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What’s left to say that we didn’t already say about Ashley + Drew in their engagement session post (click this!)

These guys had one of the most epic Heartwood Hall weddings we’ve ever been a part of! Ashley and Drew scored the most perfect April weather anyone could possibly ask for, and the day went on without a hitch. These babes decided long before the wedding day that they were going to do a first look. John and I were absolutely ecstatic about this because we were able to take advantage of all the lovely Heartwood Hall has to offer. Ashley and Drew exchanged gifts and letters to one another just before they saw each other for the first time. Sweet Ashley had tears pouring down her cheeks as she read Drew’s sweet letter. As soon as Drew turned around to see Ashley he was an absolute puddle. It nearly had John and I choked up and it was one of the highlights of the entire day. During the ceremony, Drew was JUST as emotional seeing Ashley walk down the aisle with her dad as he was during the first look. It was absolutely precious and made for absolutely priceless images.

Ashley and Drew had a giant bridal party. It’s no secret that they are so very loved by all who know them. Ashley wore a stunning gown from Maggie Louise that was beyond flattering on her. Kasey Acuff did Ashley’s makeup and she was absolutely radiant all day. Kelsey Weaver of Salon Dixie did Ashley’s hair which was left down and curled, and so romantic. Shelby Hartman of Twenty-two Magnolias was the videographer and Ashley and Drew’s video turned out amazing (per usual.)

The reception was an absolute blast. Both “Hilary Clinton” and “Donald Trump” made an appearance (see below) as well as a T-Rex. We’ve never been so entertained in our lives.

Sweet Ashley and Drew, you guys are like family to us, and we are so thankful you allowed us to capture this precious day! Enjoy re-living these moments!

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“Hi Kelly! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Of all the things I thought I’d be doing this morning while sitting around family…emailing you about wedding photography is probably the most exciting part of my Christmas! 
My name is Parker Mosley, last week I asked Holly Coleman to marry me and we are over the moon. I’m in Colorado with family right now and as we speak Holly is in Collierville talking with her dad about venues and all that good stuff. It’s safe to say they are FREAKING OUT in the best way possible. I’ve offered to help where I can and wanted to introduce myself. Over the last 2 years or so several of our closest friends have been lucky to have you capture their special day. In fact I’ve been a groomsman in a handful of these weddings and seen you at work behind the scenes! Katharine and Logan along with Ashley and Drew are two examples of wonderful people I’ve known since grade school. Your pictures are simply incredible and I will be marrying a young lady with exceptional taste!! We would love to look back 50 years from now at pictures you helped us take as we remember our Memphis wedding. There are a lot of details to iron out over the next 14 months but, again, I’ve been asked to help and wanted to make contact with you. Tentative date right now is February 17, 2018. Please let me know how you prefer to initiate this process and we can discuss details about how to make a Kelly Ginn Photography wedding a reality! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and look forward to speaking with you in the near future. LETS DO THIS!!”
 
Guys, above is the very first interaction I had with Parker Mosley (also known as P-Mo.) While John and I were celebrating Christmas with our families, I got the email above from Parker. It was definitely THE best Christmas present we could have possibly ever received. Sweet Holly and Parker are getting married this coming February at Hunt Phelan and we are simply thrilled they’ve chosen us to be apart of their team. Holly reached out about this engagement session, and I was so excited to hear her vision. She wanted timeless, classy portraits somewhere in Memphis, and we knew JUST the place. We started off at The Brooks Museum of Art. Holly wore the most stunning black floor length dress, and Parker was just as dashing in his black and grey suit. These guys have some serious chemistry. Photographing them was incredibly natural and fun. They are one heck of a couple, and can you even imagine what their kids will look like? Don’t even get me started on their personalities. Both of them are a walking party, and just being around them makes you feel like celebrating.
After the Brooks, we went downtown and shot the last of this session on and around the old bridge. Holly and Parker really wanted to make sure they got an urban setting as well, along with their more casual outfits (and both of them could totally be poster children for “what to wear on your engagement session.”) As Parker said in his email: “I will be marrying a young lady with exceptional taste!!”
Holly and Parker, we know February is a little ways away, but we simply cannot wait. Like this engagement session, your wedding will be one for the books!

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John and I have been lucky enough to shoot allllllllllll over the city of Memphis. We absolutely love all of the venues Memphis has to offer. We often get inquiries where the couple inquires with a tentative date in mind, but no venue. We’re always ALWAYS happy to lay out suggestions for them, and really showcase the venues we’re lucky enough to shoot at most often. This blog post is absolutely bursting at the seams with a look inside (and outside) a few different Memphis wedding venues. Are there other venues in Memphis than what we included in this post? There surely are, we just wanted to show off the venues we shoot at the most frequently. In alphabetical order, here are some wonderful Memphis wedding venues you should check out.

 

Acre

Oh, how we love Acre weddings. Acre is one of the most charming restaurants and venues we’ve ever shot at. It’s tucked in a little nook in East-Memphis. The shrubbery around it makes it feel like a fairy cottage, with a bright statement yellow door. Its atmosphere makes you feel like you’re eating at home with good friends and family. Chef Wally Jo and Andrew Adams truly treat their bride and grooms, along with their guests to some of the finest food all while feeling like their eating at their own home.

