Memphis Wedding Photography: Gillian and Wilson’s Loflin Wedding

Happy Tyin’ The Knot Tuesday, folks!!!

Did y’all know Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week?! For real. I’m not even kidding. I work almost every Saturday. And Sunday is to recover from Saturday. Monday is computer work. But Tuesdays, man…

Tuesdays are the days that I allow myself to sleep in, go eat Chinese food, go shopping, maybe go see a movie (Malco has super discount specials on Tuesdays. FYI. You’re welcome.). Pretty much, whatever Maddie wants to do on a Tuesday, she makes it HAPPEN! And yes, I just referred to myself in the third person.

So, what does it say about me that I am posting the most Pinterest-perfect, gorgeous wedding on my blog today?

Only this: that today, THIS is what I WANT to do. Gush about Wilson and Gillian’s wedding! Because sometimes, work is not work at all. Now, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, it is. I really have a love-hate relationship with blogging. It’s definitely been a hot minute since I’ve posted my weddings, especially in a timely manner. But, it is so so so rewarding to go back and relive days like Wilson and Gillian’s! Both of their families and friends were just amazing. This couple was hilarious! And sweet! And real! Not to mention super attractive! Umm, did you see Gillian in that dress??! Jeez.

I loved working with them!

I’m sorry it took me so long to get this published, but I’m so glad I was able to be a part of their day. And I’m super lucky that I was the one who got to document it all!

And so, here we go!

Wilson and Gillian’s Loflin Yard Wedding…

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The groomsmen photos. HILARIOUS. No other words for it. Tears in my eyes. Had to stop for a moment to regain composure. Can we all just take a moment to notice the one guy in the light gray suit….lol.

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The flowers and décor. OMG. Gillian. Erin. Betsy. Whoever. Winners! A-mazing!!!

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Congrats again, you two!!

Of course, I want to send a special shoutout to my lady, Emily! Thanks for all of your hard work and great photography! 🙂

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

Venue: Loflin Yard

Photographer: Meeeee, Maddie Moree. <–want to know more?! Click here!

Wedding planner: Betsy with Salt Style and Events  I love Betsy! And her events! I also did a little interview with her. Check out my vendor scoop with Betsy here.

Caterer: Gannon Hamilton (the catfish crostinis….holy guacamole.)

Cake: Frost

Florist: Hollidays <–y’all outdid yourselves on this one! Gorgeous flowers!!!! <3 <3 

Band: Bueller Band

Rentals: Affordable Party Rentals

 

Till next time, y’all! Happy Tuesday!

maddie

December 12, 2017

Memphis Wedding Photography: Paul and Holly’s Elvis Wedding

Heyyyyyy y’all!! I have a special Tyin’ the Knot Thursday for you today!!

Now, it’s kinda been a minute since Paul and Holly’s wedding, but holiday season has me totally swamped in editing. But AT LAST, here it is!! Y’all remember Paul and Holly from their engagement session, right?? Possibly the cutest couple in Memphis…AND the most awesome neighbors EVA!!

Paul and Holly’s wedding day was gorgeous. They got married at the Guesthouse at Graceland, which is the swankiest, blingiest, Elvis-tastic hotel…I’m going to venture to say…IN THE WORLD. It was Elvis/Red carpet themed with Elvis sunglasses and gold pompoms as party favors. The wedding dress – a blush pink – along with the most bitchin’ suit jacket for Paul were just the beginnings of how fabulous the decor and outfits were that night.

I’m SO glad I got to be there and document their big day!!

And now, I present to you, Paul and Holly’s ELVIS Wedding.

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At the end, Paul sang Tennessee Whiskey to Holly. It was amazing. And Holly’s reaction was adorable!! <3

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A big ol’ congratulations to one of the FUNNEST couples I know!! I’m so happy for you guys!! <3 <3

Of course, I couldn’t do it without my second shooter, Emily!! Thanks for all that you do!

 

For all of my brides-to-be, here are Paul and Holly’s Wedding vendor list:

Photography: Meeeeeee, Maddie moree

Venue and Caterer: Guesthouse at Graceland <– y’all, the food was on point.

