Amanda & Seth | Craft Farms Wedding in Gulf Shores, AL

From the moment I met Amanda & Seth, I knew they would be a great couple to work with. There's a few things that I envision when I think about working my my "exactly type" of couple. They're madly in love, relaxed, fun loving people.. and that's exactly Amanda & Seth! You can see from their portraits that they were naturals in front of the camera with such beautiful chemistry! 

Their wedding took place at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores and it was quite an adventure with ominous clouds and high wind from an approaching squall line. But as fate would have it, it didn't rain a drop until we were leaving the venue! Some of my favoite moments include the spinning flower girl trio and Amanda's happy tears! Also, can we talk about her shoes?! I'm always impressed that these brides dance the evening away in their sky high heels. I kicked my shoes off about 15 minutes into my reception so I definitely encourage reception flats if you're like me. #oldflatlover

I'm going to start mentioning a tip or two from every wedding as a resource for future couples! A lot of couples start to panic when the forecast shows rain. While we can't control mother nature, there's a few thing that can help! If rain is in your forecast, grab a bunch of clear umbrellas for some fun outdoors portraits! Make sure they're clear (to let in light) and get enough for each member of your wedding party. Definitely have a backup plan for your ceremony site. And lastly, take a few moments to be upset but then choose to have the best time ever regardless of the weather! You've put a lot of time, energy, money into this day so enjoy it with your friends, family, and new husband or wife!

Here's some of the awesome vendors that came together:

Cake: EllenJAY
Gown: Watters
Hair: Maggie Russell
Flowers: Wildflower Wedding, Co. 
Coordinator: Jubilee Events
Venue: Craft Farms in Gulf Shores

Farren Campbell
Paige & Jeremy | The Venue in Fairhope, Alabama

Paige & Jeremy's wedding took place in the picturesque Fairhope, Alabama on an almost rainy day in April. I don't know what I love the most about Paige & Jeremy's wedding day. I'm torn between their dog Cooper, her blue veil, the impromptu ice cream trip, and their surprise father daughter dance! Whatever you do... please look at the smile on their dog's face during portraits. I can't even! Right after portraits, Paige decided to dip into Mr. Gene's Beans for ice cream before heading back to their reception! I love her spirit and how easy going she and Jeremy were the entire planning process and wedding day. Andddd she and her dad surprised their guests with an epic father daughter dance that was flawlessly executed. Later that evening, their dog Cooper joined them on the dance floor. I love that the venue was not only gorgeous but pup friendly so he was able to be a part of the day. The night ended with a sparkler exit and they left the next day to go to Italy! Talk about an amazing honeymoon. 

A tip for future couples from their wedding is again about rain (Mobile and it's bipolar weather). Check out her cute clear umbrellas that she bought when she saw the rainy forecast. If rain is in your forecast, choose clear ones for each bridal party member that will let light in. Also, if you'd still like outdoor portraits with the umbrellas but you're worried about ruining your gown, pick up a clear shower curtain that you can stand on! Venues that have a porch or overhang are perfect for portraits too. Lastly, don't let it bother you too much. Every rainy wedding I've photographed was still amazing! 

Venue: The Venue in Fairhope, Alabama

Cake: Katie Azevedo
Groom's cake: Flower Girls
DJ: Sounthern Aire DJs
Hair: Joni Thomas

Farren Campbell
Hailey & Clayton | Downtown Fairhope Engagement Session

High school sweethearts Hailey & Clayton chose downtown Fairhope and the pier for the backdrop of their engagement session. I could not have asked for a better couple to spend the afternoon with! They really embraced having fun during the session and were game to try all of my suggestions which really made for beautiful, natural portraits! Here's a few of my favorite! 

Maritza & Grant | Magnolia Springs Engagement Session

I spent the afternoon with Maritza & Grant (and their sweet pup Shade!) in picturesque Magnolia Springs and I couldn't wait to share a few pictures from their engagement session! Their wedding is on NYE and I couldn't ask for a better couple to ring in the New Year with. Annnd speaking of rings...

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Kristen & Cameron | Wedding at The Abby Rose

As much as I enjoyed the calm off season, I was ready to jump back into the busy chaos of all these upcoming Spring and Summer weddings! Kristen & Cameron's at The Abby Rose was the perfect way to begin this season. Rain was in the forecast but the ominous clouds skirted past us and we had a beautiful day and FUN night! 

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