What a genuinely fun couple we had the pleasure of meeting this past weekend. We are still trying to talk them into hiring us for their destination wedding!
I've know Hannah for a few years now. When I started on my journey (and it's been an interesting one) from turning my hobby into a legit business, she was one of my very first clients.
She is still just as soft spoken and humble today as she was back then. The one thing I did notice while shooting Hannah & Jarrod's engagement session, was no matter how hard she tried to hold back a smile...Jarrod knew just what to do to bring it out!
Their connection can only be best described as palpable. The slight glances, the nudges, the sparks, the magic of two people who are head over heels in love with each other...it made our session so much fun to shoot.
As a photographer, Fall is one of our most favorite times of year to shoot and at the same time the saddest because we know that Winter is looming just around the corner.
I know that a love like Hannah & Jarrod's is one that will be able to weather any season that life brings them.
So on this chilly day we are looking forward to the warmth of Spring and most importantly the soon to be Mr. & Mrs.' wedding in just a couple of weeks.
To see the Groom before the ceremony has long been said to be taboo or bad luck. You should keep the top tier of your wedding cake to eat on your one year anniversary??? Who came up with that? (Yuck) Something borrowed...something blue?? You have all probably heard these before but where did these traditions come from?? I myself never questioned many of the time-honored wedding traditions until I became a photographer. Curiosity got the best of me, so I did a little research and found this great article on the Bridal Guide by Kelsie Allen. The text below has been copied and pasted from that article. The pictures are from the Ryan Wedding by The Southern Bride.
Superstition #1: It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
Origin: During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families (romantic, huh?), and a father would have been pleased for his daughter to marry a man from a rich, land-owning family. But he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. Therefore, it became tradition that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony so that the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind. And that veil the bride wears? Its original purpose was also to keep the groom from finding out what the bride looked like until the last possible minute, when it was too late to back out of the transaction.
Today: Although arranged marriages are no longer common, most brides still don’t want their groom to see them all done up before the wedding. Many believe it makes the day more exciting and memorable. However, some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony. The added bonus is that you can take your formal pictures pre-ceremony when everyone is freshly done-up. It’s completely up to you and your groom. Talk about it before the big day arrives and find out what makes the most sense for you.
Superstition #2: The bride must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a silver sixpence in her shoe).
Origin: This Victorian rhyme is a time-honored tradition that is supposed to bring the bride good luck. Wearing “something old” expresses the newlywed couple’s desire to retain connections with their family once they enter into married life. One tradition suggests that the bride’s “something old” be an old garter given to the bride by a happily married woman so that the new bride would also enjoy a happy marriage. Wearing “something new” conveys that the couple is creating a new union that will endure forever and looking to the future for health, happiness and success. “Something borrowed” is an opportunity for the bride’s friends or family to lend her something special as a token of their love. And finally, “something blue” is a symbol of fidelity and constancy. This custom began in ancient Israel, where brides wore a blue ribbon in their hair to symbolize this promise to their new husbands. What you may not realize is that the rhyme actually ends with “…and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Story says that placing a penny in the bride’s shoe will bring her a life filled with good fortune.
Today: Many modern brides find it fun to keep with tradition by wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Think of creative ways to incorporate all four items into your wedding-day ensemble. For example, Kate Middleton’s “something old” wasn’t a handkerchief or locket but rather her Alexander McQueen bridal gown, which featured “traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship,” a lace technique dating back to the 1800s.
Superstition #3: The person who catches the bride’s bouquet or garter when she tosses it over her head will be the next to get married.
Origin: The story behind this tradition is downright dirty. In medieval times, it was considered lucky to get a fragment of the bride’s clothing, so hordes of guests would follow the newlywed couple into their wedding chamber after the ceremony and stand around the bed, trying to rip pieces of the bride’s gown right off her body. Because dresses were often torn apart, brides searched for alternatives to preserve their gowns and began throwing their bouquets to distract guests while they made their getaway. When the bride and groom made it safely into their wedding chamber, the groom would then crack open the door and toss the bride’s garter to the throngs of people waiting outside as a way of saying that he was about to “seal the deal.”
