My favorite thing about shooting Christina and Jordan? Their BIG SMILES and laughs! They have fun together and don’t take themselves very seriously. Almost every pose or adjustment I put them in had them cracking up!
Their May wedding was at Burritt on the Mountain, and it was one of the first weddings up at Burritt’s new section called “The View”. The View is a newly built overlook on the side of Monte Sano Mountain, showcasing the view that Burritt is so well known for. I loved that the glass walls and clear chairs on the overlook didn’t compete with or block any of the beautiful view.
It was hot, and it was very, very bright! But, they could not have picked a more perfect day. Here’s a few more favorites!:
Venue: Burritt on the Mountain
Coordination: Wedding Chapel on the Mountain
Dress: The Something Blue Shoppe
Hair and Makeup: McKenna Porter - DanTera Salon and Spa
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Bubba’s Silver Spoon
Cari and Tom live in Birmingham, but I’m so glad they decided to come to Tom’s home town of Huntsville to say their vows and celebrate with family.
The ladies got ready that morning in the bridal suite of Wedding Chapel on the Mountain, jamming to some tunes and drinking some champagne.
I loved the Wedding Chapel’s woodsy, rocky backdrop for these couples portraits. This was an afternoon affair, so the tall pines and big rock wall at the ceremony area provided just enough shade.
Isn’t Cari’s wedding dress dreamy? I’m a huge fan of low back dresses! This one is from Diane’s Formal Affair in Jasper, AL, which I HIGHLY recommend. I got my wedding dress from the same place! I remember going to so many shops and finding 1 or 2 dresses I liked, but when I went to Diane’s, I tried on AT LEAST 20 dresses. (I know this was over 3 years ago but shoutout to Janice at Diane’s for being super patient and allowing me to stay far past my appointment time!)
Cari had 2 of her best friends as her bridesmaids, and Tom’s nieces as junior bridesmaids, and Tom had a few of his friends and nephew by his side.
It was a beautiful spring day for an afternoon ceremony, followed up by their reception at The Ledges in Huntsville.
Here are a few more from their big day!
Ceremony: Wedding Chapel on the Mountain
Reception: The Ledges
Dress: Diane’s Formal Affair
Florals: 333 Designs
Makeup: Terrame Salon and Spa (Huntsville)
Bridesmaids: Weddington Way
Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank
DJ: Music by Mike
Courtney and Michael win the most creative/unique engagement session award, and I love it! These two water babies met when they swam competitively through middle and high school, so this theme was perfect for them.
Courtney and Michael have known each other almost as long as Courtney and I have. Courtney and I went to middle and high school and college together! We had a class together in the 6th grade and proceeded with years of memories from sleepovers and spring break beach trips. :-)
Courtney and I have been together through thick and thin, helping each other through each awkward stage of life, so it was such a treat to get to help celebrate her engagement with her too.
How do you know that Michael loves Courtney? #1, because getting in the water was Courtney’s idea. And it was March. A very cold March. These two braved some pretty icy waters for these pictures. They were all smiles because - what can you do in freezing cold water but laugh and try to get some body heat? And #2, when they got out of the freezing cold water, clothes drenched, into the night air - Michael quickly grabbed a towel and wrapped up Courtney before even grabbing one for himself.
Of course that was a big “awww” moment for me, and I appreciated seeing someone take care of Courtney!
So, here are just a few favorites from Courtney and Michael’s engagement session in Birmingham, where we started at Oak Mountain State Park and ended….well, in my parents backyard. Turns out they have some great lighting back there!
We love you, Courtney and Michael, and we can’t wait to celebrate you in October.