Memphis Wedding Photographer: Bryan and Jordan’s Children’s Museum Wedding!

Memphis Wedding Photographer: Bryan and Jordan’s Children’s Museum Wedding!

HAPPY Monday, y’all! Can y’all believe we are HALF way through October right now? It’s a little sad. Time just needs to slow down for a minute so we can stop and catch our breath before we hit the holidays….eeek. Am I the only one NOT ready for Christmas to get here?! That all being said, I have some great news! I have a gorgeous, brand spanking new wedding to show ya. And I just want to scream it from the rooftops!! Do y’all remember Jordan and Bryan??

 

I don’t know if you read my last post, but in a nutshell, I came clean about where I’ve been the last couple of years. Why I have been slowing down on weddings, and what’s been going on behind the scenes. It was this past wedding where I realized that I was so stinking happy through the entire day. I laughed. I laughed so hard I cried. And then I cried even more because I got to see true love unfold before my camera. I danced and sang. And I cheered. It was the day I realized, “Hey, this job IS for me. And I’m ready to get back in there.”

 

And I have Jordan and Bryan to thank for that!

 

This couple…so laid back, happy, goofy, and sweet to each other. They’re families were awesome! They’re wedding parties were the bomb! They made my job easy!

 

Anyways, this post is not about me! This post is about Jordan and Bryan’s GORGEOUS wedding day. The weather could not have been more perfect! The flowers, ahhhhh-ma-zing. The shoes! Swoon. The dress. My Lord, that dress. Girls would probably kill people for that dress, Jordan (I may or may not be in that category………).

 

So, let’s chat a bit about the location and logistics for this one. They decided on a traditional look over a first look. Traditional looks definitely have their pros and cons. One pro being that you can start wedding coverage later and end later, so more time at the reception. Another is obviously the true reaction when you walk down the aisle, something that is so pure and emotional. It’s almost a non-negotiable for a lot of couples, which I totally understand. For more of a discussion on the first look vs the traditional look, check out this link.

 

That all being said, if you decide on a traditional look, I DEFINITELY recommend hiring on a second shooter. It adds way more angles and options for your bride/groom portraits, and I think it’s WAY worth it.

 

Their ceremony was at St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was really pretty, but veryyyy dark with strict photo rules during the ceremony. (I recommend having the ceremony as early as you can get away with so you can have the most natural light possible during the ceremony.) Also for this type of ceremony, I recommend keeping note that the ceremony will be about 30-45 minutes depending on the sermon style you go with. Just make sure that ceremony time is factored into sunset for bride/groom portrait time with the traditional look since those photos are taken after the ceremony. I was really happy with our Golden Hour light that we managed to snag right after the ceremony! It was purrrrrrrrrfect. Had it been ten minutes later, we would have missed out on it completely.

 

The reception was at the Children’s Museum of Memphis at the Carousel. This is a relatively new venue in town, and I loved shooting there! The lighting, oh my goodness. It’s been a while since I’ve shot a wedding with amber up-lights. Oh. My. Gosh. Everyone, drop the blue/green/red/pink lights now. JUST DO AMBER. I am in LOVE WITH IT. So good choice, you two! (Purple is still good, too though….) The  actual carousel was a huge hit. Jordan and Bryan made their entrance on the carousel and that was awesome!! My only wish was that I had more time to play around with photographing kids and couples on it, but it was still fun!!

Lastly, for the exit, they decided to do a champagne toast, and that was a blast. It’s a great alternative to the typical sparkler exit, especially if you can get the crowd going!

Anyhooooo, enough chat, let’s get to the photos! I present to you: Jordan and Bryan’s wedding day through my lens!

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Jordan presented to Bryan a signed pair of PENNY HARDAWAY Nikes at the reception!! It was an awesome surprise! Cough cough, GO TIGERS!

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Congratulations you two! I wish y’all a lifetime of laughs and love! <3

I want to send out a special thanks to my second shooter, Emily! You rocked the whole day. I loved your angles, and I’m sooooo glad I had you!

 

For all my brides-to-be, here’s Bryan and Jordan’s Memphis Wedding Vendor List!

Photography: Meeeeeeeee, Maddie Moree

Ceremony: St. John’s Episcopal Church

Reception: Carousel at the Children’s Museum of Memphis (CMOM)

Caterer: Me and My Tearoom

Makeup: Matt Gosset

Still waiting on the rest, but I’ll update it as soon as I get it! 😀

 

Till next time, y’all!

xoxo

maddie

 

October 15, 2018

Memphis Wedding Photographer: Matt and Lauren’s 409 South Main Wedding

Y’all, I’ve got a BAD case of the Mondays. It’s like we had this awesome week of goofing around with 4th of July. And nowwwwww, we are back to work. Boo.

