Emily + Brian | Interracial Memphis Wedding

I feel like I start every wedding blogpost with “Where do I begin?” But this time I’m serious. I wish you could have been there. Emily and Brian’s day was sheer celebration. The uniting of two incredible people who have seen each other’s flaws, and embraced them. Who have witnessed each other’s strengths, and only empowered one other to continue using them. Who have catalyzed growth in one another. Who are in pursuit of Christ individually to glorify God together. EEK. Y’all, I could go on. And it isn’t because I idolize Brian and Emily (like I do Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard..ehm..), but because they have welcomed wisdom, counsel, and mentorship. They have not hidden struggle for the fear of losing respect or integrity. In fact, by practicing transparency, they have only gained respect and integrity. It was a full house March 10th, let me tell you. If I hadn’t been behind the camera, my hands would have been red from clapping as they swept back down the aisle as Mr + Mrs Holmes! But I really am getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the morning.

Emily was joined by some of the most wonderful ladies from every season and home of her life. The house was oozing with laughter, fruit, hairspray, and dresses. After an incredible brunch, Emily passed around some sweet letters. Mrs. Gluntz invited the  women for prayer together over Emily and her marriage, and followed with a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness and teaching through her own marriage. We all dispersed to corners of the house piling hair on the tops of heads, curling stray ends, and making funny faces in the mirror while layering mascara (we’ve all been there.) Emily chose to go minimal on her route of makeup. It was a true EmG move, and the lipstick was just the match. I hurried back from hanging with Brian to capture the most beautiful moments of her mama and aunt buttoning up the dress Eliana, her maid of honor, made over the last few months. It fit like a glove, made just for her silhouette. There were tears from all directions (including mascara draining down my cheeks as I TRIED to direct her. LOL). Brian’s best man’s daughters peeped around the corner bursting into squeals. 

Down Summer Ave a few blocks, at their soon-to-be home, Brian pulled out some fresh new shoes and his hand-made tie. Surrounded by his best friends, B greeted me at the door with a huge smile. It was THE day after all. In the living room cards were being played and jokes passed around. I pulled Brian into the kitchen for a quite moment as he opened Emily’s letter and gift addressed to her “future husband.” (If you are disgusted by how gushy and adorable it is, you need to stop now, I might put you over the edge.) Out came some awesome “nooo way, oh my gosh!”s and laughs trying to keep the tears in for later. “No she didn’t!” Inside was a book started nearly in the beginning of their story. Prints, memories, and notes of their journey so far together, followed with some incredible writing in her card (I’m sure!).

We got all the guys into the kitchen for their “groomsman” gifts. Aka, learning how to properly tie a bow tie. Not going to lie, by now I had gotten a text that Emily was ready to get her dress, so I didn’t stay for the full struggle that was going down. But rest assured, I know there was lots of blind leading the blind, lots of laughs, and of course, eleven properly tied bow ties at the end!

Em and B wanted to save their first look for down the aisle. So I took the guys to Overton Park. The nicest security guard let us snap photos and goof around in Memphis College of Art. These guys were awesome; I think you can agree, they killed it!

Next up were the ladies. Em was the only one with the traditional bouquet. She and her ladies spent the morning before wrapping and gluing eucalyptus to hoops for their “bouquets.” It looked stunning with each of their unique dresses and looks. I love all the personality and joy oozing out of these photos. The final countdown was on. We had roughly 15 minutes to get to the church when we left MCA. 

We got Em to the church just in time to have a quick prayer with her ladies. The chapel was filled with excited faces and friends greeting each other with handshakes and hugs. Everyone settled as the bridesmaids came through the doors, followed by precious flower girls, and a wagon of ring bearers pulled by one of Emily’s little sisters. We all rose as Mr. Gluntz came through the doors, with his arm linked with his eldest daughter. Em was stunning. Her elegant dress, huge smile, and swept back hair joined her down the aisle. Brian awaited his bride at the front. I’m not sure about tears between the two of them in that moment, but there were enough tears between friends and family, haha. Brian and Em wrote their vows; they had each other choking up and bursting out in laughter. It was perfect. Their mentors and parents gathered around them for a time of prayer, while the guests lifted up their own voices to the Lord.  Then they were announced Mr. and Mrs. Brian Holmes. We all went wild as they danced on stage before walking down! 