Dress: Barefoot Bride

Groom’s Suit: Lanskey’s

Band: The Chris Hill Band

Cake and Cupcakes: Lucy J’s Bakery
Hair: Andrea Greenhill
Make Up: Molly McKnight
Flowers: The Flower Girl Florist, Tunica, MS
Green Back Wall: Bride of Boaz
Coordinator: Sally Perry 🙂

 

Till next time, peeps!

xoxo

maddie

November 30, 2017

Should I do a Christmas Mini Session?? Asking for a friend…

Have you been thinking to yourself, “Madddddddieee, I want to do the session, but ughhhhh. I don’t know. I’m already paying ALL this money for my wedding. And sending Christmas cards are such an adult thing to do. And I’m not even married yet, so that would be weird, right? And it’s only like 15 minutes. And my fiancé is all ‘bleh’ on photos, so I just don’t think I can justify it.”

First off – girl – I HEAR YA! You’re right! Weddings are expensive…AND stressful. I totally understand that. And sending Christmas cards ARE such an adult thing to do. I’m like….does an evite count?! lol. #reallifeadulting

And, yes, the session is 15 minutes or 30 minutes depending on what y’all choose. But……..

Here are 5 reasons why Christmas Minis are perfect for couples!

So, if you did NOT add an engagement session to your package, this is the “have your cake and eat it too” opportunity to have couples photos.

1. PRICE: That’s right, baby! It’s cheaper. An engagement session with me is $500. A Christmas mini is $150 for 15 minutes and $210 for 30 minutes. That’s a pretty big difference. And if you are a Maddie Moree couple, you get a 10% discount off on the session! So $135 for the 15 min and $189 for the 30 min.

 

2. Retouched image: You get one retouched image, which is PERFECT for the Save the Date (or a Christmas Card if you decide to be an adult), in ADDITION to your high resolution images that we take. You get 2 retouched images for the 30 minute session.

 

3. Comfortable with each other: We get to work together before the wedding day!! There are so many benefits to this. I can figure out how y’all interact with each other before the wedding. Y’all will be used to me being up in your grill photographing you. All of these things lead to BETTER wedding photos. You know what to expect. I find out what style you like. WIN. WIN. (I originally typed WINE instead of WIN…and I allllllmost left it because WINE is  WIN! But anyways…)

 

4. It’s ONLY 15 minutes: Which is awesome. 15-30 minutes is actually a great timeframe for people who hate taking photos or have a short attention span. Meaning your fiancé who’s all bleh on photos has NO excuse not to be up for some photos for 15 minutes. And, ya know, he might find out that Maddie is pretty freakin’ hilarious making jokes and being goofy the entire session and realize that taking photos is SO MUCH FUN.

 

5. Photo options: Yes, we will be shooting at a tree farm and with Christmas trees, but it DOESN’T have to be Christmas-y. We will be shooting in nature for the most part. So while Christmas is an option that we CAN TOTALLY OWN….we can also do wooded nature and scenery. This is absolutely the case at Shelby Farms lake because there are no Christmas trees at all.

 

Boom! I know that was eye opening! Are you ready to sign up? 😀 Here’s the link to times.

Listen, I hear your questions, and I want to answer more. Just email me or comment below, and I’ll answer them directly or in another goofy blog post!

 

Till next time.

xoxo

maddie

 

October 20, 2017

Memphis Engagement Photography: Paul and Holly

Happy Fri-YAY, y’all! Can we get a hallelujah for the weekend?!

So, let me introduce you to Holly and Paul! I love this couple sooooooooo much!! They are going ALL out for their wedding next month with a truly Memphis-themed wedding at the Guesthouse at Graceland!

Oh, you haven’t been there yet? It’s only the swankiest Elvis inspired hotel….(I’m just going to say it) in the WORLD! Boom! Every room in the hotel has an Elvis something going on. There’s a million different kinds of wallpapers that have crazy colors and different kinds of textures, just like Graceland does. Elvis music is playing in the background, and who doesn’t love that?!

It will be my first wedding there, and I can’t wait! I love photographing new venues. You get to walk in with fresh eyes! Sometimes, when you’ve shot at the same place over and over again, you kinda get stuck doing the same things. Shooting at a new place, you feel extra creative and see everything differently.