 

But to cheer EVERYONE up from the Monday Blues, I have super sweet new wedding photos to show you from 409 South Main.

 

Meet Matt and Lauren!

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OMG, aren’t they super cute??

 

I loved Matt’s white suit. And then during the ceremony and some portraits, he wore this awesome lei, which was great contrast. I loved how they incorporated fun Hawaiian touches since that is where Matt is from. They had cute little favors and the flowers were gorgeous!!

And then there was Lauren. Like, no words. Her dress was amazinggggggggg! The criss cross back was gorgeous. The train with the buttons going all the way down. Ahhhhhhhh! It was literally a dream dress…

Before I gush about the photos, I wanted to mention a few things. Matt and Lauren did do a traditional look. This worked out well because they had a nice little cocktail hour in the downstairs area of the venue, so we had some time upstairs alone that was very warehouse-y industrial. I loved the distressed brick and the gorgeous windows!

They did have a second shooter for their wedding, which comes in super handy when you do a traditional look. They help to get some different angles of portraits since we are usually on a pretty tight timeframe for those.

And lastly, instead of a sparkler exit, we did a ribbon exit. I think these are good alternatives to sparklers, so maybe something to keep in mind if you’ve chosen a venue that is not ok with sparklers. Also, they are a lot safer if people have been drinking… 🙂

Enough chit chat. Let’s get down to business.

Here was Matt and Lauren’s wedding day through my eyes!

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Again, I want to send a big ol’ CONGRATULATIONS to Matt and Lauren! Your day was perfect, and I’m SO glad I could be a part of it! <3

 

I want to give a shout out to Emily, my amazing second shooter. Every wedding, you keep me on track and capture amazing shots! Thanks for all that you do! 🙂

 

And for ALL of my BRIDES-TO-BE, here is Matt and Lauren’s Memphis Vendor List!

Venue: 409 South Main

Photographer: Maddie Moree

Caterer: Donnelson’s

Cake: Muddy’s Bake Shop (Sooooo tasty!)

Florist: Lynn Doyle

DJ: DeepBlu 

Wedding planner: Michael Doyle with Lynn Doyle

Makeup/Hair: Brittany Cobb from Estelle’s in Cordova

Dress: Paloma Blanca from the Gown Shop in Ann Arbor

 

Till next time, y’all!

xoxo

maddie 🙂

July 9, 2018

Memphis Engagement Photography: Bryan and Jordan

Helllllllllllo WORLD!! What a crazy week it’s been! I’ve been working on some new projects, but I just had to get this Tyin’ the KNOT Thursday post out there because it’s been foreva since I posted!! And I’m not even going to lie. I’ve been sitting on this engagement session for a minute (Ok, ok. Longer than a minute). But, nevertheless…

I’m SO EXCITED to show you Bryan and Jordan’s awesome at home engagement session!

First off, meet Jordan and Bryan! These two, omg! Not only are they completely adorable (just look at them!!), they are super nice and ridiculously funny! I thought I was going to pee my pants a couple of times throughout this session because I was laughing so hard. TMI? Maybe, but what’d you expect from me anyways?? Lol!

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They decided to do their engagement session at their house because they have this huge back yard with gorgeous trees and this cute little fence! And just look at the sun peeking through the trees. This was definitely one of those Golden Hour shoots, and I was LOVING the light. That paired with their cuteness made this a dream engagement session.

 

So, just a few short notes on “at home engagements:” You can opt for a 1 hour engagement over the 2 hour engagement probably because there’s not nearly as much walking and exploring…assuming you don’t have a huge ass property for us to explore. Hey, remember Derin and Bryan’s engagement?? That was their family farm, and we had enough spots to shoot to keep us occupied for hoursssssss.

 

I love at home engagements, though, because you really get a chance to shoot at a place that’s important and familiar to you (your home…). It’s super easy to incorporate animals for home engagements because you can just put them back in the house when you’re done, which is what we did with Jordan and Bryan’s pups! AND, you can probably even fit in an outfit change because you’re so close to a changing area. All great pros when trying to figure out locations.

 

That all being said, you really need to have a pretty yard or an interesting house (preferably with great light) so we actually have places to shoot. Just keep that in mind. Jordan and Bryan’s house and property was amazing, so that made it amazing!

