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Lauren + David // A Clubhouse on Highland Wedding with Purple, Pops, and Pouring Rain

clubhouse on highland weddingEvery time I wake up on a Saturday that I’m shooting a wedding and I look outside and the rain is just a-pouring (which has happened quite a lot this season), I can’t help but start singing “It’s like raaaaaaaiiiiiin on your wedding day!” It’s a disease. Darn you, Alanis! (You’re singing it now too, aren’t you? Have fun with that today! ;) )

Lucky for me, my brides and grooms never see the rain as a terrible disaster, as the song might lead you to believe. Honest to goodness, when I showed up to the Clubhouse on Highland for Lauren and Dave’s wedding, you would never have guessed that it was drizzling relentlessly just outside the windows. (Literally you guys… it DID NOT STOP. For even a few minutes. The ENTIRE day.) The mood was upbeat and laid back, which is how I like to roll, personally. It’s how every wedding day should be!

I just loved this wedding. You may remember these two from their engagement session (during which they ate ice cream in the freezing cold– it was pretty sweet), and you may have figured out pretty quickly that Lauren loves purple, which manifested itself on the wedding day in gorgeous bouquets of lavender. You might also remember their love for the Atlanta Braves, which showed up in the custom baseball bats gifted to the groomsmen and their tomahawk war chant performed during the first kiss (awesome). And instead of ice cream, they brought in Steel City Pops for the reception, which was a HUGE hit. You guys know how much I love weddings infused with personal details, so it was all a treat to photograph.

Huge thank you to the one and only Mary Margaret Smith for assisting me on this one! Love her!

On to the photos….

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Quite the adorable couple, aren’t they?

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Oh, how this umbrella has come in handy this year. :)

Congratulations Lauren and Dave! It was a joy to be a part of your celebration!


Sally + Chris // A Polka-Dotted Pensacola Wedding

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I first met Sally and Chris when they were both in the wedding party at Maren and Quint’s wedding in Auburn last year. They’re all best friends with each other, which I think is pretty awesome. Quint and Chris grew up together, then they went to Auburn University with Maren, and then Maren met Sally in graduate school in Nashville. (Who totally wants to go watch When Harry Met Sally now? Just me? Okay, cool.) Sally says she knew Maren was up to something when they would visit Quint, and sure enough, she was trying to set her up with Chris. Lucky for them, it worked, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. So when Sally first emailed me (not too long after catching the bouquet at Maren and Quint’s wedding!) about shooting her wedding in Pensacola, I did a little happy dance. I couldn’t wait to hang out with this group again!

We started the day at Sally’s parents gorgeous beach home, where the girls were getting ready. Sally told me ahead of time that the wedding would have a quasi polka dot theme, but I still wasn’t prepared for her adorable polka-dotted Kate Spade heels. (Seriously… BRIDE AFTER MY OWN HEART.) And it only got better as the day progressed! This was SUCH a fun wedding to be apart of, and after witnessing their emotional signing of the ketubah, glass stomping during the ceremony, and hora dancing, I also kind of wish my family was Jewish. ;) I’ll get to more details as we go, but let’s start with the photos!

But first, a huge shout out to my dear friend Mary Margaret Smith for driving down to Pensacola and spending the weekend with me and second shooting! It was so nice to make it another “workcation” with her. You’ll see some of her captures below. :)

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Maren and Jessica gave Sally such a great gift– a commissioned painting of her bouquet by the amazing Lulie Wallace! I’m kinda jealous, y’all.

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Emotional first looks with Dad get me every. single. time.

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Sally, you are STUNNING.

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Can’t even with this.

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According to Jewish wedding tradition, the bride and groom must sign a ketubah, a special marriage agreement. This happened prior to the ceremony in a room with a handful of witnesses. It was such a sweet moment because the rabbi (a longtime friend of the family) kept getting emotional. Oh, and Sally’s dress nearly caught on fire when Chris went to douse the candle in the cup of wine. But no biggie. ;)

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Love the frame below, captured by MM.

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The night of the wedding was the night that the super moon was out. It rose over the water during the cocktail hour and was absolutely stunning. So of course we had to get a few portraits with it. :) What a cool story to be able to tell about your wedding day!

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Apparently the hora and low ceilings do not go well together. ;)

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Congratulations Sally and Chris! Thank you for allowing us to be part of your big day… we loved every minute of it!


