Susan and Justin's Botanical Greenhouse Engagement Session at Shoppe in Birmingham

Susan and Justin met last Spring. They have been madly in love ever since. They love traveling together and going to concerts. Their last endeavor was in Switzerland, where they got engaged on a freakin’ mountaintop. You can catch Susan on her podcast, #BookSquadGoals.

We brought out our inner plant lady and hit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Shoppe, a quaint, plant shop in Birmingham, Alabama. Y’ALL this is he cutest place and Susan and Justin are the cutest couple. I had a field day. Evidence below:

Sara + JY's Moody, 70's-Inspired, Mountaintop Wedding at Cheaha State Park


Sara + JY

February 23, 2019

Jonathan (aka JY) and Sara have been by each other’s side for almost 8 years. They started dating three years after becoming friends. Sara and JY went to Bonaroo together a year into their friendship and came back with a new friendship. They spent the next couple of years as best friends. They would do everything together— go to concerts, watch movies, even study. They were inseparable, then fate took it’s turn and the two fell in love.

About 5 years passed, and Sara and JY went to see one of their favorite artists, Jason Isbell, at the Alabama Theatre. They love going to concerts together and it’s really a big part of the spark that is between them. At the end of the show, Jonathan pulled Sara into the aisle to dance. To her surprise, he got on one knee and asked Sara to spend her life with him. Jason congratulated the two from stage, and gave them the set list from that night. JY even arranged for all Sara’s friends to be there to celebrate.

Their wedding was nothing short of magical. The whole day was full of light and laughter. Sara is a literal ray of sunshine. One of Sara’s bridesmaids, Alexus, had a birthday on her wedding day, and Sara took the time to get her a cake and sing her happy birthday while they got ready. The ceremony was beautiful. They were married by Sara’s Uncle.

They had a smorgasbord of food to kick off the reception. I’m talking spinach and artichoke quiche, chicken fingers, chocolate fountain with waffles, mac’n’cheese, meatballs, chicken salad, sweet potato pie, shrimp, and that is probably not even half of it. Then desert came out: banana pudding, key lime pie, peach cobbler, A DONUT WALL. I am not done. After everyone had gotten a little wine in them, (in true Leslie Knope fashion) Sara planned a breakfast bar centered around waffles. Please note the sign behind the cakes that say “Treat Yo’self.”

After food everyone took to the dance floor. Mind you, this is a family of musicians. JY surprised Sara with a song he wrote for her. IT WAS PRECIOUS. Not only that— after he played his song, family and friends hopped on stage to perform Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” with Sara’s dad on guitar, JY’s dad on drums, and JY on bass. After that their wedding band Plato Jones, took back the stage and finished out their set. After the band had finished, the night turned into the BEST jam session. They played late into the night until Sara and JY left to hop on a plane to Antigua.

Thanks for letting us be part of your day, Sara and JY. We love you two and hope you’re living in marital bliss!

Dress: Made with Love Bridal from Village Bridal
Groom’s Jacket:
The Groomsman Suit
Sara’s ring:
Heidi Gibson
JY’s ring: Etsy
Katy Perry
Sara’s Earrings: Vintage from Sara’s Nanny
Sara’s Necklace: Vintage from Sara’s Granny

Florals: Mary Messer’s Flower Shop
Corbin Farms Winery
J & A Film Co.
Alexander’s Great Events
Hair: Jody Self Hair Studio
Makeup: Regan Self
Plato Jones
Cake: family friend
Officiant: Rev Dr Russell Jones Levenson (Sara’s Uncle)

Lane Asbury's Baby Shower

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Cleary + Kevin + Lane

Lane Asbury's Baby Shower // 01.07.2018

One of my dearest friends is pregnant! Cleary and Kevin are expecting Lane Asbury to arrive near the end of March. I couldn't be happier to pack up and get to Gadsden for Lane's baby shower. After the shower, I visited Lane's nursery to help unpack and organize. His nursery is precious. They've got mountains painted on the walls and so much meaningful wall decor from family and friends. I got to feel baby Lane kick; granted, it took playing him a little Zeppelin to get him moving.This little boy is already so loved and cherished. I cannot wait for the day he arrives.

Anna + Daniel

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Anna + Daniel

Engagement // 12.18.2017

Anna and Daniel had called me early the morning of the  18th.  They were in town and they wanted to know if I was available for a last minute engagement shoot.  We had talked briefly the weekend before, and I was ecstatic to shoot for them!  I grabbed my camera and met them two hours later.  These two love the outdoors, so  our location was perfect. As we shot, they told me stories about one another. Fun fact: Anna carried her engagement ring around in an unopened package for MONTHS!  Dan is from Ohio, and Anna is from Alabama. They decided to meet halfway for their wedding  in the hills of Kentucky.  I am SO EXCITED for their venue, her dress, and (most of all) their love. I can't wait for November 17th, y'all. 

Meagan + Jordan


Meagan + Jordan

Engagement Session

Where do I even begin with this couple!? These two are a photographer's dream. They're beautiful, stylish, and laid back (not to mention their cute pup). There was rain in the forecast, but we decided to venture out to McGee Farm anyways. We had clear skies for a while, but thank goodness that didn't last. The bottom fell out, and thus became my favorite shoot ever. We threw her leather jacket and my camera gear in the abandoned pickup truck, and rolled with the rain.