Joseph & Caroline | A Pink & Blue Little Rock Summer Wedding

Joseph & Caroline | A Pink & Blue Little Rock Summer Wedding

“I knew I was saving this ring for someone. Today I want to give it to you, and someday you can give it to our daughter.” The ring on Caroline’s right hand has been a symbol to her since she was a young teenager that God was preparing a perfect life companion for her. It has been a constant reminder that through the trials and changes of life, His plan will prevail and she could stay steadfast in that truth. She has allowed him to prepare her- heart, mind, and soul- for the man she would someday marry. On Saturday July 8th, she placed that ring in the hand of her soon-to-be husband. As thoughtful, kind-hearted, patient, and loving as Caroline is, Joseph is too. He also has a laugh and a glow that lights up the world. He, too, has been preparing his heart for when God gave him his perfect life-companion. During their emotional First Look, Joseph said “You are more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.” He treasures Caroline as a rare and perfect gift. Joseph also gave Caroline a wedding gift- a beautiful wall print of their new last name and all of the special milestones they’ve been through together so far. But then she turned it over… letters from everyone in her family were taped to the back of the frame, along with a USB drive. Joseph downloaded ever single text, email, and Facebook message they have ever exchanged so that they would never be lost! He thought that the gifts were over, but then Caroline said she had one more surprise for...
Carson & Rachel | A Pastel Blue & Gray Summer Wedding

Carson & Rachel | A Pastel Blue & Gray Summer Wedding

You’ve probably heard people say “it was a sign” dozens of times. When Carson first “met” Rachel, he received a sign that she was the girl for him… literally. We’re not talking metaphoric here, it WAS a sign! A Practice Plus sign, to be exact! Rachel had been asked to be one of the faces of Practice Plus’s new campaign, which she shyly agreed to. Her face was one on a sign displayed around Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, and it caught Carson’s attention. One day one of Carson’s coworkers, who was bound on finding him a girlfriend, asked him what he was looking for. Standing next to the sign, he halfway joked and pointed at the picture of Rachel and said “her.” What Carson didn’t know was that his coworker would “coincidentally” meet Rachel soon and begin playing Cupid. After Carson found out that his coworker had told this beautiful mystery girl all about him, he was SO embarrassed that he found Rachel on Facebook and messaged her a sincere apology. Rachel appreciated the kind gesture and shrugged it off as just a weird encounter. But somehow the messages slowly continued… The beginning of their acquaintanceship was so odd that Rachel had a hard time accepting that Carson could actually be the incredibly kind, funny, and God-loving guy that he seemed to be. After some time of talking online, she agreed to go on a date with him. They chose a casual place, Tacos 4 Life in Conway, to meet and get to know each other in person. It turned out that he really was THAT guy, Rachel...
Jackson & Sydney | A Gold, Blush, & Green Hot Springs Wedding

Jackson & Sydney | A Gold, Blush, & Green Hot Springs Wedding

Standing in the driveway of summer camp, two months after their first introduction, Jackson and Sydney professed their love for each other. Almost three years later, standing at the altar in a chapel made of glass, they became husband and wife. Their first meeting was absolutely divine intervention. Sydney had taken a job at a summer camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she met the camp director’s son. They were total strangers, but something clicked. Before camp started, they got to know each other through talking on Facebook, and it didn’t take long! They went on their first date when camp started, and the fire was ignited. Jackson’s mom told us at one point during the wedding day that she couldn’t have picked a more perfect bride for her son. What a treasure! A parent only wants the absolute best for their child, and to be able to say that… well, you just can’t ask for a bigger blessing. And we wholeheartedly agree with Mrs. Carter! We could tell from the minute we sat down with them in Starbucks last summer that their compatibility was on-point. And can we just brag on Sydney for a second? She is one of the most laid back, easy going, thoughtful, caring, and punctual brides we’ve ever met! And so were all nine of her bridesmaids! She was constantly making sure that everyone was doing okay, had everything they needed, and thanking them for coming to her wedding! Our favorite part of the whole day was Jackson and Sydney’s first look. Sydney had planned an incredible surprise for Jackson by having his grandfather’s...
We Almost Moved to Italy

