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A Truly Moving Lovestory Complete with the Sweetest Ceremony

If you’re all about the love story, then I’d like you to meet this seriously sweet pair. Because their journey down the aisle? Undeniably moving. And the love the share? It’s the real deal. And their wedding day? Well you bet it was a reflection of everything the value. Complete with Thorne & Thistle blooms, Simply Sarah Photography has captured it all to share in The Vault!


Little did I know I would marry a man

on that football fieldThe Bride   

From The Bride…As a child, my father made sure that our family of 4 attended every single at home Auburn football game. We sat in section 42 and cheered on our Auburn Tigers for over 10 years together. Little did I know as a child, sitting beside the first man I loved the most, that the man I would marry would be a man that years down would be a player on that football field.

Andrew and I met at an Auburn vs LSU football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Our friends introduced us not really expecting that we would hit it off immediately…but we did! We spent the next 8 years together very happily until tragedy and sadness struck both of our families.

On December 9th, 2014 our beautiful niece was born very healthy and a huge head full of black hair. Soon after, my sister suffered from an Amniotic Fluid Embolism that eventually took her life on March 24th, 2015. I write that as part of my love story because without the love and support of my husband I would be one lost soul. He loved me before then, loved me during when I was at my lowest, and loves me now. And I know that.

We were engaged on June 12th, 2015 in his hometown of Hinsdale, IL. He asked me to marry him under a dogwood tree that shadowed over his parents patio. He started his proposal by telling me how he and his father had planted that tree when he was a young boy and how was amazed how much it had grown. I realized this was a symbol of what we would be…and in some ways already were.

When I first began the process of planning our wedding, I knew I wanted a natural elegant wedding surrounded by the cathedral of God given nature. We were married on April 9th at Springhouse in my small hometown of Alabama made famous my beautiful Lake Martin. My heart and soul. Our day was filled with people we love, overflowing ranunculus, weather better that I could have even imagined.

The one thing I have to say about our special day is that I would do it all over again and in the exact same way. Obviously, there were chairs there that I would have liked to have been filled and a spot of green lawn specifically marked for my sister to stand beside me. On the other side of me, however, I had a man that dedicated his life to our marriage and our life together. In my eyes, he has been my husband since I met him.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Floral Design: Thorne and Thistle Designs | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Teresa's Cakes | Invitations: Marked | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Danielle Ivy | Band: Ty Reynold's Band | Groom's Attire: The Locker Room | Venue: Springhouse at Crossroads | Rentals: The Event Group


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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 Video | Venue: Alexander City

Russell Crossroads Wedding

I’ve come to find the more colorful the wedding, the more giddy I get. Take this Alabama beaut, for example. It’s bursting with shades all over the pretty little rainbow, yet every bit as elegant as a black and white affair. M. Elizabeth Events is the genius behind this wedding day design with Simple Color on board to capture. Ready for more? Make yourself comfy cozy in the gallery right here.


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 Photography | 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