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Ginger + Zack // An Ireland, Harry Potter, and Autumn-Inspired Nashville Wedding

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If you’ve spent any amount of time on my blog, Ginger and Zack’s faces are probably starting to look pretty familiar. They modeled for my St. Patrick’s Day styled shoot last year, and several months later, we did a real engagement session complete with Harry Potter costumes and a lot of rain. So needless to say, when they asked my BFF Kelly and I to tag team their wedding in Nashville this past October, we were ALL IN. (We also got to work with our dear friend Kelly Dellinger, who was their wedding planner!)

One thing I love about these two is how they have this very specific style as a couple. You immediately notice that they’re both redheads, but once you get to talking to them, you realize how perfect that is, because they share a strong love for Ireland (and I believe they both have Irish heritage?) as well as all things green. They both adore Harry Potter and Indiana Jones and woodland creatures (especially foxes), so the fall season and color palette somehow just kind of suits them perfectly. A ceremony at the Hogwarts-esque Scarritt Bennett Center followed by a reception in the perfectly industrial Houston Station made perfect sense for a Ginger-and-Zack wedding. Kelly and I spent the day drooling over all the details, from the gorgeous fall-inspired florals by Rosemary and Finch to the travel-inspired decor to the cake topper with Zack’s family crest on it…. which, perfectly enough, features a swan, and Ginger’s maiden name is Swan. *swoon*

I could honestly go on and on and on, but then I might never hit publish on the post, and these photos just need to be shared! :) You can also click here to see Kelly’s perspective and read some thoughts from Ginger about the day. Thank you so much to the most amazing redheaded couple we know for asking us to be apart of your day! We had the best time!

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Lorraine - That might be my favorite shot ever of a groom seeing his bride for the first time (okay okay, besides my own!). What a great wedding! Those green bottles are to die for, too!

Kelsey Tae - I love the shot of him seeing her walking down the aisle! Wow. So sweet! I’m also a huge fan of the Marauder’s Map programs – how clever!!!

Debbie - I have to agree with Lorraine – the look on the groom’s face is priceless! It looks like he he is saying a great big WOW!!!!! OR OOOOHHHH!!!!! Maybe both :) The photo where they are standing in the doorway of the church stealing a moment of privacy is also great! What a fun, unique and beautiful wedding! Super photography ladies!!!!!!

katie - What a fantastic wedding! So many amazing pictures of their day, but I have to say the shot of the minister and the groom might be my favorite because I think I love the minister’s expression almost as much as Zack’s!

Meredith - Morgan, you are too cool for school. These are amazing! LOVE the getting ready shots and the bridal portraits of her inside! Such gorgeous light!

So Long, 2013

Confession time: This post almost didn’t happen.

Things have been super crazy busy this season, and my to-do list is still miles long, so when the time came to put together a 2013 recap post, I asked myself if it was realllly worth it. After all, last year’s post took me a solid 3 days to design and write, and for some inexplicable reason I feel compelled to outdo myself every year, so after doing the math I figured this one would take me at least a week. But then, as everyone’s else’s year-in-review posts began popping up in my newsfeed, I had a revelation: sometimes I just have to stop making things so darn complicated and difficult. The whole reason for these kinds of posts is to reflect on the past year… the ways we’ve grown, the mistakes we’ve made, our triumphs, our losses, our good times and bad. To see how far we’ve come, but also to learn from the past in order to grow in the future. It’s not about how fancy it looks. The sentiment is what matters. So in the interest of keeping this simple enough to be motivated to actually do it instead of just stressing out about it, this year’s format is a little different. It is simply a collection of some of my very favorite images from this year. No specific order, no rhyme or reason, no division. I did include at least one photo from every single wedding and portrait session I’ve done this year, some of which have never been blogged or have yet to be blogged, but other than that, there’s no real format.

And now that it’s done, I’m so, so glad I made the time for it. On one hand, I consider it a way of saying thank you to all of my wonderful clients who allow me to make a living doing what I love. But I also didn’t realize until just now how much I needed this for myself. Lest I forget how much this work matters. Lest I forget the smiles and the tears and the belly laughs and the warm embraces. Lest I forget that some days I learn that a grandmother I just photographed at a wedding passed away unexpectedly and mine was the last photograph of her ever taken… and other days I have the privilege of taking the very first photograph of a newborn baby with its adoring parents. Goodness, how easy it is to get swept up in editing and to-do lists and silly stresses. This is not a job I have to do. It’s a job I get to do.

2013, you’ve been a hard year. A year full of changes and challenges. But you’ve been a very good year. And lest I forget, here’s my reminder:

2014, you’ve got a tough act to follow! But I cannot wait to see what you’ve got in store…

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Sarah - Amen Sister! A picture is worth a thousand words after all ;-) 2013 was awesome because it was the year I got to fan-girl out over you shooting my wedding. It was such a highlight for me and 9 months later my friends and family are still talking about not only how great the wedding was but also how wonderful the pictures turned out… so thank YOU for that! BIG KISS and maybe we can meet again some day <3

heather - This post gave me a serious case of the warm and fuzzies. Thanks for sharing, Morgan. Happy New Year!

Amanda - Morgan, what a year!! I enjoyed looking back at your work which is pure artistic genius. Each picture is perfect in its own way! You have got some mad photography skills!! Love you and so happy you get to do what you love!!