We Almost Moved to Italy

Reid and I have both been fascinated with Italy since we were kids. When we met, we found out that visiting Italy was on both of our bucket lists. In 2013, three years into marriage, we decided to make it happen, and devised a one-year savings plan to make the trip in September of 2014. September 14th, 2014, we landed on Italian soil for the first time, completely overwhelmed that this life-long bucket list trip was actually a reality. Jetlagged and wild-eyed, we made our way around the Marco Polo Airport in Venice, trying to figure out what to do next. Our two days in Venice were absolutely magical! We left Venice very early that third morning, we’ll spare you the details, but the trip went downhill in a hurry. We spent two weeks in that beautiful country and to be honest, the trip was a bit of a disaster. We had never traveled internationally and made a lot of rookie mistakes, but also ran into a lot of issues that were out of our control. We visited 9 different cities in those 14 days (which is insane!) and made incredible memories! A couple of months after the trip, Reid brought up how cool it would be to live in Italy and be on-location destination wedding photographers. Our dream has always been to shoot weddings all over the world (Europe most specifically), and that would give us the incredible opportunity to do it. I laughed (because moving to Italy was crazy!) and dismissed it. But he kept bringing it up. The conversations grew longer and deeper each time we...
Jose & Michelle | A Classic Spring Anthony Chapel Wedding

Jose & Michelle | A Classic Spring Anthony Chapel Wedding

A few years ago, Michelle flew from her home in Hot Springs, AR to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding. From across the room, she spotted a familiar face. Jose looked a lot different than the kid she had a crush on in grade school all of those years ago. After she moved to Arkansas from California, she never expected to see him again. And she certainly didn’t expect what would happen next. Jose may have missed it back then, but he definitely didn’t this time. The two exchanged phone numbers, then flew back to their opposite ends of the country. It started with some texting, which turned into phone calls, which turned into friendship, which turned into love. They lived almost 2,000 miles apart, but grew closer and closer every day. Jose knew that God had reunited him with Michelle for a divine purpose, and didn’t want to spend another minute apart. In the spring of 2016, while Michelle was visiting him in LA, he planned a romantic picnic at a lighthouse, overlooking the Pacific. While she was distracted taking pictures of the view, Jose knelt down and pulled out the ring. Obviously she said yes! 🙂 The couple chose Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas to celebrate their marriage. Dozens of family and friends flew in from California to show their love for these precious people. Michelle could’ve worn sweatpants to her wedding and still looked gorgeous, so when she finished putting on her wedding dress, jewelry, and veil… well, you’ll see Jose’s reaction! This sweet young lady was STUNNING! Jose pulled out all the stops with...
Patrick & Shelby | Black Tie Wedding at Kindred Barn

Patrick & Shelby | Black Tie Wedding at Kindred Barn

“Who are you?” The memorable first words spoken between Shelby and Patrick won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Patrick was new at the hospital where Shelby worked, and her curiosity about this stranger sparked what would become a beautiful love story. Patrick introduced himself, and they went about their normal work days. Not much conversation was exchanged between the semi-strangers after that first encounter, until Shelby found herself in a predicament. She bought tickets to see one of her favorite bands, Kings of Leon, in Nashville on New Years Eve, but no one could go with her. Determined to not miss the concert, she tried to think of anyone she could take with her. That Patrick guy at work seemed like a nice guy, why not? Shelby asked Patrick a crazy question, and to her surprise, he agreed to go. There is a popular song that says “If you trust your rebel heart, ride it into battle, don’t be afraid, take the road less traveled.” Popular opinion probably would have said to stay home. Don’t go, and don’t ask a practical stranger to go with you. Something in Shelby’s gut told her to do it anyway, to take that road less traveled. And it’s the best decision she could have ever made. In the hours Patrick and Shelby spent in the car to and from Nashville, they learned all about each other, and they were hooked. From that point on, they were inseparable… almost. Patrick finished his time at the hospital and was offered at dream job at a hospital in Texas as an Anesthetist. This is what he had...
The Blog is Back!