Today: At many modern weddings, the groom removes and tosses the bride’s garter to the groomsmen right after the bride tosses her bouquet to the bridesmaids. Traditionally, the unmarried man who catches the garter must place it on the leg of the unmarried woman who catches the bouquet, and it is said that they will be the next two to marry (not necessarily to each other). It’s a fun ritual, but many couples have chosen not to include it because guests could be injured easily, and it might embarrass the single women who are “dragged” to the floor to participate. If you have doubts about including this tradition in your wedding, consider an anniversary dance instead, which honors the longest-married couple by presenting them with the bouquet. How it works: Ask your married couples to join you on the dance floor as a slow song plays. Throughout the song, your DJ or bandleader will ask guests to sit down as their length of marriage is called out.
Superstition #4: The bride and groom must save the top layer of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary.
Origin: To understand this tradition, you just have to think back to a familiar schoolyard rhyme: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so therefore the wedding and christening ceremonies were often linked, as were the respective cakes that were baked for each occasion. With fancy, elaborate, multi-tiered wedding cakes becoming a major trend in the 19th century, the christening cake began to take a back seat to the wedding cake. Since the top tier of the wedding cake was almost always left over, couples began to see the christening as the perfect opportunity to finish the cake. Couples could then logically rationalize the need for three tiers — the bottom for the reception, the middle for distributing, and the top for the christening.
High atop Lookout Mountain, just past the caution light is the New Salem Community Center. That is where The Southern Bride found ourselves on Friday the 28th for Missy & BJ's wedding. The community center is more commonly known as the fairgrounds for the New Salem Mountain Festival held every October. Remnants of the festival booths litter the wooded landscape and devise a flawless rustic backdrop for the couple's wedding.
The bride and bridesmaids carried vibrant bouquets of pink and orange that complimented the lighter hues of their dresses and provided the perfect punch of color.
A brother & sister duo took their ring bearer and flower girl responsibilities very seriously and did an outstanding job at being absolutely adorable.
The concert stage created a perfect spotlight area for the couple to exchange vowels in front of a small gathering of close friends and family.
After the bride's grand wagon entrance, the sand ceremony and the exchange of rings they sealed the deal with a kiss.
The couple then proceeded to surprise us all when they leaped off the stage, hand in hand and ran back up the aisle as the new Mr. & Mrs. Hartline.
The crowd leisurely made their way to the reception and we stole the newly weds away for some pictures just as the evening light was slipping away.
The Southern Bride is proud to have put another beautiful 2015 wedding in the history books.
The Southern Bride's latest wedding took us to the beautiful rolling hills of the Bain Farm in Flat Rock, Alabama.
Countless hours went into preparing this majestic piece of family land into the perfect venue for the couple and several hundred guests to gather. A complete labor of love as some might say, as many worked tirelessly to bring the couple's dream venue to life.
All the flower arrangements were hand picked and put together by the mother of the bride and friends. Our hearts fluttered a little when we laid eyes on the bride's boots!
We made Brayden wait several minutes with that bandana covering his eyes before he could see his stunning bride for the first time... His clenched fists were a dead giveaway at how anxious he had become. Nothing could hold back the flood gate of tears once he saw her... (That's why we LOVE a "First Look")
While the guests started to arrive on the hill, the bridal party snuck back to the Bain house. There they huddled on the front porch to wisper a sweet prayer over the soon to be newlyweds.
What was only a few weeks prior, a simple pole barn used for storing hay was completely transformed by a multitude of people and the design crew of 126 Designs to a whimsical reception hall where guests dinned on a pot-luck style dinner and scrumptious cupcakes.
We know that the West wedding will be one that is talked about for years to come and we are thankful to have had a small part in their special day.
The Southern Bride
I can't think of enough adjectives to describe the Bailey wedding. Simple & Sweet were the first two that came to mind. The next two were Hot & Humid... as in any given summer day in August! All joking aside, Kaitlyn and Alex had a beautiful backyard wedding, full of charming details.
The Bride and Maid of Honor's bouquets were a refreshing mix of stark, white roses and bright, yellow sunflowers. Nat's Florist in Trenton, Ga did an outstanding job on these arrangements.
We Love that the Bride & Groom chose to see each other before the ceremony so that we could get all these intimate pictures of the two of them. We call it a " First Look" and it's one of our favorite parts of the wedding day.
An old, wooden swing hanging from a large tree in the couple's front yard seem like the perfect place to compose a beautiful ring shot.
We were blown away by the detail and sheer artistry displayed in their wedding cake. Those are edible boots hand-crafted by Tara Scott at SweetSter's also based in Trenton, Ga.
We had a wonderful time capturing the Bailey's special day and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together!
-The Southern Bride