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I should preface this post with a warning:

You’re more than likely going to want Martha and Whitt to be your best friends at the end of this post. Why?

Because they’re some serious cool cats, that’s why.

Martha emailed me a couple of times before we met in person. There for a minute, I didn’t think I was going to get to work with this kick ass couple. They wanted a June wedding, and I already had five weddings in June. I was SO humbled when I received an email from Martha saying “Ok, then WHEN are you open, because we’ll just move our date based on your availability.” I still blush at that mind-blowing concept. How flattering?

Martha and Whitt are two extremely creative souls. Martha wore an altered version of her mother’s wedding dress with a simple flower crown. Watching her mom zip it up was such a special moment.

Whitt works at Whole Foods as the assistant store artist and does all of the super awesome chalk art (talk about a dream job.) John watched him “doodle” one of their reception decorations in about two seconds. Talk about skill.

Martha and Whitt got ready at Whitt’s grandmother’s home in the historic Central Garden’s neighborhood. I fell in love with just about every single thing in her home. We were fortunate to be able to work with Lynn Doyle’s talented team. Let me tell you something, I always ALWAYS love their work, but I have to say, Martha’s flowers (bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets, and boutonnières) were hands down some of my favorite I’ve ever seen. (I know everyone agrees.) We were also finally able to work with Philip from Creation Studios. He did an outstanding job working around my spastic self, and was a joy to be around.

Martha and Whitt got married at St. Peter’s Church and partied the night away at the Jack Robinson Art Gallery. The night SCREAMED Martha and Whitt. They did things THEIR way, which is no surprise for anyone that knows them.

Martha and Whitt, John and I are SO thankful that you guys trusted us with documenting your special day. We’re grateful for the friendship we’ve cultivated with you both.

Enough blah blah! Let’s let the pictures do their job!

Enjoy

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The Ginns in San Francisco

I have a confession to make:

I’ve been coveting our San Francisco images.

If you follow us on Instagram @kellyginn22 & @johntginn (and if you don’t please do) you may have noticed a “slight” obsession with the city by the bay.

I’ll admit it, I was entirely sold even before I got there. I would get strange looks and weird head tilts when my friends would ask “have you ever been?” I would blush and stutter…. “n’ nooooo.” I did so much research, reading, stalking San Francisco blogs, San Francisco twitter and Instagram accounts, I was knowledgeable on just about every little detail a tourist who’d never been there could possibly know.

One of our dreams was to one day spread our wings and shoot a wedding in San Francisco. With a lot of help from our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram friends, that goal was made possible. A GIANT thank you to Oscar, who runs the @NoWrongWaySF Instagram account for sharing our add and enabling Danielle and Phil to find us and actually agree to use our services. (This is just a quick thank you, Oscar, when I post Danielle and Phil’s wedding, I will be much more elegant and creative with my thankfulness.)

Why would I covet these images? Such a silly, strange thing to do.

San Francisco left such a mark on us (no really, so much so, the day we got back from S.F. John booked tickets for our second trip that happened one month later), that I almost just wanted John and I to keep it for ourselves. The images would just be memories for John and I to remember together. I just want to hold on to each and everyone of these images so I never forget how incredible the city by the bay actually is. That’s so selfish, which is why I am making myself blog these images. These images feel like I’m giving pieces of myself away. John feels the same way. Like I’m exposing myself to the virtual world. I started to wonder if I was the only one with such strong feelings about this formidable place, so naturally I took to the internet and look what I found:

John Steinbeck once said “You know what it is, it’s a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.”

And O. Henry said “East is East and West is San Francisco.”

One of my favorite guys, period said ” There is no question this is where I want to live, never has been.” -Robin Williams

Robert Kennedy said “I love this city. If I’m elected, I’ll move the White House to San Francisco.”

And Rudyard Kipling said “San Francisco has only one drawback- tis hard to leave.”  (Personally one of my favorites considering I had a breakdown on the plane ride home the first time we left. I mistakenly sat by the window and looked down and saw the glow of the city. I’m certain that everyone on the plane thought it was my first flight.)

Clearly, I am not the only human who is so passionate about the great city.

If I had to list my favorite thing about the city (and I mean if I could literally only have one favorite) I think it would be the hills and the brightly painted buildings that you can see from anywhere in the city. I was absolutely mesmerized.

John, thank you for keeping true to you vows, and always going on adventures with me. Thank you for letting me cry every time I saw the Golden Gate Bridge, and for taking one million selfies with me.

To all of our friends and family: THANK YOU for being excited for us, for liking all of our Instagram posts, and for putting up with how obnoxious we were on all forms of social media while we were there. We felt the excitement you had for us all the way in San Francisco, and we felt so LOVED. You made it that much more special for us.

