We love love a go-tell-it-on-the-mountain gorg wedding, and today we’re celebrating that and more. We’re honoring the men and women who’ve fought for our freedom in the best way we know how, with a beautiful military wedding. A day graced with endless love and Glass Jar Photography behind the lens. It’s a gallery we’re saluting, and you can see it all in THE VAULT!
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From Glass Jar Photography…This is a gorgeous and unique wedding in the south, loaded with beautiful and interesting details of the couples love to travel and live on the edge, all mixed with a ton of cuteness and class.
The brides blush dress and red hair are mesmerizing, mixed the classic look of her now husbands military threads in the south under pear trees, surrounded by bridesmaids in white!…so cool and unique.
From The Bride…Getting engaged to my college best friend has always felt like a dream, starting when he whisked me away to Washington D.C. during military school training and proposed on a balcony overlooking the capital. For the wedding, we chose to have it close to my home in Alabama since we had already been to Italy for our engagement images! We incorporated our love of traveling together and my passion as a photographer into our reception decorations, using globes and vintage cameras as table pieces. I chose a blush pink wedding dress against his Marine uniform to create a softer look, and because I’ve always liked something just a little bit unique.
My bridesmaids surrounding me was such a comforting feeling the day of, and when I looked around I couldn’t have asked for better people to come together and help celebrate the love we have for each other. We all adore getting our photos made and Glass Jar Photography was perfect to capture the light and airy look we wanted. One of my favorite captures is of my dad and I walking down the aisle because it looks the way it felt, like one of the biggest single moments of my life.
Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Coordination: Elizabeth Butz | Event Design: The Bride And Her Mom | Floral Design: Sharon Hicks | Catering: Bubba's | Hair And Makeup: Katie Vellman | DJ: Snyder Entertainment | Venue: Creekside Plantation
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
I love to see a color palette come to life on screen, and when I get to see it through the talented lens of the ladies at Simply Bloom Photography, I know I am in for a treat. They teamed up with Southern Posies, Simply Bridal, Slice At A Time and The Trasformation Artistry to create sage and aqua perfection, and you’ll want to pin every picture here.
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From Simply Bloom Photography…The inspiration behind this shoot was an unusual color palette we do not often see in real weddings. We chose our favorite vendors to collaborate with us and gave them free reigns to create within our inspiration board for this shoot. We believe artists give their very best when they are given full control, so that is precisely what we achieved: A unique vision and excellent craftsmanship from everyone involved. Fairytale-esque imagery with shades of sage, copper, and aqua.
This shoot is meant to inspire brides to think outside the “ever so trendy pink palette” and explore other tones for their wedding decor.
Photography: Simply Bloom Photography | Flowers: Southern Posies | Wedding Dress: Simply Bridal | Cake: Slice At A Time | Venue: Farm | Beauty: The Trasformation Artistry