 

These two are tyin’ the knot in September and I CANNOT wait for their day! But, enough talk. Let’s get to the photos! <3

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OMG OMG OMG. Like, how STINKING CUTE?!?!

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Alrighty y’all! That’s all I have for you today!!

 

Till next time.

xoxo

maddie

 

June 28, 2018

Memphis Wedding Photographer: Brad and Natalie’s Heartwood Hall Wedding

Happy Fri-YAY!! It’s practically the weekend, and what better way to celebrate than showing you a super sweet Heartwood Hall Wedding?!?

 

OMG, you guys. I have been SO bad about posting my latest wedding and engagement photography, BUT better late than never!!!

 

Maybe you remember Brad and Natalie from their cute little sunflower engagement session we did last summer. It was hot as hell, but they were champs about it. You can check out their engagement photos here!

 

It may have been hot for their engagement session, but the weather was P-E-R-F-E-C-T for their wedding day. The entire week, it was showing like a 100% chance of rain (oh our weather men…). But they both kept their cool, and the day ended up being a perfect 75 degrees and sunny. That being said, even if it had rained, I think Natalie would have been A-OK with it. She was literally the chillest bride I’ve ever shot with, no bridezilla here!!

For their day, kids played a huge part in the wedding day, so you’ll see quite a few photos of them throughout the post. They were the sweetest kids, super cute in their wedding outfits, AND there were zero meltdowns. That has practically never happened before with that many young kids on a wedding day! Haha

Logistic-wise, Brad and Natalie did a first look! Both the ceremony and reception were at Heartwood Hall, and they did have a second shooter! You’ll also see two areas of couples photos, which is definitely one of the benefits of doing a first look. You’ll have a few more looks for your portraits, AND often times the the lighting is much better after the ceremony, especially during spring and summer weddings.

But enough of that talk. Let’s see the photossssssss.

Without further ado, I give you guys Brad and Natalie’s GORGEOUS wedding day at Heartwood Hall!

 

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This moment……so sweet.

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Congratulations again, you two! I wish y’all SO much happiness!! <3

I just want to send out a big ol’ thank you to my second shooter, Philip! Great reception shots!!!

AND FOR ALL MY BRIDES-TO-BE, HERE IS WEDDING VENDOR LIST!

Venue: Heartwood Hall

Photographer: Meeeeee, Maddie Moree

Caterer: Heartwood Hall

Florist: Lynn Doyle 

Cake: Cake Crumbs & Cookie Dough

DJ: Tyrone Mosby

Hair and Makeup: Taylor Addington 

Dress: Low’s

Getaway Limo: A Posh Limousine

 

Thanks for hanging with me, y’all!! Enjoy your FRIYAYYYYYYYYYYYY!

 

Till next time!!

xoxo

maddie

June 15, 2018

Memphis Wedding Photographer: Paul and Hannah’s Botanic Wedding

Hey peeps!! Happy Married Monday!!

 

Today, I have an adorable wedding to show you!! Y’all meet Paul and Hannah! Omg, so stinkin’ cute.

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These two could honestly not have picked a better day and time of year for a wedding at the Botanic Gardens. Because alllllllllll of that rain we’ve had went straight to creating the most beautiful Cherry Blossoms, tulips and other random but amazingly gorgeous flowers throughout the entire garden! The weather was a tad overcast, but the sun really came out before the reception and made for some really awesome shots. We spent more time in the Rose Garden and were able to capture some of the most gorgeous shots. It’s all about the Golden Hour, ya know….

So, for their day, I just want to explain some of the logistics because we did it a bit differently here. To start, we skipped the getting ready portion and went straight into the first look. This is a great way to get a TON of bride and groom portraits, which is definitely reflected in the blog post here! This is all about prioritization. If couples portraits are the numero uno priority, then this kind of schedule is something to consider along with having a first look. Paul and Hannah had their ceremony at a church in Cordova, but we decided on doing the first look at the Botanic, which is an awesome idea considering all of the different backgrounds as well as the time of year made for some GORGEOUS scenes. Just check out the Cherry blossoms…

 

Since we skipped getting ready, we were able to extend their first look section by a good chunk. That paired with their smaller wedding party, it made for some fun couples portraits throughout the garden. After the ceremony, we headed back to the gardens for the reception. But before the reception actually started, I kidnapped the bride and groom for some more photos in a couple of gardens we didn’t get a chance to hit during the first look. This was OMG-gorgeous because the light was so soft and warm and happy and inviting, and I just wanted to sing it a love song and knit it a hat it was so amazing. Not to mention, Paul and Hannah were super cute because the hard part of getting married was already done!

