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Candace + Kevin // A Colorful, Earthy Aldridge Gardens Wedding

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When Alabama-native Candace got accepted to a school in Colorado only a year after she started dating Kevin, she had no idea what he would think. She wasn’t sure if he’d want to do long distance, or if he’d be willing to move out there with her. Turns out, he decided he was all in and made the trek out west with her, and they’ve been head over heels for each other– and for their new home state– ever since. I love that they’ve fully embraced the Colorado lifestyle… they’re very outdoorsy, love their precious pup and take her everywhere, are eco-friendly (they brought their own recycling bins to the wedding venue!), and mostly just love being together. They’re both just so kind and laid back, and it truly was an honor to document their wedding here in Birmingham at the gorgeous Aldridge Gardens.

Highlights of the day for me: the lovely wildflower-esque florals by Dorothy McDaniel’s, the potted succulent favors, Candace walking down the aisle to a Phish song wearing the cutest purple-ribboned sandals I’ve ever seen, Kevin’s tears, Candace’s parents’ tears, everyone’s tears, the mini fried apple pies that I ate about 7 of, the hilarious first look with their dog, the COLORS, and the fact that I had my friend Taylor Haynie by my side to help me capture the day (you’ll see some of her gorgeous shots below!).

I hope you guys enjoy reliving the day through my lens! Thank you so much for having me! :)

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carly - Most darling first look ever!

Kayla F - Omgsh! You are so right about the colors! So beautiful…and that first look! Priceless!!! :D

Candace - Morgan and Taylor thank you so much for your wonderful creative work! You two were just amazing! So as I sit in my car getting ready to go into work I’m browsing through Facebook and see your post. I got so excited to see the pictures once again. Jack Johnson’s new song I got you came on and I was reading the precious description you wrote and the waterworks came again!! I loved reliving it all over. Thank you for allowing us to relive it through your amazing photos for the rest of our lives!

Serena Severtson - Oh Morgan, this is the sweetest… and I just love how they had their dog there for their first look! Awesome work as always!

Meghan - Love these pictures! Looks like such a fun couple to photograph! Succulents as wedding favors is a fantastic idea!!

Rebekah - Gorgeous photos!!

Emily - Stunning work as always! I love all of the succulents, and especially that their pup was part of the first look! <3

Kelly Cummings - Haha, I love his socks, the succulents, and the bouquets! Lovely!

Elizabeth Furst - Your shots rock! Candace and Kevin look amazing!! It was so wonderful to be apart of their special day. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Aldridge Gardens

Candace & Kevin | Wedding ceremony & reception at Aldridge Botanical Gardens | Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market - […] Birmingham wedding photographer Morgan Trinker of Morgan Trinker Photography did an excellent job {as always} of capturing those details. You can check out her blog of their wedding here. […]

Candace - Pretty photos! I’m interested in finding out where the bride purchased her shoes as I just have to have them!!??

Candace - I’m not sure how long ago this comment was made but my shoes are sseko’s They were super comfy all day long and they support a great cause!!!

Taylor + Bo // Seven Years

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You might recognize these two gorgeous faces from a session I did with them a year and a half ago way out in the country. Taylor and Bo are two of my photographer friends here in Birmingham and are just as sweet as can be. Last time we got together for photos, they were celebrating 11 years of being together… this time, they wanted to commemorate their 7th wedding anniversary. I LOVE that they place so much importance on having their love captured as time goes on, and I know their children are one day going to adore having these photos and watching their parents grow up and fall deeper in love with each other.

These two are just so easy in front of the camera. Believe it or not, that’s something that automatically comes with being a photographer yourself. In fact, we photographers are sometimes way more awkward and uncomfortable being photographed than our clients are. But Taylor and Bo? They just have this way about them that shines in photographs. The way they look at each other, make each other laugh, hug each other tight… it’s just so perfect. I think if anyone is capable of debunking the idea of the “seven year itch,” it’s them.

I’m so, so pleased with how these turned out. Hope you enjoy! :)

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elle Danielle - Love Love Love! Love!

Sachin Khona - Beautiful!!

The colours are amazing!

Crystal - Beautiful!

Melissa + James // A Built-by-Hand Wedding in the Woods

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Melissa and James describe themselves as old souls, and like to joke about how they already acted like an old married couple long before their wedding day. They’d rather curl up on the couch with a good movie than go out (which I can most definitely relate to!), and since they’ve known each other since Melissa was in fifth grade and James was in sixth, it makes sense that they’ve already achieved the level of comfort and ease together that many couples don’t experience until well into their marriage. I also love that they purchased their first home together (where they now live) in the same small town of Remlap where many of their family members live. They even decided to have their wedding at Melissa’s grandparents’ home there, and the whole event had an it-takes-a-village vibe to it, which was so neat. Melissa’s family worked so hard on that land to prep it for the big day, and even constructed all of the ceremony seating, the altar, and the decor from scratch. (When you see the photos below, you’ll understand just how amazing this is.)

Unfortunately, the night before the wedding, Alabama experienced severe storms and heavy rain throughout the night and into the early morning on Saturday. Since everything was planned to take place out in the open, in the middle of the woods, they had to make the last-minute decision to construct tents over the ceremony and reception sites. Although this wasn’t part of Melissa’s vision, she handled it all so graciously, insisting that it was much better to prepare for the worst. So she put on her cowboy boots, traipsed through deep mud for the sake of great photos (like the one above!), and didn’t bat an eyelash because she knew what was most important… she was FINALLY getting to marry the love of her life, and no amount of rain was going to prevent it. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my clients?

A huge thanks to Elle Danielle who assisted me on this one… you’ll see a few of her photos sprinkled throughout!

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Melissa and I share a love for aqua… love the socks she had her bridesmaids wear under their cowboy boots. :)

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See what I mean about how amazing all the built-from-scratch decor was?!

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Loooooved all the seersucker and boots. A southern wedding through and through!

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So sweet.

Cutest flower girl and ring bearer EVER. :)

So I’m convinced that Melissa is a younger and even cuter version of Amy Poehler, who is one of my favorite people. LOVE.

Congratulations Melissa and James! I wish you the best of luck and all the happiness in your “old soul” marriage! :)

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katie - I can’t believe this was a diy wedding! The details are amazing. And what an adorable couple…you did such a great job of showing us who they are. :)

elle Danielle - “Younger and cuter version of…” hehe. Great job Morgan!!

alex - Oh my word.

Carrie Joy - Wow. This wedding! Amazing. I love everything about how Southern, awesome & amazingly DIY-ed everything is! OMG. And of course your photos rocked. As always. I love you & your gift for photography & words. Have a mentioned I want to be you when I grow up? ;) xoxo

Holly - where did you get the seersucker bridesmaid dresses??

Melissa - Holly, I’m not sure how long ago you posted your comment, but they were from Bella Bridesmaid in Birmingham, Al

Aloria - LOVE! How did you get the string lights to hang?