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Tiffini + Travis Get Married // Piper Palm House, St Louis MO

You guys, you guys. Every single second of this wedding—from the rehearsal dinner the night before, to meeting up in the morning while Tiffini and Travis each got ready, to visiting new-to-me spots for photos in St Louis, to hanging in the venue’s kitchen while Tiffini and her wedding party sang along to Mariah, to holding back happy tears during the ceremony, to the sweetest first dance followed by an even sweeter surprise birthday cake for a bridesmaid, to when Travis and his wedding party surprised Tiffini with a choreographed dance to Bruno Mars’s “Marry You”, to the delicious ice cream served out front, to the close out last dance to “XO” was… unbelievable. I am so happy I was part of this day, so pleased to know these two are on the planet, and so in love with these photos:

VENDORS: Wedding Coordinators: Build A Wedding // Ice Cream Truck: Pirtle’s Ice Cream // Cake: Sweet Art // Ceremony Venue: Piper Palm House // Reception Venue: NEO on Locust // Catering: Seoul Taco // DJ: Millennium //Makeup: Blush on the Boulevard

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Lauryn + Charlie Get Married // Smithgall Woods, Helen GA

LAURYN AND CHARLIE! Where do I begin?!? Maybe with their (truly) perfect venue, Smithgall Woods State Park? Because it was incredible. Or all the love and support they received from everyone present? It was powerful. Or, I don’t know, maybe just with how cool, kind, thoughtful, sweet, endearing, and flat-out badass this duo is.

I had an absolute blast shooting with these two, and it was a day I would happily relive again and again. Dig in!

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HELLO, HELLO: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?

HELLO my precious site! Wow, it’s been… an embarrassingly long time since I’ve updated you. I have a great excuse, that will sound vague at best until we dive in: the last few months have been a lot.

In December we moved from Tennessee to Oakland, California. It might not surprise you to know that even veterans of moving across the country (this is time number.. three? four?) need some time to get acclimated, and our move to California was more rushed than previous moves, and we’re all just now settling in to our surroundings, waking up to everything that we can see and do, and juuuust beginning to take advantage of the fact that we live in a great city that is directly adjacent to another great city, and we’re having a lot of fun here….and elsewhere! We visited Iceland in March (photos coming!), and have two road trips (in wildly different directions) down the pipeline.

Speaking of road trips, we absolutely drove from TN to CA, and managed to stop at a few new-to-us places on the way: Meteor Crater outside Winslow, AZ (did you know that my kid wrote a letter to Carolyn Shoemaker when he was in preschool? He diiiiid, that nerd); Cadillac Ranch in TX, and (of course) the Grand Canyon:

So anyway: that’s kind of what we’ve been up to! I mostly wanted to finally take a second to give the site a new look and vibe (I’ll be mixing my photography and my writing here from now on) and say hello: you’ll be hearing from me soon (and seeing plenty of wedding work that hasn’t been shared yet)!

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ENGAGED: ARLEATHA + REX

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I met Arleatha early after moving to Chattanooga last year—in fact, she cuts my hair! So I was super delighted when she asked me to shoot her wedding (and I’m even more excited that it’s now less than a month away!). The three of us took a few fun engagement photos a couple of weeks ago in North Shore, and I’m pretty into them:

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Engaged: Lauryn + Charlie

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By this time tomorrow, these two will have been married for a handful of hours—so it seems appropriate to share a few of their engagement photos (from earlier this summer! One day I’ll catch up) tonight. I’m so looking forward to tomorrow! ♥♥♥

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