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Elizabeth + Shelton // A Mountain View Wedding

Gorham’s Bluff is one of those wedding venues that, once you get out and see it in person, you can’t believe you didn’t know about it sooner. It’s only about an hour’s drive northeast of Birmingham, and you drive through some kinda strange areas to get there, but once you do, it’s like driving onto a movie set. Literally. My first thought was that we were on the set of The Truman Show. They’ve built this perfect getaway nestled in the mountains, with adorable little houses and cottages and cabins, with everyone’s bikes leaned up against their white picket fences, waiting for an adventure. And the main house and lawn, where weddings are typically held, offer up the most jaw-dropping views and scenery. Absolute perfection!

Liz and Shelton’s wedding was the perfect kind to have at a venue like this. These two are as laid back as they come, and they just wanted to create a whole weekend getaway for their family and friends to celebrate with them. Most of the guests rented out houses and stayed both nights, which allowed everyone to really be able to enjoy themselves. And the weather? Couldn’t have been better! There was a perfect almost-fall crispness to the air, and the sunset that day was particularly breathtaking… and just so happened to occur *right* during the ceremony. Talk about a magical backdrop.

My lovely friend Ali Thurwachter assisted me on this wedding, and I was so thankful for her talent and her company, especially on the drive home at 1:00 am! :) (I can’t believe I get to shoot HER wedding this July! #pinchme)

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One of the most wonderful moments of the day happened right after the ceremony. Liz is a veterinarian and an animal lover, so she arranged for one of her colleagues to transport two rehabilitated owls to be released back into the wild, and she and Shelton got to be the ones to do it. Everyone clapped and oohed and ahhed with glee as they flew off. So great!

Congratulations Liz + Shelton! You guys are awesome!

Venue: Gorham’s Bluff // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Florist: Vicki’s Flowers // Hair and Makeup: The Transformation // Music: Crystal Clear Band // Stationery: Brittany Baker // Styling: Vintage on Macon


Sarah Gray - The owls brought tears to my eyes. I’m a sap for animals… And that was so perfect! Beautiful capture too. This scenery here is stunning.

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