Whiskey and Groomsmen Gifts

Groomsmen gift and whiskeyWhiskey and Groomsmen Gifts

Finding the right groomsmen gift is hard sometimes.  There is always the standard cufflinks or socks but in the south, we believe every gentleman should be able to carry two things.  A hip flask filled with whiskey ( our drink of choice) and a good utility knife.  Recently the folks at Groovy Guy Gifts reached out to us to review a product from their site.  I will say it was a hard choice for Jason and I to make.  They have some pretty neat gifts that any guy would love.

We ended up choosing something they call the Box of Trust that included a cigar style box, hip flask, and utility knife, all engraved with Jason’s initials and our wedding date.  We loved the beautiful engraving on all of the items as well as the speed at which we received the box.  The slim fit and light nature of the flask allows for it to easily be carried in a back pocket or jacket during the wedding day.  It is just big enough to carry 6 oz of whiskey, perfect for drinking it on the rocks or in a whiskey sour.

We both loved the heavy feel of the utility knife and its sturdy construction.  The boys in our family are a bit snobbish when it comes to all things blades as they are ADDICTED to watching Forged in Fire together.  If you are struggling to find the right gift for the guys in your wedding party,  this is a great option to explore.

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Hoover Randle House Bridal Shower

Hoover Randle Bridal Shower

Hoover Randle House Bridal Shower

Melissa and Robert came in from Texas to visit with her family for a joint bridal shower at Hoover Randle House.  As a family friend of the Randle’s, Melissa’s aunt helped coordinate a beautiful shower for this lovely couple.  

Since the wedding will be held later this year in Texas, Melissa’s grandparents will be unable to attend and it was incredibly important to her and her parents to be able to capture the generations present at the bridal shower.

During the shower, I took Robert and Melissa out front for a few romantic portraits in front of the stately Hoover Randle House as well as some photojournalistic shots of all the grandkids and extended family chatting and playing lawn games before a few formal portraits on the back patio with Melissa’s grandparents.  I love that Melissa picked this date for her bridal shower as it was also her parents wedding anniversary.  She later presented them with a sweet framed photo from their wedding day.

Best wishes and congratulations Robert and Melissa for your upcoming wedding later this year.

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Douglas Manor Wedding | Brittany and Ben

Douglas Manor Wedding

I have been looking forward to Brittany’s wedding at Douglas Manor for awhile.  Not only is she a fellow Alpha Gam but when I first met Brittany and Ben last November, I knew immediately that their wedding day was going to be filled with fun and laughter.  During their engagement session he kept Brittany giggling the whole time and you could tell that they dearly adored each other.  

The day of the wedding, Jason and I kept a close eye on the weather, praying that the clear sky would stay through their first look and ceremony at Douglas Manor.  The weather was perfect as Brittany met Ben out by the lake in one of the most emotional first looks ever.  There were definitely some tears as he turned around to see her in her wedding dress.  

Brittany also chose to have a first look with her dad before the ceremony and gifted both him and her mom with beautiful personalized blue and white handkerchiefs that definitely came to good use as they headed to the ceremony out by the lake.  Thunderclouds continued to threaten rain with a loud thunderclap right before their first kiss as husband and wife.  Even then the rain held off.

Ribs and BBQ Chips

With that everyone headed inside for an evening of fun and dancing.  Before Ben and Brittany opened the dance floor, they had a private dinner complete with a very special rack of ribs and bag of barbecue chips brought all the way from Oklahoma by her grandfather.  When she was four, Brittany announced at a family barbecue that when she got married that was exactly what she wanted at her wedding and her family made sure that it happened.  It was definitely a fun surprise to capture as she walked in to dinner expecting just her catered meal and was met with chips and ribs.

Alpha Gams

The rest of the evening was spent with laughter, good memories shared, and dancing complete with her dad and uncles dancing Gagnamam style up on the stage.  The evening was rounded out with an Alpha Gam rose ceremony that I had the honor of participating in as a fellow sorority sister and then the couple left in a beautiful sparkler exit.  As Brittany and Ben got into the limo to leave for their honeymoon, the skies final broke free and it began pouring rain.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hall.  It has been a true honor capturing this season of your life and the first day of forever together.

Bride reading letter from groom

Vendors

Venue: Douglas Manor

Wedding Planner: La Belle Vie Weddings

Hair and Makeup: Kaylee Jones

Floral Design: Tiffany Britt Designs

Cake: Magic Muffins

Catering: Bryon Rickard Catering

Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

DJ: Platinum Entertainment

Limo Service: Accent Luxury Limo 

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Marine Commissioning at Garden and Galley

Garden and Galley Marine CommissioningMarine Commissioning

When Patty initially reached out to me about capturing her son Tanner’s commissioning ceremony, I was elated. As a military spouse and an alum of a senior military college, events like this have a special place in my heart.  Tanner’s family came up from Pensacola to witness him take the oath to become a Marine officer at Garden and Galley in downtown Birmingham.

After being sworn in, his father, a former Navy Diver, presented him with the traditional Mameluke sword and his mom and sister pinned his new rank on.  Following the swearing in, the family took a few portraits and then headed inside for a delicious dinner from Garden and Galley.  We wish Tanner all the best in his future endeavors as a new Marine officer.Garden and Galley Marine Commissioning

 

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Historic Prattville Engagement Session

Prattville Engagement Session with PopsiclesHistoric Prattville

When Kaitlyn suggested having her engagement session in downtown historic Prattville, I was thrilled.  This charming little town just outside of Montgomery has a bit of a New England feel in the south with cute shops, pretty architecture, and a romantic view with a waterfall.

Lots of Laughs

Kaitlyn and Danny were a joy to photograph.  Not only were they just adorably together but they kept each other laughing the entire time as well as me.  We spent the afternoon walking around downtown and towards the end of the engagement session, decided to get popsicles at Frios.  Ya’ll those popsicles are divine!  So glad we stopped in and how cute are those photos of Danny and Kaitlyn with them?!

He Said, She Said

One of my favorite things to ask my couples is they love about each other.  Danny said, “My favorite thing about my beautiful bride is her heart. Kaitlyn’s passion for life, love, spirituality, family, friends, animals, music and theatre is the most admirable thing about her. She has a look that can pierce your soul. Nobody’s ever admired me, looked at me or loved me like she does. The concern she has for everyone’s physical and spiritual well-being transcends others. Kait makes me better every day. She may not realize it, but I think she will make the best Mom one day, and I’m so lucky that I get to share this life with her.”

When I asked Kaitlyn, her response was, “My favorite thing about Danny is his heart. He is an extremely loving and loyal man. His heart comes great love and great humility. I’ve had the privilege to watch it in all sorts of ways over the past three years and it continues to amaze me. He is so incredibly personable and loving to everyone, especially his family and friends. His family and his friendships mean so much to him. I’ve had his friends even come talk to me about how they wish they were more like him, and that all of them strive to be like him. He is the type of person who would come get you on the side of the road at 2am if you called. He is loyal with his work no matter how unfair and unjust it can be at times. This has been any job he has had really. I’ve watched him through his dream job and the job he loves now. He commits to the work he has in front of him through thick and thin. Danny has a servant heart and shows me that any chance he can. My dad even commented one time after having dinner together how effortlessly he just started to help clean up and start dishes. I could go on and on about the many many ways he serves, but one thing I can absolutely note is the way that his love shows me the infinite love of Christ. I’m incredibly honored and lucky to have him as my husband. ”  I look forward to capturing their wedding next year in Montgomery.

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