One thing that I love about Hannah and Eli’s story is how much of it involves being stuck in cars together. The first time they met was at a Huntsville music festival (featuring Akon– the DJ played one of his songs at the reception in honor of this :)), when they were forced to drive back to Tuscaloosa after it was over– just the two of them, having only just met– so that their mutual friends who were interested in each other could ride back together. Hannah said she wasn’t happy about it at first, thinking it was going to be incredibly awkward, but they ended up hitting it off and talking nonstop for the 2+ hour drive.
Then, not long after they began dating, a group of their friends decided to road trip to California when Alabama went to the 2009 national championship. They drove straight through, taking turns driving and sleeping in a small van. Quite an adventure for a newly blossoming relationship! And since then, these two have created many more memories on the road in Hannah’s car “Betsy,” which is known for breaking down and running out of gas in random places. Between that and their knack for getting lost, it’s no wonder many of their best stories begin with “We were riding in Betsy when…”
I’m so honored that I had the opportunity to shoot their wedding up in Hartselle (and thankfully, no crazy car stories were part of it ;)). Hannah and Eli are literally two of the smiliest people I’ve ever met, and it’s a joy to be around them and see them light up around each other. And both sides of their family… well, they know how to have a good time. There was so much laughter and dancing and hugging throughout the day that it was contagious. From Hannah’s emotional first dance with her father, to Eli’s grandmother tearing up the dance floor in her 6-inch heels, to everything in between, it was a wonderful day.
Huge thanks to Mary Margaret Smith for her mad second shooting skills!
ADORE the shot below that Mary Margaret captured while I was in the midst of shooting family portraits. Every moment matters and I’m always thankful for a second pair of eyes on a wedding day. :)
Eli’s groomsmen each stuck a Matchbox car in his pocket when they walked down to the front of the church during the ceremony, so that his pockets were bulging the entire time. It was pretty cute. :)
The way Hannah’s sister and twin brothers were also crying during her dance with their father was just adorable. Love this family.
I don’t typically include group photos like this in blog posts, but Eli’s friends and family requested a silly photo and totally nailed it, so I have to give credit where it’s due. I mean, just LOOK at the dude who jumped 5 feet in the air for this! haha
Hannah and Eli, congratulations and thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of it!