The Blog is Back!

Well, Hello There! Wow! How do we even start? For the past year and a half we have religiously blogged our couples’ weddings, but have only shared a few sessions here and there. Personal posts? None. And to be honest, we MISS it!! Why did we stop blogging like we used to? That’s easy. We did it for us. We had buried ourselves so deep in work that our marriage and our personal health were suffering big time. The Turning Point Late one Sunday evening, Brittany was sitting at her desk in the office staring at a blank computer screen. Our Marriage Monday blog series had been going for several months and readers were loving it! It seemed like it really did offer encouragement to people, which was our goal! Reid walked in, looked at Brittany and said “I miss you.” We got into a somewhat heated discussion about how we hadn’t spent uninterrupted time together in weeks, and we were about to start over with a whole new work week. Brittany was frustrated because she was clueless on what to write for tomorrow’s Marriage Monday, and here was Reid distracting her. And then it hit like a big stack of Acme landing on top of Wile E. Coyote. Our marriage was suffering because telling other people how to have a great marriage was a bigger priority. HELLO! It was in that moment that we decided to take a look at what all we were giving our time to and why. Action Steps First, we agreed that Friday nights were date nights, and totally off limits to work. It’s hard...
Trent & Rachel | An Elegant Winter Wedding

Trent & Rachel | An Elegant Winter Wedding

The dance started with all married couples. As the DJ announced “one year, five years, ten years, twenty years,” the couples on the dance floor slowly disappeared until there was only one couple left. Fifty-six years of marriage. Trent’s grandparents smiled timidly as they made their way over to the DJ’s booth. When asked “how do you make marriage work for fifty-six years,” she paused for a second, then gave a simple, but powerful answer. “It takes patience and learning to think like they do.” Trent and Rachel have been blessed with an incredible legacy of marriages who understand patience, and knowing your spouse inside and out. They understand that in order to have a thriving marriage, they need to think like each other. What makes Rachel feel the most loved? How does Trent feel respected? With the foundation they have already built, their marriage is destined for greatness. Trent and Rachel are high school sweethearts, but their story actually starts all the way back in elementary school! They grew up in the same schools, then shared mutual friends in high school. During senior year, Rachel’s friend clued her in on the fact that Trent had a crush on her, so when he asked Rachel to prom, she said yes 🙂 Going in to prom night, Rachel was still a little unsure about her feelings for Trent. Did she care for him more than a friend? By the end of the night, she was sold. This guy was the real deal. Trent and Rachel both chose Arkansas State University after high school, and that’s when the tables began to...
Isaac & Evie Grace | A Snow-Covered Winter Wedding

Isaac & Evie Grace | A Snow-Covered Winter Wedding

The story of Isaac and Evie Grace goes much farther back than “high school sweethearts.” In fact, they were barely old enough to even notice each other in an “I think I like you, like you” kind of way. Their families went to church together, and one day, Isaac noticed Evie Grace in a way he hadn’t before. Evie Grace was preoccupied with life in the 8th grade, so she didn’t catch on to Isaac’s crush until a friend confronted her. She started paying more attention to this cute boy, talking to him after church on Sunday and at youth group on Wednesday nights. At the ripe young age of 14, the legacy began. After months of working up the courage, with sweaty palms and a racing heart, Isaac told Evie Grace that he liked her. The feeling was mutual 🙂 She said she liked him too, and they were inseparable from that point on. People started calling them a couple because you never saw one without the other. Their friendship grew thicker as they journeyed through high school together. Isaac knew this girl was special, so he made sure to pull out all the stops on their first date. A nice dinner, followed by dancing to a Michael Buble playlist under the stars, overlooking the river… yeah, he’s a keeper! Isaac and Evie Grace spent their first two college years together, but then they faced the toughest challenge of their relationship when they felt called to different colleges… 8 hours apart. Although their relationship was tested more than ever, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” has never been more true....
Ethan & Kelsey | New Year’s Eve Wedding

