Emily & Shane { Birmingham, AL }

Weddings are so wonderful to me. There's something about being a witness to the beginning of a brand new family that touches my heart, and even though they can be crazy and stressful, I love being able to be a part of them. At every wedding I shoot, I seem to walk away encouraged by something, like the way the bride and groom whisper to one another during the first dance or the way the couple's parents hold each other close. It could be anything. At Emily and Shane's wedding, it was hearing Shane read his vows to Emily. He promised not only to love and cherish her, but also to lead their family in their pursuit of the Lord. It was a beautiful moment, and I was excited to know that this new family would not only be guided by their love for each other but also by the Lord.

Their wedding took place at the beautiful and historic Rucker Place in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a really fun place to shoot, because there were so many different rooms and views to explore. There are a lot of windows, which provides an abundance of natural light inside (which I love!). Also, the balcony is a great place to shoot from during the ceremony. I stationed Emma up there while I shot from the ground. You'll see more examples of that later. OK, no more talking. On to the images!

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I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for this important messge. Ha! Just kidding. I just wanted to point out that I recently changed my wedding packages so that a second photographer is included at every wedding. Here is a set of images that demonstrate why. These next two images are the ones that I captured from the ground.

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These are the two that Emma grabbed from the balcony. Now, when I'm putting together an album for the couple, I have two different and complimentary perspectives to choose from.

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I LOVE this picture. It honestly made me laugh out loud when I saw it.

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This family was serious about their dancing, especially the groom! These are some of my favorite reception photos, because they really capture the fun that these guys were having as they moved around the dance floor.

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Shane and Emily, it was a blessing to celebrate your lives and love with you. It really was a pleasure, and I wish you the best in your new family!

Venue: Rucker Place. Coordinator: Jeannene Griesbach. Band: Rock Candy.