After many hugs, family photos, and all-around joyful cheers, we headed to the Brooks Museum with the wedding party. What a fun crew! Even though we were all ready to go jam at the reception, they made these photos so fun and full of memories!

Now it was time for Em + B’s portraits. The sun was setting quickly, so we only had about 10-15 minutes. We stayed in front of the Brooks for the whole time as it was the brightest spot, and just looked gorgeous with them in front! I love these photos so much. So much happiness to just be together, in each other’s arms. You can see the joy in each laugh and kiss. I love it. I love them!

My favorites. They are pretty much models at this point. 

And as the sun set, we drove to their beautiful reception where over 200 friends and family awaited the new Mr. + Mrs. Holmes! I could just gush for lines, but I’ll try to keep it short. There were beautiful details in corners, apricot jam drizzled over goat cheese, and sparkling cider for each table. After toasts and dances, the floor was open. And when I say we got down, I mean we got DOWN! There was so much freestyling and laughing going on, it was hard to keep up. Every time I turned there was an epic moment going down. Just keep scrolling!

Everything was winding down as we hustled outside! Right before Em + Brian headed into the night, they shared a last dance together. There were empty chairs, shoes spread across the room, and only a few cookies left in baskets; the room was used and loved well that night. I cherish the moment of capturing this dance so dearly. It was a timeless dance.

Emily, it was an honor to photograph your wedding. I love you guys so much, and will count it as a beloved memory forever. I cried, laughed, danced, and was so merry! I’m blessed to know y’all, and to call you dear. To many many more years of Mr. + Mrs. Holmes!

Just wanted to give a huge shout out to Jessica Lauren, who drove down from St. Louis in the midst of her own wedding season and hustle and bustle of life! Jessica, you made shooting Em and B’s wedding a dream. You were there before I even asked, you were one step a head fixing dresses, loading cars, and driving boutonnieres around. Its been an honor to get to know you better, and have you by my side. You are dear friend to Em, and I’m so thankful you got  to be here for this day.

Propcellar Wedding | Memphis, TN | Chris + Tailor Ballenger

I am so excited to catch up and start sharing 2017’s wonderful weddings.

Starting off with Chris and Tailor. This wedding was located at the Propcellar off of Summer Ave in Memphis, Tennessee. The day started with thick curtains separating sections of the large warehouse to insure they would not see each other. After stepping into her beautiful gown and he fitting and tying his shoes they prepared for their first look. He stood on one side of an indoor garage door, hands fidgeting, anxious to embrace his girl. She stood on the other side, fixing her vail, shaking and excited to see her groom. Sheer joy erupted as he ran to Tailor once the door was up. They shared laughs and giggles. We took some photos of the two of them, and other photos with their sweet wedding party. We all shuffled behind curtains as guest arrived. Once the ceremony started, you could feel the presence and sense of worship in the space. They made it priority to share the gospel through their ceremony, as well as include long time of prayer. It was beautiful as arms were stretched out over this new family unit. After they shared their first kiss, Chris and Tailor gently washed each others feet, as the first act they chose to make in marriage. After that there were tears and all smiles. They celebrated, danced, embraced, talked, screamed, and all the good things. We all headed outside at the end and waved around sparklers. What an awesome day! Enough chatting, here are the photos!!

Eser & James | Phoenix, Arizona Wedding

I could spend an entire evening writing about this wedding. I’m going to do my best to keep it short. For them it starts just over a year ago. They committed to long distance, intentionally pursue each other in every way they could. I have so much admiration for their love and commitment.

I was ecstatic to hear from Eser over FB. We skyped, and I was overwhelmed by the joy in my friend’s life. How the Lord had taken her and written such a beautiful story. I’m so proud of Steph, and knowing James for the few days that I did, he is a man worthy of her love. I am praying he uses you in even more ways though your marriage. Before the wedding, I hadn’t seen Eser in 11 years. Her family had moved away when I was young, but I still remember playing on their farm. We would make mud cakes, play house, and run around. Our snacks were vegetables and props were normally twigs and mud. It was the life. Being welcomed back into their home was was the highlight of my year. It was like nothing had changed (except maybe we don’t have dirty faces, and are not playing fake wedding anymore). I felt a part of their family. I was just in a state of happiness the entire weekend interacting with my childhood friends now grown up and married, and meeting their children. Thank you, Norris family, for taking me in as one of your own.

