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Katie and Alec are two of our most favorite people. I genuinely mean that. They are beyond generous, so kind, and ecstatic about life in general. They are the BEST kind of people and if they lived in town, I would force them to hang out with us all the time.
 
This wedding makes our hearts sing! It’s full of color, personality, and delectable food! What more could you want? The jewel tone restaurant wedding (yes, you read that right) takes place at a stunning and unique restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. Burgundy, teal, and lavender pop against the naturally green venue. In addition to statement making florals, the bride’s Watters gown is in a league of it’s own!
Katie and Alec are some of the most creative, intelligent, hilarious people we’ve ever met. Katie booked us over 2 years ago, and we’re so glad she did because this is one of our very favorite weddings.
After I delivered Katie and Alec’s wedding images to them, I reached out to her and asked her what she would title her wedding if she could. She laughed and told me she wasn’t good with titles, and all she could come up with was “a cozy, sensory-overloading, foodie’s dream wedding.” Katie and Alec are both “foodies” aka, share a love for delicious, fine foods. It only made sense that they get married at one of Tennessee’s finest restaurants.
 
 Acre is a rustic-yet-sophisticated eatery featuring modern American cuisine, unique and creative drinks & family style meals. Every single course of their meal was well thought out. From the watermelon mint salad, to the cajun crawfish bread, to the delectable blueberry and marigold ice cream, it’s safe to say all of Katie and Alec’s wedding guests were in for a treat. 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, which is exactly what Katie and Alec wanted.
 
Her Watters’ gown was the perfect touch of glam to such a rustic location, and don’t even get me started with the jewel toned accents and organic florals. I’m sure Katie and Alec can do much more justice at describing their perfect day, but honestly, the images speak for themselves!
 
We were so fortunate to be able to work with some of Memphis’ very best vendors. Kasey Acuff did Katie and her maid’s makeup which made such a statement. Emily McElhaney gave Katie long romantic curls which were so elegant, and styled the bridesmaids’s hair. Everbloom Designs created and styled the florals which made everyone’s heart skip a beat. The day came together absolutely perfectly with the help of Southern Sparkle and their wonderful team. I highly recommend checking Southern Sparkle Wedding and Event Planning out. Krisy and her team obsess over even the tiniest detail with smiles on their faces, and they are all beyond helpful.
 
This wedding was also featured on Inspired by This, so be sure to check that out!
 
Katie and Alec, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to capture these memories for you!

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If Katy looks familiar, it may be because she’s done your makeup before, OR maybe you remember her from Ashley + Peyton’s wedding where she was a gorgeous bridesmaid.

John and I were absolutely ecstatic when Katy and Blake asked US to shoot their wedding this September at the stunning Annesdale Mansion. (Which is where we did their engagement session!)

These guys have the sweetest proposal story. Apparently they are both hopeless romantics like we are because Blake proposed in the most magical place on Earth, DISNEY! Katy and Blake were surrounded by their family (and adorable son, Ezra who John and I cannot wait to meet.)

John and I have actually met most of Katy’s sweet family because Katy and Ashley are cousins (and they look so much alike, I accidentally called Katy- Ashley at their engagement session, oops!) Her whole family is just precious. We’re so looking forward to their big day this September!

Katy + Blake, we cannot wait for your wedding. We’re anxiously counting the days!

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I’m confident you guys remember these two cuties.

We knew this wedding was going to be an absolute slam dunk. Why, you ask?

Well, for one, it’s Makenzie and Tyler. That’s basically all you need, BUT, when you throw in Spring Creek Ranch, Kasey Acuff, and Kacie Cooper Florals, it’s a winner winner chicken dinner.

These guys have had their photos now for almost a year, but it feels SO good to finally blog these beauties. Tyler and Makenzie got married LAST July, and even despite the heat, these two looked like complete rockstars all day.

Makenzie wore a beaded sweetheart gown that shimmered all day and night. Tyler and his groomsmen wore navy suits which are perfect for a summer wedding in the south. Makenzie’s bridesmaids wore pale pink which looked great with their pastel bouquets that popped against their dresses.

Tyler and Makenzie decided on a first look which was perfect because they were able to take advantage of all the grounds Spring Creek Ranch has to offer. They also were able to quickly enjoy their reception shortly after their ceremony!

Tyler and Makenzie started off as “clients” (and you know I don’t like that word) but quickly became some of our very dear friends. We consider ourselves so lucky to have been the chosen souls that captured such a special day.

T+M, we love you both! Enjoy re-living these images again!

 

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If Sarah and David didn’t live across the pond, I would convince them to hang out with us every day. I truly mean that.

Sarah was born and raised here, in the United States, and David was born and raised in the U.K. While planning the wedding, all of our contact with Sarah was via email, because she was living and working in London. She was absolutely delightful from the very get go. Thankfully, Sarah had her precious mom to help her nail down the stunning Annesdale Mansion, which is where she and David’s wedding reception was. If you’re a bride/future bride and haven’t ever checked out Annesdale, give Val a call today. She is ridiculously helpful, so knowledgeable, and truly cares about the couples and their families that she works with. It’s SO important to work with professional vendors on your wedding day, and Val and the whole Annesdale family is sure to go the extra mile for you.

Luckily, John and I were able to actually meet Sarah and David the week of their wedding for coffee. She was absolutely as charming in person as she was through all of our communication. And David?! Oh my goodness, his English accent is sure to make you want to throw on an Ed Sheeran song. Both times I saw David, he greeted me with a kiss on the cheek. Those U.K. boys know how to make a small town, American girl swoon, right? Sarah looked absolutely breathtaking and so classy on her wedding day. She gave off that Audrey Hepburn glow, and turned the heads of every single wedding guest there. David wore a classic royal blue suit that was slightly brighter than his groomsmen, so he also turned heads.

Sarah and David got ready at Annesdale and did all of their pre-photos before the ceremony. Their ceremony was held at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, which is where Sarah’s parents actually were married. We love that Sarah prioritized such a sweet concept. Sarah’s dress was so flattering on her tall and lean figure, it made me want to get married all over again just to wear it. She got her dress from Maggie Louise Bridal in Collierville, TN. Garden District provided the most stunning florals, as always. Felicia Suzanne’s catered a plated dinner for Sarah and David’s closest friends and family and it was absolutely delicious, the talk of the night.

Sarah and David’s family gave sweet speeches and had champagne toasts. It truly was a dreamy night. Apparently it’s a customary tradition in the U.K. for the groomsmen to do a “roast” of the groom. Where our tradition is for people to stand up and talk about what great people the bride or groom are, David’s groomsmen had a slightly different plan. They told funny stories of David growing up and even gave each table a set of slightly embarrassing photos of David through the years. It was one of the most entertaining receptions we’ve ever photographed. At one point some guests were laughing so hard they cried. Sarah and David were good sports about it and laughed right along.

Sarah and David’s “grand exit” was actually immediately after their ceremony at the church, so the reception was simply dancing and fun.

Sarah and David, we absolutely adore you. We wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness. We know you’ve had your photos for well over seven months, but enjoy reliving this sweet day!

 

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