after a much needed six-week breather with my husband and little people, i was looking forward to jumping back into shooting with molly and john’s february wedding; what i was NOT looking forward to was the extreme temperatures we were expected to have after two record breaking cold snaps that had left the city blanketed in sheets of ice and scores of wrecks. i kept a close eye on the weather and as the days ticked by, the thermostat ticked up until finally, by the time molly and john’s wedding day rolled around, it felt like a sunny spring day outside. and with molly having spent years in the wedding industry, no detail was left undone…their day was perfect. congratulations, my friends, on a gorgeous first day of the rest of your lives as husband and wife!
with tremendous thanks…
wedding planner: becky’s brides | ceremony and reception venue: the sonnet house | bride’s makeup: meredith castleberry | floral design: lillie’s | catering: happy catering | cake artist: geri-martha cornelius | rentals: event rentals unlimited | reception entertainment: stuart mcnair band | videography: carroll production | transportation: rare transportation | photography: allison lewis photography
there’s something incredibly peaceful about weddings that take place in the outdoor chapel of the 4-H center. last year i was privileged to celebrate with two different couples – rachel and david in the summer and nikki and chase in the fall – as they joined their lives in marriage in that very place. and much to my honor and delight, i’ll get to join forces again with ann marie leveille of trés beau weddings and special events to do it all over with caitlin and bill this coming fall. one look at how precious they are, and you’ll understand the excitement. congratulations, my friends!!
i think his grandmother said it best…i’ve been attending weddings for 73 years, and that was undoubtedly the most romantic wedding i have ever been to. from his priceless first look reaction and their beautifully authored vows to the french inspired details and their flawless choreographed waltz, every minute of the day was steeped in sweet, tender affection. congratulations to joel and callie on a fabulous and perfect first day as husband and wife!!
with tremendous thanks…
hair stylist: hair by noel | makeup artist: kerry mari of made ya blush | venue: huntsville museum of art | floral design: 333 design | catering: ashley’s creative catering | cake artist: old vienna bakery | entertainment: rocket city events | photography: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted)
in all these wonderful weddings i’ve been honored to shoot, i’ve only had one that was absolutely covered over in rain. sure, there have been sprinkles here and there – even pretty heavy showers – but only one day has had rain from sunup to sundown.
and that was danna’s and will’s wedding day.
but you know what made my heart sigh happily inside? not a single time did i hear either of them voice a complaint about the soaking rain or the freezing temps. as a matter of fact, if you were judging solely on their emotions and the smiles on their faces, you’d have sworn the day was sunny and 78. so from me to the two most fabulous math nerds i know, CONGRATULATIONS on a beautiful start to a beautiful marriage.
with tremendous thanks…
ceremony location: riverchase baptist church | reception venue: riverchase country club | hair and makeup: hair and makeup by lynsey | florist: groom’s mother | catering: riverchase country club | cake artist: louise’s cakes ‘n things | videography: sebastian cuevas | photography: allison lewis photography
much more than a tiny tabbed link on my website, the giving back ministry of allison lewis photography is as vibrant and vital to this business as i am. BUT, i’ve sorely neglected to keep you updated on how your giving has and is continuing to change lives and that’s something i want you to know…something that you need to know.
it’s a beautiful story, but before the beauty came a tragic time that, to this day, still has the power to take my breath away. i won’t tell the story here since i’ve shared it before but a prayer changed our lives then our baby’s death wrecked our hearts. before long, though, the lord began to create beauty from those ashes and then he gave us an incredible gift through another adoption and a unity of heart with mothers and babies half a world away. and THAT is where allison lewis photography finds itself today…sharing about those exact same families and the many, many ways that YOU are loving and caring for them.
sadamo genet. it’s an amazing place with amazing people, but as full as they are of life and joy, a lot of things are absent. basic medical care, clean and readily-available water, education and basic care for babies and young children. but compassion international has made it its mission to change those facts. and as a business owner whose own life has been beautifully wrecked by the death of a tiny one who had no one to fight for him – and nothing to even fight with – it’s my incredible honor to have partnered with compassion to serve the women and children at sadamo genet through their child survival program. here are some incredible stats:
- child survival programs around the world assisted in nearly 3,000 live births during the 2013 fiscal year. of those births, 87 percent occurred under the care of a skilled birth attendant. according to UNICEF, only 48 percent of births in the world’s least developed countries occur in the presence of a skilled attendant.