The wedding itself was simply wonderful. If my wedding is half as beautiful and intentional as James & Eser’s, I will considered it a pure gift. Eser had searched for a venue outside, big enough to host all of their guests for quite some time. It was a huge blessing to find this orchard through one of her bridesmaids; it was exactly what she wanted. The soups were made by women in the church. Corn chowder, lentil soup, and a couple other kinds followed bagels and fruit after the ceremony. Eser handmade the bread bowls and butter dishes in her pottery class for the tables. While in Turkey over the summer, they collected little patterned tile magnets as favors. One of my favorite things about the entire wedding, was how important the guests were. It was so clear how the people coming to this wedding came to stand beside them and celebrate them. I was overwhelmed by the kind words poured over both James and Eser. People flying in from all over to witness this marriage take place. It was so beautiful how many places were signed on the maps they laid out as guest books. Just before heading down the aisle, the women from Eser’s life gathered around her, laying a hand, pouring blessings and prayers over her and James. The ceremony was filled with worship. Such an honor to not be a part of such a wedding, but to capture it. Then came the wedding party photos. We had a blast throwing bouquets and making them kiss. 😛 Their reception was built on dancing, conversation, genuine speeches, and a joy that stayed even as they ran through a tunnel of guests to their get-away car. I know I’ve already rambled and written out what you will see, SO here is the wedding itself. <3 Congratulations Eser & James.

                

I stole them for a few more moments before they left. Love these two and the laughs they shared that day. 

Andrew & Amelia | Australian American Wedding

I got a message almost a year ago from Amelia & Andrew. We were rained out that visit into Memphis, but thankfully we got to spend christmas eve exploring South Main and taking some engagement photos. We instantly got along, and upon delivery of that gallery, I became their wedding photographer. ANd then came October 1st, 2016. Over 25 friends and family members flew in from Australia to watch Andrew and Amelia join hands. It was so incredible to see the two countries celebrate together. Their was laughter, jokes, and so much joy. The girls started their morning downtown at the Madison, while the boys hung out at the coolest little rented home on South Main. At around 2:00 Amelia and Andrew headed off to Court Square for their first look. What moment and place! I enjoyed every moment of my time with them. Trollies around us, veil in the wind, it was out of a movie! We took a stroll down to Confederate park where their 18 best friend met us. Man, what a group of good looking people! The flower crowns were the last touch to each girl’s hand picked dress. So thankful for the incredible buildings of downtown Memphis, and that awesome wedding party!

Off to a gorgeous residence in Midtown for their short but sweet wedding ceremony. Then came the celebration of a lifetime for Amelia and Andrew. The night was filled with speeches that left people busting in laughter. An incredible layout of delicious courses. The plates, champagne, candles, what a dinner! A dinner followed by a full dance floor all night. Drinks, barefeet, and a phenomenal live band, finished with a long line of family and friends cheering the happy couple into the night!

Thank you Andrew and Amelia for letting me be apart of your story and capturing this incredible day. It was an honor, and honestly such an amazing event! What a testimony to your love for friends and family as they gathered from all around the world to stand beside y’all. Congradulations on your marriage! <3

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Florist/Design/Coordinator- Hardin House
Invitations- Original Ink
Hair- Rachel Evans at Sache
Makeup- Matt Gossett
901 shirts came from Indigo
Bridesmaids earrings-Kendra Scott
Suit for grooms and groomsmen- MJ Bale
Venue- Home of Megan Hurdle
Catering- Club Windward

Iona & Jeremiah | Tennessee Woodland Wedding

It’s been far too long since I got to live this day!  Iona and Jeremiah gave me so much room to be creative. They poured their personalties, story, and roots into every detail- from the invitations Iona created using the type writer Jeremiah got her, to the hand written vows they spoke, all the way to the traditional Scottish dances at the reception.

Thank you Iona and Jeremiah for inviting me into your day; for letting me be apart of sharing your story; for letting me stand with you in every moment of your wedding day. Its beautiful to see how the Lord brought the both of you together, and even more special to watch you join hands for life. It was an absolute joy to be apart of the celebration that launched y’all into the Lord’s work as a married couple.

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The wonderful Vendors:

Venue: Bear Creek Events

Caterer: Gourmet Your Way

Ice Cream: Maggie Moos

Band: Emerald Accent Irish Music

Florist: loose flowers from Sandi’s Florists. The bride and bridesmaids put them together.

Dress: David’s Bridals

Videographer: Joshua Stephans