memphis, TN | Cakes: Cakes by Mom and Me | Venue: Second Presbyterian Church and Annesdale Mansion | Coordinator/Designer: Mona Dunlap Events | Flowers: Garden District | Invitations: Ménage | Calligraphy: Melinda Sapp | Rentals: White Door Events | Music/Band: The Infinity Show Band | Rehearsal Venue: Memphis Country Club | Caterer: Elizabeth Heiskell | Hair: Rod Henson | Makeup: Kendrick Simpson

 

Memory & Jake | Independent Presbyterian St. Patrick's Day Texas Flair Wedding

The weather this year in the Mid-South has been nuts.  In my ten years of shooting weddings,I cannot remember a more rainy and cold spring.  Memory and Jake's St. Patrick's Day wedding must have brought on the luck of the Irish because the clouds parted and the sun came out to make a beautiful wedding day.

Wedding day preparations were held at Memory's house.  While the girls were getting ready, Memory had a little fun trying on her grandmother and mother's wedding dresses.

Memory's dress was from Maggie Louise Bridal and the bridesmaids attire was from Bella Bridesmaids.

"I really wasn't one of those girls that dreamed about her wedding...all I knew was that I for sure wanted to get married in my church. Independent Presbyterian Church has played such an important role in my life so I have never imagined getting married anywhere else." -Memory

I couldn't help but be smitten with these flower girls.  I always love working with the kiddos at weddings.  They always make the sweetest photos when they are dressed like baby angels.

"We had the best weather!!! The whole week before the wedding the forecast was not looking good...they were projecting rain and chilly temperatures. But Saturday came and it brought the sun and warm weather and it was perfect. This will also sound strange but I was shocked by how fun it was! I had been so focused on the plans and little details that I forgot to think about how it was a party." -Memory

"The inside of the University Club of Memphis had a more traditional and elegant wedding vibe while the tent had Texas influences. Since Jake is from Austin and we live in Texas now we thought it would be so fun to incorporate Texas into the reception. There were gorgeous succulents and even a longhorn above the bar."-Memory

No Texas wedding would be complete without a special visit from former Texas Governor and United States Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry and of course, Bevo, the University of Texas mascot created by The Flour Garden Memphis.

"Le Fleur knocked it out of the ballpark.  Wedding planner and designer, Mona Dunlap of Mona Dunlap Events, was the key to it all! Also, our band was AMAZING! Al Paris and the Heartbreaker's were my first request after getting engaged. Al does such an amazing job of getting the party started and keeping it going all night." -Memory

"It was so special having all of our people in one place celebrating with us. And we loved seeing our mother's break it down on stage" -Memory

I guess what they say is true, everything is bigger in Texas, or at least it is when it's in Memphis.  Congrats Memory and Jake.  Thank you for allowing us to share such a super special day with you!  -Ann-Marie 

Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids (Amsale) |  Tux: American Tuxedo | Cakes: The Flour Garden  |  Ceremony: Independent Presbyterian Church  | The University Club of Memphis  |  Planner and Designer: Mona Dunlap, Mona Dunlap Events | Flowers: Le Fleur Memphis  |  Invitations: RSVP Stationers  |  Rentals: White Door Events  |  Music/Band: Al Paris and the Heartbreakers  |  Rehearsal Venue: Memphis Botanic Garden  |  Videographer: Dan Frazier/ Jamie Hill  |  Caterer: Rehearsal dinner: Debutante Farmer, Elizabeth Heiskell  |  Hair: Annie Coates (Juve Salon) and Abby Lawrence  |  Makeup: Kendrick Simpson, Alicia George  | Preparation Accommodations: Bride's parents' house

 

 

 

Erin and Mason | Springtime Colorful Mill at Plein Air Wedding

Erin and Mason's love story is similar to something you hear often in Mississippi.  An Ole Miss girl and a Mississippi State boy fall in love.  But isn't that what they say?  Opposites attract?  These two are so in love, there must be something to say for it!  

