Med School Sweethearts | Downtown Birmingham

Med School Sweethearts Birmingham Engagement SessionMed School Sweethearts

These two med school sweethearts got in front of our cameras earlier this month and even brought their sweet pups along for the ride.  We just adored getting to know Colleen and Michael as they shared their excitement news that he had just accepted a fellowship back in their home state of Illinois.  Both Michael and Colleen met at UAB while she was completing her NP and he was a finishing up his residency.

We always love sharing a bit of “He Said, She Said” about our couples.  When we asked Michael about one thing he loved about Colleen he said, “It’s a random thing but I love listening to her watch tv or listen to a podcast. She laughs so loud and heartily and responds to what she hears or sees. It’s the most genuine joy I have ever seen or heard.”

Colleen said, “It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about Michael. One of my favorite things about him is how caring he is, whether that’s me, his family, our dogs, or his patients, he truly cares. He is also very funny and loves making jokes.”

A Birmingham Engagement

Michael proposed to Colleen on a low key summer day.  They went for a walk, played tennis, and then were just hanging out at home. Michael all of a sudden made an excuse to go upstairs. Colleen had recently lost a ring of hers. Michael came back downstairs with a ring box in his hands which he said contained a replacement for the ring she had lost. Colleen opened it to find a far nicer engagement ring! Michael explained that their house they had built together was his favorite place and he didn’t want to wait any longer to propose.  We are honored to capture their wedding next year as they prepare for their next adventure together in Chicago with their darling dogs in tow.Med School Sweethearts Birmingham Engagement Session

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College Sweethearts get Engaged | The Preserve

College Sweetheart at the PreserveCollege Sweethearts

There is always something so special about college sweethearts.  I think it gives you the time to mature together as you date and move out into the adventures of post-college.  While Margaret and Parker have known each other since they were three, they didn’t start dating until they were in their freshman year at Auburn.  Five years later he proposed at the Statue of Liberty in Liberty Park where he took Margaret to “show her” where his name had just been engraved as an Eagle Scout on the wall there.

A Preserve Engagement Session

While they are self – prescribed casual folks who love baseball and breweries (who doesn’t), Margaret came to their engagement session in the most gorgeous powder blue lace dress . . absolutely stunning.  We were blessed with the most perfect weather after having to reschedule due to a heat advisory earlier in the year.  They only difficult part about the whole session was smelling the delicious tacos coming from Moss Rock down the street!  These two laughed, danced, and even did the dip like PROS.  We can’t wait for your summer 2019 wedding.

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Ward 8 | Craft Cocktail

with grenadine

Ward 8

I had never heard of the Ward 8 until meeting Clair Mclafferty but if Clair makes you a drink . . you darn well better try it.  Back in August she introduced us to this crafted cocktail as one of her personal faves.  As a fan of the Whiskey Sour . . this sister recipe sweetened with grenadine is now also a personal favorite of my own.

There is myth and legend that surrounds this unusually named drink and most of it points back to a bartender in 1898 who created it and served it to a mob boss after he won an election in Boston’s eight ward.

Recipe for the Ward 8

2 ounces bourbon or rye
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce orange juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Wanting a signature drink for your wedding day?  Contact Clair for your own custom version of the Ward 8.


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Location: Prophouse

Styling: Hothouse

Mixologist: Clair Mclafferty

Lighting: Profoto B2

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Hoover Randle House Wedding

Hoover Randle House Wedding

We rounded out a fantastic month of weddings at the Hoover Randle House with a beautiful outdoor ceremony for this sweet couple from out of town.  The Hoover Randle is by far one of our favorite places for a wedding, not only because of the beautiful historic home but also because of the darling folks that run and own it.

A Proposal

R and M had been dating for 6 years after meeting in grad school when they began to start talking about weddings and marriage.  On the way to a pre-planned dinner M proposed to R in the middle of their kitchen.  R had wanted to have a say in her engagement ring and after wearing her grandmother’s ring in the interim, she decided she loved it so much that she would keep it as her own instead, loving the heirloom and the story behind it.

The Wedding Day

M’s wedding day began with watching the college game  with his friends and family while R got ready with her sister and friends upstairs.  Surrounded by beautiful artwork, she talked about the funny joke she planned to play on M during the first look.  He had been asking for awhile what her dress looked like and she had jokingly told him it had red tassels with peacock feathers.  As a joke, she put the “parts” of her dress in a tiny box for him to open before the first look and it had him laughing like crazy before turning to tears of joy when he saw her.  The rest of the evening was just as light hearted with dancing, heartfelt toasts, and a exit amid showers of delicious smelling lavender.  Congrats R and M!

Venue: Hoover Randle Home and Gardens

Catering: IZ Catering

Florist: Lillie Jane

Cake Designer:  Magnificent Cakes

Hair: SciaScia Salon

DJ: Elevated Entertainment

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Chattanooga Wedding | Kelly and Ben

Chattanooga Wedding CoupleA Chattanooga Wedding

It was the perfect sunny day for a wedding at a lake in northern Chattanooga.  Surrounded by their dearest friends and family, Kelly and Ben said their vows but not before a little fun shenanigans.  Kelly and Ben met while working as camp counselors one summer and unlike some summer romances . . . it did not come to an end but instead lead to a sweet lodge wedding by a lake just north of Chattanooga where Kelly’s family lives.

Heirlooms and Weddings

Of all the weddings this year, Kelly’s took the cake at having the most heirlooms . . something we love in the MRP office.  Early on in Kelly’s engagement, she made the decision to wear her mother’s wedding dress (a wedding my toddler self just happened to have been in attendance at) and it was the perfect dress for her.  It fit right in to the ethereal woodland vibe she had throughout the day in Chattanooga.

A Grande Entrance

Kelly’s family grew up on the water, making boats and fishing so when they started to plan the ceremony they decided to include a rather unusual maritime entrance.  Her uncle rowed her down the lake to the ceremony site in a rowboat her father and uncle built together and was a darling surprise entrance for their guests.  From the ceremony, the couple headed to the lodge for dancing, singing, and of course cake.  Later that evening the exited through showers of dried lavender buds and cheers of joy.  Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Sterrett.

Woodland Tennessee Bridal Portrait


Venue: Dogwood Lodge

Dress: Her Mother’s Heirloom Dress

Grooms Attire: Hixon’s

Day of Coordinator: Hannah Carpenter

Cake: Hannah Carpenter


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