I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since Cam, Dan, mama Tasha, and I spent an entire day prancing around the Biltmore Estate for their romantic Asheville engagement session! The magic of that weekend carried on and was present throughout every single moment of their Spring Creek Ranch wedding weekend as well. Family and friends came from near and far to celebrate with the new Mr. & Mrs. Beedle!
These two met in Memphis (#MatchMadeInMemphis), in 2015 when Cameron returned from graduating UTK and Dan was working as the Head Tennis Pro at Windyke Country Club. They connected immediately once introduced, but it took a little bit for them to go on their first real date; a Grizzlies game!
Cam and Dan fell in love fast. They have endured the challenge of long distance, getting through school, and planning a wedding from afar. The steady themselves by anchoring their faith in Jesus. They are a couple that prayers together and trusts together.
Cameron and Dan made certain that Jesus was the center of their wedding, from beginning to end. They said their vows in Cameron’s home church, Church of the Holy Apostles in Collierville, Tennessee, which has the most beautiful windows and stately alter. It was an amazing backdrop.
The rain did not let up, but neither did the bright spirits and fun. And honestly, you could not hope for a better venue than SCR in the rain. The entire place is filled with large floor to ceiling windows! Added bonus that Toni and Haley are absolutely amazing to work with! Anyone planning a Spring Creek Ranch wedding can rest assured that every single detail will be managed and that you can fully enjoy your day.
After tying the knot at Church of the Holy Apostles, we went back to Spring Creek Ranch to dance the night away with the brand new Mr & Mrs! Without further adieu…the WONDERFUL day that resulted in the #BeedlesForeverTour!
A huge thank you to the following vendors for making the Beedle wedding a HUGE success!
You don’t ever think you’re going to meet the love of your life at 15 years old. At fifteen you don’t know yourself yet, so how are you supposed to mold yourself to another? Well, for Jon and Anay it wasn’t so much a conscious choice as a natural evolution of love that developed strong roots and grew deeper and deeper over the years. (I mean, she kind of rejected him way back when so….kudos to Jon for having a “not giving up,” spirit! It’s definitely the spark that landed you two here today….)
Their love for one another turned into fun, adventures, moves, school, and support for each others career development and goals (ultimate support will be reached when they move to Canada for Jon’s job…..hahaha….I’m KIDDING Anay! But really, I know all the winter tricks should you ever find yourselves that far north…..) and as they have grown together, it became time to take the next step to bond themselves together in marriage!
The day was BEAUTIFUL. The skies opened up and gave us blue and a little bit of unseasonal warmth, but HEY, it’s Memphis!
Heartwood Hall is always fantastic. It is one of my favorite venues here in town to shoot at because the owners and staff are so incredibly accommodating and it truly is a one-stop shop, which makes it such a streamlined and smooth planning experience.
Jon & Anay spent the day primping with their closest friends. We managed to break a bed frame, TOTALLY on accident, but see the priceless faces below! We also managed to sneak in a heartfelt “first touch,” where they read special declarations to one another in private before the ceremony, and you better believe we took time for a White Claw toast with the ladies!
The day was magical and after a sweet ceremony officiated by Jon’s uncle and once the two had become Mr. and Mrs. Williamson, they captivated everyone at the reception with their newly perfected dancing skills. They shared both a first and a last dance, which I really loved.
In addition to the wonderful reception traditions like cutting the cakes and garter/bouquet toss, Anay’s Phi Mu sisters serenaded her with an adorable song written after the Little Mermaids, “Under the Sea.” It was an excellent performance!
After many laughs, a fellow sister busted out her best “worm,” and a sparkly sparkler exit….the newlyweds drove off and jetted off to Turks and Caicos! Cheers you two! All of my love, and best wishes for years of good health and happiness together.
A very special thank you to all of the AMAZING vendors who work hard to make Jon and Anay’s wedding day a huge success!
Charlotte and Kosta’s beautiful summer wedding was rich in elegance, tradition, culture, and tenderness. Their story has been more than a decade in the making and becoming husband and wife, joining together with God, was exactly what that they have been working toward as they’ve built their love and their life together all of these years.
Together with nearly 450 of the loved ones and closest friends (hehe, I couldn’t resist! They have more people that love them than some people have contacts on social media…), they tied the knot at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Saginaw, Michigan.