For Paul and Holly’s engagement photography session, we decided to stay in downtown Memphis. I shoot a lot downtown, so it’s good to mix it up every now and then! I’ve shot at this garden area before, but never really at the bridge. So that was pretty exciting! Also, the second part of their session was mostly all new walls and river shots, which was a lot of fun!

Clothes-wise. Can I also just say how much I loved their outfits?? They opted for a pretty formal first outfit and then a super cute and casual Grizzlies-themed second outfit. I think the formal garden area was a perfect match, and then we went for a more city look for the Grizz themed part. I like it when couples have two completely separate looks! And if you’re going to go formal, I always recommend starting with that since you will be fresh and not hot/sweaty!

Whenever I do an engagement session downtown, I *try* to shoot at least a little part at the river. For us Memphians, and ESPECIALLY for the couples living downtown (like Paul and Holly) sunsets on the Mississippi are a part of everyday life. (Part of the reason why I love living downtown, myself!) So, when choosing the location for the engagement sessions, I always try to keep this in mind. How I shoot my engagements is mainly starting at one spot and then exploring all over that area! I’m a big believer in doing a lot of walking and finding the cool little nooks with nice light. It just seems more organic to me.

Anyways! I hope y’all enjoy their session! I included a lot more “series” pics. Which is something I like to call “working a scene!” I think it’s fun to see how a series of actions unfolds to make some really cute and loving photos. We might work a scene for five or so minutes and then move on. For their session, my favorite was the bridge, and I talk a little more about it later on!

So, here we go! Paul and Holly’s Downtown Memphis engagement photography session!

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This feels like it’s not Memphis at all, but somewhere at an awesome park in New York. Their classy outfits add to that feel as well! 🙂

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The bridge…..! The sun was in the most perfect spot. The lighting was soft and kinda fall-like, which went well with their outfit colors too. Off topic of the bridge, but those shoes. OMG! <3 <3

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And we ended at the River! Love love love it!

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You better believe how much I cannot wait to shoot their wedding! Luckily I won’t have to wait long, since it’s in October! Ahhhhhhhh! Paul and Holly, y’all rocked your session!!

Till next time, y’all!

maddie

September 22, 2017

Memphis Wedding Photography: Derrick and Kristen

Happy “Wedding Wednesday,” all you lovely people out there!!

I have a brand spanking new – hot off the presses photography post to show you at this swanky new Memphis wedding venue called, Noah’s Event Venue.

Now you may remember Kristen and Derrick from their awesome engagement session I posted like back in March!! If you don’t remember, check out their engagement session here. (It was an awesome shoot where we got to run around on the Tigers Football Field at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. I know, right?! It was pretty cool, and we got backstage access…).

As for Kristen and Derrick’s wedding day, let me tell you a little about it. I LOVED photographing their wedding! There were so many sweet moments where I found myself crying *while* shooting, which takes quite a bit of skill, but I somehow manage to cry at every wedding. It’s because I’m so emotionally invested in their day, and I’m just so happy for my couples! At their ceremony, there was a beautiful story about her son, and I don’t think anyone was able to hold back the tears. And then of course, watching her with her dad…it just reminded me of my dad. Lastly, watching Derrick with his two girls! Oh. My. Gosh. So sweet! They had the cutest father-daughters dance. Not to mention the oldest is named Madison…so she’s automatically awesome!

In short, I love this couple. I loved their day. And I loved watching them celebrate with each other and their friends and family. This is exactly what a wedding day is all about in my book. And I love being able to photograph those relationships and real emotions throughout the day.

As for logistics of the day, Kristen and Derrick did have a second shooter. I love having Emily there with me to shoot because it adds such a different perspective when shooting. And if you’re running late, it helps to have a separate shooter there to help grab some details and ease some of the timeline stresses. If you have a lot of activities or have a tight timeline…OR are doing a traditional look, I highly recommend hiring a second shooter.

A little about the venue. This is a new venue in Memphis! The space is a pretty classy venue with white marble/stone and grey plantation shutters everywhere, which was really pretty! The light in the getting ready rooms was also nice! The ceremony room was mainly an empty space, and Angela with Southern Event Planners did a great job with décor, draping, lighting, etc. My biggest complaint was size. I wish it were a hair bigger. There was also no space outside for photos. Just something to think about, but the inside was great.

