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I was beyond honored when Matt and Lindsay asked me to photograph their wedding.  I went to high school with Matt, and it’s always amazing to be able to reconnect (especially with a fellow musical theater friend). Last summer, they traveled down from their home in Boston for a week and we scheduled their engagement session. After battling rain (and subsequently switching up locations), I got to meet Lindsay and spend a bit of time inside their relationship. For the following year, I looked forward to what I knew would be an incredible day!

Lindsay and Matt’s Westin Huntsville wedding was SO much fun! After their first look, we were met with a flash rain storm and headed back in for the bridal party photos. Luckily, the skies cleared just in time for their outdoor courtyard ceremony.

1 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer2 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer3 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer4 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer5 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer There’s something magical about the beginning of a wedding day. It’s the calm before the craziness, the ceremony, reception—it’s quiet. In this time, I get to  focus on all the little details that you’ve worked so hard to curate for this day (the rings, invitations, cuff links). I sit back and watch the morning unravel. Some of my favorite portraits lately have been of the groom getting ready. The anticipation and excitement in his face, the smiles, the nervous laughter as he straightens his tie. These are the kind of things that make my job incredible.

6 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer7 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer8 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer9 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer10 Westin Huntsville wedding photographer11 Westin Huntsville wedding photographerI’m loving Lindsay + Matt’s first look in the courtyard—-so sweet and emotional!

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41 Westin Huntsville Wedding Photographer42 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer43 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer44 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer45 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer46 Huntsville Al Westin wedding Photographer Once the reception gets going, I usually try to sneak outside with the couple for some sunset (or sometimes) twilight photos—the string lights at Bridge Street made such a beautiful backdrop for us.

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Thanks to all of the amazing vendors who made this possible!

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Westin
Event Producer- Sugar Rock Events / Kris Clark
Floral Design – Kris Clark
Videographer – Daniel Hamby
Hair Stylist – Twiggy Romei
Bakery – Riverstone Cakes & Confections
Reception Band – Az Izz
Rentals/Ceremony Chairs – All Needz Rentals
Make-Up Services – Ulta

 

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Allison and Zac are the kind of couple that seem to take life in stride. From their relaxed getting ready portraits, to their quietly sweet first look, it made for such a fun day! Their Annabella at Cedar Glen wedding was shared with close friends and family in the back garden and allowed for an amazing focus on portraits (my favorite)!

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Taylor and Marshall celebrated their Sheffield, Al wedding in style. They began the day at their reception venue, Georges 217—-which embraces it’s old, downtown elegance with raised ceilings, chandeliers, a polished wood bar, and a cozy back-courtyard. It made for the perfect place to get ready!

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I loved all of the beautiful details throughout the day. Taylor chose a custom bridal hanger for her wedding dress. A personalized hanger is one of my number one recommendations to brides. It’s so much better to photograph a wedding gown when it’s taken off the basic, plastic hanger! 2 sheffield al wedding georges 2173 sheffield al wedding georges 2174 sheffield al wedding georges 2175 sheffield al wedding georges 217Isn’t this bridal suite GORGEOUS? It was awesome getting to watch Colleen Gagnon work her magic on Taylor’s makeup.

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I’m loving Marshall’s GQ-esque getting ready portraits. He looked so stylish in his navy suit and brown shoes.  12 sheffield al wedding georges 21713 sheffield al wedding georges 21714 sheffield al wedding georges 21715 sheffield al wedding georges 217

First Look time—this is one of my favorite parts of the day. Choosing to see one another before the wedding ceremony is a beautiful way to share a private moment together (before the hectic pace of the day begins). It also allows for more bride and groom photos, and posed/family photos before the ceremony—leaving you to have fun with guests after!  16 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look17 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look18 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look19 sheffield al wedding georges 217 first look20 sheffield al wedding georges 21721 sheffield al wedding georges 21722 sheffield al wedding georges 21723 florence al wedding24 florence al wedding25 florence al wedding26 florence al wedding27 florence al wedding