I could write all day, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

xoxo

Baker Beach, San Francisco

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Bernal Heights was definitely a favorite. Probably John

Bernal Heights was definitely a favorite. Probably John’s favorite thing we did. You can see everything.

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John face timing my mom!

John face timing my mom!

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We stayed in Russian Hill both times, and absolutely adored it. We waled to Peet

We stayed in Russian Hill both times, and absolutely adored it. We walked to Peet’s coffee every morning!

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Coit Tower in the distance!

Coit Tower in the distance!

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Lombard Street was beautiful!

Lombard Street was beautiful!

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So glad I researched ahead of time. You have to buy Alcatraz tickets super far in advance. Luckily we were able to visit!

So glad I researched ahead of time. You have to buy Alcatraz tickets super far in advance. Luckily we were able to visit!

Dolores Park, Mission, San Francisco

Dolores Park, Mission, San Francisco

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San Francisco travel, Mission District
San Francisco travel, Mission District

Transamerica Pyramid

Transamerica Pyramid

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Palace of Fine Arts

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I’m pretty sure one of these bikers yelled “TOURIST!”

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My favorite thing we did in San Francisco was climb rocks at Baker Beach

My favorite thing we did in San Francisco was climbing the rocks at Baker Beach

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San Francisco travel, Golden Gate Bridge
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Thank goodness for athletic husbands and tripods. John had to run up a pretty steep hill to make this happen.

Thank goodness for athletic husbands and tripods. John had to run up a pretty steep hill to make this happen.

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I just couldn

I just couldn’t leave S.F. without seeing the mosaic stairs in the Sunset district.

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The second time we were there, I broke down on the cab ride to the airport. I looked back and could see Bernal Heights. I was so afraid I’d never make it back there and that I’d forget the magic of it all. The poor cab driver kept looking back at me, Lord knows what he was thinking. I could never forget San Francisco. It becomes a part of you.

My favorite quote: “Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.” -Walter Kronkite

Until next time, you sparkling city by the Bay…

John and Kelly Ginn

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One thing you are probably all asking yourselves is, “Is Red his real name?” haha, No it isn’t, it’s actually Nick.

From the very initial email, sweet Megan always referred to Nick as “the redhead.” I absolutely loved that she called him that. At one point I wasn’t even sure if she had EVER told me his actual name.

Megan was overly enthusiastic (in the best way possible) via emails. After a while, it just kinda felt like I was writing back and forth to an old friend. I remember Megan saying “We don’t have a date, but I KNOW I have to have you as our photographer.” I loved that she was so generous with her compliments, and was super psyched to meet this girl in person. When we were finally able to, we hit it off JUST like I had expected.

We feel so thankful Megan and Red liked us enough to include us in their special day.

Let’s talk about these engagement photos. I promise you, we rescheduled them due to weather like five different times. I began to wonder if we’d ever have clear skies. Luckily, we did catch a window of dryness, and I am SO glad we did, because these are some of our favorite engagements to date.

Megan let me know up front, several times that she was nervous, and afraid she and Nick would be awkward in these photos. I rolled my eyes (as I sit here STILL rolling my eyes) because they OWNED this session, like it was their day job.

I’m a tiny bit obsessed with Megan, oops I said it. She has this whole Jessica Biel feel to her, totally free-spirited, and absolutely stunning, am I right or am I right?

Megan and Nick, we simply cannot wait for this November to hurry up and get here!

Enjoy!

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There is something SO special about Jessica and Brad.

Maybe it’s the quiet but sweet precious way they love each other, or maybe it’s Jessica’s darling freckles or maybe even the way Brad never lets go of her hand.

Whatever it is, we love it.

Jessica and Brad are THE REAL DEAL. No really, they have been together for nearly a decade, and they are still absolutely crazy about each other. I think John and I feel such a strong connection with them both because they too are high school sweet hearts. Dating in your late teens- early twenties can be challenging. You’re finally starting to mold into the person you’re becoming, and if you can manage to keep the flame alive for almost a decade, then that makes the reward of marriage even sweeter.

John and I did a celebratory dance when Jessica emailed us to tell us they wanted us to be the lucky folks to document their big day.  We honestly cannot think of two more deserving people, they are absolutely perfect for each other, and we’re so happy they found each other.

Jessica and Brad live in Harbor Town, so they wanted to do their engagement session downtown. We love exploring all of the alleyways and nooks downtown Memphis has to offer, and Jessica and Brad totally ruled this session.

We simply cannot wait for next May to get here! Until then, enjoy!

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See, I told you! Their adorable personalities are contagious!

See, I told you! Their adorable personalities are contagious!

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John and Kelly Ginn

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