For their exit, they opted for a second line over a sparkler exit! I love it when couples decide to do something different from the typical sparkler exit! If you’re looking for an alternative to sparklers, consider a second line! It was fun, the favors are cute little hankies with your names on them, and you get to dance around with masks and fun umbrellas! Win WIN!

But enough talk…let’s get to the photos!

Here was Derrick and Kristen’s wedding day as I saw it through my lens…

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The shoes….. <3 <3 <3

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First look with dad!

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Right before they walked down the aisle!

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The room!! <3 <3

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Right here. This whole section….

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So again, I want to send out a special thanks to my lady, Emily! Girl, those reception photos were perfect! And your help in general…so grateful!

For all of my brides-to-be, here’s Derrick and Kristen’s Memphis wedding vendor list:

Wedding Photographer: me!! Maddie Moree
Cake: Brown Baguette
Caterer: Me and My Tea Room
Video: Mankind Films
DJ: Darren Ballard
Floral and Decor: Southern Event Planners
Venue: Noah’s Event Venue
Wedding Planner: Southern Event Planners
Hair: Jackie Davis Tucker
Officiant: Rufus Smith IV, Pastor of Hope Church
Soloist: Shenea Weathington
Till next time, y’all!
xoxo
maddie

 

September 20, 2017

Evan and Alexis: An Idlewild Wedding

Happy TYIN’ the knot Thursday, y’all!!!!!

Oh my gosh, what gorgeous weather we’ve been having this week!! I guess fall is in the air…which I’m not really ready for, but I guess it has to happen. Whatever. I’m more of a summer girl, but I can still appreciate some cooler weather with a cold beer on a patio…

Anyhoooo. A perfect way to cap off my summer was this GORGEOUS Idlewild Church wedding with the reception at the Chickasaw Country Club.

For all my brides to be, I really really enjoyed shooting at Chickasaw. It’s definitely a venue I would consider if you’re member (not sure their policy on non-members). We didn’t get a chance to shoot any on the golf course, but it was a great spot for a reception for sure!

Meet Evan and Alexis! I loved working with these two!! Talk about a laid back couple! Their families were amazing, and the day was just perfect!

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These two have been dating for pretty much forever. And when couples have been together forever, you have a different crowd at the wedding. Instead of a big “joining” ceremony, it’s almost more like a huge family reunion where everyone knows everyone. And that’s a pretty cool party, ya know! Evan and Alexis…of course they were adorable! Their wedding party was really tight. The band was on point! And the décor was amazing! What else can I really say about it!

As for logistics, we started at the swankiest Airbnb, y’all! Ladies, if you don’t want to get ready at a hotel room, consider renting an awesome house…you don’t have to clean it up, and you’re entire wedding party can stay together. I thought that was a really cool idea on their part!

After the getting ready portion, we headed to Idlewild…which is an AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS church in Midtown. But…BUT, ladies, keep in mind that photographers are NOT allowed to take photos during the ceremony. So if you’re cool with that, then that church was really, really, really pretty. The getting ready room…omg! If you’re not cool with that, then go ahead and consider a different church venue. After the ceremony, the reception was at Chickasaw, complete with a MS State Gibson’s donut wall for the groom’s “cake,” candied bacon (which is pretty much like heaven on earth), and Nashville Hot chicken sliders. Um. Yummmmmmmmm.

But, enough talk. Here was Evan and Alexis’ day…as I saw it. 🙂

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Y’all!!! They did FOURTH MEAL from Taco BELL!!!!!

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Arrington, this photo is for you!

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I want to send out a special thanks to my second shooter, Emily! Thank you for allllllll of your hard work and your amazing reception shots! <3

For all of my brides-to-be, here’s Evan and Alexis’ Memphis Wedding Vendor List:

Photography: Me! Maddie Moree

Videography: Twenty-two Magnolias

Reception and catering: Chickasaw Country Club
Cakes: Kipp Cakes
Flowers: Perri Mathis
Dress: Amsale
Hair: Kelsey and Taylor
Makeup: Kasey Acuff
Coordinator: Missy Elder

 

So, congrats again, Evan and Alexis!! I loved being a part of your day! <3

xoxo

maddie

September 7, 2017