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.  


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. 


    "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 


    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.  


    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.


    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!


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


    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

    Meg and Austin's Tennis Court Transformation, University Club of Memphis | Memphis Wedding Photographer

    On February 25, 2017, Meg Stephenson and Austin Burress married in Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. With a sweet, personal rehearsal dinner at the Memphis Zoo preceding the wedding day, Meg and Austin celebrated with their loved ones. 


    On the day of the wedding, Meg and Austin shared a sweet "first look" experience in the church.

    After the sweet ceremony in the stunning church, guests and the happy couple celebrated at a beautiful reception at The University Club of Memphis. Wedding planner and designer, Mona Dunlap, partnered with White Door Events and the Garden District to transform the tennis courts into a gorgeous tent of draping lights and greenery. Creamy white tulips, peachy roses, and lots of beautiful greenery made for lovely floral arrangements. Sparkling candelabras topped with more flowers made stunning centerpieces for tables surrounded by tufted khaki benches. Guests enjoyed a delicious shrimp and sushi bar catered by the University Club of Memphis. Cakes by Mom and Me created a traditional wedding cake as well as a fun replica of the Tennessee Volunteers football stadium, Neyland Stadium. Guests were entertained all evening by Brennan Villines Music


    Meg's bridal makeup was styled by Kasey Acuff, and Patrick Ryan Salon gave her a beautiful bridal hairstyle. Her strapless, mermaid-style gown from Maggie Louise Bridal featured a tulle skirt and an embellished sash. Meg wore a long, lacy veil to complement the lace pattern on her gown.


    Her bridal party wore identical gowns with sweetheart necklines and dropped sleeves in a flattering pastel shade. The groom and his men wore matching black tuxedos and black bow ties.



    To see more photos of Meg and Austin's wedding, visit their gallery page on our website! 

    "It's Miller Time": Miller and Hunter's Fun, Family Celebration at The Columns, Memphis | Memphis Wedding Photographer

    On February 11, 2017, Miller Crenshaw and Hunter Cowan celebrated their marriage with family and friends. The couple began the celebration with a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at the University Club of Memphis.  Miller and Hunter have an appreciation for family tradition, so they willingly sipped their ceremonial drink from one another's old gym shoes. 



    On Saturday, Miller and Hunter were married in the beautiful Calvary Episcopal Church of Memphis. With its high ceilings and stunning stained-glass windows, the church made for an exceptional wedding venue. The Garden District designed the floral arrangements, and White Door Events provided the rentals. Mona Dunlap served as wedding designer and coordinator. 

    The reception for this fun-loving couple was held at The Columns in Memphis. The decorations for the party were classic and elegant with lots of greenery and trees wrapped in twinkling lights. Shimmering crystal candelabras served as centerpieces for the tables covered in glitzy tablecloths. The candles and lighted trees gave the venue a magical feel. With the "Miller Time" theme in mind, guests were served glass bottles of Miller Light and given Miller High Life baseball caps. Guests enjoyed a spread of delicious meats, cheeses, and other delectable treats by Elizabeth Heiskell Catering. The fun continued with a hilarious groom's cake and a special first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Cowan. 

    Hunter's bridal hair was styled by Kelly Beers Salon of Memphis, and Alicia Boldreghini George did her makeup. Hunter's bridesmaids wore identical spaghetti-strap gowns in a dark teal shade. The groom and his men wore classic black tuxedos and matching bow ties. 

    After an evening of celebration with friends and family, Miller and Hunter drove away to the sound of their loved ones chanting the familiar "Hotty Toddy" cheer. 

    To see more photos of Miller and Hunter's special day, visit their album on the wedding page of our website. 

    Elizabeth and Robert's Winter Wonderland Wedding at Memphis Country Club | Memphis Wedding Photographer

    "This day is finally real, and I'm not playing dress up this time!", Elizabeth said to her mom and sister as they buttoned her dress.  Her mom proceeded to tell that she, like every little girl, had dreamed of this day for a very long time.  "She loved weddings so much, we had her a wedding birthday party!"  



    On Saturday, February 4, 2017 Elizabeth Gibson's dreams came true when she and Robert Margeson were married at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Elizabeth's classic taste was showcased in a beautiful church ceremony complete with stunning arrangements of white and pale pink flowers from the Garden District.



    The reception at the Memphis Country Club married a cozy, cabin feel with classic, elegant touches. Wedding planner, Mona Dunlap, and event designer, White Door Events, put together a functional, relaxing space for guests to visit and chat, lounging on sofas draped in furry throws. Throughout the reception hall, guests could spy rustic touches like antlers and ski gear. The wintry, ski theme was inspired by the couple's own love story, and snowy photographs of Elizabeth and Robert added a personal touch. The groom's cake was created by Cakes by Mom and Me of West Memphis, Arkansas. The cake was a showstopper with a working ski lift on the snowy cake mountaintop. For a few fun touches, the couple offered a sushi bar and hot dogs. Infinity Band of Memphis kept the guests entertained all night. 


    Elizabeth's bridal party wore light, neutral gowns in a grayish beige shade with crisscross necklines. The groom and his men wore striking, classic black tuxedos. Elizabeth's timeless, slightly off-shoulder style gown from Maggie Louise Bridal featured a lacy back and neckline and a twirly, full skirt. Her stunning bridal makeup complemented her classic, lacy veil. 

    In this winter wonderland wedding, classic, neutral color palettes and timeless decorations created an experience one will never forget. The perfect marriage of traditions and trends, this special day was perfect for such a sweet couple. 


    To see more of Elizabeth and Robert's special day, check out their wedding album on our website!