It is all in the details! Hoover Alabama Wedding Photographer

When I first met this bride to discuss her wedding, I felt like we could be long lost friends. Conversation flowed so easily. I loved her heart for her wedding. She wanted all the details to mean something and she wanted everything about the wedding to point towards their love for each other and to Jesus. I loved hearing how they met (at a race fundraiser for orphans) and I loved hearing how he asked her to marry him (4th of July in a backyard followed by fireworks!! If I remember right, it was 3rd of July because it was the fireworks at Hoover Country Club.) I think our meeting went out longer than normal because I was soaking in all the details for the wedding. It was awesome. I could do go and on sharing so many little details that made the day special but the post would end up too long so I tried to pick some of my favorite to share the wonderful story of their wedding. Cory and I both agree it was a lovely day even with the rain… everyone gathered to celebrate an amazing couple!

The rings on the Bible he used to propose. Perfection!
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Lynsey with Hair and Make up by Lynsey did a great job and she is such a sweetheart!

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We set up a special time for her dad to see her all dolled up. I admit, I cried. So touching. Brides, please make time for this at your wedding!!

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And the first look, ALWAYS my favorite part of a wedding day…  a few minutes to capture the first time he sees you for the first time… then we leave you to give you 15 mins alone. I remember it more than any other time during my wedding day. She walked up the aisle to meet her prince.
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Don’t you love the detail on her veil? It is her something borrowed, she borrowed her sister’s veil. LOVE IT!

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Classic and timeless!

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Love her something blue and his super cool socks. How fun!

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The couple left in her dad’s car. The rain stopped just in time for us to take a few pictures outside. God worked out all the details with weather!

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The couple wanted make his children feel special during the day so they were a part of the bridal party. This image is totally not set up, they came in sanctuary and put in a show for us. They are awesome kids!!
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Of course, the bride wanted some funny pictures. They did great!!

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The bride and her mom, I totally see the resemblance!

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The bride and her siblings… I love the real smiles here!

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This was not easy. :) I had some tricks up my sleeve. This was the bridal party (without the matron of honor and best man). The kids were so great all day though! So much fun!! Birmingham Hoover Alabama Wedding Photographer_His Hands Photographs_026

The groom and his mom. So sweet!

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Brothers… yep.. they do things like this…

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The groom praying with his bride and family before the ceremony. I think I teared up 10 times at the wedding.

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The bride and her dad right before they walked down the aisle.

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The children shared scripture during the ceremony! They did so good!!

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The bride also had an amazing idea for each person the family to put a piece of this puzzle together to make a cross that will hang in the home. I have never seen this before and was so touched to see each member put a piece in together. Beautiful!

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At the end of the ceremony the pastor gave the opportunity for anyone in the congregation to lay hands on the couple as her brother prayed blessings on them. It was amazing. So many people loved on the couple. Cory and I both ran upstairs to get these images. This has to be one of top 10 wedding moments in my career as a wedding photographer.

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THE kiss!

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The bride has amazing girlfriends and wanted a sweet way to honor each of them she made a chalkboard with how each of them met. I LOVE this idea.
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Cakes by Audrey did an amazing job as always (her almond cake is to die for!) The groom’s cake was chocolate pecan pies. They were tasty also!! I wish I had one right now!

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The couple had everyone sign a bench instead of a guest book. How perfect!

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My favorite shot of the day! Perfection!
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Location: First Baptist Church of Clanton

 

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  1. Christa

    I’m speechless at the way you and Corey captured our day! Such special moments caught on film. Thank you for being a part of our special day! The Lord truly blessed us by leading me to you. Your caring spirit and love for Jesus completely won me over when we met. You work for the Lord and what a gift of photography he has given you! I look forward to family sessions with you as the years go by!

  2. Beth

    Christa, these photos capture your beauty, both inside & out! I am so thrilled for you, and I was so excited to see my friend Samantha was your photographer! Samantha, as always, you & Cory did a beautiful job! ❤️ Blessings on you & your precious new family & on His Hands Photography & the Fergusons! PS The cross puzzle=amazing!

 

Savannah, Georgia Destination Wedding – Whitefield Square New Years Eve

What I am blogging AGAIN? Seriously… I am on a roll. Two times this year. ;)

I love being a wedding photographer. I feel like we have the best job in the world. We are blessed to see so many amazing couples start their forever. I remember the day that this friend emailed me to talk about her New Year’s Eve wedding in Savannah. I have known her since we were teenagers. I have photographed her and her sweet son before. She made birthday cakes for my babies. We go way back.  So when she messaged me what she was planning for her wedding, I was over the moon excited. Then, I learn… Cory and I are the only ones that will be there. They had a intimate ceremony planned in the beautiful Whitefield Square in Savannah, Georgia and she trusted us to be there to document their forever. We were so honored and humbled to be there. And Savannah on New Year’s Eve… well that is just icing on the cake!!