 

I just want to reiterate that there is NO right or wrong answer when it comes to what you want photographed. It is all about what is important to YOU! I love working with couples like Paul and Hannah because they are SO laid back (bridechilla!!!!!!), super sweet to each other, and absolutely hilarious. There were points I was actually crying I was laughing so hard!! Haha

I’m so HONORED that I got to spend the day with them! But enough talk.

Let’s do this thing!! I present to you Paul and Hannah’s Memphis Botanic wedding as I saw it!

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The cherry blossoms. Swooooooooon!!!

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Ahhhh, this light…………

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Alrighty, y’all! Thanks for hanging with me!

Congratulations again to the beautiful couple! I had a great day with you. 🙂

And for all my brides-to-be, here is wedding vendor list!

Venue: Botanic Gardens for First Look and Reception 

Ceremony Venue: Memphis First Seventh-day Adventist Church

Photographer: Meeeeee, Maddie Moree

Caterer: India Palace. Ummmmm, YUM!!! Y’all it was awesome. Just sayin’…

Cake: One of the bridesmaids, Laura Horn, made this cake. I just want to say, no joke, this was the BEST TASTING cake I’ve ever had in my years of wedding photography. AHHHHH-MAZING JOB. I consider myself to be a cake connoisseur, and I DEFINITELY approve…

Hair: Katie Raburn. Katie does the hair for Click Magazine, and I think she does fabulous wedding hair!! 🙂 

Dress: David’s Bridal

 

Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Till next time!

xoxo

maddie

April 13, 2018

Memphis Wedding Photography: Hunter and Becca’s Cadre Wedding

Ok, y’all. It’s been a while! I’ve been traveling and resting up over this winter break. And now I’m ready to jump back into wedding season full force! How’s everyone doing over there?? You know what day it is?!

Of course, it’s WEDDING WEDNESDAY!! And that means that I have a fancy, gorgeous, fun, and BRAND-SPANKING new wedding to show y’all!

Meet Becca and Hunter.

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Now this couple. Y’all. So stinkin’ cute. I, honestly, could not have asked for a better couple to start off my wedding season with! So laid back, so sweet to each other, and so much fun! My favorite parts to shoot during a wedding day are the bride and groom portraits because y’all are both so stinking happy! So happy to see each other, but then it’s mixed with this nervous anxiety before the wedding ceremony. They are so sweet. I just love watching all of it unfold. I really enjoyed our couple’s portraits for this wedding! Hope y’all do too!

A little about their day. The ceremony was actually at their parent’s house. It was gorgeous. GORGEOUS. It was a really intimate ceremony, and then the reception was downtown at the Cadre building! We even had a little time to sneak off to the Peabody and grab some fun portraits there!

As far as the rest of the day, Hunter and Becca did a first look and a sparkler exit at the end. They also had a second shooter, which made for some awesome couples portrait additions. (Eeee, excited for y’all to see the rest of the gallery!) Oh! And we were even able to incorporate Boon, their pup, for quite a few photos!

Lovin’ their day, so without further ado……

Here is Hunter and Becca’s wedding story in Midtown, at  Peabody, and then the Cadre…and everything in between!

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Hunter’s sister is an opera singer. OMG, it was beautiful. I started tearing up. So moving.

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Congratulations again, y’all!! So glad to be a part of your day! I’m glad to be back to it, and I wanted to send out a special thanks to my second shooter, Emily! She rocked those portraits and ceremony shots like nobody’s business! <3

 

For all of my brides-to-be, here’s Hunter and Becca’s Memphis wedding vendors!

Photography: Me! Maddie Moree

Reception: Cadre Building

Caterer: Paradox Catering and Consulting. <–Y’all. Food was on point. Pork rind nachos. All I have to say.

Cake: The Flour Garden

Band: The King Bees

Planner: Betsy with Salt Style and Events <–Love her! Check out this post where she answered all of my questions about wedding planning!! Betsy always puts on a gorgeous event.

Flowers: Deedra Stone Designs

Ceremony Music: Mark Edgar Stuart

Hair & Make-Up:  Rachel Douglass Glo Salon

Bar Staff:  Memphis Bar Ties

Rentals:  White Door Events

Photo Booth:  Mirror Me Image Photo Booth

Ok, till next time! 

xoxo

maddie

 

April 4, 2018