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One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to see a bride’s vision come to life. Through my blog, I hope to provide valuable insight to brides who are unfamiliar with the wedding process or are just unsure about what they want out of their wedding photography. Here you will see full galleries of weddings and engagement sessions, along with locations and vendor information. Think of it as the holy grail of all things wedding information!


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When Evie first reached out to me for her St Francis at the Point wedding, she and Noah weren’t even engaged yet! She has such a quiet, joyful spirit, and from our first phone call I could see that she valued both marriage, her relationship, and film photography. She told me that she could not […]

Real SW Weddings, Alabama Weddings, Venues, Wedding Planning Tips

Classy Southern Summer Wedding: St. Francis at the Point

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If you are considering having a Russell Lands in Lake Martin wedding, then you are in for a treat. The venue and surroundings are simply jaw-dropping. And today, I am going to explore this venue with you, learn why it’s one of the best venues in Alabama and see what the 40,000 acres of beauty […]

Wedding Planning Tips, Venues

Jaw-Dropping Weddings at #1 Venue: Russell Lands on Lake Martin

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When it comes to having your wedding in Atlanta, there are so many options for vendors and venues that it might feel overwhelming. In this post I am going to tackle 5 tips that I have for you if you are planning your wedding in Atlanta, or even in surrounding cities. My hope is that […]

Real SW Weddings, Georgia Weddings, Wedding Planning Tips

5 Amazing Tips for Having a Unique Wedding in Atlanta

It’s hard to find the words to describe how incredible The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook really is. It is elegant and carefree, but in an artful and charming way. You probably will have a hard time finding a wedding venue in Mountain Brook, AL doesn’t get much better than the Bohemian Grand Hotel.  The […]

Wedding Planning Tips, Venues

7 Reasons You’ll Love The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook for Your Wedding

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The Elyton Hotel sits in the heart of Birmingham, AL and in one of the city’s most famous buildings. Centrally located to Birmingham’s best restaurants and attractions, the Elyton is the perfect place to host a wedding. If you’re considering this venue for your big day, here are some essential things that will sure to […]

Wedding Planning Tips, Engagements, Real SW Couples, Venues

The Elyton Hotel: 8 Incredible Reasons to Have Your Wedding Here

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Right in the heart of Homewood, AL, Christopher Glenn is but a few minutes walk to anything your out of town guests would need when they come to stay for your wedding. With one of Birmingham’s luxury hotels (Aloft Valley Hotel), eateries, coffee shops, and local shopping experiences, your guests will feel like royalty at […]

Wedding Planning Tips, Venues

Blissful Weddings at Christopher Glenn

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There are many things to love about this new wedding venue, set in the heart of Homewood! Not only is the Farrell absolutely stunning for all wedding styles and aesthetics, but it is also conveniently located right in the heart of the town. Being a 4 minute walk from the closest hotel and some of […]

Venues, Wedding Planning Tips

The Farrell: Discover Birmingham’s #1 Hottest Wedding Venue

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A Huntsville Botanical Garden wedding is like stepping into a fairytale. With a range of indoor and outdoor spaces, the Garden is a beautiful place to exchange your vows any time of year. One step into this venue will give you all the reasons you need to get married here, but if you need some […]

Engagements, Real SW Couples, Venues, Wedding Planning Tips

5 Reasons You Should Have a Huntsville Botanical Garden Wedding

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Greystone Golf & Country Club is in Birmingham, AL, with sprawling greens surrounding the venue and views of the Appalachian Mountains. Wedding ceremonies can take place in one of six venue spaces, and with seating of up to 300 people, you can invite everyone to experience your big day. A tradition of hospitality makes for […]

Venues, Wedding Planning Tips

Greystone Golf & Country Club: A Premier Birmingham Wedding Venue

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With its breathtaking views and historical charm, Burritt on the Mountain is a favorite wedding venue in Huntsville. The garden spaces and long-range views of the valley are a photographer’s dream. For couples, the helpful staff make the entire experience one they’ll never forget. There’s something special about this venue and lots to love about […]

Venues, Wedding Planning Tips

Burritt on the Mountain – A Dreamy Huntsville Wedding Venue

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Kind Words

"On my wedding day (during our first look!), we had a sudden rain shower out of nowhere- and thank goodness for Shelby who was quick thinking to switch locations and honestly put my mind at such ease. I never once looked back and thought of the weather as a hiccup - it was truly perfect and just what we needed! Shelby puts things into perspective in terms of what matters most on your wedding day and it shows through our beautiful and thoughtful wedding images. She treasures the intimate and quiet moments of joy and we appreciate her so much for documenting our wedding day for us. We highly recommend Shelby and are so thankful and blessed to have had her as our photographer and now, friend!"


"Shelby is the sweetest, most thoughtful digital and film photographer I have ever met. She is genuinely so talented, but she is attentive of her clients’ wishes and respective vision. She shares her gift of photography and art in such a humble way. Her natural talent shines through in all she does. I consider her not only my favorite photographer, but also a friend of mine. Throughout our engagement and wedding planning, she was so intentional to get to know me. That made the whole process so much more effortless, and I would hire her again and again!"
- M&W


"We were blown away by our wedding photos! They were everything we could have asked for and more. We had a large wedding party and large families on both sides and Shelby was amazing at managing time so we could get all of our photos in. She made the absolute most of a beautiful day and got in literally thousands of shots of our ceremony and reception. On a day that was such a blur, I’m so glad we had Shelby to capture the details and moments that I missed. I will recommend her time and time again. You will not be disappointed!"
- M&W


"Shelby was everything we were looking for in a wedding photographer and more. She took ample amounts of time to get to know us as a couple before even scheduling engagements pictures and talking wedding details. She truly cared about us as individuals, our story, and what we were looking for. To say she did a great job with our photos is an understatement - she captured everything as we had wanted and dreamt about. Everything was timeless, classic, simple, and raw. You can feel every emotion we experienced that day in her photos. She is so talented, and we are blessed to have had the chance to work with her and now have her cherished photographs, as well as a friendship. She is the best! Hire her - you won't regret it!!!"


"My husband and I got married in July, and our day truly would not have been the same without Shelby. Throughout our engagement, she was intentional, kind, involved, and low-stress (which is SO great when you’re planning a wedding!). On our wedding day, she was a calming presence to be with and genuinely killed it. She’s amazing at what she does. When my husband and I got our gallery back (which Shelby worked so hard to get back to us in record time!!), we seriously could not contain our smiles and gasps. I can’t stop printing out photos for our home, and, true confession, I look back at our gallery multiple times a week. Our absolute favorites are the film photos she took. The light and color in our pictures is just stunning. We knew Shelby was amazing, and we loved her previous work we’d seen, but she completely blew us away. Her work captured so many sweet in-between moments from our wedding day, and it feels like I actually get to experience our day again whenever I look back at her photos, which is the greatest gift I could ask for. She captured true emotion and it’s just so sweet to have these photographs forever! I cannot recommend Shelby enough!"


"Hiring Shelby was the best decision that I made for my wedding!! Ahead of time, she kept in contact with me (scheduled multiple phone calls, asked me questions about what I wanted). On the wedding day Shelby was so kind and helped make things a lot less stressful for me. She also texted me photos that day which was fun to see! Once I got my gallery I was absolutely in love with all the photos she took! I’ve received so many compliments on our wedding photos. They are even better than what I was expecting! I can’t recommend Shelby enough!!"