"I have been dreaming of a wedding since I can remember. I had been watching wedding videos for years and even had several pinterest boards dedicated to flowers, rings, cakes, dresses, decor, etc. However, when I began wedding planning, I had no idea what I wanted. Where did I want it? What colors should I use? What kind of dress do I want? My mind was blank! So, we didn’t actually plan a single thing until 4 months after we got engaged!" -Erin

"Staying true to the Millennials that we are, we met via FaceTime in early spring of 2012. Mason was in military training for the Navy in San Antonio, TX and he had face timed one of our mutual friends, Meg Duncan. She was unable to come to the phone, so I answered for her. Mason and I started chatting, eventually became friends on facebook, and finally exchanging phone numbers in August of 2012. Many Skype dates later, we officially met in September 2012 when Mason was on leave from another training in California and made the trip to Oxford, MS to come to the first football game of the year. It wasn’t until several months later did I realize how significant this was, an avid MSU fan missing the first game of the season to come to an Ole Miss game!" -Erin

"After sticking with me through a 9 month deployment, I knew that it was time to start planning to ask Erin to spend the rest of our lives together. Erin was trying to figure out where she wanted to complete her Masters for Speech Language Pathology and I was trying to figure out how to ask her to marry me. After getting my great grandmother's ring fixed up, I came up with a plan that would take out any possibility of Erin knowing it was going to happen. I took her ring shopping and afterwards took her to out to meet friends, or so she thought. We were walking to dinner, when I took her by the hand and got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. There was no dinner planned, but a surprise party was waiting at Erin's mom's house. We were so excited to tell everyone the good news that we beat all of our friends and family who were supposed to be surprising her!' -Mason

Ashley Daniels of Twisted Twig in Oxford, Mississippi did the floral decor.  She took Erin's ideas of springtime flowers and a beautiful color palette come to life.

Erin and Mason kept with Southern tradition and "buried the bourbon" for their wedding day.  Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won't rain on their wedding day.  I will say in this instance, it worked!  The rain held off until their exit! 

"There are so many things that made our wedding specials, the first being having all of our closest friends and family under one roof, I come from a huge family and they live all around the country so it was very special to be able to have  my mom’s side and my dad’s side come together. The same thing goes for our friends- they are all strewn about the country so it was very special that they were all in one place together! the second thing that made our wedding so special, was that my uncle was the one who officiated it. I had always wanted him to marry me when I got older so it was very special that he was able to do so, especially because he lives in Africa." -Erin

"Every single one of my vendors were incredible!!  From the delicious and beautiful cake, to the super fun band, the beautiful decorations, the amazing food, the perfect ceremony music, the creative videographer, the super talented (& patient) photographer, the fun photobooth, and of course Kristin Panetta at Elle James who provided my dress, veil, and earrings.  EVERYONE WAS AMAZING!  It was incredible to see the way that everything came together so seamlessly and that could not have been done without our superwoman of a wedding planner- Claire Kiamie!!  She literally was trucking it out all day long- getting left behind rings and herding cats (wedding party lol), making sure everyone was where they need to be at the right time, while in a boot/cast!! She had an injured foot and was running laps around people! She’s incredible!" -Erin

"I wouldn’t say that I had just one single inspiration for our wedding design. I knew that I wanted to have a fun, relaxed, colorful wedding to reflect our personalities!  I am obsessed with wedding videos, and I have been watching them ever since youtube was first a thing! One of my favorite wedding videos, is titled “Wildflower” - (SERIOUSLY WATCH IT YOU WILL SOB) and it is the proposal story of Bonnie Kate Zoghbi, (she is a survivor of the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting)  and my flower inspiration came from her wedding. The rest of the design was from a collaboration of instagram accounts (Show Me Your Mumu Weddings, Weddingwire, The Knot, etc) and many, many, many wedding videos that I’ve seen." -Erin

While the rain was pouring outside, Mike Rob and the 601 Band was cranking it up inside.  The bride and groom danced with family and friends all night long.  We got some super fun shots thanks to the party favors provided by One Fine Day Events.

Dress: Martina LianaElle James Bridal | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Earrings: Sara Gabriel | Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your MumuTuxGeneration TuxCakes: Patricia Farrish | Venue: The Chapel @ Plein Air/The Mill  | Coordinator: One Fine Day- Claire Kiamie | Crest: Tori Applewhite Flowers: Twisted Twig- Ashley HillInvitations: Ann Toy GathingsRentals: Details Specialty Rentals  | Music/Band: Mike Rob & the 601 BandCeremony music: The Earthy Tones String Ensemble | Rehearsal Venue: Taylor GroceryVideographer: Snap Happy Productions- Camilla BuoniCaterer: A & N CateringHair: Bride-Laken RegisterBridesmaids- Jessica MathiasMakeup: Bride- Laken Register  | Bridesmaids- Jessica MathiasPreparation AccommodationsThe Southern Living House

 

 

 

    Amelia & Christopher | Idlewild and University Club of Memphis Winter Wedding

    Gah, talk about all the feels for our first wedding of 2018!  It's always hard getting back into the swing of things after having a few weeks off, but this one was totally worth all the sore muscles!  Amelia and Christopher's wedding was absolutely the best way to kick off such a great upcoming year.  

