i imagine all of my fellow wedding photographer friends would agree with me that one of the sweetest joys of this job is getting to witness firsthand the depth of emotion between a bride and a groom on their wedding day. we’re able to capture the laughs, the nerves, the tears, and everything in between…and we leave with our own hearts affected by the couples with whom we’re honored to work. brooke and matthew, your wedding day was so precious for all of us to witness, and i’m so thankful you asked me to be a part. congratulations, my friends!!
with tremendous thanks…
event planning: jackie frontiero/dana’s floral design | hair and makeup: maryjane clements | reception venue: RSA plaza terrace | floral design: jackie frontiero/dana’s floral design | catering: montgomery catering | cake artist: liger’s bakery – icing illusions | entertainment: black jacket (music garden) | lighting: AG lighting | linens: BBJ linen | rentals: brendle rentals | photography: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted and mary jane waller) | videography: blue sky productions | transportation: touch of class | hotel accommodations: renaissance hotel and spa, montgomery | paper suite: alan’s invitations | ceremony: first baptist church, wetumpka
hi, i’m jenn. i’m here for that paperwork for my mom.
hey, i’m chandler. here you go.
it’s probably not the romantic encounter that her mom was hoping for when she arranged that little setup, but the day wasn’t over yet and jenn had plans of her own.
she left the bank to eat dinner down the street and no sooner had he said goodbye to her than he was saying hello again as she stood back in the door to his office. the waiter spilled water on those papers you gave me. could i get another set please? was he skeptical? yes. but did he mind? not in the least. one thing led to another and now one year later, they’re planning a fabulous summer wedding together. jenn and chandler, i had the best time with you at your engagement session, and i know your wedding is going to be perfection. thanks so much for letting me share in the story of your new life together!
providential (adj.) – involving divine foresight or intervention
as i sat across from her mom at a local coffee shop, the tears welled up hot in my eyes. i’d never even met them but their story was such a beautiful tapestry of joys, struggles, and love that i couldn’t help but succumb to the emotion of it all. it’s an unlikely story with some unlikely players, but the true beauty of it rests in the One who so perfectly wove it all together. i suppose the best word for it is providential.
so now as i sit at my computer looking at their photos, the details are swirling their way back through my mind. the medical issues, the stranger-turned-brother, his brave conversation with her parents, the journal, the way he served her so beautifully that day at church…the list is practically unending. and the one emotion that outweighs the rest in my heart as i think about them, their families, and their friends is thankfulness. thankfulness for the witness of their lives and and thankfulness for the ministry of their marriage. so is it coincidence that i’m sharing now, during this week of thanksgiving, about their wedding day? no, i don’t believe it is. i suppose the best word for it is providential.
trey and katherine, i’m thankful beyond words to have met you and had the opportunity to tell your story through photographs. you’re a treasure to all who know you, and your love for the lord speaks beautifully to all who see it. i praise him for the grace he has shown in your lives!!
with countless thanks…
venue: the sonnet house | flowers: the sonnet house | catering: happy catering | cake artist: pam barnett | hair and makeup: morgan ashley salon | ceremony musicians: brett rutledge, shaylee simeone, jody haskins and trey hill | reception entertainment: danny brewer with feel the beat entertainment | videography: i do flix | photography: allison lewis photography (with justin poland)
as i sat laughing with her, her mom, and her sister at our initial interview, i knew immediately that we’d get along beautifully. my inner monologue said a little something like man, they’re so much fun. i know we’d have a blast. and i love their ideas for the wedding…it would be like a photographer’s playground! thankfully they didn’t keep me in suspense for long and i walked out of the restaurant that day with one less wedding date available on my calendar.
anna and forrest, i’m giddy with excitement over your upcoming wedding. thank you for allowing me to have a little part in telling your story (and many thanks also to hair and makeup by lynsey for anna’s gorgeous glam look).
i was just four days post-op and i honestly didn’t know if i could do it. i had a fabulous backup photographer on standby in case i had to call it, but i really, REALLY didn’t want to. not only was i thrilled to finally be able to meet camellia and colby face-to-face, but they were getting married at one of my favorite venues, and i hated to miss what i knew would be a wonderful wedding day.
the night before their wedding, i rallied the troops – and rallied myself out of the bed – and decided that come health or split stitches, i was going to be there. and boy, am i glad i did because what awaited me when i arrived at J&D farms was one of the sweetest, most joyful and fun couples, and i loved the time i was able to spend with them. colby and camellia, thank you for trusting your wedding day photography to me…it was an honor and a BLAST.