Janet Kahn - Absolutely beautiful photography!
Thank you Morgan and Mary Margaret!
It was such a pleasure meeting both of you.

Maren - THIS. This is amazing and wonderful and fantastic and beautiful. I am so in awe of you, Morgan. You captured this day and the feeling of the day beyond my wildest dreams. I was so lucky to get to be a part of this whole chris and sally loving each other thing and being a part of this day made it that much better. Thank you so much for these pictures!! Sally, I’ll put deodorant on you any time you need it. Just say the word. LOVE.

Kristi Burton - Morgan, you never fail to amaze me. It’s about time I commented on here. I can’t believe I’ve been too lazy to do so thus far. That session is absolutely gorgeous. I loved your perspective on all those pics. Thanks again for being so kind to me when I needed it badly. You are one of a kind.

Rebekah - Beautifully captured Morgan!

Kelly Cummings - LOVE the kiss, such a perfect shot (why can’t more ceremonies be outside?!), love the tree in front of the house, the ceremony spot, the super moon, all the gorgeous photos of the bride and groom! So awesome!

Kaitie Bryant - Ahhhh Morgan!! I’m in love with the top photo- so so gorgeous!! And I loved the one of the mother of the bride telling her husband something during the ceremony- so perfect. I wish I could second shoot with you some day!!!

Ginger + Zack // A Movie-Worthy Engagement Session

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If you feel like you’ve seen these two before, it’s not just your imagination. Zack and Ginger were the perfect models for my St. Patrick’s Day shoot a few months ago, because like I said then, not only are they redheaded lovers of all things Irish, they also are an actual engaged couple. We decided they needed an engagement session to get some portraits that weren’t at a fake wedding shoot, so we made plans for another session. ;) I *love* that they brought so many ideas to the table, and the end result is (in my opinion) so very “them.”

We started the afternoon at the Alabama Theater, which has sentimental value because it’s where Zack pulled off one of the greatest proposals ever. But first, I have to back up and explain that these two love movies, especially the great American classics. One of their absolute favorites is The Sound of Music. So when Zack asked Ginger if she wanted to go to a special screening of it at the theater, she immediately agreed and didn’t think anything of it. When they walked up to the ticket booth and handed over their tickets, she still wasn’t thinking anything of it. When they walked into the theater and it was completely empty, she still wasn’t thinking anything of it. (She now says she just figured they were early. :)) But when the lights went down and the movie began, instead of the “hills are alive” opening scene she was expecting, she was seeing her story played out on the big screen. Zack remembers having to wait on his knee for a long time next to her, because it took awhile for her to figure out what was happening and look over at him. But when she did, he presented her with a journal (seen below) in which he had carved out a little nook for her ring inside. DYING, y’all. DY-ING. 

So needless to say, the theater was a perfect place to start their session. And to make things extra fun, they brought along bags full of costumes inspired by some of their favorite movies: The Sound of Music (of course), Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. SO great! I love when couples bring ideas like this to the table, because it’s not every day I get to shoot engagement sessions with costumes. ;)

After we left the theater, we headed to English Village, one of our mutually favorite spots in Birmingham because of Chez Lulu and the generally European feel of the area. And even though the skies decided to open up and pour down rain on us, we decided it was only fitting for the scenery. Luckily we brought our matching umbrellas, so we made very good use of them, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. You know what they say about life giving you lemons…


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Heidi R. - They are so cute! Great shots!

Addie Talley - Cute doesnt even begin to describe this one!!!

Emily - 1. These two are so stinking photogenic. Not fair.
2. I love that she has the necklace on from the St. Patrick’s day shoot!
3. Nerdy couples are my favorite. :)

katie - They are adorable.
And you make Birmingham look so cool.

Kelly Cummings - Love this and love them! I’m so excited we get to tag team their wedding! They are the best!

Sarah - Can I be you when I grow up?! Just kidding… BUT these are so awesome :)

Gina Lindsey-Grantham - I have tears streaming down my face as beijng Zack’s mother, I KNOW that Ginger IS the one and I love her with my whole heart! you both make you momma’s proud!

Paula McLane Jennings - What wonderful fun photos! Ginger and I are online friends but we have never met in real life so it was a pleasure to see these and have a glimpse into her real life. Beautiful work and I’m sure the wedding photos will be stunning!