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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sneak: Peyton and Pres

Peyton and Pres were married last Saturday. As the turbulent weather rolled through Birmingham, the delight that these two were feeling about beginning their lives together could not be tamed. I'm not ready for the full post yet, but as I'm editing, these 3 images are standing out to me. Simply because of the unfettered delight in each.

I don't know what was said here, just after they first saw each other, but don't you want to know?
This is right after Pres "kissed the bride." Look at those smiles.
Look at the exhilaration that they just got married! Not many moments in life are that joyful.
Congratulations to the Registers! I hope your honeymoon was wonderful and I can't wait to show you the rest of the photos. Thanks for including me.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pretty in Pink

These are my friends Jeri and Dale. Jeri is the sister of one of my best friends, and you will meet no sweeter girl. She's the perfect combo of honest/sassy and just plain old sweet. Dale has been my sanity saver so many times. It usually starts with a text like this: "Dale, my air conditioning won't go below 75. I'm dying. HELP." And is followed by "LOL, I'll be there tomorrow, even if it's 10 pm." And sure enough, the next night I'm cool as a cucumber, with an ice maker fixed or washing machine filter cleaned out to-boot! If you EVER need an A/C man, you must call him. He's wonderful, reasonable and trustworthy. Thank heavens he's in my world.

AND in addition to all that above, they have such cute twins. Like I mentioned, we are friends through Jeri's brother, so I've been around them a lot. But, there are usually around 6 kids running around, so I am too over-stimulated to play with the kids besides my own. As we arrived at the farm for the photo shoot, I could tell that would be no problem. They have personalities as adorable as their little faces. "E" is talkative, inquisitive and usually beaming. "C" is quiet, observational, with the sweetest smile. Dale told me that "E" is usually with him (he's chatty) and "C" is usually with Jeri (she's not) and their personalities are a complete reflection of that. So, enough chatter from THIS chatty photographer. Here they are...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sanford Reception

Well, I'm sure you're wondering what this gorgeous couple and their obviously fun wedding party did after their ceremony. Let me just tell you- they danced the night away. See for yourself...

Announcing the happy couple! With her fabulous shoes.

The happy, bigger, Sanford fam

Things are starting to get silly!
Thank heavens for bridesmaids who will get the party started.
Here comes the bride...

NOW it's a party!

Near the end of the night, Jessica hopped up on the stage and sang to her "super hot" new husband. It was fabulous!
The girls are always nearby to lend a hand.

They spent a perfect week in Jamaica, got out just before the riots began, and lived happily ever after! Thanks for including me, Jessica and Ryan.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Jessica and Ryan's Wedding- the first half

I had SO MUCH FUN at Jessica and Ryan's wedding last month. I knew Jessica through my brother and his wonderful wife, and so I knew it was going to be a blast. She's beautiful and fun and so are all of her friends. Thank you so much to Emily Joy Gresham for shooting with me!

The wedding was in Alexander City, where she is from... at First Baptist Church. It was a scorching hot, bright day, but they were all such troopers as I drug them around the area before the ceremony! The light streaming into the white sanctuary made for such a beautiful service.

Jessica didn't let anyone but her mom, future mother-in-law, maid of honor and ME see her dress, even on the hanger before the wedding day. This is when she 1st showed her bridesmaids.
I just loved these huge windows in the sanctuary.
The baby bonnet Jessica wore home from the hospital as an infant unbuttons and turns into a handkerchief. This is what she carried as her handkerchief in the ceremony. Saps like me just LOVE those sentimental details.
Emily Joy commented on how amazing it is that there are so many gorgeous girls all from the same graduating class in the same small town. (I think I'm right in remembering that they're all from Alex City!)
Like I mentioned, these girls have been friends since at LEAST high school and most from even younger. They have a really sweet bond.
This is one of my favorite captures from Emily Joy. The gals trying to get some air after I marched them all around the square! I love the netting under their dresses!
I hadn't met Ryan before the wedding day. But he was quite laid back and his groomsmen were hilarious!This was my favorite moment of the day. Jessica's parents could NOT get the lighter going to light the unity candle. They calmly and respectfully tried and tried and tried. Finally, after what seemed like 15 minutes (but was probably only 2 or 3) they got it done. And everyone burst into laughter as they turned around to walk to their seats. This was one of those rare times I was allowed to be at the front of the church during the ceremony. Yes- my big ole pregnant self was kneeling, laying, squatting and CRAWling around in the choir loft! Totally worth though, I say.
Jessica and Ryan didn't see each other before the ceremony, so I loved this shot of them talking about their day and actually getting to be themselves after a nerve-wracking morning. As husband and wife for the first time!
This may be my second favorite, non-reception moment. After the stiff, formal shot, I asked for some sass. I believe I said something like "give me hands in pockets, comfortable, sassy, whatever you like! Show me some personality." The guys looked around blankly and just stood there. However, they did NOT like being shown up by the girls, so soon after I got the second shot in this series.

Stay-tuned for the SUPER DUPER fun reception shots!! This crew can dance...