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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 so many beautiful places to see and things to do in Auburn, AL, a college town. On the weekends during football season, you might know that there are typically college students crowded around TV screens, hanging out outside to watch the big game, or travel to and from the stadium. What you might […]

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3 Auburn Wedding Venues You HAVE To Check Out

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Otter Creek Farm is a farmstead and distillery nestled in Calhoun County. It’s a true gem of a wedding venue, with stunning views, grand rooms, a pool area, a game room and views of the Appalachian foothills. I’m so happy to share the magic of this unique wedding venue with you today.     Otter […]

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Otter Creek Farm | Everything You Should Know About This Dreamy Venue

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There is a reason that The Barn at Shady Lane and its owners have won the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice award for 4 consecutive years…and are in the runnings for 2022, the 5th year in a row! The Barn at Shady Lane is simply one of Birmingham’s most incredible venues for so many reasons, and […]

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The Barn at Shady Lane | Award-Winning Birmingham Wedding Venue

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I am so excited to share with you some amazing insight to Auburn Oaks Farm, from Ali Rabren, who is the information coordinator at the venue. I sent over 15 questions for her to answer regarding Auburn Oaks Farm in hopes that it would be beneficial to brides who are considering this stunning venue for […]

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Auburn Oaks Farm | 15 Questions with Stunning Wedding Venue

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If you are wanting a quaint, outdoor wedding, with all the modern day amenities, J and D Farms is the place for you. From the white barn, to the spectacular outdoor settings, I am confident that any bride with any wedding aesthetic can see her wedding come to life at this wonderful wedding venue.   […]

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Your Dreamy Wedding at J and D Farms

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Loft 212 is a massive event center with a ballroom that can fit 500 of your most important friends and family. The venue sits on the corner of 4th St. SW and 3rd St. SW. Before it was a wedding venue, an old Cotton Warehouse sat in the venue’s place until the new owners put […]

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Loft 212 Wedding Venue: A North Alabama Gem

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I can only think of good, wonderful things when it comes to talking about this incredible wedding venue. The Elms of Coosada is the epitome of elegant, southern charm and luxuriously peaceful. Ancient trees, Spanish moss, historical home… I mean, what more could you ask for? This immaculate home was originally built in the 1830’s […]

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The Elms of Coosada | 4 Reasons Why This Venue Is For You

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Located just 40 minutes from the heart of Birmingham, AL, Mallard Oaks Farm is a wedding venue that is sure to bring any bride’s dream come to life. Although it is technically a barn wedding venue,  Mallard Oaks Farm also features some very natural, outdoors spots that are sure to allow you to have that […]

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Elegant Weddings at Mallard Oaks Farm

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A Greystone Mansion wedding embodies elegance, enchantment and southern charm. Just three short blocks from Auburn, AL, the mansion dates back to 1894. A.L. Dillard, a merchant, built the home as part of the Scott Plantation. The house was the first in Auburn to have electricity and plumbing. Additionally, Dillard used his secret brick recipe […]

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Greystone Mansion Wedding | Enchanting, Southern Charm

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When people ask me about the Theodore and why they should love it, I often would say, “What’s not to love?” In all seriousness, this Birmingham wedding venue is just to die for. All of the perks for brides of the Theodore I will explore in this post. But before that, let’s talk about this […]

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The Theodore | A Modern, Luxury Birmingham Wedding Venues

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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!!"