Jessica and I met when she was a bridesmaid in Kara’s wedding in Arab in June. We had actually emailed back and forth and scheduled her session before we met at Kara’s wedding, but once I arrived to the venue, Jessica and I got to meet! She was so sweet and easy to photograph at the wedding, so I was pumped to meet her hubby and photograph them again for this maternity session a few weeks later.
Jessica wanted to be near a lake, so we landed on the Madison County Nature Trail (AKA Green Mountain Nature Trail) in Huntsville and took the classic nature trail pictures by the bridge and on the dock.
Fun fact - there were tiny baby frogs everywhere that I was terrified of stepping on and squishing! :-)
I love the way this woodsy maternity session turned out, and love that we got to incorporate a lake setting like Jessica wanted. Check them out!
First of all…this DRESS!!!! All the heart-eyed emojis for this stunning beauty from The Sweetheart Tree in Cullman, AL, and Kara wore it so well! I can honestly say we all had a big “wow” when we first hung the dress up…
Kara and Sean had an intimate wedding with friends and family in Arab, AL at The Vineyard and Blackberry Chapel.
The couple decided not to do a first look, so we started with bridals and bridesmaids portraits. These girls had plenty of “inside jokes” to keep the laughs coming, including Kara’s infamous goat impression…
Then we moved on to the groom and groomsmen:
The ceremony was so sweet as teary-eyed Sean watched Kara walk down the aisle, escorted by both her mom and dad. The couple exchanged written vows to one another, and suddenly Sean was not the only one teary-eyed!
Okay, now to the reception. Everyone had a great time, but I have to share my favorite part of their wedding day! After everyone emptied out to grab sparklers for the big send off, Kara and Sean had one last dance in their empty reception venue. It was just the 2 of them (and myself, briefly!) slow dancing as the night ended as husband and wife.
Maybe I get emotional, but it was definitely one of those lump-in-your-throat sweet moments, know what I mean?
Thanks for having us to help capture and celebrate, Mr. and Mrs. Redinger!!
Jordan and Amanda’s summer wedding was in Birmingham, Alabama, with the ceremony at Mountain Chapel United Methodist and the reception at the Heatherwood Country Club.
Jordan and I actually went to school together in Birmingham, and I was so glad he thought of me when planning his wedding with his beautiful bride!
I first met Jordan and Amanda at Starbucks in Birmingham to talk more about their plans for their big day, and these two were so laid back, they sat patiently and let my Type-A, planner personality go through all the details and timelines (which I secretly - or maybe not so secretly - love doing).
When arriving at the church, we stopped by the bride’s and groom’s “suites” to check in as they got ready. While the girls were adorning jewelry and getting makeup done, the guys were swaying and singing in their karaoke machine!! I have never seen a groom/groomsmen doing karaoke while getting ready, and now I think everyone should do it!! It was hilarious! Totally recommending it to my future couples as getting-ready-entertainment!!
They both had such a fun, supportive wedding party! The wedding party also got to sit in the balcony and cheer as the couple had their first look!
Here are a few of my favorite images from around the church before the ceremony.
Another thing that stood out about Amanda and Jordan’s big day? The DANCING at the reception! From the moment the band started to the send-off, the dance floor was never, ever empty.
Congratulations again Jordan and Amanda! I’m so glad we could capture your wedding day!!
Ceremony Venue: Mountain Chapel United Methodist
Reception Venue: Heatherwood Country Club
Planning/Coordination: Kim McGuire
Hair and Makeup: Hair Impressions
Florals: Continental Florist
Bride’s Dress from Adore
Bridesmaids Dresses from David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Apparel: The Black Tux
Band: Z and the Party Factory