It was a hot day in the mid-west but we lucked out with no rain! The after showers that were scheduled for the exact time of portraits managed to pass over us just about 20 miles to the north; we were blessed! With some handkerchiefs and bottled water in tow, we managed the head, and I, with my FINALLY acclimated Southern blood, actually thought it was gorgeous! (The humidity is so much lower than Memphis so y’all, that was my saving grace…)
After a beautiful traditional Greek Orthodox marriage ceremony, a fun flowery petal exit was followed by a trip to the Saginaw Art Museum for portraits with the newlyweds and their wedding party. (Let’s just take a moment to send a shout out to the folks at the Saginaw Art Museum because the garden area is absolutely stunning! The grounds are so beautifully maintained and I highly recommend the location for photos if you ever have the opportunity…)
Photo fun came to an end, but not without popping the cork on a very generously gifted bottle of Dom, nearly losing the veil to gusts of upward wind a time or two, and me shooting an entire scene of portraits with my coffee cup in the bottom corner. Should I admit that? No. Was it funny given I was drinking scolding hot coffee that a gentlemanly groomsman made for me in 90 degrees and sun? Absolutely! (Plus, crop, We’re all good!)
Next, it was time to party! And party, they did!
If you think the rituals, tradition, and blessings involved in a Greek wedding ceremony are special….just wait until the band kicks it up after dinnertime at the reception. HOLY MOLY. Does this blog post have a gazillion reception dancing photos? Guilty again. They’re just the best, and I couldn’t help myself! Mr. & Mrs. Povich waltzed into married life and a rowdy group of some really incredible people, and not to mention, dancers!
The entire day was one for the books; it was full of timeless beauty, meaning, and love, and I’m thrilled I was able to be a part of it.
Catey and Trey are Southerners through and through. They are boot wearin’, mud slingin’, truck drivin’ people, and they were bound and determined to carry the theme throughout the details of their wedding day in the very best way!
From beautiful bright yellow sunflowers to accents of cotton to the mismatched cowboy boots donned by both the guys and the gals; the new Mr. & Mrs. McCammon certainly made their vision come to life! Right down to the delicious BBQ meal and the historically accurate venue!
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Hernando, you will find ‘One Memphis Street.’ In the 1930’s, this cottonseed warehouse operated in full glory and now, nearly 100 years later it is an open space to host any type of event one can dream up!
The morning started with the guys having lunch at a local Mexican restaurant to toast Trey tying the knot. The girls got ready at Catey’s mom’s lovely home where she even had one of Catey’s outfits from when she was a baby as one of her “something old,” items. Catey also received a gorgeous Tiffany bracelet to wear as her “something new.”
After everyone was ready, we congregated at the historic town square of Hernando for a little bit of portrait time before the ceremony. We even managed to find an adorable nursery with a pumpkin display that they gracious allowed us to use as a fall themed backdrop! We followed the radar closely as an impeding storm threatened to put an end to our outdoor portrait time. Thankfully we worked swiftly and were able to get inside just minutes before the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down. We had JUST missed it!
Trey and Catey tied the knot in a short, yet sweet, ceremony and afterward we used the indoor space to capture their family portraits as the rain started pouring down. The staff at One Memphis Street transformed the ceremony space into dance floor, and guests enjoyed a cocktail before we kicked the reception into full gear!
After the reception, the newlyweds had to head home to prepare for their departure. The two left the next day for their honeymoon in Colorado and are safely home now, ready to settle in to married life!
Thank you both for the tremendous opportunity to celebrate this day with you! Cheers to many years of good health and happiness together.
Xx, Ashley Nicole
A special thank you to the following vendors for making Trey & Catey’s wedding day a huge success!
When Hayley first started to tell me about the venue that she had found for she and Jack’s wedding day, I could not wait to travel up to the middle of the mitten! Nestled in the heart of Grass Lake, just outside of Ann Arbor sits Eyry of the Eagle; a gorgeous all-inclusive venue with the most lovely lush spaces and loveliest owners!
A sparkling pond, soybean fields, magical forest, tree lines, pathways, windmill, rustic barn, and more….Eyry of the Eagle is a photographer’s dream venue! So much possibility packed into a very well laid out property.
My own experience with Dale and Joanne, the owner and manager, started on the day of the rehearsal when they gave me a personal tour of their on-site studio space and explained a bit about Dale’s extraordinary career as an ariel photographer. My goodness! My heart was so full getting to see how he worked and the beautiful art he has created over the course of the last 70 years. Truly a special experience in and of itself.