    I think the thing that stands out to me the most when working different weddings is the family dynamics. Christopher and Amelia's families were no different.  They are so very loved by all their family and you could see it at any given moment all weekend.  Both of them are blessed beyond measure to have such wonderful, loving family and friends.  

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    The rehearsal dinner was designed by Russell and Ruthie Events, of Memphis, Tennessee.  It was hosted at the Old Dominick Distillery and catered by River Oaks Restaurant.

    "I never had anything set in my mind for a wedding as a child but I wanted a fairy tale- and that's exactly what the wedding night was. I felt like a princess in a fairy tale. I would relive that night one million times and not be sick of it."  - Amelia when asked about her dream wedding

    "We met at my sister's wedding. Christopher is a lifelong best friend of my sister's husband, and he was a groomsman in their wedding. Although the timing wasn't right at that moment, that next Christmas was the next time he was in town. He asked Taylor, my sister's husband, for my number. We went on a date to Young Avenue Deli and the rest is history!" - Amelia

    "Although we weren't technically dating after our first date, the connection was so strong all we wanted to do was be with each other. I felt like I had known him for years. Our best personal characteristics are so different that we both realized instantly we worked very well together. He is what I'm not and I am what he's not." -Amelia on love at first sight

    "The bridemaids, my mom, his mom, and myself we so hungry right before the ceremony we got 6 bags of Back Yard Burger and ate every bite of it!! That was awesome- eating BYB in my wedding dress, I can't imagine anything more me." 

    I must admit.  Shooting this ceremony was such a challenge.  I was asked to stay in the back of the church with the doors closed during the ceremony.  I knew how much capturing the ceremony meant to Amelia, so I was forced to get creative.  I shot the entire ceremony through a crack in the bottom where the doors met.  It was so difficult, but I am pretty amazed at my MacGyver skills!  
     

    Because Christopher is a Marine, Amelia and Christopher decided to include Christopher's friends for a formal Marine exit.  It was such a lovely touch to end a beautiful ceremony.

    "Garden District helped me pick the beautiful Amnesia Rose that we based a lot of decisions around. Aside from that, the flowers, lighting, ambience, everything they created was a masterpiece. I truly do not know how they do it."  

    The event design was by the talented, Mona Dulap of Mona Dunlap Events.  She turned the University Club of Memphis tennis courts into a winter wonderland with the help of White Door Events and Garden District Memphis.

     "Mona.Freaking.Dunalp. I'm speechless. Her attention to detail and knowledge of wedding planning is unparalleled. She made my wedding visions come to life in a way I couldn't have dreamed!"

    "Infinity Show Band- wow wow wow, I think everyone had so much fun dancing with them. They sang the best songs and were amazing. Their version of our first dance might have been better than the original!"

    Amelia and Christopher kicked the party of right with a grand brass entrance and tossing of Mardi Gras beads.  The guests loved it.

    "I want to thank my parents and his parents for the most amazing wedding weekend we could've never dreamed of. It was beyond perfect. We are so blessed to have such loving and generous parents." - Amelia

    Thank you Amelia and Christopher for choosing us to share such a special day!  We had so much fun working with you and your families and now you are part of ours.  We wish much love and happiness on your marriage!  - Ann-Marie

    Rehearsal dinner: Russell and Ruthie Events, Old Dominick Distillery and catering by River Oaks Restaurant | Ceremony: Idlewild Church | Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal | Makeup: Kendrick Simpson | Rentals: White Door Events | Flowers: The Garden District | Band: Infinity Show Band Cake: The Flour Garden | Venue: University Club of Memphis | Event Design and Planning: Mona Dunlap Events

       

      Mary Gunn and Reed | Elegant Winter Ole Miss Wedding

      I knew Mary Gunn and Reed's winter wedding was going to be a dream.  She has impeccable taste and it absolutely showed through in her wedding day design.  Kelly Freeland, of Southern Bloom Weddings, did an amazing job of bringing Mary Gunn's winter wedding day vision into a reality.  Mary Gunn said she had been saving pictures on Pinterest of what she wanted her day to look like for years!  She gave them to Kelly and she did an amazing job putting together exactly what she wanted. 