 

Annesdale

Annesdale Mansion. I can barely even say it without getting butterflies in my stomach. Annesdale is an 1850’s Italianate villa that combines elements of European romantic architecture with a twist of vintage Southern charm. The Annesdale Mansion itself, has a grand parlor, a spiral staircase, and a marble entryway. It is nestled amongst seven and a half acres of elegant lawns and gardens, which is just an absolutely perfect backdrop for photos. Their ceremony space is stunning, as it is, along with it’s sparkling strung lights which hang above the reception dance floor.

Valerie Bledsoe is the Managing Director of Annesdale Mansion. She is absolutely wonderful to work with and all of her couples have nothing but amazing things to say about her. She’s beyond helpful and flexible, which is so important. Annesdale is truly lucky to have her.

 

Atrium

A newer Memphis wedding venue, The Atrium at Overton Square is such a dream to shoot in. Its open concept, allows lots of natural light, and its location couldn’t be more convenient and fun. The Atrium is located in the heart of Overton Square. This private event center is managed exclusively by the internationally recognized team from CFY Catering (which means incredible food.) From its steel arches to the domelike ceilings, this venue provides a memorable place to hold your wedding and/or reception.

 

Cadre

The Cadre building is a legend in Memphis. I’ve known about this chic venue since even before I was in the wedding industry, and our couples just love it. For those of you who may not know, The Cadre is a grand ballroom with a spacious mezzanine, absolutely brilliant crystal chandeliers, intricately crafted gold and white adorned columns and an absolutely exceptional staff, The Cadre Building is a one-stop shop for planning your wedding and/or reception.

 

Cedar Hall

Although Cedar Hall has existed since 1840, its only been a Memphis wedding venue for the past 4 years. You may be familiar with its sister venue, Heartwood Hall, which as you know, is a Memphis favorite. Cedar Hall is absolutely no exception. Cedar Hall includes the Grand Manor (where the bride and her bridesmaids get to leisurely get ready) the English gardens, which is an absolutely perfect backdrop for photos (and where your guests can enjoy cocktail hour) the ceremony site surrounded by exposed brick and columns, and the stables where receptions are held. John and I love all that this venue has to offer and the variety of locations we get to shoot in, all on the same property.

Both Cedar Hall and Heartwood Hall are owned by John and Denise Suthoff, who are very involved in ensuring their couples are completely satisfied with their wedding experience. Some other faces you’ll run into when working at either of these lovely venues are: Micah, the Cedar Hall Director, and Stacie, Kelly, Taylor, Noel, and Amanda. All of the Cedar Hall and Heartwood Hall staff aim for perfection with their couples and always always over deliver.

 

The Columns

The Columns wedding venue is a Memphis favorite. This venue delivers such a WOW factor and totally sells itself. Located on South Main Street, the Columns can hold up to 800 guests. Talk about a party. The acoustics in this venue will absolutely blow your mind. Our couples love dancing the night away in this  20,000 square feet of historic grandeur. The Columns was built in 1929 as a bank lobby, and it is surely a unique venue we recommend checking out.

 

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

We’re suckers for garden weddings. The Hughes Pavilion at the Dixon is tucked away in the woodland gardens. The Dixon is an elegant facility that can be transformed to fit any vibe or style. The large skylights inside The Hughes Pavilion and floor-to-ceiling windows offer ample light and a panoramic view of the woodland gardens, and the surrounding terraces (which our photo loving hearts skip a beat over.) It’s no secret why so many couples choose this lovely venue.

 

Heartwood Hall

We actually live on the same exact street as Heartwood Hall, and find ourselves shooting here very frequently. Trust me, we don’t mind a bit. Heartwood Hall is surrounded by 25 acres, and comprised of the formal Four Seasons Garden (where most ceremonies are held) the serene Courtyard, and rustic Barn (with bright red statement doors.) The grounds of Heartwood Hall create an exquisite backdrop for weddings and receptions. Like its sister venue Cedar Hall, Heartwood has ample opportunities and locations to take advantage of for photos.

Both Heartwood Hall and Cedar Hall are owned by John and Denise Suthoff, who are very involved in ensuring their couples are completely satisfied with their wedding experience. Some other faces you’ll run into when working at either of these lovely venues are: Micah, the Heartwood Hall and Cedar Hall Director, and Stacie, Kelly, Taylor, Noel, and Amanda. All of the Heartwood Hall and Cedar Hall staff aim for perfection with their couples and always always over deliver.

 

Hunt Phelan

Like Cedar Hall, Hunt Phelan has also been around since the early 1800’s. It was very recently opened as a wedding venue and we’re so glad. Hunt Phelan’s Greek Revival mansion displays a rich and elegant civil war past, with host to 5 presidents. Hunt Phelan’s grounds have lush gardens and many beautiful backdrops that will make your day a memorable delight. Located right on Beale Street, our couples love the energy and location of this venue.

Wanda Hunsukcer and her husband own and operate this gorgeous venue. Our couples absolutely love how helpful and involved Wanda and her team of professionals are.