with tremendous thanks…
venue: J&D farms | hair and makeup: jessica lavendar | floral design: attalla florist | catering: garfrerick’s | photography: allison lewis photography (with the two ladies who kept me hydrated and whole that day, anna wamsted and hannah hobbs)
the work is piled high and there’s no shortage of things to do around here. but on this day, i’m taking time away from it all to celebrate one of the most beautiful and gifted little ladies i’ve ever known. her life is a treasure to our family, and her heart is a blessing to all. happy 9th birthday to the girl who made me a mommy…
ever since their fabulous engagement session this spring, i’ve looked forward to october 26. and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one shot is all i need in order to tell you about their wedding day. gorgeous, peaceful, relaxed, focused on the Light…perfect.
much to my delight, though, there are hundreds more photos documenting their day, and i’m thrilled to be able to share them as a testament to the beauty that was lacie and chase’s nautical-themed wedding day at children’s harbor. congratulations, my sweet friends.
with many thanks…
wedding planner: becky’s brides | ceremony and reception venue: children’s harbor | makeup: jen matthews of porcelain and pink | hair: molly silley of morgan ashley studio salon | floral design: tammy deweese | catering: echelon catering | cake artist: pastry art | gourmet pops: steel city pops | entertainment: feel the beat entertainment | photography: allison lewis photography and justin poland (who wowed me with the long-exposure lighthouse photo at the opening of this post)
i can say without any reservation that one of the most amazing highlights of my 2013 was the time i spent with mallory and bo during their incredible spring douglas manor wedding. but it wasn’t just because of who they are as individuals; they’re the first to say that in many ways, they’re a product of the wonderful and unique relationships they have with their families and that their families have with one another. so when mallory’s sister became engaged to bo’s brother, i was over-the-moon with excitement when my phone rang a second time. madison and zeke, i’m beyond thrilled and honored to, once again, be joining your two families as you celebrate what i know will be one of the most amazing highlights of my 2014!
it’s what makes them who they are…their story. for some, it’s a whirlwind that caught them up unexpectedly and ended in love. for others, it’s a long distance romance that is finally, joyfully playing out in the same city. but their story? no, it’s not like any of those. for them, the road leading to mr. and mrs. spanned more than nine years…nearly half their lives. so as she slipped into her gown and he buttoned his coat that morning, the rest of us realized that we were about to witness a day teeming with emotion and life, a day to mark a beautiful new chapter in the story of nikki and chase.
and now, for my favorite part of their day…
three days before their wedding, nikki was mulling over ideas for their private dinner between the ceremony and reception, and she thought it would be special to somehow incorporate the vintage china they were inheriting. before long, this whole gorgeous fairytale had emerged as they incorporated pieces from throughout their grandparents’ house into a perfectly quaint dinner in the forest.
and then it was off to the party! hothouse design studio, olexa’s, and happy catering went above and beyond to transform the space into a warm, welcoming area that made the guests feel like they were dining with old friends in a cozy living room. bravo!!!
CONGRATS to you, nikki and chase, on a wonderfully lovely wedding day. it was perfect!!
with special thanks…
ceremony and reception: alabama 4-h center | floral design: hothouse design studio | catering: happy catering | cakes: olexa’s | photography: allison lewis photography
(with my invaluable right-hand girl, anna wamsted)
after what seemed like a weeks-long stretch of dreary, rainy skies, it was a much-welcomed relief to pull up to independent presbyterian church last weekend and see THIS…
allie and greg were blessed with the most gorgeous blue skies for their wedding day, but the the color didn’t stop with the skies; their fall-themed wedding day held fabulous autumn hues at every turn (thanks much in part to the awesomeness that is dorothy mcdaniel’s flower market). if you weren’t already reveling in the cooler air and the changing leaves, sit back and enjoy a peek at allie and greg’s beautiful autumn wedding.
with tremendous thanks…
wedding planner: m. elizabeth events | ceremony venue: independent presbyterian church | reception venue: riverchase country club | bride’s gown: justin alexander signature from bella couture | hair: eclipse hair studio | makeup: jessica lavender | floral design: dorothy mcdaniel’s flower market | catering: riverchase country club | cake artist: magnificent cakes | reception entertainment: 2nd coming | invitations: amberly shelton | photography: allison lewis photography (with the man who’s going to one day steal my job, justin poland)