Ethan & Kelsey | New Year’s Eve Wedding

On New Year’s Eve, Ethan Blackmon and Kelsey Bond stood underneath an arbor, which they had built together, and vowed each other forever. This arbor was a labor of love that would not only serve as a beautiful decoration for their wedding ceremony, but also for their new home together. They came together as a team and worked diligently to build a strong, beautiful arbor. Over time, the wood will change. It will change colors, it will change texture, and it may even splinter as it endures the weather. But it will endure the weather. With a little extra sanding, a few extra nails, and some TLC, it will endure. Over time, Ethan and Kelsey will face opportunities to endure the weather. But because they have come together with the encouragement of their families, and God in the center, and are working diligently to build a strong, beautiful marriage- they, too, will endure the weather. Kelsey’s father spoke wise and loving words of encouragement as he told the story of their arbor, then pronounced them husband and wife in the presence of their closest friends and family on Saturday. Kelsey was stunning in her sleeved wedding gown, and never stopped smiling! She took Ethan’s breath away during their intimate first look, and he couldn’t keep his eyes off of her the rest of the day. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a very romantic winter red hue, and a style which complimented Kelsey’s gown perfectly. Ethan and Kelsey’s nieces made gorgeous flower girls! A little rain couldn’t stifle the overwhelming joy in the hearts of everyone involved in this wedding! Ethan,...
Jordan & Callie | Gold Glam Christmas Wedding

Jordan & Callie | Gold Glam Christmas Wedding

When teenagers fall in love, no one expects it to last very long. How can they really understand love at that age, right? They go through monumental changes during those years, gradually grow apart, then go their separate ways. When Callie Akers noticed a cute redheaded boy named Jordan in her very first high school class, she knew that she wanted to get to know him. A few weeks later, she worked up a ploy to start a conversation with him by texting him for help with homework, even though she was acing that class. It worked! Their love story started in a 9th grade geometry class, and 8 years later they began a beautiful new chapter as husband and wife. Theirs is the kind of story you think only exists in Nicholas Sparks novels and 15-year-olds’ daydreams. Jordan & Callie are the exception. Their legacy is one for the books. Their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents have paved the way with an incredible streak of faithful marriages. Callie & Jordan cherish the precious gift that there is no history of divorce in their family. Family means the world to them, which was displayed in detailed, thoughtful ways throughout their wedding day. Callie and her dad built a bench together, which served as the guest book! She wore a necklace of her new initials, which was a gift from her mother on the morning of the wedding, and shared an incredibly emotional dance with her dad at the reception. Jordan was helped with the final prep by his dad, as he prepared to see his bride for the first time. The laughs...
Callie | Puppy Love Christmas Bridal Session

Callie | Puppy Love Christmas Bridal Session

When we met Callie and Jordan for the first time in February, Callie told us about her dream of having her bridal portraits taken at the Bradbury Christmas Tree Farm with her dog, Piper. We have been counting down the days for TEN MONTHS for this!! Click here to read about the significance of the Bradbury Tree Farm! Callie is drop-dead-gorgeous and has a heart of gold, and you know how we feel about yellow Labs! On top of that, her all-lace gown from The Bridal Cottage is one of our all-time favorites! Lace will never go out of style. Jordan is one lucky man! Congratulations, Callie Taylor!!...
Brock & Kelsey | A West Memphis Fall Wedding

