i wish you could have heard it from my perspective as i cowered down in a dark hall of some stranger’s house. there was a knock on the door, a louder knock, and then he opened it to her whispered insistence that he get out of there. i don’t live here anymore! you can’t just walk into somebody else’s house. YOU’RE GOING TO GET ARRESTED!

all she knew is that it was dark and it seemed like her boyfriend was sneaking into a house that she had lived in years before while she was in grad school at the university of alabama. what she didn’t know, though, is that he’d gone to great, great lengths to scheme with the current owners to propose right there in that same living room where much of their relationship had begun and unfolded (followed by a surprise party at glory bound with their families and best friends). take note, gentlemen…this is how it’s done. ūüėČ

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he stood in front of the eiffel tower with the beauty who, in just one hour, would become his wife. he smiled and held her closely in his arms as a spectacular explosion of twinkling lights consumed the tower behind them and i clicked away as what felt like a magical settling of night happened all around them.

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the pictures could have both started and stopped there and i would have flown home from paris a happy photographer. much to my delight and joy, though, that photo was simply the centerpiece representing a breathtaking array of locations we visited that day, each of which seemed to be built around the gorgeous couple standing in its midst.

Le Palais Royal wedding

caroline and henry, the words escape me to adequately express the overflowing thankfulness i have for you. not only have you been a delight in my life over the past many months of working together, but you trusted me with one of the most important days of your life…nearly half a world away. that isn’t an honor that i take lightly. THANK YOU for being such a tremendous joy (and thank you for making a dream come true for this small-town, alabama wedding photographer.)

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ceremony and reception venue: laperouse paris | bride’s gown: tara keely (bella couture) | bride’s shoes: jimmy choo | groom’s tuxedo: suit supply | hair stylist: shelby macdonald (beauty shock) | makeup artist: jonathan fowler (beauty shock) | floral design: madame besenfelder | harpist: myriam serfass¬†| photographer: allison lewis photography

additional shooting locations: notre dame cathedral, palais royal, the louvre, luxembourg gardens, the eiffel tower

venue: shoal creek country club | wedding planner: AK brides | bride’s gown: liancarlo (wedding atelier, new york city) | bride’s shoes: jimmy choo | bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN | groom’s suit: sid mashburn custom | groomsmen’s suits: the black tux | hair and makeup artist: madeline hulsey | caterer: shoal creek country club | floral design: hothouse design studio | ceremony music: cahaba river strings | reception entertainment: evolution party band | lighting: design productions, LLC | rentals: event rentals unlimited | transportation: cline tours | photographer: allison lewis photography (with anna wamsted)

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ceremony: independent presbyterian church | reception: birmingham museum of art | invitation suite: high cotten papers | bride’s gown: the white room | makeup artist: celine russell | jewelry: chloe + isabel | hair stylist: oak street hair group | bridesmaids’ dresses: bella bridesmaids | men’s tuxedos: mr. burch mountain brook | floral design: lillie’s | caterer: a social affair | cake artist: chef matthew dyer | pianist: brian less | entertainment: string theory birmingham | favors: red mountain honey | transportation: rare transportation | valet: apex valet | photographer: allison lewis photography

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venue: ross bridge golf resort & spa | wedding planner: AK brides | bride’s gowns: maggie sottero and vera wang (diane’s formal affair) | hair stylist: angie (fringe hair studio) | makeup artist: laura eason | bridesmaids’ dresses: diane’s formal affair | men’s tuxedos: mr. burch mountain brook | floral design: hothouse design studio | caterer: ross bridge golf resort & spa | cake artist: barb’s cakes | lighting design: design productions, LLC | rentals: event rentals unlimited | ceremony music: perfect events music | reception entertainment: black jacket (music garden) | invitations: sonia davis design | transportation: coats classic cars | photographer: allison lewis photography¬†(with anna wamsted)

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if there’s one thing i know, it’s that a momma sure does love her boys, but many of my friends with houses full of little men tell me that they find themselves wondering at times what it would be like to have some pink in the mix. some of them even long for the day when that little guy of theirs stands all grown up at the altar and says i do, instantly adding a beautiful daughter to the family. for one of the precious families i work with, i’ve had the unique honor of watching this very scenario play out, not once but twice, in the past two years. jessica became the first givens daughter when she married john in a marvelous,¬†gorgeous wedding in the summer of 2013. ¬†what i didn’t know then, though, is that john’s younger brother, chase, was well on his way to adding another daughter to the givens family tree. shortly after jessica and john’s wedding, sydney contacted me with the magnificent news that in the summer of 2015, i’d have the joy of traveling back to dothan to shoot her wedding to chase…and what an exquisite wedding it was!! thank you, my sweet friends, for asking me to join you for yet another fabulous day of celebration. ¬†i love you!!

reception: the grand on foster (veronica philpot) | bride’s gown: allure couture (sweet elegance bridal, decatur) | hair: curt calloway | makeup: louise robinson | bridesmaids’ dresses: bridesmaids, inc.¬†(homewood) | men’s tuxedos: men’s wearhouse | floral design: the petal pusher (hugh deese) | caterer: kelsey barnard catering | cakes: debra west custom cakes | paper suite: please reply (mountain brook) ceremony: first baptist church, dothan | ceremony music: duets by jesse and jack | entertainment: musical fantasy (music garden) | getaway car: groom’s father | videographer: steve frank films | photographer: allison lewis photography (with justin poland)

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