The reception room was beautifully designed by the George’s 217 staff. Tall floral centerpieces perched above the tables as lit votives and crystal chandeliers filled the room with warm, glowing, light. No detail was left undone.  28 florence al wedding georges 217 sheffield wedding29 sheffield al wedding30 georges 217 wedding sheffield al31 georges 217 wedding sheffield al32 sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood33  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood34  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood35  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood36  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood37  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood38  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood39  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwood40  sheffield al wedding chapel on oakwoodAfter the ceremony, Taylor and Marshall had arranged for a trolley to transport their bridal party back downtown for the reception. I’m so thrilled we were able to play with this a little bit. The driver was super accommodating, and even parked on a street where we could have a clean backdrop—yes please! Stacey from One Day to Treasure kept the day flowing smoothly (which allowed us lots of time for photos).41 sheffield al wedding trolley pictures42 florence al wedding trolley pictures43 sheffield al wedding trolley pictures44 florence al wedding trolley pictures45 florence al wedding trolley pictures46 sheffield al wedding trolley47 florence al wedding trolley48 sheffield al wedding pictures49 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al50 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al51 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al52 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al53 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al54 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield alAfter dinner, the party really got started! I had the pleasure of photographing Taylor’s sister’s wedding back in 2014, so I KNEW I was in for a dancing-heavy wedding. These guys were insane! It is SO much fun when guests really cut loose at the reception. It makes for the best photos! 55 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al56 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al57 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al58 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al59 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al60 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield al61 georges 217 wedding reception sheffield alAll day, I’d been scheming up a way to utilize the gorgeous bar in the George’s lobby. Towards the end of the night, I convinced Marshall to round up a few groomsmen for a photo idea—I’m so very glad he did! 62 georges 217 wedding bar63 georges 217 wedding exit64 georges 217 wedding exit65 georges 217 wedding exit
Ceremony Venue: The Chapel on Oakwood

Reception Venue/Catering: George’s 217

Coordinator: One Day to Treasure

Florist: Tuscumbia Florist

Bakery: Yummies Bakery

DJ: DJ Keeks

Hair: John Walls

Makeup: Colleen Gagnon

 

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  • Villa Lindsey - Beautiful Wedding. Loved looking at the pictures–though I knew none of the wedding party!ReplyCancel

    • jessica - Thank you so much! It was definitely one of my favorites. :)ReplyCancel

I’d been looking forward to Kelly and Jim’s St. Augustine wedding for almost a year. Combine travel to one of my favorite cities AND an amazing wedding to photograph and I’m pretty much in heaven.

I dubbed my husband Ryan as the official assistant/gear-carrier and off we went. After arriving into town a few days early, we checked into our adorable AirBnb rental and toured the Serenata Beach Club. As a destination wedding photographer, I like to be able to scout the city for beautiful photo areas and plan ahead as much as possible. It gives tons of options for the day-of AND allows me to get to know the roads/traffic ahead of time!

Kelly and Jim’s wedding day began at a bright, airy seaside cottage. From there, a first look under spanish moss, a downtown garden, and the ocean view from their Serenata Beach Club wedding made their day perfection.

 

Kelly and Jim—thank you SO much for having me! I loved every part of your incredible wedding day! <3

 

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I love the way Emily and Zac interact with one another—–a thousand little glances and smiles culminating in an obviously deep affection and tenderness. It was an honor to spend the day photographing this Nirvana Gardens wedding. Twinkling lights adorned the trees and deep blue hydrangeas were in bloom. It was a day to remember.

As the ceremony began, the skies rumbled dark and grey. The familiar sound of  heavy rainfall could be heard in the distance. The ceremony was set,  guests seated, and Zac awaited his bride. One by one, small raindrops started falling. As the Emily made her way across the grassy field, umbrellas opened—and slowly closed again.

There was no rain. The remainder of the ceremony was dry and quiet, with only Zac and Emily’s vows to be heard.

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  • Sydney McKinney Galyean - Beautiful wedding and a beautiful fun couple! congratulations!!ReplyCancel

    • jessica - Thanks Sydney! YES—it was such a gorgeous day!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Marie Tidmore - Soo sweet!! Congratulations! What a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • James Birmingham - These are wonderful y’all!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy DeArmond King - Love your Pictures.. They are Beautiful pictures of a Precious Couple..ReplyCancel

    • jessica - Thank you Kathy! They are a pretty amazing couple! :)ReplyCancel