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      "Wearing the wedding bands of both of my grandmother’s on my right hand made my day special.  My mom’s mom passed away 5 years ago and my dad’s mom is in assisted living and was not able to attend. I had a special relationship with both of my grandmother’s so it meant a lot for me to have a little part of them and their wedding day present for my wedding day." -Mary Gunn 

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      Reed's gift to Mary Gunn was a stunning sapphire and diamond ring that matched her necklace.

      Reed said one of his favorite things about the day was that he and Mary Gunn chose to do a first-look.  He loved seeing her with no one else around and then getting to spend the rest of the afternoon with her and the wedding party.  (He is definitely a man after my own heart lol)

      "I have always loved weddings! I was was a flower girl in a few weddings when I was little and thought it was so neat to have a whole day that was for getting dressed up and having you hair and make-up done all while being surrounded by your closest friends. Growing up I was never the girl that just had to have a boyfriend or wanted to date, but I still dreamed about having a wedding, but never really thought that dream would become a reality. My wedding surpassed those ideas I had in my head and was the absolute most perfect day!" - Mary Gunn

      "I cannot wait to see our wedding video and view any pictures of our flower girls and ring bearer coming out. The doors were closed so I had no clue anything was going on, but my flower girls and ring bearer (5-year-old triplets) walked out and were all excited to throw the rose petals and carry the ring box until they freaked out and would not move. They were trying to push the other to go first and then all of a sudden the domino effect and they all started crying. My ring bearer later told me “Gee, I promise I will do better at your next wedding   - Mary Gunn

      "My favorite moment was our first dance. Hearing the song we chose being played and having everyone watch us dance our first dance as husband and wife was a very special and memorable moment." - Reed

      "I hit the jackpot with all of my vendors! They all made the planning process so easy and I can’t say enough how perfect the day of the wedding was. My photographer and videographer get the award for helping me keep my cool when things were starting to stress me out!! I felt like everyone was excited to be there and was friendly and kept me laughing!" - Mary Gunn

      Mary Gunnn & Reed, thank you so much for trusting us with your wedding photos!  The engagements, bridals and wedding were off the charts beautiful and we are so honored to be chosen to share something so beautiful with you and your family and friends.  Congratulations!

       

      Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: The Bridal Path, Jackson, MS | Tux: Kinkade's Fine Clothing, Ridgeland | Hair: Mandi Hunt and Jill McPherson, Rumorz Salon, Marion, AR | Makeup: Amplify Cosmetics, Haley Moffitt, Ripley, MS | Coordinator and Florist: Kelly Freeland, Southern Bloom, Memphis, TN | Invitations: Fresh Ink, Jackson, MS | Ceremony: Paris Yates Chapel, University of Mississippi, Oxford | Venue: The Powerhouse, Oxford, MS | Rentals: Details, Oxford, MS | Catering: My Michelles, Oxford, MS | Cakes: Sweet T's Bakery, Oxford, MS | Music: DMP Band, Memphis, TN | Videography: Twenty-Two Magnolias, Shelby Wilson Hartman, Memphis, TN

      Mary Gunn | Elegant Southern Bridal Session

      Mary Gunn is an absolute photographer's dream.  She's such a stunning platinum blonde with the siren red lips that created a style reminiscent of a 1940's movie starlet.  

      I cannot wait to share her and Reed's wedding with you.  It was one of the most beautiful December weddings I have ever shot.

      Dress: The Bridal Path, Jackson, Mississippi

      Hair: Mandy Hunt

      Makeup: Amplify Cosmetics, Haley Moffitt

      Venue: Rowan Oak & The Memory House, Ole Miss 

      Flowers: Oxford Floral Co.

      Weezie & Daniel | Shelby Farms Engagement Session

      I have to come clean with this shoot. I had a monster of a day in Oxford and drove to Memphis to meet Weezie Steffner and Daniel at Shelby Farms.  

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      Just as I hit Memphis at rush hour, a huge black cloud came over and I just knew this was not going to pan out well.

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      I had not meet Weezie and Daniel yet so it's always hard going into a session without knowing the client's personalities but let me just tell you, they knocked it out of the park!

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      The rain held off until the last few frames, we got an amazing sky to work with and their chemistry was absolutely magic.

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      This session has to be one of my all-time favorites. Their happiness is contagious and I walked away from this session a lot happier then I walked in. That is what this job is all about.

      Warm fuzzies and beautiful photos!

      I cannot wait for the wedding! You guys are going to rock it.  -AM