Brock & Kelsey | A West Memphis Fall Wedding

Through the years, we have learned what different wedding day elements make our hearts flutter. Some make us laugh, some inspire us, and some make us cry. Okay, it’s just Brittany that cries. Those elements are what make up the story, and the story is what makes each wedding unique. You guys, this wedding. ALL OF IT! Brock & Kelsey’s wedding was fun, classy, emotional, joyful, sentimental, and it was beautiful around every corner! Let’s start with the details. Kelsey wore a lace gown with a cathedral train, gold sparkly heels, and an engagement ring unlike anything we’ve seen. She carried a cascading bouquet full of vibrant red hues and cascading greenery. It’s no secret how much we love lace, long trains, gold, glitter, and cascading bouquets, but even more so, we love family heirlooms. Kelsey was given the precious gift of a pearl necklace by her new sister-in-law, which had been given to her by her father. Shortly after, Kelsey showed us the tin cup that her new mother-in-law gave her, which had been shared between her and husband back in their dating days. The amount of love that this family shares for each other is incredible! Some more of our favorite things: daddy/daughter first looks and cute kids. Kelsey and her daddy shared a sweet moment together before he walked her down the aisle, and we met two of the cutest miniature wedding attendants to date! We mentioned that this wedding was joyful, but that would be an understatement. There was more laughter from start to finish than any wedding we’ve ever been a part of! This family knows how...
Russ & Sarah | A Second Chance at Love

Russ & Sarah | A Second Chance at Love

“It was a Tuesday when we got divorced. The worst day of my life.” Eight years ago, Russ and Sarah vowed their lives to each other in an intimate backyard ceremony. They were young, in love, and had nothing but big dreams for their future. Reality of the challenges of life and marriage hit hard and fast, and the vision of those big dreams quickly became obstructed. When not confronted, a lifetime’s worth of hurt changes a person at the core. When that core is shaken, and trust is broken, love cannot thrive. Where there is an absence of love, anger thrives. When anger thrives, trust dies. When trust dies… Russ and Sarah’s trust in each other was broken, which opened the door for more pain and hurt. The farther their relationship fell, the more angry Russ became, and the more Sarah tried to control the situation, which created more anger on both sides. Three years ago, a precious baby boy named Jonathan brought hope back into their relationship. They created a baby together, their marriage was saved! But he high didn’t last. They loved their son with all of their hearts, but their love for each other was still stifled by the monsters of hurt, disappointment, distrust and anger. As much as Sarah wanted to take it upon herself to change Russ, she knew there was only one person who could ultimately mend their broken hearts. She started praying specifically for God’s direction. Believing that God’s answer was to take Russ to marriage counseling, Sarah took it into her own hands to, in way, force Russ to attend counseling with...
Brad & Samantha | An Intimate Backyard Wedding

Brad & Samantha | An Intimate Backyard Wedding

A year and a half ago, we received a phone call from a guy named Brad, who was planning to propose to his girlfriend, and wanted us to be there to photograph it. Single guys, if you’re reading this, you’ll score extra brownie points with your girl if you have photographers there to capture you proposing 😉 Good job, Brad! The proposal and engagement session went flawlessly and we instantly fell in love with Samantha! Greyson and Tucker (two of the best looking blonde boys you’ve ever met!) worked their charm and made it that much more special! To see their proposal and engagement session, go here! Those of you who know Samantha know exactly what we mean when we say that her smile and joy are infectious! She is beautiful, kind, gentle, joyful, and organized. Basically, she’s the perfect bride! The way that she loves Greyson and Tucker will melt your heart, and show you exactly why Brad loves her. And oh man, does he love her. Brad is also gentle-natured, funny, patient, and someone who makes you feel like you’ve known him forever. When you put the two together… it’s crystal-clear that the two belong together. Brad and Sam wanted their wedding day to first and foremost be focused on their love for each other, Greyson, and Tucker, but also on their strong family heritages. Their parents and grandparents have built legacies that will stand the test of time, and the couple wanted to pay tribute to them. They chose to start their marriage at Samantha’s family home. Her parents were married at the ripe young age of 18...

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