you know that awkward moment when you show up to shoot one of the most important days in a person’s life and you’ve never even met one another?  whether it’s over dinner, at an engagement shoot, or through casual meetings leading up to the wedding, i love to have a relationship already established with the couples who have so graciously trusted me with their story. but when you live states away from one another, that kind of bond isn’t always easy to form. despite my uncertainty, though, the second i stepped out of my car at kathryn’s house that morning, it felt like i was seeing an old friend. one big smile and a bigger hug into it, i knew we were going to be just fine.

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kathryn and brian were married on the grounds of the historic fillauer lake house and their reception was held in the adjacent magnificent barn. every detail of the venue has been preserved to perfection – from the vintage family wedding photos and the period victorian wallpaper to the original moss-covered stone bridge and the retro modern “man cave” that the last generation of fillauers added in the 1960s for their growing family.  add a sunny sky and a cool breeze and you have a recipe for a perfectly perfect wedding day.  congratulations, kathryn and brian, and thank you so much for having us along for the incredible ride!

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with tremendous thanks…
venue: fillauer lake house, cleveland, tennessee | bride’s gown: sofia tolli | floral design and decor: bride’s uncle | catering: apron strings catering company | cake artist: the bakery | entertainment: detour DJ | videographer: JB videography | photographer: allison lewis photography (with justin poland)

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working with sarah when she was a bridesmaid in amy and david’s wedding almost a year and a half ago was wonderful; but working with her when she’s the main attraction in a gorgeous southern wedding this summer? that, my friends, is going to be fabulous.  i shot their engagement session at samford university where it all began for sarah and dewitt; and in a few short months, i’ll have the honor of traveling to her hometown of jackson, mississippi to document the first day of their new life together.  congratulations, my friends!

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theirs was hardly a straight road to the altar; rather, it was full of transcontinental chats, mismatched couples, and her fabulous idea to set him up with one of her friends. they might not have known it at the time, but the lord was uniquely preparing them for sweet marriage to one another through a variety of other key players and circumstances.

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i don’t know that i could have loved spending the day with them, their families, and their friends any more than i did. i was tremendously blessed as i watched each moment unfold, and i pray that their marriage continues to be a source of love and ministry. congratulations, my friends!

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with tremendous thanks…
bride’s gown: heidi elnora | fascinator: olive & jane | groom’s attire: mr. burch formal wear | bride’s makeup: amy head | ceremony: covenant presbyterian church | reception venue: birmingham country club | floral design: branwyn cardwell | reception decor: elizabeth gilmer | cake artist: magic muffin | entertainment: high frequency | photography: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted) 

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the skies were dark with rain and loud with thunder, but when i snuck in the front door of their house yesterday, the atmosphere in their home couldn’t have been any more different. peace and warmth surrounded my every step, and the smell of sweet lavender filled the air.

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songs of worship made their way throughout the house, and words of praise and encouragement literally filled the walls.

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as the contractions got stronger, she whispered to her heavenly love as her earthly love whispered to her.

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and their anxious pup? he waited patiently at her feet for the next several hours of work.

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the story needs no written explanation from here on out. my precious friends, lauren and ryan, worked together beautifully; their doula, lauren, supported perfectly; and i now have the incredible honor of telling – through photographs – the intimate journey to their son’s first breath.

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elijah hamilton fee
april 6, 2014
8 lbs, 15 oz., 21.5 in

the lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
psalm 126:3

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if you don’t know courtney and connor, you should. they’re pretty fantastic people that made my day pretty fantastic as well. oh, and if you don’t know their dog, pike, you should also meet him. his tongue deserves a post of its own.

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if you really want to get to know a couple, take pictures of them at the locations that hold the most significance to them and their relationship. whether it’s the place where he proposed, their favorite coffee spot down the street, or even the local knick-knack shop that floods them with childhood memories, it’s always worth taking a walk down memory lane. congrats, anna beth and david, on what i know will be a fantastically fun and fabulous wedding this fall!

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i’ll be honest…i’ve had a hard time preparing this sneak peek blog post for audrie and josh’s aldridge gardens wedding. it’s not that it wasn’t a gorgeous day or a day teeming with emotion; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. every time i sit down to write, i feel like my words fall short of being able to encapsulate the sacred beauty of all that i witnessed. so rather than ramble on, i think i’ll leave you with a host of photographs that tell one of the most perfect stories i’ve ever known. congratulations, my sweet friends.

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i’d like to interrupt this stream of goodness to share a little story about the following photographs. when the minister (audrie’s brother) asked who was giving this bride to be married, audrie’s father spent the next several minutes sharing about how seriously he had taken the responsibility of holding her hand and guiding her through life…

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then he spoke about how he and audrie’s mother had fervently prayed for the man who would one day take over that precious responsibility of holding her hand in love and covenant marriage…

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and, finally, he closed by saying that he knew without a shadow of a doubt that the man standing beside him was proof of the lord’s faithfulness to those years of praying, and so he could now joyfully give his precious daughter’s hand in marriage. oh, the joy of seeing a daughter and bride loved so well!

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CONGRATULATIONS, josh and audrie!!!!

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with many thanks…
venue: aldridge gardens | coordination: tiffany hailston | floral design and décor: vicki shelton | catering: happy catering | cupcakes: nancy taul | music: codie gibbons, eliza warden, mandi kottas | photography: allison lewis photography (with justin poland)

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considering they live there, they met there, and their whole relationship has unfolded there, atlanta seemed like the ideal backdrop for their urban-inspired engagement session. the locations were incredible and the company? well, it was even better. shelley and jorge, i really loved my time with you, and i’m even more excited now than ever for what i know will be your fun and fabulous september wedding!

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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!

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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

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