Then the wedding day came and the weather was PERFECT! The day before it was gloomy, the day after was COLD… but the day of the wedding was warm and sunny. God was smiling down on this outdoor wedding. There is something so special about seeing a friend so happy. When you know the history, her story…. then to see how God so wonderfully answered prayers and she is glowing. This is life at it’s best. She was glowing and he was so happy to be there celebrating their wedding. Since it was just Cory and I at the wedding we were able to ride around in the horse drawn carriage for our portrait locations in the squares of Savannah. It was such a dream. And at the end of the day, the couple asked us to stay for dinner. Seriously?? The day kept getting better and better. We were invited to dinner at the fabulous Pink House. We spent our New Year’s Eve having dinner with the sweetest couple in a 1700s bank vault. We laughed until we cried. We made the most amazing memories. I didn’t want the night to end.  Enjoy looking through some of my favorites of the day!! Make sure you check out the end of the blog where I share a great idea that you can use in your wedding for a sentimental touch. :)

 

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The bride chose a beautiful broach bouquet with hydrangeas. All of the broaches had a significance and I LOVE this idea! The rosary was her mom’s and was a beautiful way to remember her (She passed away when the bride was 3). She wears it for every special occasion as a way to honor her and include her. Such a meaningful idea and is her old item.  The wreath broach was her paternal great grandmother’s. It was her borrowed item. The super cute blue shoe is her something blue that she purchase while in Savannah. And her something new was the amazing diamond necklace from her husband. Isn’t that an awesome idea? She is planning to use the other broaches for her children and grandchildren in the future. I LOVE ideas like this!!
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  1. Robert Thompson

    Thank you so much we enjoyed y’all being there and wouldn’t change a thing……well maybe a faster horse, we did come in second place that one time after supper. ~ Robert

 

Christmas Wedding! – Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographer

Welcome to 2015!! I hope that everyone is enjoying the new year so far. One of the things I want to work on is blogging more. I am awful at blogging. I will make no promises but I really want to share more of the stories that Cory and I see as photographers. That is the best part of being a photographer is hearing and seeing the most beautiful stories. I know you will like to know those stories too so I will work on blogging and sharing sweet stories. What you can do is comment and encourage me so I know that someone is listening. Deal? Great!

 

This beautiful wedding was in December. I have a special place in my heart for December weddings since Cory and I were married in December. :) The bride chose her something blue as sparkly blue Toms. SO cute and perfect!! Don’t you agree?

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When we attend a wedding we can’t help but think of those that aren’t there that should be. There are so many ways to honor a person that means so much to you. The bride’s son Thomas was the sweetest, greatest child. He brought so much joy to his family and so many were touched by his life. The bride wanted to show his favorite candies and allow the guests to remember her sweet man. This was a great hit at the wedding and it was so great to see everyone around the table giggling and filling up bags. I know sweet Thomas was right there with them.
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The cake was by Cakes By Audrey. Seriously yummy!! I have seen so many great cakes by her and they are tasty. My favorite flavor is the Almond. I need some right now.

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This seriously made me giggle. The groom’s cake was Grumpy Cat. bahahahahaha

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You can’t have a December wedding without using the Christmas lights for images. I love some light bokeh.

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Now it is time for the bride to get ready…

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The groom can’t wait to see his bride. They chose to not see each other beforehand so it gave me some time with just us and the groom.

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The bride and her daughter right before the ceremony… priceless.

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I love the sign that the bride’s niece carried. Adorable!!

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The bride and her dad right before they walk down the aisle.

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Show time… Christmas weddings are awesome!
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The ceremony was perfect and now for portraits. You know we have to use the Christmas lights…

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This is one of our signature images. I love to photograph the newly “ringed” hands with the pastors hands. It is such a great way to start off the marriage blessed by the minister.

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Family portraits are awesome especially when we can capture REAL smiles. :)

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This was not set up at all…. ;)

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You can see how proud mom and dad are of their son! Love it!

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Say it with me…. AHHHHHHHHHH!! Sweet girl and her mom.

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Cake Time.

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She approves. :)
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Such a doll.

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The day was perfect. So many sweet, meaningful moments filled the day. The best part of a wedding day is the joy that Cory and I witness. Joy for the couple, joy that everyone is together… this is what life is all about. We are so blessed to document this joy and see the entire day.

So, what do you think? Share comments with me. It helps me to know that someone is reading. Don’t make me beg and sound desperate (wait, already there….)!

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  1. Pam S.

    Samantha & Cory – your talent for catching all the moments that people want to remember from their wedding day is simply amazing!! You both have been blessed with a gift from God and I love that He is in everything you do. I love all of the pictures, but I think my favorite one is the groom and bride looking at each other while he holds the little girl. I love the look they are giving each other!! So precious!!

  2. hishands

    Thank you, Pam. We really love what God made us to do. I think my favorite is the same portrait. How awesome!!