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Perryn + Brendan // A Wedding with New York Style and Alabama Tradition

When Perryn and I first began chatting via email, it was easy to see we were going to hit it off juuuust fine. An Alabama girl who fell in love with a northerner and currently lives in New York City? Yes, please. An interior designer and avid lover of all things Kate Spade? Check, check. Planning a wedding combining traditional Southern elements and big city style to give their NYC friends their first taste of Southern hospitality? Sign me up!

Despite a threat of rain and intense storms, everything came together just as planned for Perryn and Brendan’s big day. Perryn’s friend and bridesmaid did the stunning florals (she was convinced to come out of retirement just for this!), and another friend from New York performed a lovely song during the ceremony, which took place at the gorgeous First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa. So many great memories from this day, not the least of which was the groom’s brothers dance solo to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (see below :)). Many thanks to my friend Carrie for coming out to assist me on this one!

Enjoy!

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Suzi + Art // A Periwinkle Garden Wedding in Memphis

There are few things I find to be more romantic than a garden wedding in summer (perhaps because that’s what I had myself!), and Suzi and Art’s wedding didn’t disappoint. From the infectious joy and big personalities of the couple, which I encountered for the first time when we met at Rojo for lunch and then again at their engagement session, to the meticulously planned details that came together thanks to the incredible team at Bella Baxter Events, to the super fun dance party that ensued later in the evening…. perfection. Many people would shy away from an outdoor wedding in Memphis in June, but one look at the photos and it’s hard not to forget all the sweating and get swept up in the romance of it all.

While the details of this wedding were beyond gorgeous, the thing that will probably continue to stand out most for me as I look back on this day were the moments. The moment that Suzi put her dress on at her childhood home with her mom and sister and best friends surrounding her. The moment that Suzi’s dad’s best friend officiated the ceremony (wearing an incredible bolo tie, I might add), and then later strapped on a guitar and performed the song for the first dance.  The moment, right after the ceremony, that Suzi and Art looked at each other in wonder and said we’re married! (Always a favorite.) The moment when the band handed over the microphone to Suzi and the bridesmaids to sing Proud Mary. So many meaningful, beautiful snapshots in time.

Enjoy!

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Lizzie + Eric // A 1960’s-Inspired Downtown Wedding

Guys, I don’t know how I got so lucky during my last official wedding season, but I seriously struck gold with the most stylish, laidback, fun, really, really in love couples. I kind of can’t believe it. It’s been the perfect way to end close this particular chapter of my career.

Lizzie and Eric? Dang. Where do I begin? Lizzie’s style is crazy enviable. I’m all about her love for the retro– especially since she pulls it off in such a modern, non-time-capsule-y way. Their wedding very much had the feel of a 1960’s celebration, from the polka-dotted blusher (which I very much wanted to steal and wear every day), to the classic bows and Liberty of London printed ties, to the string quartet playing Beach Boys covers, to the sweet and simple wedding cake, to the lattice backdrop set up for the ceremony (an absolute staple of all those mid-century church basement reception photos you see, but totally updated for 2015).

I knew when I met these two for their engagement photos that they would bring it on the wedding day, but even I underestimated just how much it would be brought. Hope you enjoy looking through these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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