Brooke & Nick | Mobile Alabama Wedding at Hermitage Rippy

Brooke & Nick felt more like friends than clients by the time I shot their wedding! We worked together for their engagement session and also for Brooke's bridal session. During their engagement session, Nick kept me laughing the entire time.. this guy is a mess! Their wedding took place at the beautiful Hermitage Rippy estate on a warm, May day. We lucked out and had a beautiful, sunny day without any rain! They said their vows under the oak trees and then danced the night away until it was time for their sparkler exit! Here's a few highlights from their day.

Vendors:

Wedding cake & groom's cake - Cakes by Judi
Catering - Stagecoach Café
DJ - Nightshift Sounds
Gown designer - Justin Alexander
Wedding Gown - Bliss Bridal
Hair - The Company Salon & Spa
Makeup - Mallory Fitzgerald

Venue: Hermitage Rippy Estate

Farren Campbell
Teresa & Justin | Orange Beach Wedding at Coastal Arts Center

Teresa & Justin's warm, sunny wedding day was held at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. Teresa reminded me of my wedding because we both left out some of the normal traditions for a more enjoyable experience. Some brides thrive surrounded by 15 of their closest friends as bridesmaids. Some brides like Teresa forgo bridesmaids all together and want their friends to celebrate instead of standing. Either way, it's awesome that couples are doing their own thing and not worrying about traditions that do not suit their taste. Teresa & Justin also skipped a wedding cake and had a delicious dessert tower that everyone loved! Here's some highlights from my day! 

Vendor:

Florist: Millie's Flowers - Millie Sumner
Ceremony Entertainment (guitarist): Jim Armstrong
Reception Entertainment (DJ): Port City Fun DJs
Rental Company: SOHO Events and Rentals
Caterer/Bar/Desserts: Alabama Coastal Catering

Farren Campbell
Mitzi & Eric | Mobile Alabama Wedding Photography at Gulf Quest Museum

Mitzi & Eric's was held at the Gulf Quest Museum in downtown Mobile.  I was so excited to work with Mitzi from the moment I met her at the consultation because she has a beautiful, kind spirit and air to her!  When I arrived, she had thoughtfully set up all her bridal details and hung her dress up! You could definitely tell she's the daughter of a fellow wedding photographer, haha. True to Mobile, the rain came right before her ceremony but luckily she had a indoor venue option so it all worked out beautifully! Here's a few of my favorite from their day! 

Vendor Love:

Venue - Maritime Gulf Quest Museum, Hair - Bridget & Adriana Byrd, Florist - Lush Home and Garden, Catering - Naman's, Decorator/coordinator - Pam Smith

Farren Campbell
Ali & Mike | Vintage New Orleans Wedding at Compass Point

What. A. Fun. Wedding! 

Ali & Mike's wedding was unlike any wedding I've shot. I knew from the moment I walked into the bridal suite that it was going to be a great day as the girls were already in a conga line! Their wedding took place under the beautiful oaks at Compass Point in New Orleans. Ali made sure that her wedding was authentic and fun by incorporating things like a lottery ticket bouquet for the bouquet toss and her grandma's were flower girls! My heart couldn't take the cuteness! The craziest thing happened as we were getting ready for their second line parade down to the ferry. Spontaneous fireworks. It added such a magical element to the ending of their evening. Once we rode the ferry across, they continued their celebration in the French Quarter. Here's some of my favorites of their day! 

Vendor Love:

Venue: Compass Point

Cake: Mad Batter Bakery
Venue/Catering/Florist: Erin Steen, Compass point events
Hair: Sarah Parvardeh
Make up: Sarah Walsh
Gown: Mori Lee
Second Line: Kinfolk Brass Band
DJ: Mike B's Mobile Music

Farren Campbell
Cecile & An | New Orleans Chic Minimalistic Bold Wedding

Working with Cecile & An was one the most memorable moments of my career so far! On top of them being madly in love, awesome people... they had one of the most unique weddings I've ever seen! You may have remembered them from their cemetary engagement session that went low key viral and was published by Green Wedding Shoes

Here's a few words from Cecile on how she made this event come to life! 

"The overall style reflects my own and how much it has rubbed off on An. I think of it as a compromise between the rebel goth I am at heart and the minimalistic modernist I was raised to be. The engagement ring, which I helped design being the forward bride that I am, is the best representation of this: a single black diamond set in a plain black band, with a pointed chevron shape to break the mold. The white ceremony gown also marries the simple with the risqué. Then a black reception gown because I always imagined myself wearing black on my wedding day. An wore a short-suit because, why not! The blond wig, though it may seem like just a fun thing to throw in, is actually a sentimental nod to the start of our relationship. I first bleached my hair days after meeting An when we were only teens and remembered being nervous about what he thought. When we eventually got together years later, I happened to have just gone blond again.

Throughout the planning process, I had a very “stick it to the man” sort of attitude towards the wedding industry. After planning my sister’s wedding, I told myself that whenever it was my turn, I wouldn’t let other people tell me how I wanted things to be and I wouldn’t let them bully my wallet. That’s when I started to make a joke that I would throw a backyard crawfish boil if I were to ever get married. A few years later, I helped my architect father design his dream home, which An then helped us build. When it was all finished, he proposed in the driveway! The house has a gorgeous backyard and so we squeezed about 150 people outside and I got the crawfish boil wedding I secretly always wanted.

Together, the outfits I had planned out for us and the home where we hosted the reception, dictated the details of the day. Where I could use only the color black, I did. From the invitations to the table settings and even the black and white photobooth. And where I could throw in my love for modern architecture, I did. From the chair-adorned escort cards to the house-shaped centerpieces and even forcing my photographer and videographer to use my favorite chair as a prop, because yes, I have a favorite.

With the help of family and friends, I DIYed almost every aspect of the day. I used to work at a craft store and learned early on that if you can buy it, you can probably make it. And since I am a detail-orientated person, I almost always choose making something exactly the way I want it rather than buying it. So I printed and foiled my own invitations, melted every wax seal, punched a hole in all of the ceremony programs, folded each escort card, personalized the menus, sealed each dessert party favor, and even arranged all of the flowers. My mother, who went to school to be a fashion designer, made both of my dresses. My sister, who organizes many events at the school she teaches at, pulled everything together. Our friend who recently graduated from Vanguard College of Cosmetology, cut and styled my hair…and the wig. My cousin, who watches makeup tutorials on YouTube without end, did my makeup. Our friend who worked as a sushi chef, served hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail hour. Another friend who works at a bakery, had our king cake favors made. A family friend who owns a seafood shop, boiled and delivered 500lbs of crawfish! And everyone else that we met along the way became like family. The team at Aucoin Heart who remembers me as “the girl with the black ring.” The owners of the local fabric shop who helped find the perfect threads for both gowns and have been patiently waiting a year to see how they turned out. The creative behind Lonely Eskimo Productions who turned out to be a friend of a friend. And Farren, who we booked partially because she owns a Boston Terrier, and trust me, you can always trust a creative person with a Boston. We loved working with her so much since the engagement shoot that we convinced my sister to book her!" 

Vendor Love:

Videographer: Lonely Eskimo Films Venue: St. Martha's Catholic Church Hair: AshVu x Hair, Makeup: Noelle Bui, Gowns: Bride's mother, Church: St. Martha Catholic Church, Videographer: Lonely Eskimo Films, Crawfish Catering: Cajun Corner Seafood New Orleans, LA

 

Farren Campbell