 

Memphis Botanic Gardens

You may not know this, but John and I actually got married at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. It’s hard to say anything about it without sounding partial. What can I say? It’s lovely. John and I tied the knot at the Bleckman Pavilion and our reception was in Hardin Hall. Memphis Botanic Gardens can hold up to 600 people and has about one million places to take photos. Memphis Botanic Gardens includes several gardens such as the rose garden, and the iris garden that are huge hits for ceremonies and romantic bride and groom portraits.

Propcellar 

Who doesn’t love an offbeat wedding venue? Propellar is a newer Memphis wedding venue, and has quickly become a favorite for couples and photographers alike. Karlee Hickman, the owner of Propcellar, has an eye for design unlike any other. The walls are adorned with vintage doors and rustic decor that really showcases serious personality. Propellar also rents out tons of props that are sure to make your wedding stand out.

 

Spring Creek Ranch 

Spring Creek Ranch just so happens to be in John and my backyard in Collierville, Tennessee. How lucky are we? We also find ourselves shooting at this wonderful venue frequently, and we surely don’t mind. Spring Creek Ranch is actually a privately owned Country Club and golf course, but you do not have to be a member to get married at this stunning venue. As recent as this year, (2017) Spring Creek Ranch opened a second site for weddings called “The Retreat.” Both the Clubhouse and The Retreat have wow factors like no other and both venues provide gorgeous natural light that pours through the entire building. Be sure to check out their bridal suite, it’s sure to steal your heart.

Toni Williams is the Director of Special Events at Spring Creek Ranch, and faithfully serves her brides as their day of wedding coordinator (as well as holds their hand, thoughtfully, throughout the duration of their engagement.) Bride and grooms, as well as wedding vendors alike, know what good hands they’re in when working alongside Toni. Not a single detail is overlooked with Toni Williams.

 

We love all of these Memphis wedding venues equally, and feel so thankful that we’re able to document so many precious memories at all of them. We hope this blog post will truly showcase how wonderful each and every one of these venues are and at least show a peek into all they have to offer.

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  • September 21, 2017 - 3:55 pm

    Shelby Prince - Oh how I love this. There really are so many magical places to get married in this city. What beautiful work you two have captured at every location!ReplyCancel

I hope you guys don’t get easily overwhelmed by seriously attractive bride and grooms because let me tell you, we’ve hit the jackpot with Yvette and Trey. (I mean, I can’t even. Even their names are attractive (come on, you know they are.)
Trey and Yvette are not only the most smoking hot couple we’ve ever seen, they are also insanely intelligent and talented. Trey is a prestigious architect who graduated from Harvard. He has a serious eye for detail and aesthetics. Yvette is a successful attorney, a vegan, and an animal lover. I mean, what more do you want from these beauties? Don’t worry, it doesn’t stop there. These two powerhouses met in high school. YES, high school. Although they are not technically high school sweet hearts, they’ve basically been inseparable since the day the made it official.
John and I actually met Trey and Yvette three years ago at Lena (Trey’s sister) and Sallis’ wedding. Both John and I said to each other “We hope we get to shoot their wedding one day too!”
Trey and Yvette tied the knot in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. These guys don’t do anything “small” so I knew their wedding would be absolutely unique and it definitely was. They were married at the Beale Street Landing (the grass rooftop of the building) which had a jaw dropping backdrop of the Memphis skyline, Memphis Pyramid, and Memphis bridge. The venue itself is an architect’s dream. I mean, it’s curved, and makes you wonder how it can withstand any weight.
Yvette wore a plunging lace gown that nearly knocked Trey off of his feet during their first look from Maggie Louise. Speaking of favorite memories from their wedding day, as soon as the first look was wrapping up, Trey hugged Yvette and said “here’s my card.” (As he pretended to hand her a business card) which made everyone start laughing. Yvette did an outfit addition for the ceremony where she added a dainty tulle skirt. It was a surprise for Trey, so he got to see her walk down the aisle in a different light. Trey and Yvette hired a Scottish bagpiper for the ceremony which entertained the guests and really set the mood. 
CFY Catering really outdid themselves with the selection of vegan/pescatarian options that not only tasted delicious, but also photographed beautifully. Amy Tyler and her team were there to ensure the day ran smoothly, and it most definitely did.
Trey + Yvette, thank you for letting us spend the day with you both!

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  • September 12, 2017 - 3:39 pm

    Cassie - Kelly, as you already know, you are a QUEEN. This is such a perfect downtown Memphis wedding and I love the guys walking down Beale Street together. So fun!

    You documented every detail, moment, and feeling of this day so perfectly! I can’t get enough of that beautiful Memphis skyline in the background. Keep slayin’!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2017 - 3:43 pm

    Shelby Prince - WOW WOW WOW. I am SO IN LOVE with this wedding. Beale Street Landing is one of my favorite spots downtown. The views are perfection. This whole wedding was a dream. I mean stunning couple, location, florals, dress, wedding party, food. It had it all. You captured every wonderful detail to perfection. Amazing work, as usual!!ReplyCancel