{I Do} A Beautiful Wedding: Part 1 ~ Montgomery, Alabama Wedding Photographer

Contrary to what you might think, I actually photograph the occasional wedding. Portrait work remains my very favorite thing – babies, families, bridal, children, engagements, and I could go on…but I do love a good wedding. And back in October, I photographed one of the most beautiful, unique weddings, ever.  The bride, Crystal, and her groom, John, planned a very touching, intimate ceremony at the University of Alabama Arboretum – a place that is very special to them as a couple.  As I took her bridal portraits before the wedding, Crystal explained to me that she and John had spent a lot of time together at the Arboretum, and felt it was the natural thing to do to get married there!

I completely agree, and think you will, too.

And I will share more about the location as we go through some of the photographs from the day…but let’s start at the beginning.

I took Crystal’s bridal portraits the day of the wedding, at the place that John proposed to her – which would also be the reception location.

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As you can see, she showed up looking absolutely radiant and in love!

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This photo was taken close to the park bench where they sat when John proposed…

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Crystal has great features…beautiful eyes and a wonderful smile, to name just 2 of them!  My goal was to capture those features…as well as to show what a sweet, beautiful person she is, on the inside, too!

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Look at this beautiful detail…she loved her flower, and it went just perfectly with her dress!

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And her shoes!  Aren’t they fabulous?

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And, of course, a beautiful ring completes the ensemble!

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Once I left Crystal, she went to relax before the wedding…and I headed over to the Arboretum to capture a few of the details…which were simple and beautiful:

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Guests would wind their way through the forest to the spot of the wedding – guided by white tulle tied to trees.

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…as well as signs guiding the way…

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Until we got to the beautiful amphitheatre in the middle of the forest.  Crystal had arranged for a simple arbor to be set up on the stone platform – other than that, the decorations were the setting, itself.  It was a quiet, perfect spot for a wedding.

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And look who I found, when I got there!  I think you will agree that Crystal has a most handsome groom:
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Next up…the happy couple together!

Thanks to my good friend, Cindi, who second-shot with me that day…taking pictures, running around, and being the general list keeper!

Tessa - Absolutely beautiful. I am so happy you are going to be our wedding photographer! 🙂December 3, 2009 – 11:16 am

Susan - Love them!!! The picture of the bouquet on the bench is my favorite.December 3, 2009 – 6:41 pm

Bobs - Time to face the music armed with this great infomiraton.October 19, 2011 – 10:41 am

mnwsntsu - tSsCCu oumaoxepqgwpOctober 22, 2011 – 9:17 am

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