When it came to the wedding, Hayley poured so much time and energy into the lovely little details of the day, and it definitely did not go unnoticed! My favorite detail, however, came from the groom himself! It was a beautiful cross-stitch that Jack made for his bride; a photo of the bride and her beloved grandmother who sadly passed just a month before. Jack secretly learned how to cross-stitch in the weeks leading up to the wedding so that he create this special gift for Hayley! It was certainly a very special way to keep grandma a part of their big day.
Another beautiful tribute to Hayley’s dear grandmother was the handkerchief that her sister, Elena, had made for her with grandma’s handwriting on it. I’m a sucker for special gifts and family heirlooms and this thoughtful gift certainly brought tears to many of our eyes.
The day was not just tears though, it included many many laughs as well! The “Swipe Right,” cufflinks that Hayley surprised her groom with were certainly a catalyst for many chuckles. She paid tribute to how they met three years ago with these cufflinks.
After a morning of getting ready with their dearest friends, and taking far more photos than Jack will likely ever agree to for the rest of his life, their outdoor ceremony began with a tractor ride down from the barn. From the greenery that adorned the arbor, to the delightful fact that the rain held off ALL day long for us, their outdoor ceremony was short and super sweet. It was officiated by Jack’s Aunt, who did a fantastic job!
Once the brand new Mr. & Mrs. Mason said their “I Do’s,” we added to our collection of photos before heading inside of the event hall for the reception. Just a five minute stroll from the ceremony space, pond, and most amazing photo locations is the on-site event space that comes with use of the venue for the entire weekend!
Mason jars served as drink glasses and guest favors in honor of the couples last name, a cheesecake bar with SEVENTEEN cheesecakes and a multitude of flavors complimented the cake table, and the flower arrangements were bursting with an array of the most wonderful succulents. A custom giant jenga set, yard games, and an open bar were set up out in the garden area so that guests could take advantage of all of the great spaces around the hall.
Following toasts and dances, we head outside into the drizzling rain for the last few photographs of the night!
Mr. & Mrs. Mason will enjoy a Hawaiian Honeymoon in a few months, after settling into Hayley’s new job and getting a feel for married life in their Ann Arbor home. I think it’s safe to say that they swiped their way to happily ever after.
Xx, Ashley Nicole
A huge thank you to the following vendors for making the Mason wedding a wonderful successful!
What we thought was going to be an all out downpour ended up being the most wonderful day!
Peggy and Tom, “TJ,” met several years ago when he trained her on her first day of work at American Transport Group in Chicago. This very first day was simply a professional training and introduction, and then they went their separate ways. It wasn’t until two years later that they met up again at the end of a holiday bar crawl where they were both celebrating with groups of close friends. After remembering their former work connection and learning that Tom was a hockey player growing up, he promised to take her ice skating in Chicago someday. Three and a half years later and Peggy walked down the aisle to become Mrs. Thomas Skoglund at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
Anyone who knows anything about the Greek culture, is that they value family above all else. Peggy comes from a large bustling Greek family and Tom grew up an only child (which makes me feel wonderful because he is a really awesome guy, and makes me feel more confident that my own daughter is going to grow up to be well-adjusted and normal as an “only” herself, haha)!
To give Tom and his wonderful parents a good taste of what he was going to be getting himself into, joining this massive and fantastic family, they joined each other on a holiday in Greece last year so that everyone could spend time together. Well, after the trip, Tom did not run away and his parents did not chase away their “Crazy Greek,” daughter-to-be…..so here we are!
A lovely ceremony at the church was chock full of wedding traditions such as the exchanging of rings, the crowning, and the drinking of the common cup—to name just a few.
After becoming husband and wife, we hit up downtown for wedding party fun before heading to Grosse Pointe for a fantastic, lively, and energetic reception at the War Memorial. The reception boasted a magician from Chicago, personalized “evil eye,” favors (the evil eye symbolizes protection from curses happening—a fixture in Greece dating back to early ages), a delicious baked goods bar, lovely florals, and a late-night coney dog bar to satisfy those cravings after all of the dancing!
Mr. & Mrs. Skoglund celebrated with guests from both near and far, in what I am certain is a night that they will always remember! Thank you again Peggy and Tom for having me, I am so honored to have been a part of your AMAZING day! Cheers and blessings for many many years of good health and happiness!
A huge thank you to the following vendors for helping make the Skoglund wedding a smashing success!