WEDDING BLOG
TOP 3 ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS IN MEMPHIS
May 15, 2019
TOP 3 ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS IN MEMPHIS

Engagement photos can be taken at a variety of places and can reflect a lot about the personality of the couple. Below are my 3 favorite picks for engagement photo sites in the Memphis area. As the pictures capture the romance and excitement of each engaged pair, it's fun to watch their interaction in these beautiful and exciting parts of town.PICK #1: Downtown Memphis There are terrific areas available all around downtown Memphis for engagement photos. Couples can enjoy the views of downtown and the Mississippi River from parks and roof-tops. They can be photographed against architectural elements such as alleys and high-rises, or enjoy time on/around trolleys running the length of historic Main Street. And then there's renowned Beale Street which is full of activity, sounds, and rich visuals every day and evening. If a couple is up for some colorful fun, this is definitely a location to consider for their engagement session. PICK #2: Memphis Botanic GardenNo matter what time of year, the Memphis Botanic Garden offers gorgeous backgrounds that always embrace those in love. With the Japanese Gardens as part of this collective naturescape, there are evergreens in the winter and pear trees and azaleas in the spring. Seasonal color, fountains, a koi-stocked lake, an outdoor pavilion, and scenic walking paths provide a wide variety of picturesque options to show off a ...

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED on the Way to the Chapel - Part 1
May 15, 2019
TOP 3 ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS IN MEMPHIS

Weddings are serious and exciting occassions. In retrospect, I realized there have been plenty of uh-oh and humorous things that happened at some of these weddings over the years.Enjoy a few of my more memorable photography events:(1) The Barefoot Bride. The bride and her mother arrived a bit late on her wedding day. It was obvious they were both flustered, nerves were at a peak as they were trying to remember all the details. In hopes of starting photography soon after they got to the church, I took photos of the bride as she completed getting dressed. As I snapped images, the bride was still missing a few things like jewelry, flowers, garter, and shoes. Yet the bride good-naturedly smiled and looked gorgeous for the pre-wedding session as the missing items were brought to her for the photos. At the designated time, the bride prepared to walk down the aisle. She grabbed her flowers and turned to her mom for her wedding shoes. Unfortunately her mom thought that the bride had brought her shoes while the bride thought her mom had them. With only minutes before the bridal processional, they both agreed that the bride should walk the aisle barefooted. Since her dress was floor-length, no one ever spied her bare feet, and the wedding went off without further tramua.(2) The Cake Catastrophe. As I parked near the little chapel in the wood, I saw the bride wearing her veil and a short ...

FAVORITE PICKS FOR OUTDOOR WEDDINGS
May 15, 2019
TOP 3 ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS IN MEMPHIS

As a native Memphian, I can proudly say there are many beautiful outdoor wedding venues for brides and grooms to choose as the backdrop for their big day. Some venues are in Memphis while others are in nearby communities that don't require much driving. Below are 2 distinct categories of outside wedding locations that are both scenic and fun.(1) Utilizing areas specific to Memphis can cover places from downtown hotel rooftops to landmarks only found in this fair city. Be sure to check out The Woodruff-Fontaine Home, Peabody Hotel roof, the Memphis Zoo (with 3-4 separate venues inside), the grounds at Brooks Museum of Art, the Ornamental Metal Museum and grounds, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis Botanic Gardens, and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Each of these sites says "our wedding was held in Memphis" and offer visuals that range from eclectic to traditional.(2) Select the look of the South by booking your wedding at converted mansions on expanded estates. Locations to be considered are Heartwood Hall (in Piperton), Savannah Woods (Collierville), Bonne Terre Country Inn (in Nesbit, MS), Carahills 1 (Collierville/Piperton), Hunt Phelan Home (on Beale St.), Davies Plantation's Hillwood (in Bartlett), and Woodland Hills. Choosing one of these locations is a subtle way of including local culture mixed with the charm of the South.Many couples worry about an outdoor location ...