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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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There are many things that come to mind that make a wedding venue luxury, some of which include (but are not limited to) onsite ceremony options and in-house catering. As you will see in this post about Park Crest Event Facility, these are just some of the things that make this Birmingham wedding venue so […]

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Park Crest Event Facility: 5 Reasons to Host Your Luxury Wedding Here

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If you dream of a barn wedding in an enchanted forest, The Stables at Juniper Farms is everything you could hope for in a wedding venue. With its rustic charm, towering bamboo forest (complete with string lights) and fairytale-like interior, it’s hard not to fall under the spell of this adorable place. Did I mention […]

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6 Things You Need to Know About The Stables at Juniper Farms

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The White Barn at Padgett Place is a dreamy venue in Laceys Spring, AL. The venue, which has enough space for 200 of your closets friends and family, boasts a garden, barn, lake and cabin. With scenic views and indoor and outdoor sites, this venue tops the list for beauty and charm. In this post, […]

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4 Reasons to Host Your Wedding at The White Barn at Padgett Place

Just outside of Gadsden, Wills Creek Winery is a vineyard in Attalla, Alabama, offering fantastic wines, wine festivals, and weddings. Walking through the pecan trees, across acres of pristine greenery and glancing up at the mountains makes the vineyard a magical place for a wedding. Not to mention that it’s a wonderful space to take […]

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4 Must-Know Facts: Wills Creek Winery

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The Grand on Foster is on 170 North Foster Street in Dothan, AL and offers a unique venue sure to “wow” your guests. Featuring a chic industrial vibe (more on that soon), the space brings old-world charm to every wedding. Since 2010, the space welcomes weddings of all sizes, with brides and grooms choosing the […]

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3 Reasons You’ll Love The Grand on Foster

Riverside Event Venue’s idyllic location along the Tennessee River makes it the perfect choice for nature-loving couples. Located in Lacey’s Spring, this venue impresses at every corner, and the helpful staff will make your big day as stress-free as possible. If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the Lacy’s Spring area, just outside of […]

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Riverside Event Venue: Say I Do Riverside

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Industrial wedding venues are becoming more and more popular as the years go on, and for good reason. They provide a lot of unique detail and texture to the backdrop of your wedding ceremony and reception alike, making it all the more simple for your to design and decorate the space exactly how you want […]

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5 Industrial Wedding Venues in Birmingham You MUST See

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We all long for a taste of the world in some way. And especially with how things are going in our world with covid and restrictions, travel can often be impacted. This can be devastating news to couples who have always dreamed of traveling the world. If this resonates with you in any way, I […]

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Vineyard Wedding Venues: Jaw Dropping Scenery For Luxurious Weddings

For brides who love the idea of a southern charm filled wedding day, and who are considering a barn wedding venue, there are many things to consider. Through my personal process of helping brides as a wedding photographer, I love chatting about how certain decisions planning your wedding day can affect a number of other […]

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3 Alabama White Barn Wedding Venues: A Modern Take on Southern Charm

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Southern House and Garden is a true southern treasure in Knoxville, Alabama. The venue holds up to 300 guests, with six sprawling acres of pasture and grazing horses in view. Flowers fill the grounds with exquisite design teams ready to make every wedding one to remember.   The venue has a slogan that epitomizes what […]

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Southern House and Garden | Southern, Countryside Wedding Bliss

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"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!!"