- the child survival programs identified and treated 15,066 cases of respiratory disease, 6,154 cases of diarrheal disease, 4,414 cases of malaria, and 3,848 children for malnutrition. according to the world health organization, these illnesses — pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and malnutrition — are the top killers of children under the age of five (including our baby).
- from april 1-june 30, 2013, 98 percent of births in our child survival programs were full-term, with 94 percent of babies born within normal birth rates.
so what exactly has your impact been on the mothers and children of sadamo genet through your work with allison lewis photography? beginning in january 2012, my husband and i prayerfully made the commitment to give a portion of each booking to support a variety of children throughout africa in addition to those precious families that we had met and begun to love during our time in ethiopia in 2011. compassion worked with us to set up a direct link for the child survival program and then in late 2012, allison lewis photography hosted judah’s hope, a fundraiser supported by many local businesses, to share photos and stories from the women and children we spent our time with during our first trip.
the lord has poured out blessings on those projects every step of the way, and since their inception in january 2012, because of your support and by his grace, over $13,000 has gone to change – and sometimes to literally save – the lives of many, many women, babies, and children.
so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your continued support of allison lewis photography. i don’t take lightly the ministry the lord has given me, and i pray that he will continue to use this little hobby to greatly impact lives both here and far. with that, i’ll leave you with a story i received this week…
when hlaa found out she was pregnant with her first child, she was terrified. she and her husband, a bricklayer who earns only about 50 cents a day, often went hungry themselves. how could they possibly feed another mouth? and giving birth at the clinic in their village (a cost of $43) was out of the question.
hlaa feared that her child would see the same fate as so many of the babies in her village, who died before their lives had even begun. she was reluctant to let herself love this little one growing inside her, protecting herself from heartbreak if her baby didn’t survive. but then a miracle occurred…
during hlaa’s seventh month of pregnancy, compassion opened a child survival program in her village. program workers sought out pregnant women like hlaa and immediately went to work, providing everything they needed – from nutritious food to lessons in newborn care – to ensure that their children-to-be would not just survive, but thrive in every way.
thanks to this lifesaving program, hlaa could finally let her love for her unborn child grow, and when she gave birth in the local clinic to a healthy little girl, her fears melted away, giving way to dreams about a bright future for her precious daughter.
want to know more about compassion international’s child survival program (CSP)? read about it HERE and please consider GIVING TOWARD THE JUDAH’S HOPE CSP in addis ababa, ethiopia. while you’re at it, please share this post with your family and friends. i would love to see a large community of people supporting these incredible women and children!
it might have seemed more like an early summer wedding with the off-and-on rain and 75 degree weather, but the twinkling white lights and pine decorations brought it back to what it was at its heart…a long-awaited christmastime wedding celebration between a marine corps officer and his stunning bride.
meredith and foster, i truly loved my time with you on your fabulous wedding day. you’ve been richly blessed with your families, your friends, and most importantly, with each other. CONGRATULATIONS and many blessings for a beautiful marriage!
with many thanks…
hair and makeup artist: jessica lavendar with beauty by jess | bride’s gown: winnie couture | ceremony site: third presbyterian church | reception venue/floral design/catering: gabrella manor | cake artist: magnificent cakes | reception entertainment: moon dance | photography: allison lewis photography
after a whirlwind year of transition and change in 2012, i’ve been thrilled to focus exclusively on my wedding business in 2013. i’ve fallen in love with amazing couples, traveled to some incredible places, and learned more than i thought was possible in the span of a single year. and the product is 33 weddings that i was honored to shoot and blessed to witness. THANK YOU for encouraging my business so wonderfully in 2013 and stay tuned for a fabulous 2014 starting soon!!
**the 4th annual BEST OF CONTEST will be up this week.
keep yours eyes peeled because this one’s going to be good!!!**
they’d driven by it a million times and each time they passed, she looked high into the sky and took notice of that famous birmingham landmark. but on that day, she wouldn’t have to look from afar anymore. as the twelfth stop on an hours-long journey of memories, her first trip to vulcan would hold far more than just a bird’s eye view of downtown. as his final letter said, that last destination was all about adding a new memory to their story of love.
audrie and josh, i absolutely adored my time with you during your engagement session. and as if i wasn’t already ecstatic enough about your spring wedding, now i really CAN’T WAIT for the big day to arrive!