Melanie - It was a great year indeed! Loved this post, Mom

Debbie - Like a fine wine Morgan,you get better with each passing year and 2013 was no exception. May 2014 bring you much joy both personally and professionally.
With much love and admiration, Debbie

katie - Perfect. Every word, every picture. And totally love my little boy up there in that collection of gorgeous images. ♥

Kristi Burton - Your work is absolutely amazing! I have so loved following it this last year and am way excited to continue to. Happy New Year! xo

Angela - I don’t think I have told you lately how much I heart you. That is all.

Carmen - The b&w with the dad who looks like he’s wearing a tie-tux with his newborn baby is just too much. I loved it when you originally posted it, and I love it now!

2014 has to be the year you shoot us again!

elle Danielle - For a post that almost didn’t happen, it’s a doozy… So many beautiful moments captured in 2013!!

Kimber - Love! May 2014 be just as fabulous for you Morgan! xo

Kaitie Bryant - you’re the cats pajamas, morgan!!! seriously this is such an awesome collection of photos. 2014 is the year we hang out and shoot together!!

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Haley + Dylan // A Modern Gadsden Wedding

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you got some much-needed quality time with your loved ones! I’m writing this from Texas, where Jamie and I have been visiting his family for the past week. And while I’ve very much enjoyed getting plenty of R&R, I’m also itching to share some more of my 2013 weddings with you guys. So before my MIL and I head out to check out the Target after-Christmas sales, I wanted to take some time to tell you guys about one of my favorite weddings this year.

Haley is one of my fellow photographers here in Alabama, and when she initially sent me an email asking if I’d be interested in shooting her wedding (and sent me a link to her Pinterest board!), I couldn’t type my response quickly enough. (I’ve had the honor of shooting THREE weddings of photographer friends this year and it has been so much fun! A huge honor, and a little nerve-wracking if we’re being real, but mostly such a blast.) She told me about her fiancé Dylan, and how they actually got engaged a few years ago, but then a little surprise in the form of an adorable pint-sized son named Fox came along, and they decided to wait until he was a little older to officially tie the knot. I love that they did, because it was so special to have him there. Dylan carried him down the aisle and held him as Haley walked down with her dad, and they all stood and held hands together. It was wonderful.

adore Haley and Dylan’s fun, modern style. Haley and I share a love for black and white stripes and gold sparkles and all things vintage-modern, so I was squealing like a little girl as I walked around the venue and checked out all her fabulous DIY projects and details. The blessing and curse of being a wedding photographer is that you’re exposed to the whole spectrum of trends and color palettes and vendors on a pretty regular basis, so I’m not sure whether that made it easier or harder for Haley to narrow down exactly what she wanted. (I’m pretty sure if I had been a photographer back when I was planning my own wedding, and if blogs and Pinterest were around, my brain would’ve exploded. ha.) Either way, she and Dylan did a great job of prioritizing what was most important to them and making it happen, and the result was definitely one of the most fun weddings I’ve been to.

I’ll get to more details soon enough, but for now I’ll start showing the goods. A HUGE thank you to my second shooter (and intern this fall!) Elizabeth Bacon for coming along and helping out and having (as always) such a positive and encouraging attitude on wedding days. She captured some of the gorgeous shots you’ll see below!

Onward…

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How great are those DIY invites Haley designed and assembled? Love the gold-on-black addressing too.

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There’s that sweet little Fox!

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Here might be a good place to tell you that Dylan was a United Colors of Benetton model as a child when his family lived in Italy. So yeah…

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Super sweet first look. Lots of tears. :)

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Haley, you’re a knockout. Yep.

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I feel I should also mention that Dylan is hilarious. Below is a behind-the-scenes shot of the above photograph being taken. ;)

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Wedding party in black and white? Yes please!

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It was a fun group, no doubt about it.

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Elizabeth and I were dying over their venue, Events on Court. The exterior reminded us a lot of New Orleans-style courtyards, and the interior had a very industrial, open, loft kind of feel. It’s great to know that spaces like this exist in Gadsden (which is not that far from Birmingham, brides… ;)).

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Fox was munching on a banana for most of the ceremony. It was so stinkin’ adorable.

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Love this sweet shot of Haley and her father that Elizabeth captured right before they walked down the aisle.

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Fun fact: the officiant, Drew, is one of Haley and Dylan’s clients-turned-friends. They shot his and Danielle’s wedding earlier this year (and it was also adorable!), and they’ve become close friends since. Haley and Dylan asked him to become ordained just to do their ceremony. How special is that?

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Just can’t handle the cuteness.

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This reception? Yeah, it was ridiculously fun.

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You know it’s a good party if the centerpieces wind up in the guacamole, am I right?

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Haley and Dylan, thank you so so much for having me along to capture this gorgeous day! We had an insanely fun time and wish you and your precious little family all the best!

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Meredith Sledge - These are so beautiful!! The bride and groom just look so happy!! I love the groom’s smile! Is that weird? Haha. Nicely done Morgan!!!

emily - i love basically everything about this! amazing work :)

Haley - Morgan — these are so amazingly perfect; I cannot imagine having anyone better to document our day. Thanks for everything! :)

Carmen - Well my lordy, if that ceremony didn’t make me teary eyed! Beautiful!

Wes Roberts - This wedding looks awesome. I love how you captured not only the personalities of the wedding party, but the emotions of everyone as they were watching these two become husband and wife! Awesome pics!!