Nicole & Jesse's Riverchase Country Club Wedding in Birmingham, Alabama

You know those couples you instantly connect with? That no matter what happens, their wedding day is going to be perfect?! Yup, that's Nicole & Jesse Snowden.  The first time I met them at a Starbucks in Birmingham.... an hour late (Nicole...........), I just knew we were going to be best buds.  We talked for hours upon end about their fall wedding later that year.  

Fast forward a couple months, we do their engagement session, which was a mess in itself.  After rescheduling, moving locations, then getting poured on, it was one of my favorite engagement sessions to date.  This year, there was a lot of firsts for me. And Nicole and Jesse stood by me through them all. We still text on a daily basis and hang out when I'm in town. This couple rocks and you will see that their wedding did too! 

October 29, 2016 could not have been a more perfect day in Birmingham, Alabama. The sun was shining, the grass was so green, and this couple was the happiest I've ever seen. From getting ready at the beautiful Riverchase Country Club, to the amazing planning by Courtney from La Belle Vie Wedding Planning, to the ceremony at Hunter Street Baptist, and back to the Country Club for the most fun reception I've ever shot.  

Take a look into their little world.... Part 1 of 2 because there are just TOO many good ones! So stay tuned! 

Thank you so much to the incredible vendor team that made this day happen:

Ceremony: Hunter Street Baptist Church

Reception Venue: Riverchase Country Club

Photography: Abbie Mae Photography

Planner: Courtney Bell with La Belle Vie Wedding

Hair & Makeup: The Look by Brittany Shelton & Ashley Vines

Florist: Ricky Whitely Flowers

DJ: Michael Warren

Gown Designer/Retailer: Allure Bridals at Bella Couture

Groom Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear

Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure at Bella's Bridal

Cake: Magic Muffins


Ansley & Kathryn's Graduation Session

Meeting Ansley and Kathryn was a cherry on top to my graduation sessions this winter semester.  They were two of the sweetest souls I have ever met and were such a joy to work with.  These girls were very light hearted and were so easy go lucky, which made the session an absolute blast.  

Ansley is a girl that you definitely should meet.  Her smile radiates through the camera and her laugh was contagious.  She studied English with a minor in American Studies at Alabama and will be attending The University of Georgia Law School this fall.  Congratulations smarty pants!  Ansley's dream job would be working at a big law firm, where she could partake in entertainment law for the music industry.  For now, her big goals are to work for a firm in Atlanta after graduating from law school with a Juris Doctor Degree.  As all graduates may say, she has said that her favorite pastime since graduation has been sleeping. I can totally imagine because I know that's what I will be doing come May!  

And Kathryn! Wow, this girl was a total sweetheart.  She was up for anything, especially popping a bottle of champagne to celebrate their graduation.  Kathryn majored in Advertising with a minor in Computer Science.  After graduation, she took a ten day trip to Israel and now she is working at her new job in New York City.  How awesome is that?  She says that she misses Guthrie's chicken fingers, double liquor drinks that only cost $7, and a free gym membership at Alabama.  Definitely all things I'll miss once I'm gone as well.  

Congratulations girls! You guys are both going very far in your fields.  

Elsa Ybarra's Graduation Session

Miss Elsa was an absolute joy to work with.  She booked me early for her December session (which I always love!) and then we ended up having a class together this past semester.  Elsa is one of the most down to earth, kind people that I have met at The University of Alabama.  I got to find out so many cool facts while we were shooting her graduation session, for example, she's from Mexico City and played waterpolo at Arizona State University before she transferred.  While at Alabama, she majored in Restaurant & Hospitality Management, same as me, with a concentration in hotel and lodging.  Within the next couple weeks, this determined girl will be moving to Orlando to work at Walt Disney World.  How cool is that?!  She has set very high expectations for herself and her career and hopes to own her own resort in Bora Bora one day.  I know that I will be the first to visit her.  Congratulations sweet girl & good luck with all your endeavors.    

Leah & Eric's Cullman, Alabama Engagement Session

Oh me, Oh my! I cannot thank my wonderful boss, Heather Durham Photography, enough for taking me along with her on this engagement shoot.  Check out her blog post of this session here. Leah and Eric were an absolute joy to work with, I mean, just look at them.  This wonderful couple met while playing on the local soccer team when they were twelve years old and just knew they would be together forever.  We had a great time wandering the town of Cullman, Alabama and getting to know them and their love story.  Thank you Leah & Eric for letting me capture such a beautiful love story and of course, thank you Heather for everything!