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Heartwarming Alabama Wedding Film with Tribute Flyover

Before you watch what might be the sweetest three minute film we’ve ever come across, scroll right below and read the backstory behind the love. It’s a beautiful narrative of life after loss, complete with a T-6 Warbird flyover commemorating the bride’s late parents. Eric Staples captured Chris and Ashley’s day with such craft and care, reminding us of what a wedding is really all about.

Chris & Ashley’s Story

From the filmmaker, Eric Staples… I’ve never witnessed a couple more in love than Chris and Ashley. Truly. There had been an overflow of emotions from the past couple years of hurt and healing, but joy is what found them on that warm, tranquil day south of Birmingham, Alabama. They were beaming every minute. We all were witnesses. But they may as well have been there alone, lost in each other, devoting their lives to one another. I’m blessed to now call them friends and am constantly inspired by their real, wonderfully messy and passionate love.

Ashley’s entire family are pilots, they live near a runway in Alabama and grew up flying. They each have a heart for adventure; it’s evident in Ashley’s eyes. In March 2010, her parents were flying a T-6 Warbird together off the coast of Florida when something went wrong and crashed into the waters. They were killed instantly. Ashley’s two brothers steadily walked her down the aisle to Chris. At the reception, Ashley had her Dad’s best friend and wingman, Billy Strickland, perform a flyover in a T6 Warbird to commemorate her parents, which you can see in the film.

I am so grateful for opportunities to capture stories like this. Stories of hope and perspective.

From the Bride, Ashley… I think one of the main reasons I have experienced so much joy in knowing and loving Christopher is because I have experienced the depth of pain in losing the two people I love the most on this earth. As Kahlil Gibran wrote, “The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” We wanted to acknowledge both joy and sorrow on this day because the two are inseparable.

Cinematography: Eric Staples | Venue: Alexander City

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From Simple Color… Lindsay and Will’s wedding was a perfect mix of rustic charm and southern elegance. Thanks to the ridiculously talented team at M. Elizabeth Events … along with an all-star lineup of wedding vendors … we were treated to one of the most beautifully detail-oriented events we’ve photographed in awhile. Everywhere you turned, there was something lovely to photograph, from the moment we started shooting with Lindsay and Will while they got ready … to the last kiss in the back of her grandfather’s 1944 pickup truck as they drove off into the night. The ceremony was held under a gigantic oak tree in the middle of a field at Russell Crossroads … with a stunning evening reception to follow at the Stables!

Photography: Simple Color | Videography: Holloway Productions | Flowers: HotHouse Design Studio | Cakes: Barb's Cakes | Stationery: Amberly Shelton | Catering: Happy Catering Company | Hair and Makeup: Brittany Benton Massey | Lighting: Design Productions | Entertainment: Moon Dance | Ceremony Seating: P.E.W.S. | Ceremony and Reception: The Stables at Russell Crossroads | Planning: M. Elizabeth Events | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited