Posts with tag: "brides"
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE
February 23, 2014
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE

I so enjoy being reminded of the beauty of simplicity especially when it comes to photographing very small, special weddings. I was priviledged to be the photographer for a secret, outdoor wedding that was planned to emphasize the true meaning of a wedding...romance and commitment.  Even though the coupled planned their wedding on a budget, they did not forget about details like gorgeous flowers and amazing rings. The bride incorporated a family item (something old) by wearing her grandmother's mink jacket over her wedding dress. With the ceremony being outdoors on a very chilly February day, the jacket had not only sentimental value but was a warm welcome to have on hand.Another detail the couple included was making their first meeting special by exchanging love letters as they stood back to back. The romance was evident, and the surprise of seeing each other in their wedding attire was an added  excitement!The ceremony was held at a local park during the week when few people were around. This added to the secrecy but also made the location quite ideal for privacy. Late winter skies, though heavy with clouds, add a wonderful mystery to this ceremony of love.Whether a couple plans a simple ceremony or a very large celebration, the bride and groom will always acchieve their unique event by focusing on each other and the singularity of love on their big day!

PHOTOS REMAIN
January 04, 2014
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE

Each year in January, I re-assess the weddings I covered the year before. Remembering what trends were new, what was different about each event, and what was typical about each couple, their ceremony, and their reception.This past year confirmed to me that any wedding, at it's main common denominator, has more to do with the love the couple feels for each other than the hundreds of details featured. Face it, weddings are a big business and vendors such as florists, caterers, bakers, party planners, calligraphers, etc., all want their creations shown and to be in step with the desires of the couple. But the photography vendor has a completely different purpose and goal...to freeze in time the hundreds of emotional moments experienced throughout the couple's wedding day. Yes, photographers want their photos of happy, crying, beautiful brides and grooms viewed, shown and fawned over. But, when the wedding event ends, photographs will be the one, physical, lasting elements of that special day. The flowers will decompose, the cake will be eaten, and the programs/invitations will mostly end up in the trash. Photographs remain. Whether printed and beautifully framed on the newlyweds' walls or displayed happily on social media sites...they are unique.As this new year starts off with a bang, think how important photography will be to you, your family, and friends as you plan one of the ...

FAVORITE PICKS FOR OUTDOOR WEDDINGS
March 12, 2013
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE

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 ...